From Our Pastor
March 25, 2018
FROM OUR PASTOR The past two weekends have had some big events take place in or parish. Two weeks ago we had our annual Gala and last weekend we hosted a concert with the Baldwin Wallace Men’s and Women’s Choirs. The concert was a real blessing for the performers and listeners alike. We had a real nice crowd in attendance along with the 170+ singers and musicians from Baldwin Wallace. Thank you to our choir director and principal organist, Jason Lewis, for making all the necessary arrangements to have such a talented group perform in our church. Thank you to Mr. Frank Bianchi for bringing his talented group to perform for us. You can see Frank most Sundays playing the organ at our 11:00AM Mass. Spring is officially if not weather-ly here. My thoughts are already turning to wondering what the Garden Club will be doing this year to beautify our parish grounds. We also have a few capital improvements planned for the summer. We will be digging out the current parking lot and replacing it with a new parking lot. I lost track of the number of chuck-holes that have popped up the last few weeks of winter in our parking lot. This job is supposed to be completed in June. We also will be replacing all of the radiators in the school building. The current radiators have not had working controls on them for many years. It is longoverdue to replace them. They will be replaced by unit ventilators with dampers to allow for an even flow of heat during the cold months of the year. These new units are also equipped to cool the school as well, if we would like to add that feature to them at a future time. The cooling capability would require a cooling processor to be installed on the roof of the school building. We do not have the necessary funds for cooling at this time. The cost for the ventilators is $135,165.00 and the cost of the new parking lot is in the $50,000.00-$60,000.00 range. This project should also be completed sometime in June. Fr Troha
FROM OUR PASTOR The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion is going on now! Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase from March 12 - 31. This is a great opportunity to increase St Ignatius of Antioch's AmazonSmile donations by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Use the link https:// smile.amazon.com/ch/34-0766162 to begin shopping. Each Wednesday morning after the 8:00AM Mass we recite the Perpetual Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. When you look to the left side of our sanctuary in the church you will see a large frieze running up the wall. The frieze depicts an apparition of the Blessed Mother to Saint Catherine Laboure, giving her the Miraculous Medal. The depiction of Mary on the side altar is also a depiction of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Evidently the Miraculous Medal novena was a part of our parish’s devotions in the past, and a number of parishioners have asked that we start up the novena again. Join us after Mass on Wednesday mornings, or you can join in the novena prayers at home or online. Our 9th annual Founders Day Gala was a most enjoyable and successful event last Saturday evening at LaCenter in Westlake. Part of the celebration was in honoring Tony Grego as this year’s recipient of the Antioch Chalice award. Tony gave a marvelous talk about his life, faith, and love for our parish of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. I want to thank Sister Dianne for supervising another tremendous task of putting together the Gala. Thank you to the Gala Board members: Greg Binford, Marcia Rocco Ciryak, Carolyn Lewis Cocchiarale, Pat Costello, Julie Donnelly, Lisa Flynn, Bonnie Foy, Anne Hetson, Beth Jones, Ryan Jones, Peggy Keenan, Sister Alan Kenzig, Sue Costello Madden, Mary McGraw, Mary Ellen Riley, Larry Straka and Irene Szczepaniak. Another thank you to the Gala night volunteers: Dave Ciryak, Sonja and Bob Clark, Julie Donnelly, Emily Holtel-Hoag and Mike Hoag, BJ Johnson, Ryan Jones, Colin and Linda Robinson, Jim Madden, Mary Ellen Madden, Diane Villegas and Donna Woods. The Board works diligently throughout the year in preparing for the Gala. Thank you again for a job very well done! Fr Troha
March 1, 2018
FROM OUR PASTOR Our parish has been registered with AmazonSmile as a charitable organization which is able to share in the donations that Amazon makes to charities. When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from over one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile. The following link will take people directly to smile.amazon.com in support of our parish so you won’t have to search for our parish among almost a million other organizations. This is the link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-0766162 . It’s the easiest way for you and anyone wishing to find and support our parish through your Amazon purchases. Please take a look at our parish Catholic Lighthouse Media Rack in the southwest vestibule of the church.
There are still a good number of CDs from various speakers, as well as short, easy to read book, “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?” This book provides questions and answers about the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. This special book chosen for the Lent/Easter Seasons is available for a donation of just $1.00. The media company offers them to parishes for a cost of just $1.00. I recommend the book for your reading this Lent. We have resumed the Miraculous Medal Novena for our parish. Every Wednesday morning after the 8:00 AM Mass we recite the novena prayers. Fr Troha
April 2, 2017
FROM OUR PASTOR Take a look at our Media Rack, in the Southwest entrance of the church, for some interesting topics to consider during the Lenten Season. These CD’s are available for a $3 donation. We have several new titles on our Media Rack. One of the titles is: “Relativism”. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI considered Moral Relativism to be the most dangerous dictatorship existing in the world today. In this presentation, Chris Stefanick debunks the powerful and epidemic myth of relativism with honesty, relevance, humor, and logical validity, offering a much-needed perspective on the current status quo of morality. Matthew Kelly says, "If you only listen to one CD this year, listen to 'Relativism' by Chris Stefanick!" That seems to be pretty high praise for anything. This year’s Gala, held last month, has raised over $115,000.00 for the parish. Congratulations and thank-you again to the Gala Committee for doing such an outstanding job this year. As you may or may not know, the Gala funds are used for our operating budget. Without these funds we would not be able to operate without debt from year to year. There are also several capital improvements that need to be done. At the Gala we highlighted one project, the renovation of our lower church. I am glad to hear that so many parishioners are interested in the future renovation of our lower church. But there are several other capital improvements that that need our attention immediately. Both school buildings need to have thermostats and dampers replaced on all of the radiators. All of our facilities need to be converted to LED lighting. We need to replace our existing parking lot. So we have many projects under consideration right now. Fr. Troha
February 26, 2017
FROM OUR PASTOR There is a new set of CD’s from Catholic Lighthouse Media available in our Media Rack near the southwest entrance to the church. One of the more popular titles is: “Calming the Emotional Storms: 4 Keys to Finding Emotional Peace”. In this practical but spiritual presentation, Dr. Gregory Popcak discusses four keys to develop self-awareness and self-mastery. He reveals that emotions are a gift from God and they can help you grow in virtue. Learn how to master your feelings and calm your emotional storms so that you can experience the peace of Christ. This title along with the other seven titles are available for a modest donation of $3.00. You can listen to the CD yourself and pass it on to a friend. Listening to the CD’s would be a great Lenten activity. From March 1st through April 9th you are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray anytime between 7AM to 7PM during a 40-day vigil in the public right-ofway outside Preterm, 12000 Shaker Blvd., or Planned Parenthood, 25350 Rockside Rd. For more information go to www.40daysforlife.com/cleveland. We begin the holy season of Lent this Wednesday with our celebration of Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence; all of the other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Don’t forget to sign up for the free on-line program from Matthew Kelly, “Best Lent Ever”. You will receive daily emails with an inspirational video message for the Lenten Season. Go to www.dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever.
October 11, 2015