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Are You Thinking of Joining the Catholic Church?

Whether you’re just beginning to consider your faith journey or you’ve been a Christian all your life, find out if the Catholic Church is where your belong. RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is our process for exploring the Catholic faith, growing your relationship with Christ and for many, entering the Church. Get started now, call:

Rev. Joseph J. Fortuna S.T.D., Pastor

Our Lady of the Lake Parish

19951 Lakeshore Blvd.

Euclid, OH 44119

Phone: 116.486.0850 ext. 24 Fax: 216.486.0851

“Tell Ft. Joe that Vince from the barbershop sent you.”

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.15.2018

New Praise Ministries has Joined the Collinwood Beachland Area!

We have joined the Collinwood Beachland area as of February 2017! New Praise Ministries began in the living room of Senior Pastor and Founder, Roscoe J. Heath and Lady Tina M. Heath in January, 2004. We started with about 20 members and immediately set about to pursue the commission of Jesus Christ according to Matthew 28:16 and the vision the Lord had given to Pastor Heath. Each member had the opportunity to submit possible names for the ministry.  New Praise Ministries was the result of combined suggestions from Pastor Heath and Mother Lorraine Smith. In July of 2004, Pastor Heath suggested a radio broadcast on AM 1490 - WJMO.  Sis Irina Thomas, building on our desire to promote love, family, and truth suggested the theme, “Transformed by Truth”, resulting in “Come and have your life transformed by truth”. New Praise Ministries’ membership dwindled to an average of 3-4 people in attendance. Pastor Heath was disheartened.  Lady Heath encouraged the ministry to continue to move forward. New Praise Ministries’ first new member was Sis Amanda Blade. After moving to the Euclid Shore Cultural Centre 2291 East 222nd Street in Euclid,   Ohio, the Lord began to send new souls seeking truth, love and family.  Wednesday night Interactive Bible Study (7pm) averaged 40-45 attendees; Friday Night’s Praise service (7pm) about 35-40 attendees; and Sunday morning worship service (11am) nearly 80-100 attendees.     

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 11:04 AM, 07.07.2017

Holy Redeemer's 93rd Feast of St. Anthony June 10th & 11th

Holy Redeemer Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony Saturday June 10th from 5:00 pm till 9:00 pm in the gymnasium and outside in the courtyard between the church. Then Sunday morning following Mass there will be a procession with the statue of St. Anthony through the streets of neighborhood finishing back at the church. The Feast will then continue afterwards till 8:00 pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Spring Can Bring a Renewal in Faith --- It's Up to You!

Northeast Ohio has some of the most unpredictable and wavering weather forecasts in the country. Likewise, our communities boast hundreds of various congregations and belief systems. No wonder it is so difficult to decide which kind of faith is best suited to participate for our own comfort! If you step back and look at yourself, I’m sure there is a goal to become more spiritual, regardless of the religious affiliation you may be accustomed to attending (or not attending). Church participation rates have continued to decline all over the world. But this doesn’t mean that faith or renewal is dead!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Announces: The Margaret Dua Returning Citizens Fund

We are saddend by the passing on October 1, 2016 of our dear co-minister Evangelist Margaret Dua.  Her passion for our returning citizens from prison is legendary. She joined our Collinwood Ministries four years ago bringing with her a compassionate heart and ability and passion for helping folks in prison turn their lives around. We found that there was no end to her generosity and no task too daunting. Margaret helped us with our Expungement Clinics and also the ministry at our new facility, Siggy’s Village on Saranac, working with returning citizens. 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 7:00 PM, 11.07.2016

Holy Redeemer's Feast of the Assumption procession August 7th

Holy Redeemer Church on Kipling Avenue celebrated the Feast of the Assumption, Christ's mother Mary ascension into Heaven, Sunday August 7th. Following Mass there was the procession with a marching band through the streets of the neighborhood with the statue of Mary, then concluded with a cavetelli dinner back at the school gym.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

Seed Sowing Soldiers Making a Positive Impact In the City of Cleveland

Seed Sowing Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Collinwood community committed to uplifting residents in the city of Cleveland by giving back to those less fortunate.

Our organization was established in 2012 by our President, Lester Graham, Jr.  We stand firmly on God's promise as written in Galatians 6:7,"...for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." We believe that we will reap good harvest, because of the seeds that we are sowing.

We have held many events over the past years such as; sponsoring FDR and East Clark families with Christmas toys, providing Thanksgiving dinner to the community, our annual school supply and book bag give-a-way, preparing breakfast for Veterans at Volunteers of America, and many more!

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

CNCM Brightens Euclid Beach Residents' Holidays

Members of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries crocheting and knitting group made 50 lap robes and afghans for the residents of the Euclid Beach Club Appartments.  Sister Mary Ann Baran, SND and Candy Roesler raffled them off as door prizes during the Euclid Beach Club annual Christmas party.  The gifts were recieved with gratitude and delight and will be a source of warmth and comfort throughout the new year.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Peace for 2016

As I'm writing this, about a week before Christmas, I'm looking at a yard full of fairly green grass, bright sunshine (or not) - and what looks like a rather confused iris. (Or maybe it's just very optimistic!)

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Coming Attractions

In an effort to revive the economic growth of the Collinwood, Glenville, East Park, North Shores, Nottingham Village, and Saint-Clair Superior neighborhoods, donations and contributions are being generated through the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.12.2015

Collinwood Neighborhood Ministries Receives 2 Grants

During the past several months the staff of The Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) has become increasingly aware of the needs of the recently incarcerated in our area. Therefore, CNCM in collaboration with WallsInside Out, Hands2Hands Inc. and Case Western Reserve University, plans to serve this population. The Sisters of the Humility of Mary have generously agreed to help fund this project in the amount of $10,000. This grant will provide CNCM with the necessary resources to help returning citizens acquire a sense of self-worth, learn coping skills and gain access to social services.

Neighborhood Connections has awarded a $2,000 grant to Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries for their Drop-in for Peace program. This grant will enable them to offer improvisational drama workshops for teens, drumming for peace classes for children and seniors, neighborhood leadership training and a staffed computer drop-in center.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:53 PM, 05.31.2015

Holy Redeemer celebrates 91st Feast of St. Anthony June 13th & 14th

Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in June 1924, the honoring of St. Anthony has played an integral part in the life of the parish. The annual Tredicina, or 13 days of prayer begins Monday, June 1, 2015 and concludes  Wednesday, June 13, 2015 coinciding with the day of St. Anthony's death in Padua Italy in 1231.

For each Mass the church will host a different visiting clergy member who will expound on St. Anthony and the virtues and relevance of his message today. Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed, St. Anthony is also well-known as that of lost articles. Father Marty Polito, a Euclid native and Pastor of Holy Redeemer since 1996, adds that it is not just for lost things but for people who may have lost either faith, hope, and/or love. That this is an occasion for prayer for things needed to be found in one’s life and a time of self-renewal.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:53 PM, 05.31.2015

Have Faith - Spring IS Coming!

Well. we've survived. Here we are at the end of February (as I write this), and (believe it or not!) winter’s end is in sight! It just doesn't feel like it.

But Mother Nature knows her business. See if you think there's signs of spring here in this snap of my front yard trees - am I really seeing buds?!  I don't think it's wishful thinking, but the signs are there. Small, but there. Or will be - very shortly!

Go ahead - go look in your yard. Slow down enough, for once in our lives, to really look at God's world around us. We all need to do this, whatever your path to God is. Even if for just a few minutes, let's enjoy that crisp air and hey, maybe even make some snowpeople.

Meanwhile, our Collinwood neighborhood is beginning to stir, after this long winter's downtime, and all kinds of things are getting started for this upcoming spring and summer. That, of course, includes our own Collinwood Area Pastoral Association (or CAPA).

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 7:53 PM, 03.06.2015

A Life of Service: St Jerome's Father Cassese

Anthony J. Cassese was born December 3, 1948 and grew up on East 123rd Street in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.  His mother’s family, the Micatrotto’s, were from Ripalimosani, in the Province of Campobasso, Italy. He was diagnosed with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis at an early age, requiring daily dose of antibiotics and special treatments every six weeks for the rest of his life. Though the average life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis is between 37 and 50 years of age, he would become one of it’s oldest survivors, having the longest record of CF treatments at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 PM, 02.05.2015

Are You Looking for Faith in 2015?

Hope this finds you all well, after all the hustle & bustle of this past holiday season!

Churches all over this Collinwood neighborhood of ours, celebrated Christmas in so many unique ways. Hopefully, we met you somewhere. (Trees, lights, angels - and kids; how could we not enjoy? How did you set up for Santa, if you were lucky enough to have kids available to show you how?)

If you're in search of a congregation, you're invited, in this 2015, to visit and explore all our many faiths here in the community. Looking for a new path for yourself, or thinking about coming back to an old faith, somewhere in the neighborhood may well be a congregation that fits. (If you look back at our list of congregations last issue, you may have been surprised at just how varied we are.) Try something, and see where it leads you - you may be surprised! If you're looking for a church, do visit our neighborhood churches, watch here for news of what everyone's doing, and be part of "Faith in Collinwood".



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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.26.2015

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Gives Gift of Presence

Every Friday afternoon, under the instruction of Kim Reynolds and Antoinette Robinson, several ladies meet at the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries (CNCM) House (corner of Royal and St. Clair) to knit and crochet lap robes for residents of area retirement homes.  According to Sr. Felicia Petruziello, CSJ, “This program not only provides anopportunity to build community among the ladies but also gives them a chance to be of service to the elderly in our community”.  

Collinwood residents meet on Saturday morning every other week for seven sessions in two cycles at the CNCM House. Under the guidance of Mr. William Denihan and Mr. Douglas Rothschild, they learn to express themselves in creative ways through painting.  Both men do this because they love to paint and want to share their joy. At the close of class Sr. Joan Gallagher, CSA hears “the sounds of joy as the finished paintings are displayed.

An expungement clinic is offered at the CNCM House in the spring and in the fall.  Persons who may have up to two misdemeanors or one minor felony can get these crimes erased or expunged from his or her criminal record. Sr. Margaret Hartman, SND and has arranged for lawyers from the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office to conduct the clinics.  Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, executive director, states that “there have been over 200 calls inquiring about the fall expungement clinic. Clearly there is a need for this service.”



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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.26.2015

Finding Faith in Collinwood

Everyone needs faith in someone or something. Finding faith again in something after my husband’s sudden death, took great courage, but once I did I have been able to accomplish things I never thought possible before and have met some quite interesting people along the way.

If you are a faith-based organization in Collinwood then meet the Collinwood Area Pastoral Association. This is a new co-operation of Collinwood neighborhood religious groups, who are coming together to work for (and with) our Collinwood community, brought together by Councilman Polensek, who saw not just a need, but another way to work for the good of Collinwood.

Many of them you will know - and many you may not be so familiar with - but we are uniting to work together, for the betterment of our Collinwood neighborhood. All faiths are welcome to be part of this group; we very much want to not only welcome everyone, but we want to reflect the diversity of our religious beliefs, that so very much reflect Collinwood's cultural diversity and history.


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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 2:43 PM, 11.17.2014

St. Casimir Parish, 5 Years Old and Still Growing

It is hard for me to believe that at the end of this month, October 25th, St. Casimir Parish will be five years old.  It seems like just yesterday, that we celebrated the opening Mass here on Neff Road.  But as I walked around the campus today, I saw what we accomplished in those five years.  At 12:00 noon, our church bells rang the Angelus, as they do every day at noon and 6:00 pm.  I see temporary signs on our auditorium and our school building saying that this is the home of Lakeshore Intergenerational School.  A school again is on our campus.  A walk around to our Marcella Road parking lot, is see Cuvilly House, which is a residence and ministry center run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.  At the other end of our parking lot, I see what was once one of our rental houses, now called “Hope House”, a place for our organizations and our adult education programs to meet.  I see building renovations and improvements.  But more importantly, I see people.  I see happy people on school days coming to and going home from school.  I see members of our parish organizations meeting in the evenings.  I see people coming to Mass each day – Sunday through Friday mornings and Saturday evenings.  I see cultural programs, I see religious programs, I see educational programs.  I see a vibrant, Catholic, ethnic parish community.

We have come a long way in five years, and we have a long way to go in the future.  But this month, we stop and reflect and savor who we are and what we do.  I invite the whole community to do that with us this October.  Stop in for Mass: Monday through Friday at 7:30 am, Saturday at 5:30 pm, and Sunday at 8:00, 10:00 (Lithuanian) and 12:00.  Stop by just to say hello.  Our office is open from 10am to 6pm daily.  If you are still looking for a Catholic Church, you might like us.  If you have been away for a while and are interested in returning to Church, call me.  I’ll help you.  If you’re interested in Catholicism, ask us about it.  If you want to meet some of our members, we’re having a Clambake / Steak Roast / Fund Raiser on Saturday, October 25th, from 6-10 pm.  Look for our ad elsewhere in this edition of the Collinwood Observer.  Or, just visit our website:

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 10:41 PM, 10.15.2014

Holy Redeemer's Feast of the Assumption

Celebrating their 90th Anniversary this year, Collinwood’s Holy Redeemer Church continued their tradition of the Feast of the Assumption Sunday, August 10th. The celebration of the Assumption or “the taking” of the Virgin Mary marking her being received into Heaven. Following the Mass and procession through the streets of the neighborhood in honor of The Blessed Mother, a picnic was held behind the church for all family and friends.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 9:09 PM, 09.03.2014

Prosperity Festival at Living Truth Center August 16

Its that time again. Living Truth Center for Better Living are having their 3rd Annual Prosperity Festival. Bring your family and friends to a day of fun.  Our spacious parking lot welcomes you to bring family and friends to be a part of the hoola- hoop contest! There will be food, D.J, line dancing, games, prizes, give-a ways and vendors. School supplies will  also be given and much more! Call for more information. 1850 Belmore Road East Cleveland OH 44112. (216) 249-0330. Rev. Alice J. Brown, Senior Minister.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 2:11 AM, 08.05.2014

North Carolina's "Cleveland Rocks" Mission Group Entertains Hospice Patients

It’s no secret to those of us who live here that Cleveland is in the midst of a major revitalization. All the “buzz” about our hometown has reached into rural North Carolina. Sixty middle school and high school students from the combined youth choirs of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly and Marion, North Carolina were inspired to plan a “Cleveland Rocks” mission trip.

The mission trip included a special performance for patients, caregivers and families at David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th Street. “It was a multi-cultural concert, with some songs sung in Latin, one in Spanish and one in an African dialect,” said Lori Scotese, Coordinator of Volunteers for Hospice of the Western Reserve. “During one song, all of the choir members held hands in a gesture of peace and unity. Our patients, caregivers and families were so moved that they joined hands, too. The choir director remarked afterward that the group’s performance at our hospice house was by far the most meaningful concert on their tour for the young people, and one they would never forget.  

While in Cleveland, the choir members also performed at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake as well as several other locations, and took part in mission projects with the Cleveland Food Bank, The City Mission, the Men’s Shelter, and the Lutheran Metro Ministries. They also reserved enough time to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and a few other attractions while in town. One of the highlights of their trip was an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Cleveland Indians game.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 11:37 AM, 06.30.2013

Holy Redeemer celebrates 89th Feast of St. Anthony June 8th & 9th

Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in June 1924, the honoring of St. Anthony has played an integral part in the life of the parish. The annual Tredicina, or 13 days of prayer begins Saturday, June 1st and concludes  Thursday, June 13th coinciding with the day of St. Anthony's death in Padua Italy in 1231.

For each Mass the church will host a different visiting clergy member who will expound on St. Anthony and the virtues and relevance of his message today. Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed, St. Anthony is also well-known as that of lost articles. Father Marty Polito, a Euclid native and Pastor of Holy Redeemer since 1996, adds that it is not just for lost things but for people who may have lost either faith, hope, and/or love. That this is an occasion for prayer for things needed to be found in one’s life and a time of self-renewal.

The Feast celebration itself will start Saturday June 8th at 5:00pm and is held in the school gymnasium and outside in the courtyard between the church till 10:00 pm. There will be concession stands featuring Italian food favorites, with musical entertainment along with games of chance and various raffles for dozens of different donated gift baskets, a Summer in the City package including Cedar Point and Cleveland Indian tickets, and for cash payouts totaling $5000.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:24 PM, 06.07.2013

Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries open new house, initiate programs

The staff of the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries is hosting a series of “Coffee and Conversations” at their new home, 15706 St. Clair Ave. on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 from 10 am to noon. Several planned formal Open Houses for various groups of neighbors, benefactors and friends will be scheduled and formal invitations sent in the near future.

“The Sisters and staff of the center welcome anyone who would like to stop by to learn about upcoming programs, see the house, and talk about ways to continue to improve the quality of life and spirit in the Collinwood neighborhood,” said Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, OSU, coordinator.

Future scheduled programs during March and April at the house include topics ranging from music and prayer, arts and crafts, to assistance for first offenders.

“Finding God in Quiet Music,” led by Sr. Janet Moore, OSU, professor of music at Ursuline College, will be offered on Saturday, Mar. 16 from 10-11am. The experience will give everyone a chance to spend peaceful time away from the busyness of life.

No experience is necessary for two creative programs offered  concurrently on Friday, Mar. 22, 2-3:30. “Paint for Peace” and “Create a Prayer Shawl.” Bill Denihan, who provides art instruction to residents of Joseph’s Home, along with an alum of Joseph’s Home and Sr. Joan Gallagher, CSA, will lead an oil painting session.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 6:36 PM, 02.12.2013

Spiritual well-being during the Holidays

Remember when you were a kid and how the winter holidays were the highlight of your year? I think back to how strong the Christmas spirit shined in our house, even though we were a family of limited means. We would seek out the Sears Wish Book and were able to spend a whole twenty dollars on the toy of our choice. Our stockings always had a big candy cane, a few Hershey kisses, and a life savers roll. That was enough for us back then and our favorite thrill was the break from school and going sledding down the biggest hill we could find in the neighborhood.

Times sure have changed. Things have become so complicated. People have become more demanding. When we think about the extra pressure that bears down on us during this time of the year, it is mentally exhausting. There has to be a point where we stand back and look at the madness we have created as a society and get back to basics. When did the “true meaning” of the holidays fade and the sparkle of commercialism take over? My earliest recollection was when watching A Charlie Brown Christmas back in the 60’s, Snoopy’s dog house won a prize for the best lighting display.  And of course Charlie Brown’s frustration with his friends that felt that Christmas was partying and dancing.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.15.2012

Merry Christmas from St. Casimir Parish

As the song goes: "It’s the most wonderful time of the year." On Christmas Day we celebrate the birth of our Savior. For most of us, this day will be filled with tradition, remembering our own childhood and marveling at the wonder we see in the eyes of the children in our own families. But more than just tradition, Christmas is a celebration of life – our own lives, the lives we are living today.

The message of the angels – "Today a Savior has been born to you..." reminds all of us of God’s presence in our own lives. What better way to celebrate the Lord’s presence in our lives than to participate at Church Services on Christmas. For Catholics, we have four wonderful parishes in Collinwood (St. Casimir on Neff Rd., St. Jerome on Lake Shore and E 150th., St. Mary on Holmes Ave., and Holy Redeemer on Kipling), for our brothers and sisters of other Faith traditions, we have many churches in our neighborhood, and for those who don’t belong anywhere, I invite you to visit us here at St. Casimir on Christmas. We are located at 18022 Neff Road. Our Masses on Christmas Eve are at 4:00 pm and 10:30 pm (in Lithuanian), and on Christmas Day at 8:00 am, 10:00 am (in Lithuanian) and 12:00 noon. May the Peace and Joy that this great Feast signifies be with you this Christmas Day and every day of  your lives.

God Bless all of you this holiday season!

Fr. Joe Bacevice is the Pastor of St. Casimir Parish. He can be reached at 216-481-3157.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 12.15.2012

"Growing Older With Grace And Humor," free program with Sr. Eileen Collins

“Growing Older with Grace and Humor,” presented by Ursuline Sister Eileen Mary Collins, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 am is the first in a series of four, free weekly sessions at the Holy Redeemer Senior Facility. 885 Ruple Rd.

Sr. Eileen has been a teacher, a college professor, a psychologist and a lifelong fun-lover. She focuses on the fact that every age can be a good age. The first session will explore some myths about aging and the following three sessions will challenge seniors' attitudes about their later years and will provide some new ways of thinking. “The emphasis,” Sr. Eileen explained, “will be on growing older vs. just getting older.”

The other sessions will be on Sept. 18, Sep. 25, Oct. 2 at the Holy Redeemer Senior facility.

The session are sponsored by the newly-formed Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries, (CNCM) a collaborative group of nuns from different communities and their lay co-workers. 

“Come and meet your neighbors and the Sisters organizing the programs. Add your voice in designing what would help the Collinwood area and bring services here that would enrich the lives of the community,” encouraged Sr. Mary Ellen Brinovec, coordinator of the CNCM.

Any questions? Contact Sisters Mary Ellen 216-407-1836; Carmen 216-531-3313 or Ruth Ann 216-481-8200.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.16.2012

You are welcome at St. Casimir

St. Casimir Parish has been serving the North Collinwood area for almost three years, since Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. George parishes merged here on Neff Road in October, 2009. It’s been a very busy three years establishing ourselves as a Catholic parish and building our community. We serve all people of Lithuanian heritage who choose to call us their spiritual home with religious and cultural events in the native language. At the same time, we embrace our neighbors of every nationality who choose to make our parish their spiritual home. We do not have any parish boundaries, and we continue to welcome people from Collinwood and surrounding areas to join us and live their Catholic faith in our unique parish. We also welcome non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, as well as welcoming back to the Faith all those who have left or fallen away. Stop by my office here in the rectory and have a cup of coffee, or just come pray in the church and see what happens!

We’ve welcomed some new neighbors to our campus as well. Two years ago, we completely renovated our convent building on Marcella Avenue and have welcomed the Sisters of Notre Dame to the space, now christened “Cuvilly House.” The sisters there minister to young adults with spiritual programs throughout the year.

We have also done outreach projects through our Giving Tree program at Christmastime, providing gifts for needy families in our own parish, presents for residents of the Rose Mary Center, and supplies for expectant mothers and babies served by Birthright on E. 185th.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.16.2012

Memorial Spiritual Christian Church celebrating eighty-five years in Collinwood!

Memorial Spiritual Christian Church - “That Church on Pawnee” - invites you all to our Homecoming Celebration of our Eighty Fifth Anniversary, on Sunday September 16 at 5:00 pm.

We’ve been in this Collinwood neighborhood for eighty-five years, with our ties to our neighborhood going back to the Collinwood School Fire of 1908, when the Baldwin family, whose daughter Laura died in the Collinwood School Fire, donated the property where our church stands, for a Spiritualist church to be founded as a lasting memorial to Laura and all the victims of the Collinwood School Fire. 

Since we opened in 1927 as the Sunflower New Thought Spiritualist Association Church, so many people have come through our doors during these eighty-five years! (In 1973, we changed our name to Memorial Spiritual Church, to honor our ties to the Collinwood School Fire, and a few years later, we became Memorial Spiritual Christian Church, when our late Pastor, Reverend Karen Hill, became head of Memorial.)

If you’re one of the many people who have been here, we’d very much like to see you again - we’re looking for everyone who has ever been to Memorial, or who remembers Memorial, during the eighty-five years our church has stood here at Pawnee & E 193rd, to come celebrate our church’s being here in Collinwood. If you’ve heard about us and wondered who we are– we’d be delighted to see you too!

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.16.2012

When fear comes

In the wake of the recent theater gun shooting in Aurora, Colorado, much has been, and continues to be discussed concerning why this happened, how this happened, who is this perpetrator, what was his motive, was he mentally stable.....etc.

This has also spurred public debate over violence in movies, gun control, public safety and the role of our elected officials to do something about this. It is not for us to ask the questions why, but to know the reasons for such acts committed upon mankind. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 9, the Bible reads; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” In Proverbs 14:12, we read “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man...”  None of us can prevent a person from concluding his or her own brand of justice in their own mind. God alone knows the heart of a man. 

While the media becomes ensnared trying to answer the questions of who, what, when, where and how; many are left with not knowing where to turn. I encourage you to lean on faith. 

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 2:06 PM, 08.11.2012

Keeping Kids Safe: An Internet & Mobile Safety Workshop from New Birth Ministries


  • 1 in 3 kids have been cyber-bullied and many have taken their lives as a result.
  • 70% of kids receive unwanted obscene and pornographic materials.
  • 30% have received "sexting" messages.
  • 63% of kids on the Internet have been asked to meet in person by a complete stranger.

Keeping Kids Safe: An Internet & Mobile Safety Workshop™ is is a free, 25 minute, multimedia Internet & Mobile Safety presentation designed for parents. This dynamic presentation uses the latest statistics, resources, videos, and expert tips to convey the must-have information parents need in order to educate, engage with, and protect their children in today’s digital world. Every attendee will receive:

• A clearer understanding of the issues their kids are facing.• Free resources to help them communicate with their kids about making safer decisions. • Access to free technology that can be used to stay connected to their kids’ online.

This powerful workshop has been shared with hundreds of schools, churches and community organizations across the country and thousands of parents. 

Join the movement to keep our childern safe in cyber-space.

When: Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 PM. New Birth Ministries; 14911 Westropp Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44110.

Jimmie Booze is the Executive Pastor of New Birth Ministries.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 5:36 PM, 05.03.2012

40 Foot Container Becomes Home for Haitians

In late Octoer, 2009 the Aspinwall Church of God Mountain Assembly sent a 40 - foot container to their churches and 4 schools in Haiti. The Mountain Assembly churches sent two hundred and fity - 55 gallon barrels - filled with rice, beans, clothes, toiletries, medical supplies, linens, and other items. There was also a revival tent with chairs in the container. The container arrived in Haiti just before Christmas, 2009.

A few weeks later on January 12, 2010 Haiti experienced a catastropic earthquake. Over 250,000 people died or were injured. Buildings, homes, and roads crumbled. Yet, in the midst of the devastation the continer from a church in Collinwood survived! In their desparation Haitians pitched the tent and moved into it as well as the container.

Almost two kyears later that same contianer - from Collinwood - still provides shelter for the Haitians as they await the reconstruction. Thousands of Haitians are still living outside in the elements.



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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 PM, 10.05.2011

Holy Redeemer celebrates 87th Feast of St. Anthony June 11th & 12th

Since Holy Redeemer Church’s founding in June 1924, the honoring of St. Anthony has played an integral part in the life of the parish. Starting with its annual Tredicina, or 13 days of prayer which begins Wednesday, June 1st, and concludes Monday, June 13th, coinciding with the day of his death in Padua Italy in 1231. For each Mass the church will host a different visiting clergy member who will expound on St. Anthony's virtues and relevance of his message today. Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed, St. Anthony is also well known as the Patron Saint of lost articles. Father Marty Polito, a Euclid native and Pastor of Holy Redeemer since 1996, adds that it is not just for lost things but for people who may have lost either faith, hope, and or love. This, he says, is an occasion for prayer for things needed to be found in one’s life and for a time of self-renewal.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 8:35 AM, 06.05.2011

Collinwood High School Alumni Association asks us to "Pray for our country"

The Collinwood High School Alumni Association's (CHSAA), current newsletter (January 2011), has a front page article asking readers to "Pray for our Country," for one minute each day. This idea started because of the thousands of emails that have been circulating through the country, explaining how "the people of the United Kingdom, during World War II, prayed for their country for one minute (1) at 8:00pm on a daily basis."

The CHSAA suggests that we "might want to adopt this habit," because of  the "many and varied crises happening today..."

Locally, this wonderful idea began in the Litchfield Assembly of God Church, as an Adult Sunday School Project, and it has since "spread to (the) entire congregation..and surrounding  communities."  Many people are setting their clocks and cell phone alarms to 8pm, as a reminder to pray.

Readers are asked to spread the word to other churches, "friends, neighbors and organizations,"  to "join with all of us in praying for God's protection for our country."

"The power of prayer is known throughout this planet!"

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 1:07 PM, 03.08.2011

That Church on Pawnee

If you’ve ever been down Pawnee Ave, off E 185th, you’ve passed our small white church, sitting there at E 193rd. And probably wondered about who we were. Who are we, really?

Well, I’d like to tell you a bit about us . . .

A bit of history to start off with. We’ve been in this Collinwood neighborhood for more than 80 years, with our ties to our neighborhood going back to the Collinwood School Fire of 1908. Records show that on February 12 1927, the Baldwin family, whose daughter Laura died in the Collinwood School Fire, donated the property where our church stands, for a Spiritualist church to be founded as a lasting memorial to Laura and all the victims of the Collinwood School Fire. 

We opened as the Sunflower New Thought Spiritualist Association Church in the brick building that still stands today. In 1973, we changed our name to Memorial Spiritual Church, to honor our ties to the Collinwood School Fire, and a few years later, we became Memorial Spiritual Christian Church, when our late Pastor, Reverend Karen Hill, became head of Memorial.

So, that’s why we’re here. The big question, of course then, is What is Spiritualism? What is it we believe and follow at Memorial Spiritual Christian Church? What is it we do?

There’s alot of “buzz” out there these days about things ghostly and “paranormal”; I’ve lost track of the number of shows that are all over the airwaves, showing both “ghost chasers” and mediums. All very exciting of course -- and pretty much exaggerated as well. Spirits that always turn up as full-bodied apparitions, eerie noises and lights (why do they always “investigate” at night?!), and spooky situations are all very good television, but not necessarily how this really works.

So what exactly is Spiritualism? Very basically, “As Spiritualists we believe that, although the body dies, the spirit of the person lives on and is active in helping us with love and guidance from a higher, invisible level of life.” Death, therefore, does not end our connection to each other, and we believe it is possible to not only communicate between those here and those who have crossed over, but to use that communication to help people.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 1:42 PM, 12.11.2010

7,400 people take part in the Fugitive Safe Surrender phenomenon

A little more than a month ago I witnessed an unexpectedly awesome event at the Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood, Ohio. It was the Fugitive Safe Surrender of 2010.

It is a collaboration of the United States Marshal, Sheriff’s Office, municipal judges, social service agencies, the Bureaus of Motor Vehicles, the Public Defender’s Office, media, and the Clerk of Courts. The Justice Center was brought to the church.

More than 7,400 people took advantage of this opportunity to ‘stop looking over their shoulders’ and to eliminate job barriers. 

For those who get hung up on the word “fugitive” –most of the people there were everyday people who had issues with their drivers licenses, child support, or were afraid to approach the intimidating justice system. Many were unable to pay their fines or get to their court date. Yes, there were low level non-violent felonies attending. However, they were outnumbered by the misdemeanors. 

There were people of all ages who came in wheel chairs, on canes, and some were pushing baby strollers. Child care was also provided. People brought lunches to help as they waited in line. Then they waited in the church sanctuary to go before a judge and hopefully to get a second chance.

While they waited the people could collect information on housing foreclosures, child support, re-entry, and other services. Onsite HIV testing and physicals were provided. On Saturday, which was the last day, the line went around the church and snaked into one of the four filled parking lots.     

I saw courage as the people went through the metal detector to the unknown.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

The Reverend Della Reese will lift you UP at Living Truth Center For Better Living

Come and be touched by an angel. The Reverend Dr. Della Reese, singer, actress and minister will speak at Living Truth Center for Better Living on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

A multiple Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee with seven NAACP image awards, whose talents spanned 60 years. Singer and actress who at the high point of her television career co-starred in the hit series, "Touched By an Angel" for nine years.  The Rev. Dr. Della Reese-Lett is the founder and minister of Understanding Principles for Better Living Church in Los Angeles. The UP church, as it is referred to, is a bible-based New Thought Church that offers a message that is UP, music that is UP, and promises that you will leave services UP-lifted.

All are welcome to witness this special event. Living Truth Center is located at 1850 Belmore Road in East Cleveland, Ohio 44112. Telephone number: (216) 249-0330. Services are 8 am -9:30 am, and 11 am-12:30 pm.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Aspinwall Church of God Christmas in October Liberia -2010

Liberia, West Africa is the destination of the Aspinwall Church of God, Christmas in October 2010 barrel project. This is the 4th time that Liberia has received aid from the Mountain Assembly Church of God. Over the last 30 years Aspinwall Church of God, as a mission of mercy has sent barrels containing rice, beans, pasta, clothing, medical supplies, bicycles, wheelchairs, crutches, over the counter medications and household items to Liberia, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, India and many others. The Church of God Mountain Assembly has over fifty churches and a children's home there.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:02 PM, 09.03.2010

New happenings at St. Casimir Parish!

Have you noticed the new signage which was installed at the St. Casimir Catholic Parish on Neff Rd.? That is just the start of several new happenings within the parish. The Parish Steering Committee developed a Parish Mission Statement, and is establishing the process for electing the Parish Pastoral Council. A Ministry Fair is being planned for the weekend of Sept 18-19, and a Finance Council has been established.

Many building repairs and renovations are progressing well. In August, the Sisters of Notre Dame will be moving into the convent building  along with women who are discerning a vocation to religious life.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 08.08.2010

Living Truth Center for Better Living-- a neighborhood church

Living Truth Center For Better Living is located in East Cleveland and teaches tools to live life from the inside out, by awakening the Christ within which empowers people to live healthy, happy and prosperous lives. Based on teachings from the worldwide New Thought Movement brought to people's attention in the early 1900’s, the church teaches practical Christianity that empowers people to change their thoughts, feelings and beliefs, thereby changing their circumstances.  Living Truth Center is a member of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, Inc and has churches and study groups throughout the world.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:58 PM, 07.24.2010

Young Adult Supervisor loves her job at Nottingham Youth Center

Hi. My name is Destiny Armstrong, and I am currently a staff worker for the Nottingham Youth Center (NYC).  I would have to say that working here and having the opportunity to work with the kids is a pleasure! “The camp is full of fun and adventure,” as one of the little campers quoted. 

The children here motivate me come to work everyday. Denise Wright, whom I look at as a second mom, has the camp under control. I honestly love the camp this year way more than last summer. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 2:32 PM, 07.12.2010

Feast of Nations

On Saturday, August 7th at 1:00 pm, the Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 326 East 156th Street, will be hosting "Feast of the Nations". The Feast of Nations is a celebration of the various nations’ foods and culture that make American the great "melting pot" that it is. This year's Feast will include a brief introduction about why foods from the United States and around the world have made this nation great. A delicious full course, all-you-can-eat buffet meal from the following areas will conclude the experience: North America, Hawaii, Louisiana, Italy, Puerto Rico and China.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.16.2010

Attention Mothers: Free M.O.M.S support group and parent education classes

Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at 326 East 156th Street,  is proud to announce that we will soon be offering  a M.O.M.S Support Group and Parent Education Classes for the Collinwood Community. The M.O.M.S classes begin June 21 at 1 pm and are scheduled to meet monthly.

As a contributing member of our proud community, Tabernacle Church seeks to offer support and hope to the parents and families that reside here. We are especially sensitive to the needs of our mothers in the community who face daily challenges with providing a healthy and nurturing environment for their children. We want to provide them with both emotional and spiritual support for their lives.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.16.2010

Holy Redeemer holds St. Anthony Festival

On the weekend of June 12-13,  Holy Redeemer Church, 15712 Kipling, will hold the Festival of St. Anthony.  Saint Anthony was a famous teacher and preacher and a popular follower of Saint Francis of Assisi.  He worked tirelessly for the poor.  June 12 at 4 p.m. Mass will be held followed by food and musical entertainment. On June 13, a 10:30 Mass by the celebrated Bishop Anthony Pilla will be held, followed by a religious procession with Saint Anthony's statue. The festival will run from 1-8 p.m. with musical entertainment and food. There will be a Saint Anthony  treasure hunt for children from 3 to 9 years of age at 3 p.m. There will be a balloon artist present for the children.  Come and enjoy some good Italian food---pizza and sausage sandwiches, fried dough, tripe, cavatelli and meatballs and Italian pastry.  Many cultural and religious groups gather in community to celebrate the heritage of Saint Anthony.  Carrying the statue is a way to remember to strive to live the values and virtues he had.
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 7:58 PM, 06.05.2010