Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis
Eucharistic Revival in Cleveland
Join us for a Picnic on the beautiful grounds of St. Peter Church following the Eucharistic procession. You won’t want to miss Fr. Damian Ference who will preach XLT!
Restoring the Beauty of St. Peter’s
Over the years, cracks start to form that you might not think are consequential. Little by little, you start to notice them.
Over time, water intrudes and more damage is done.
Part of the joy of gathering in a building that is more than 160 years old is stewarding her restoration.
Thankfully, Cleveland has phenomenal craftsmen who are especially skilled at reviving the original beauty of our building.
This Spring, we embarked on several restoration projects: Our front center doors, the entryway, and St. Peter’s statue.
Thank you to our generous donors who have made this restoration work possible.
The plaster was removed and beautifully recreated by Michael Heben at
While the doors may be newer, this threshold has welcomed worshipers to St. Peter’s for more than 160 years. In the past few months, our center front doors were lovingly hand restored by Ray Telisman at Teckniques Unlimited in Jefferson, OH. Woodworkers removed the damage caused by the harsh Cleveland winters and sealed them for protection for years to come.
Cleveland State University Choirs in Concert
Historic St. Peter Catholic Church welcomes the return of the Cleveland State University Choirs in concert.
Join us Wednesday evening, May 11th at 7:30 pm in the church, located at the corner of E. 17th St. and Superior Ave. in downtown Cleveland.
The concert is a free gift to the community from the Music Department of the University — all are welcome to attend.
Holy Week Schedule
April 10 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
11:30 AM Blessing and Procession of Palms followed by Mass
7:00 PM Mass and distribution of Palms
April 13 Tenebrae Service
7:00 PM Service
April 14 Holy Thursday
7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 15 Good Friday
3:00 PM Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
April 16 Holy Saturday
8:15 PM The Great Vigil of Easter (gather in the courtyard, weather permitting)
April 17 Easter Sunday
11:30 AM Mass (There will be no 7:00 PM Mass on Easter)
Join us on St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Peter’s Catholic Church is the perfect place to start your St. Patricks’ Day Parade celebration.
TONS OF BAKED GOODS
Please join us before the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. All proceeds from the bake sale go to support the restoration fund for our beautiful church.
Lenten Opportunities at St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Join us at Noon, March 2 for Ash Wednesday Mass.
Every Saturday morning in Lent, we will also gather at 9:30 AM to pray the Stations of the Cross in front of our beautiful Stations artwork (shown to the left) followed by confession.
Young Adult Mass, Social, and Bible Study in Downtown Cleveland
We are excited to introduce The Rock on 17th!
Join us on Sunday evenings at 7:00 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church for our Young Adult Mass. There will be a Social after each Mass.
Struggling to make it through the week and looking for some spiritual sustenance? Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday evening at 7:00 when we’ll gather for conversations centered in Scripture. Come as you are and join us in the rectory.
Let’s support the Cleveland State University Newman Center in their Baby Shower for the mothers at Zelie’s Home. Please bring any of the items listed on the flyer to Mass on Sunday, November 21.
Items requested include: diapers, wipes, warm baby sleepers, and bottles. Dream items include car seats, strollers, or Pack N Play.
No donation is too large or too small.
Newman Campus Ministry at CSU is excited to invite you to a Mass on campus in celebration of All Saints Day.
Mass will take place Monday, November 1 at 11:45am in the Student Center Ballroom (A&B).
All are welcome and we can’t wait to see you there!
Our Saturday morning service projects help beautify the beds around St Peter’s Rectory!
Thanks to all helping to neaten up the yard and get it ready for winter.
Do not fear….we’re still here!
The front door restoration project has begun! First the flanking doors, then to the center.
Praying and hoping that the project will be completed by Christmas to welcome the Christ Child with renewed shining oak doors!
Catholic Young Adult Ministry @7 on 17th
Launched in Downtown Cleveland
St. Peter’s is the “hub” for a new experience of ministry for young Catholics in downtown Cleveland and beyond. @7 on 17th is the result of a unique collaboration between the parish, the Capuchin Friars, the Vicar for Evangelization, and the Young Adult Ministry Office of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio.
Beginning October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis, you can participate in a variety of social, spiritual, and service activities offered six days each week. You will have the chance to connect with other young adults while deepening your faith and serving the needs of our community. Bring a friend and check out these events.
Join us @7 on 17th for one, two or all of the events each week:
Sunday: Mass @ 7:00PM in St. Peter Church (E. 17th and Superior).
Monday: Mass @ 12:15PM in the church chapel.
Tuesday: CSU Newman Night presentation @ 7:00PM in the Parish House attached to St. Peter’s Church (1533 E. 17th St. Cleveland, OH 44114).
Wednesday: Bible Study @ 7:00PM in the Parish House (1533 E. 17th St. Cleveland, Oh 44114).
Thursday: Adoration and Reconciliation @ 7:00PM in St. Peter Church.
Saturday: Morning Service Projects. Join our email list to be notified where we will serve.
Join us when you can “@7on17th”…and bring a friend or two!
St. Francis Day– Blessing of the Animals
To honor St. Francis, the founder of the Franciscan Order, a friend of all creatures, and patron saint of ecology, St. Peter’s Church (1533 E. 17th) invites you to join us for a traditional Blessing of the Animals at the church on Monday evening, October 4th at 7:00 PM.
We will gather where best on the property depending upon the weather and the number of animals waiting for their blessing. We’ll have cider and “treats”, too.
Donations will be accepted to support PAWS Ohio and its mission for caring for animals in need. All are welcome.
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD March 28, 2021
The rain detoured our procession from outside to inside the church. With the blessing of our palms, following the cross, we sang, “Hosanna to the Son of David”
as we processed to our seats.
We stood listening to the reading of the Passion of Christ, singing the refrain “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom”. Soberly we sat for the
Br Phil began, “What more needs to be said?” He then highlighted what we had heard. “The moment of abject failure is the moment of glory. This was the
moment he came for, the moment we were saved”.
Br Phil spoke of the image of Jesus as the humble aspect of a humble God, a God who was stripped naked, stripped of glory to die on a cross.
If you have ever been falsely accused.
If you have ever been abandoned by life,
If you have every been asked to give everything up, stripped of dignity,
Jesus know exactly how you feel.
In his passion, carrying his cross Jesus falls, and Jesus now assists us in our falling.
We see that everything in God that falls can and will rise.
This mystery of our faith gives us the opportunity to enter into Jesus’ life.
Bro Phil implored us to “make this week a holy week”.
Today, in the Passion reading we envisioned Jesus “beaten, stripped, and naked on the cross before the entire world. We saw ugliness in the sight of humanity
turned to beauty in the sight of God”
In his closing remarks, Bro Phil recited the second reading from Philippians 2:6-11.
“Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave
coming in likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this,
God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and
on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Reflections: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 20, 2020
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord”. If we would contemplate that statement every day it would help guide us in our prayer and actions. Brother Akolla began his homily focusing on how we live in a merit based society. We work to achieve success and monetary reward; we study to achieve good grades which we believe lead to career success etc. We believe in “quid pro quo”, what for what; I should receive a benefit for my effort.
Emphatically Br Akolla stated “God doesn’t work that way”. God is generous beyond our understanding and gives us what we don’t merit. Depending on whom you identify with in the gospel reading, the
workers who toiled all day, or those hired toward the end of the day, we experience God’s generosity very differently. We only see the griping of the full day laborers, who expected to be paid more than the other workers. (Mt 20:1-16a). The landowner, replies “are you envious because I am generous?”
God’s justice is not based on merit, but on mercy, God’s faithful loving kindness. So as God is patient and kind to us, we are asked to be patient with others. We are all aware of our failings, of our countless goals to “do better” and repeated slips. Br Akolla reminds us to take comfort, “God says, ‘I am not finished with you yet,’”
Our response to God patient kindness is to model it with others after receiving it wholeheartedly within us. We are invited to kingdom living by remembering we are all created in the image and likeness of God and therefore worthy of respect from each other as equals. Br Akolla reminded us again to be people of action. In the gospel, the landowner hires more workers from the marketplace, asking them “Why do you stand here idle all day?”
The question Br Akolla put to us is is “What are you doing lately to build the kingdom?” . How have we “built up” our brothers and sisters. What have we done for the “least of them”. How are we praying and serving the sick, the unemployed, the forgotten, and marginalized. He reminded us we cannot be “on the sidelines concerning racism”.
Finally, he invited us to notice that a grateful heart “keeps us from envy”. Envy separates us from God and our neighbor. It blinds us to the goodness of our lives and all the gifts we have received.
May we remember the goodness of God, the wonder of God’s creation, each of us and our sisters and brothers throughout the world. May we go forward in our lives with grateful hearts and treating each other with respect and loving kindness.
Peace, Anne Butts
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 13,2020
Since I did not write an entry for last week, I will include some of Brother Marva’s reflections here also. He presided at the liturgy last week and today. Outside, the cool breeze sometimes mirrored his statements about us not being in control. We had to stake down the tents before his homily because
the “Spirit” in the form of a strong wind threatened to topple his covering.
He reminded us that last week’s gospel was the roadmap for forgiveness, encouraging us to address our grievances directly, one on one, with the person involved instead of speaking about them to others as a first recourse. Today’s gospel focused on the frequency of our forgiveness. In the gospel, after hearing the importance of forgiving our neighbor, Peter is asking “Do I really have to keep forgiving for as long as I have to?” Jesus’ “No” is really a “Yes”. Brother Marva emphasized that Jesus reminded Peter to “do more” forgiving—“seventy-seven times”, a never ending process.
Last Sunday Brother Marva caught our attention with Tina Turner’s hit song “What’s love got to do with it” remarking that Paul’s letter to the Romans might have a title “love’s got everything to do with it”. It is stressed again in the readings today. Sirach calls us to “Remember your last days, set enmity aside” in order to receive God’s mercy by granting it to others in the form of forgiveness. Holding grudges and fueling our anger with resentment controls us after a while and destroys the bonds of love. How many of us have witnessed peaceful deaths after moments of reconciliation. Just as the gospel’s indebted servant was forgiven by his master, we can remember the unconditional love and perpetual forgiveness of God. Then, unlike the servant, we are charged with passing on this loving forgiveness to others.
As Brother Marva mentioned last Sunday and today, forgiveness is hard. Often, we cannot believe God could forgive us, either through the sacrament of Reconciliation or in our private prayer. He said, “we are asked to let go of our ‘stuff’ so we can release the burden in others”. For as St Paul wrote in Romans, “Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s”. We think we are in control, but we are not. We are invited to examine our behavior and relationships and do the hard work of asking and granting forgiveness. We ask it of God, ourselves and each other. We commit to moving forward each new day, leaving behind our old habits so we don’t fall back to old behaviors. The hope of today’s message is “no matter how hard or difficult our lives feel, no matter how we fail, God forgives and loves us over and over”. Can we live fruitfully to do the same?
Peace, Anne Butts