If you or someone you know is interested in entering the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil next April, convert classes will be forming in October. These classes are intended for those who have not been baptized. Christians of other denominations who are interested in full reception in the Catholic Church are also welcome. For more information, please contact the Parish office. Thank you!
FORTY HOURS DEVOTIONS
In this Holy Year of Mercy, and the 798th year of Foundation of the Mercedarian Friars which is dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, we as a parish family will celebrate our Annual Eucharistic Devotions of Forty Hours, with the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mercy which is the weekend of September 24/25th. Forty Hours Devotions will begin on Sunday, September 25th following the Noon Mass. We will have signup sheets for everyone to have an opportunity to keep company with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist during the three days of adoration. The Solemn Closing of Forty Hours will be Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 pm. Our guest homilist for these days will be Fr. Kevin Eastbrook, Parochial Vicar at St. Clare, Lyndhurst, Ohio. Please plan to join us in the upcoming days of Grace.
Order forms are available in the Church or the Parish Office for those who would like to order a space "In Memory" of a deceased loved one on the extended Memorial Wall at the Blessed Virgin's Shrine on the North Side of the Church. Since it has been 16 years since the initial Wall was installed, the prices of granite have increased. The sizes of the memorials will be exactly the same as the existing ones to preserve continuity. There are two sizes available: 9"x12" for $499.00 each, and 18"x24" for $2099.00 each. Once we have all the spaces filled, we will install the Memorial Wall.
PARISH FOOD PANTRY
St. Rocco will start the Parish Food Pantry on Friday, September 23rd from 9:00am to 11:00am. The Pantry will distribute food every Friday at the same time weekly. We will be accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items the last Sunday of each month. We are counting on your charitable generosity to help those families struggling to provide food for a healthier family.
PARISH ADMINISTRATION CONTACT INFORMATION
The following is a list of the new emails and parish office extensions. The phone number to the Parish Office remains the same, 216-961-8331. Please use these numbers and emails when contacting the Parish administration. Thank you.
Fr. James Mayer O. de M., S.T.L. Extension 7007 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Paschal Rosca O. de M. Extension 7002
Br. Raymond Colombaro O. de M. Extension 7011 email@example.com
Beth Armbruster Extension 7008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Buhaley Extension 7009 email@example.com
Lori Lunder Extension 7010 firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION FOR THE PARISH
Anyone wishing to join our great parish, please call the rectory at 216-961-8331 and become part of a great community and family!!
Registration for Parish School of Religion (PSR) has begun. Forms for registration are located in the Church Narthex. All youth not attending Catholic School and wishing to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation need to attend PSR classes. Classes begin on October 9th after the 9:00am Mass. ALL registration forms must be completed and returned to the school before October 2nd.
School registration is now going on. If you would like a tour of the school or have any questions please call Sr. Judith at 216-961-8557. We are also a part of the Voucher program.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Anyone interested in learning more about the preschool or day care program we have here at St. Rocco please feel free to call Mrs. Reese at the day care at 216-961-9920. She will be happy to answer all your questions or give you a tour!!
We are in need for ushers for the 12:00 Mass. If you are interested please call the rectory at 216-961-8331.
The Mercedarian Order will be celebrating its 800th Anniversary of Foundation in 1218. In preparation for that Jubilee Year, each preceding year has been dedicated to a proper devotion of the Order. The year 1215 is dedicated to the Patriarch and Founder of the Order, St. Peter Nolasco. There are several images of St. Peter in our church and the most prominent being his statue in the grotto between the Pieta and Mother Cabrini.