Welcome to Saint Maron’s parish in Cleveland

Photo - Father Peter KaramFor more than one hundred years, Saint Maron’s has been serving the Maronites of the greater Cleveland area preaching the Gospel, educating our young people, celebrating the Eucharist, forming friendships in community, serving the poor and the needy, comforting the sorrowing and attempting to make the love and grace of our God more visible in our world.
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Diversity

Dear Parishioners,

For more than a century Saint Maron Church has been home to many Maronites, who are united by a common faith in Jesus Christ and an unshakable trust in each other. The motto “out of many one” is truly a perfect description of Saint Maron Church, which is a community of many communities. The diversity that exists within our parish community should be celebrated, embraced and nurtured.

One of the great lessons we learned in recent years is that unity of purpose and mission does not necessarily mean uniformity of perspective and opinion. However, diversity can only flourish if and only if members of the same diverse community embrace one another as brothers and sisters and treat one another with the utmost respect worthy of the dignity of the children of God.

Another fundamental aspect of diversity, which I like to call the glue that holds the system together, is acceptance of the other as other. Without acceptance, social organization will eventually disintegrate and disunity will reign supreme. Acceptance allows diverse groups of people to be members of the same community based on faith, love, and hope.

In the past few weeks, these issues have been widely discussed on social media. Although some of the comments were positive and constructive; many others, however, were derogatory, negative, and even destructive.

To ensure that we all converge on the same understanding of what it means to be Maronites and what the identity and mission of Saint Maron Church is, I am outlining several basic principles, which should never be compromised:

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2017
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

We will be having Liturgy on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 pm at the Chapel in Independence. This is the actual feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Special Festival Liturgy

August 20, 2017
11:00 amto12:00 pm

In addition to the normal liturgy schedule, there will be an additional celebration at the Chapel on Sunday at 11am before the festival activities begin.

We hope to see you all this weekend!

The Last Goodbye

I am leaving home and leaving hearts off I go to other parts.
My heart will cry and mourn not for separation was it born.
I go to start a life anew there I will remember you.
A farewell is death to me of smiles I no longer see.
But in this act of leaving you, is revealed a mystery true.
Love is not just for years, so set aside the earthly tears.
Of all the proofs of God I know, love is that to which I go.
The heart knows forever only what once is joined will not turn lonely.
Love is for eternity no simpler truth can ever be.
Heaven is the hearts home nowhere else it longs to roam.
Every time I say goodbye my heart yells, “I die, I die.”
Every time I go away my heart cries, “why can’t we stay?”
In our faith’s great mystery love endures eternally.

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2017 Annual Festival

August 19, 2017
11:00 amto10:00 pm
August 20, 2017
12:00 pmto7:00 pm

Please join us for Saint Maron Church’s Annual Festival, on August 19 and 20.

Open for lunch and dinner with an assortment of Middle Eastern food and beverages.

Kid games and activities along with music and dancing.

The festival will be held at the Independence location at 7800 Brookside Road, Independence, Ohio

If you are interested in volunteering to help, please visit the following form and sign up for a slot.

Volunteer Signup

Please be Respectful in your Summer Attire

Summer is here, and along with that comes the desire to dress more casually.

We do request that you dress appropriately while attending the Liturgy at St. Maron during the summer months. The church and chapel are air-conditioned and comfortable, so we ask all men and women, do not wear shorts or tank tops (especially spaghetti straps) or flip flops.

Thank You!

Clergy

Pastor Monsignor Peter Karam
Associate Father Roby Zibara
Deacon Reverend George Khoury
Sub-deacons Mr. Bechara Daher
Mr. Georges Faddoul
Mr. Lattouf Lattouf
Mr. Ghazi Faddoul

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