Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life


Ministers of Music: Music ministers lead the assembly in the singing of the liturgy.  New members are always welcome.  Interested parishioners are invited to contact the Director of Music to participate in Music Ministry.

Contact:  Tom Czajkowski   440-777-5050

Ministers of music include the following:

Cantors: Cantors proclaim the Responsorial Psalm, the Gospel Alleluia, and lead the assembly in song.  Anyone wishing to serve as a cantor should contact Thomas Czajkowski, Saint Richard Music Director, before or after any weekend mass.

Adult Choir: The Adult Choir leads the singing at Sunday Mass (currently 10:15 a.m.)   They provide prelude, interlude and postlude selections.  The choir sings for special feasts such as the Easter, Triduum, Christmas, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, etc.   Rehearsals are at 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m. on Thursday evenings.  There are no summer rehearsals.  Formal vocal experience is not required.  Please contact Tom Czajkowski, St. Richard Music Director, before or after any weekend mass.


Avila’s: This group promotes vocations.  The group meets the first Saturday of each month and attends the 8 a.m. mass, prays the rosary and recites prayers for all vocations.
Contact:  Carol Baronowski – Please leave message at the Rectory Office at 440-777-5050


 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:  St. Richard will offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church every Wednesday after the 7a.m. Mass – 1p.m. This period of quiet
meditation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is a unique opportunity to offer due reverence to the Lord and beseech his intercessions for the needs of our times.


Prayer Group: One group meets on Tuesdayafternoons at 3 p.m. in the Lenahan Room Dining Room.  The groups pray for the needs of parishioners and friends.

Contact:  Please leave message at the Rectory Office at 440-777-5050


Men’s Prayer Group: Men meet the 2nd Saturday of the month after morning mass to pray and reflect on various spiritual books they have chosen to read.  The book chosen provides a focus on a particular aspect of our faith.   The session begins with Liturgy of the Hours.

Contact:     440-777-5050


Ignatian Spirituality/Spiritual Direction: There is an annual individual retreat (9 week format) and monthly private direction, provided by a certified spiritual director with emphasis on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  There is also a group Retreat Day offered at the Jesuit Retreat House for those participating in this program.

Contact:  Eugenia Gyi   – Please leave message at the Rectory Office at 440-777-5050


Spiritual Direction: A simple explanation of some one seeking spiritual direction would be “seeking to know, love and serve the Lord in a deepening and renewed manner.”


Contact:  Rectory 440-777-5050 


Evangelization Committee: Evangelization constitutes the essential mission of the church. It is proclaiming the person and message of Jesus Christ to all the world. In essence, it means bringing the Good News to every human situation and transforming individuals and society through gospel values.

Evangelization is not a program but is an integral part of all we do as church. It touches every aspect of parish life. It is the energizing core of all ministries. By baptism, we enter into a life of discipleship, continuing the Incarnation of Jesus by word and deed (proclamation and witness). Evangelization is the responsibility of every baptized Catholic.  The purpose of the Evangelization Commission is to obey our Lord who, just prior to His Ascension, commanded us to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Luke 16: 15)

Contact:  Hal Bruckner  – Please leave message at the Rectory Office at 440-777-5050

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name Society is a spiritual organization of men and women whose primary purpose is to promote love, honor and respect for the Most Holy Name of Jesus. From their sale of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards they give scholarships to seventh grade students.  They coordinate the annual Anointing of the Sick Mass by arranging transportation, assisting at mass, and helping with the reception.  New members are always welcome.

Contact Wayne Palascak:  Please leave message at the Rectory Office at 440-777-5050

Fast & Pray to Change Hearts: Respect Life Group initiated a 9 month “Fast & Pray” for our parish on the 3rd Wed. of the month.  Fasting can be done by limiting meals, desserts, coffee, etc. whatever would be a sacrifice for you.  Praying can consist of any prayers offered for our parish including rosaries, novenas, or personal prayers.  Sacrifices can be offered up as well as works of penance, or by attending a holy hour/benediction, etc.  All fasting and prayers will be offered for our parish community to strengthen and change hearts, to reawaken and bring Catholics back to Church and in relationship with Jesus, and for a spiritual renewal with many blessings.  Choose your favorite day, place, and way to pray!