February 2021 Edition
Experiencing God's Loving Embrace &
Preparing Our Grieving Hearts for Lent
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:9-10  
NEW - Virtual Sunday Grief Support Group
The Catholic Cemeteries Association will be hosting a special Virtual Sunday Grief Support Group on Sunday, February 21 at 5pm. This new support group, hosted via Zoom, will cover the same material as our in-person Sunday Grief Support Groups. February's topics are: Experiencing God's Loving Embrace & Preparing Our Grieving Hearts for Lent

Registration is free and open to anyone seeking bereavement support.

Questions? Contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866 or rabrams@clecem.org
Starting with the season of Lent, we are reminded of the intense and painful journey that Christ underwent. The 40 days He spent in the desert were ones of pure temptation and a harsh reminder of His humanity. Christ’s journey was one that turned away from the sin and death of the world and instead walked toward the promise of forgiveness and eternal life. Of course, we honor this journey still today, as many people choose to enter into a personal spiritual journey for the 40 days of Lent by fasting and otherwise making a sacrifice to Christ. This Lenten journey is similar to the journey that is grief. When a loved one dies, so does a part of our heart. Similar to Christ’s journey, grief is the process of turning away from suffering and pain and growing closer to new life. For those who have lost a loved one, this new life is their new reality: life without their loved one. This journey is not an easy one. Just as Jesus was tempted in the desert, those who grieve will have set backs and will struggle at times. But, by looking to Christ as an example, and by remembering the promise of life that lies at the end of the journey, you may find the extra strength you need to carry on. Keep reading to learn more.