You may have noticed as you pull into our parking lot that the “All Good Gifts Garden” has again been planted and the crops are beginning to grow. The garden was begun in 2016 as an effort of our youth group who learned the value of urban gardening in their service trip to Detroit. The garden is presently maintained by our parishioner, Susan Kiss. The garden continues to be a witness to our parish of our connection to the environment. In his encyclical “Laudato Si” (#66), Pope Francis states, “Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself.” The garden can be a small reminder that we are connected to the earth and the food the earth produces. It also provides fresh produce for clients in our food pantry.
If you have time and energy to help maintain the garden, please contact Susan at [email protected] or text her at 440-975-6195.
Also, feel free to stop by the garden at any time to see with wonder the bounty the earth provides.
Fr. George Smiga
MEMORIAL MASS – Friends and family of our longtime parishioners, Bill & Jeanette Pomidor, will gather to celebrate their lives at a special Memorial Mass on Saturday, June 23rd at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to join in this celebration Mass.
MISSIONARY APPEAL COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donation to the Missions. Please make checks payable to St. Noel, with Mission in the memo line.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, June 24th, 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.
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 Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our latest drive yielded 25 units collected from 21 donors. Thanks to all who donated and thanks to Tom & Kathleen Repko for coordinating the drive. Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 12th.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Please return all baby bottles to the Church office, including empty bottles. Thanks for supporting this effort. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this 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 this 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.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will be placing the order for At Home with the Word books by July 31st. If you would like a book, please call the Parish Office at 440-946-0887. The books will be ordered on a request basis only. The cost is $7.25 each.
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.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who have received academic honors at St. Ignatius for the second semester. First Honors: Joseph Daprano. Second Honors: Gabriel Liberatore and Ryan Brandt.
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/
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.
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.
A GREAT DAY WITH DAD – The best gift you can give is your time. This Father’s Day weekend make sure to invite Dad (and the rest of your family) to spend time with you at The FEST on Sunday, August 5th. The perfect family day, this year’s FREE event is full of great music — including We are Messengers, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac — and a host of engaging displays and fun activities. Of course, the highlight of the whole day is the outdoor Mass, beginning at 8:00 p.m. with Bishop Perez. Join us at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe for a day full of faith, family, friends and fun. Questions? Check out www.TheFEST.us.
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.