Serving others and celebrating the Lord in all He has given to us!

May 22, 2020 Update

We have permission to resume daily Mass on Monday, May 25th at 9 am, and weekend Masses on May 30th and 31st at our regularly scheduled times. There will be a variety of safety requirements in place, including limited seating to help social distancing, required wearing of masks, etc. Fr. Dave will provide a video of how we will effectively social distance while worshiping together.
We will continue to live-stream our Sunday 8:30 am mass.

EWTN Livestream at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET  (INCLUDES DAILY MASS)  WATCH
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (INCLUDES SPANISH LANGUAGE)  WATCH
Heart of the Nation   WATCH

We’re happy you could visit us!

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: 5:00 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 once again 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

Join us online:

Sunday at 8:30 am Live-streamed mass

We have returned to public masses!  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.

Mass Time Change

Please mark your calendars.  Beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be at 4:30 PM instead of 5:00 PM.

Divine Word 5-year Plan:  See our brochure outlining the 5-year plan for our parish.

Automated Giving:   Credit Cards Now Accepted!

Many of you have asked about using a credit card for your weekly or monthly offerings.  We’re pleased to announce that you may now use a credit or debit card to share your offerings, and you may set it up to be a one-time gift or recurring.  Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are each accepted.  Clink this link to explore the giving opportunities that are available.  If you have questions, contact Dee at the Parish Office.

Paper Recycling Bins are gone: Your eyes are not deceiving you, our paper recycling bins have disappeared. Regretfully, we were only earning about $5 a month and we would have had to install a costly new cement pad. We made the decision to cancel the recycling program.

Volunteers Needed (in the future) at Lake County ReStore

Volunteer Gardeners Needed! – In addition to planting and “lighter gardening” needs, we have some “heavy duty” gardening and shrub/tree removal to be accomplished.  (We will be maintaining 6’ distancing, and would appreciate if you bring a mask to have available if/as needed.)  If you love gardening and the great outdoors and are willing to assist with gardening projects, please contact the parish office, 440-256-1412 or email Thank You!

Volunteers Are Needed! –  We are in need of two adult volunteers to join one of our Money Counting teams.  If you are able to spare an hour or two on Monday mornings, every other month, please contact Dee Germano by email at for more information about this ministry.

Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore asks that you consider volunteering to help build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in our community and around the world.   Call (440) 781-8875 for more information or sign up at


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 Sandy Lucas of the Catholic Community Foundation at (216) 696-6525 x-1640, email: for a confidential conversation.

Kirtland C.A.R.E.S.

Kirtland cares and is here to help!  Due to an outpouring of support and concern from residents and community organizations, The City of Kirtland has formed Kirtland C.A.R.E.S. Response Team in an effort to help those most directly affected by the coronavirus, should an emergent need arise.

Kirtland C.A.R.E.S. Community : Action : Resources : Education : Support

Reach out to City personnel at or if you can help with any of the following:

  • Identifying people in need, especially the elderly.
  • Donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, basic first aid items.
  • Provide hands-on assistance delivering necessary items and connecting with shut-ins.

Thank you!

Online and Drive-by Activities

Divine Mercy Cenacle – The group will be meeting again on Monday, July 13 at 1:30 PM via Zoom: link here.  We will be reviewing Weeks  16 & 17.  All are welcome.

Four Seasons Book Club with Fr. Dave – Summer is the perfect time to crack open a new book. The pick is “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis. This Christian tale is about a bus ride from hell to heaven.  Please purchase the book on your own, read it and join us Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 PM over Zoom to discuss the book.  Please contact Debbie Lokar at the parish office if you will be attending.

Cancer Support Group – Our Cancer Support Group will meet on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.  We meet for ninety minutes and we simply share our story and offer support to one another.  Feel free to invite a friend for your own personal support.

Heart of a Shepherd

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.

Catholic Education

Once PSR resumes, we would love to have YOU join our PSR team. We need a volunteer – just once a week – to be a 7th grade catechist on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Please contact Gina Rensi at (440) 606-0217 for more information.


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, where you can find homilies from Fr. Dave, Fr. Caddy, Deacon Carl and Deacon John.

Year-end Contribution Statements

Year-End Contribution Information – If you would like a 2019 contribution substantiation statement for your records, please do one of the following: drop a note in the collection basket requesting a statement or contact Dee in the parish office via email, or by phone at 440-256-1412.  We will gladly mail or email your contribution statement to you.  We appreciate your gift of treasure and we thank you for your continued support!

Protect Yourself From Scams – PACKETS OF  INFORMATION are available in the gathering area to protect yourself or a friend from being scammed and how to report fraud.  The folders of free material include information on unwanted calls, tech support scams, identity theft, charity fraud, health care scams, etc.  This information is valuable, please pick up a folder and pass it on.

Ministry Opportunities

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 is asked for a period of one year beginning the week of June 21, but can remain open-ended in time as each individual discerns her call.   Please call Debbie Lokar at the parish office if interested or for further information.

Eucharistic Minister training at Divine Word –  Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 – 11:30 am we will be hosting a formation session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Church.

Eucharistic Adoration – Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Monday, June 1.  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 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 pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet at home daily at 3 pmHow to pray the chaplet

Altar Service is a privilege and a blessing –  Altar servers are needed, especially at our 5 pm mass on Saturdays. If you are in the 4th grade or higher, mature adults welcome as well, please call the office at (440) 256-1412.  Training will be provided.

Joseph House – When the Pandemic is officially over, Joseph House Help Will Be Needed Joseph House is a ministry serving refugees and others in need in the St. Clair/Superior neighborhood of Cleveland.  It is a collaboration between Divine Word Parish in Kirtland and three Cleveland parishes- St. Vitus, St. Paul Croatian and Immaculate Conception.  We are seeking volunteers to help at the clothing bank on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:45 am- 1:00 pm.  This is a fun and rewarding way to directly help some of our most vulnerable neighbors.  If you can help, even occasionally, please call Joan Laux at 440-376-7800 or Sharon O’Flaherty at 440-974-3764.  Learn more about us at

Joseph House is in need of a new or used full size refrigerator.  The one that needs replacing is too old to repair.  If you have one you are not using anymore, we will be able to pick it up.  Please contact the parish office if you are able to assist.

Our Hot Meals Program at St. Philip Neri is temporarily suspended.

Society of St. Vincent De Paul Needs YOU! – The Divine Word Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a dedicated group of parishioners who are advocates of the poor and marginalized of both the parish and the wider community, helping where they can to alleviate the needs of others in times of crises.  Presently, there is a need for parishioners who are interested in this very important ministry to join the Society to assist in this very important work.  Contact Dan Laux at 216-509-0449 for more information.

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!

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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.

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.

Diocesan Programs and Services

All Souls Cemetery – The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour pre-planning seminar on Saturday, June 13, at 1 PM.  Come learn about your Catholic burial options, including options for cremated remains.  We kindly ask that you RSVP to this event, so we can make arrangements for proper social distancing.  Attendees are encouraged to wear a face covering, but are not required.

RSVP:  216/641-7575  ext. 4

All Souls Cemetery – 10366 Chardon Rd., Chardon

Catholic Cemeteries Association – Please join us as we make a gradual return to our in-office Sunday Grief Support Group on June 28 with limited seating for social distancing and masks recommended.  The June topic is “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled.”  We will meet 3 PM – 4 PM at all of our locations including All Saints Cemetery, Northfield; and All Souls Cemetery, Chardon.  Meeting sites will be sanitized and seating will be arranged at a safe distance.  Participants are requested to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing.  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Rhonda at or at 216-930-4866.   To view our most updated calendar of events, please visit

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