Posted by Cassie Nist - email
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - St. Colman's Parish will hold a Mass of Celebration on Sunday, May 31st at 11am.
A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall. The ambitious going forward plans to meet and expand the mission of St. Colman Parish will be announced and opportunities for participation will be presented.
St. Colman's was set to merge along with dozens of others until Bishop Lennon reversed his decision and decided to keep the parish open as long as enrollment continues to grow and contributions continue to increase.
The following message about Sunday's Mass of Celebration was found on the parish website:
Dear Friend of St. Colman,
The St. Colman Mission statement reads, in part "We seek ... to deepen the participation and ownership of all our parishioners:
- In celebration of worship and sacraments
- In continuing the life of our community
- In being open and inviting to all the people of our neighborhood
- In responding to the challenge of Christ to serve the needs of all God's people
Never has this spirit, this commitment to our Parish, been so vividly demonstrated than in the successful appeal of Bishop Richard Lennon's directive to merge St. Colman Parish with St. Stephen's at the St. Stephen's site. The thousands of appeal forms, letters, phone calls, emails and prayers of support showed the Bishop, the Cleveland Diocese and, in fact, the entire Greater Cleveland area, that you, the parishioners, supporters and friends of St. Colman, are deeply, deeply committed to the mission of the Parish, its long, proud history and traditions and, most importantly, the future role it will play in our lives and in the life of the community.
Now we can once again join together, this time to celebrate our achievement and look to the future. We invite you to join in the Mass of Celebration on Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall. The ambitious going forward plans to meet and expand the mission of St. Colman Parish will be announced and opportunities for participation will be presented.
This will be a critical first step in meeting the challenge to fulfill Bishop Lennon's faith in our abilities and our commitment to serve the people of our community. We are asking for your pledge to contribute to the continuing growth of St. Colman Parish by:
- Ensuring the growth of our parish family by actively inviting and encouraging friends, neighbors and family members to join in liturgical services and activities
- Sharing time, talents and resources
- Contributing financially to facilitate needed repairs and improvements and guaranteeing the fiscal soundness of our Parish
With the continuing support and dedication of the entire Parish community, we will continue with enthusiasm, pride and a strong commitment to keeping St. Colman as a beacon of hope, service and love for our parish and our community.
With deepest gratitude and appreciation,
Friends Of St. Colman Parish Committee
Rita Gaertner, Chairperson
Phyllis Bambeck, Linda Burger, Judy Corrigan,
Rita C. Gaertner, Dave Kachadourian, Jim Kilbane,
Tom Moran, Jeannette Sgambellone, Kathy Francway-Stevens