3205 Fulton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 961-1845 Fax
Children’s Faith Formation at the parish includes the Parish School of Religion (PSR) & Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Through small group classes, we provide pre-kindergarten to eighth grade students with catechesis and sacramental preparation. Classes run September through April and are held on Sunday mornings. For more details and to register your child or family member for PSR and/or sacramental preparation, please call the parish office or contact Maria Wancata at email@example.com.
The Traditional Latin Mass at Saint Rocco Catholic Church, Cleveland OH, is celebrated every Sunday at 12PM (High Mass each Sunday). It is celebrated in complete accordance with the directives issued by Pope Benedict XVI on July 7, 2007 in the document Summorum Pontificum. Mass in the extraordinary form began to be celebrated at Saint Rocco Catholic Church in October of 2007- a Low Mass was offered every Sunday evening. Due to lack of personnel and changes with the Mass schedule, the Latin Mass was discontinued in June of 2016. It was reinstated into the Sunday Mass schedule in February of 2020 with High Mass every Sunday.
We welcome you to the Traditional Latin Mass here at Saint Rocco (as an Italian ethnic parish we greet you: “Benvenuti!”); we invite you to enter into a form of worship that has been celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church for 1500 years. You will pray the same Mass that countless Saints and Martyrs have prayed, and which they found to be an inestimable source of holiness and peace. We welcome you to this ancient, sacred, and majestic liturgy.
Latin is the official language of the Church, and has been used in the liturgy since at least the 3rd century.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Church declared that the use of Latin was to be preserved in the Mass. One may wonder/ask why?
First, it highlights the sacred nature of the Mass when we use a special language in the sanctuary, rather that the common tongue of society and the marketplace.
Second, it ensures that the prayers of the Mass are safeguarded for all time when they are recited in Latin, a “dead” language whose words never change in meaning.
Third, it fosters a unity of belief among Catholics everywhere when a single language is used to celebrate the Mass, crossing nations and nationalities.
Fourth, it allows us to pray as our forefathers have prayed, forming a continuum of prayer from generation to generation.
The best way for you to follow along with the Mass is to use the white Hand Missals provided at the entrances of the church. All the prayers are given in Latin and English. You’ll find that the prayers themselves are beautifully composed—they lift the heart and mind to God. As you are becoming familiar with the Mass, instead of reading every prayer, you may find it easier to simply watch, listen, and unite yourself interiorly to the actions of the priest at the altar.
St. Rocco Men of Faith Group serving breakfast for the residents and guests at Saint Herman`s on Sat.Feb 8th.
The image of Fr. Severino Moltini, O. de M., can be found in the Zannoni Chapel (back south west corner of the Church). As we begin this process of collecting information and offering our intentions through the intercession of Fr. Severino, please remember to keep a record of any “miracles” attributed to his intercession. If you or you know of anyone who has stories or can offer testimonies to the holiness of Fr. Severino’s life, please contact the parish office. Fr. Severino, pray for us!
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith is here to support families in crisis.
Since 2015, our initial mission continues in our outreach to families and individuals affected by divorce and separation.
Please consider supporting us by going to our website at www.nonnautus.org and learning about our mission.
Our "Support Us" button is on the first page of our website. Any size donation is helpful to us to reach more families in crisis.
We offer free "On-Line Support Meetings for Divorced/Separated Catholics" and support meetings for "Adult Children of Divorce".
Keep us in mind if you or someone you know could use our services. Information about these free support groups are on our website.
Find us on social media at "Philly Nonnatus" and "St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation".
Most of all, please pray for our mission.
We welcome hearing from you, so feel free to reach out to us with a prayer request by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you,
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation
It’s not unusual to read a story about nineteenth or twentieth century working class immigrants who scrimped, saved, and did without to raise funds to build some of Cleveland’s grandest and most enduring sacred landmarks. What is unusual, however, is to learn about a parish where such immigrants did not just scrimp and save, but also actually built the sacred landmark themselves. That is the story of St. Rocco Catholic Church, referred to in a 1964 Plain Dealer article as Cleveland’s “Do-It-Yourself” parish.
St. Rocco, which recently celebrated its centennial anniversary, was given this label because of the numerous self-build projects undertaken over the years by the parish, including construction of the current church in the years 1949 to 1952. Almost from the start, self-building became a feature of the parish.
In 1914, a group of immigrants from the village of Noicattaro in the Apulia region of southern Italy, living in and around Fulton Road and Trent Avenue, met in the grocery store of fellow immigrant John Zaccaro and undertook to establish the first Italian parish on the west side. Believing that building a church would lead to diocesan recognition, they self-built a small brick structure in 1917-1918 on a single lot of land on Trent Avenue, just a stone’s throw away from today’s Fulton Road campus. The church was named St. Rocco, after the patron saint of the sick, who was especially venerated in southern Italy. Despite their effort, the parish was not officially recognized until 1922, when Cleveland Bishop Joseph Schrembs appointed Father Alphonse Di Maria, the assistant pastor at St. Anthony Italian Church in downtown Cleveland, as the first pastor.
In 1924, the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy (Mercedarian Order) was given charge of the parish and Father Sante Gattuso, a priest from Sicily, appointed second pastor, replacing Father Di Maria, who had resigned for health reasons. Father Gattuso would serve as pastor for the next 42 years. By the time of his appointment, immigrants from Faeto in the Apulia region, Guilianova in the central region, Laganadi in the Calabria region, Floridia in Sicily, and from other villages in southern and central Italy had become members of the fledgling parish. Immigrants from Trento and other towns in northern Italy began joining the parish later in the decade. Father Gattuso almost immediately embarked upon an ambitious building plan for the fast-growing parish. He purchased land on the east side of Fulton Road, south of Clark Avenue, and hired a contractor who in 1926 built a new and larger church with attached school building on the new Fulton Road campus.
In the decade of the 1930s, as the Great Depression crippled the American economy, St. Rocco parish began self-building again. In 1933, the parish self-built an addition to the school and then in 1935 one to the parish house. In 1940, Father Gattuso planned for the parish to build a new and larger church, but World War II intervened. During the war years, the men of the parish–many of them working in the building trades–saved bricks and other materials from building sites, literally creating a brick yard on the church campus. In 1949, construction of the new church finally began. Scores of parishioners volunteered their time, the men excavating, erecting the superstructure, and doing the masonry work, while women brought home-cooked meals to the site. Even retired parishioners contributed. Michael Girardi, Gaetano Farrugia, and Gennaro Di Pasquale, all elderly immigrants from southern Italy, were singled out for special recognition and became known as the Three Musketeers. In 1952, when the church was completed, Father Gattuso estimated that the labor donated by the parish had saved the church hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In the years that followed, additional self-build projects were undertaken by the parish, especially in the decade of the 1950s. In 1955, interior decorations were made to the church. The following year, the old church was converted into a gym for school children. In 1957, a memorial to the members of the parish who had served in World War II was built and, later in the same year, the grade school was remodeled. In 1959, parishioners constructed a one-story addition onto the school. The parish continued to undertake self-build projects throughout the remaining decades of the twentieth century, helping to defray the cost of maintaining an inner city church. Perhaps its history of self-building is one reason why today in the second decade of the twenty-first century St. Rocco Church is still a fixture as well as one of the most important community assets in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.
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