Are you aware that the city of Euclid is gifted with approximately 50 churches?
The Church of the Epiphany is offering a FREE Summer Music Camp to children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Monday through Friday, July 18-22, 12 - 4pm, come and enjoy music, stories, activities and games with friendly volunteers and church staff. Plan to come back on Sunday morning to Sing a New Song to the congregation and show off what you've learned!
The sound of whooping and hollering you hear is the happy dance at Ss. Robert and William Parish being done by Fr. John Betters (Pastor), Fr. Scott Goodfellow (Parochial Vicar), and the members of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Parish Ambassadors. The occasion is the result of our CRS Rice Bowl collection thus far:10 times more than the previous year, and still counting!
Shore Haven Lutheran Church, 280 E. 222nd Street, will be holding its ‘Everest’ Vacation Bible School program August 3-7 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ‘Everest’ VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Plus, kids walk away with a rock-solid faith that they can rely on God when life gets tough. Each day, kids participate in small groups and discover practical ways to hold on to God’s mighty power. They will experience exciting Bible adventures, be exposed to real stories of kids who rely on God’s power to face life’s challenges, play team games, learn cool Bible songs and get to taste some magnificent treats. Our fun week will conclude with a special closing celebration service on Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m.
When I was a young lad and Ike was president, my father took my brother and I to church every Sunday. Just before we loaded into that ugly 4 door Plymouth, he would hand us each a quarter to put in the basket as it was passed around. The usher slid the basket with long handle by and I would drop that shiny quarter into the basket with other ones and fives. On Christmas and Easter there were some tens and twenties. I would think to myself why can’t I keep the quarter, as it was such a pittance compared to other’s contributions. How much difference could a quarter make?
When I was 20 the winter was as bad as it is now. I was walking along Euclid Avenue downtown when a withered old man approached me with his hand out. He hadn’t shaved in a while and was wearing a dirty and torn old trench coat like the one my mother gave me for my birthday. He had his hand out while looking down at the ground and asked me if I could spare a quarter for him to ride the bus that night where he would be warm and safe. I too looked down as he approached and noticed that his tennis shoes were wet and he had no socks on.
Did you know that there is a historic tourist attraction right here in our city of Euclid? Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, located on Chardon Road, was opened on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 1926 by the Good Shepherd Sisters on property that was home to the 'Harms Farms'. In 1952, the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity took over the operation of the Shrine.
The Shrine is a replica of the Grotto in Lourdes, France. Incorporated into the Grotto are two stones taken from the stone upon which Our Lady appeared in Lourdes. The water from the Grotto flows over these holy relics.
Since its opening, thousands of pilgrims from across the country and from Canada have come to honor Our Lady and place their petitions before her. Hundreds of favors, both spiritual and temporal, have been reported as granted.
Today, the Shrine is available for pilgrims and parish groups to come for prayer and reflections. The Sisters host and conduct retreats and days of recollection as requested. The St. Ann Dining Room is available for groups who wish to spend the day. Conference rooms are also available for a few hours or all day meetings. In addition, The Gift Shop and Greeting Card Shop is also located on the property, featuring a wide variety of Religious articles and cards at affordable prices. Select from a large variety of gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, Wedding, and Anniversary Celebrations.
If you might be looking for a fulfilling opportunity to become a part of this historic tourist attraction, you might consider becoming a Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. This group was organized and officially approved by the late Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Schrembs, D.D. on November 5, 1927.
These men have banded together to safeguard the interests of Our Lady at her Shrine by maintaining the silence and order befitting the immediate environs of the Grotto. They assist as Ushers at Sunday Mass, Sunday afternoon services, and on evenings during Novenas. They also lead Rosary and Processions and assist the Pilgrimage guests in any way possible.
Added to these duties, the gallant men contribute their labors on weekends and evenings in order to help with landscaping and caring for the grounds surrounding the Grotto; thereby greatly assisting the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity in their work at the Shrine.
For information on becoming a Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, or to book a retreat at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, contact the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity at 216-481-8232 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, over 300 guests will gather at Ss. Robert & William Parish to taste foods from seven different countries. Additionally, the first “Taste of Nation’s Award” will be presented to Mayor Bill Cervenik and Euclid’s Administration for their commitment to unity and diversity.
Looking for a cure for the summertime blues? Sometimes we need to look within ourselves to find happiness. If you haven’t already pursued a closer relationship with your belief in a higher being, the summertime is a great time to get in touch with nature and explore the wonders and beauty of this season. We are so fortunate to have a gem right in our own back yard---Lake Erie. I have spent many hours since my childhood in Euclid on its banks staring out into the vastness of its waters; feeling the sand and waves between my toes and listening to the water mixing with the sand and the seagulls that frolic along the shore. These are healing sounds that can soften depression and stimulate our life forces.
Water is well-known for its healing properties. I find water meditation extremely soothing and the symbolism that facilitates “washing away” of our troubles by handing them over to God. We can send away the negative feelings and absorb the cool and soothing refreshment that enables us to think clearer and make better choices. One of my favorite things to do is to sit outside and study the nature that surrounds me. The plants that are in bloom, with beautiful colors and scents that let us know we are in a seasonal paradise linger for a while and then fade to another cycle of their existence. It reminds us that nothing is permanent and we all change as we embark on our short yet sweet lives.
Starting a church and revival center in Cleveland is not such an unusual thing, however, for Pastor/Revivalist Wes Geiger of Euclid, this would have been the last place he would have chosen. Cleveland was not a place of fond memories for him; this was the place, as a 3-year old child, that he and his 1-year old brother were kidnapped from their mother, never to see her again.
Wes spent most of his adult life in Jacksonville, FL, where he owned and operated a very successful tree business for more than 30 years. After being touched by God in a very real way in 1993 at the age of 42, he believed that God had asked him to shut his business down and was called to travel all over the world to share Jesus with those who do not know Him.
In 2011, as a result of meeting and marrying his wife, he moved back to Cleveland, OH where she lived. In March of 2012, an opportunity opened up to rent a space in the old Euclid Square Mall. The first service of the Cleveland Revival Center was the first Thursday in May, 2012. The Cleveland Revival Center Church just began with Sunday services which started on September 2nd.
Wes' services are based around his unique testimony of how God took a kidnapped child with very little education...a child who was on the streets and by himself at the age of 14, and has used him all over the world. He gives hope and encourgement to those who think that God could never use them. He takes away all of the excuses because of his own very difficult start in life, lack of formal education and all of the odds in life being against him.
In part of a year long celebration commemorating the 90th anniversary of Rose-Mary Center, Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, on Saturday September 8. Despite the dreary weather forecast, the sun came out that afternoon. Over 200 friends of the Center came together under the tent to celebrate this special anniversary. Participants at the Mass included residents of the Center, as well as the group homes, former employees, the Knights of Columbus, and community leaders. Following the Mass a reception was held where guests were greeted by Bishop Lennon and the Center's Director, Patricia A. Colombo.
Rose-Mary is a residential treatment facilitiy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Located in Euclid, since its founding in 1922, it is one of the largest employers in the city.
Remember Saturdays as a kid? No school and few responsibilities meant a leisurely day of sleeping in, watching cartoons, playing with friends and having fun. That’s why 54 students at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid earned a special place in the hearts of teachers, clergy and their parents.
“A total of 54 students gave up an entire Saturday to fast, pray and reflect on the meaning of Lent,” said Laurie Heintz, a religion teacher at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School. Heintz and fellow religion teacher Rich Smith coordinated the day-long program called “Famine.” “Mr. Smith and I are so moved by the amount of children who gave up their day for these activities, to really learn, and actually live and follow the life of Christ in his missions. God bless each and every one of these children. They have touched our hearts today in ways that they will never know.”
Throughout the day, Heintz and Smith kept the students busy making special yarn-covered crosses called God’s Eyes, as well as Rosaries. Even though these students were fasting, they still baked cupcakes, cookies and brownies for the parish’s Community Meal this month. “No licking of fingers was allowed!” added Heintz. “The God's Eyes crafts will be given to guests at the Community Meal served at the parish this month.”
From beginning to end, the day was special. The day started with a prayer service about lent and fasting, which was very emotional, bringing tears to the eyes of some of the children.
Because Ss. Robert and William Catholic School has been raising money for “Schools for Water,” a non-profit organization trying to get clean water in Africa, the group chose to hold a water relay race where the children had to carry jugs of water like the children do in Kenya. “In Kenya, the children walk four miles to get their water. Doing this team activity was a realization of how hard it is for the children there who walk in heavy rain with wild animals around just to get clean water. The jugs are extremely heavy, as the students found out today,” Heintz said.
Patrick Sweet, a fifth grade participant, said, “We experienced what it was like for the kids in Africa who have to carry 20 pounds of water for four miles. I only had to carry it five or seven feet and they have to carry it for miles.” Sweet said he would now be more thankful whenever he turns on a water faucet.
Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, is named Irish (Religious) of the Year
On March 3 and 4, 2012, St. John Vianney Parish held their 9th annual Celtic Ball and Hooley. This special event honors those of Irish heritage and celebrates the contributions they make in three areas: Religion, family and community.
Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, was honored as this year’s Religious (Irish) person of the year. He is of Irish descent with his maternal grandparents hailing from County Laois.
Father John was bestowed this honor for his commitment to Catholic education. “I was honored and humbled to receive this recognition and I share it with the staff and parishioners of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish,” he states. Included in the award is a donation of a portion of the event's proceeds which will be used for tuition assistance at Ss. Robert & William Catholic School.
A new Healing Ministry has begun at Boulevard Presbyterian Church. The community is invited to participate in Nia classes on Tuesday’s at 5:00 p.m.
What is Nia? Nia is a sensory-based, multidimensional cardiovascular movement practice that leads to health, wellness, fitness and deepening of one’s spirit. A holistic alternative to the modern-day fitness routine, Nia empowers people of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities and backgrounds by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Drawing from the elements of Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts, it fosters awareness as well as the 5 Sensations of Functional Fitness: strength, flexibility, agility, mobility and stability. Nia classes are a safe, non-judgmental place to move, breathe, de-stress, renew a sense of balance and energy, laugh and just BE.
Come join us and taste Nia for yourself! Classes are on open to the community and are on a pay as you are able basis. Suggested offerings for the class are $1-$5 with the proceeds going to the Healing Ministry here at Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 24600 Lake Shore Blvd, Euclid. Classes are led by Ann Gilbert, certified Nia instructor.
Healing Ministry began last summer with an inter-generational bible school, “God’s Loves Heals”. Along with the Nia classes we will be having a book discussion at 5:45 p.m. based on the healing stories of the bible, “The Healing Light” by Agnes Sanford and “Simple Ways to Pray for Healing” by Matthew Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Dennis Linn. Please come join either session or both!
For further information, please contact us at 216-731-8147 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
InterAct Community Meal will be held at Boulevard Presbyterian Church (24600 Lakeshore Boulevard) on Oct. 8 at noon.
Come join Boulevard Presbyterian Church Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. for our monthly Neighborhood Prayer Walk! Rain or Shine! Come join us for prayers, even if you are unable to walk.
Boulevard Presbyterian Church offers a free community meal every third Sunday of the month, Please come join us on Oct. 16 from 1 - 2 p.m. for a delicious meal and companionship. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
"Fulfilling our Divine Purpose in the Seasons of Life"
A Growing-in-the-Spirit Seminar led by Evangelist Norma J. Faith Walker Bean will be held at Boulevard Presbyterian Church Tuesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Thursdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 from noon - 2 p.m. These sessions will help participants understand the Seasons of Life and that God has a divine purpose for each of us. We will look at our life's journeys from a different perspective, which will empower us for a purpose-filled future. Please contact the church at (216) 731-8147 for additional information.
On Sunday mornings Boulevard Presbyterian Church has worship service at 10 a.m. If you have any questions, please call (216) 731-8147.
The Villa Angela-St. Joseph High community lost one of its stoutest leaders on April 21 when Timothy Robertson passed away while hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic. He had been on a waiting list for a heart transplant. The highly regarded 66-year-old educator taught advanced placement mathematics at the school for more than four decades until his recent retirement. He also served as the school’s academic dean.
The measure of the regard in which he was held was highly evident as hundreds of students, teachers and other friends and supporters of the East 185th Street school turned out for his wake at Brickman Brothers funeral home in Willoughby. So many came to pay their final respects that people stood in line for two hours, or longer, to reach the viewing parlor where they extended sympathies to his wife, Georganne, and their four children: Jeffrey, Timothy Jr., Melanie and Kevin.
And, in a scene vaguely reminiscent of the classic movie “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” dozens of VASJ students lined the front steps at Our Lady of the Lake church (formerly Holy Cross) on April 27, waiting for the casket to arrive and then escorting it inside for a Mass of Christi
an Burial. As the funeral party entered the church, where Robertson had served as a Eucharistic minister for many years, a solitary bugler played “When the Saints Go Marching In,” an appropriate tune considering that it was the St. Joseph High sports theme song for many years.
Did you ever hear the saying “if you get lemons, you make lemonade?” Well I have a story for you.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, church and ministries are predominately listed as nouns. Not to dispute a publication that has been in existence since 1806, but in the case of New Praise Ministries these listings are not entirely correct. New Praise Ministries is also a verb: New Praise Ministries is an action, a movement!
Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish is hosting its inaugural parish picnic on Aug. 22 and you are cordially invited to join us!
The parish picnic begins with 11 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Lennon. Immediately after Mass, we will begin serving food favorites, such as bratwurst, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, snacks and ice cream until 4 p.m. In between burgers and ice cream, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on your favorite bakery at the pie and cake auction. You will also be able to buy chances on the gift basket auction, have your portrait done by our caricature artist, and ride the Euclid Beach Rocketship.
St. John of The Cross Catholic parish was the first of Euclid’s three new parishes to merge, following the Cleveland diocese’s almost two-year clustering efforts. Father Sal Ruggeri, as the newly appointed pastor, has many goals for this new parish; “Christ’s vision was the Great Commission, which tells us, as Christians, to go forth and spread the Good News. This should be what drives everything that we do. With this at the heart of our purpose for existence, we believe God’s vision for us is to be ‘a caring community,’ committed to providing an environment where all, including children and young people, adults and seniors can meet Christ and grow in their faith.”
The Euclid Observer featured the merged Catholic parish of Saints Robert and William last month. This month, the Euclid Observer shares the progress of the merger of the St. Christine and Holy Cross parishes, which culminated in the celebration of the inaugural mass for the new formed parish of Our Lady of the Lake on Feb. 14. Father Joseph Fortuna, the pastor of Our Lady of the Lake, has been working closely with staff and parishioners to move toward what he said will be a “new normal.”
Father John D. Betters is the 34-year-old, energetic founding pastor of Ss. Robert and William Catholic Parish, formed from the merger of St. Robert and St. William churches. He brings a fresh, welcome enthusiasm to this inner-ring suburban church.