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Weekly Bulletin 8/20/17

Dear Parishioner,

For the past 26 years, St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministryhas hosted a Benefit Dinner to spread the word about the ​St. Augustine Center, to share a meal together  with the two communities, and to provide much needed financial support . The ​St. Augustine Center, located on West 14th in Cleveland, is a 501(C)3 organization that provides for the needs of persons who suffer from poverty, homelessness, disability, and age so that all 

will be able to fully participate in the life of the community. St. Augustine Center serves 500-600 meals daily, provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disabled people, and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. In addition, the Center helps 7-10 other local parishes.

 This year’s ​St. Augustine Benefit Dinner​ will be hosted on Friday, October 20th, at the St. Noel Banquet Center. This is St. Noel’s only fundraiser of the year, and our theme this year is, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We invite you to join our support of the St. Augustine Center and become involved. Invitations to this event will be mailed to your home in early fall. Some considerations for involvement include:

  • Donate an  item, gift certificate, or service​ for the silent/live raffle. (Drop off in the    Church office marked ​St. Augustine Benefit Dinner​.)
  • Support with an advertisement​ in the event program. This is an effective way to promote your business to approximately 400 community members who will be in attendance. Forms are available in the kiosk.
  • Contribute a monetary donation​ to the Dinner, mailed directly to St. Noel Church, or put in the weekly collection basket with “St. Augustine Benefit Dinner” in the memo line.

 If there are any questions, please contact Claire Pattie at ​; Barb Brandt at​; or Laurie Solomon Patriarca at Let’s work together to let our “light shine.” Thank you for your support!

Fr. George Smiga

AUGUSTINE – Our volunteers will not be serving a meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for the month of August.

FAITH AND VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith and Values Appeal for Catholic Education this weekend, August 19-20th. This appeal provides tuition support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese.

BLOOD DRIVE – Our recent blood drive was tremendous!  We registered 32 donors, collected 30 pints of blood, and welcomed 2 first time donors. Thanks to Matt Fullerman, Wendy Zorman, and Colleen Holt for staffing the drive and thanks to all who came to donate.  It was a great response!

FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed recently with information about First Communion preparation. Please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and did not receive this letter, please contact Michele (440-946-1128, ext. 121 or and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, and your contact information.

FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – for children from preschool through high school begin in mid-September! Registration forms and calendars can be found on the table in the Narthex, on the kiosk, or online ( ). Talk to Michele and Kaitlin at the table in the narthex this weekend and next, or contact them (Michele – or (Kaitlin – for more information.

ATTENTION YOUTH! – We are gearing up for an exciting year in Youth Ministry and we want YOU to be a part of it!  If you are you in Middle School or High School and want to be involved, there are registration forms available in the Narthex. Fill one out and drop it off in the parish office. Be sure and check the bulletin for more exciting announcements to come!

CORE MEMBERS NEEDED – Please prayerfully consider being a part of our CORE team for Prime Time. Through your example and your involvement on the CORE team, you have the opportunity to be a living example of Christ in the lives of teens. We need your unique gifts and strengths. I am looking for adults who can commit to weekly Sunday evening meetings with our teens (from 6:30-8:00 p.m.) and weekly planning meetings. Please contact Kaitlin at 440-946-1128 x 120.

LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship.  Meetings, which take place on the third Monday of each month, are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.

IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH – or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be for you!  Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all are welcome to participate in our gatherings.  In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required.  We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality, and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office at 440-946-088.

FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this Monday, August 21st from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The Senior Produce Market is designed to give low-income seniors access to fresh produce throughout the year.  St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  Please spread the word.

WHEELCHAIR RESULTS – Thanks to your generosity, the Joni and Friends Wheels for the World wheelchair drive was a huge success with 52 wheelchairs, 14 walkers, 4 sets of crutches, and 3 canes collected. Your generosity will allow many people the gift of mobility. Karen and Bruce Fraley continue to collect wheelchairs year-round. Please contact them at 440-946-1605 or make arrangements.

TRIP TO CANADA – Here are the final details for the trip to The Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Midland, Ontario, Canada. We leave Saturday morning, September 23 and return Sunday evening, September 24. Our hotel in Midland has a pool. We will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Shrine on Sunday, and assist with the choir. A Jesuit priest will talk with us after Mass (St. Noel and the other martyrs were Jesuits). We will stop at Niagara Falls and enjoy a dinner cruise on the Georgian Bay on Saturday evening.

The price is based on double occupancy, including all entrance fees, meals, tax and gratuities. You need only bring your own spending money. We have had good interest, but need 30 people to make the trip happen. At 30 people, the cost per person is $289. At 40 people the price drops to $250; at 50, the cost is $235. Contact Mark Muzzillo ( or 440-537-7722) with any questions.

JAIL VOLUNTEERS – The St. Noel Jail Ministry is looking for additional volunteers to serve at both the Lake County Jail and the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Members of the parish bring communion to the jail about once a month. Training is provided and all volunteers are paired with another person. Please call Anthony at the Church office, 440-946-1128 x122 if you are interested in hearing more about this meaningful ministry.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish.  

We are looking for several additional people who are available on Mondays between 2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you can fill either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.

ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come check out the garden space! Join us to work or relax for a while on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., on August 25th. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or

ROSARY OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel was contacted by Brookdale Senior Living in Willoughby to offer some prayer opportunities for the Catholic residents.  Immaculate Conception already distributes the Eucharist on Sundays. Would you like to pray the rosary with residents at Brookdale? It could happen weekly or monthly.  Please contact Anthony to learn more (440) 946-1128 x122.

CHRIST CHILD OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – The CCWR Clothing Cottage located in the Painesville Shopping Center is having a Bag Sale August 22nd-26th. Everything that can fit into the bag provided is yours for $10 with additional bags for $7 (Excludes jewelry, purses and leather items). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

THE REFUGEE RESPONSE – At last February’s GIFT session, parishioner Cori Sieger shared the mission of The Refugee Response and the work it does to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the Northeast Ohio community. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program, a working farm business, has selected a work date that provides exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The date is  Saturday, September 23rd (put the farm to bed, batten down the hatches!). To volunteer, please register with Rachel Browner ( or 216-225-1551). Volunteer registrations are limited and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 24th, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: Lemon chicken, cavatelli with red sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter and dessert. For tickets, call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is August 21st. On August 31st, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!

BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12th. Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please sign up on the kiosk to help.

GABRIEL FOOD PANTRY – There will be a benefit concert featuring Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. on Monday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. The concert is to benefit the expansion of St. Gabriel’s Food Pantry. For more information call 440-352-8282.

CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ballgame at Progressive Field on October 1st. Pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. Tickets starting at $14. Purchase on line

Enter the special passcode “baseball”. Additional questions call 216-420-4162 or email

THE REFUGEE RESPONSE BENEFIT DINNER Please join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening on our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs featuring produce from the farm, traditional music, story sharing and dance from members of the refugee community. You will be able to see the empowering impact of the Refugee Response in sharp relief as we aid refugee families moving from hardship to home. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit:

WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting their 2nd Annual Unity Day on Saturday, September 9th from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Rd., Willoughby Hills. This event is a day to come together as a community to honor our First Responders and to remember and honor the victims and First Responders of the 9/11 attack. For more information, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages”, which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. Join our weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions, September 8th-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to

VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – The language classes meet on two Saturday mornings a month from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. Classes are held at St. Martin de Porres High School, 6111 Lausche Ave., Cleveland. Tuition is $50 per semester or $100 a year. For more information, call Lillian at 216-350-6889 or email at

DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS  Is an 8 -week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It begins Thursday, September 21st  and concludes on November 19th, at St. Mary Church, 401 North Street, Chardon. The group meets from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience.  For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and is open to people of all faiths.

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