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 October 26.
CONGRATULATIONS Deacon Don Brandt will be the guest homilist at the 9AM Mass on Sunday, October 25. Deacon Brandt was at our parish last year for his field education before he was ordained in late August. Donuts will be served after the Mass in the Ministry Wing for those who want to stop and say hello and congratulate him.
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 5PM in the Hall (doors open at 4:30PM) 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 Confessions are held every Saturday, 3-3:45PM in the church, but 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)
5:00pm 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
MOST OF THE EVENTS ARE CANCELLED
See current bulletin for updates.
October is Right-to-Life Month. As Catholic Christians, we should be pro-life in the fullest sense of the word. The truth of the Gospel must be lived and presented. No compromise is allowed. The Gospel of Jesus cannot be watered down. We must not only be against abortion but against sins of violence, hatred, racism, unforgiveness, injustice, same-sex unions, gender confusion, and pornography. It is sad that some of the candidates in our upcoming election are running on a platform that would codify the full extent of Roe vs. Wade into federal law, effectively preventing any state limitations on the practice right up to the moment of birth. They also support the expanded use of taxpayer funds for abortion. In the upcoming election, we are called upon as Catholics to make tough decisions, weighing all sorts of variables. But the mature voter will select the candidate who is best for the nation, notwithstanding personal faults and shortcomings. It’s the policies that should matter the most, not the race, religion, gender, or personal qualities of the candidate. The human element limps. The Divine is good, so trust in the Almighty. Be faithful in the midst of turmoil.
In this time of uncertainty, we are called to anchor ourselves in the truth. The truth is a Person and has a human face: Jesus Christ. And so, our spiritual life in Christ must be our source of strength, courage, and consolation. We must be people of prayer and people who receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. The upcoming month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Rosary; and so, you are encouraged to pray it daily for our nation. Through Mary’s intercession to her Son, Jesus, we pray for peace in our nation and an end to hatred, prejudice, destruction, burning, killing, and rioting.
May I suggest that the homebound of our parish pray for these intentions during October for their Ministry of Praise and Mercy: For our government leaders; for police, firefighters, and first responders; for all healthcare workers. Like all of us, they are not perfect, but the great majority of them do a fantastic job! May we honor God in our lives and in how we vote in the upcoming election.
Have a good week,
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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.