The 2019 #WeGiveCatholic campaign was a huge success. Together we raised over $80,000 with all proceeds going to our newly opened Guardian Angels Early Learning Center. It is a huge help financially and a testament to the generosity of our parishioners, community, and family. We were also recognized for our yearly participation in Giving Tuesday and were invited to have lunch with the bishop. We had some tasty pizza, arts, and crafts, and even a visit from Santa. Here are some pictures from the event!
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The school theme this Advent was “Advent Acts Link Us Together.” Each day the students were challenged to complete a different random act of kindness. Each time a faculty or staff member witnessed them succeed in an act of kindness, the students earned a “link” to add to the chain. The students also earned links for making a monetary donation to the SRW Giving Tree Project. The students were encouraged to do extra chores at home to earn money or to sacrifice their snack/ice cream money from lunchtime to donate. After the first two weeks of Advent, the chain circled the entire Upper Hall more than two times around and over $775 was collected! Our SRW students are clearly “linked” to each other and to our parish family!
It was 10 years ago on the Feast of the Epiphany that Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish was founded. At that opening Mass, the late Bishop Pevec presided and blessed us as we began the awesome adventure and journey of creating a new parish community on the solid foundation of the former St. William and St. Robert parishes. I was only 35 years old and the youngest pastor in the Diocese. I had NO idea how awesome the next 10 years would be and all the awesome people that would come into my life as I am so privileged to be the pastor of such a great parish community. I challenged us to help all find a home under our star as they sought Christ.
Our Community Meal is held on the last Tuesday of each month. With food purchased from the Cleveland Food Bank, we serve a complete meal (salad, bread, an entrée, 2 vegetables, and a homemade dessert). In December we served nearly 100 people. The meal is open to all – parishioners and neighbors. The gathering provides the opportunity to meet people and socialize with others. Paid through the donations of parishioners, the meal is prepared by a core group of 10 volunteers. Students from our parish school assist with the serving. We recently expanded our menu and now also provide a take-home bag of produce and other staples for all who attend. The added take-home bag program needs new volunteers to pack and distribute bags. Our Community Meal for the month of January will be Tuesday, the 28th at 5:15 pm in the Upper Hall. Please join us!
Every year our students and little learners practice some Christmas classics with their teachers and music directors leading up to the Christmas Concert. They learn dance moves, they use a variety of instruments and even have props for their well-rehearsed songs. It is the highlight of our Christmas season and always brings us so much joy. Here are some pictures to warm your hearts in the cold weather.
Presented by the Knights of Columbus and Euclid Life Teen & EDGE
To Benefit TOYS FOR TOTS
Come join us in the School Gym 12 pm - 2:00 pm Sunday, December 15th for Breakfast with Santa! There will be plenty to do!
- Fun Christmas crafts!
- Hot chocolate!
- Free pictures with Santa!
216.731.1515 (RSVP not mandatory but encouraged).
Ss. Robert and William Parish can provide an “Outreach” to others because of your gracious generosity and parishioner volunteers. I am grateful for what you offer and am honored to be able to serve those who come to our door in your name. I pray that you will continue to support our Outreach programs through your contributions or consider making an offering so that we can serve those who ask for help. Know that every effort is made to be a good and trustworthy steward of your donations.
THE PANTRY is our parish program to assist those who need food in our community. We welcome donations to keep our shelves stocked and to be able to respond to requests for food assistance. Please bring staples on the first weekend of each month and place them in the large basket in the gathering space. Suggested offering for this month is condiments: Catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles.
On October 31, 2019, the students of the Guardian Angels Early Learning Center dressed as their favorite storybook character! We had Pete the Cat, The Old Woman Who Swallowed the Fly, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Curious George, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many more. Our students are SO cute! Be sure to visit and follow our Facebook page, SRW Guardian Angels Early Learning Center, to see more pictures of our little pumpkins!
Introduce young learners to school experience with the comfort of a parent or grandparent. There are two sessions left in this fall session: December 5th & December 12th. The cost is $10 per session. All sessions will be held from 1-2:30 pm in the Guardian Angels Early Learning Center. Registration is required. For questions and registration, please contact Molly Lorek, email@example.com.
To encourage curiosity, SRW’s Guardian Angels Early Learning Center, (GAELC), provides a nurturing environment focusing on faith, knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are the foundations for future academic success. This year's #WeGiveCatholic will provide funds to purchase items needed for our infant and toddler rooms.
Mark Your Calendars for
SRW Boosters Holiday Flea
& Complimentary Cookies and Cocoa with Santa
from Noon till 2 pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019;
10 am-5 pm
St. John of the Cross Gym
140 Richmond Road
Euclid, Ohio 44143
Unique Holiday Shopping Experience
Including Holiday Decorations, Jewelry, Fashion, Food, Home Goods, Vintage Items
Entrance Donation: $5/Adult, $2/Senior Citizen, Children Under 16 Free
For Every Paid Entrance Fee, Attendee Will Be Entered in a
Drawing for a Holiday Surprise!!!
SUNDAY MASS TIMES
A little goes a long way when the Catholic community gives as one. Join us on December 3rd for #weGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday! Join us in celebrating the great community of Catholics in Northeast Ohio and the Catholic organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference. Visit www.wegivecatholic.org/organizations/ss-robert-william-parish-and-school and give back during the 24-hour giving day on Tuesday, December 3rd. Just think of all the good that we can accomplish together! Let's come together to share our gifts, and return them with increase to the lord.
The students of Ss. Robert and William Catholic School took to the streets on Friday, September 27, 2019, for the sixth annual SRW Walk-a-Thon. The goal of the Walk-a-Thon was not only to encourage physical fitness among our students but also to encourage the spirit of working together to earn money for a specific reason. The funds from this year’s Walk-a-Thon were designated for Phase II of the gym renovation project.
To encourage curiosity, SRW’s Guardian Angels Early Learning Center provides a nurturing environment focusing on faith, knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are the foundations for future academic success.
Students at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School are involved in many wonderful activities, but one of the most important and worthwhile initiatives is the No Place For Hate program. This initiative, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, provides schools with a framework for combating bias, bullying, and hatred. SRW is the only elementary school in the Diocese of Cleveland to receive this designation. For three consecutive years, SRW students have met the established criteria and have been awarded a No Place for Hate banner recognizing their efforts. The goal of eliminating bullying is a tall task but it is one the students believe everyone can support. One requirement for the program is to design and implement three school-wide, anti-bias or bullying prevention activities. One of the SRW projects, a speaker series, included presentations by a local Rabbi and a local Imam. This activity educated the students on both the Jewish and Muslim faiths. Two other projects, a peace pole, and buddy benches are on display on campus for the parish and community to see and use.
Come celebrate with us as we gather as a parish together now for 10 years strong! We will be opening with 4:00 pm mass Saturday, October 12th followed by the Clam Bake in the newly renovated Parish Center (gym). Doors open at 5:00 pm.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm
Followed by loads of games of chance and a night of music and fun.
We want to thank everyone who supported our efforts over these past ten years as brothers and sisters in Christ. Our vision to create a gathering space where our parish and community could celebrate together was conceived by the welcoming spirit of our parishioners. The love and open arms we have seen day after day is the Hallmark of our parishioners and we believe it should be celebrated.
Having a Parish Center we can use for many years to come is not only a symbol of the commitment we have in this parish but the physical space we can use to gather as one.
This event will be the first large event we will be able to use the new space and we want all our parishioners and community to reap the rewards of their dedication. This event will also be one of the last 10-year anniversary funtions and we plan on making a splash!
You can look forward to a Dessert Table, Side Boards, Grab A Clam game, Hermit Crab Races and more.
All online tickets sales can claim tickets at the door on the day of the event. One drink voucher is inluded with ticket purchase. To purchase tickets go to: https://srweuclid.cc/clam-bake
Journey deep into the Catholic Faith in all its richness, history, beauty, goodness, and truth in breathtaking, high-definition cinematograph. The Catholicism Series will have five meetings this fall and start on Monday, October 14 at 6:30 pm and go for five weeks. Please call the Parish Office to register. 216-731-1515 It is free and open to all adults.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16TH
Someone once wrote, “Grief is in two parts. The first is the loss. The second is the remaking of life.”. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, consider joining us as we share our losses, learn about the grieving process and begin the remaking of life. Our Fall sessions starts October 12at 10:30 am and will be held for 6 consecutive Saturdays. There is no fee but registration is requesed. Contact Renee Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org for regisstration and more details.
Are you looking to grow deeper in your faith? This is a call to all women to join the Ss. Robert & William Women's Fellowship group for a Day long retreat at the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. Fr. Thom Kowatch will Present on The Sign Of The Cross on Saturday, October 12th, starting at 9:00 am. The Cost is $10 with Lunch included. Register by Monday, October 7th by calling he Parish Office at 216-731-1515
In a joint celebration Ss. Robert & William and Saint John of the Cross parishes gathered at 5:00 pm in the parking lot of Ss. Robert & William for the second annual celebration. A Statue of Mary, handbells, Priests, Deacons, Flags, and Lolly the trolley all made their way down 260th street for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, Mary. The group processed and prayed their way up the to Saint John of the Cross for and outdoor Ceremony in the beautiful, garden Shrine. The Knights of Columbus from both parishes hosted the picnic that followed, where hundreds of adults and children were able to enjoy a wonderful summer evening together as people of faith. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus and all who helped organize this great event.
Father John Betters will be speaking to Women’s Fellowship on prayer this coming Saturday, Sept 14, 2019, at 9:00 am. We are excited to have this meeting in the new All Saints Room; that is the new multi-purpose room in the gym. Please enter through the roadway between the Merici Center and the School at the North end of the school. Take the ramp into this new space.
If you or someone you know is considering
The Ss Robert and William annual festival is just around the corner - (August 8-11) - and with it the annual Bake-Off! This year our contestants will be making quick breads. Banana bread, cranberry bread, apple bread...the varieties are endless! We can't wait to taste the wonderful talents of our parish. We hope you can join us at this family-friendly festival.
Show your Warrior Pride at the SRW Spirit Wear Tent!
Today, so many people are working hard to keep their aging and/or ill loved ones at home. It is at once a selfless act of love and an exhausting undertaking. Ss. Robert and William Parish has committed to walking with these men and women by sponsoring a monthly Caregivers Support Group. On the third Saturday morning of the month, they meet to pray, share stories, and get good advice on how to better negotiate the difficult terrain of caregiving. (Please note that meetings are also open to those who have a loved one in healthcare facilities. Sometimes circumstances make it impossible to care for someone at home and many people make daily visits to nursing homes, performing tasks that let the patient know they are remembered and valued by their family.) Guest presenters have included people from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, an elder law expert, and even a music therapist. There is a lot of great advice out there but sometimes all that is needed is a break from the daily routine in a relaxed environment with others who understand what you are going through. Meetings are from 10:30 AM until Noon and are open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike. The cost is free but we do ask that you call ahead to allow us to prepare materials when needed. For more information call Renée Barber at 216-731-1515 Ext. 262.
SRW’s Guardian Angel Early Learning Center was founded to provide Catholic childcare for families for whom a faith-based environment is a priority. It is rooted in Matthew’s Gospel which combines the truth of the protection provided by Guardian Angels with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
For the first anniversary, it’s paper; for the fifth it’s wood. There is a traditional gift material for every significant anniversary celebration. So as Ss. Robert and William Parish prepared to enter its tenth year, tin and aluminum, symbols of durability and flexibility, marked the occasion in two significant ways.
Mark your calendars for this year's Festival, August 8-11 at Ss. Robert & William. This 4-day event is the biggest festival in northeast Ohio, and it's fun for the whole family. We have everything under the sun from kids games, inflatables, pony rides, rock climbing, a car show, live music every night, food, and a grand prize raffle.
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