Established in 1892 as an Italian parish, today Holy Rosary is a dynamic and growing parish, reaching out to welcome people of all nationalities and races, students, artists, professionals, families, visitors to nearby hospitals, and those in need. Rich in diversity, our parish includes those who were born, baptized and raised here...worshipping next to those who now call Holy Rosary their home by choice and commitment.
Immigrants from Italy came to this country seeking a better life. In Cleveland, many settled here in the neighborhood we call Little Italy. More than one hundred years ago, God our Father called together a family of prayer through the efforts of His servant, the Rev. Joseph Strumia. Today, that same spirit inspires us to invite and call others into our Holy Rosary Parish family. In her past, immigrants from Italy found in Holy Rosary Parish a source of faith and a community of love. Holy Rosary Church served them well, by living and teaching the faith. It is our mission to continue that into the future.
Today, preserving our unique traditions, we reach out to welcome all into our parish family. As a community celebrating the Eucharist and growing in God’s love, we seek to turn from sin and to live moral lives. The same Spirit that inspired the Rev. Joseph Strumia now calls the people of Holy Rosary to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through our own faithfulness to God’s Word in Scripture and Church teaching.
Visitors come to Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy for many reasons. Often, family members of patients in local hospitals come to celebrate Eucharist or to light a candle in quiet prayer. Others visit for more joyous reasons such as a son or daughter's graduation from one of the educational institutions in University Circle or to celebrate a family wedding. Students may come to observe the beautiful stained glass windows and the artistry of the many statutes, woodcarvings and paintings. Many individuals and groups take the time for a prayer before enjoying dinner in one of the neighborhood restaurants.
Whatever the reason, your joys and sorrows are part of the Eucharistic prayer life of this Catholic community located near the University Circle area of Cleveland, Ohio. Our doors are open for you to come and rejoice in His presence.