Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

Public Mass Update

Join us in the church for masses on Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 8:30 or 11 am. Please follow rules given to us by the Diocese in order to keep our congregation safe.  Hand sanitizer is available at every entrance. Please wear a mask.  If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.  We observe social distancing.  Our ushers can assist you, don’t hesitate to ask them if you have a question. We will continue to live-stream our Sunday 8:30 am mass.


Learn more about our parish community. It is our hope that if you are in the local area you will stop in to see us. We are a vibrant community of all ages, with parishioners from various backgrounds. Our parish is located in the town of Kirtland, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.

As you browse through our website, we hope you will enjoy getting to know us and seeing what we are all about.

Worship With Us:

Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am & 11:00 am.

Please join us in our live-streamed mass on Sunday at 8:30 am.

Rosary: Monday through Friday at 8:00 am

Weekday Liturgy: Monday through Friday at 8:30 am

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.  Please feel free to call 440-256-1412 during those hours, or you may leave a message on other days/times.

News and Updates

New guidelines begin the weekend of June 5-6. The Bishop has lifted dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. (For those who have a serious reason to not attend are not impacted by this announcement.) Beginning June 5-6 masks and social distancing will not be required. Hand sanitizer stations will remain in place. We will provide special seating for those with compromised immune systems who desire to attend Mass. The West Nave will maintain 3′ social distancing, every other pew roped off and masks will be worn in that area. We look forward to being together again. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Shari Allwood, our Business Manager, at the office.

Our Cancer Support Group meets Monday, May 17th at 7 pm via Zoom. Click here to participate: Zoom link.

Thank you for your generosity to Joseph House! The only current clothing need is men’s small pants. Bring donations to the Parish Office.

In His Sandals walking group will meet Wednesday, May 19th at 6 pm at Veterans Park, 3730 Hopkins Road in Mentor.

You can still make a generous pledge to support the 2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal: CatholicCommunity.org/2021Appeal.  Double your impact!  A generous donor will match your gift, up to $1 million, when you give online at CatholicCommunity.org/Match.

Are you getting our Divine Word Weekly Updates? If not, contact Shari at sallwood@divinewordkirtland.org and she’ll add you to our weekly e-mail updates.  If your e-mail address changes, be sure to let us know.

Prayer Chain Ministry: Prayer is powerful! If you have prayer requests or would like to join in, please e-mail Gina Rensi at prayerchain@divinewordkirtland.org

Volunteers Needed

Fr. Dave Seeks Additional Volunteers: Every Sunday after 8:30 am mass, we have volunteers spraying pews and kneelers, and wiping down door handles, railings, etc. Fr. Dave would like to expand the teams from three to a minimum of five or six. If you’re willing to participate one Sunday per month for approximately 20-30 minutes immediately following 8:30 mass, please contact Debbie Lokar at the Parish Office. BIG thanks to those who have been participating and will continue to do so, hopefully with additional helpers to ease the load!

Upcoming Activities

Four Seasons Book Club has begun and continues on Wednesdays, featuring the book Rebuilding Catholic Culture by Dr. Ryan Topping. Purchase the book through Amazon and e-mail Debbie Lokar to join in.

Bereavement Support Series – Growing Through Grief
You aren’t alone! We are here to help you work through the stages of grief and find ways to continue on. Please join us Monday, May 17th at 6:30 PM in Hanson Hall. To register or if you have any questions, please call Debbie Lokar at the parish office.

Divorce Recovery for Catholics   The current Pandemic has caused feelings of isolation and confusion, especially those that are struggling with separation and divorce.  Please visit our website, Divorced-Separated.net for more information or contact Karen at kjubeck@st-gabriel.org or (440) 352-8282.

Pandemic shutdowns –

  • Our Hot Meals Program at St. Philip Neri is temporarily suspended.

Catholic Education


If you know someone who has thought about joining the Catholic Church, adults or children, please encourage them to contact Gina Rensi at (440) 606-0217

General Information

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Ministry Opportunities

“Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” New Prison Outreach program: Divine Word is teaming with True Freedom Ministries to become active in their Pen-Pal Ministry.  This recording is of the presentation and testimony provided by Mike Swiger, Executive Director of True Freedom Ministries presented to Divine Word in November. Click here for the recording. To become active as a pen-pal, please contact Debbie Lokar in the parish office. Rest assured this ministry is quite safe. Your full name and address will not be disclosed, all mail is handled by the ministry.

The Seven Sisters Apostolate – The Seven Sisters Apostolate group began last year when seven women responded to a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that one hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest.  Each member commits to an hour on a distinct day of the week, thus covering a complete week. You may pray at any time on that day in church or at home.  This commitment began the week of June 21 and will continue for a period of one year, but can be continued beyond next June if you wish.  Please call Debbie Lokar at the parish office if interested or for further information.

Eucharistic Adoration – Eucharistic Adoration has resumed on Mondays.  Take the time to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  If interested in a specified hour or if you cannot keep your designated hour, please contact Debbie Lokar at the parish office. “Jesus waits for us in the sacrament of love and you are greatly needed” (Pope John Paul II).

Lysol wipes will be on the Baptismal Font.  Please wipe down the area where you will be seated and touching before leaving church to keep in compliance with the given directives.

Please Consider Joining Society of St. Vincent De Paul: This month, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to assist five families, providing $50 in food and $2682.32 for utility and rent bills. To join our team, call the office (440) 256-1412. God Bless You!

Cross Stitch Help NeededOur ministry is looking for anyone who could cross stitch these 2 x 3 appliqués for our baptismal bibs.  Please call Joan Laux at 440-376-7800 if you are able to assist. Thank you!


Our Heart of a Shepherd Campaign will continue throughout the next three years. Renovation of the seminary, priest retirement fund and reducing of debt for some of our newly -ordained priests are the primary focus of this plan. Fr. Dave and Shari Allwood can answer any questions you may have. Pledges can be paid over a three-year period. Renovation is slated to begin May of 2020. We need your help to accomplish this!

To make a donation to Heart of a Shepherd with a credit card, please visit www.catholiccommunity.org/divine-word. Checks can be made out to Catholic Community Foundation and dropped off at the office.

Legacy Fund

As we demonstrate our devotion to God this Lenten season, we are reminded to be stewards of our faith.  By providing a gift through your estate planning, you leave a sign of your commitment to continue the good work of the Church.  To begin planning for your legacy, or to become a member of the Divine Word Legacy Society, please contact Fr. Dave or Shari Allwood at the parish office or Mary Lou Ozimek at (216) 696-6525 x4070,  or email mozimek@catholiccommunity.org for a confidential conversation.

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Catholic Radio

AM 1260 The Rock

Catholic radio can be comforting at this time while you’re sheltering at home.  AM 1260 The Rock will offer “Bishops back-to-back” on Wednesday mornings.  Hear Life is Worth Living” with Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at 8 AM, followed by Word on Fire” with Bishop Robert Barron at 8:30 AM.  For the complete schedule or to listen to it online, visit www.am1260therock.com and click on schedule.

News from AM 1260 The Rock

NEW PROGRAM! AM 1260 The Rock, Cleveland Catholic Radio, is pleased to present our newest EWTN program, “Women Made New!”  Author and speaker Crystalina Evert chats with her guests about the hard topics and struggles in women’s daily lives.  She and her guests remind everyone it’s never too late to start over.  Women Made New! is women helping women!  Listen to “Women Made New!” Saturdays at 12 noon on AM 1260 The Rock.

AM 1260 The Rock prays daily for the intentions of our listeners.  In addition, the nuns at Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in Burton pray for your intentions as well.  Send your prayer request to prayers@am1260therock.com or call us at 216-227-1260 option 1.

Bringing Christ to the world through the media

Check out Relevant Radio online.

Here is their program schedule.

They also have an app for your phone.

False Emails and Faux Texts from Fr. Dave

Please be aware that a number of parishiioners have received false emails from Fr. Dave, and now it seems people are also being texted.

Law enforcement has advised that we should not respond to the email or text.  If you receive false information, please discard it.

Diocese of Cleveland Hotline

To Report Suspected Abuse To the Diocese: (216) 334-2999

To Get Assistance with Counseling: (216) 334-2999