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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.

We’re happy you could visit us!

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

Join our Divine Word Weekly Updates Contact Shari at to be added to our weekly e-mail updates. If your e-mail address changes, be sure to let us know.

The Divine Word Holy Name Society is asking for parishioners to support a Men’s Underwear & Sock drive sponsored by the Cleveland Diocesan Holy Name Society. Please drop off new men’s underwear and socks in any size in the collection bin located in the Gathering Area of the church after all masses through Sunday November 8th. Monetary donations can also be made at the parish office (checks made payable to Holy Name Society). All donations of socks, underwear and money will be given to the Refuge of Hope, which serves meals and provides shelter to homeless men.

Joseph House is in dire need of winter coats, all sizes & all ages, and men’s pants, size 28-32. Just bring the items to the Parish Office.  Joseph House also needs three small vacuum cleaners for refugee apartments. Call Sharon O’Flaherty at (440) 488-1225  if you can help.

WeShare Online Automated Giving:   Credit Cards Now Accepted!

You may now use a credit or debit card to donate, either a one-time or recurring.  Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are each accepted.  Clink this link to explore the giving opportunities that are available.  If you have questions, contact Dee at the Parish Office.

Volunteers Needed

Red Cross Blood Drive to be hosted on November 29th 8 am to 1:30 pm: We are hosting our fourth American Red Cross Blood Drive in Hanson Hall.  Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept walk-in donors.  Please be sure to register online at in advance.  Social distancing, masking, and all precautions will be in place. 

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!

Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore asks that you consider volunteering to help build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in our community and around the world.   Call (440) 781-8875 for more information or sign up at


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 for a confidential conversation.

Upcoming Activities

The next “In His Sandals” Hiking Club Meeting is Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30 pm at Penitentiary Glen 8668 Kirtland Chardon Road in Kirtland. Contact Debbie Lokar if you are interested in participating.

Growing through Grief – Bereavement Support Series  Join us – either in person or on Zoom (your choice) – Monday evenings from 6 to 7 pm November 9th through December 14th. Contact Debbie Lokar at the Parish Office to participate.

Four Seasons Book Club Our next selection is Where Is God When It Hurts by Phillip Yancey. We will discuss the book on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd at 7 pm. If you wish to participate, contact Debbie Lokar at the office and she will send you the Zoom link.

Heart of a Shepherd

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 Checks can be made out to Catholic Community Foundation and dropped off at the office.

Catholic Education


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

General Information

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Ministry Opportunities

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 Minister training at Divine Word –  Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 – 11:30 am we will be hosting a formation session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Church.

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.

The Joseph House Clothing Bank is open once again!

If you can spare as little as three hours a month, please consider volunteering. Help is needed to hang clothing and assist local clients. This ministry serves refugees and others in need in the St. Clair/Superior neighborhood of Cleveland.  Please call – even if you are only available occasionally – Joan Laux at 440-376-7800 or Sharon O’Flaherty at 440-974-3764.  Learn more about us at

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

Please Consider Joining Society of St. Vincent De Paul: The Divine Word Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a dedicated group of parishioners who are advocates of the poor and marginalized of both the parish and the wider community, helping where they can to alleviate the needs of others in times of crises.  Presently, there is a need for parishioners to join the Society to assist in this very important work.  Contact Dan Laux at 216-509-0449 for more information.

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!

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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 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 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