Faith News

Father Marty wants people to be the best they can be

"You can't do what you can't do, but you can become what you can become," says Father Martin Polito of Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church. Father Marty cites the negativism that some people have about Collinwood and believes that people arelooking for a way to be positive. While Polito acknowledges that Collinwood has lost some of its economic status, he nonetheless feels that there is much potential in Collinwood.

Growing up in Euclid, Polito is a graduate of St. Joe's Villa Angela High School, of Borromeo Seminary and St. Mary's Seminary. He is a priest of the diocese of Cleveland. 

"My dad had a beverage store on East 152nd Street, but was disabled in mid-life. My mother went out and got a job so my father took care of things at home--a sort of role reversal. This taught me to look at things not as I wished them to be, but as they were. My mother had five kids to raise and had to go out to work as a cook or whatever job she could find. I  learned early on to deal with reality."

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:37 AM, 03.30.2010

A Mission of Mercy to Haiti before and after the Earthquake

As reported in the January, 2010 Collinwood Observer the Aspinwall Church of God Mountain Assembly provided ”Christmas in October - 2009” for their churches, 13 schools, and 3 children’s homes in Haiti. The church sent a 40 foot container to Duval Riche which is 10 miles away from Port au Prince. It was filled with 36,000 pounds of food, medicine, clothing, household articles, toys, and a large tent with chairs to be used for revivals.

On January 12, 2010, the island was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake! The container miraculously survived the destruction of the surrounding church, and school. Both the container and the revival tent have now become a shelters and homes for the pastor and the children residing in the school.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:07 PM, 03.05.2010

Cluster Masses add to spiritual life

On Monday, March 15, a cluster Mass will be held at St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church on Neff Road. Father Michael Woost from St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe will preside over the Mass and give the homily. There will be a social hour after the Mass  to talk with others.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 11:11 AM, 03.13.2010

How Kindergarteners remember St. Mary's Mr. Pla

Our kindergartners began praying for Mr. Pla ever since he went into the hospital in late October. Although they are young children, they firmly believe in the power of prayer. They prayed for improvements in his health, for the comfort of his family and that he would soon be able to return to school. Some of the children even prayed for things only a kindergartner would think of: they prayed that he would not get bitten by a scorpion in the forest and that they would point arrows for him to get away from the monsters.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 11:35 AM, 02.13.2010

Aspinwall Church launches 30th Mission of Mercy

Aspinwall Church of God Mountain Assembly, with the support of other Mountain Assembly churches, again provided Christmas in October. This year it was for families in Haiti. Mountain Assembly has 30 churches and 2 children’s homes in Haiti. Since 1975, Aspinwall Church has sent help to Liberia, India, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Honduras, and Zimbabwe. On October 29, 2009 the 3,000 cubic feet container began the 2000-mile journey from Collinwood to the people of Haiti.  

Haiti shares 1/3 of an island with the Dominican Republic. In the 1700s, it was one of the wealthiest colonies in the world. They exported gold, sugar, indigo, coffee, and tobacco until their resources were exhausted. Haiti now faces soil erosion, an overwhelmed education system, a struggling economy, and extreme poverty. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:58 PM, 01.14.2010

Memorial Spiritual Christian Church

Today with so many large churches closing their doors, it is amazing that this small independent church remains open. It is not just another Christian church, it has a rich history dedicated to the principals of Spiritualism and Christianity. The Sunflower New Thought Spiritualist Association was founded in 1917 at 19001 Pawnee. The church itself was built in 1927 at 19204 Pawnee and called The Sunflower New Thought Spiritualist Association Church as a memorial to the students lost in the Collinwood Fire of 1908. The parents of Emma Baldwin were Spiritualists, who with their extended family lived on Pawnee and dedicated the land to build a Spiritualist church to honor those lost in the fire. The main directive of the church was to provide a place to promote new thought principles, religious observance, and charity.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:46 PM, 01.14.2010

Paint Me Happy: An email worth reading

Most of us receive emails from friends, strangers, and businesses asking for everything from donations to “let’s get together” or a myriad of other requests. I recently received an email from a friend of mine, Betty Wasiloff asking for my help in finding volunteers for her non-profit organization, Paint Me Happy.org. 

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.10.2009

Freeing a sparrow

I want to thank the man who helped me on Friday, December 4th, at the Lakeshore Shopping Center, by holding the door of a shop open, so I could free a sparrow that was trapped inside. Afterwards, I told the man that it was amazing how things sometimes happen in mysterious ways. If we had not started talking, I would not have been walking along side him for that brief period of time, and would not have seen the bird. 

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.10.2009

In Our Hearts, You Hold A Place

As the holidays approach, I find myself remembering the ones I have loved and lost. Like me, I'm sure many of you have lost someone that you love. I'd like to dedicate this poem to all of our loved ones who won't be here to enjoy the holidays with us.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.10.2009

Unity in the Community Organize a “Unity in the Community” campaign

In the wake of the Imperial Street horrific tragedy, we have been given a wakeup call! A call to a tremendous disconnect on so many different levels; from a breakdown of law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate reports of missing persons, to a breakdown and disconnect of family and community support systems. While many seek to assign blame in this matter, the truth is that there is enough of it to go around. To think that we are going to rid our society of the evil that exists in the world is unrealistic at best. What I believe we can do, is do the best we can to protect ourselves from it.

In the scriptures, Jesus prayed a prayer that his followers would not be removed from the world, but that they would be kept (protected) from the evil that is in the world. Also, the Apostle Paul informed the church at Ephesus, that the strength of the church would come from “what every joint supplied”.  In other words the unity in the community that allows what is best in all of us; to reach the porches of each of us; will help to strengthen and protect all of us from the underbelly of society that seeks to steal, kill and destroy us all.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 10:20 AM, 11.19.2009

St. Casimir’s Church welcomes you!

The changes in the Cleveland Diocese are leaving their mark on many neighborhoods. We are fortunate that the four churches in the North Collinwood cluster will remain to serve the faithful in the community. One church, however, is undergoing  some fundamental changes.
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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 12:01 PM, 10.30.2009

Churches in Collinwood

Aspinwall Church of God Mountain Assembly   14627 Aspinwall Ave.    (216) 268-0879   Church of God Mountain Assembly

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 10:42 PM, 11.04.2009