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)
This year, Thanksgiving Mass will be held at St. Patrick on Bridge Ave. at 9:00am.
The Children’s Christmas Party is sure to be a hit. There will be goodies, gift bags, a Christmas Story read by Fr. Kropac, music, Christmas carol singing and a visit from Santa.
Please sign up at the link below to RSVP for the event. We need to know how many children (and their age) will be attending, and how many adults. Hope to see you there!
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
On November 6th, Fr. Kropac distributed a very important letter to our parishioners. A copy of that letter can be found at this link along with hard copies available in the back of church.
Also, on November 12th, Bishop Perez published a letter on the protection of children. A link to that letter on the Diocese of Cleveland website is provided below.
Link to Bishop Perez’s letter
Volunteer Opportunities Available!
My name is Leeann Whetstone and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the
6th Annual running of A Christmas Story 5k/10k Run
taking place December 1, 2018.
We are looking for volunteers to help us out with the continued success and growth of A Christmas Story Run. Last year we saw added growth and we had close to 6,500 runners total.
Are you a fan of the movie A Christmas Story? We would love for you to participate in all the activities and fun by volunteering for A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run! We have several different opportunities available, so you can tailor it to your interests. All our volunteers will get their very own limited-edition tee-shirt.
All the proceeds earned from this run benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation; a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy.
The foundation provides grants to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood.
To date, the Run has generated $389,500 for the Foundation.
to see the projects that are underway.
To see what volunteers are needed, click here.
Let’s set sail and cruise on the Goodtime III on Sunday, September 30th.
Click on this link for more information and to be connected to sign up and get your tickets.
Come to our Parish and Neighborhood BBQ
Sunday, July 29th at 4:00 pm.
We will have games and great food like pulled pork, burgers and dogs. Bring a side dish and
your family and friends!
St. Wendelin Parish
2281 Columbus Road
Sunday, July 29th
Also, you’ll have a chance to be one of the first to see our video that shows the making of our
St. Wendelin statue that is located in our Parish Prayer Garden.
St. Wendelin parishioners get a FREE subscription to FORMED.ORG – an online gateway to the best Catholic content all in one place! You can: prepare for Sunday mass by watching insightful videos, enjoy family
movies, enrich your marriage by watching Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage, read e-books and so much more!
If you are not yet signed up, take time this week to sign up for FORMED. Go to https://NearWestPP.Formed.org and enter the parish access code: 9CV4QD
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, our annual Reverse Raffle was a huge success! Hopefully you were able to join us and were lucky enough to win a cash prize or a gift basket. Even if you didn’t win anything (like me) there was still a lot of good food, drink and an evening of fun.
Here are some pictures from the evening.
Grand Prize, $2000
Saturday, April 28th after the 4:30 mass, TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Our annual Reverse Raffle will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 5:30pm. This event sells out quick at just $50 a ticket!!! Get your friends and family together for a great night of fun, great food, raffles, 50/50 boards, a chance to walk out with $2,000 in your pocket and all the while have helped raised money for our parish.
Tickets on sale now, you can charge by phone by calling the rectory, 216-696-1926. Only 200 tickets available! What’s your lucky number?