Honoring Deacon Carl Varga

Friday, Feb. 19 funeral mass is available for viewing on our previously recorded live-streamed masses.

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.

Welcome!

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

Divine Word is participating in a parish-wide survey about discipleship conducted by the Catholic Leadership Institute. We would love to hear your opinion. The survey asks you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and enables you to provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow.  All responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as whole. The survey can be accessed at this link: https://portal.catholicleaders.org/dmi/survey/d8dd6dp116

We are trying to get the highest response rate possible.  This information will be invaluable to Fr. Dave and our various ministries as we plan for the future and strive to be the best disciples we can be.  We will receive the results this spring/summer, at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.
If you prefer a paper copy, you may pick up a paper copy of the survey after daily and Sunday Masses or contact Helen at the office via (440) 256-1412.  Paper copies will be located in the gathering area.  Please drop off your completed paper survey in a sealed envelope in the box located on the table with the paper copies, or return the paper copy to the church via mail:
Divine Word ATTN:  Parish Survey, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland, OH  44094
Thank you for helping with this important project.


The 2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal takes place in our parish this weekend, February 20-21.  If you have not received the mailing from Bishop Malesic, or have not had a chance to respond to it, please consider making a generous pledge to support the ministries and services provided by Catholic Charities.  If you have received the mailing, please respond generously to it and we ask you to also complete the in-pew envelope and indicate by checking the box that you have responded by mail.  We invite you to view stories of inspiration and more information at 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.


You can still see our Divine Word Online Virtual Choir Concert online, here.

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

Annual Easter Food collection now through Saturday, March 27th: Please bring nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and paper products to the bins in the Gathering Area. Help fill Easter Food Baskets that will be distributed to those in need in our community. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. Please place them in a separate envelope marked “Food Collection” and drop them in the collection baskets on the baptismal font. 

Joseph House is now open for Wednesday and Friday Appointments and now accepting these items: blankets, bath towels, shoes for women, men and children, bed sheets (size double or queen).

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 – So many of our activities are on hold right now. We look forward to all meeting together again at a future time.

  • “In His Sandals” Hiking Club is now on hiatus until Spring.
  • Our Hot Meals Program at St. Philip Neri is temporarily suspended.
  • Growing through Grief – Bereavement Support Series  is now pandemically paused.
  • Joseph House: is temporarily closed and not currently accepting donations due to the pandemic. They have a plan in place to deal with emergency needs over the coming winter month.

Saint Joseph Consecration: Join us a Parish Community for 33 days as we consecrate ourselves to Saint Joseph, starting February 15th-March 19th.

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?

What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God.

Please call the Parish Office to sign up.


Catholic Education

RCIA – DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE SEARCHING TO BELONG TO A FAITH COMMUNITY?

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

Subscribe to our Divine Word  YouTube Channel.

Ministry Opportunities

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl once again asks for your help. The challenge of global hunger looms large for millions of our sisters and brothers. Offer your support at www.crsricebowl.org and learn more.

“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 ive families, providing $50 in food and $2682.32 for utility and rent bills. 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!

Stewardship

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