It’s been a long time since we have been together and this will be different, but it’s good to be back. It’s good to see your eyes and it’s good to see your masks because it means you are taking care of yourselves and the people around you. Wearing a mask is a sacrifice for the protection of others. Not being able to sing together is as sacrifice, at least for some of us, being able to pray together again is a great gift. The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in effect for anyone who is at high risk or feels at all sick, even if it’s just a cold.
Social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, don’t touch your face, stay at home if you are 65 or older, have someone do your grocery shopping. I’m sure we are all familiar with all of these given to us by the good medical people in an attempt to keep us safe during this pandemic.
Father Francis Walsh celebrated 63 years as a priest on May 18, 2020.
Mass on TV or over the internet, driveway visits with family, Face-time, Duo and Zoom celebrations, all these were part of our reality this Easter. Not nearly as satisfying as Eucharist and the joyous music of Easter services or as heartwarming as visiting with family and friends around the table and the hugs and kisses that go along with that, but a necessary sacrafice of love to protect each other from an illness that none of us are immune to.
Three people play integral roles in your child's education: teachers, tutors, and you.
No matter what else is going on in the world, children are still children. Curious, imaginative, creative and always learning. Here are some samples of what our 5th grade students have been doing.
We do many things to prepare for the Joy of Easter. Wonderful food, Easter baskets, nice clother, maybe new, are just a few ways we prepare. We invite you to join us in Spiritual preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord and our own redemption.
Sunday, January 26 was Open House at St. Jerome school to kick off Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week celebrates Catholic schools and everyone who attends and works at a Catholic school. At St. Jerome’s school each day brought something different and new to celebrate.
2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment (1870) which gave the rights to black men to vote after the Civil War. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteeth Amendment and the culmination of the women's suffrage movement. African American and the vote, recognizes the struggle for voting rights among both black men and women throughout American History. It is an ongoing conflict for people of color that continues into the 21st century. Even before the Cicil War, free black men first petitioned state legislatures for the right to vote, but it wasn't until 1870 when the 15th Amendment was ratified providing that "the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on basis of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Every year we stop and take the time to recognize the importance of Catholic education in our neighborhood. Alumni come back to visit childhood memories and see what the current students are doing. Parishioners and friends come to reconnect and catch up. Parents of prospective students come in to look around and get an idea of what their families experience might be like at St. Jerome.
The traditions of Christmas have been passed down from each generation to the next and this is true at St. Jerome. We are especially reminded of this at Christmas as families gather to celebrate the day and honor those traditions and memories, while at the same time creating new ones.
Our 2019 St. Jerome School Reverse Raffle will be held at Tizzano's Party Center on Friday, February 14th at 6pm. Always a fun event, this year's raffle offers a grand prize of $2,500 along with side boards, an amazing basket raffle, and a delicious dinner. Get your tickets now by calling the school office at (216) 486-3587 or the church office at (216) 481-8200.
As we begin our second hundred years, we wish to recognize ant thank some of the people who keep St. Jerome moving forward. Two groups especially form the core of our community and do so very much behind the scenes to keep St. Jerome thriving. They are the St. Jerome Holy Name Society and St. Jerome Altar & Rosary Society. Their members are such a huge paart of the community, the family of St. Jerome, that is the heart of our Parish.
We hope you will join us for as many of these special services as you are able during this season of Advent.
Advent is time of preparation for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. How do you prepare for this momentous event? Go to stjeromecleveland.org on Facebook and share your favorite traditions. Here are some ideas we thought of:
2019-2020 School Year Theme
Our Hearts Are Good & Kind.
Important Facts about St. Jerome School
St. Jerome Catholic School provides a quality education to students of all faiths through the development of spirit,
mind, and body. We value the diversity of our students and provide a firm spiritual, academic, and social foundation
upon which they can build their future.
It had been several years since I had taught an upper grade class, so when I was approached to take 7th grade after a long stint in 2nd grade I was a bit hesitant to say the least. Once the decision had been made, I began to get more and more excited about employing various strategies and techniques in teaching this group of students. I began with Religion and incorporating a service project. Little did I know of the tremendous response I would receive.
Come celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!
The fifth grade at St. Jerome's school will be learning some neat things in science class this year. We have started out with the Scientific Method in the beginning of the year. We did an activity called The Cat in the Bag activity which helped the students go through the steps of the Scientific Method. In this activity, they moved from one table to the next trying to figure out what object was in the bag. They drew what they thought the object was and then wrote a description of the object. Science is just like this. The answers to our questions are hidden and we have to go through the process and experiment to find the answers.
Beginning with the Feast of St. Jerome September 30, 2018 until the Clam/Steak Bake on September 29, 2019 it has been a year filled with wonderful memories. Many took advantage of the various opportunities to reconnect with classmates, former neighbors and old friends at various reunions, concerts, and the Gala Celebration held in July. The Beacon on the Boulevard continues to shine.
Officer Philip Maher was a role model and friend to Collinwood residents, serving as a police patrolman and as a crossing guard for the school children of St. Jerome and Memorial schools. He died while on duty after assisting the victim of a motorcycle accident. The Corner of East 152nd and Lake Shore Blvd. is known as Maher Square in his honor and a stone monument was placed at the corner.
This time last year we opened our Centennial celebrations with our annual Clam/Steak Bake. This year’s event will be held Sunday, September 29thand will mark the end of our Centennial festivities. Mass will be held at 10 am. Afterwards we will enjoy coffee and donuts. The Clam/Steak Bake will be served from 1-4 pm on the church grounds.
Saint Jerome is 100 years young!! Come celebrate with us Sunday, July 21! Our Gala Mass will be at 10am presided by the Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, all are welcome to join us for this special Mass.
As always, May was a whirlwind of activity. There is so much to celebrate with First Communion, a concert, May Crowning, graduation and the end of the school year the month just flies past.
St. Jerome Parish is celebrating 100 years! The parish that Monsignor Leo O. Hammer formed a century ago on Lake Shore Boulevard in Cleveland continues today as a thriving Roman Catholic community serving North Collinwood.
As part of our St. Jerome Parish Centennial celebration, City Music Cleveland will perform a Sunday afternoon concert on May 19, 2019 at 4 pm. The program will consist of:
Girls Rock has been in existenance for 4 years. Girls Rock is a mentoring Program for grades 5-8. This program helps improve
April is a busy month for the Third Graders at Saint Jerome Elementary School. During this month we will be preparing for the Ohio State Reading test and MAP tests. We will be working towards mastering all of the skills that make us successful readers. On top of test preparation, we will be reading a novel called How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. We will use those skills we have been practicing in Reading to really get deep into the book! We will even look at Earth Worms and learn about the interesting creature.
Everyone loves bubbles! Since we all love bubbles, we are going to be preparing for the Saint Jerome Science Fair that is happening in May by completing a Bubble Investigation based on The Scientific Method. The students will be answering the question, Does the surface that a bubble lands on affect how long it takes for the bubble to pop? They will be testing this experiment using different types of variables: wax paper, construction paper, plastic trays, aluminum foil, etc. The students will complete the experiment, graph their findings and then interpret the data. They will then create a Tri-Fold board to share their test results with other students.
In Math, we will be studying area and perimeter and use our knowledge to complete a Project Based Learning assignment that will allow them to use what they know and see how it can be used in the real world with a real world problem. Their problem will be to create a Sport’s Complex. They will have to create areas for people to walk, bleachers, the field, etc. that could be a design for a real sport’s park. This is an engaging unit and will help the students to master the skills of area and perimeter and also see how it relates to real life scenarios.
Sports and the Arts have always been part of the life of St. Jerome Parish. From CYO Sports to musical theater for young and old, there was always something to get involved in.
St. Jerome Was delighted to host the world premier of Avner Dorman's Violin Concerto No. 3 "Still". Mr. Dorman conducted and the peice featured the phenominal violinist, Sayaka Shoji.
All St. Jerome School Alumni from the classes of 1960 thru 1979 are invited to attend a reunion on Saturday, April 27th beginning with 4pm Mass. Both the School and Convent will be open after Mass with a variety of memoribelia on display and light refreshments.
Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. But don't be discouraged if you skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule. Just read to your child as often as you possibly can. Taking the time to read with your child on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile.
So many memories, junior high trips, Camp Christopher, pajama day and other fun during Catholic Schools Week, friends, we celebrate them all.
City Music Cleveland will present the World Premier of Avner Dorman’s Still (Violin Concerto No. 3) which will be be performed by the delightful Sayaka Shoji. Miss Shoji thrilled audiences here in 2016 and we are very excited to welcome her back. The concert series will open at St. Jerome on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm. Free and Family friendly this concert is not to be missed.
On Wednesday, December 19, the students at St. Jerome School performed a Christmas Pageant that they worked together to create throughout the month of December. This pageant told the first story of Christmas, and featured classic Christmas songs as well as original songs created by the school music teacher, Harmon Hill. The nativity cast was played by different students in the school, and included Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, The Three Wise Men, King Herald and a gladiator. St. Jerome School prides itself on creating a strong community environment and the Christmas Pageant is a great way to get the community involved. Members of the parish along with family members in the day school were invited to the pageant. The production turned out beautifully and it was the perfect way to end school before a lovely Christmas break.
We invite all graduates of St. Jerome School from 2000-2018 to join us for a reunion on Sunday, January, 27th beginning with 10am Mass. Light Refreshments and School and Convent tours will follow. Catch up with old friends, see what has changed, and it's Catholic Schools Week so you will get a look at what our current students are doing.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the St. Jerome first graders had a feast of their own. The feast was organized by the first grade families. Some of the foods we feasted on were turkey, chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. Before we feasted, we all went around the room and shared one thing we were thankful for. In the eyes of a first grader here are some of what they are thankful for are:
Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 27, 2019 when the St. Jerome School classes of 2000 to 2017 will gather for a reunion as part of Catholic Schools Week. The Reunion will begin with 10am Mass followed by an Open House at both the convent and school. Light refreshments will be served.
The first of the Centennial reunions was held November 4th for the classes of 1922-1959. Memorabilia ranging from Monsignor Hammer’s vestments to pictures pamphlets and articles throughout the years were on display in the convent. Nearly 100 Alumni attended with their family members and enjoyed refreshments while catching up with old friends. Two members of the Class of 1940 were present, and while she was unable to attend Sister Joann (Josephine) Kessler, OSU sent her regards. It was determined that she is the oldest living alumni that we have heard from.
We are delighted to host another fabulous concert on Wednesday, December 12th featuring Frank Rosenwein, principal oboist for the Cleveland Orchestra, who will perform Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto in D Major, a lyrical work that sprung from the hopeful time just after WWII. Stefan Willich returns to conduct.
We invite you to join us as we prepare for and celebrate the joyous coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
St. Jerome kicked off a yearlong Centennial celebration with the Annual Clam/Steak Bake on September 30th, the Feast Of St. Jerome. A lovely Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Roger Gries set the tone for the day and the year of celebrating our faith and our community. Coffee and donuts followed and the school was opened for visitors. An exhibit of memorabilia in the library included a home movie of our founding pastor, Monsignor Leo Hammer laying the cornerstone of the present church. Also on display were Monsignor Hammer's vestments and a Latin Missal that was given to him by the Ursuline sisters for his 25th anniversary. The missal was kindly loaned to us by the Hammerfamily. We were delighted to welcome many members of the Hammer family including George Hammer, Monsignor Hammer's nephew.