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Weekly Bulletin 7/14/19

Dear Parishioner,

I simply wish to echo what already so many of you, the visiting clergy, and our guests, especially from St. Brendan (North Olmsted), St. Charles (Parma), St. Christopher (Rocky River, my internship parish during my third year of theological studies, 2010-11), and home parish of Holy Spirit (Avon Lake) expressed upon the occasion of my installation as pastor with Bishop Perez on Sunday, June 30; and that is: what a dignified celebration of beauty worthy of the praise and thanksgiving that is due to Almighty God! If the celebration of Mass is meant to give us just a hint or glimpse of what is awaiting us in heaven, to perceive something of God’s presence, those in attendance experienced just that. The entire week following, my cell phone blew up with texts and voicemails from individuals commenting on the gracious hospitality of the parish, the beautiful environment, the professional worship aid that fostered full participation, the Bishop’s homily, the rite itself, the tremendous sound that enhanced our celebration through the gift of voice and instrument, and the reception that followed.

I know of the danger in expressing thanks is that someone is unintentionally forgotten, so let me begin by thanking each of you, whether you were physically present or there in spirit for your prayers, cards, and kindly-written and spoken words of welcome. I am grateful for the many who exercised ministry and hospitality so well, whether as an usher or greeter, altar server, lector, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

While each member of the staff contributed generously in his or her own way to ensure such a dignified celebration, I am certain all would agree that under the direction of Agnieszka Bieniek the gifts and talents of our Saint Noel choir and instrumentalists deserve particular recognition. You do for us what the spoken word alone cannot convey. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states: “The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Col 2:46) Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves,’ and there is also an ancient proverb: ‘Whoever sings well prays twice over’” (GIRM, 39).

Finally, a personal note of gratitude to Fr. Michael Woost, Associate Professor of Liturgical-Sacramental Theology, St. Mary Seminary, who acted as Master of Ceremonies. His preparation of the rite and prayerful presence on the day ensured a unified celebration without interruption or distraction.

With every heartfelt and fraternal affection,

Fr. Terry

PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – Next weekend the ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for Peter’s Pence. Your donations provide Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world.

NOEL IS SEEKING A YOUTH MINISTER – Interested candidates may review the Youth Minister (Part Time) job description on our website: https://stnoel.org/ or, at the Diocese of Cleveland’s website: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/offices/human-resources/employment-opportunities/category/parishes.

Interested candidates should mail their resume to: 

Fr. Terry Grachanin
St. Noel Church
35200 Chardon Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH. 44094

YOUNG NEIGHBOR SHARING – Join our YNIA team in the Small Hall on Sunday, July 14th (this weekend) from 10:15-10:45 a.m. as they share stories from their recent service week in Buffalo. Meet the teens and support the good work of Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA).

UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES – A letter with information about Confirmation preparation was mailed to those who will be in ninth grade this fall. When you receive the letter, please be sure to promptly reply as instructed by July 15th. If you are expecting to prepare for Confirmation and did not receive a letter, please contact Kaitlin (440-946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected]).

FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this Monday, July 15th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our June market served 142 people.

LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). 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.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS –   So far in 2019, the pantry has served 837 people with the equivalent of over 7,300 meals. Currently, we are in need of jelly, tuna, soup, and pasta sauce in jars. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!

RECYCLING VOLUNTEER – We’re looking for someone with knowledge of how/where/when to recycle various items who could make the parish aware of these opportunities when they arise. This resource person would create bulletin announcements, website posts, etc. to help raise awareness within our parish community. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128 x122).

COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering will be on Monday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room and will discuss the New Papal Norms on Reporting Sexual Abuse and their implementation by our Bishops. Anyone desiring to participate should review the material for the coming meeting  at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/ and email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]) before the day of the meeting.

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.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 p.m. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. We are looking for an additional person to fill the 3:00-4:00 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed. 

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.

WHEELCHAIR DRIVE – Wheels for the World, a program by nonprofit Joni and Friends, is holding a drive for used wheelchairs August 10th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. Noel parking lot. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and receipts are available. Please NO walkers, canes, crutches or electric wheelchairs. The wheelchairs will be sent to inmates at correctional facilities to restore them to like-new condition. The wheelchairs are then donated to children and adults affected by disability worldwide. Please consider giving someone the gift of mobility!  For more information, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley at 440-946-1605 or [email protected].

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SUMMER! – Every year after The FEST we receive dozens of emails from individuals telling us how much they enjoyed our annual Catholic Family FESTival and how it was the ‘highlight’ of their summer. Don’t miss out on Sunday August 4th as we come together for The FEST from 12 until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue). Come hear great music from Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns along with great activities and displays for the entire family. There’s plenty of free parking and affordable food (thanks to Executive Caterers and Marc’s). It’s all FREE. Go to www.theFEST.us for details, parking instructions, and a complete schedule of the day. Invite EVERYONE you know to join you at The FEST! There’s something for every age and generation at The FEST – www.theFEST.us.

RECYCLE – Did you know that plastic bags – grocery bags, bread bags, Ziploc bags, etc. – are recyclable but cannot be placed in curbside bins. Many stores like Giant Eagle and Walmart have bins for these types of bags. To learn more, go to how2recycle.info/sdo.  If only takes a little effort to make a big difference!

BEDE CHURCH – will be hosting a GriefShare program on Wednesdays, July 31st-September 25th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This Christian-based program offers guidance, support and encouragement to those dealing with the death of a loved one. Workbooks are $20; scholarships are available. RSVP to 440-257-5544.  

FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m., join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s 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.

COPING WITH LIFE ALONE Are you trying to figure out how to cope with your life as a separated, divorced, or widowed person? It can be a lot and sometimes overwhelming. Join us for Coping with Life Alone to start a new journey.  Men and women are welcome to be a part of this day. This one-day experience is on Saturday, July 20th at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Activity Center – located at 5891 Ridge Road, Parma. Start time is 9:00 a.m. (arrival between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m.) and ends at 3:45 p.m. with an option for 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Charles to end the day. Simple breakfast as well as lunch will be served. Cost is only $15.  

Complete this simple Google form to register: https://forms.gle/rrMhYHLi8p7YFB9T6

Questions or to register by phone, please call Eileen Updegrove at 216-299-8782.

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