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!
Ritual is a word that often implies a time of gathering that is underlined by a prescribed and predictable event. Ritual is something that is done over and over again, usually in the same way. What a ritual tries to capture is a moment in life that words alone cannot describe. Most people today shy away from ritual because they will not allow its meaning to pervade their lives. It takes work and a true desire to let the spirit infiltrate our lives and allow the ritual to speak to us. When we get a hint of the message, we grow. When we fall back and dare not to enter into the ritual, we see it as boring or being out of touch with our reality.
The Pharisees and scribes loved their rituals and these often controlled many parts of their lives. In today’s Gospel, they are appalled by Jesus’ followers being so apathetic to rituals such as washing their hands prior to eating a meal or purifying themselves after coming from the marketplace. Jesus rebuffs these religious leaders and calls them out. The rituals of washing hands, cups, jugs, kettles and beds make no sense in comparison to what is within people’s hearts. His list of what these defilements are is a mile long. What is in people’s hearts is the place that needs to be purified first and then rituals like purification before eating can take place. Maybe it simply comes down to this... is it easier to clean pots and pans than to clean one’s heart?
Our ritual of the liturgy is meant to strengthen our faith, challenge us to see the importance of Jesus in the world, and purify our hearts to make them receptive to the Lord’s message that is conveyed through the Mass. Even though the ritual is the same, it always packs an incredible message for us. When we allow the ritual of the Mass to speak to us, it can shape our very lives. Our willingness to enter into our ritual worship can give us the strength we need for the coming week and it will help us to cope with any situation we might face.
- Fr. Dave
Catholics Coming Home
An Open Door for Returning Catholics
Catholics Coming Home is a nonjudgmental program offered here
at Divine Word. It is designed to reach out and invite inactive
and non-practicing Catholics to return "home" and re-activate their faith
Six weekly sessions will provide updated information
on the basics of Catholicism in a
These sessions will be held in the Divine Word rectory on Tuesdays beginning
October 6th through November 10th
from 7 to 8:30 PM
Sharing Stories of Faith
The Church Today/
Changes since Vatican II/Marriage/Annulment
For more information or questions
please call Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256-1412
To view please click here!
Spend an Hour with Jesus!
Mondays from 8 to 9 PM
We are looking for someone who would be willing to take an hour from their busy schedule and spend this time
in Eucharistic Adoration.
If you are called to participate please contact:
Debbie Lokar... 440-256-1412
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for more information!
Divine Word 40th Anniversary
with Father Dave to ROME
September 10-19, 2016