St. John of the Cross Parish, Euclid Prepares for Holy Week

St. John of the Cross Parish on Easter Sunday.

Saint John of the Cross Parish in Euclid continues the Lenten “Journey of the Heart,” with these upcoming events in March in anticipation for Easter Sunday on April 1:

Mission with Fr. Domenic Jose Roscioli – Fr. Dom explores the question “How does your story fit into God’s grand design?” and shares real life stories where God is ever present and working through us. The Mission is Monday through Wednesday, Mar 5-7 in the church. Morning sessions begin at 9 am and evening sessions begin at 7:15 on Monday, but at 7 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. The morning sessions’ content is repeated for the evening sessions.

Book Study on CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters – There are four weeks left to participate in the discussion on this classic satire about the weaknesses of human nature with Pastoral Associate, Tara Mowery every Tuesday on Mar. 6 at 10:30 am, and Mar. 13, 20 and 27 at 9 am in the church’s Sacred Heart Room. Coffee and snacks are available.

Stations of the Cross – Friday services will be held on Mar. 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 pm; and at noon on Good Friday.

Communal Penance – Join St. John of the Cross and Ss. Robert and William on Mar. 12 for a penance service, examination of conscience and confessions beginning at 6:30 pm at St. John of the Cross Parish.

Palm Sunday - Palm Sunday Masses follow our regular Mass Schedule: Saturday, Mar. 24 at 4 pm, and Sunday, Mar. 25 at 9 am and 11 am.

Tenebrae Service – Tenebrae means “darkness” and recreates the emotional aspects of the Passion story in Scripture and song, gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles. Together with Covenant Baptist Church, this service will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 6:30 pm at St. John of the Cross Parish.

The Triduum – The Triduum of Holy Week begins with Holy Thursday Mass at 7 pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration from 8-10 pm.

Good Friday includes Stations of the Cross at noon, Holy Rosary at 1 pm and Last Words of Christ at 2 pm. Good Friday will conclude with the Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion at 3 pm.

The Easter Vigil begins at 8 pm on Saturday, Mar. 31. Easter Sunday Masses are Apr. 1 at 9 and 11 am.

Remember, every Lenten event you attend, you will be given a Seed Paper Heart to affix to the Lenten Tree in the church gathering area. After Easter, the seed papers will be planted in the Lenten Garden on parish grounds.

We hope to see you at all our events during your personal Lenten journey! If you have any questions, contact Anita at or call us at 216.289.0770. Saint John of the Cross is located at 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid OH 44143, our website is and you can find us on Facebook @SJOCP.

George Sam

St. John of the Cross Parish We are the Catholic Community of St. John of the Cross, established in 2009. Uniting the people of God as one family, we are rooted in and empowered by our sacramental life and Eucharistic celebrations. Living as disciples of Jesus Christ, we recognize our God-given potential and challenge one another to share our giftedness, embrace our diversity and engage in social outreach, service and education. In doing so, we seek to extend the reign of God in Euclid and the wider community. St. John of the Cross Parish was formed on November 29, 2009 as part of the reconfiguration of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese by the merging of St. Felicitas and St. Paul parishes. The parish is located at the St. Felicitas Church campus. The parish name was selected by Bishop Richard Lennon from a list of several suggestions compiled from each merging parish. The St. John of The Cross Parish campus consists of four main structures: our church including a gathering area and dividable meeting rooms, a rectory with business offices, the Parish Community Center, and a residential building. We also have an outdoor shrine where early Sunday Mass is celebrated in this beautiful wooded setting during the summer months. There is a set of bocce courts, baseball field, and football/multi-purpose field. The campus is situated on the southernmost border of Euclid, Ohio, bordering Richmond Heights, on approximately nine acres with the buildings surrounded by woodland.

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