Parish Festival

Just a reminder we will be having our third session this Tuesday July 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the small hall.


Last month we held our get together with the parish council, finance council, and the other heads of various committees of past festivals. It was unanimous that a two day event and a 34 course dinner was clearly beyond our resources at this. Jason Zapisek from our parish council came up with idea of a one day event and call it, “Half Way to Dyngus Day.” We decided upon October 16th as we looked through other festivals that weekend. The entire committee was for the idea as October gives us more time, it’s not a holiday weekend, and  the  connection  with  the  Polish  celebration  of Dyngus Day was a great idea. We all agreed that the idea of any get together should be first and foremost a focus upon getting together as a parish family and have fun. The recent sale of our convent has put the parish in a relatively good financial position and because of so many of us have been inside for so long, the idea of ‘fun’ seemed to supersede any idea of a “fund raiser!’ We will have food but something we can handle given the often lack of resources and volunteers. We will have some sort of ethnic Polish band, some gambling, games, bar with a possible beer garden tent outside to help welcome the Saturday night Tremont crowd to let them see and to know that St. John Cantius is open, alive, welcoming,  and  able  to  have  a  good  time.  It  was unanimous that if we do a beer garden, it be placed in the front of our parking lot closest to Professor Ave. and have the gates wide open for all visitors More news will follow as the committee have now been divided up into smaller groups to discuss the various needs of such an event (music, food, games etc). Thank you to all who attended the meeting and shared their great ideas with us. I am convinced it will be a great Saturday celebration for the parish, neighborhood, and the return of many of our school alumni. Fr. Roach 


BRYAN  ISTENES  estimates  he’s  attended Mass in about 14 different languages at roughly 200 churches in at least 10 states during the last few years, including in all but about a dozen of the 185 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.  One of Bryan's favorite visit was to St. John Cantius!  To learn more about Bryan and his travels read the article on pages 14-15 in July's Catholic Magazine (or click on the link).


We will be discontinuing the 830 am Tuesday Mass and moving it to 6:30 pm. This is a result of zero attendance at the morning Masses in general. Thursday will remain at 830 am. This will be effective beginning with our Tuesday July 6th Mass. Second, we will be sending out all of our statues in church at some point this year for repainting. Age, candle soot, and dirt are all embedded in the paint, folds, and faces of our statues. Paint chips, and some plaster damage are also present  especially St. Francis and the crucifixion in the back corner. As these statues have been a part of parish family forever, we need to give each one a complete “makeover.” I think you will be pleasantly surprised when they come back like new! Saint Anthony will be first to leave and receive his ‘makeover’ within the next week or so. The cost for each statue is $1,300.00. We will start with one, then hopefully acquire some donations to finish the project once we see how beautiful He will look.

I am entitling my remarks this week ‘updates.’ I want to keep everyone informed on what’s going on. First, our pipe organ. I am happy to say we reached most of our goal from fundraising and secured a substantial grant from the Kulas Foundation. The contract is in process of being signed by myself and the Bishop. Work is set to begin in October this year. The organ pipes will be removed entirely from the walls upstairs along with the organ console for a period of 5 months. It will be taken back to the Holtkamp Organ Factory here in Cleveland. They are the original builders of the instrument. It will be refurbished and installed by Holy Week, 2022. It is a big undertaking but well worth the money and wait. In  the  meantime,  I  am  looking  to  rent  an  organ  to temporarily install in our church somewhere downstairs (it would be a needless expense to have an organ lifted up in the choir loft for just a few months, then hoisted down). We will still continue to have Mass, Weddings, and funerals for the five months our organ is out for repairs/renovation and  an organ would be  in line  to assist in our worship. Second, we are working diligently on our festival this year,  ‘Half  Way  to Dyngus  Day.’ We  have  secured Lenny  Gomulka  for  the  evening  and  we  will  be sampling a more stream lined dinner menu next week with the festival committee. We will let you know the menu once we decide. Please mark your calendars for this fun evening of food, entertainment, and fellowship OCTOBER 16th. Third, our Saint Anthony statue is due back very soon. All the candle soot, debris and grime is gone. He will have a fresh look with a more ‘natural’ color tone. We want to continue next with St. Theresa and are looking for financial donors to help us continue to clean and paint our statues. Each statue will cost $1,300.00. We are  repainting  the  stands  they  are  on  and  will  be installing granite tops to the stands so they will look more  presentable  and  in  order  with  their  function. Watch for St. Anthony to return soon! Fourth, I am securing bids for the renovation, plaster, and painting of our church where water has damaged the inside. It’s quite extensive and expensive. The bids are ranging in the area of $325,000.00. We have two secured at present and are awaiting a third which is required by the Diocese. I have been in touch with the Diocesan insurance office seeing what might be covered by our insurance. They assured me a portion would be covered but the exact number is unknown until the third bid comes in. I will let you know everything once I know myself. Thank you all for your continued financial support and generosity. It makes us who we are  proud  Catholics of our parish, St. John Cantius! Fr. Roach 

We  are  excited,  and  blessed,  to  announce  that  The FEST is BACK for 2021 at a NEW LOCATION! Join us on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Brookside Reservation in  the  Cleveland  Metroparks.      The  132  acres  of Brookside will allow for plenty of room for you to enjoy great music, inspiring displays and vendors, along with many opportunities for prayer and inspiration.   To keep everyone safe and comfortable, this year is the need to purchase an admission ticket for those 6 years of age and older. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online at  As you enter The FEST, you will receive a special day of FEST kit thanks to our friends at Marc’s.  There is plenty of FREE offsite parking, along with FREE shuttles to The FEST grounds.   See four great bands: for King & Country, Danny Gokey, Tauren Wells, and We Are Messengers!   Head to for all of the info!   Invite your family and friends to join you for an amazing day of faith, family and fun  The FEST