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 “Maker Factory.” The children focused on these points: God made us, God is for us, God is always with us, God always loves us, and God made us for a reason.
During the week, 97 volunteers helped 121 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 that help people around the world have clean drinking water.
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 youth volunteers listed below:
Sarah Adams Tommy Henry
Colin Ackerman Katelyn Kasprisin
Julia Arrietta Sophia Kasprisin
Mary Jo Baetzold Maddy Keck
Allison Browske Colleen Lipold
Amanda Browske Evan Mastrangelo
Joey Browske Maria Mastrangelo
Olivia Caruso Aaron Molnar
Sophia Caruso Noelle Molnar
Marion Catalano Lauren Olenik
Carmen Cicerini Daria Pahoresky
Gabi Cicerini Eve Pahoresky
Andrew Clemente Jenna Perry
Sophie Cross Jessie Perry
Dominic DeMuth Emma Pilarczyk
Isabella DeMuth Erik Rainey
Roman DiNovo Olivia Ramming
John DiNovo Caroline Repko
Gabe Doringo Elise Sablotny
Grace Doringo Chloe Scheel
Natalie Fullerman Meghan Searle
Rebecca Fullerman Jonathan Serrano
Olivia Gallo Mia Simpson
Jillian Gambino Jasmyn Vislosky
KatieGambino Nathan Weagraff
Julianna Garcia Makenzie White
Jackson Gerber Maddi Whitticar
Daniel Guban Sophia Woods
Meghan Guban Leo Yane
Lily Henry Audrey Zorman
Rosie Henry Kathryn Zorman
Thank you again to all who made VBS possible.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will be placing the order for At Home With the Word books by July 31st. If you would like a book, please call the Parish Office at 440-946-0887. The books will be ordered on a request basis only. The cost is $6.50 each.
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 440-946-088.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be held only at the 11:00 a.m. Mass throughout the summer months.
TAKE OUT – The summer issue of “Family Faith on the Go” magazine is available in the kiosk. It is chock-full of ways to make summertime a sacred time. Pick up a copy today.
PARISH DIRECTORY – If you have not picked up your copy of the parish picture directory, they are available in the Church office. Any parishioner is welcome to a directory; one per family.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Most needed items include: spaghetti sauce in jars, peanut butter, jelly, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo), baking items (sugar, flour, cake mixes, salt, etc.) & toilet paper. Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel. Our pantry served 72 families during the month of June. Thanks to all who support the pantry. Remember, online donation is always available at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Have you signed up to donate blood? Our next blood drive is Sunday, August 13th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Can you help staff a blood drive? St. Noel hosts 4 blood drives/year and we need additional help to continue. Please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x 122 if you can help.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come check out the garden space! Join us to work or relax for awhile on Wednesdays July 19th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD – St. Noel will again sponsor a wheelchair collection on Saturday, August 12th 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. NO 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].
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12. Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x 122 to help.
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE – At last February’s GIFT session, parishioner Cori Sieger shared the mission of The Refugee Response and the work it does to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the Northeast Ohio community. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program, a working farm business, has selected three work dates that provide exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The dates are Thursday, August 17th (clean, clear and construct), and Saturday, September 23rd (put the farm to bed, batten down the hatches!). To volunteer, please register with Rachel Browner ([email protected] or 216-225-1551). Volunteer registrations are limited and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
BISHOP COSGROVE CENTER – The Center is looking for both quality art supplies and men’s clothing. You can deliver items directly to the Center (17th & Superior) or bring them to the Church office. Learn more about the Cosgrove Center at www.ccdocle.org or call 216-781-8262.
PREMIUM PASTURED MEATS – Located in Alliance, OH has partnered with Geauga Family Farms and will be at St. Noel most Saturday mornings during the summer from 9:00-9:30 a.m. with a wide selection of frozen meats. Cash/checks only. The farm produces all natural beef, chicken, pork and duck that they raise themselves. All animals are free-range, pastured and/or fed non-GMO feed that is certified pesticide and herbicide-free. You can pre-order at 330-240-0663 or learn more at premiumpasturedmeats.com. Know where your food comes from and eat smarter.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On July 20th, Bingo. On July 27th, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: BBQ ribs, cole slaw, French fries and dessert. Half ribs to go, $5.00. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $7.00. Deadline for tickets is July 24th; also Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
THE HIGHLIGHT OF SUMMER – Every year after The FEST we receive a ton of emails from individuals telling us how much they enjoyed our annual Catholic Family FESTival and how it was the ‘highlight’ of their summer. Don’t miss out on Sunday, August 6th as we come together for The FEST from 12 until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue). Come hear great music (Laura Story, Matt Maher, Crowder, and for King & Country) along with great activities and displays. Check out Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station with over 200,000 give away items for busy moms. Dads can spend time in the Man Cave to learn about being a man of faith. It’s the perfect family day. There’s plenty of parking and affordable food (thanks to Executive Caterers and Marc’s). It’s all FREE. Go to: www.theFEST.us for details, parking instructions, and a complete schedule of the day.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP to Jim at 440-944-1552 to let him know you are coming.
METAL RECYCLING – Divine Word Church, in conjunction with their annual Rummage Sale, will be recycling metal and electronics from July 14-16 at 8100 Eagle Road in Kirtland. Other than CRT (tube) TVs, all metal and electronic devices are acceptable. See the kiosk for details.
FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR OHIO’S LATINO WORKERS AND FAMILIES – Come and hear the stories of NE Ohio’s Latino immigrant families! Friends of HOLA is sponsoring “Out of the Shadows”, an evening of authentic Mexican dining, with guest speakers and music. It will be held at Ursuline College, Fritzsche Center, 2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, on Saturday, August 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. They are available Online at : https://outoftheshadowswithhola.eventbrite.com Questions? Contact Lisa at 440.897.2413 or [email protected]
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE BENEFIT DINNER Please join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening on our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs featuring produce from the farm, traditional music, story sharing and dance from members of the refugee community. You will be able to see the empowering impact of the Refugee Response in sharp relief as we aid refugee families moving from hardship to home. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.refugeeresponse.org/benefit-2017.