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!

We like to think that heaven is easily accessible to us. The thought of the narrow gate in today’s Gospel makes us ponder, “Am I assured of my heavenly glory once this life has ended?” The common thought is to start adding up all we have done well in comparison to what we have not done well. I have carved out my space in heaven simply by my own merit! This rubs up against the saving actions of Jesus. He was the one who over and over again forgave the worst of sinners. His actions were frequently done in opposition to the tradition of the day and often in front of those who took offense to His actions and words.

Jesus repeatedly came forward in support of the sinner who by some standards would not even fit into the largest of gates. Nonetheless, He extended His forgiveness. We often think that we only get through the narrow gate by our own efforts. Jesus does the saving and His cross and resurrection have to mean something to us in our daily life. The saving actions of Jesus are the motivation for everything we do in this life and our response to His saving actions are what will help us through the narrow gate! As a matter of fact, it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit, accessible to us all, that we are given the strength and ability to get through the narrow gate. Ultimately, it is only through Christ’s saving actions and His strength that we are able to live out our faith.

On the other hand, we can never give up! Heaven is accessible to everyone. Our ability to live out our faith and maintain our trust is vital to our relationship with God. Going to Mass, daily prayer, Scripture reading and our actions toward others speak loudly and clearly about our desire to be with God, not only in this life but in the life to come! Persistence in our Christian way of life widens the narrow gate and that’s why we never give up on Christ who gives us the strength to do all things.

- Fr. Dave

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!


Saturday, October 1st...

Be sure to save the date!!!

Divine Word
Clam Bake

in Hanson Hall at 6:30 PM

The menu includes: New England Clam Chowder, Oven Roasted Chicken, Redskin Potatoes,
Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potatoes,
One Dozen Middle Neck Clams,
Beverages and Dessert

ALL this for $26 OR Roasted Chicken ONLY $16 Extra Dozen Clams $10

Reservations AND Payment are due
at the Parish Office by Monday, September 26th

Please make checks payable to "Our Lady's Guild"

Questions? Call Claire at 216-409-8686


Catholics Coming Home

An Open Door for Returning Catholics
Were you raised Catholic but do not come or
seldom come to church anymore?

Are you a Catholic who now feels separated
from the Church?

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church as it is today?

No matter how long you have been away
and no matter the reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship
with the Catholic Church!

Six weekly sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Divine Word rectory on Tuesdays from October 4th to November 8th

Topics to be discussed will include:
An Overview & Sharing Faith Stories
Today's Church since Vatican II
The Mass
 The Creed

For more information please call
Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256-1412


Learning from
The Chronicles of Narnia

Open to all parish members ages 13 & older!

Discussion Group will meet on Mondays at 7 PM beginning
September 12th  

Come and examine C.S. Lewis' book series to see what they can teach us about our faith journey!

Contact Adam at 440-256-1412 for
more details and to register

Pictorial Directory 

Please click HERE to schedule
your appointment!

February 2016


To view please click here!

 PSR Registration Now Open!

Registration Form
Class Schedules

Completed forms
may be mailed, put in the collection basket or
dropped off
at the Parish Office.

Urgent Prayer
Holy Hour!

August 22nd
at 7 PM
in the church

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!!


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Weekly sessions
focus on the
teachings & experience of the Church
to help prepare individuals
to celebrate
the sacraments of
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
during the
Easter season.

Separate sessions
are available for youth.

For more details please contact Gina Rensi or Father Dave at


Joseph House Volunteer
Painting Day

Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM to 4 PM

6104 St. Clair Avenue
in Cleveland

Let us know if you can help for a few hours or for the day. 440-339-1344 or josephhouseofcleveland@gmail.com