2015 FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
All the Festival information, flyers, contests, in one place! Also information on our new Deacon, Tim Shell and preschool. Download by clicking "more" below
LITURGY 4TH OF JULY
Saturday, July 4
Celebrate our Freedom, 9:00AM
Independence Day Liturgy
Meet at school for the ceremonial raising of the flag. We will then process to the church for Mass. Refreshments in the gallery after Mass. Please bring a goodie to share.
Parish Office Closed
Church will open for Confessions at 3:30pm
Mass at 5:00PM
FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.
May we ask God’s blessings on our country and those persecuted around the world. Resources for the Fortnight are at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org or click "more" below.
2015 FESTIVAL CLASSIC CAR CRUISE
Our 6th Annual car cruise will take place during our festival on Saturday July 25, 2015 on the festival grounds. Download form by clicking "more" below. Contact Rick, 440-785-0453 for more information or firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 FESTIVAL PIE BAKING CONTEST
Back again is our amateur pie baking contest. Click on "more" below for an entry form and return to the Parish Office or in the Collection Basket. Call Diane, 216-402-1764 for more information.
2015 FESTIVAL CUPCAKE CONTEST FOR KIDS
New this year, kids 5-14 can show their creativity and baking skills at our first Cupcake Contest for Kids! Click "more" below for rules and entry form. Call Diane, 216-402-1764. Thanks.
2015 FESTIVAL FLYER
Our festival is July 24-26. Click on "more" below for all the information!
VOLUNTEER FOR THE FESTIVAL
What a great way to share your time and talent! There are many job openings. You can sign up by filling out the form and returning to the Parish Office or in the collection basket, or forms are available in the Gallery. Please consider volunteering for one shift this summer! Call Cheryl, 440-463-8930.
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR PRESCHOOL
St. Justin Martyr Preschool provides a creative learning environment for young children. Education research indicates that these early years are crucial for learning and, in fact, form the basis for future learning. Interaction with other children and adults, in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern, promotes the healthy development of each child. Learning experiences and play activities encourage spiritual, intellectual, social, language and physical development.
SJM Preschool goals are to:
Foster a warm Catholic Christian environment
Develop effective attitudes and values for life
Encourage academic growth through a sound curriculum and a strong instructional program
Become aware that he/she is a child of God and grow in His love.
Pamphlet with more information and registration form are available by clicking "more" below.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL
Whether you have been a donor in the past, have missed a few years, or have never given, your participation at any level, small or large, will have a profound impact. and needy.
Please give your financial support to the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal.
Click on "more" below to find out more information and to make your donation.
VOCATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS
Vocations at the Crossroads
The following parishioners are scheduled to receive the cross during the month of July:
Week of July 4-5: Jerry & Joanne Fox
Week of July 11-12: Janet McPeeks
Week of July 18-19: Elizabeth Dravecky
Week of July 25-26: Judy Berquist
If anyone cannot make their week, please call Loretta Vanagas at 942-7396. Thank you for your time and prayers.
Thank you to all who pray in this special way for vocations.
We are in need of those to pray in September.
We started our 9th year. Please call the parish office, 946-1177 or 942-7396. The traveling bag may either be picked up at the parish office over the weekend or received during the mass you plan on attending
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Readings for the Week of June 28, 2015
Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43
Monday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19
Day: Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/Mt 16:13-19
Tuesday: Gn 19:15-29/Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Gn 21:5, 8-20a/Mt 8:28-34
Thursday: Gn 22:1b-19/Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Eph 2:19-22/Jn 20:24-29
Saturday: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29/Mt 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a
Readings for the Week of July 5, 2015
Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a
Monday: Gn 28:10-22a/Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Gn 32:23-33/Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a/Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5/Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Gn 46:1-7, 28-30/Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a/Mt 10:24-33
Next Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
Readings for the Week of July 12, 2015
Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22/Mt 10:34--11:1
Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a/Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Ex 3:13-20/Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Ex 11:10--12:14/Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Ex 12:37-42/Mt 12:14-21
Next Sunday: Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34
Readings for the Week of July 19, 2015
Sunday: Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34
Monday: Ex 14:5-18/Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday: Ex 14:21--15:1/Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Thursday: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b/Mt 13:10-17
Friday: Ex 20:1-17/Mt 13:18-23
Saturday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 20:20-28
Next Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15
Readings for the Week of July 26, 2015
Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15
Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34/Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28/Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38/Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37/Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17/Mt 14:1-12
Next Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35
Pope Paul VI wrote “…from the very way in which the celebration (of the Mass) is organized, the Church should be seen to consist of different orders and ministries.” This tells us that we need to hear the voice of God calling us to serve in many different ways during the celebration of Mass. We are in need of lectors at all Masses. If you are able to speak clear and loud and would like to proclaim the Word, please contact the parish office 946-1177 or Fr. Kevin for more information. Training sessions will be held.
PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES
Minutes from the most recent Parish Council Meetings can be viewed by clicking on "more" below.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULE SUMMER
Schedules for Summer are available in the Gallery. You can also download it below.
Be sure to turn your forms in for the next scheduling. They are available under Parish Forms.
FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The full statement follows:
Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.
Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.
Visit the USCCB website on Marriage to learn more about the truth and beauty of this Sacrament: www.marriageuniqueforareason.org.
PRE-BAPTISM CLASS, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
From 7:00-9:30pm in the Andrew Trubisky Room of the school. Participation is required for BOTH parents who are planning to have their first child baptized. Please call the Parish Office to register, 946-1177 by September 1, 2015 or e-mail the Parish Office, email@example.com
FRESH Faith 2016
All incoming 8th graders that will be attending FRESH Faith in the fall will have their application forms mailed home.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Thank you to all those who donated to the Ministry, your donations keep our Ministry going!
Do you like to knit or crochet? Would you like to learn to knit or crochet? Our Prayer Shawl Ministry makes shawls and lap pads for those in need due to emotional or physical difficulties.
If you need more information call the Parish Office, 440-946-1177. Prayer Shawls are always available for pick up at the office. Forms are in the Parish Office or the Gallery.
ELEMENTARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FORMS
Welcome students and parents!
St. Justin Martyr Parish is committed to the support of families seeking Catholic education and to the support of
the Catholic schools providing the opportunity for Catholic education. We will financially support active parish
families by paying the parish subsidy for the school and by offering needs-based tuition grants to help families
afford Catholic education. You do not need to leave SJM Parish to attend another Catholic school.
All students attending Catholic Elementary Schools are required to fill out the Catholic Elementary School Enrollment Form and return to St. Justin Martyr Parish Office.
Please click "more" below for the following information:
+Parish Enrollment Form
+PSAS Student Aid Form
Confirmation Class of 2015
thank you to all our prayer partners that have been remembering our Candidates. You can continue to drop off your notes and cards to the parish office. I'll make sure that they are received over the summer months. Please continue to pray for our Confirmation Candidates as they continue their journey to the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall.
There is no Eucharistic Adoration on Memorial Day. Please pray for those who have given their lives to keep us free.
Needed: Eucharistic Adorers
Monday: Marge, 946-8989
Tuesday: 5:00, 7:00PM Carolyn, 951-4686
Wednesday: 11:00 PM, Carole, 951-0280
Thursday: Noon,10:00 & 11:00 PM, Sue, 488-1962
Friday: Loretta, 942-7396
Questions? Call Marion, 975-8208
There will no Eucharistic Adoration when Willoughby-Eastlake schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Electronic Funds Direct Deposit (EFS)
You now have the opportunity to have your weekly church support done monthly electronically, direct from your bank to ours. We will do this draw monthly and apply funds as you indicate below. For those of you who opt for this service, we hope you find it convenient, easy, and a way to keep track of your donations. Follow the instructions on the form below, filling in the necessary information, and advising the application of funds. Return this form in a sealed envelope to the Parish Business Office either in person, through the collection, or mail. Also note that, as this program only covers weekly church support. Continue to use the other Holy Day and special collection envelopes with regular cash or check donations. Call the Office if you have any questions. Thank you.
HOMEWARD BOUND MINISTRY MONTHLY PRAYER SERVICE
Is there someone in your life who may want to return to the Catholic Church? Do you have a loved one who no longer comes to church? Homeward Bound Ministry is a group of parishioners who prays for and helps those seeking to return. God leads everyone to union with Him and His Church and we need to ask God to grace those who are estranged from the Church for whatever reason.
In this spirit, the Homeward Bound Ministry invites you to gather and pray the Rosary the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the church’s Blessed Sacrament chapel. The prayer session will only be a half hour, but with many, we feel our prayers will be heard. We know that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
If you would like the Homeward Bound team members to pray for any of your loved ones to return home, please write their names on the cards in the gallery, and put it in the mailbox.
for more information please contact Ron, 440-942-2887 or DREe-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children in grades 1-8 who attend public schools are expected to participate in PSR classes. Classes are held weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm through the school year in the parish's school building. If you have questions regarding SJM PSR,please contact the Religious Education Office at 946-3287 or email@example.com.
DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Most Reverend Richard Lennon is pleased again to share the annual financial statements of the Central Administration Office of the Diocese of Cleveland. Please click "more" below to view the report.
Those involved in PSR (teachers), CYO (Coaches), Youth, Teen and SMM-SJM volunteering for four or more hours a month, or more than once a month with children at our parish and school, need to participate in the program.
Go online to: http://www.clevelandchildprotection.org/website/virtus.html or click the link below to register for the class you wish to attend.
Coming into the Church the RCIA way
All are welcome to find out more about our faith. Please call Charlie Hunt, 946-3287, as meeting times vary.
RCIA/Evangelization—Familiar with Christ
As each invited person becomes familiar with the parish community, he or she will become familiar with Christ as well. The person you have invited will be more connected to Christ than before you extended your invitation. You may be gently encouraging some to return to the practice of their faith after many years. They come back because you care and ask. You may be inviting others to embrace faith for the first time. In fact, some people may have lived in your neighborhood for many years and yet have never been invited to your parish for any reason. They come because you care and you ask. Practicing these seven steps will make you parish a WELCOME place. In addition, your own spirituality will be more authentic because you have chosen to put it into action by learning how to effectively ask and really invite someone else to share your faith (From Effectively ASK and really INIVITE, PNCEA).
TOWN HALL MEETING, DECEMBER 7, 2014
A Town Hall Meeting was held for all parishioners in Lambur Hall. Presented were:
*the plans for the conversion of the present convent to the new rectory and the demolition of the current rectory;
*the results of the Grateful Giving Program;
*the current status of the Rooted in Faith Campaign;
*the plans for our Lenten Mission on March 8 to 10, 2015.
You can view the presentation by clicking on "more" below.
PARISH FACILITIES MEETING UPDATE
The Parish Facilities Meeting was attended by about 60 parishioners. The Powerpoint Presentation is below by clicking "more"
Funeral Ministry Needs Volunteers
If you would still like to join this ministry contact Beth, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-946-1177.
We are looking for parishioners that are willing to give up a small amount of time, so we as a parish can better meet the needs of grieving families.
We need positions of Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, greeters, typists, card senders, and on rare occasions severs and hosts.
NEW members are most welcome. If you would like to join to funeral ministry, contact Beth at the parish office, 440-946-1177.
Many gift cards are available for purchase in the Parish Office. Buying a gift card benefits our SJM Guardian Angel Fund. Purchase your holiday gift cards here at St. Justin and help our school children. The form is available by clicking on the link.
Are You Over 25?
If you are over the age of 25 and still living at home with your parents, please register as an adult by filling out the form below and returning it to the Parish Office or in the Collection basket. THANKS!
STEWARDSHIP FINANCIAL NEWSLETTER 2014
A copy is attached.