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Photo: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8 2011, St. Stephen Church



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Friday, August 15, 2014. Immaculate Conception, Cleveland, will have low Mass at 7am.  St. Stephen and Immaculate Conception will offer Solemn High Mass at 6:30pm.

Nota bene:  this is an holy day of obligation. Catholics are obliged to attend Mass, under the pain of mortal sin. 


Also, the Vigil of the Assumption will be celebrated on Thursday, August 14th, at St. Stephen's regularly scheduled Thursday evening low Mass, 6:30pm. It was announced on Sunday that, under Canon Law, attending the Vigil of the Assumption mass will satisfy the obligation.

Can.  1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.

Of course, both Masses are beautiful celebrations in honor of Our Lady, and it would be a wonderful, pious act to assist at Holy Mass on both days. Catholic tradition would also inspire us to not simply seek the bare minimum requirements.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine, August 14

Cleveland TLM Friends was contacted by the rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine in North Jackson, Ohio, Msgr. Anthony Spinosa, to post the following information.
Just to let you know that the Shrine will be having a Solemn High TLM on Thursday, August 14 at 2pm.
The celebrant will be Fr. Shannon Collins, Father of Mercy and co-founder of a new community the Missionaries of St John the Baptist in the Diocese of Covington, KY.  Deacon will be Fr Joseph Orlofksy FSSP and I think I will be the Subdeacon.
Complete details can be found here: Assumption Pilgrimage

Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Sebastian, Sunday, July 20, Mass Time Change

A reader of Cleveland TLM Friends has informed us that St. Sebastian's Mass on Sunday, July 20, 2014, will be at 2pm instead of the regular time of 1pm. It has also been confirmed by the celebrant.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First Friday, July 4

First Friday for the month of July this year falls on Independence Day. St. Stephen's will not have a Latin Mass at 6:30pm, as would be normal.

Immaculate Conception in Cleveland will, however, have low Mass on July 4, but it will not be at their normal First Friday time of 6:00pm. Instead, Mass will be at 8:00am, but will not include benediction.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Marian Conference

Cleveland TLM Friends was asked to pass along information about the 2014 Columbus (Ohio) Marian Conference. Click the link below.

2014 Columbus Marian Conference

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Correcting a Correction

Please be aware and advise others who may need to know that the CORRECT Mass time for the Feast of the Sacred Heart at Immaculate Conception on Superior Avenue in Cleveland is......drum roll, please......6:30pm.

We sincerely apologize for this and hope that it reaches everyone who plans to attend. The confusion came from their regularly scheduled First Friday Mass, which is at 6:00pm.

If you wish to confirm with the parish, and that would certainly be understandable, the rectory phone number is 216-431-5900.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Feast of the Sacred Heart

For the glorious feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception will offer Low Mass with the Litany and Benediction at 6:00pm.

Please be aware that it was mistakenly announced on Sunday at St. Stephen that the Mass would be at 6:30pm. The correct time is 6:00pm.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Corpus Christi Mass

First, much apology for having not announced this earlier. Things at home this week have been VERY busy.

St. Stephen will offer a Missa Cantata for the traditional day of the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday, June 19, 2014). Mass will be at 6:30pm. There will be a Procession in the church, followed by Benediction. Fr. Bede announced on Sunday that he will be trying to find a deacon and sub-deacon.....so there is a possibility it will be a Missa Solemnis.

We are reminded that the Feast has been transferred to Sunday here in the Diocese of Cleveland. As far as we know, the other Latin Mass parishes will offer the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 22, 2014.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Feast of the Ascension



From the words of St. Augustine:

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but he still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when he cried out from above: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? and when he said: I was hungry and you gave me food. 
Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope and love that unites us to him? While in heaven he is also with us; and we while on earth are with him. He is here with us by his divinity, his power and his love. We cannot be in heaven, as he is on earth, by divinity, but in him, we can be there by love. 
He did not leave heaven when he came down to us; nor did he withdraw from us when he went up again into heaven. The fact that he was in heaven even while he was on earth is borne out by his own statement: No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 
These words are explained by our oneness with Christ, for he is our head and we are his body. No one ascended into heaven except Christ because we also are Christ: he is the Son of Man by his union with us, and we by our union with him are the sons of God. So the Apostle says: Just as the human body, which has many members, is a unity, because all the different members make one body, so is it also with Christ. He too has many members, but one body. 
Out of compassion for us he descended from heaven, and although he ascended alone, we also ascend, because we are in him by grace. Thus, no one but Christ descended and no one but Christ ascended; not because there is no distinction between the head and the body, but because the body as a unity cannot be separated from the head.

**We are reminded that in the Diocese of Cleveland, the Feast of the Ascension has been transferred to Sunday, Jun 1, 2014.  Therefore, Thursday, May 29, 2014, is not an Holy Day of Obligation. Nonetheless, it would be a pious act to celebrate it on its traditional day of observation. 

Ascension Thursday UPDATE

The updated schedule of Latin Masses for Ascension Thursday:

St. Sebastian, Akron
5:15pm High Mass

St. Stephen
6:30pm Solemn Mass

Immaculate Conception, Cleveland
6:30pm High Mass