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!

God’s greatest gift to us, the meal that sustains us, the food that we cannot do without, the Eucharist is our faith! It contains everything of Christ that is written in the Scriptures. Holy Eucharist is more than just our history as a Church, it is also the mystery we have in Christ. We cannot put a price on the value of this meal. Partaking in the Eucharist gives us access to the intimacy our hearts need in their relationship with the Lord.

Blessed, broken and shared... Jesus willingly gives of Himself in the Eucharist and His disciples freely receive. Their sense of a meal will only grow with the occasions of the Cross and an empty tomb. Christ does not leave us hungry, but only well fed through the celebration and life that we are given at our liturgies. The Word of God that is proclaimed to us takes on flesh in the liturgy. The Body of Christ is assembled and is strengthened in the consuming of Christ’s Body and Blood. The priest-presider is privileged to lead us in prayer and tries to reflect Christ’s life to us in prayers throughout the liturgy.

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus, a day that we should not just set aside. The great gift of the Eucharist is given to us each day. Our worst fault could be to become too comfortable with what we receive. I just think back to the days of World War II and the stories of how and where they celebrated Mass and when the authorities often killed people for such a reason. In our world today, there will certainly be stories to be told of people in the Middle East who have secretly celebrated Mass and fear for their own lives. The question we might want to ask ourselves is why would they even consider offering Mass if this were to put them in any danger? The answer can only be that it is too important to not celebrate the Eucharist. They find the strength that is needed in the intimate connection that only the liturgy can give them.

The great gift of these past twenty-five years of priesthood is above all things to see that the liturgy is central to my life. The personal struggles, the challenges of ministry, the difficult words that have to be spoken and even the occasional pushing back from parishioners pales in comparison to what the Eucharist is in my own life. The liturgy is that moment where boundaries, fears, anxieties, and even hurtful feelings have no power over the incredible beauty and prominence that liturgy has in my life. If we could only tap into that power and beauty each time we celebrate Mass, we would begin to understand more and delve deeper into the life and mystery of Jesus Christ.

- Fr. Dave

Spring is Here!

It's time for chores
like cleaning closets, cupboards
and drawers.

Why not donate
used furniture to the upcoming annual Rummage Sale that will be on
Thursday, Friday & Saturday,
July 14th, 15th &16th!

Won't you consider volunteering
for this important event?

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!


Our Lady's Guild Banquet

Please join us for good food and fellowship!

Thursday, June 9th at 6 PM
at the Red Hawk Grill in Concord

For more details and reservations
call Carolann at 440-256-3683 by Monday, June 6th!


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

All parishioners are invited
to celebrate

Father Dave's Silver Jubilee

Sunday, May 29th after the 11 AM Mass

Light refreshments will be served
in Hanson Hall.

Sponsored by Parish Council

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!!


Vacation Bible School

June 20th - 24th
9 AM to 12 Noon

Registration Form available HERE!