Immigration has become a hot button topic in our political debate, with claims and counter claims vying for attention and acceptance. As Catholics there are two aspects of the debate which are important for us to consider. The first is an accurate understanding of the facts which comprise the issue. Unless we know the numbers and policies that are presently in play, we will be unable to form a responsible opinion. The second factor is the teaching of the Church. As Catholics we have a responsibility to attend to what tradition and leadership teaches as morally relevant.
This Tuesday, July 31st, we will sponsor a program on immigration which address these two aspects of the discussion. Anthony Camino, our Pastoral Associate at St. Noel, will review with us the Catholic teaching on immigration. Mr. David Lima, a member of Friends of HOLA – a grassroots organization in NE Ohio advocating the rights of immigrants and their families, will address current statistics concerning immigrants and review actual immigration law and policy.
Both Anthony and Mr. Lima will be open to your questions, which are welcome from both sides of the political spectrum. We as Catholics should be informed on the issues that affect the policies of our country. Please consider coming on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in our Banquet Center, to be informed, to ask questions, and to understand better the reality of immigration today.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For June 2018, we collected $2,281.24. Our expenses for June were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||458.44|
|Neighbor to Neighbor Meal||236.55|
Thank you for your support.
VBS MISSION COLLECTION – Our Shipwrecked VBS participants collected money to bring good and healthy food to people around the world through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services. Our grand total collected during VBS week was $475.00. Thank you for your generosity!
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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, August 2nd. If you signed up to attend, please remember to come. In 2017, the N2N meal served 7,998 meals to 3,542 people. We have a wonderful time together!
EUCHARISTC MINISTERS NEEDED – Have you considered distributing communion at any of our Masses? We would like to expand our roster, particularly at the 5:00 and 11:00 Masses. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the presider in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at our Masses. We use nine ministers at each of our weekend Masses and schedules are made every four months. If you’ve been thinking about this ministry, now’s the time! All ministers are trained and fully prepared to exercise this important role at our liturgies. As you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to serve at St. Noel, thank you for contemplating the possibility of serving as a minister of Holy Communion. Contact Anthony in the Church office (946-1128 x122).
ITEMS NEEDED IN THE PANTRY – The St. Noel Food Pantry is in need of snacks – chips, crackers, cookies – and jelly. Please drop any food items in the bin outside the pantry. Thank you for your support of this important ministry.
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. 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.
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.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the article “Saving Adam: Evolution & Original Sin” by John Farrell. 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/
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.
THE FEST – Join us next 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 thousands from across our region for a day of faith, family, and great fun! Listen to the inspiring music of Mandisa, We are Messengers, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac. There’s plenty of FREE close parking. There’s great family affordable food. 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. We have EVERYTHING you need for the perfect family day AND IT’S ALL FREE. Check out all the details online at: www.theFEST.us.
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!