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Obituary: Father Carl A. Birarelli

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Father Carl A. Birarelli died on February 12, 2021, in Sarasota, Florida. He was born on October 30, 1926, in Everett, Massachusetts. He was ordained on June 15, 1958 for the Congregation of the Missionary of St. Charles as a member of the Scalibrini Fathers by Archbishop William O’Brien, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1974 – 1975 he was exclaustrated from the Scalibrini Fathers and began his appointments for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

On October 1, 1974, Father Birarelli was first appointed in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Associate of St. Peter Parish in Dayton. On June 20, 1975, he was appointed Associate of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati and part-time at the Marriage Tribunal. On August 8, 1977, he was appointed Associate at St. Bernard and Mother of Christ Parishes, Cincinnati and Chaplain at Children’s and Holmes Hospitals, while continuing on the Marriage Tribunal staff. On December 19, 1977, he was appointed full-time Chaplain at Jewish, Children’s, and Holmes Hospitals with residence at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati and to continue as Associate at St. Bernard and Mother of Christ Parishes. Father Birarelli fully incardinated into the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on December 31, 1977. On June 28, 1978, he was appointed in-residence and Associate at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, while continuing as Chaplain at Jewish Hospital. On June 24, 1980, he was appointed full-time Associate at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. He was appointed Pastor of St. Clare Parish, Cincinnati on August 1, 1983, but only served there a brief time until February 28, 1984, when he was appointed Associate of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. On January 6, 1987, he was appointed Pastor of St. Matthew Parish, Norwood (Cincinnati). Father Birarelli retired from active ministry on August 31, 1994.

Visitation: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honroe Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34232; (947-371-4962).

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 12905 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202; (941-752-6770). Celebrant: Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.

Burial: immediately following Mass of Christian Burial, at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honroe Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34232.

Associates of the Marian Pact are asked to offer, as soon as possible, one Mass for the repose of the soul of Father Birarelli, and when convenient, to provide for the celebration of two other Masses

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