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 “Shipwrecked.” The children learned that when we are lonely, when we worry, when we struggle, when we do wrong, and when we are powerless…Jesus rescues!
During the week, 95 volunteers helped 79 children to know God’s love in a deeper way. They listened to Bible stories, played games, made crafts, 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 grow good and healthy food.
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 64 youth volunteers listed below:
Sarah Adams Rosie Henry
Julia Arrietta Tommy Henry
Mary Jo Baetzold Zack Iafelice
Abbey Baker Nathan Jurcisek
Annie Biats Katelyn Kasprisin
Natalie Braun Sophia Kasprisin
Allison Browske Bridget Krihwan
Amanda Browske Maureen Krihwan
Joey Browske Evan Mastrangelo
Marion Catalano Maria Mastrangelo
Wesley Cespedes Marie McCarthy
Charlotte Daprano Aaron Molnar
Joseph Daprano Noelle Molnar
Domenic DeMuth Paula Neuherz
Isabella DeMuth Eve Pahoresky
Gabe Doringo Rebecca Pahoresky
Grace Doringo Jessie Perry
Nathaniel Dulzer Emma Pilarczyk
Victoria Dulzer Kyle Pilarczyk
Claire Dumstorff Erik Rainey
Natalie Fullerman Ryan Rainey|
Rebecca Fullerman Olivia Ramming
Olivia Gallo Caroline Repko
Jillian Gambino Meghan Searle
Katie Gambino Maddie Sentle
Julianna Garcia Jonathan Serrano
Christian Garcia Mia Simpson
Jackson Gerber Jasmyn Vislosky
Sadie Gerber Nathan Weagraff
Danielle Grande Makenzie White
Kerstin Hackenberger Ella Whitticar
Lily Henry Maddie Whitticar
Thank you again to all who made VBS possible.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS PRESENTATION – The Young Neighbors in Action team traveled to Chicago, Illinois to assist the developmentally disabled at Misericordia. Thank you to all of you who made this trip possible. We greatly appreciate all of your support and want to host a presentation to tell about our service and community during our time in Chicago. Please join us this Sunday, July 22nd in the Small Hall from 10-10:45 a.m. to hear our stories and see our pictures from this incredible week. Hope to see you there!
TEEN BOOK CLUB – will be meeting this Monday, July 23rd in the Lower Level from 6-7 p.m. Please bring your copy of “The Outsiders” with you! A snack will be provided.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, July 29th, 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.
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.
AERC URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR CHILD CAREGIVERS – Every Thursday from 6-8 p.m., a dedicated group of adults come for tutoring with one goal in mind- to get their GED. To help them accomplish their goal, our program offers child care. Currently, we have 7 children who come. Starting in August, we will be in need of parishioners who would like to provide care for the children as their parents reach their educational goals. Along with child care, we try to provide tutoring for the older children to help them keep up with their own school work. Because of the wide age range of the children, we need at least 4 caregivers every Thursday. If you are interested in helping, please contact Anthony Camino at 946-0887.
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.
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.
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. 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.
JOIN US IN TWO WEEKS – Sunday, August 5th for The FEST – our 18th Annual Catholic Family FESTival 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! It’s all FREE. Listen to the inspiring music of We are Messengers, Mandisa, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac. Visit activities for your kids, displays to help you strengthen your family life and so much more. There’s plenty of FREE close parking. There’s great family affordable food…. thanks to Executive Caterers and Marc’s. There’s something for everyone at The FEST. 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. Please join us at the FEST.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES – will host a Charismatic mass on Friday, August 17th, at 7:00 p.m. at Divine Word Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland. Fr. David Woost will be the celebrant. Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m. Healing Prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer. A social will immediately follow Mass For more information, contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.
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].
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!
ST. CASIMIR POLISH FESTIVAL – will be held Friday-Sunday, July 27th-29th on the parish grounds at 8223 Sowinski Ave., Cleveland. There will be varieties of Polish food, refreshments, desserts, raffles and live Polish music. Hours are 4:00-10:00 p.m. Friday, 2:00-11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12:30-6:00 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 216-341-9091.