St. Noel has sponsored a food pantry service since 1986. The purpose of the pantry is to provide food-both canned and boxed, meat and vegetables-to those whose lack of income establishes a need.
This week I would like to provide you with an update of our food pantry over the past year. Our pantry co-ordinates with other programs throughout our area to provide the most efficient coverage for those in need. On Mondays and Thursdays, clients schedule a time when they can visit the pantry and “shop” ̶ that is, to personally choose the items which are best for their families. Food for the pantry is obtained by donations from our parishioners and local food drives (Postal Workers, United Way, etc.) as well as by the purchase of items at reduced cost from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank using cash donations which are again made by our parishioners through the Social Justice Fund.
Over the past year our pantry helped 51 families per month. Those helped were about 1/3 seniors, 1/4 children and the rest adults. The pantry could not function without the dedication of our parishioners, Ruth Martin, Bob & Sharon Wollen, Sandy Walker, Diane Obringer, Paul Kostranchuk, Josie Cerer, Alice Hinkel, Kathy Benda, Kathy Babic, Pam Unger, Terry Krause, Tony Masci, Mary Beth Drockton, Loretta Daws, Eileen Ault, and the support of our office staff.
Food is an essential need of life. Our call as Christians is to help those who are struggling to find nourishment for themselves and their families. I call on your continued support of our parish food pantry through your donations and prayers
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – Next weekend, June 25th and 26th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept donations to the Peter’s Pence collection. The proceeds from this collection fund emergency-relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE FOR ST. AUGUSTINE HUNGER CENTER – Joey Pahoresky, a parishioner at St. Noel, is doing a canned food drive for his summer service project. From Saturday, June 18th to Friday, June 24th, he will collect canned food to benefit the St. Augustine Hunger Center. You can put your donation in the boxes in the narthex.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will be placing our order for At Home With The Word books by
July 6th. If you would like a book, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887. The order will be placed on request basis only. The cost is $5.50.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, June 26th, 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.
YNIA – 20/20 CLUB – Donations are still needed for the 20/20 Club. If we raise another $650, 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!
PICTURE DIRECTORY – Thanks to those who had their pictures taken for the directory. Our next round of photos is scheduled from August 23rd-27th. Schedule online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016.
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 7 p.m. The next meeting is on Monday, June 20th. 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.
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!
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 – Please return your bottles to the Church office. Thanks to all who participated! 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.
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.
CONGRATULATIONS – to the following students who received honors in the second semester at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. First Honors: Sara Evans, Loreto Iafelice, Mia Krevh, Jenna Mullin, Hailey Mullin, Nola Valerian, Giovanna Vitale. Second Honors: Anthony Clemente, Kayleigh Cook, Hannah Mullin, Samuel Perovsek. Merit Roll: Avery Ovens.
CONGRATULATIONS – to the following students who received academic honors for the second semester at Saint Ignatius High School. First Honors: Ryan Brandt. Second Honors: Michael Iarussi, Anthony Iarussi. Honor Roll: Gabriel Liberatore.
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!
LADIES’ DAISY GOLF CLASSIC XXII – (Sponsored by The Christ Child Society of The Western Reserve) On Monday, July 11th, join us at Pineridge Country Club for 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Fun games, goody bag, prizes and raffle. For more information visit www.christchildwesternreserve.org or call Dee Cann at 440-516-0490. Registration deadline is Friday, July 1st.
DIVINE WORD 2016 ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE – Will be held July 14th and 15th from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., July 16th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donations will be accepted in the lower level entrance of Hanson Hall beginning July 8th through July 11th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call Olivia Ockuly (440)-256-1774.
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.
THE FEST 2016 – is less than two months away! Join us for our 16th Annual Catholic Family FESTival on Sunday, August 7th as we bring together 39,000+ from across our region for a day of faith, family, and fun – and it’s FREE. Come and hear the best of the best of the national Christian artists: Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle. The day also includes dynamic activities for all ages, opportunities for prayer and reflection, a large outdoor Mass followed by fireworks and more. We need your help to make this amazing day possible – please consider donating two hours of your time by volunteering for The FEST. Volunteers get a FREE t-shirt and are essential to making this event possible. For more information, or to register to help, go to www.theFEST.us.
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 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.