Friday, March 22, 2019
Dr. Frank O'Linn named as new superintendent of schools
The Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, announces the appointment of Frank W. O’Linn, Ed.D, to serve as Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. O’Linn has held the position in an interim capacity since March of 2018. Prior to his interim appointment, O’Linn served the diocese as the associate superintendent for secondary schools. In making this announcement, Bishop Perez offers his deep appreciation to the members of the search committee who worked diligently to identify and interview prospective candidates and who confidently came to the unanimous decision to recommend Dr. O’Linn’s appointment.

First Diocesan Children's Choir Festival draws 58 participants
Nationally known clinician Mark Doerries from the University of Notre Dame spent the day on March 16 working with 58 children from across the Diocese of Cleveland for the first Diocesan Children’s Choir Festival. Participants, who were in grades 3-8, represented six parishes.

The event developed from the newly re-energized Cleveland Chapter of National Pastoral Musicians.
Parish music directors worked with the young singers to teach them selected music before the event. Doerries worked with the children during the day and they sang at the 4:30 p.m. March 16 Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland.

Bishop Gries offers insights on how we are 'touched by God' through the sacraments
Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries shared his wisdom on a number of topics -- most notably the power of God who touches humanity through the gift of the sacraments -- at a special Lenten Soup and Conversation evening on March 19 at St. John Bosco Parish’s Bell Tower auditorium.

He talked about the season of Lent as a time of preparation in the Church for Christ’s resurrection. Using his special brand of wit and wisdom -- sprinkled with humorous anecdotes -- the bishop reminded the crowd that God comes to us through the humanity of Christ. He went on to say that we see in the Scriptures a God who is merciful, who loves us and who touches us personally in the sacraments.

Saint Mary's seminarians travel to Rome for pilgrimage
Seminarians and faculty from Saint Mary Seminary traveled to Rome for a pilgrimage during spring break to celebrate the seminary’s 170th anniversary. The group left Cleveland on Feb. 28 and returned on March 8.

During their week in the Holy City, the seminarians and faculty were able to see many of the famous and sacred sites. Notable places they visited included St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Wall, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

St. Joseph School and Parish celebrate patronal feast day
Students, faculty and staff from St. Joseph School in Cuyahoga Falls made a short walk to the nearby parish church on March 19 for a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Nelson Perez to honor the feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary.

The parish, which predates the Diocese of Cleveland, is celebrating its 188th anniversary this year. Father Jared Orndorff, pastor, and Father David McCarthy, senior priest-retired in residence at the parish, concelebrated Mass. Assisting was Deacon Kent Davis.

Bishop Pilla celebrates 60 years of priesthood
“We need to be like Jesus – shepherds eager to do all we can to help the flock,” said Cleveland emeritus Bishop Anthony Pilla, reflecting on his 60 years of priesthood.

He celebrated noon Mass on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. Members of the Pilla family, many priests and seminarians from Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries attended the liturgy. Concelebrants included Bishop Nelson Perez; Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries; Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of the Diocese of Davenport; Bishop George Murry, SJ of the Diocese of Youngstown; and Benedictine Abbot Gary Hoover from St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland.

Mass, parade highlight St. Patrick's Day 2019 in Cleveland
SS. Robert and William Church in Euclid was packed with people for the 9 a.m. Mass on March 17. The annual Mass before the 177th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cleveland attracted hundreds of worshippers. The main celebrant this year was Bishop Nelson Perez.

Members of the Irish American Club-East Side, parade honorees, a color guard, musicians and others filled the church. Seven other priests, including Father John Betters, SS. Robert and William pastor, Father Thom Kowatch and Father Tim Roth, parish parochial vicars, concelebrated.

And finally...
Did you know you're invited to attend the COAR Peace Mission Annual Benefit 6:30-9 p.m. March 23 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe?

Also the Catholic Action Commission of Lorain County will celebrate its annual Peace & Justice Dinner 6-9 p.m. March 23 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Elyria.
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