Each year our parish supports a group of our high school youth in an immersion experience of service. This year nine teens will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 26th-July 2nd in conjunction with Young Neighbors in Action.The youth will not only serve, but have time to reflect upon their experience and to pray. They will also be able to meet other young people from around the country and learn from them.
I am asking parishioners to support our youth by contributing $20 to the effort. With every 20 parishioners who contribute we will be able to sponsor one teen. Our goal this year is to raise $4,500 to pay for teens, chaperones and transportation.
For the next two weekends our Youth Minister, Erica Zalar, will be in the Narthex to accept your donations toward this effort. You may also drop off donations in the Parish Office. Checks should be made out to
St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line. You are invited to a post-trip gathering on Sunday, July 17th, where you will have the opportunity to hear about the experience from the teens who attended.
Youth Ministry is the task of the entire parish. Please consider contributing to this important effort to fund a significant opportunity for our youth to come to know the joy of their faith in a deeper way.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, May 29th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
NOEL PARISH OFFICE – is in need of a volunteer on Monday evenings to greet visitors, answer phones, and perform some light office duties as needed. Please call the office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in this opportunity to be more involved with our parish!
OUTDOOR CHAPEL CLEAN-UP SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH – Once again, we are looking for a crew of volunteers to assist with the clean-up of our Outdoor Chapel. If you or your family are interested in helping, grab your rakes and leaf blowers, and call the Parish Office 440-946-0887 to sign up.
PHOTO TIME IS HERE!! – PICTURES BEGIN May 24th. This is the final weekend to sign up after Mass. Stop by the table in the narthex. Online sign up is still available Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. New August dates are now available. Join the over 300 families who are participating in the directory. Get on board and let’s make this directory great!!
VBS NEEDS 2-LITER PLASTIC BOTTLES – Recycle your bottles with us! Vacation Bible School needs a good number of two-liter plastic bottles. You may drop off empty bottles at the parish office. You get bonus points if you rinse them and remove the labels!!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – CAVE QUEST, St. Noel’s VBS 2016 adventure, takes place July 11th – 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. You can print a registration form at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Mail your form or register at the table in the narthex after all Masses on June 4th & 5th. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected]) for more information.
SENIOR BLESSING – If you are a graduating high school senior and did not receive a formal invitation in the mail for our Senior Blessing, extras can be found on the table in the narthex. Contact Erica Zalar with questions.
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will gather for the first time on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book being discussed is “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. Girls in grades 6-12, sign-up on the kiosk if you would like to attend. For more information about this title visit www.commonsensemedia.org or contact Erica Zalar.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish office (946-1128 x122).
CRS INFO ON ST. NOEL WEBSITE – Go to www.stnoel.org to learn about recent efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ecuador – your rice bowl money in action. Thanks to Martie Matuska, our CRS parish ambassador, for updating the website.
WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION – SAVE THE DATE – our annual collection is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th in the parking lot. More to come…
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
CEDAR POINT TRIP – All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Cedar Point on Monday, June 20th. Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. We will arrive at St. Noel at 7:30 a.m. to load vehicles and depart at 8:00 a.m. All teens must pack a lunch. Snacks and water will be available at the park throughout the day. The price for the trip is $45.00 and due by Monday, June 13th. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and can be dropped off in the parish office. The contact person for this event is Sean McCafferty ([email protected]).
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 31st, at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1966). For your convenience you can register online at www.ccdocle.org/mfm or pick up a registration form in the parish office. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 27th.
THE BENEDICTINE MONKS – of St. Andrew Abbey in Cleveland invite young men between ages 18-45 to the next “Living with Benedict” monastic experience weekend June 3rd-5th. No cost but registration is needed by contacting Fr. Finbar at [email protected] Or 216-721-5300, ext. 273.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Wedbesday, June 15th and conclude on August 3rd, at St. Mary Magdalene, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. 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 email [email protected] or call Catholic Charities at 1-800-242-9755. This program is free of charge and all materials are provided.
ROOT BEER FLOAT SOCIAL – We invite you to meet your new neighbors at Avalon Adult Day Center for a Free Good Ole’ Fashioned Root Beer Float Social on Saturday June 4th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Center is right around the corner at 2770 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills. For more information please call (440) 569-1254. Avalon Adult Day Center is a professionally staffed Adult Day Center for seniors providing peace of mind & respite for caregivers, while “Club Members” enjoy Socialization, Group & Individual Activities, Health & Wellness Programs.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS OF LAKE COUNTY – Is offering flags to be placed on the graves of family veterans this Memorial Day. CWV veterans, along with other organizations, place flags at veterans’ burial sites at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, but there are many veterans buried elsewhere. If you need a flag for a deceased veteran in your family, they are available free at the parish office.
VITUS SOLVENIAN SCHOOL – Summer picnic will be held on Saturday, June 18th at Slovenska Pristava. Enjoy dinner, raffle and music by Figa5 band. Dinners are presale only, deadline is Wednesday, June 15th. Steak Dinner: $22 (no child meal available), Chicken Dinner: $16, Child Chicken Dinner: $10. Email dinner reservations to [email protected]
CLEVELAND FURNITURE BANK – provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers to provide to over 3000 people referred to them each year. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a furniture pickup. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick those up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.