Our Advent celebration begins with light in the midst of darkness, the light of a candle, the bright light of a tree. This light beckons us to draw near to the Word of God and to the Word made Flesh in the Eucharist. It leads us also to celebrate the coming of the Light of Lights. May the days of Advent lead us to a bright and joyful celebration of Jesus, Incarnate among us, and to his manifestation to the world in Epiphany.
Blessings to you and yours!
Fr. Robert J. Kropac, Pastor
On Christmas Eve, services will begin at 4:00 pm with a musical prelude and Mass at 4:30 pm. On Christmas Day, Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. All are welcome to share this joyous time with us at St. Wendelin Parish!
Click on the links below to hear some of the traditional Slovak and English carols from past Christmases.
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions, including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.
(Taken from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website)
Your help is needed to collect items for the Cleveland Police Department’s Second District clothing drive for our homeless population. There is a box in the back of the church for our donations.
“The Cleveland Police Second District will be teaming up with the community to collect cold weather clothing for our homeless population. Specific items that are most needed are socks, boots, gloves, and thermal underwear for adult men and women. Lightly used laundered items will be accepted. We look forward to your generosity!”
Saturday July 29th is the Fifth Anniversary of our re-opening and we will bless and dedicate our new St. Wendelin statue in the Prayer Garden after mass, followed by a reception. Expect your invitation in the next week’s mail. If you do not receive one, please call the rectory!
Save postage and drop your reply card in the basket during mass.
We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Sign-ups for Holy Week. We need your help to volunteer to get your feet washed on Holy Thursday, or to carry the statue on Good Friday, or to carry the Risen Jesus at the Vigil on Holy Saturday.
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com:
Meet Fr. Marek Visnovsky, as he speaks about icons which are well known to the Christians of the Eastern Rites. These sacred images can lead you to the appreciation of the church as an icon of Christ, and of yourself as an icon as well. Perfect for Lent, spend time with us at 12 noon or at 7pm on Tuesday, March 21st. Call St. Wendelin Parish at 216.696.1926 for more information.
Lent is an opportunity to be deeply aware of the working of God’s grace in our lives. Surely, an attitude of penitence can make us more aware of our need for God and our dependence upon God. But the words above, from the Ash Wednesday scriptures, point to this time as graced rather than a time of penitence.
Someone once suggested that what we “give up” during Lent is really something we want to “give up” for life. So perhaps this year we can focus on habits we would truly like to grow in our life, things such as generosity, forgiveness, mercy and understanding.
Please see the Lenten Calendar for the many opportunities for you to participate in this Lenten celebration.
Also, if you would like to volunteer to help during Holy Week, we are using signup.com for that. Simply click the following link.
Saturday, April 29th after the 4:30 mass, TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Tickets are $45 each (see flyer). Credit cards accepted.
Get your family and friends together and get your tickets quick! Grand prize is $2,000! Dinner will be chicken Marsala, breaded pork chops, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, bakery and one drink ticket. There are only 200 tickets available! What’s your lucky number? Get your ticket after mass or call the rectory, 216-696-1926.