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!
Over the next few weeks we will be engaged in following the early public ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. This weekend we hear the beginning of a lengthy sermon outlining the search for righteousness, mercy and peace.
Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes is part of the first of five sermons of Jesus. This one, called the Sermon on the Mount, marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. Matthew willingly presents Jesus as the new Moses, and proclaims here the kingdom’s new charter or new covenant. Jesus’ sermon appears to be a new commentary and an updating of the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments: “You have heard that it was said… But I say to you…” Jesus speaks with new authority and pushes the requirements of the first covenant much farther.
Matthew’s Beatitudes are often considered somewhat less incisive and compelling than those of Luke, the latter bearing a more concrete, socio-economic thrust. While Luke speaks of the poor without any further qualifications, Matthew speaks of the “poor in spirit…” This phrase of Matthew’s has been interpreted as a dilution of Jesus’ teaching and a commitment in favor of the poor. In the same manner, where Luke speaks of those “who are now hungry” and those “who are now weeping,” Matthew retains a blessing for those “who hunger… for righteousness” and drops any reference to the here and now, just as he does when speaking of those “who mourn.”
These two versions of the Beatitudes are actually complementary. They are not opposed, and it should be clear that the Beatitudes in Matthew are no less demanding than those found in Luke. First of all, it is worth mentioning that Matthew’s set of Beatitudes numbers eight and explore a wider range of human activities and attitudes. Second, it also should be mentioned that, from the point of view of biblical anthropology and Jesus’ views on true religion and worship, phrases like “poor in spirit” and “clean of heart,” are far from implying lesser requirements and call for an even more radical conversion. Third, “righteousness” (mentioned twice by Matthew) cannot be separated from “justice,” the former being the attitude needed to perform works of justice. Fourth, and last, for the peacemakers and those who are persecuted because of Jesus, the Beatitudes leave no doubt about the cost His disciples will have to pay.
All in all, Matthew’s Beatitudes are no less demanding and challenging than those found in Luke. And like those of Luke, they open up a world of unrestricted hope and happiness for whoever chooses to abide by them. Simply put, the Beatitudes teach us that blessedness or true happiness is found by reaching outward, not by turning inward.
- Father Jim
St. Vincent de Paul Monthly
Food Collections Begin Again!
January 28th & 29th
Non perishable food, cleaning supplies and
paper products are needed.
Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be placed in the collection basket
in an envelope marked "SVDP Food Collection.
Cookbooks are Here!
Plan to purchase yours at the Parish Office
for only $12 each.
Have a Heart and Lend a
Saturday, February 4th at the Kirtland Community Center Gym
The whole family is welcome
(from Grandparents to Grandchildren) to help package 10,000 dried meals for Burkina Faso, Africa.
This event is a part of our "Four for Forty" program
is organized through Catholic Relief Services. Donations and volunteer registration
can be done online at http://helpinghands.crs.org/events/divine/
Contact Rosemary at 440-289-5907 or
stop at the Fair Trade Table before and after
all the Masses in January for more details.
This is a great opportunity for youth
Parish Life Commission
Steele Mansion Historic Inn
Saturday, February 11th at 6:30 PM
Dinner & Personal Guided Tour
Reservations and $30 per person
are needed at the Parish Office
by February 6th!
Questions? Call 440-256-1412.
Vacation Bible School
June 19th to the 23rd
from 9 AM to Noon
Adult Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 PM
in Hanson Hall
Contact Gina Rensi at 440-256-1412
Latest Message from Father Dave
I hope the New Year has brought all of you a renewal of mind and heart. These winter months can serve as a time to reflect on all that is important to us. I am managing my time with prayer, exercise, writing, reading and family but I am going a little stir-crazy and cannot believe I have been away from Kirtland for three months! Last week I just completed my fourth round of treatment and my doctor continues to grow in his optimism because my blood counts have once again improved. Honestly, this is the best I have felt since these treatments began. I will have another treatment February 9th and 10th and my last one will be March 9th and 10th.
After having consulted with my doctor and knowing the strength of the chemotherapy I am taking, we have concluded I will not return to Divine Word until sometime after Easter, April 16th. My doctor wants to make sure that all the side effects have run their course and that I will really be in shape to return to my ministry. I would guess that I will actually return sometime around the end of April or the beginning of May. If it were up to me, I would come home now, but I still have much in front of me to regain my health.
I truly believe that a large part of where I am at today is the result of the prayers and thoughts of so many people. I cannot express enough how you have lifted me up throughout this difficult chapter in my life. I know that when I return life will be looked at differently. I will be forever grateful for what you have done for me during this time. I am anxious to return, but I have much more to do on this side of town. In the meantime please know of my love, prayers and thoughts for all of you!
P.S. Many of you continue to ask 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
To view please click HERE!
PSR Registration Now Open!
may be mailed, put in the collection basket or
at the Parish Office.
Miracles of Mercy
at 7 PM
in Hanson Hall
Please join us as
we pray the Chaplet
and enjoy the 75 minute award winning movie "St. Maria Faustina:
of Divine Mercy"
We Need More Smiling Faces!
More ushers are needed for the Saturday 5 PM Mass and the Sunday 8:30 and 11 AM Masses.
Contact Kathy Marvar at email@example.com or Mark Del Balso at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the
Usher's list located in the side room at the main entrance of the church.
Can You Spare
Four Hours Once
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!!
Pre Cana Day
Saturday, February 18th
Let’s Storm Heaven
with Our Prayer!
Join us after
the Saturday 5 PM or Sunday 8:30 or 11 AM liturgies to pray
for Father Dave
and all the sick and suffering in our parish.
Even if you don’t pray
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