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Christmas 2020 St. Vitus Parish


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Dear Parishioners:

The message which the angels brought to the shepherds on that first Christmas night was a message of peace. Christ, the Prince of Peace, came that we might have peace in our hearts and in our homes. Our world has not  grasped that sense of peace. We all are so much in need of Christ’s peace and love. Peace must begin within the hearts of each one of us. We must be at peace with ourselves and the world around us. This can come only through a close association with Christ and His Church. This is why we hope all of you will make an extra effort to receive the Sacraments and come to Mass as a family on Christmas. We are certain that if you do, the Spirit of Christmas will abide with you througho”ld’t the whole year. The enclosed schedule is for your convenience. May you have a blessed and Holy Christmas and New Year 2021.

Your Priests & Parish Staff

Dragi Farani,

Veselo sporocilo, ki so ga v pri sveti noci angeli oznanili pastirjem, je bil pozdrav miru. Kristus, knez miru, je prisel na svet, da bi mi imeli mir v svojih srcih in domovih. Svet ni dojel pomena miru. Vsi silno potrebujemo Kristusovega Miru. Mir mora zavladati v nasih srcih. Ziveti moramo v miru sami s seboj in s svetom okrog nas. To se more zgoditi le v tesni povezavi s Kristusom in njegovo Cerkvijo. To je tudi razlog za nase upanje, da boste v teh dneh prejeli zakramente in se kot druzina udelezili bozicnega bogosluzja. Prepricani smo, da, ce to storite, bo svetonocni mir vedno vladal v vasih druzinah! Prilozeni bozicni spored naj Varn sluzi kot opomin na izvrsitev
vasih verskih dolznosti. Vsem faranom zelimo blagoslovljene praznike Gospodovega rojstva in srecno Novo leto 2021.

Vasi duhovniki

Thursday, December 24th
4:00 P.M. Vigil Mass of Christmas
6:00 P.M. Vigil Mass of Christmas
11:30 P.M. Christmas Prelude – bozicne pesmi
12:00 P.M. Midnight Mass – Polnocnica
Friday, December 25th
9:00 AM. Liv. & Deceased Parishioners & Benefactors
10:30 AM. Liv. & Deceased Parishioners & Benefactors
Saturday, December 26th
4:00 P.M. Feast of the Holy Family – Vigil Mass
Sunday, December 27th
9:00 AM. For our Parish Families
10:30 AM. For our Parish Families
Thursday, December 31st- New Year’s Eve
4:00 P.M. Vigil Mass – Feast of Mother of God
For our Parishioners
Friday, January 1st
10:00 AM. For our Country
In farno osebje

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Christmas 2020 St. Mary’s Parish


St Marys via Phil Hrvatin 600pxDear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary’s, Christmas this year, as most of 2020, will be remembered for the challenges and hardship of separation, isolation, fear, and personal restrictions brought on by the Covid pandemic. But the message of Christmas this year, as it is every year, is a message of hope and courage. To Joseph, the angel said, “Do not be afraid to take Mary into your home.” To the shepherds in the hills of Bethlehem, the angels said, “Do not be afraid, for today in David’s city is born the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Our circumstances may be different, but the message of that first Christmas day in Bethlehem is just as powerful and comforting today as then. Just think how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph to find themselves as strangers in a city that had no room for them, except a stable. Just think how many people of past generations found themselves spending Christmas alone in a prison cell because of their beliefs, or enduring the bitter cold on the frontlines of a battlefield, or families separated from each other by war. Like them, we will get through this if we take to heart the message of Christmas, “Do not be afraid, for to us has been born a Savior who is our hope, our light, our peace, a Savior who will always be Emmanuel-God with us.” May the joyful hope of Christmas remain with us in the New Year 2021.Christ is Born! Glorify Him!Fr. John KumseDeacon David Kushner

Dragi župljani in prijatelji Marije vnebovzete, Božič to leto, kakor tudi večina leta 2020 ne bo pozabljen za izzive in stiske ločitve, strah in osebne omejitve prinešene nam od Covid pandemije. Toda sporočila Božiča, toleto, kakor tudi vsako leto, je sporočilo upanja in poguma. Jožefu je angel rekel, “Ne boj se vzeti Marijo v tvoj dom.” Pastirjem v okolici Bethlehema so angeli rekli, “Ne bojte se, ker je danes v Davidovem mestu rojen Zveličar, ki je Kristus, Gospod. Naš položaj je mogoče drugačen, toda sporočilo prvega božičnega dne v Bethlehemu je prav tako močno in tolažljivo danes kot takrat. Samo pomislite kako težko je moralo biti za Marijo in Jožefa, sama kot tujca v mestu, ki ni bilo prostora za njih, razen hlev. Samo pomislite koliko ljudi preteklih generacij, so se znašli sami na Božič, sami v zaporu zaradi njihovega prepričanja vere ali vztranjane ostrega mraza na bojni črti, ali družine ločene zaradi vojne. Kakor oni, mi bomo preživeli to, če mi vzamemo k srcusporočilo Božiča, “Ne bojte se, ker nam je bil rojen Zveličar, ki je naše upanje, naša luč, naše življene, naš mir, naš Zveličar, ki vedno bo Emanuel-Bog z nami.” Naj radostno upanje Božiča ostane z nami v Novem Letu 2021. Kritus je rojen! Slavimo ga!G. Janez KumšeDiakon David Kushne


Thursday, December 24
5:00 p.m. Children’s Mass – Otroška maša
11:30 p.m. Christmas Prelude Music – božične pesmi
12:00 a.m. Midnight Mass – Polnočnica

Friday, December 25 9:30 a.m. English/Slovenian Mass – angleška /slovenska maša
11:30 a.m. English Mass – angleška maša

Sunday, December 27
Ordinary Sunday Mass Schedule-Običajen nedeljski urnik
5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil – 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon
Sunday 11:00 a.m. Pete Litanije Matere BožjeSung Litany of the Blessed Virgin MaryNEW YEAR’S EVE – SILVESTROV VEČER Thursday,
December 31, 2020
5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass – angleška maša

Friday, January 1, 2021
9:30 a.m. Slovenian Mass – slovenska maša
11:30 a.m. English Mass – angleška maša


Thursdays of Advent during Adoration 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, December 19, 2020
Sobota, 19. decembra 4:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.


December 21, 2020 Pondeljek, 21. decembra 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Beekeeping at St. Mary’s Parish

Beekeeping at St. Mary’s Parish
Phil Hrvatin
December 10, 2020

For the past decade Father John Kumse has practiced urban agriculture in several of the parish owned properties near St. Mary’s Church in Collinwood. Today I had the opportunity to get a lesson in beekeeping as Father Kumse winterized his beehives. The process includes leaving an adequate amount of feed syrup, leaving enough honey in the hive, ventilating the hive and reducing the size of the entrance to keep the cold weather out. Father gave me one bit of departing advice. If you see me running, try to keep up.

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The Upper West Side is getting a taste of Slovenia in the form of Pekarna, an ambitious bi-level restaurant opening this week for indoor dining. Owner Dean O’Neill aims to showcase a blend of Slovenian-American foods in a sprawling space that unfolds across two buildings at 592 and 594 Amsterdam Avenue, at the corner of West 89th Street.

The venue is situated across 6,500 square feet covering two floors that O’Neill eventually envisions as an entertainment complex unlike any other restaurants on the Upper West Side. It’ll have four private and public event spaces on the lower level for private parties, screenings, weddings, book launches, and more. The upper level evokes more of an “old New York world,” O’Neill says, with cozy, intimate seating surrounded by exposed brick and two separate bars.

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The Show Must Go On

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors and entertainers at senior centers are on hold for now.
That didn’t stop a group of entertainers from providing much needed sing-a-long favorites at the Slovene Home for the Aged 18621 Neff Road Cleveland, OH 44119. The Slovenian troubadours made the rounds outside the building providing music to residents and staff inside the facility.
Musicians Left to Right
Joe Novak, Phil Hrvatin Slovene Home Board President, Joe Strukle, Patty Candela and Lou Zorko
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Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu


Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu
Register today

The contest will be a “photo hunt” throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas. It will take place under the patronage of the Center for Slovenian Studies, and the office of the Slovenian Consulate General in Cleveland. The purpose of the contest is to “discover” many of the Slovenian connections, landmarks, and organizations, along with their influence on the Slovenian Community here in our beautiful Cleveland area. This event is completely virtual, free, open to groups of all ages and all nationalities, will be educational, competitive, and most of all FUN!
There is no cost to participate… It’s Free! Form a team. Teams can consist of 2-6 members. Register your team: by June 16.  Once your team is registered and the contest begins, you will be provided with clues to a location, or a task to complete in different areas around Cleveland that have a Slovenian connection. More details at

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9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

Click here 9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

Culture Trip



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Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today”


Click here for the US Embassy Link  Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today” Video



Exhibit 1

Exhibit 2


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Slovenia National Day


Slovenia National Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

June 25, 2018
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Slovenia as you celebrate your 27th Statehood Day.

Our strategic partnership with Slovenia, as a NATO Ally and member of the European Union, is founded on shared values and history, and a common pursuit of collective security. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, our security forces stand shoulder to shoulder to advance global counterterrorism initiatives and affirm our common commitment through NATO’s presence in front-line states.

The United States values Slovenia’s contributions and friendship, and looks forward to deepening our bilateral relationship over the coming year as we work to expand bilateral trade and investment and ensure that Europe remains strong and free.

I extend my best wishes to the Slovenian people and congratulate you on your Statehood Day.

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