Every summer we address maintenance issues of our building and grounds. This week I would like to share with you the projects we will be undertaking over the next few months.
Our big expense this year was the replacement of the church heating and air conditioning system. That project is now completed at a cost of $44,000.00.
This summer we will continue to resurface the parking lot. The lot is 150,000 square feet. As you know our winters exact a heavy toll on asphalt. Over the last few years we have been replacing sections of the lot. We will repair 18% this year. With the completion of this section our work for the entire lot should be 70% complete.
We will also paint and if necessary replace the aluminum facia that encloses the windows of the narthex and the front of the Banquet Center. This essential part of our building has not been refurbished since the church was built in 1984.
The foundation of the parish sign on Chardon Rd. also needs to be rebuilt. This will be done using similar stone to what is presently there.
Finally, we plan to refurbish the Nativity Room – which is used for parish meetings and also as the bride’s room for weddings. Improvements will include painting, new carpet, and ceiling tiles.
All of these improvements are possible only because of your continuing support of our parish in the Sunday collection. Please continue to support St. Noel so that we will be able to continue our ministries and maintain the building in which many of our ministries take place.
Fr. George Smiga
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 5 p.m. Mass. Your commitment would be one Saturday per month. If interested contact Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, July 16th 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
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, July 16th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our June market served over 137 people.
IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH – or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be 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 will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on 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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK CLUB – All those participating in the book club this summer are asked to read the novel The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. We will meet to have snacks and discuss this book sometime in late July. Watch the bulletin for more details! Happy Reading! Please email Kaitlin if you are interested in joining or have any questions at [email protected].
IMMIGRATION 101 – Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center for an informative evening presented by HOLA, a grassroots organization in NE Ohio advocating for the rights of immigrants and their families. The presentation will address current immigration law and policy, debunk myths regarding the impact of recent immigrants to our country, and answer your questions. This will be an important evening for anyone interested in learning more about what’s happening right in our area and throughout the Unites States.
HOMES OF HOPE – We had a tremendous response to Paul Wilkes and Homes of Hope. Between the donations offered at the parish and those given directly to the organization, our contribution totaled over $20,000! Thank you for your generosity.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – Orders for “At Home With the Word” books will be placed on July 31st. If you are interested in having a copy of the book, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) to place your order. Payment of $7.25 per book will be due once the order arrives.
VOLUNTEER AT THE FEST – If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to volunteer at the Fest on Sunday, August 5th. We would be running some of the children’s activities and games in the afternoon (12-6PM). There are two-hour time slots available with a minimum of three teens running a station. If this is something you are interested in volunteering for, please contact Kaitlin at [email protected]
FREE VOICE LESSON – This summer our Director of the Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek is offering a free voice lesson to all adults from our parish 16 years old and older. For more information and to schedule your appointment please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or at 440-946-1128 x119. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. No meeting on July 19th (Vacation Bible School). On July 26th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries, bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, August 12th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate these drives. Please contact Anthony if interested.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, July 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room, will discuss the article “On Women in the Early Church’ by Michael Peppard. 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]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
THE HIGHLIGHT OF 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 5th as we come together for The FEST from 12 until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue). Come hear great music (We are Messengers, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac) along with great activities and displays. Check out the Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station with over 250,000 give away items. Dads can spend time in the Man Cave to learn about being a man of faith. It’s the perfect family day. There’s plenty of parking and affordable food. Go to: www.theFEST.us for details, parking instructions, and a complete schedule of the day.
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ball game at Progressive Field on September 23rd. Pre-Game Mass at 10:15 a.m. in the ball park. Tickets starting at $17. Purchase online at
https://www.mlb.com/indians/tickets/specials/catholic-family-day. Enter the special passcode “catholic”. Any additional questions call 216-420-4162 or email [email protected].
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages,” which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. The next weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions will be September 14th-16th. A registration fee of $150 is required. For more information concerning the program or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.
WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION – Joni and Friends Wheels for the World nonprofit will have a city-wide wheelchair collection on August 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring all donations to the St. Noel parking lot. The donated wheelchairs are refurbished to like-new condition by inmates at correctional facilities, then donated to people who do not have the financial or physical access to disability aids. We will accept only manual wheelchairs (please no electric ones), walkers, canes, and aluminum crutches. If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley 440-488-4657 or [email protected].
BALLOT INITIATIVE – On July 4th, the Safe and Healthy Ohio Campaign delivered more than 700,000 petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office in order to qualify the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment for the November ballot. These signatures are a testament to the number of Ohioans who want our state to invest in people over prisons. Thanks to all who signed this important petition and moved our state one step closer to a more just penal system.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE NEWS! – The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is looking for “Caring Christian Women” to attend an Informational Coffee on Friday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Gabriel Church Community room at 9935 Johnnycake Ridge Rd, Concord. If you are a woman of faith and want an opportunity to serve the needs of the children of Lake County and broaden your friendships, you will want to attend. (Registration is required) To receive an invitation or to have questions answered please call Jackie Kozich, Membership Chairperson, at: 440-974-6026. We would love to see you there!