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!

This Week's Message from 

Father Dave...

It would be easy to assume that in the way the liturgical year unfolds we should think linearly as each Sunday is celebrated. We begin with the announcement of Jesus’ birth at the beginning of Advent. What then follows in succession is Christmas, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. The first part of Ordinary Time introduces the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Lent prepares us for the events of Holy Week and His eventual suffering and death that quickly lead us into the Resurrection followed by the Easter season. For the last seven weeks we have proclaimed the Word that developed from the beginning of the earliest Christian communities and the leadership of the Apostles along with Paul and Barnabas.

Today is no different. After having celebrated the feast of the Ascension, we are now at the end of the Easter season. Pentecost is all about the great gift of the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit. If you get the sense that the liturgical year is to unfold one event of Jesus’ life after another, you are drawing an incomplete conclusion. The point to make here is that liturgy is not just about the celebration of historical events, even though that might be the way they are presented. In reality, liturgy goes beyond time. First and foremost, it celebrates God’s saving action in our world. Liturgy breaks open for us God’s action through Jesus and the Church and how He presents His saving action in the midst of a frail and needy humanity. Of course the feast of Pentecost brings us into that realm. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God in a way that He fills time at all times... His presence fills the world and we are much better for it!

The feast of Pentecost should call us to attend to the Spirit that has been freely given to us. So much is miscalculated when it comes to the Spirit. It  is often celebrated with worship that consists of high powered music, long drawn out preaching or the giving of testimony. However, as Catholic Christians there is a place for this kind of worship. Once a year here at Divine Word we celebrate a charismatic liturgy... a truly great experience. I have often heard people say that our ritual limits the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. My honest assessment is that our ritual has an incredible depth to it that most Catholic Christians do not even realize. The proclamation of God’s Word and the realization of bread and wine becoming the Body and Blood of Jesus can only be received if our spirit is intimately connected to the presence of the Holy Spirit moving us to clearly understand what is occurring. I am convinced that our sincere prayer and desire to grow in Christ will lead us to the presence of His Holy Spirit.

This year I was actually anticipating Pentecost Sunday for a different reason... my Doctorate of Ministry Project was to have been finished this weekend. You may recall last September when surveys were completed followed by interviews that were conducted for those who wished to participate. Then in early February when I returned from my vacation I came to the realization that my mother’s health was diminishing and I would have to put much of my work on hold. As a result my project that is taking place in the parish has been extended until the end of September. This week I will be preaching at all of the Masses in order to bring everyone up–to-date regarding my work 
  
  
                                                    Father Dave

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Rummage Sale News!
Thursday & Friday, July 16th & 17th from 9:30 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, July 18th from 9 AM to 1 PM 

Once again Youth Ministry will also have our
Recycling Fundraiser
in conjunction with the Rummage Sale!!!
Start saving your donations today!

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February 2015

Newsletter

To view please click here!

Vacation Bible School 2015

June 15-19

Registration Information Here!

Reach Out to Those in Need!
 Volunteers are needed to help serve a meal
at St. Philip Neri
mid May thru August

For more information and
to sign up please call Debbie
at the Parish Office.

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Divine Word
40th Anniversary

2016 Trip with
Father Dave to ROME and more!

September 10-19, 2016

www.portofcall-cruises.com/DivineWord

Take a look
for more information!