PASTORAL STAFF

Fr. Steve Breck - Bio Page Pic [2947576]Fr. Steve Breck

Pastor

FrBreck@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6017

Bishop Lennon has appointed Fr. Steve Breck to serve as pastor of St. Mary Magdalene, beginning May 2, 2016.

Fr. Steve Breck was ordained a priest on May 20th, 2000.  Prior to coming to Saint Mary Magdalene, Fr. Steve served as a parochial vicar at Saint John Neumann, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Raphael, and Saint Hilary Parish.  Fr. Steve’s home parish is Saint Francis Xavier in Medina.   He feels extremely blessed to have had Fr. Mark Hollis as pastor and both Fr. Ron Wearsch and Fr. Stephen Kaminski as parochial vicars at Saint Francis Xavier. 

Currently, Fr. Steve’s mom lives in Wadsworth, Ohio.  His dad went home to God in February of 2011 after battling a long illness.  Fr. Steve is the youngest of seven children.  He has four older brothers and two older sisters.  Most of his siblings live in Northeast Ohio.  One brother lives near Indianapolis and in the Spring of 2013 his brother Mark went home to God to be with his dad.  Fr. Steve looks forward being a member of the parish family of Saint Mary Magdalene and is very happy to serve as Pastor.

Toomey,CarlDeacon Carl Toomey

Permanent Deacon

CToomey@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6016

Deacon Carl has been an ordained Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Cleveland since 1998.  He has been a parishioner for over 36 years along with his wife Mary Ellen.

His ministry includes:

  • Coordination of parish Stewardship efforts
  • Updating Parishioner database
  • Coordinating Stephen Ministry program
  • Visiting the sick, homebound and imprisoned
  • Coordination of RCIA and Infant baptismal program
  • Provides adult education spiritual growth activities
  • Coordinates Project Hope for the homeless dinner project

Carl took part in the 3 year formation program for Deacons at St. Mary Seminary. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace.  He has completed I unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Vincent Charity Hospital and received a certification in spiritual direction from the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. 

 

Hrich,-Mary-New

Mrs. Mary Hrich

Director of Liturgy and Music

music@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6015

Mary started part time at SMM in 1999, and moved to full time in 2009.

Her ministry includes:

  • Directing Liturgical & Music Ministry
  • Composing media for communications, including emails, newsletters, worship aids, electronic bulletin board, etc.
  • Assisting with administration of the parish website
  • Providing workshops, speaking engagements, and musical support as requested by the Diocese of Cleveland, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and the American Guild of Organists
  • Co-Founder of Sustaining the Journey, a ministry resource for Churches, Ministers, and Liturgical Musicians across Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania www.SustainingtheJourney.com
  • Board Member of the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) www,ClevelandNPM.org

Mary has been serving the Diocese of Cleveland as a musician and liturgical minister since 1984. She graduated with honors from John Carroll University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Theology.

Laurie (new)Ms. Laurie Jurecki

Certified Pastoral Minister

LJurecki@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6013

Laurie began her full time ministry here at St. Mary Magdalene in Oct, 2011. As of Oct, 2017, she moves to part time status.

Her ministry here will continue to include:

  • Director of  Families in Faith (PSR)
  • Facilitator of the Serenity Group (addiction support for families)
  • Administration of youth Sacrament Prep and Vacation Bible School
  • Adult Education
  • Festival Volunteer Co-ordinator
  • District Agenda and Planning Committee
  • Virtus Co-ordinator
  • Office Asssistance

 

Laurie began officially serving the Diocese of Cleveland in 1987 and was certified by Bishop Pilla as a Lay Ecclesial Minister in 1991. She received a Master of Arts in Liturgical/Sacramental Theology from St. Mary Seminary in 1997. Before coming to St. Mary Magdalene, she served at St. Louis Parish in Cleveland Hts and Ascension/Blessed Trinity Parish in Cleveland.

In addition to her duties at SMM, Laurie’s other ministries include:

Beers,-Mary-LouMrs. Mary Lou Beers

Sacramental Preparation and Bereavement Ministry

MBeers@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6020

Mary Lou has been part of the SMM community for her entire adult life.

Her ministry includes:

  • Helping to prepare candidates for Confirmation & Eucharist
  • Meeting with funeral families to assist them with planning and to offer grief support
  • Coordinating Bereavement ministry, outreach to the sick and homebound, and birthday and special occasion greeting cards
  • Serving as retreat speaker and providing catechesis and support for faith formation across the Diocese of Cleveland

Mary Lou has dedicated her life to the parish and to the greater Church – both with her husband Jim, and since his passing several years ago. A degreed teacher, Mary Lou is a nationally recognized inspirational and educational speaker.

Administrative Staff

Toomey,-Mary-EllenMary Ellen Toomey

Pastoral Assistant and Parish Secretary

MToomey@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6006

Mary Ellen and her husband Deacon Carl have been members of SMM since 1980.  They have 3 sons, all of whom attended SMM School. She has one wonderful Granddaughter! Being  formally employed by the parish since 2000, and working as Parish Pastoral Secretary and Bookkeeper, she assists in a variety of ways in the parish.  She does not consider her work at SMM as a “job” but as a “life”.    

Arndt,-JimJim Arndt

Business Manager

JArndt@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6011

Jim and his wife Eve have been members of SMM since 1978.  Jim has a Business Degree from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace.  He has been a member of SMM Finance Council for 18 years.

Coletta-DiCelloColetta DiCello

Bulletin Editor and School Liaison

CDicello@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6003

Coletta and her husband John became parishioners at SMM in 1976.  They raised their four children here at SMM and boast of having 12 grandchildren.

Coletta began working at St. Mary Magdalene over 30 years ago in the School during the 1984-85 school year and continued until the school closed in 2013.  At that point she continued her employment at SMM joining the staff in the parish office on a part-time basis – 3 days a week.

Her area of responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Bulletin Editor
  • Schedule Memorial Masses
  • Powerpoint on TV in Gathering Area
  • Liaison with area Catholic Schools and the SMM families enrolled
  • General SMM office, phones, answer questions & provide information

“It is a privilege and honor to work at the parish I love” ~ Coletta

Ban,-TonyTony Ban

Maintenance Manager

TBan@smmwillowick.org

440-854-6014