This weekend I would like to update you on the progress of our three Advocacy efforts at St. Noel.
The Neighbor to Neighbor meal continues to grow. We are now hosting about 300 people on the first Thursday of the month. I continue to invite parishioners to come and eat with our Neighbors who join us. The next Neighbor to Neighbor meal will be on July 7th.
The Adult Education Resource Center is currently working with 1 client who is seeking a GED. The AERC has a committed team of weekly leaders, tutors, and mentors ready to serve any new clients who visit the center. The leadership team is meeting this summer to increase publicity and visibility. Over 37 parishioners have indicated they are willing to help.
We are also engaged in Prison Ministry. The monthly LEAF ministry involves 5 parishioners who facilitate a support group for the families of those who are incarcerated. This has proven to be a powerful experience for those who attend. New Beginnings – ReEntry Ministry currently utilizes the gifts of 6 parishioners to assist 2 formerly incarcerated individuals . This ministry is particularly challenging due to the many obstacles faced by those trying to re-enter society, but our parishioners believe we are making a difference.
Each time we highlight ministry to those who have served time in jail or prison, it is important to emphasize our parish’s commitment to the victims of crime. We stand ready to support those whose lives have been shaken by violent crime. As Christ’s disciples we are called to serve both the perpetrator and the victim of crime through compassionate love and presence.
I am extremely proud of the advocacy ministries our parish has undertaken in the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, Adult Education Resource Center, LEAF, and New Beginnings – ReEntry Ministry. I ask you to support these efforts through your involvement, your contributions to our Social Justice Fund, and your prayers.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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 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 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.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – Thanks to those who had their pictures taken for the directory. Our next round of photos is scheduled from August 23-27th. Schedule online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will be held only at the 11:00 Mass throughout the summer months.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Register at the table in the narthex after all Masses THIS WEEKEND (June 4 & 5) for CAVE QUEST, St. Noel’s VBS 2016 adventure that takes place July 11th – 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. You can also print and mail a registration form at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Deadline for registration is July 7th. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected]) for more information.
VBS NEEDS 2-LITER PLASTIC BOTTLES – Recycle your bottles with us! Vacation Bible School needs a good number of two-liter plastic bottles. You may drop off empty bottles at the parish office. You get bonus points if you rinse them and remove the labels!!
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will gather for the first time this Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book being discussed is “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. Girls in grades 6-12, sign-up on the kiosk if you would like to attend. For more information about this title visit www.commonsensemedia.org or contact Erica Zalar.
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]).
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish office (946-1128 x122).
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, is Bingo and conversation. Everyone is welcome!
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 on Sunday, June 12th, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
WALK FOR JUSTICE – Catholic Charities is sponsoring a “walk for justice” on July 9th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Free Stamp located in Willard Park at the corner of East Ninth and Lakeside Avenue. At each stop along the way, walkers will reflect on the principles of immigration reform outlined by the US Bishops, hear a witness, and pray. The last stop will be at the Federal Courthouse located at West 9th and Superior. Musicians will join us once again this year. Please plan to be with us for this powerful witness on behalf of our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters! More info is available 216-696-6525 x3500.
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!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – As we begin the summer season…mark your calendar for the highlight of the summer season – The FEST. Join us as we bring together thousands from across our diocese on Sunday, August 7th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. for a day of faith – family – and fun – all for FREE. The 16th Annual Catholic Family FESTival will be held on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.The FEST includes great Christian artists: Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle. The FEST also has engaging activities and displays for the entire family. The FEST is FREE and open to all. The day concludes with an inspiring outdoor Mass at 8 p.m. It’s the highlight of summer – EVERYTHING that your family needs for a great family day!!! For more information, go online 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.
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.
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].
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.