Palm Sunday - April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified.

Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.

Palm branches are widely recognized symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.

The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.

A week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter.

During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into church. The palms are blessed and many people will fashion them into small crosses or other items of personal devotion. These may be returned to the church, or kept for the year.

Because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are appropriately gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the follow year's Ash Wednesday observance.

The colors of the Mass on Palm Sunday are red and white, symbolizing the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.

Rest In Peace Caitlin Kacher

She was born July 2, 1986 and grew up in Parma. Caitlin graduated from Padua Franciscan High School in 2004 and John Carroll University in 2008. After graduation she went on to teach her love of Spanish at Avon High School. She was deeply loved and respected by her co-workers and definitely by her students. Caitlin loved her teaching career and it showed in her classroom, always displaying a Spanish cultural environment, and unique and fun methods of learning the language.

Caitlin had an immense love of traveling and truly enjoyed her many trips to Spain, even studying abroad. She wanted to live and learn the culture and language of Spain so as to inspire her students with first hand experiences.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Todd David Kacher, loving father Tim Soucek, brothers Kevin (Mary) and Brian, and sister, Laura; in-laws, Mark and Marlene Mroz, brother in-law, Bret (Anita) Kacher, nieces, Leah and Athena, and nephew, Noah. 

Funeral Mass will take place at 10 AM on Monday April 15, 2019 at St. Leo the Great Church 4940 Broadview Rd., Old Brooklyn, OH. (MEET AT CHURCH). The family will receive friends on Sunday April 14, 2019 at Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, 20820 Lorain Rd. Fairview Park, OH from 3-7 PM. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.



Sunday, April 14th–PALM SUNDAY

Our 46th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held in Lux Hall from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Palm Sunday, April 14th. Our Feature Item is Banana Bread French Toast ($8.00). Our regular Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage or bacon, juice, and coffee. The pancakes are all you can eat! Cost for regular pancake breakfast  for adults is $6 and children are $4. Continue the tradition or start a new one, bring your family after Mass. 

Rest In Peace John Pahn

JOHN J. PAHN, age 72; passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. Beloved son of the late Herbert and Marianne; dearest brother of Elizabeth Pahn, Astrid Oesterreich, Uwe Oesterreich (deceased) and Peter Oesterreich (Denise); loving uncle of Michael Oesterreich, Amberly Oesterreich, Rachel Morrison (David, Jr.) and Derek Oesterreich; great-uncle and friend of many. John was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and retired from RTA. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Leo the Great Church, 4940 Broadview Rd., Friday April 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment Brooklyn Heights Cemetery. Friends received at THE RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME, 5762 PEARL RD. (AT SNOW RD.) THURSDAY 4-8 P.M.