We pray to God for every need, and we pray in various ways. We pray personally at home. We pray together with others at Mass. In the Catholic tradition we also have the option of dedicating a Eucharist for a specific intention. The intention can be to remember someone who has died, a living person in need, or any personal request of our own. At St. Noel the intention for the Mass is published in the monthly calendar and mentioned at Mass using the words you choose. It can be the name of a person, need, or simply a “special intention” known only to you and God.
At present we have 48 scheduled masses for 2018 which do not yet carry a dedicated intention. We ask for a $10 offering for Mass intentions. You may dedicate a Mass by stopping in at the parish office.
The tradition of dedicating a mass was powerfully expressed by Dom Gregory Dix in 1965. He reflects on Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, “Do this in memory of me”:
“Was ever another command so obeyed? For century after century, spreading slowly to every continent and country and among every race on earth, this action has been done, in every conceivable human circumstance, for every conceivable human need from infancy and before it to extreme old age and after it … Christians have found no better thing than this to do for kings at their crowning and for criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; . . . for the wisdom of the Parliament of a mighty nation or for a sick old woman afraid to die; for a schoolboy taking an examination or for Columbus setting out to discover America. . . .One could fill many pages with the reasons why people have done this, and not tell a hundredth part of them. And best of all, week by week and month by month, on a hundred thousand successive days, faithfully, unfailingly, across all the parishes of Christendom, pastors have done this just to make us the holy people of God.”
We follow Jesus’ command every week of the year here at St. Noel. Consider including your intention at one of our Masses as we pray together.
Fr. George Smiga
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive is this Sunday, June 10th from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Walk-ins are always welcome!
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 5 p.m. Mass. Schedules are made on a rotational assignment. If interested contact the parish office at 440-946-0887.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – on Monday evenings in the parish office. Scheduling is flexible. Responsibilities include answering phones, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the office if interested, 440-946-0887.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will be held only at the 11:00 a.m. Mass throughout the summer months.
PRIME TIME PARENT AND TEEN MEETING – All high school teens and parents are invited to participate in a brainstorming meeting. This meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting would be to increase attendance and create excitement for the upcoming year. Contact Kaitlin at [email protected].
YNIA MANDATORY MEETING – On Monday, June 18th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. we will have a meeting to distribute information about our upcoming trip in July. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
CEDAR POINT – Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point on Sunday, July 29th and all young people in grades 6-12 are invited! We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. Tickets are $61, and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will eat at the park and bring money for dinner. Snacks will be available throughout the day. Sign-up by contacting Sean McCafferty ([email protected]). Permission slips and payment are due by June 30th. Permission slips can be found in the kiosk or parish office.
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – Families can look in the kiosk to find the summer issue of Take Out magazine, along with a list of opportunities to EXPLORE this summer.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – SHIPWRECKED: RESCUED BY JESUS, St. Noel’s VBS 2018 adventure, takes place July 16th – 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. You can find a registration form in the kiosk, in the parish office, or print it from the parish website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/). Mail your form or drop it off to the parish office by June 27th. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER SOON. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected] ) for more information.
FREE VOICE LESSON – This summer our Director of the Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek is offering a free voice lesson to all adults from our parish 16 years old and older. For more information and to schedule your appointment please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or at 440-946-1128 x119. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, June 18th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our May market served over 150 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one 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 are anonymous, and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On June 14th, Bingo. On June 21st, Luncheon & Bingo, Menu: Cheeseburger, French fries, relish tray, pickles, onions and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Deadline is June 18th. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. On June 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries, bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – It’s not too late to grab 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.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering is scheduled for Monday, June 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – is an 8-week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It will begin Thursday, June 14th and conclude on August 2nd, at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. 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 [email protected]. There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
HABITAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Habitat for Humanity of Lake/Geauga is looking for volunteers at either of their two Re-Store Locations. See the flyer on the kiosk or contact 440.226.3212 for more info.
THE 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The 50th wedding anniversary celebration Mass will be held on Sunday, July 30th at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Couples are to register online at www.ccdocle.org/mfm, on the main web page, click on the link “Register for the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration-Click Here” in a bright blue box. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 25th. For any questions contact Katie at 216-334-2978 or Jason at 216-334-2974.
URSULINE SISTERS GIFT SHOP CLOSING SALE – Items for everyday and every season, handcrafted items, craft supplies, display items, furniture and much more! The sale will be Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Ursuline Educational Center, 2600 Lander Rd. For more information, call 440-449-1200, Ext. 418.
HOLA FUNDRAISING DINNER – Join us for an enchanted evening with Grammy-nominated Sones De Mexico as they take us on a musical tour of Mexico. Friends of HOLA is sponsoring “A Taste of Old Mexico” on Saturday, June 16th from 6-9 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at: holaohio.eventbrite.com. Questions? Contact Kelsey at 216-767-3442 or [email protected]. HOLA is a grassroots Latino organization based in NE Ohio.
UPCOMING MISSIONARY SPEAKER – On the weekend of June 23-24, lay missionary Paul Wilkes, a Cleveland native and graduate of Cathedral Latin, will offer our annual missionary appeal highlighting the heroic work of the Franciscan Clarist sisters among the poorest of the poor in India. It is work that can only be realized through the generosity of laypeople like us. You can find more about the inspired work of the sisters on the website www.homesofhopeindia.org or on the kiosk.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL 28TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL – is June 22nd, 23rd & 24th. Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Home cooked ethnic food, games, amusement rides, casino and live entertainment. Come to the festival and enjoy great food and entertainment. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe.
HELP THE FEST – WE NEED YOU! FEST 2018 will be here before we know it – Sunday August 5th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. It’s a day of faith, family, and fun – and it’s all for FREE. For all the details, visit www.theFEST.us. We need your help to make this great day possible! It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring The FEST to life. Be a part of a GREAT group of people and “Be the Light” for the thousands of people who will join us for this great day. Go to www.theFEST.us/volunteer for details!
SEIZE THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK WITH ST. PAUL IN GREECE AND ITALY – Join Fr. Steve Brunovsky and scripture teacher, Randy Malick, for an adventure of a lifetime: Pilgrimage to Greece and Italy Following the Footsteps of St. Paul, Feb 10-21, 2019! Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Greece and the magnificent art and architecture of Italy, including Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome and the Vatican. Stay in first class hotels, savor a taste of local cuisine, and worship together at daily Mass and through scriptural reflections. Be spiritually enriched visiting the significant places St. Paul ministered and to whom he wrote his famous epistles: Corinthians, Philippians, Thessalonians, and Romans, while growing closer to this giant of our faith. Space is limited. Register now at www.incrediblejourneystours.com.
HELP NEEDED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY, DRUG TREATMENT, AND REHABILITATION AMENDMENT – We know that people who are struggling with addiction need rehabilitation, not prison. St. Noel gathered signatures last month. Now, the coalition coordinating the effort is focusing their efforts on Lake County during the week of June 10th. 6,000 signatures are needed, and volunteers are gathering at St. Noel throughout the week to canvass the county. With the July 4th deadline approaching, the week of June 10th is critical. Please contact Rachael Collyer at [email protected] or by phone at 216-973-6073 if you can help at any point during that week!