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!

Jesus sharing how to pray, teaching us the Our Father and about persistence in asking and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives… these are all contained in one of the richest sections in the Gospel of Mark. Their richness lies in what is being asked and the response that is given.

“Lord, teach us how to pray.” This request has led the Church to a tradition of spirituality that cannot be matched. Jesus’ disciples were interested in living their lives like His. They noticed His ability to pray and spend time with God in heaven. They wanted what they perceived Jesus had. Their request is heard. Jesus has also observed His friends in how they have followed Him and gives them the most familiar prayer in the Christian world. Jesus carefully gives the words of this prayer to them. He believes this is not only what His friends need to hear and say in their prayers, but also what they need to learn to live by.

The Our Father is the most difficult prayer to pray for this reason... this is Jesus’ prayer! When we say the Our Father we are being called to step into the “shoes” of Jesus while we pray it. The difficulty is that we are called to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. We are called to seek the daily bread that not only nourishes our stomach but even more, the bread that feeds our souls. We are called to forgive those who do us harm and are called to trust in Jesus who will help keep us from temptation and avoid evil at all cost.

Jesus then gives us a word that is not necessarily popular by today’s measure… persistence! This word is often used in sports and business. Jesus calls us to be persistent in our faith and to never give up when things do not go our way. Persistence means that we see God in every human moment and experience. Persistence guides us to live in the moment. Persistence means that our prayers will not go to waste and that the time we spend in prayer will keep our relationship with the Lord strong. Persistence in prayer keeps us grounded in mercy, forgiveness, hope and belief. It is just too easy for us to let go of what we have in Jesus Christ. The connection is not just the press of a button to text Him, but rather our persistence is a call where we give our heart, mind and soul to the Lord in our prayers!

Are you wondering how prayer and persistence will meet each other? This can only happen through the power of the Spirit! The gift of God’s presence in the Spirit actually guides us to find the means we need to pray and then to pray properly. In essence, the One to whom we pray becomes the means as to how we pray. The presence of the Spirit gives us the words we need to pray. At times, the Spirit brings us to a profound silence, and if nothing else, the Spirit calls us to faith that our prayer really has meaning. 

- Fr. Dave

 If you were a volunteer, donated "stuff"
or shopped...
Thank you for supporting 
our Rummage Sale
this year!  


What's Cooking at
Divine Word!
We're creating a Divine Word 40th Anniversary Cookbook and since you are all fabulous chefs, we want to
immortalize you in print!

Three ways to submit your recipes...
1.  You can write your recipes down or photocopy them and leave them on the organ bench in church.
2.  Go online to www.typensave.com
Username: DivineWordCooks  Password: onion 140
3.  Email recipes to BHarper@divinewordkirtland.org

Give us recipes of a relative (be sure to include their name) and then buy a cookbook for them as a gift. We can even print an "In Memoriam" recipe.  

We want this to be a wonderful cookbook filled
with at least 250 recipes.

Our deadline will be when we achieve our goal!


August 14, 2016

Be sure to save the date!!!

Divine Word Annual Summer Picnic

Kirtland Community Center
7900 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland

Mass at 11 AM
Food served from 12 Noon until 3 PM
Activities until 5 PM


Sunday, August 7th
12 Noon to 10 PM

For more details go to
www.theFEST.us or call 440-943-7662

Join us at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe... you'll be glad you di!!

St. Vincent de Paul
Back to School Drive for children in need
July 30th &31st and
August 6th & 7th

Requested Packet Items:
1 eraser
1 subject spiral bound, wide-ruled notebook
1 pack of wide-ruled paper
1 12 inch/metric ruler
1 package of #2 pencils
1 soft pencil case
1 glue stick
1 box of crayons (16 or 24)
1 box washable markers (8)
3 2-pocket folders

Cash donations welcomed!
If you can, purchase all the items, put them in a bag and mark it "Complete Packet."

Pictorial Directory 

Please click HERE to schedule
your appointment!

February 2016


To view please click here!

Divine Word

 Golf Outing

August 8th
at Legend Lake Country Club

For more details
contact Jim Bukevec
at 440-946-3154

Sponsored by the Holy Name

Scripture Study
 Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

Both groups meet in the Gathering Area


with Father Dave!

Call Fred & Judy Orenics at 440-256-1733


 Can You Spare
Four Hours Once
a Week?

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!!


Chronicles of Narnia Book Series

Written by C.S. Lewis,
these books are filled
with Christian themes
and observations.
We'll spend time
with the books & movies to explore & better understand them.

As this is an interest-dependent event that is now open
to ALL members of the parish ages 13 & up,
please let Adam Lesko know
if you are interested in participating ASAP!!!