Category Archives: past events

02-04-21 Live Webinar – Give up Worry for Lent featuring Author Gary Zimak

Give up Worry for Lent !

Gary Zimak, Catholic Speaker/Author/Radio Host

Gary Zimak is the author of several books, including Stop Worrying and Start Living, From Fear To Faith, Give Up Worry For Lent, A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother, Find A Real Friend In Jesus and Faith, Hope and Clarity.

He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN TV & Radio, Relevant Radio, the host of The Gary Zimak Show podcast on Breadbox Media and was the creator and host of Spirit In The Morning, which aired on Holy Spirit Radio in Philadelphia from 2016-2018. His work has appeared in The National Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, Catholic Exchange, Catholic Philly and Seton Magazine.

Gary resides in South Jersey with his wife Eileen and daughters Mary and Elizabeth. They are members of Saint Mary of the Lakes parish in Medford, NJ.

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Webinar begins at Noon

LOCATION:
ZOOM

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There is no charge to attend this webinar, however, advanced registration is required.

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01-7-21 Live Webinar – Greg Wasinski, Executive Director, Let Me Be Ministries (LMBM)

Why We Believe What We Believe: Restoring the Value of Family 

Greg Wasinski is a full-time Catholic Missionary, from Cleveland, OH. As a Speaker, Author, and Radio Host, he is heard daily on Sirius XM Radio’s, the Catholic Channel, as well as other media outlets. Greg is the Founder and Director of the non-profit ministry, LMBM, with a mission to serve as an extension of the church. Over the last eleven years, the ministry’s Faith and Real Life Initiative has brought live presentations to over one hundred cities, in two countries, followed up by countless hours spent guiding parishes long after. the event. All online resources are available FREE at FaithandRealLife.com.

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Webinar begins at Noon

LOCATION:
ZOOM

 

 

12/03/20 – Live Webinar – Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland and FFCC Spiritual Moderator

Living the Advent Journey

Bishop Roger Gries, OSB was named an auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland on April 3, 2001. He retired on November 1, 2013 and continues to assist with liturgies and ministry throughout the diocese.

Bishop Roger was professed a Benedictine monk on July 11, 1957 and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1963. Following his ordination, he earned a MA from Loyola of Chicago in Education. He served Benedictine High School as teacher, coach, bus driver, principal and president from 1964-2001.

After serving as Abbot for twenty years, Bishop Roger was preparing to retire from this position when he received the invitation from Pope John Paul II to serve as Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland on April 3, 2001. He was Ordained Bishop on June 7, 2001 and has served in that role for more than 12 years.

In March 2012, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, he submitted a letter of resignation to Pope Benedict XVI as required by Church Law. After one year and seven months, Pope Francis accepted his resignation on November 1, 2013.

This resignation relieves him of diocesan administrative duties. However, he has continued to function as a bishop in whatever way he could to assist the Diocesan Bishop with confirmations, jubilees, funerals, and other celebrations. Bishop Roger has served as the Spiritual Moderator of the First Friday Club of Cleveland since 2013.

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Webinar begins at Noon

LOCATION:
ZOOM 

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Registration for this event is closed. 

11/05/20 – Live Webinar featuring the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic

62nd Annual Meeting with the Cleveland Bishop

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic
Hosted by Bishop Roger Gries, OSB

RESERVE NOW 

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Edward C. Malesic to be the fifth bishop of Greensburg on April 24, 2015.

Bishop Malesic was ordained and installed as bishop of Greensburg on July 13 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
Bishop Malesic was born Aug. 14, 1960, in Harrisburg to Joseph A. and the late Elizabeth Schatt Malesic. He was reared in Enhaut, which adjoins the factory town of Steelton, near Harrisburg. He is one of four siblings. Two are deceased: Joseph, Jr. and Margaret R. Malesic. His one surviving brother, Robert, lives in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, with his wife Constance. His father, 102 years old, is still quite active and resides near Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Bishop Malesic received the sacraments of initiation at his hometown parish in Enhaut, the former St. John the Evangelist Parish, which was a German national parish. His mother was of German descent and his father is of Slovenian descent.

Bishop Malesic is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville as a biology major for three years prior to entering the seminary.

In 1981 he was accepted into the seminary program at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1983. He continued his theological studies at the Josephinum and was awarded a master of divinity degree in 1987.

Bishop William H. Keeler, then the bishop of Harrisburg, ordained him to the diaconate on May 24, 1986, and to the priesthood on May 30, 1987, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.
Bishop Malesic served in various pastoral assignments in the Diocese of Harrisburg. He was the assistant pastor of St. Theresa Parish, New Cumberland (1987-89); and the assistant pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish, York (1989-92). While in York he also served as the Catholic campus minister of York College of Pennsylvania.

He was appointed to full-time campus ministry in 1992 and served for four years at Millersville University. In 1993 he was also appointed to campus ministry at Franklin and Marshall College in nearby Lancaster.

In 1996, Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo sent him to study canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Bishop Malesic received his licentiate in canon law in 1998 and served the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Tribunal in various capacities, including auditor, adjutant judicial vicar and secretary for canonical services. He was appointed judicial vicar in 2006, a position he held when he was named bishop of Greensburg. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America.

He resided at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg (1996-2000) and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg (2000-04). While living in Mechanicsburg, Bishop Malesic also served the spiritual needs of the students of Messiah College in Dillsburg.

On April 1, 2004, Bishop Malesic was appointed to Holy Infant Parish in York Haven as administrator; he was appointed pastor there Dec. 22, 2004. He guided the parish for 11 years and oversaw the relocation and initial construction of a new church and parish center, which was completed in 2016.

In the Diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Malesic served on the following boards, committees and organizations: the Continuing Formation of Clergy Committee; Seminarian Review Board; Diocesan Presbyteral Council; College of Consultors; Bishop’s Administrative Board; and the Youth Protection Committee of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC). He also served on the Board of Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.

As Bishop of Greensburg, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the PCC. He also serves on the Boards of Saint Vincent Seminary and Saint Vincent College (Latrobe), Seton Hill University (Greensburg), and is a member of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania.
He is a member of two USCCB committees: the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and the Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

On June 29, 2017, Bishop Malesic released his first pastoral letter, “A Pastoral Letter on the Drug Abuse Crisis: From Death and Despair to Life and Hope,” in response to the opioid epidemic in the region. In it, he called on the people of the diocese to take action against the opioid scourge and outlined diocesan and parish efforts focused on prayer, education and cooperative actions with social service agencies already engaged in the fight against addiction.

In response to the clergy abuse crisis and the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and in order to increase diocesan transparency and outside oversight, Bishop Malesic established a Safe Environment Advisory Council to assist the Diocese of Greensburg. The advisory council oversaw a series of seven listening sessions around the diocese, each of which was attended by Bishop Malesic and gave parishioners the opportunity to express their feelings about the grand jury report, make observations and offer suggestions.

In February 2019, Bishop Malesic announced details of a Comprehensive Reconciliation Initiative, which includes a Survivors’ Compensation Program, to support survivors of abuse.
On July 1, 2020, Bishop Malesic announced the formation of the Saint Pope John Paul II Tuition Opportunity Partnership (TOP), which was made possible by the single largest donation from a family the Diocese of Greensburg has ever received in one year. The anonymous donation of $2.4 million combined with $1.7 million in existing funds donated by other individuals and businesses make $4.1 million in scholarships and tuition assistance available for the 12 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Greensburg. The funds are for use in the 2020-21 academic year. The announcements were made at separate media events held at five different Catholic schools that day.

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Webinar begins at Noon

LOCATION:
Live Webinar via ZOOM – link and instructions to access the live webinar will be emailed to registrants 3-5 days prior to the webinar.

REGISTRATION:

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. 

 

 

10/01/20 – Live Webinar – featuring Sisters of Charity Health System Leadership

Health and Human Services- Navigating through the Pandemic with Faith

Discussion panel Featuring 

 

Janice Murphy, 
President & CEO, St. Vincent Medical Center 

                 

            

 

Tom Strauss
President & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System

 

 

 

Susanna Krey 
President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland 

 

 

Moderated by 

 

Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE
Chair, Sisters of Charity Health System 

 

 

Join us live on Thursday October 1st as Sr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, moderates a discussion panel featuring Tom Strauss, CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Jan Murphy, CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, and Susanna Krey, President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. The discussion will provide insight on how the HealthCare System Leaders responded to the Pandemic, and how it personally touched their Faith.

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Webinar begins at Noon

LOCATION:
Live Webinar via ZOOM – link and instructions to access the live webinar will be emailed to registrants 3-5 days prior to the webinar.

REGISTRATION:
There is no charge for this live webinar, however, registration is required. Please click on the link below to register.

RESERVE NOW

9/3/20 – Live Webinar – Reimagining Ministry in a Pandemic Environment

LIVE WEBINAR 

Reimagining Ministry in a Pandemic Environment

Featuring Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Diocesan Parish Life Secretariat 

All of us know so well the challenges and graces of this pandemic period in our lives. What has this meant for us as a Church? Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND and members of the Staff of the Diocesan Parish Life Secretariat will speak of the challenges and opportunities this time has provided and ways in which those in ministry are responding.

 

DATE &TIME:
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Webinar begins at Noon 

LOCATION:
Live Webinar via ZOOM – link and instructions to access the live webinar will be emailed to registrants 3-5 days prior to the webinar.

REGISTRATION:

Registration for this event is now closed. 

CANCELLED -06/04/20 Margaret Wong, Esq.

Margaret W. Wong, managing partner of Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, with more than 40 years of experience in immigration and nationality law, and legal practice management, was born in Hong Kong, China, and came to the United States for education. Margaret Wong has built her immigration law firm, nationally and internationally renowned for its ability to successfully represent clients and companies in obtaining the immigration status they or their employees seek. Based on her own experience of obtaining a Green Card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated sometimes frustrating regulatory area. Her clients rely on the firm’s wide variety of spoken languages, including Albanian, Arabic, Cantonese, Creole Patois, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

A frequently sought-after speaker and author regarding a broad range of immigration topics, she is the author of The Immigrant’s Way, available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish, in Kindle and paperback. Margaret Wong frequently speaks at law schools and other organizations across the United States, including as adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School, Seminar Chair at the Federal Bar Association, and as award recipient at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Law.

Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Margaret Wong has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy – the Margaret Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women’s City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women’s Community Foundation. Crain’s Cleveland

Margaret Wong is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public.

Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of diverse organizations, including Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education, Cleveland Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association, Town Hall, University Hospitals Health System, St. Vincent Hospital Health Care System, United Way Services, and the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University Law School Advisory Boards.

Location:
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor 
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:
11:30 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION:
Tickets:

$250/table of 10
$25/individual ticket

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPEN 1.10.20

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon the Monday prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after 12:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon.

CANCELLED -4/30/20 Holly Schapker, Artist

Due to concerns regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) The First Friday Club of Cleveland has cancelled this event.

Spirituality and the Creative Artist

Holly Schapker has been a painter for 30 years and has a passion for  spirituality and the creative process.  She believes that art has a special way of piercing the artist’s heart as well as it’s viewers. She sees herself “as an evangel-artist of sorts, trying to awaken hearts through truth and beauty.”  Many of her works pay homage to the masterpieces of great painters of their time. It is her desire to honor these artists for their work, and  to continue their efforts of celebrating creation with her own contributions. She likes to think  “that she is  contributing to the ongoing conversation among artists across time and space with her imperfect and yet God given talents. Her paintings in her current collection portray Mary in a multitude of times, cultures, styles,

To view Holly’s work click here.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND RAFFLE:

 

Maryiam 
Artist – Holly Schapker
Framed giclée 11×14
Value: $350
Raffle Ticket: $20

 

Holly Schapker has donated a copy of one of her paintings of the Virgin Mary (Maryiam, pictured above), and we will be raffling it off when we resume our monthly meetings.  You do not need to be in attendance to win.  If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please email our administrator at admin@firstfridayclubcleveland.org .

All proceeds to benefit the First Friday Club of Cleveland

 

 

CANCELLED – 4/2/20 Reverend James R. Conroy, S.J.

Due to concerns regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) The First Friday Club of Cleveland has cancelled this event.

Please joins us on Thursday April 2 as we welcome Reverend James R. Conroy, S.J., Founder of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps as our special guest. 

Fr. Conroy’s topic is “Ignatius as Entrepreneur”. The 16th century founder of the Society of Jesus learned to listen and focus upon where the greatest unmet need of the people of God, figure a point of engagement, gather resources necessary to the task and take a massive leap of faith.  All for the greater glory of God.  His insight, intelligence and courage made him imaginative and flexible.  The same spirit of mission remains alive and well in the mission of the Society of Jesus.  Nor is it limited to Jesuits but shared with colleagues across the world.

Location:
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor 
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:
11:30 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION:
Tickets:

$250/table of 10
$25/individual ticket

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon the Monday prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after 12:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon.

3/5/20 Patrick Gareau, President & Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities

“One Mission, Many Hearts… “

With his expansive career of over 25 years with Catholic Charities, and the past nine as President and CEO, Patrick Gareau will provide us with an in-depth evolution of the mission and history of the organization. Pat will share insightful stories about the 100+ year ministry – starting from humble roots with two small communities of Sisters taking care of the poor, to what is now a three corporation system of serving over 400,000 individuals each year throughout Northeast Ohio. Pat will discuss how faith has called many here locally to help those most in need and an overview of the outreach and impact of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.

About our Speaker:

Patrick Gareau is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Cleveland. Catholic Charities delivers a full spectrum of health and human services to the people within the eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland.  The Catholic Charities system has a $105 million budget, over 1800 employees, and serves over 400,000 people annually. 

Prior to his appointment in 2011, Mr. Gareau served as President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Augustine Health Ministries from 1994 to 2011, where was responsible for the management of multiple subsidiaries, working with boards, health care providers and a network of long-term care organizations.  Patrick began his career with the U.S. Army in which he served for seven years, attaining the rank of Captain.  His assignments included hospital and clinic administration and medical logistics management.

A native Clevelander, Patrick received his B.S. from John Carroll University in 1979 and his M.A. degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University in 1985.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Community Connection, Diocesan Facilities Services Corporation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, and The Village of St. Edward.

Location:
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor 
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:
11:30 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED.