I do not need to tell you that 2016 is an election year. Nor is it necessary to remind you of the amount of controversy which this year’s election has generated both within and between political parties. We, as Christians, must always do our best to inform ourselves of the issues and candidates that are before us and cast our votes according to our own best judgements and the call of the gospel.
But it is also a part of our faith to approach God in prayer and ask for God’s guidance in the upcoming election. Our Thursday morning Women’s Bible Study is providing an opportunity for us to do this. The focus of this effort is peace ̶ peace in our political process and peace in our country. A prayer vigil will be held next Sunday evening, July 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in our Chapel. Brief reflections will be offered at 6:00, 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. The rest of the time can be used for silent prayer. You may come for a few minutes or for the entire two hours.
Your presence will witness to our belief that God is active in our political processes. It will also express our faith that God will answer our prayers for the good of our country.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will be placing our order for At Home With The Word books by July 13th. If you would like a book, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887. The order will be placed on request basis only. The cost is $5.50.
YNIA FOLLOW-UP – All parishioners are invited to attend a post-trip gathering with the teens who recently returned from a week of service in Green Bay. Join them on Sunday, July 17th after the 11:00 a.m. Mass to hear about their experience.
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.
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will gather again on Tuesday, July 19th from 6:30-8:00pm. The book being discussed is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. Girls in grades 6-12, sign up on the kiosk if you would like to attend. For more information about this title, visit www.commonsensemedia.org or contact Erica Zalar.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – It’s time to schedule your photos! Sign-up is available after Mass or you can schedule online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. Your picture is important for the directory because YOU are a part of St. Noel.
BLOOD DRIVE VOLUNTEERS – Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 14th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Can you serve for an hour that morning? Please call Anthony to help.
LION’S CLUB EYE GLASS COLLECTION – You will notice a new bin located outside the food pantry to collect used eye glasses.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. No Meeting on July 14th. On July 21st, Bingo. On July 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
A PLACE FOR MOM – Making the transition to senior living can be stressful. A Place for Mom offers free services to families to help identify the living option that best suits their needs. If you’re interested in learning what A Place for Mom can do for you, please contact Tiffany Morgan at 216-870-0555 or [email protected]. Brochures are in the kiosk.
DIVINE WORD 2016 ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE – Will be held July 14th and 15th from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., July 16th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donations will be accepted in the lower level entrance of Hanson Hall beginning July 8th through July 11th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call Olivia Ockuly (440)-256-1774.
METAL RECYCLING – Divine Word Church, in conjunction with their annual Rummage Sale, will be recycling metal and electronics from July 14th -16th at 8100 Eagle Road in Kirtland. Other than CRT (tube) TVs, all metal and electronic devices are acceptable. See the kiosk for details.
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD – St. Noel will again sponsor a wheelchair collection on August 13th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Church parking lot. Wheelchairs are refurbished in prison ministry programs and distributed in third-world countries. Due to the generosity of donors we have an overabundance of walkers, crutches, and canes; we will collect only wheelchairs (please no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley 440-488-4657 or [email protected].
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb and King salmon is $15.00/lb (Coho fillets are 1-2 lbs, King fillets are 2-4 lbs). It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. Wild One partners with Geauga Family Farms and is in the St. Noel parking lot every Saturday morning from 9:15-10:30 a.m. selling salmon. You can simply purchase on site or you can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected].
IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL – has a job opening for an administrative assistant in the Campus Ministry office. This is a part-time position beginning with the 2016-17 school year. For a complete job profile, visit www.ignatius.edu/employment. Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to [email protected].
THE BEST IS YET TO COME! – We are about half way through summer and the ‘best part’ is yet to come – The FEST. Join us for the highlight of the summer season – The FEST on Sunday, August 7th at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The FEST is EVERYTHING you need for the perfect day- faith – family – and fun – all for FREE. Last year, over 39,000 people from across the region came to our annual Catholic Family FESTival. It’s the place to be and the thing to do this summer. To learn more or to get all the details and schedule for The FEST go to: www.theFEST.us. Faith – Family – Fun – FREE – it’s The FEST.
CLARE OF LYNDHURST CLASS OF 1966 – is having a 50 year reunion on August 20th. The event is at Play Arcade (formerly Mayland Theatre) at 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $35. Please contact one of us for reservations: Patty (Falcone) Vanek, 440-759-6510 or [email protected]; Frank Wroblewski, 440-461-0349 or [email protected]; or Chris Burton, 216-390-0333 or [email protected]. Please tell other classmates. Reservation deadline is August 1st.
VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY GOLF OUTING FOR HUNGER RELIEF JULY 29TH – Whether you’re an avid golfer or just enjoy the great outdoors, join us for OUTDRIVE HUNGER on Friday, July 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Grantwood Golf Course, 38855 Aurora Rd., Solon. The outing will raise money to feed the 13,000 people who turn to our food pantries for nourishment each month. For tickets call 216-696-6525 ext. 3570 or order online www.svdpcle.org.
MARY FESTIVAL – The third annual St. Mary Festival (Chardon) is scheduled for Friday, July 29th – Sunday, July 31st. There will be great entertainment, rides, fireworks, Monte Carlo, and homemade food.
GABRIEL SPRINT 5K RUN & WALK – Join the Catholic Community of St. Gabriel for its 5th annual 5K Run & One Mile Walk at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth faith formation programs at the parish. Race entry fees are $20 pre-registration; $25 on race day. Walk entry fees are $5 per person; $20 maximum per family for walk. Register online at www.st-gabriel.org. For more information, contact Jeff Lancaster at 440-289-0419.