Public Mass Update

Join us in the church for masses on Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 8:30 or 11 am. Hand sanitizer will still be available at every entrance. Masks are once again requested indoors. We will continue to live-stream our Sunday 8:30 am mass.


We are located at 8100 Eagle Road in lovely Kirtland, Ohio.

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.

To register to join our Divine Word Parish Family, please complete the information on the form at this link:

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

An Update from Bishop Malesic on keeping people safe during the pandemic: The latest information from federal, state and local public health agencies informs us that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is surging in our area, causing increased illness and hospitalizations at levels not seen since the spring. For the safety of all who worship at Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Cleveland, I strongly encourage you — whether vaccinated or not vaccinated — to wear a face mask while attending Mass indoors. All who want to attend Mass, and who are otherwise vulnerable, should feel safe and welcome inside our sacred spaces. More details at:

Joseph House is in need of the following items (bring donations to the Parish Office):

  • Fans (summer is approaching and the apartments would benefit from fans).
  • New or gently used tennis shoes/athletic shoes for men, women and children.
  • A Joseph House refugee mom with two small children would benefit from a double stroller.
  • Men’s pants, waist size 28-34 and men’s short sleeve T-shirts

There’s always time to support the 2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal:  Double your impact!  A generous donor will match your gift, up to $1 million, when you give online at

Are you getting our Divine Word Weekly Updates? If not, contact Shari at 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

Upcoming Activities

In His Sandals Walking Group meets on Wednesdays at 6 pm. This week, Chapin Forest, 9938 Chillicothe Rd., Kirtland

Our Cancer Support Group will meet on Monday, September 20th at 7:00PM in the Gathering Area. Feel free to invite a friend for your own personal support.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – Join us at the next meeting on Thursday, September 23rd at 6:00 PM in the Gathering Area or donate a completed project so we can include it in the upcoming Blessing of the Shawls on Sunday, September 26th.

The Divine Word Clam Bake will be Saturday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM in Hanson Hall. Full dinner will be $30 or roasted chicken only for $18. Deadline for reservations is October 18th. Checks can be made payable to Our Lady’s Guild.

Extraordinary Minsters are needed to distribute the Eucharist at the Kirtland Nursing Home on Sundays. Even volunteering one Sunday a month would be most appreciated! Please contact Debbie Lokar at the Parish Office (440) 256-1412 if interested.

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, for more information or contact Karen at or (440) 352-8282.

Dates To Save:

Saturday, October 30 Altar Dedication Bishop Gries will join us for 4:30 mass

Tuesday, November 2nd  All Souls Memorial Mass at 7 pm
Friday, November 5th at 5:30 pm the Reverse Raffle at La Malfa Party Center The raffle committee is pleased to announce plans are underway to host a fabulous 41st annual raffle ($4,000 Main Board Grand Prize). There will be amazing Chinese raffle and live auction prizes, cocktails beginning at 5:30, a delicious buffet dinner, at 6, and wear your dancing shoes, as music will again be provided by Body & Soul — a night of fun from beginning to end! For more information, contact Mark Potosky, 216-970-1638, or Shari Allwood, 440-256-1412.  Mark your calendar to save the date!

Sunday, November 14th at 9:30 am New Parishioners Brunch (this is a rescheduled date)

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Ministry Opportunities

Volunteers are needed for our participation in a hot meals program hosted at the Bishop Cosgrove Center. The goal is to prepare nutritious meals for the lunch program every Friday in Hanson Hall. The meals will then be delivered to the Center. We need your help to prepare food, package meals and deliver meals every Friday morning. For more information, and to volunteer please contact Debbie Lokar at the parish office.

“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.

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 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 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 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.

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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