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Carrying the Good Friday message: dates and data from Olmsted


OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — A somber mood spread through downtown Olmsted Falls on Friday as members of the community commemorated the last day of Jesus Christ’s life as a man.

A group of 80-100 people participated in the Stations of the Cross which started in front of St. Mary of the Falls Catholic Church, north towards the Charles A. Harding Covered Pedestrian Bridge and returned to the church.

Steve Hupp nails the particular intentions of the participants to the cross before the “body” of Jesus is placed on it at Olmsted Falls. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for Cleveland.com)

It was the fifth year that the parish’s That Man Is You – TMIY – program has sponsored the walk, which has not taken place for the past two years due to Covid-19.

The group walked slowly, stopping, praying and singing on and along the 14 Stations of the Cross, which depict moments from Jesus’ journey to Calvary and then his burial. Men, women and children took turns carrying the cross, a crown of thorns, a whip and a veil on which was the image of the face of Christ. Police stopped traffic at the various intersections the group passed through, including the busy intersection of Columbia-Bagley Roads.

Reverend Ryan Cubera played the role of Jesus, including having his hands tied between the first and second stations as he stood before Pilate. He said the outdoor program was his “favorite” Holy Week activity.

men raise the cross on Good Friday

The body of Jesus is laid in place during the recitation of the 12th Station of the Cross at Olmsted Falls, Christ dies on the cross. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for Cleveland.com)

“He was born from people. They developed it. They run it,” he said. “It’s a beautiful expression of sincere and deep faith.”

John Gangloff came with his wife, Angela, and his grandson, Trenton Smith, who lives in Pennsylvania. John and Angela live in North Royalton. John is not a parishioner of St. Mary of the Falls, but he is involved with the TMIY – That Man is You program. When he moved to the Cleveland area, he sought out a church with TMIY, a program he helped start in his former parish in Pennsylvania. He found it at Olmsted Falls. The program helps men cope with the pressures present in our current modern culture.

“He teaches men to lead their families, their parishes and their community,” John said. “It definitely got me more involved in my faith.”

The outdoor Stations of the Cross touched him personally.

group at a way of the cross

The crowd recites a short prayer at this Station of the Cross in Olmsted Falls before removing Jesus’ body and placing it in a burial cloth. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for cleveland.com)

“As you walk, you live it. It was not the Roman soldiers who put him on the cross, but me, each of us by our sins. I am a sinner, although I try every day to be the best I can be,” he said. “It’s a nice way to end Lent.”

Very Happy Easter and Late Passover everyone. These celebrations are also a joyful way to welcome warmer weather – fingers crossed.

Model trains: The Olmsted Falls Depot & Model Railroad Museum holds its annual Spring Open House on April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at the Olmsted Falls Depot.

The depot is the old city train station with its red caboose on Garfield Avenue. It has amazing “O”, “HO” and “N” layouts. Club members will be there to introduce you to the many trains you will see and see the progress the club has made on all the tracks. It will also offer raffle prizes and refreshments. Don’t forget to delve into the past with a visit to the caboose and historic landmark

Admission to the event is $5. Children are free.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 23 and April 30 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24 and May 1. If you want to check out his website, it’s olmstedfallsdepot.org/.

Sellers galore: Grace Church is hosting its first Mother’s Day Market on April 29-30.

The event will feature dozens of local artisans, raffle baskets, Mother’s Day photo ops, and children’s crafts and games that youth counselors and church teens will lead while you shop!

Grace Church is located at 6941 Columbia Road. Market hours are 5-9 p.m. on April 29 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 30.

Earth Day Celebration: The township of Olmsted will host its spring stage on April 23. The event is in conjunction with Earth Day with a theme of conservation, ecology, recycling and the environment. In fact, this year’s Earth Day theme is “Investing in Our Planet.”

The event is open to the Olmsted community.

Some of its activities include exhibitions; information from partners such as the Soil Water Conservation District, Solid Waste District, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland MetroParks, Olmsted Falls Garden Club, and Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. There will be a Trash to Treasures craft table for the kids. Scouts will also have an activity for young people. Residents will receive a free sapling to plant. Various department staff will be available to speak and answer questions. Residents can view the Township Parks Initiative with the photos provided. CERT/VIPS will enroll residents in the Cuyahoga County Ready/Notify program. Attendees will receive gift bags, breakfast pizzas, donuts, fruit and refreshments, while supplies last.

It is also Community Shredding Day for those who bring in documents they want to dispose of safely. Please, no newspapers or magazines.

This free event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Township of Olmsted Administrative Offices, 7900 Fitch Road. Document shredding is next door at the service center.

Sale of plants: It’s time for the best plant sale in town.

The Olmsted Falls Garden Club will hold its annual perennial sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1 behind the Olmsted Community Center.

You have the opportunity to buy online again until April 25th at olmstedfallsgardenclub.com. Buy a minimum of $25 and you shop a day earlier when you pick up your order on April 30.

As usual, club selections are locally grown and have plants and flowers for both sun and shade. We are talking about more than 100 varieties. They come from the gardens of club members or their friends. This is a healthy way to periodically divide perennials to ensure their good health.

New this year is a children’s tent that will offer crafts and special shopping opportunities for children. He’s never too young to garden.

To shop online, go to olmstedfallsgardenclub.com and click “shop”.

Fundraising for Meals on Wheels: You can help support Westlake Meals on Wheels by heading to Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake. The non-profit organization serves Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, North Olmsted, Westlake and Bay Village.

The Greenhouse will donate 30% of your purchases from May 1 through June 15 to Westlake Meals on Wheels just by mentioning Meals on Wheels.

Dean’s Greenhouse is at 3984 Porter Road, just south of Center Ridge Road.

Heads up: Start saving your fabric items for the Olmsted Falls Music Association’s Fill the Truck event on May 21. She is once again partnering with Savers, who will remunerate the association based on the kilos of fabric items collected.

Acceptable items for this reader include clothing; shoes; accessories such as scarves, belts, handbags, book bags, fabric lunch boxes; sheets, curtains, drapes, towels, bedding and fabric. It will not accept household items, toys, books, or non-cloth items. You simply place them in a bag or box and bring them between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to the Falls-Lenox Elementary School parking lot.

It’s a great way to do your spring cleaning.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news articles.