Join Us for Virtual Bible Study
Have you ever questioned Catholic teaching on Mary? Have you wondered why the Church teaches that Mary was a lifetime virgin? Why do we call Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth? Why do Catholics revere Mary? What is the biblical justification for any of this? If so, this is the amazing and inspirational series for you!
All are welcome to an online Bible Study on Mary, led by acclaimed scripture scholar Dr. Brant Pitre of the Augustine Institute, and based on his book “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary” beginning on Wednesday, July 8th. The program format is:
- Each week, you view a 35 minute video from Dr. Brant Pitre on the Formed platform.
- Each Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., join St. Patrick/St. Malachi parishioners in a Google Meet on-line discussion on the following topics:
- Week 1: The New Eve
- Week 2: The New Ark
- Week 3: Mother of the Messiah
- Week 4: The Queen Mother
- Week 5: The Perpetual Virgin
- Week 6: Mother of Sorrows
- Week 7: The New Rachel
- Week 8: Questions and Answers
To register, or if you have questions, please email Stephanie Pritts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Afraid or unsure of technology? We will help you.
U.S. Bishops Respond to National Protest & Accompanying Violence
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days.
The following is an important excerpt:
The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man’s life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens? … Legitimate protests should not be exploited by persons who have different values and agendas. Burning and looting communities, ruining the livelihoods of our neighbors, does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity… We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise — to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all.
For the complete statement of Archbishop Gomez and other statements, please go to USCCB.org.
May we continue to engage in peaceful prayer and dialogue as we seek solutions to any form of racism and hatred.
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Important Information About Parish Reopening
A few highlights. Be sure to read the entire letter as well.
- The Bishops of Ohio continue to dispense all Catholics, especially those that are at-risk, from their Sunday Mass obligation.
- Father Gurnick provides guidance for elderly members, those with serious health issues, those who may be exposed to environments where COVID-19 is prevalent (including our immediate 44113 zip code area), and any who have tested positive or who have shown symptoms of the virus.
- Specific protocols focused on everyone’s safety have been developed and are expected to be followed by those attending. The protocols include, but are not limited to, checking your temperature before leaving home, wearing a facial mask while on parish grounds and in the church, and following social distancing before entering the church, and by sitting only in the designated areas.
Revised Liturgy Schedule
To allow Father Gurnick or another priest to cover all weekend liturgies at both St. Patrick and St. Malachi if needed, as well as enabling a team of staff and volunteers to clean and disinfect after each liturgy, the Revised Mass Schedule, effective May 30, 2020, is:
St. Patrick Parish
5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass
8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
St. Malachi Parish
4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass
10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
In order to better improve our connections and properly plan for liturgies, we ask that you contact Marilyn (Cuquie) Carroll at email@example.com, or at (216)631-6872 ext.108, with the following:
- Your first and last name;
- Your preferred current phone number; and
- Your preferred Mass time under the revised schedule above.
Whether Father Gurnick sees you at mass, or you remain safely at home for the time being, be assured of Father’s personal gratitude and prayerful best wishes to you and your loved ones.
Parish Status and Updates
Tune in here for the latest on the status of parish activities, programs and services amid COVID-19 social distancing.
Grateful to all those involved, The Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Saint Patrick are still able to host the food pantry program on Wednesdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. In addition to this vital service, we continue to collaborate with other local service initiatives as we are able to do so.
LIVE STREAMED AND ONLINE SERVICES
You can find local live streamed services on the Diocese of Cleveland Website: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/
LITURGICAL LIFE, RCIA, and ALL FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS
All Masses/liturgies, by decree of the Bishops of Ohio, have ceased. Please see the link for info on to live streamed and pre-recorded masses from the Diocese.
Any Baptisms or Weddings are to be postponed unless there is a pastoral urgency. Special protocols apply.
For Funerals, it is recommended that the Rite of Committal take place at the cemetery in a timely fashion, with a Memorial Mass celebrated after this health crisis has passed. I will offer a special Mass in private upon news of any parishioner’s death.
Communion to the Sick is suspended at all nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, including to people’s individual homes. The celebration of the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum to the Dying will be administered at any time, provided we are not restricted by any civil regulation. Special protocols apply.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): At this time, confessions are being limited to being in danger of death, per diocesan directives. Confessions are not able to be administered via technology of any kind.
All Faith Formation/Adult Enrichment Programming is suspended until further notice, including those activities with our partner parishes. Many of these groups have already been notified.
PARISH OFFICES AND RECTORY
Our parish office and rectory are closed with restricted access until further notice. Staff are working from home and checking email/voicemail regularly.