In April of 2017, Christine Shultz walked into the Adult Education Resource Center (AERC) with a singular goal: earn a GED and find a better job. A single mom from Willoughby, Christine was working 50-60 hours per week and struggling to make ends meet. She heard about the AERC from a friend and decided to give it a try.
This weekend, I am so proud to share with you that after 13 months of hard work, Christine passed the final section of the exam and earned her General Equivalence Diploma (GED). Seeing her in a cap & gown at the Neighbor to Neighbor meal and hearing the 300+ guests clapping and cheering for her reminded me that God’s vision for the world continues to unfold before our eyes. Love manifested in small, consistent acts of service does, indeed, transform the world.
After the clapping died down, Christine stepped to the microphone and thanked all who supported her along a very challenging journey. She remembered her family, friends, and most of all, the wonderful people she worked with in the AERC at St. Noel. These dedicated tutors included: Debbie Kramer, Annie Zahradnik, Donna Fornadley, Lisa Mileusnich, Patsy Weiss, Devyn Gaskins, Dick Kramer, Camille Schroeck, and Donna Prince. Along with our other tutors and childcare workers, the AERC beautifully exemplifies the call to advocacy that we, as a parish, strive to embrace.
The future for Christine looks bright. Armed with her GED, she is pursuing a new job opportunity that will double her wage and offer her a more manageable schedule. Each of our 14 AERC students hopes for a future filled with opportunity and promise. The support we offer – prayer, tutoring, financial assistance, childcare, transportation – flows from our faith, a faith that believes in each person’s fundamental right to grow into the gifted, talented person God created them to be.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – If you still have a baby bottle (empty or full) please return it to the church office ASAP.
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].
CEDAR POINT – Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point on Sunday, July 29th and all young people in grades 6-12 are invited! We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. Tickets are $61, and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will eat at the park and bring money for dinner. Snacks will be available throughout the day. Sign-up by contacting Sean McCafferty ([email protected]). Permission slips and payment are due by July 9th. Permission slips can be found in the kiosk or parish office.
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.
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.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On July 12th, Luncheon and Bingo, Menu: ribs, potato salad, baked beans and dessert. Cost is $7.00, cost for extra half of rib $5.00. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for luncheon payment is July 9th. 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/
GRIEF SUPPORT – St. Bede in Mentor will host GriefShare, an eight-week grief-support group, on Thursdays, July 12th to August 30th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. GriefShare is a Christian-based program whose goal is to offer guidance, support and encouragement to those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Workbooks are $20; scholarships are available if you are unable to meet this cost. For planning purposes, please RSVP to St. Bede Parish (440-257-5544) and leave your name, phone number and the relationship to your lost loved one.
PROTECT LIFE – The U.S. Bishops have urged support for the “Protect Life Rule” which restricts how Title X federal funds can be used. See the St. Noel website to take action.
HELP THE FEST – WE NEED YOU! – FEST 2018 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 5th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. It’s a day of faith — family – fun and it’s all for FREE. It’s our 18th Annual Catholic Family FESTival that takes place on the grounds of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). For all the details, visit www.theFEST.us. We need your help to make sure this event has everything you need for a perfect family day! It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring The FEST to life. Be a part of a GREAT group of people who help us create this wonderful family day for our Diocese and region. Go to: www.theFEST.us/volunteer for details. See you at The FEST.