Rest In Peace Pauline Quellos

PAULINE A. QUELLOS (nee Euler) age 91. Beloved wife of the late Raymond. Loving mother of John Quellos (late Deborah) and the late Patricia King and Robert Quellos (JoAnn). Cherished grandmother of 7 and great grandmother of many. Dear sister of the late William Euler, Margaret Ludwig and Eileen Waligora. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Leo the Great Church, 4940 Broadview Road, Cleveland, OH 44109 on Saturday July 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends received Friday 4 – 7 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).

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Happy 4th of July - May God Bless You!

Dear Lord,

There is no greater feeling of liberty than to experience freedom from sin and death that you provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this, I am very thankful.

On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that a very high price was paid for my freedom. My freedom cost others their very lives.

Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty, meet their needs and watch over their families.

Dear Father, I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country, I am grateful. Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have in the United States of America. Help me never to take these blessings for granted.

Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone's life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Jesus Christ.

In your name I pray.

Amen

Cleveland and EdChoice Scholarships 2nd application period - July 1st to July 31st!

This program provides new educational choices for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program gives students the opportunity to attend private schools in Cleveland. The State will provide reimbursement for tuition to help pay the cost of attending these schools. Even if your child already attends one of these schools, you may be eligible to apply for the program.

If the student's family income is above 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or if the student is in grades 9-12, the family may have to pay the difference or participate in volunteer service activities in lieu of cash payment. Parents and guardians are also responsible for registration fees, materials fees and other similar types of fees. The scholarship amount covers only school tuition.

Now is the time to apply for these valuable scholarships.

Call the school at 216-661-2120 to schedule a tour today!

Text-to-donate, click-to-tithe platforms increase online giving for Catholic Community Foundation

Using mobile and online technology is proving to be successful for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Cleveland. During the first half of 2019, online giving to Catholic Charities doubled at catholiccommunity.org.

A longstanding practice and significantly visual part of Mass is to drop a check, a few dollars or the traditional parish envelope into the collection basket. With 1.5 billion smartphones sold last year and millennials not accustomed to carrying checkbooks or cash, the act of communal giving and weekly tithing are trending digital.

“Integrating the use of digital giving to support the mission of the Church has quickly become a vital platform for us and who we serve,” said Patrick Grace, executive director, Catholic Community Foundation.

In 2018, online giving grew 12 percent nationally with the religion sector growing at an impressive rate of 18.1 percent. This new reality embraced by the Catholic Community Foundation supports donor intentions and preferences by aligning with e-commerce trends and attracting greater financial support from younger parishioners. It supports the way Catholics today manage personal finances and allocate resources, reserving a portion to share with others and give back to God.

“The approach is multi-faceted,” Grace said. “It must be compatible with multiple channels including email marketing, social media and in-person interactions in order to reach anyone who wants to give and support organizations and missions of the diocese.”

Click-to-donate online was communicated prominently in recent months, appearing in all of the 2019 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal materials. The text-to-donate platform was used for a special follow-up appeal in May that supported improving the camp experience for people with disabilities who attend Camp Christopher. Three parishes acted as pilot parishes during the special campaign: St. Francis of Assisi (Gates Mills), Our Lady Queen of Peace (Grafton) and SS. Robert and William (Euclid).

At each location, parishioners were asked to donate to the appeal by texting “CAMP” to a designated five digit number. The donor received an immediate confirmation of their gift and a more formal thank-you letter by mail. The average time for the donation was 2½ minutes.

While close to 80% of mobile donors are under the age of 34, donors age 54 and older have upped their mobile game, thus contributing to the boost. “Overall, parishes have embraced e-giving. For ease of use, parishes may incorporate a variety of methods and vendors,” said Terri Preskar, director of Stewardship for the Catholic Community Foundation.

Four years ago 60 parishes utilized online giving methods which resulted in 10,000 families participating and $12 million of offertory revenue. Currently, 82 parishes utilize five different vendors that now generate $14 million in offertory revenue from 12,000 families throughout the diocese.

“We are seeing growth in the number of households utilizing this service year to year,” said Preskar. “Some parishes have up to 65% of parishioners who already contributed to the parish now using digital methods versus regular offertory envelopes.”

For the parishioner, there are many benefits such as aligning financial giving to a parish with the family income schedule, real-time donation history available online or by mobile app, email reminders of scheduled donations and personal flexibility to adjust contribution amounts.

Research suggests parishioners who are already contributing to the parish will increase their donation by as much as 25-38 percent, simply due to the automated element of giving and the addition of advance prayerful reflection.

For the parish, funds generated using digital platforms create a consistent, stabilized collection that allows for more accurate forecasting, budgeting and savings on printed collection envelopes and reduced parish workload of data entry.

The Catholic Community Foundation continues to invite and encourage online giving as an easy, safe and eco-friendly way of supporting Catholic Charities, Catholic education and Catholic worship and formation. To make a donation or to learn more about how to support initiatives throughout the diocese click here.