Welcome to Divine Word Catholic Church
in Kirtland, Ohio

We are grateful that you have decided to visit us!

This site is designed to help you learn more about our parish community.
It is our hope that if you are in the local area you will stop in to see us.
We are a vibrant community of all ages, with parishioners from various backgrounds.
Our parish is located in the town of Kirtland, an eastern suburb of Cleveland.
As you browse through our website, we hope
you will enjoying getting to know us and seeing what we are all about.
Always know that we are here to serve others and to celebrate the Lord in all He has given to us!

The widow has our attention! She will continue to press her cause to the judge until she feels that justice has been properly served. This is truly an image of God’s presence. The widow is in pursuit of what she believes is rightfully hers. Anything short of justice simply will not suffice. The judge is far from anything or anyone that might speak of God and his description is far from anything we should ever picture when we think of God. This judge has never feared God or respected any human being. However, the widow is more like God because she desires that justice be served when and where it should be.

Ultimately the widow has a profound influence on the judge. Her thirst for justice calls him to see that God does respond with justice. The underlying power of this story is that the widow has no status or influence, her position is one from the least among us and yet her approach is to be persistent in what she believes. I compare her to a grandmother who prays because that is all she is able to do and because
of her faith she knows her prayer is powerful!

The lesson for us here is to never quit. Persistence through our faith in prayer is something that we should foster every day. However, I would caution you to not try and force God’s hand. What do I mean by this? In asking to get what you want, ask simply because you want it and not because you feel that in fairness it is due to you. There is a huge difference between these two. If you want something just because you want it, often it has nothing to do with justice. Rather something given in justice is provided because you have worked toward it. The justice that the widow wants comes from her faith in God and she will not relent until God has made Himself known!

What often arises in ministry is the situations that just seem to be unfair. It appears that there is a lack of justice and those situations are often totally out of our control. The end result is that we often try to analyze and determine where God is in this unfair experience. I am of the opinion that we will never totally discover the full depth of the mysteries of life, earth or heaven. What will come forward is a sense of faith and that God is with us. When the burdens of life do come our way, it is an extraordinary call to have faith and to believe that God cares about us.

- Father Dave

37th Annual
Reverse Raffle

Saturday, November 19th
                            6:00 PM till Midnight
                  The Banquet Center at St. Noel 
           35200 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills

                    $4,000 Main Board Grand Prize
             $2,000 Annual Scholarship Board Prize 
                      PLUS special raffles & prizes
        bringing the total over $10,000 in prize money 

               $  20...  1 Scholarship Board 
               $  35...  1  Dinner & NO Main Board 
               $  55...  1 Dinner & 1 Scholarship Board
               $  60...  1 Main Board & NO Dinners
               $  70...  2 Dinners & NO Main Board
               $  80...  1 Main Board & NO Dinner and 
                                     1 Scholarship Board
               $  90...  2 Dinners & NO Main Board and
                                     1 Scholarship Board
               $  95...  1 Main Board & 1 Dinner
               $ 105... 1 Main Board & 1 Dinner and 
                                     1 Scholarship Board
               $ 120... 1 Main Board & 2 Dinners
               $ 140... 1 Main Board & 2 Dinners and
                                    1 Scholarship Board

   For tickets call the Parish Office at 440-256-1412

Catholics Coming Home

An Open Door for Returning Catholics
Were you raised Catholic but do not come or
seldom come to church anymore?

Are you a Catholic who now feels separated
from the Church?

Would you like to know more about the Catholic Church as it is today?

No matter how long you have been away
and no matter the reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship
with the Catholic Church!

Six weekly sessions will be held from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Divine Word rectory on Tuesdays from October 4th to November 8th

Topics to be discussed will include:
An Overview & Sharing Faith Stories
Today's Church since Vatican II
The Mass
 The Creed

For more information please call
Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256-1412


Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Tour

Recommended for children Grade 4 and up!

Sunday, October 30th
at 1 PM
Tickets $8 each
Reservations are needed before October 24th!

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers
of the Civil Rights Movement

Dinner at Corky & Lenny's following the tour

Contact Jan Tilisky at 440-256-1414 for more details.

Checks payable to Divine Word


Support our
Holy Name Society

Entertainment Books $30

All Around the Town Books $28

Books are available at the Parish Office and
make great Christmas gifts!


Pictorial Directory 

Please click HERE to schedule
your appointment!

February 2016


To view please click here!

 PSR Registration Now Open!

Registration Form
Class Schedules

Completed forms
may be mailed, put in the collection basket or
dropped off
at the Parish Office.

Scripture Study
 Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM

Both groups meet in the Gathering Area


Growing Through Grief
Support Series

To help you work through
the stages of grief and find ways
to continue on!

Monday Evenings from 6:30 to 8 PM
October 10, 17, 24 & 31 and November 7 & 14

For more details or to register please call Debbie at 440-256-1412

 Can You Spare
Four Hours Once
a Week?

Joseph House needs more "Helping Hands"
to assist people
at the Clothing Bank!
Join the carpool
and volunteer your time on Wednesday or Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please call Joan
at 440-256-2699 or

Call today... Sign up
to help... You will be glad you did!!


St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Food Collection

October 15th thru November 20th

Bring all non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies and
paper products to the church during this time.
These items are being collected to fill Thanksgiving Food Baskets which will be distributed to those in need
in our community.


Bus Trip to
Rivers Casino
in Pittsburgh

October 27th
Leave at 9:30 AM
Return at 8:30 PM

$36 per person will include Bus Ticket AND $15 Slot Machine Money PLUS $5 Food Money OR
$20 Slot Machine Money


For reservations call Toni at
440-479-0401 or the Parish Office