Thank you for such a warm and gracious welcome last weekend! My parents and aunt came to the 11:00 am Mass, and parishioners and friends from my two previous assignments and as far as Saint Joseph Parish, Amherst, were present and celebrated with us all throughout the weekend. The two resounding comments consistently shared from those I knew were: 1.) how welcoming and hospitable our parishioners were; and 2.) how impressed they were with our “full, conscious, and active participation.” Throughout my graduate studies at Saint Mary Seminary, liturgical and sacramental theology remained my concentration, so I am pleased to echo what I kept hearing from my family and friends.
Pentecost Sunday holds a particular place in my heart. It happened to fall on the day following my ordination, on which I celebrated my first Mass at my home parish, Holy Spirit Parish in Avon Lake. Additionally, Pentecost is the patronal feast of Holy Spirit Parish. As the solemnity of Pentecost Sunday is celebrated, so the glorious season of Easter comes to its climactic end. It serves as a reminder to all of us that we have been baptized into one and the same Spirit and are to live by that same Spirit. That same Spirit, the Advocate, was given as a gift to the disciples to remind them of all that Jesus said and did, and to strengthen them to go forth in the name of the Lord, “to renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104). You and I are no exception and are called to do the same.
On 11 February 2018, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a Decree implementing Pope Francis’ decision that the Memorial of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” be inscribed in the General Roman Calendar and observed on the Monday following Pentecost, taking precedence over conflicting obligatory Memorials. The joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman (cf. Gal 4:4), the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church (Ordo 141).
Therefore, I am pleased to offer daily Mass this Monday, June 10, at 8:45 am in the chapel, for those who are able and wish to attend. The Mass intention will be for all mothers, living and deceased. To that end, Father George shared with me that the daily Mass schedule is one he inherited and chose to keep the same. I imagine this was helpful and conducive to the requirements of his teaching schedule at the seminary. Since this does not apply to any demands on my part, after prayerful consultation with the staff, a revised daily Mass schedule should be forthcoming.
Through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, and the humble request for your prayers, may unity for which the Church strives eagerly for, mark our respective vocations and ministries.
Fr. Terry Grachanin
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.
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.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – It’s not too late to grab a baby bottle. Our annual baby bottle fundraiser 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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – thanks for a great meal last week! There will be no N2N meal in July.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 647 people with the equivalent of nearly 6,000 meals. Currently, we are in need of pasta sauce in jars, baking items, and boxed dessert mixes – cakes, brownies, cookies. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on this coming Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the article Why Health Care Won’t be a Free Market by Unagidon, the pen name of an executive in the insurance industry. 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]). Links for coming meeting at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CATHOLIC? – If so, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) might be just for you! Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all are welcome to participate in our gatherings. In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required. We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you are free to ask any questions you have about the Catholic Church, its traditions and its worship, and explore where God might be leading you. Your questions, experiences and thoughts are the basis of these sessions. In addition, we will discuss what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
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. The cost will be $50 per person. 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 St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
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.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for June 23rd. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org.
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].
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY – The Association of Specialists in Aging invites you to 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.
DO NOT BE AFRAID… TO COME TO FEST 2019! As we celebrate Pentecost, we are called to go into the world and spread the Good News! Take the leap of faith and join thousands of disciples across our region for a day of faith, family and fun – The FEST. The FEST is a spiritual retreat for the entire family. The day includes opportunities to strengthen your spirit — Confession, Adoration, and a beautiful outdoor Mass to end the day. Come and hear Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns on Sunday, August 4th on the grounds of The Center for Pastoral Leadership. For more information, go to www.theFEST.us. Strengthen your spirit at The FEST!
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 $15,000 prize raffle and live entertainment every night. Saturday evening hosts one of the biggest fireworks displays. For the full schedule: stmaryfestivalchardon.org.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – is accepting registrations for the 25th Annual Daisy Classic Golf Outing for women to be held at Pine Ridge Country Club, July 15th. Individual package is $110 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, greens fee, cart and dinner. All proceeds support the needs of Lake County children. Information on corporate and hole sponsorships, as well as the registration form, can be found at Christchildwesternreserve.org.
A CROSS-CULTURAL CONVERSATION – about racism in America is being sponsored by the Prayer Team at Advent Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 22nd, from 9:30 – noon. See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.
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