Welcome to Divine Word Catholic Church
in Kirtland, Ohio

We are grateful that you have decided to visit us!

This site is designed to help you 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 enjoying getting to know us and seeing what we are all about.
Always know that we are here to serve others and to celebrate the Lord in all He has given to us!

View from The Caddyshack!

ADVENT means “coming of” and has been designated as a season of hope. We look for the One whose coming has been foretold by the prophets. The Gospel today introduces one such prophet, John the Baptist, who definitely views himself as an heir of the prophets of old and at the service of someone much greater than himself.

Matthew is the only evangelist to summarize John’s preaching in one sentence, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” REPENTANCE remains the key word of John’s preaching and is in agreement with all prophets of the Old Testament. It means CONVERSION, a radical change of mentality, so as to welcome Jesus, a new prophet and Messiah.

Prophets have always been disturbing people. John the Baptist was no exception. His harsh criticism of the Pharisees and the Sadducees and later on of King Herod, was in keeping with the ever challenging character of the prophets. Even his lifestyle added to the legend and made John a strange character who lived on the fringes of society!

I can’t help but see the prophets as people having a great tenderness and deep love for their people. They were not afraid to speak out the truth whenever necessary, but it was always out of love for their people. And no matter how tragic the crisis that the prophets had to face, they always managed to summon their people to hope and to new life. Prophets often had to DENOUNCE in the first place, but ultimately they were sent to ANNOUNCE. They announced God’s salvation and helped people turn toward God’s Messiah.

John’s appeal to repentance is based on his conviction that the Kingdom is near. His call to repentance and conversion can only come as an invitation to life, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Since Abraham, the people of God have been called to be a people waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises. The prophets have kept the faith and hope of their people alive. John is the forerunner of Christ. His message for us is simple… prepare actively for the coming of Christ! But how?

Our COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE for Advent is this Tuesday, December 6th at 7 PM. That evening there will be three priests available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What better way to “prepare the way of the Lord!” I’m sure John the Baptist would agree!!

- Father Jim

Holy Name Breakfast
with St. Nick

Sunday, December 11th 
                  9 AM to 1 PM in Hanson Hall
Pancakes smothered in warm syrup & sausage 
                            milk, juice and coffee              
                    Take out orders are available!

              Adults... $5    Children 4 to 12... $2   
                                    Under 4... FREE


Our Lady's Guild

 Raffling 3 Gift Baskets

Main Prize Basket (value over $575) includes a $400 gift certificate to "The Geneva Lodge" PLUS...

Second Prize Basket (value $275) features a picnic basket and quilt PLUS...

Third Prize Basket (value $250) features a Heinen's gift certificate PLUS...

These items are on display in the Gathering Area.

Purchase your tickets there or at the Parish Office and then... hope you are one of the lucky winners at the end of the Pancake Breakfast!

All for only $1 a ticket or 6 for $5!


Don't Miss This!!!

"All I Ever Have to Be"

Advent Evening of Reflection for ALL Ages

Sunday, December 11th at 6:30 PM in Hanson Hall

The journey of Mary and Joseph wasn't about presents but the ultimate "Gift" instead!

For more details visit www.FaithandRealLife.com

That evening merchandise will be available and 
a free will offering will be taken.


Support our
Holy Name Society

Entertainment Books $30

All Around the Town Books $28

Books are available at the Parish Office and
make great Christmas gifts!


Communal Penance

Tuesday, December 6th at 7 PM

 Message from Father Dave

        I have been away from the parish for over a month now. By the time you read this I will have received my second treatment on Thursday and Friday, November 17th and 18th. My doctor believes I can tolerate the chemotherapy without many side effects. I spend my time here at St. Brendan’s praying, reading, watching movies and trying to eat a well balanced diet. I appreciate your cards, emails, texts, food and gifts... I am more than well taken care of! I trust you are taking good care of Father Caddy as well. I truly appreciate all he is doing along with our parish staff!
        I also want to thank all of you who attended the Reverse Raffle on November 19th. This has always been one of my favorite gatherings of the year and I really missed not being there! A special big thank you to the Reverse Raffle committee!
        Finally, I want to wish all of you the best as we celebrate being thankful throughout this Thanksgiving week and as we then begin the Advent season. I hope and pray that you have been able to spend time with those who mean the most to you. Please know I pray for the people of our parish every day and look forward to seeing you next year.
        My doctor has asked me to stay isolated because of my weakened immune system. Many of you have inquired if we can get together or if you can come to visit me at the rectory. Unfortunately this cannot happen in the near future.. I am just following my doctor’s orders
                           Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
                                                Father Dave

P.S. Many of you have asked how to contact me.
The following is the parish address where I can be reached
as well as my email address.

          Father David Woost
        c/o St. Brendan’s Catholic Church
        4242 Brendan Lane North Olmsted, Ohio 44070 


December 2016


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 PSR Registration Now Open!

Registration Form
Class Schedules

Completed forms
may be mailed, put in the collection basket or
dropped off
at the Parish Office.

Scripture Study
 Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Both groups meet in the Gathering Area


There's No
Holiday Vacation from Hunger!

Serve a nourishing Sunday noon meal
at St. Philip Neri

Sign up
in the Gathering Area
or for more details please call Debbie
at 440-256-1412

 Can You Spare
Four Hours Once
a Week?

Joseph House needs more "Helping Hands"
to assist people
at the Clothing Bank!
Join the carpool
and volunteer your time on Wednesday or Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please call Joan
at 440-256-2699 or

Call today... Sign up
to help... You will be glad you did!!


Divine Word Ushers Luncheon

Sunday, January 8th
at 1 PM 
Pine Ridge Country Club

Spouses of ushers
(including wives
of deceased ushers) and
retired ushers are welcome
as our guests

Let’s Storm Heaven
with Our Prayer!

Join us after
the Saturday 5 PM or Sunday 8:30 or 11 AM liturgies to pray
the Rosary
for Father Dave
and all the sick and suffering in our parish.
Even if you don’t pray
the Rosary
or don’t know how,
please consider coming.
It will only take
15 or 20 minutes
of your time and
it can really
make a difference! Remember
Father Dave’s words, “Together we will remain Divine Word strong!”

Rosary directions are available and if you don’t have a Rosary
it’s ok to use your fingers
for counting!