During this difficult time please view our weekly "Message from our Clergy" on our Q-tube, and our Masses and Services if you are unable to attend at:
Also, Please view our weekly bulletin under "Publications" at the top of this page.
We are the people of Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, in Brook Park, Ohio, dedicated to following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ, through the Scriptures and Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. We gather together to celebrate, to share, and to be nourished by the Eucharist. We promote religious education, spiritual growth and moral values by being faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. To show our love for God and one another, we live our lives committed to the dignity and salvation of each person, and we live our faith through compassion and service to those in need.
Message from Clergy
Message will be updated on August 24
Please know on Thursdays and Sunday afternoons and evenings I may not be able to return your call or respond to your need, even for Anointing of the Sick, until sometime the next day. Please try to anticipate the need for the Anointing of the Sick in advance, if at all possible. Fr. Jim
SAVE THE DATE
Fr. James will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday, August 22, at 5:30PM followed by a farewell reception in his honor. As you know he is being transferred from our parish on August 4 and moving to St. Barnabas in Northfield.
Masses and additional services:
Here's the link to "Q-Tube":
We have established a regular schedule for video Masses at MQA!!
We will broadcast the 4PM Saturday Vigil Mass, the 9AM Sunday Mass,
and 8AM Monday-Thursday Masses & First Friday.
We will livestream these Masses on our parish Facebook page. You can view the video and other information on this page without being a Facebook member which you can access directly from our parish website mqabrookpark.org or Facebook:
About an hour after Mass concludes, the video will be uploaded to Q-Tube (our parish's YouTube channel). which you can access directly from our parish website: mqabrookpark.org or at "Q-tube" as shown above.
WE ARE OPEN FOR PUBLIC MASSES.
Weekday Masses (Monday-Thursday and First Friday) are at 8AM in the Church (doors opening at 7:30AM), Weekend Masses are at 4PM in the Church (doors open at 3PM) and 5:30PM in the Hall (doors open at 5PM) on Saturday evening, and Sunday morning at 9AM in the Church (doors open at 8:30AM) and 11AM in the Hall (doors open at 10:30AM).
Please know that all Catholics are dispensed from the obligation to attend weekend (Sunday) Mass during this pandemic no matter what your health condition happens to be. We especially want the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable, those with respiratory symptoms, and those with any underlying or pre-existing health conditions to stay at home. It is not a sin for anyone, during this pandemic, to miss Mass until further notice, which may be for some time yet. You can pray with us online.
If you do come to church, we strongly advise that you wear a mask or face covering.
CONFESSION If you are unable to come to confession for the time being: Here are Pope Francis' recent remarks, which echo the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The pope said...,"Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot confess to a priest speak directly with God, your Father, and tell Him the truth. Say, "Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me and ask pardon with all your heart." Make an Act of Contrition, the pope said, and promise God, "I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now. "And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God." The Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1452, says: "When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins: it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."
Holy Communion to Sick and Homebound limited to pastoral urgency situations. When deemed necessary, by clergy only. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are not permitted to take Holy Communion to the sick at this time.
During this challenge, may we all make our homes a prayerful place, stay emotionally connected in safe and practical ways, and continue to demonstrate love of God and of our neighbor.
THANK YOU for your kindness and generosity in continuing to support the work of your parish through your mail offerings and electronic funds transfers. Everything you all are doing is most appreciated! If you are interested in our on-line giving, contact our parish office at 216.433.1440 and speak with Trish (x21), Monday-Friday 9AM-1PM. Please know that some of your checks may take up to two weeks to clear your bank since the collections are now being counted at two week intervals.
OPTIONS FOR GIVING TO THE PARISH
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has provided two additional ways for parishioners to give to the parish during this difficult time. As you know we have two ways already. Besides your regular offertory envelopes, which many people are mailing to the parish office at this time, there are a number of people who regularly give to the parish through our online giving program, also known as the electronic funds transfer. The funds are transferred directly from your savings/checking account at your bank to the parish. Information and signup for that program can be seen in the bulletin, on our Website (just scroll down this page), or you can contact our parish office at 216.433.1440 x21 and speak with Trish.
The two additional ways are as follows:
First, the diocese has a new link that allows you to make an online donation with a credit card. Click here to donate today. This is a secure link, which is setup by the Catholic Community Foundation. All monies will be directed to our parish. To make your online donation select our parish name, Mary Queen of the Apostles in Brook Park, from the drop down menu. It is very simple to use. This option can be used on a one-time basis, weekly, monthly, or whatever you want. Your generosity is appreciated now, more than ever. Because of the new law passed by Congress, all charitable donations up to $300 for individuals and $600 for married couples are tax deductible when you file your taxes next year for 2020, even if you do not itemize. To choose this method of an on-line donation with a credit card, you can also go to the Giving tab above, on this Home Page.
Secondly, you may wish to leave the parish in your will. To learn more about how to create a permanent legacy of lasting support for the work of the parish and the Diocese of Cleveland, please contact Mary Lou Ozimek of the Catholic Community Foundation at 216.696.6525, x4070. Thank you!
AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEM
We have recently installed a new air purification system in our church (photohydroionization) which is attached to the heating and air conditioning system. This technology is designed to reduce odors, air pollutants, germs, mold, bacteria, and viruses. This system has been used by the medical industry as a means of destroying microorganisms. This new system is in addition to the machine we bought at the end of May, which we use to spray a disinfectant throughout the hall and church. Though costly, both are measures we have taken to keep your healthy and safe. We have just installed the same system in McCafferty Hall.
- Rev. James Stenger, Pastor
- Rev. Norm Gajdzinski, Weekend & Weekday Assistant
- Deacon Tom Bizon, Deacon
- Deacon Frank Wilson, Deacon
- Deacon John Zdolshek (Retired), Deacon
- Therese Horan, OSU, Pastoral Associate
- Debbie Zelinski, Parish Secretary
- Bob Huczel, Administrative & Pastoral Assistant
- Elaine Gaughan, Pastoral Associate
- James Timko, Director of Music
- Trish Solon, PSR & Parish Secretary
- Nancy Richardson, Virtus & Decorating
- Alicia Gresko, Youth Ministry
- Scott Gray, Maintenence
Mass Times and Confession
First Friday 8:00am Mass (in the Church)
Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Mass (In the Church)
5:30pm Mass (In the Hall)
Sunday 9:00am Mass (In the Church)
11:00am Mass (In the Hall)
Holy Days Please check bulletin
Saturdays 3-3:45 PM
FAREWELL FROM FR. JAMES
I cannot believe how fast four years have gone by!! I am incredibly grateful for the gift of being sent by Bishop Lennon to you all at Mary Queen of the Apostles. All of you have been such a blessing to me in my first assignment. I learned that it does take time to get to know parishioners and parish life and so I have really enjoyed my fourth year especially because I have come to know you and your families. Each year has brought blessings, but I have really been blessed this past year with coming to know more families. Thank you to all of you for receiving me into your parish community. Thank you also for your patience with me in my first assignment in learning how to minister as a priest.
I believe as priests we receive a great deal of formation in the seminary, but I also have come to believe that our first assignment is very formative for us as well. And I feel very blessed to have begun my priesthood here in Brook Park at Mary Queen of the Apostles. I cannot even count how many times you all have shared with me how fortunate I was to be given Fr. Jim as my first pastor. Again I have heard this from countless people in the parish and outside the parish. And, as you would expect, I completely agree!! Learning to watch the Indians regularly has helped! I am just kidding. Fr. Jim has been an amazing blessing to me. I really appreciate learning from him. I am very grateful for his guidance, answering all my questions, and allowing me to try different ministries here at Mary Queen of the Apostles. Fr. Jim has always been incredibly supportive and brings wisdom and experience to the table which has been so helpful for a young priest! He has been not only a good example for me but also a wonderful brother priest.
In many ways, I really don’t know what else to say. I am not the best at good-byes. But please know I will miss each one of you. I do ask to be in your daily prayers. Please pray for your priests daily. We need that from you. Please pray that we become saints. Anything else is a waste of time. If we as priests are going to raise up saints in our communities by God’s grace, then we need to become saints too. I hope and pray that in the future of the Diocese of Cleveland we have many pilgrims coming from all over the world to visit the sites where holy men and women served and gave their lives for Jesus here.
As I said in my homily last weekend: Take the journey to Christ, don’t just look at it. Choose each day to follow Jesus intentionally. Make that the goal of each day of your life. Learn to love time with Jesus in prayer, opening up the Scriptures, and allowing the Sacraments to transform you. Give God all! May God bless you!
Love, your spiritual father, Fr. James Kulway
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THE ROCK AM1260
AM 1260 The Rock, Cleveland’s Catholic Radio, continues to offer additional opportunities to participate in Holy Mass for those who are unable to attend in person. Daily Mass can be heard at 10AM and 10PM Monday through Friday. The Sunday liturgy airs on Saturday at 4PM and Sunday at 8AM, 10:30AM and 5PM. In addition, the Holy Rosary is prayed each day at 9:30PM and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed Monday through Friday at 3PM. For a complete schedule of programs to sustain and enrich your faith, please visit www.am1260therock.com.
Mary Queen of the Apostle offers Online Giving, an additional option for giving to the church
Online Giving is not meant to replace the traditional Sunday offertory collection; it is meant to enhance it. Many parishioners would rather have the option of giving without writing a check, or remembering to bring the check and envelope to church each week. It also gives you the opportunity to contribute even if you are out of town, etc. Please consider this option or continue to use the offertory envelopes you currently receive. If you do not get envelopes but wish to, or would like to sign up for Online Giving, contact our parish office at 216.433.1440 and speak with Trish (x21) or Debbie (x10).
The hall is used for parish functions and events, such as parish dinners sponsored by the Queen's cooks, Night at the Races sponsored by the Holy Name Society, and a Spring Salad Luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Guild. McMcafferty Hall is not available or rented out for private functions.