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!

Last week was a great week for Cleveland! Before I reflect on the Cavaliers championship, I want to offer a brief reflection on my travels to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament that I attended in Oakmont, just outside of Pittsburgh. I went to the golf tournament on Thursday and Friday of last week and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Three times on Thursday play was suspended due to rain. It is amazing to see twenty five thousand people scatter for shelter!

Just before finding my own place to sit out the poor weather, the rest of the large crowd was bottlenecked for several minutes as everyone was scrambling to find a spot before the clouds opened up. For a brief moment all I saw was this sea of humanity in front of me, beside me, and all around me. This caused me to think, “I wonder if this is what heaven might be like, finding my right spot, out of danger, and under the watchful care of the Father?” For a short time period we all shared in one common purpose… to seek refuge away from any danger. By the way, the golf course was an amazing piece of land and the tournament was a great event to be at.

I watched the entire tournament’s final round on Sunday afternoon and could appreciate the precision with which each player tried to play a difficult test of the course. In the end, a great tournament produced its champion. And speaking of championships, I missed the Cavaliers great victory on Sunday night! I had watched too much of the golf tournament and fell asleep!! When I woke up early Monday morning, I realized I had missed a great moment in Cleveland sports but luckily I taped the game and will eventually watch it in its entirety.

What a great moment for Cleveland and a great moment for all Cleveland sports fans to celebrate an incredible victory. I felt a great deal of pride as I watched the CAVS plane arrive at Cleveland airport with twenty thousand fans there to congratulate their champions. Many people have told me it is hard to grasp the significance of this moment. How do you celebrate a championship? This well fought victory will do a great deal of good for Cleveland. Here is to all the players and coaches who made this possible and to so many people who have been waiting a long time for this to happen!

What we know of today’s Gospel provides us with a journey to the ultimate championship. Jesus will turn and travel towards Jerusalem. On the way, He gives instructions that will lead to the decisive victory. The journey is more significant than burying the dead and no one should look back to say good bye to any family member. This almost cuts into the face of responsibility and protocol. Yet, Jesus speaks His mind to those closest to Him, that nothing will hinder His travel to Jerusalem and His incredible victory of death and the prize given to humanity
in His, and our, new life!

- Fr. Dave

Summer is Here!

It's time to finish up those chores
like cleaning closets, cupboards
and drawers.

Why not donate
used furniture to the upcoming annual Rummage Sale that will be on
Thursday & Friday, July 14th & 15th from 9 AM to 7 PM
Saturday, July 6th from 9 AM to 1 PM!

Won't you consider volunteering
for this important event?

Drop Off Dates!!!Friday-Monday, July 8-11
from 8 AM to 7 PM

 All proceeds will benefit
Divine Word Parish!


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 250 recipes.

Our deadline will be when we achieve our goal!


August 14, 2016

Be sure to save the date!!!

Divine Word Annual Summer Picnic

Kirtland Community Center
7900 Euclid-Chardon Road in Kirtland

Mass at 1 AM
Food served from 12 Noon until 3 PM
Activities until 5 PM


50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, July 31st at 2:30 PM at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Bishop Richard Lennon, Celebrant

Couples celebrating 50 years of married life
(or if you missed this celebration in previous years)
are welcome to attend!

Please call the Parish Office to register before June 27th!!!

Pictorial Directory 

Please click HERE to schedule
your appointment!

February 2016


To view please click here!

Divine Word

 Golf Outing

August 8th
at Legend Lake Country Club

For more details
contact Jim Bukevec
at 440-946-3154

Sponsored by the Holy Name

Save the Date! 
Parish Life Commission Invitation...  7th Annual

 Evening at M Cellars Winery

Friday, July 8th from 6:30 to 10 PM

Dinner * Wine * Fun * Socialize
Light Dinner/Appetizers

Payment in advance
of $15 per person
is required by
Sunday, July 3rd!

Please note
the new venue!!

Registration available
after all Masses in June or
call the Parish Office 


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!!


Chronicles of Narnia Book Series

Written by C.S. Lewis,
these books are filled
with Christian themes
and observations.
We'll spend time
with the books & movies to explore & understand

As this is an interest-dependent event that is now open
to ALL members of the parish ages 13 & up,
please let Adam Lesko know
if you are interested in participating ASAP!!!