Summer is a time when many of us take the opportunity to break our normal routine and travel. For the next month our Music Director, Agnieszka Bieniek, will be taking a much earned opportunity to visit her family in Poland. During Aga’s absence our music ministry will continue to support our assembly as we sing at our liturgies. Diane Sustersic and Bob Sterbank will lead the music ministry on Sundays, and Dr. Thomas Moore Scott and Rita Klioris will serve as guest directors at the 5 p.m. Masses.
I share this information with you so that you will not be surprised as new faces appear in our music ministry and to encourage you to continue your strong musical participation in our weekly liturgies.
We wish Aga a safe and restful break and look forward to her return to us in July.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive is this weekend, Sunday, June 12th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org or walk-in and donate. Slots are available and the need is great.
YNIA – 20/20 CLUB – Donations are still needed for the 20/20 Club. If we raise another $900, we will be able to fund the entire cost of the summer service trip for our high school youth to Green Bay, Wisconsin, through Young Neighbors in Action. Donations can be sent to the parish office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel. Thank you for your support!
NOEL PARISH OFFICE – is in need of a volunteer on Monday evenings to greet visitors, answer phones, and perform some light office duties as needed. Please call the office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in this opportunity to be more involved with our parish!
EMBELLISH – The community handbell ensemble will be performing a concert at St. Noel on Thursday, June 16th, at 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy watching and listening to this exceptionally talented group of ringers. There is no admission fee (a free will offering will be taken).
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. The next meeting is on Monday, June 20. 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.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will be held only at the 11:00 Mass throughout the summer months.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – Thanks to those who had their pictures taken for the directory. Our next round of photos is scheduled from August 23-27. Schedule online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016.
CAVE QUEST VBS 2016 – Register soon! Vacation Bible School takes place July 11th – 15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 through entering 6th grade can attend. Find registration forms on the table in the narthex or print one at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Drop your form off or mail it to the parish office. Deadline for registration is July 7th.
VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer at Vacation Bible School. Contact Michele (440-946-1128, ext. 121 or [email protected]). The VBS volunteer meeting is Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall.
2-LITER BOTTLES – Having a grad party, Father’s Day BBQ, or family picnic? Recycle your empty 2-liter bottles with VBS! You may drop off your bottles at the parish office. Bonus points if you rinse them and remove the labels!
CEDAR POINT TRIP – All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Cedar Point on Monday, June 20th. Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. We will arrive at St. Noel at 7:30 a.m. to load vehicles and depart at 8:00 a.m. All teens must pack a lunch. Snacks and water will be available at the park throughout the day. The price for the trip is $45.00 and due by Monday, June 13th. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and can be dropped off in the parish office. The contact person for this event is Sean McCafferty ([email protected]).
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will gather again on Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30-8:00pm. The book being discussed is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Girls in grades 6-12, signup on the kiosk if you would like to attend. For more information about this title, visit www.commonsensemedia.org or contact Erica Zalar.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel. Our pantry served 47 families during the month of April. Thanks to all who support the pantry. Remember, online donation is always available at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Did you pick up 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 free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
PEACE PRAYER VIGIL – In a few weeks both of our major political parties will be gathering for their conventions. In anticipation of these events, the Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study is sponsoring a Peace Prayer Vigil on Sunday evening, July 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in our chapel. There will be brief prayer services at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. In between there will be an opportunity for silent prayer. Please consider participating for 10 minutes or for the entire two hours, whatever time frame suits your schedule.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. The activities for the month of June are Bingo and conversation. Everyone is welcome!
EMPLOYER RE-ENTRY SEMINAR – The Lake County Re-entry Coalition is sponsoring a free seminar focusing on the opportunities available for businesses to participate in re-entry. Employers will learn about the benefits and risks of hiring those formerly incarcerated. The seminar will provide guidance, legal advice, tax credit information and real-life examples. The event is scheduled for Friday, June 17th from 1-4 p.m. at the Lake County Administration Center, 105 Main St in Painesville. RSVP to Senta Kline at 440-352-6191 x18 or [email protected].
ROOT BEER FLOAT SOCIAL – We invite you to meet your new neighbors at Avalon Adult Day Center for a Free Good Ole’ Fashioned Root Beer Float Social on Saturday, July 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Center is right around the corner at 2770 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills. For more information please call (440) 569-1254. Avalon Adult Day Center is a professionally staffed Adult Day Center for seniors providing peace of mind & respite for caregivers, while “Club Members” enjoy Socialization, Group & Individual Activities, Health & Wellness Programs.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL’S 26TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL – is June 24th, 25th & 26th. Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, 1:00-9:00 p.m. Home cooked ethnic food, games, rides, casino, live entertainment and more. Lots of fun for all!
CELEBRATE THE 4TH – with Blues, Brews & BBQ & Help a Great Cause! L’Arche Cleveland needs volunteers to help make this event on Sunday, July 3rd at the West Side Irish American Club a success! Visit larchecleveland.org or call the L’Arche Cleveland office 216-721-2614 or email [email protected] for more information.
VITUS SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – Summer picnic will be held on Saturday, June 18th at Slovenska Pristava. Enjoy dinner, raffle and music by Figa5 band. Dinners are presale only, deadline is Wednesday, June 15th. Steak Dinner: $22 (no child meal available), Chicken Dinner: $16, Child Chicken Dinner: $10. Email dinner reservations to [email protected]
CATHOLIC FAMILY FESTIVAL – Looking for a great family day this summer? Join us for The FEST on Sunday, August 7th on the seminary grounds in Wickliffe. The 56 acre campus becomes the home of our 16th Annual Catholic Family FESTival. It’s a day that celebrates faith and family. It’s fun and it’s FREE. Join thousands from across the region for national Christian bands (Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle) and great faith-based activities and displays for the whole family. The day ends with an outdoor Mass at 8 p.m. followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check it out online – www.theFEST.us. The FEST has EVERYTHING you need for a great family day and everyone is welcome! Tell your friends!
THE 1ST ANNUAL SR. CORITA GOLF OUTING – In support of the St. Augustine Hunger Center (no, Sister will not golf but she will be there) is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at the beautiful Valleaire Golf Club in Hinckley. The $100 per person fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and a chicken & ribs dinner catered by Fat Cats. You may sign up as a foursome but individual golfers are welcome and will be paired up to complete the foursomes. Shot gun start will be used. Brochures and sign up forms are available in our church office. If you have further questions you may call Richard Slosar at 216-406-8164.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, June 17th Movie Night. We will meet in the parking lot of St. Paschal’s at 6:45 p.m. and decide on a movie to go see in the theater. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming. On Friday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know you are coming.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 -WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will be on Wednesdays, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning June 15th and concluding on August 3rd, at St. Mary Magdalene, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. For more information or to register, please email [email protected] or call Catholic Charities at 1-800-242-9755. This program is free of charge and all materials are provided.
ADDICTION AWARENESS WORKSHOP – The Samaritan Ministry of St. Malachi Parish will offer a free one-day Addiction Awareness Workshop in the St. Malachi Center, West 25th & Detroit, On Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For information/to register: visit www.stmalachi.org/samaritan-ministry-2016 or contact Judy Stowe 440-250-9959 [email protected] or St. Malachi Rectory 216-861-5343.