The Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez will be installed as Cleveland’s 11th bishop at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5th

For only the 11th time in the 170-year history of the Diocese of Cleveland, a bishop will be installed to lead the more than 675,000 Catholics in the eight-county diocese.

The Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez will be installed as Cleveland’s 11th bishop at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 in a special Mass at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland.  Bishop Perez, 56, was named by Pope Francis on July 11 to succeed Bishop Richard G. Lennon who retired for medical reasons on Dec. 28, 2016.  Prior to the Sept. 5 installation, a special Vespers (evening prayer) service will take place at the cathedral.  It will be led by Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland.  The 5:30 p.m. service on Labor Day, Sept. 4, is invitation-only due to limited seating in the cathedral.  Invitation-only policy also applies to the installation Mass on Sept. 5.  Tickets are required for both liturgies.

Because of the limited seating, various opportunities to view both services will be made available.  A multi-camera production will provide live streaming over the internet.  Also, a special website,, was created to accommodate the thousands who are expected to view the events online.  Live television coverage of the installation Mass will be offered on the EWTN nationwide cable television network, the CatholicTV cable network and on radio stations WCCR AM 1260 The Rock and WILB 1060, Living Bread Radio.  The Diocese of Cleveland will feature special live coverage of the two events with commentary.  The live stream can be accessed at  Other media outlets also are expected to stream one or both liturgies on their websites.

Bishop Nelson J. Perez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961 and was raised in West New York, New Jersey.  After receiving a degree in psychology from Montclair State University in 1983, he entered the seminary and was ordained in 1989.  He was appointed as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, in 2012 and was named Bishop of Cleveland by Pope Francis on July 11.  Bishop Perez will be the first bishop of Hispanic heritage to lead a diocese in the Midwest of the United States.

A prayer for back to school

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of children. Please watch over them as they go back to school this year. Keep them safe every day. Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms. Help them soak up good knowledge and to dimiss any negative or worldly messages they may hear. Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to guard their hearts with the armor of Your Word. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen

Rest in Peace Eugene J. Zola

EUGENE J. ZOLA age 89, passed away Aug. 16, 2017. Beloved husband of Loretta (Lola) for 63 years; loving father of Keith, Nancy, Jeffrey (Letizia) and Jeannie Zola; devoted grandfather of Meredith, Hayley, Jay and Tina; “Favorite” uncle to many; brother of Russell Pischinger, Michael Zola and the late Loretta Walek, Chester, Joseph and Edward Zola. Mass of Christian Burial St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 4940 Broadview Rd., Cleveland on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the TOMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 4772 PEARL RD. (N. OF BROOKPARK RD.), CLEVELAND ON FRIDAY, AUG. 18, 2017 FROM 4-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Seasons of Life Hospice.





Feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation on August 15th

What does “The Assumption” Mean?

On Nov. 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the church celebrates every year on Aug. 15.  Simply put, the Assumption states that at the end of her life, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken body and soul into heaven.

While this event isn’t reflected in Sacred Scripture, it is clearly part of the Church’s earliest observance.  In the 6th century, St. John Damascene wrote in one of his sermons, “Your sacred and happy soul, as nature will have it, was separated in death from your most blessed and immaculate body, and although the body was duly interred, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay; your most pure and sinless body was not left on earth, but you were transferred to your heavenly throne.”

Rest In Peace Estelle M. Sikon

Estelle M. Sikon (nee Stramowski), age 98, passed away Saturday August 12, 2017. Beloved wife of the late John. Dear mother of Richard (Linda) and the late Raymond and John Jr. Loving grandma of Ricky, and Darren (Tammy). Cherished great-grandma of Janice, Stevie, Dale, and Gregory. Mass of Christian Burial will take place in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 4940 Broadview Rd, Cleveland, 44109, on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:00 AM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Family will receive friends in THE TOMON & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 7327 PEARL RD., (S. OF BAGLEY), MIDDLEBURG HTS., TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017, FROM 2-4 and 6-8 P.M.




Rest in Peace Joseph K. Andrzejewski

Joseph K. Andrzejewski, age 84. Passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Audrey (nee Bradac). Loving father of 4. Grandfather of Patricia. Worked at Ford for 48 years. Visitation Sunday 2-6 PM at YURCH FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Service Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10 AM at St. Leo the great Catholic Church. Interment Brooklyn Heights Cemetery.!/Obituary