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!

We have been back from our pilgrimage to Italy for over a week but processing the experience continues for most of us. Words alone cannot describe all that we witnessed and saw. Six towns in eight days is really a whirlwind tour and to say the least, it went way beyond my expectations! Every day I had the opportunity to celebrate the liturgy in different churches as well as in different cities. My own personal highlight of the trip was to celebrate the liturgy over the body of St. Philip Neri in Rome. I have always been drawn to this saint especially after our close association with the parish of St. Philip Neri in Cleveland. Philip Neri is a patron saint of Rome along with Saints Peter and Paul.

The time spent in Assisi in particular was a highlight for many of those who were traveling with me. After spending some time there it became more understandable why St. Francis held creation and animals in such high regard. Assisi is a small town but it has so much character that a person can easily detect that it is a spiritual place and it is also easy to imagine St. Francis and St. Clare walking down the hilly streets of Assisi. I actually spent a good forty five minutes near St. Francis’ tomb praying for the people of our parish.

I am still in awe of the statue of David that we saw in Florence. This twelve foot statue is such a striking and powerful piece of art. Its most notable part was David’s stern and pensive eyes, appearing as if fear and faith were measuring whatever his thoughts were in that moment. Michelangelo was such a gifted artist. It is amazing when you realize that after the three years he spent working on this piece of art that it has lasted to this very day as a prominent fixture in Italian culture. We also visited Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It is difficult to imagine the amount of time he spent painting that ceiling. It is also almost impossible to find the right words of praise for his work because not only is the ceiling incredibly beautiful but you have to take into account the number of historical events that have taken place in this room.

You might have heard that we actually saw Pope Francis up close and that we were literally only steps away from him as he circled the area where we were during his Papal audience at St. Peter’s Square. We watched and listened intently to his message of faith along with 80,000 other people! A highlight for many of us was to hear it announced in the Square that a group from Divine Word in Kirtland, Ohio from the Diocese of Cleveland was there!

After seeing some of these things I quickly realized that I needed to be extremely grateful for this incredible eight day journey. What struck me most throughout my time in Italy though was how the cultures of the past revered God and the saints. This was their life and so much of the culture centered on the glorification of God in heaven!

The native people of Italy revere all saints and we were able to see up close the remnants of the bodies of St. Catherine of Siena, St. Clare, St. Anthony and St. Donatus. We saw the tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante and Machiavelli. Those names might not mean very much to you but their history in the Church and throughout Italy is profound. I count myself very blessed to have been able to see so much in such a short period of time.

These were just some of the highlights of our trip. Of course Italy is renowned for its food and we were never disappointed. The wine was top shelf and walking in and among the people from Italy was a true pleasure. Their culture is certainly much slower paced than ours and I especially like the idea of a siesta each day!

If there were any regrets, I would have to say it was not having enough time in each place to quietly pray and soak in everything that the culture had to offer. That being said, I still cannot fathom that all of these places that I have read about, and all the history that I have learned about the Church was actually brought to life for myself and thirty-four other people. God has been so good to me!

The start of the FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came for breakfast last Sunday. We witnessed a great response by our people, shared in an excellent catered breakfast and joined in plenty of fellowship as we marked the beginning of this important year for all of us here at Divine Word. Thank you to our Fortieth Anniversary Committee for all their hard work to produce this celebration breakfast!

From now until June 25, 2017 we will pray together the FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY PRAYER at the conclusion of the Universal Prayers at every Sunday Mass. This prayer is meant to connect the early beginnings of our parish with our current need for God throughout the coming week. Please continue watching the parish bulletin for more anniversary events that will be coming our way during this important year in the life of our parish. Have a great week and remember NIKA... let us conquer as Jesus conquers. Amen!

- Father 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.

Deadline... Sunday, October 16th
so the cookbooks will be ready for Christmas!


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 Cheesecake Factory following tour

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

Checks payable to Divine Word


Blanket Sunday Collection
Kick Off the weekend of October 8th & 9th

Help us "blanket the needy in warmth!"

Donate online at

or pick up an envelope in the Gathering Area and place your contribution in the collection basket.

Checks Payable to St. Vincent de Paul

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 6:30 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!!


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


Bus Trip to
Rivers Casino
in Pittsburgh

 Thursday, 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