Parish Life

To make inquiries about the organizations/committees/ministries listed here when the contact is not a staff person, please use this contact form.

Community Service Day

Our “Community Service Day” is an opportunity to gather with families and friends from the parish to assist those in need by providing a little extra help to one of the many social service agencies and work sites in the Parma Heights, Brook Park, and Middleburg Heights area. We gather in the morning for a quick breakfast and sending prayer – and then the various “Caring Crews” head off to work at a designated work site. Our “Community Service Day” normally takes place on the second Saturday of May – in 2017 it will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Contacts: Terry Morris
(440) 888-7319
Dan Zawadzki
(440) 816-2555

El Salvador Ministry

The mission of our El Salvador Ministry is to support and embrace the Cleveland diocesan mission in El Salvador. Encouraged by the words of Pope Francis that: “An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.” Based on the principals of equality, justice, solidarity and Christian love, we have established a relationship with the community of Corinto and assist the school that our parish community has adopted, Centro Escolar Caserio Corinto, and its needs. A relational trip to El Salvador, in collaboration with Saint Dominic Parish in Shaker Heights, takes place in February. The members gather on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Contact: Richelle Gnezda
(440) 539-7955

Advent Giving Tree

During Advent a Christmas tree located in the church vestibule is decorated with paper ornaments, each describing a gift for a needy individual or organization. Parishioners are asked to take one or several of these ornaments, purchase the item and return the wrapped Christmas presents by the designated Sunday. Parishioners, with the assistance of our Youth Group, sort the gifts and distribute them to the needy.

Contact: Deacon Roger Polefko
rpolefko@sjbparmaheights.org
(440) 886-3500

Baby Bottles for Life

Baby Bottles for Life is our parish’s annual way to support Pro-Life organizations in our area. In early May parishioners are asked to take a baby bottle and place it in a spot in their home where they can fill it with loose change over a period of 5 or 6 weeks and then return it on the designated weekend. The donations are forwarded to Pro-Life agencies in our area.

Contact: Parish Office
sjbinfo@sjbparmaheights.org
(440) 886-3500

Donut Sunday

On the 1st Sunday of the month, October thru June, donuts and coffee are available in the Bell Tower after Mass in order to foster fellowship among parishioners. The various parish groups act as hosts and provide information regarding the ministry of the groups hosting that Sunday.

Contact: Jan Bacher or Barbara Sekerak

Drama Ministry

This ministry brings the talented members of our parish together for music, drama and song. A major musical is performed in our church every two or three years. Utilizing one’s creativity and talent, both professional and amateur, this ministry’s purpose is to give praise to God through song, music, drama and dance.

Contact: George & Mary Kukich

Golf League

This is a Wednesday, nine hole golf league starting at 12:30 pm at Royal Crest Golf Course in Columbia Station. The league normally begins meeting in mid-April and continues through the golf season.

Contact: Thomas Halloran

Holy Name Society

A group of men and women dedicated to the honor of the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In addition to providing spiritual development for its members, the group also contributes to the temporal needs of the parish. The members gather on the 2nd Thursday of the month, beginning at 6:45 pm with Eucharistic Adoration and Mass, and conclude with an 8:00 pm meeting and fellowship.

Contact: Jerry Bacher

International Festival

If there is any one event in the year where many hands make the work much easier, it is our International Festival that takes place in mid-August. This parish fundraiser supports building property improvements while fostering a tremendous sense of community spirit within the parish. Many volunteers are needed each year.

Contact: Thomas Halloran or Joe Kavalec

Lenten Fish Dinners

The Lenten Fish Dinner is a long running tradition at St. John Bosco. Serving 800-900 fish dinners in one night takes a lot of help. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities such as food prep, set up, servers, table bussers and dishwashers. The Lenten Fish Dinner is held every Friday during Lent, including Good Friday, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Bell Tower.

Contact: Debbie Hannan
dhannan@sjbparmaheights.org

Pathways to Hope

Pathways to Hope is an outreach at St. John Bosco to help families in need understand that they are not alone in their struggle and that there are ways for them to face the future with hope and faith. A Pathways to Hope resource station is located in the hallway to the Activities Center with literature about social service agencies in Cuyahoga County, consistent with Catholic teaching, that are available to persons at critical times in life.

Contact: Ray & Joyce Saunders or Terry & Carolyn Morris or Gary & Adele Kopchak

Run with Me 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk

On the Saturday morning after Memorial Day is our annual “SBJ Run with Me” – which is a 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk on a scenic route within the Cleveland Metro Parks.  The Friday evening before the race there is a spaghetti dinner in the Bell Tower.  All of the proceeds are equally divided between the Parma Heights Food Pantry and the Saint john Bosco Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  In 2017 the 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and the spaghetti dinner on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Contact: Teri Ingleright
(216) 870-6703

Seniors

Parishioners 55 and older meet twice a month for fellowship, entertainment and spiritual support. Meetings are held in the Bell Tower at 1:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Activities include card playing and bingo, accompanied by refreshments. Saint John Bosco Seniors also sponsors a number of trips during the year.

Contact: Vivian O’Callahan

Special Events

A variety of events happen throughout the year where a social will take place after the event in the Bell Tower. Help in planning, preparation and serving is always needed for these social gatherings.

Contact: Parish Office
sjbinfo@sjbparmaheights.org
(440) 886-3500

Stewardship

Stewardship at St. John Bosco, is a ministry which acts in collaboration with the pastor and parish pastoral council, seeking to increase involvement of all parishioners in sharing of time, talents and treasure by coordinating the annual parish commitment renewal and by encouraging communication and education of parish ministry members.

Contact: Barbara Sekerak

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an outreach ministry dedicated to serve those in need within the parish and our local community. Their outreach is done on behalf of the parish and supported by the generosity of parishioner’s cash donations in the poor boxes located in the church vestibule and a monthly food and cash collection. The St. Vincent de Paul Society also works with the Ozanam Food Pantry and the Parma Heights Food Pantry in service to needy who live among us.

Contact: Ed Flegel

Stitched with Love

Is open to anyone in the parish who is able to knit, crochet and pray – in your home throughout the month – with the members gathering on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm for an hour of prayer, support and fellowship. The “Prayer Shawls” are blessed and then given to families in our parish after the funeral of a loved one who was buried from Saint John Bosco as a reminder that our parish community is holding them in prayer during their time of grief.

Contact: Fran Zielaskiewicz
(440)888-7412

Support Group

The Support Group offers support and guidance to people seeking to re-adjust their lives after the death of a loved one. An initial six-week course helps participants in the grieving process and offers skills for establishing new life patterns. Members then join the larger group which meets on the 1st Friday of each month to listen to a variety of topics. The group also enjoys Sunday dinners out once a month.

Contact: Marcia Smith