St. John of The Cross
Saint John Of The Cross
140 Richmond Rd,
Euclid, Ohio 44143
A Roman Catholic Community
In The Diocese Of Cleveland
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Our parish is now offering a new option for you to use for contributions to the church. Online
Giving is available for those of you who would like to make donations online! Online Giving
is a website provided by Our Sunday Visitor who also prints our envelopes. Online Giving
enables our parish to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient. read more
Online Contribution Program
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
PRAYER NETWORK HOTLINE
216-289-0770 ext. 33
Call and leave a short message regarding your
request. Let us know when your request has been
answered, we can offer prayers of thanksgiving. All
information will kept confidential.
LITURGICAL TRIBUTE FUND
One of the most important things that we do when someone close to us dies is to honor their memory. As a way to
do that, we have started the Saint John of the Cross liturgical Tribute Fund. All money that is donated to this fund in
memory of a love one or friend will be used to purchase items utilized in our worship and help us to do all that we
can to assure that we have what we need to worship well.
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WINDOW LEGACY: Honor your loved one, or
remember a special event with a lasting legacy.
Our Stained Glass Window Legacy Campaign
will offer you the opportunity to dedicate a window
or the Sacred Heart Mosaic. Please pick up a
brochure in the Gathering Area to learn more.
Your Knights of Columbus Council/Helping Others
With over 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus has contributed time and energy in service to their
community worldwide. Want to know more? You can visit the Knights at www.kofc.org. For an update on your Knights
of Columbus Council at St. John of the Cross, contact William Knox at 216-965-8693 or Jack Solpa at
216.261.6866. We are here for you and our community at large.
CELEBRATION PLAZA paver options is a wonderful way to “etch” your place in our
parish and your family’s history. Pick up a brochure /order form in the Gathering Area.
Around the world, the persecution of Christians is becoming more and more prevalent and
public. After hearing of a Pennsylvania priest's efforts to create awareness of the problem by
wearing the orange that has become associated with the execution of Christians by Muslim
extremists, Fr. Sal Ruggeri decided to take action at St. John of the Cross Parish. So on
Sunday, April 26th, the campaign to create awareness of this deadly persecution was
launched by offering orange ribbons and wristbands at Mass and by encouraging
parishioners to wear these items and spread the word. Each Sunday, the parish bulletin
contains information about one of the countries on the Watch List, where persecution is the
worst in the world, and at all Sunday Masses the intentions include prayers for that country.
And the parish Social Justice Commission has taken up the cause as well, helping to prepare
the prayer petitions and seeking other ways to take action.
All Catholics are called to promote justice in the world through prayer and action. In support of
our persecuted brothers and sisters, let us learn, pray, and act to remember the needs of
those who suffer in the many places where Christians are not welcome.
To read Fr. Sal's Pastoral Letter on the Persecution of Christians, click here
For more information, the Watch List, a monthly prayer calendar, visit opendoorsusa.com.
St. John of the Cross Joins the Battle to Create Awareness
of the Global Persecution of Christians
The general opinion in Turkey is that a Turk is born a Muslim. Turkey lies on two
continents: Europe and Asia, and as a result, the country has many connections to
both the Western world and to the Middle East. Turkey sees itself as the leading
nation of the Turkic world (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uz-bekistan, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan), and wants to play a prominent role on the diplomatic scene in the Arab
world. Europe has severely criticized Turkey on the restrictions it imposed on the
media, human rights, and freedom of religion. This has led to a very negative
reaction from the Turkish government. Four churches were attacked and damaged in
Tur-key over the past year.Please pray for all Christians who are persecuted.
Looking for ways to grow closer to Our Lord's Mother through prayer and service to others?
If you are, you may want to consider membership in the Legion of Mary. The Legion is the largest apostolic
organization of lay persons in the Catholic Church. Members of the Legion at St. John of the Cross meet once a
week on Tuesdays at 7:00pm for about one hour and each meeting begins with a Rosary. Legionaries will then
have a weekly assignment. These various assignments in which Legionaries generally work in pairs can involve
bringing our Lord in the Eucharist to the homebound and those in nursing homes as well as visiting and praying
with patients in hospitals. If interested please call Mr. Frank Buda at 440.975.0531.
In February, we turn our hearts to understanding how to practice Forgiving Offenses. The spiritual works of mercy call
us to reflect on our spiritual selves and growing in this area. This month, our parish act of mercy will be the spiritual
retreat, Into the Heart of Mercy. Please consider attending all or part of this retreat as a time to grow in understand-ing
how we can forgive and be forgiven.
As Catholics, we also tend to think of the sacrament of Reconciliation when we think of forgiveness, and rightly so.
God’s mercy is shown to us very deeply in this sacrament, where he renews us and empow-ers us to forgive others.
On the evening of Febru-ary 24th, every parish in the Diocese of Cleveland will be open for Confessions from 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m. Here at St. John of the Cross, we will also have op-portunities for prayer during these hours. Join us in
joyfully celebrating God’s mercy and welcoming all who might enter our doors. And if you are willing to offer some
time to greet guests, please call the par-ish office. God’s mercy dwells in every act of wel-coming!
Take time this week to reflect on your experience and connection to the sacrament of Reconciliation. How often do
you go to Confession? How do you feel about it? How might you open your heart to understand Reconciliation more
deeply right now?
OPEN DOORS WORLD WATCH LIST
LENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 10th:
Ash Wednesday, February 10th
Masses will be at 8:15am, 12:00pm, and 6:30pm
Ashes will be distributed during each Mass.
A day of fasting and abstinence.
Don’t give up chocolate this Lent
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JOIN FATHER SAL FOR A MINI-RETREAT ON FORGIVENESS
Forgiveness can be difficult, and there are times when all of us have struggled to forgive. We are not alone in the
challenge that for-giveness can be. Join Father Sal on Saturday, Feb-ruary 13 from 9 AM—11 AM for a morning
of re-flection and discussion on what forgiveness is, what it is not, and how we can work to forgive as Jesus calls
us to forgive. This “mini-retreat” will also be a part of the retreat “Into the Heart of Mercy” on February 19-20, so
attend only if you do not plan to be at that retreat. Call Anita in the parish of-fice to register.
LENTEN REGULATIONS REGARDING FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:
Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th, a day of fast and
abstinence for Catholics. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal
fast and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and
have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two
smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory
for all who have reached their 14th year. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until
the East-er Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and
death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more
readily his Resurrection. Fri-days in Lent are obligatory days of complete absti-nence (from
meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.