This weekend, we will have the opportunity to hear about the work being done by the heroic Franciscan Clarist sisters among the poorest of the poor in India. It is work that can only be realized through the generosity of people like us.
Our speaker will be lay missionary Paul Wilkes, a Cleveland native and graduate of Cathedral Latin School. Paul is also a high school classmate of Bob Sterbank, our pianist at the 11:00 Mass, and I am grateful to Bob for suggesting Paul for this missionary appeal.
We will learn of the critical need for a new orphanage at Alphonsa Home in Bongaigaon, Assam, India. The sisters are praying to build a home for 75 orphaned and disabled girls who are now crammed into classrooms, as there is no other place for them. The girls have lived in terrible poverty and have been marginalized by society. However, through the loving care of the Franciscan Clarist sisters, they will have a safe, stable life. They will go to school and receive proper medication, treatment, and nutritious food.
As I learned from the website, “We have rescued girls from the horrors of the street. In our Homes of Hope they are loved, fed nutritious food, they go to school. They are able to regain their childhood as well as prepare themselves for the future. Girls who once came to us in ragged clothes and sadness in their souls are now nurses and office workers, fashion designers and computer programmers. They have broken the cycle of poverty.” I encourage you to learn more at www.homesofhopeindia.org or in the brochure that will be handed out after Mass. The inspiring work of the sisters, in partnership with Homes of Hope, is making a tremendous difference.
Ushers will be in the narthex after Mass to accept your donations in support of Paul’s work. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with the word “missions” in the memo. You can also bring your check to the parish office anytime during the week or next weekend after Mass. Each $3,000 we raise will be memorialized with the name of St. Noel on a stepping stone that will lead to the new building in Bongaigaon. The sisters and girls will pray those stones – much like a rosary– for us each day.
Thank you for your support of this year’s missionary appeal.
Fr. George Smiga
4TH OF JULY – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for Wednesday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m. is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations. The donations provide Pope Francis the funds to carry out his charitable works around the world. The proceeds benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and disasters.
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 5 p.m. Mass. Your commitment would be one Saturday per month. If interested contact Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – All bottles will be picked up this week. Please return any bottles (even empty) to the church office ASAP. Thanks for supporting this effort. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will be held only at the 11:00 a.m. Mass throughout the summer months.
DEADLINE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION – is THIS Wednesday, June 27th at 5 p.m. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. SPACE IS LIMITED. WHEN CAPACITY IS FULL, A WAITING LIST WILL BE STARTED. You can find information and print a registration form at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Drop off your form or register at the table in the narthex after all Masses THIS weekend (June 23-24). Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can still volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected] ) for more information.
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.
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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK CLUB – All those participating in the book club this summer are asked to read the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We will meet to have snacks and discuss this book sometime in late July. Watch the bulletin for more details! Happy Reading! Please email Kaitlin if you are interested in joining or have any questions at [email protected].
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.
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.
IMMIGRATION – See the St. Noel website for links to various Church statements regarding the current immigration injustices in our country. The Church has not remained silent, and as followers of Jesus, we are called to informed action.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On June 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries, bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. On July 5th, Bingo. On July 12th, Luncheon and Bingo, Menu: ribs, potato salad, baked beans and dessert. Cost is $7.00, cost for extra half of rib $5.00. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for luncheon payment is July 9th. No meeting on July 19th (Vacation Bible School). On July 26th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries, bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
GRIEF SUPPORT – St. Bede in Mentor will host GriefShare, an eight-week grief-support group, on Thursdays, July 12th to August 30th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. GriefShare is a Christian-based program whose goal is to offer guidance, support and encouragement to those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Workbooks are $20; scholarships are available if you are unable to meet this cost. For planning purposes, please RSVP to St. Bede Parish (440-257-5544) and leave your name, phone number and the relationship to your lost loved one.
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.
AN AMAZING FAMILY DAY – Are you looking for an opportunity for your family to grow in faith this summer – for FREE? Join us for a family retreat day on Sunday, August 5th at the 18th Annual FEST, beginning at noon at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. Outdoor Mass, Adoration, praise and worship (with We are Messengers, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac)… and more…it will inspire and engage the whole family!
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.
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.