Thank you to all those who made our Vacation Bible School a great success. The event took place this past week and used Our Sunday Visitor’s VBS program “ROAR: Life is wild, God is good.” The children learned that when life is unfair, when life is scary, when life changes, when life is sad, and when life is good…GOD IS GOOD!
During the week, 72 volunteers helped 68 children to know God’s love in a deeper way. They listened to Bible stories, played games, imagined with science-y gizmos, heard inspiring stories, created snacks and sang, sang, sang! They learned about Catholic Social Teaching and collected money to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services to help people around the world have access to clean water. Look for our grand total collected in next weekend’s bulletin.
Vacation Bible School is one of the most exciting ministerial efforts of our year. VBS would not be possible without the cooperation of so many people – parents, grandparents, parishioners, friends and relatives – and especially the 45 youth and young adult volunteers listed below:
Julia Arrietta Danielle Grande
Mary Jo Baetzold Zack Iafelice
Abbey Baker Nathan Jurcisek
Cameron Bizjak Katelyn Kasprisin
Allison Browske Bridget Krihwan
Amanda Browske Maureen Krihwan
Joey Browske Evan Mastrangelo
Marion Catalano Maria Mastrangelo
Mackenzie Conley Marie McCarthy
Isabella DeMuth Aaron Molnar
Nathaniel Dulzer Noelle Molnar
Victoria Dulzer Julianna Nicolli
Claire Dumstorff Eve Pahoresky
Brendon Fitchpatrick Jessie Perry
Alyssa Fortuna Emma Pilarczyk
Natalie Fullerman Kyle Pilarczyk
Rebecca Fullerman Erik Rainey
Olivia Gallo Ryan Rainey
Jillian Gambino Caroline Repko
Katie Gambino Catherine Rock
Julianna Garcia Lia Webster
Christian Garcia Makenzie White
Thank you again to all who made VBS possible.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – This 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
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, July 28th 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.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 854 people with the equivalent of over 7,686 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 additional people to fill the 2:00, 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. time slots. 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.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER “SAVE-A-DATE” This year, St. Noel’s Benefit Dinner to assist St. Augustine Center will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, all are invited! This will be St. Noel’s 32nd year of letting our “light shine” by haloing those less fortunate than us. St. Augustine Benefit provides an opportunity to share a meal and help raise much-needed funding to continue the charitable work of the Center. The Center serves 500-600 meals daily, provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disable people, and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. In addition, the St. Augustine Center helps 7-10 other needy parishes in the area. Come be a part of this opportunity to help–more details to follow soon!
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].
TWO WEEKS AWAY! – Join us on Sunday, August 4th, for The FEST from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). Join, with thousands from across our region, for a day of faith, family, and great fun – all for FREE! Listen to inspiring music from Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns. Check out great crafts and activities for your kids, displays to help you strengthen your family life and so much more. The day concludes with a beautiful outdoor Mass at 8 p.m. with Bishop Perez, followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check out all the details online at www.theFEST.us. It’s the perfect family day. There’s something for every generation and all ages at The FEST.
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. It only takes a little effort to make a big difference!
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL’S THEATER GROUP – The Mt. Carmel Players are performing their 49th annual production “Annie”, on July 26, 27, 28, and August 2 & 3 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community Center. All performances at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Sunday, July 28th, matinee at 3:00 p.m.
Pre-Sale Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, 60 plus and children, 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, 60 plus and children under 12. Call 440-494-6464.
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.
THE FEST NEEDS YOUR HELP – FEST 2019 is almost here. We need your help on Sunday, August 4th, to make this day special for thousands and thousands of people across the region. It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring The FEST to life. There are opportunities for everyone to volunteer and be a part of this great community. Please consider donating just two hours of your time by volunteering for The FEST. Volunteers get a FREE T-shirt and are essential to making this event possible. To register, or for more information, visit www.theFEST.us/volunteer. You will meet amazing people, and do GREAT good by helping us make The FEST happen. Please join us.
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