It has been our tradition at St. Noel each year to honor the young people of our parish who are graduating from high school. As they take this important step in their lives we want to both congratulate and encourage them. We also wish to support their families who will face significant adjustments as their children move into the next phase of their lives.
I invite all graduating seniors and their families to attend the 11:00 Mass on June 5th, so that we can recognize and bless them.
We at St. Noel are very proud of our graduates and we wish you luck as you begin a new phase of your lives. For those staying in town, we hope to see you on the weekends at St. Noel. For those leaving town, our prayers go with you – learn much and make many new friends. Keep in touch with us by checking our website every so often (www.st.noel.org). We hope to see you again on the holidays.
God’s blessings to our graduates and their families. I hope to see as many of you as possible on June 5th.
ADORATION – There will be no Eucharistic Adoration this Monday, May 30th due to the Memorial Day Holiday.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For April 2016, we collected $1,120.97. Our expenses for April were:
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Thank you for your support.
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 HAVE BEGUN Spots are still available for this week – June 1-4. Schedule online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. New August dates are now available. Join the over 320 families who are participating in the directory. Get on board and let’s make this directory great!!
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – There is no Children’s Liturgy of the Word this holiday weekend. For the summer months, beginning next Sunday, Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be held only at the 11:00 Mass.
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.
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!!
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.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel. Our pantry served 47 families during the month of April. Thanks to all who support the pantry. Remember, online donation is always available at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Did you pick up a baby bottle? Our annual baby bottle fundraiser has begun and runs through Father’s Day. Get your bottle at the table in the narthex. The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Everyone is welcome!
WALK FOR JUSTICE – Catholic Charities is sponsoring a “walk for justice” on July 9th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Free Stamp located in Willard Park at the corner of East Ninth and Lakeside Avenue. At each stop along the way, walkers will reflect on the principles of immigration reform outlined by the US Bishops, hear a witness, and pray. The last stop will be at the Federal Courthouse located at West 9th and Superior. Musicians will join us once again this year. Please plan to be with us for this powerful witness on behalf of our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters! More info is available 216-696-6525 x3500.
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 1ST ANNUAL SR. CORITA GOLF OUTING – In support of the St. Augustine Hunger Center (no, Sister will not golf but she will be there) is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at the beautiful Valleaire Golf Club in Hinckley. The $100 per person fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and a chicken & ribs dinner catered by Fat Cats. You may sign up as a foursome but individual golfers are welcome and will be paired up to complete the foursomes. Shot gun start will be used. Brochures and sign up forms are available in our church office. If you have further questions you may call Richard Slosar at 216-406-8164.
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 be on Wednesdays, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning June 15th and conclude on August 3rd, at St. Mary Magdalene, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. 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 SLOVENIAN 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.
ADDICTION AWARENESS WORKSHOP – The Samaritan Ministry of St. Malachi Parish will offer a free one-day Addiction Awareness Workshop in the St. Malachi Center, West 25th & Detroit, On Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For information/to register: visit www.stmalachi.org/samaritan-ministry-2016 or contact Judy Stowe 440-250-9959 [email protected] or St. Malachi Rectory 216-861-5343.