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April 2, 2020 update

Catholic Bishops of Ohio Suspend All Publicly Celebrated Masses/Liturgies

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, through Sunday, May 3rd.  The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

Please be assured that First Communion will be rescheduled.

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (INCLUDES SPANISH LANGUAGE)  WATCH
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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

Rosary: Monday through Friday at 8:00 am

Weekday Liturgy: Monday through Friday at 8:30 am

Our office is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM.  Please feel free to call 440-256-1412 during those hours, or you may leave a message on other days/times.

News from Divine Word

Holy Week Live-Streamed Services Schedule

Sunday, April 5   8:30 am Palm Sunday

Monday, April 6  8:30 am mass

Tuesday, April 7   8:30 am mass

Wednesday, April 8   8:30 mass

Holy Thursday, April 9   9 am Morning Prayer, 7 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, April 10  9 am Morning Prayer, noon Stations of the Cross, 3 pm Service of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 11    9 am Morning Prayer, 7 pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 12   8:30 am mass

Automated Giving: Thank you for your generous donations! Many of you have been mailing in your donation envelopes. Here’s an easy option to save on stamps: Consider electronic giving. Click here:

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.


 Growing Through Grief, Bereavement Support Series is postponed.

From February 26 – April 5, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.


Cancer Support Group is postponed until further notice.

IMPORTANT Food Collection News!

Due to the suspension of Masses/liturgies in our state, the Easter Food Collection and distribution of the baskets is also suspended.    Thank you to all who have supported this collection.  At this time, the donated items that we have will be delivered to Kirtland C.A.R.E.S. Response Team, which is a new program set up by the city to help those directly affected by the coronavirus.  Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, our monthly food collections will resume.  Again, thank your for your continued support to our food collection program.

Four Seasons Book Club

On Heaven and Earth presents a series of conversations from the man who became Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. They share their thoughts on faith, family, prayer, guilt, death and many other topics. Both men sought to build bridges among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world at large.  Hope you can join us Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in the Gathering Area to share your opinions, questions, likes and dislikes regarding the book.  Please acquire the book on your own.

Volunteers Needed (in the future) at Lake County ReStore

Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore will your help when the pandemic has run its course and we are again able to leave our homes safely.  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!

In Other News

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 both Deacon John’s homilies in addition to Fr. Caddy and Fr. Dave’s homilies.

Diocese-wide Programs

Catholic Cemeteries Association – Free Monthly Grief Support Groups – God has seen your tears and heard your prayers.  You are not meant to walk this journey of grief alone.  Please join us in our friendly, safe, and comforting groups that meet at 3:00 pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month in six of our cemetery office locations throughout the diocese.  Find comfort, enlightenment, fellowship.

Meetings are temporarily cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

For more details, visit or contact Rhonda at or 216-930-4866.

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

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 is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist.  Please worship at home at this time.

Here is a live site to use for adoration: Live Eucharistic Adoration from the EWTN Chapel

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.

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

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, visit and click on schedule.

Check out Relevant Radio online:

Bringing Christ to the world through the media

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