Allow my first written statement to you to be one of thanks and gratitude for your already warm welcome and prayerful support. Please know that the day I received this new appointment, I have been praying for you and your intentions. I acknowledge, appreciate, and am sensitive to the fact that this time of transition is one marked with mixed emotions of joy and sadness. Whatever you might be feeling, know that I am feeling it, too!
Permit me to thank Father George Smiga for his kind welcome and vote of confidence as I begin this new role as pastor. I believe he shared with you I was a student of his. My only real hesitation of accepting this position was that I would no longer (on occasion) be able to steal his homilies! Certainly, he can be assured of our continued prayers upon sharing life and priestly ministry for, with, and beside you, as pastor, so faithfully for twenty-eight years.
Last weekend, at the farewell Mass I celebrated with the parishioners of Saint Brendan Parish, in my closing remarks I shared a quote from Pope Francis, stating:
A real priest knows how to let go of the church he once served because he knows he is not the protagonist or “central focus of the story.” He must see his life as having no importance to himself, and do everything to serve God and his people “without compromise” and with courage. Priests and bishops must be open to and obey the Holy Spirit because the priest knows that he is on a journey.
I told them that in addition to my first assignment at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Parma, it was they who have continued to form me well and prepare me for this new role. In addition, I added: “I am certain the faithful of Saint Noel Parish will be grateful to each of you for such a gift. In time, my hope and prayer is to live up to that expectation.”
Saint Brendan the Navigator traveled extensively and made many missionary journeys to Ireland, England, and Scotland. He is the patron of sailors, travelers, and navigation. I come to you, humbled with this new appointment, with all the language of “journey” and “voyage” fresh in my mind and deep within my heart.
Especially as we prepare to celebrate the Church’s great feast of Pentecost in the week ahead, may the guiding action of the Holy Spirit influence this shared time of transition, as we continue to journey toward God with each passing day in this life.
Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Terry Grachanin
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking to train additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. This is a great way to serve the parish! Please call the parish office if interested at 440-946-0887.
PRAYER LIST – Our prayer list in the bulletin has grown quite long and needs to be updated. We are asking you to contact the parish office (440-946-0887) if you would like your name or the name of a family member to remain on the list after the weekend of June 16th. We will begin a new prayer list the following weekend. Thank you to all who faithfully pray for those on our list.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will be held only at the 11:00 Mass throughout the summer months.</span>
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – Families can look in the kiosk to find the June issue of Take Out: Family Faith on the Go entitled “God-given Gifts.” In this edition you can find 4 ways to encourage your kids to explore and expand their natural gifts this summer…and more!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Registration is now open for “ROAR: LIFE IS WILD, GOD IS GOOD,” our St. Noel VBS 2019 adventure that takes place July 15th – 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade are invited to 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 28th. 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.
CRS RICE BOWLS – We hope your Lenten journey was enriched by your participation with the rice bowls. We collected $799.87 for Catholic Relief Services, the international outreach arm of the Catholic Church.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – We appreciate the recent donation of food from United Way, Lake County, and thanks to Steve Cesar for picking up and transporting the food. Currently, we are in need of baking items and boxed dessert mixes – cakes, brownies, cookies. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser has begun. Please take an empty bottle from 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 http://www.womankindcleveland.com.
BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 7 tons (14,033lbs) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Steve Cesar, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Rich Beckwith, and Karen & Bruce Fraley for their dedicated service.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal this Thursday, June 6, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together! There will be no N2N meal in July.
CEDAR POINT TRIP – If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to go on our annual Cedar Point trip! Mark your calendar. This year we will be going on Sunday, August 4th. We are working on getting discounted tickets for those participating. Payment and permission slip forms will be due by June 30 to the parish office. Please email Kaitlin if you plan to attend at [email protected]
HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts at the 5 p.m. & 11 a.m. Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks. Please call Betty Louis, 440-942-4009 or St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
PARISH RETREAT – Join us for the next retreat this Wednesday, June 5th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Join the Dance of the Divine”: the subtitle is: “The Father says: ‘Welcome’, the Son says: “Come, follow me’, and the Spirit enfolds us into the Divine Dance.” We will start with prayer and greeting, followed by lunch. All are welcome!
DEATH PENALTY FILM SCREENING – Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center, 35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. We will view the film, “In The Executioner’s Shadow”, and follow with a discussion on capital punishment. The film documents the lives of 2 individuals and 1 married couple impacted by the death penalty. To learn more about the film, visit stnoel.org or intheexecutionersshadow.com.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for June 23rd. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY – The Association of Specialists in Aging invites you the Fairport Harbor Senior Center, 1380 East Street, on Wednesday, June 12th from 2-4 p.m. to commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The theme this year is “Lifting Up Voices”. See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, June 9th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
THE EVENT OF THE SUMMER – For 19 years The FEST has been bringing families together from across our Diocese and beyond. This year’s Catholic Family FESTival will take place on Sunday, August 4th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at The Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. Joining us on the main stage will be Christian artists: Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns. Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer as we celebrate the faith that is passed down through Generations of families. The FEST….a day of faith, family and fun…all for FREE. It will be the highlight of your summer!! For more information, go to www.theFEST.us
BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP – Our friends at Divine Word parish would like to invite St. Noel parishioners to join their business networking group. The mission of the group is to develop a community of value-based business people for the purpose of developing relationships and referring to one another. Business owners, trades people, and those in sales and various professions are welcome. The meetings are once a month. Members from the group will be present at St. Noel after the Masses on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th. If you have any questions, please call Pat McGreevy 216 280-2204 or email [email protected]
MARY PARISH – Join us for the 6th Annual Festival, June 14th-16th, 501 North St., Chardon. Old-fashioned family style fun includes delicious homemade food, rides, casino, kids games, a $15,00 prize raffle and live entertainment every night. Saturday evening hosts one of the biggest fireworks displays. For the full schedule: stmaryfestivalchardon.org.
Through a grant from the Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope campaign, we have access to a myriad of Catholic videos, audio recordings, and e-books completely free! We invite you to watch the Anima series as you celebrate Easter. In three short videos, Bishop Donald Hying recounts how God reveals the meaning of all life through Christ’s Incarnation, Resurrection, and the Institution of the Church.
- Go to stnoel.formed.org and click “Register”
- Enter your name, email address, and a password
- Go to Community and click Anima