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!

Jesus has a way of getting to the deepest motivation of why we do what we do in life! The impact of today’s Gospel is that it spells this out for us. Jesus’ presence at the home of a prominent Pharisee only adds to the importance of what He is saying. Those who are there will hang on to His every word. Jesus knows His audience and will take this opportunity to proclaim a great message about the Kingdom. He is never worried about rattling those who are around Him and His words often stretch the thinking of His audience. This particular time is no exception!

In order to make the Pharisees think twice about the Kingdom of God, Jesus tells them that when they are invited to a banquet they should not choose a place of honor at the table but rather pick the lowest place. Then to further rub up against their thinking, Jesus tells them that when they host a party they should first invite the poor, the lame, the crippled and the blind. Finally, and something that they will not quickly accept, is that they should not expect any repayment for their goodness and kindness to others! So what exactly is Jesus trying to say to them and to us?

Could it be that life might become so comfortable for us that we may actually close our minds off to parts of the world that we would prefer not to think about? When life becomes too comfortable for us then we only worry about ourselves and those we love. However Jesus’ message has us constantly moving outside our own world and thinking about those who are in need. In fact, our motivation for reaching out to these many people in need can only be because it reflects the heavenly Kingdom. Above all, we should not expect anything in return for any good deeds that we do. In many way, this Gospel could guide us for our entire lifetime!

- Fr. Dave

What's Cooking at
Divine Word!
We're creating a Divine Word 40th Anniversary Cookbook and since you are all fabulous chefs, we want to
immortalize you in print!

Three ways to submit your recipes...
1.  You can write your recipes down or photocopy them and leave them on the organ bench in church.
2.  Go online to www.typensave.com
Username: DivineWordCooks  Password: onion 140
3.  Email recipes to BHarper@divinewordkirtland.org

Give us recipes of a relative (be sure to include their name) and then buy a cookbook for them as a gift. We can even print an "In Memoriam" recipe.  

We want this to be a wonderful cookbook filled
with at least 300 recipes.

Our deadline will be in September
so the cookbooks will be ready for Christmas!


Saturday, October 1st...

Be sure to save the date!!!

Divine Word
Clam Bake

in Hanson Hall at 6:30 PM

The menu includes: New England Clam Chowder, Oven Roasted Chicken, Redskin Potatoes,
Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potatoes,
One Dozen Middle Neck Clams,
Beverages and Dessert

ALL this for $26 OR Roasted Chicken ONLY $16 Extra Dozen Clams $10

Reservations AND Payment are due
at the Parish Office by Monday, September 26th

Please make checks payable to "Our Lady's Guild"

Questions? Call Claire at 216-409-8686


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


Learning from
The Chronicles of Narnia

Open to all parish members ages 13 & older!

Discussion Group will meet on Mondays at 7 PM beginning
September 12th  

Come and examine C.S. Lewis' book series to see what they can teach us about our faith journey!

Contact Adam at 440-256-1412 for
more details and to register

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.

Deadline August 31st

Scripture Study
 Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Bible Study
Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

Both groups meet in the Gathering Area


with Father Dave!

Call Fred & Judy Orenics at 440-256-1733


 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!!


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Weekly sessions
focus on the
teachings & experience of the Church
to help prepare individuals
to celebrate
the sacraments of
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
during the
Easter season.

Separate sessions
are available for youth.

For more details please contact Gina Rensi or Father Dave at


Joseph House Volunteer
Painting Day

Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM to 4 PM

6104 St. Clair Avenue
in Cleveland

Let us know if you can help for a few hours or for the day. 440-339-1344 or josephhouseofcleveland@gmail.com