The Immaculate Conception - Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- a holy day of obligation. The title "the Immaculate Conception" was bestowed upon the Blessed Virgin Mary because of the Church's belief that Mary was conceived without original sin since she was destined to be the Mother of God. Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is also the patron saint of the United States.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, stands before us today as an example and inspiration. Her unique place in salvation history was announced to her by the angel Gabriel: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you... Do not be afraid." These words helped Mary embrace her unique mission. They can also help us. God's grace, his presence, is within each one of us. God is with us! There is no need to fear, especially those things that are not within our control. In the end, all things are possible with God. We, like Mary, need to trust. 

Rest In Peace Geraldine Piotrowski

GERALDINE N. PIOTROWSKI (nee Koba), 87, passed away Dec. 1, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Wilbert; stepmother of Dale (Shiela) Piotrowski; step-grandmother of two; aunt of Walter Koba III and Tony (Chris) Maciak; great-aunt of Rosemary Lee Koba and Justin, Mark and Mike Maciak; sister of the late Dorothy Todt and Walter Koba Jr.; dear friend of Stephanie Angelone. Services in the Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11:00 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 WEDNESDAY MORNING 9-11 A.M.

Thursday, December 6th is the feast day of the 'real' Santa Claus - St. Nicholas Day

In our Catholic faith, across the world and in numerous cultures, Dec. 6 is celebrated as the feast of St. Nicholas. The “real” Santa Claus was a remarkable man of the 4th century.  He became a saint of the Roman Catholic faith long before specific canonization dates were recorded by the Church.  His sainthood was based on what he accomplished in the name of Jesus Christ during his lifetime.

How did St. Nicholas become known as Santa Claus?

He was orphaned in childhood but was determined to devote his large inheritance to works of charity.

This account comes from the website Catholic Online: A citizen in Patara where Nicholas was serving as a priest, lost all of his money and needed to support his three daughters who could not find husbands because of their poverty; so the wretched man was going to give them over to prostitution. Nicholas was informed of the situation and took a bag of gold and threw it into an open window of the man’s house in the night. This served as a dowry for the eldest first daughter and she was soon duly married.  At two other times, Nicholas did the same for the second and the third daughters and the last time the father was on the watch, recognized his benefactor and overwhelmed Nicholas with his gratitude.

There are dozens of other stories of St. Nicholas’ charity and miracles attributed to him.

He is also the patron saint of sailors, children and the country of Russia.

St. Nicholas was popularized in America by Dutch Protestants of New Amsterdam who converted the saint into a Nordic magician — Santa Claus — who offered gifts to children.

Here in the United States, cities — particularly those with strong German influences — still celebrate the feast day with the ancient practice of putting shoes outside bedroom doors or hanging an empty stocking by the fireplace on the evening of Dec. 5. St. Nicholas comes during the night.  On the morning of Dec. 6, recipients find their shoes or stockings filled with gifts and sugary treats.

St. Nicholas remains a saint who is recognized worldwide. Have a happy St. Nicholas feast day!

Rest In Peace Joanne Marsik

JOANNE C. MARSIK age 83; Loving daughter of the late Jerry and Evelyn Marsik; dear sister of the late Geraldine (Emil); loving aunt of five. Service at the Funeral Home, Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 12 noon. Interment Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends received at RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME, 5762 PEARL RD. (AT SNOW RD.) WEDNESDAY 11 A.M. TO 12 NOON


WILLIAM S. WACHENSCHWANZ age 55. Passed thursday November 29, 2018 at his home in Cleveland surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Beloved husband of Lorri (nee Peck). Cherished father of Kayla Millsaps (Tony) and Tabitha (Steven Foust). Dearest Son of the late Mary Kruszunski. Brother of Ed Lockbaum and brother in law of Kathy Tapp (late Marvin), Sharon Canterbury (late Denny),  Sue Peck (late Linzie), John Peck, Jr. (deceased) (Vickie), Darleen Adkins (late Jack), Chris Kinser (late Glenn), Liz Borgiou (Paul), Allen Peck (Charlotte) (both deceased), Joann Nelson (deceased) (Roger) and Chuck Peck. Beloved uncle, cousin and friend to many. 

He worked for Fox 8 TV for more than 30 years and was President of the NABET CWA Local 42. RVP region 6. He loved being there for the people he represented and  tried to make sure they were taken care of. Bill was just an all around great person who always there to help anyone, whether it be family, friend or co-worker. His life was is family and his work. 

Funeral services at the funeral home Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Interment West Park Cemetery. Friends received Tuesday 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).