Thank you to all those who made our summer Vacation Bible School a great success. The event took place this past week and used Group/Our Sunday Visitor’s VBS program, Cave Quest. The children explored who Jesus is – the Light of the World! During the week, 99 volunteers helped 128 children to know God’s love in a deeper way. The children learned about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si which calls us to care for our common home. They also collected money to support CRS to help victims of natural disasters around the world.
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:
Thank you to all!
PEACE PRAYER VIGIL – In the coming weeks, both of our major political parties will be gathering for their conventions. In anticipation of these events, the Thursday Morning Women’s Bible Study is sponsoring a Peace Prayer Vigil on Sunday evening, July 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in our chapel. There will be brief prayer services at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. In between there will be an opportunity for silent prayer. Please consider participating for 10 minutes or for the entire two hours, whatever time frame suits your schedule.
HOSPITALITY SERVERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs additional volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts at the 11 a.m. Mass. If you are interested in helping, please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
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.
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. The next meeting is on Monday, July 18th. 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.
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 440-946-1128 ext. 122 to help.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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!
AMERICAN LEGION WILLOWICK/EASTLAKE POST 678 – Will be hosting a blood drive coordinated by our parishioner, Daria Pahoresky, who’s eligible to win a college scholarship. The drive will be held on July 22nd from 10 a.m.-4p.m. The Red Cross currently has a significant blood shortage. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcross.org click on “find a drive” and enter sponsor code DARIA or call 216-385-2579. Thank you for your help in saving lives!
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].
MORNING PRAYER FOR WOMEN – On July 25th from 9:30 -11:00 a.m. led by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C., Cost: $8, and includes coffee and pastry. Registrations are encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
IGNATIUS IN THE MEADOW – On July 31st. at 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Bring your blanket and friends to our meadow for an evening of prayer and live motivational music.Take advantage of this fun and spiritual opportunity to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius on the beautiful grounds of the Jesuit Retreat House. Bring your children or grandchildren for a joyful evening together! Free Event. A freewill offering will be collected. Water will be available for purchase or you may bring your own. For more information contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
HELP THE FEST – WE NEED YOU! – FEST 2016 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 7th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. It’s a day of faith — family – fun and it’s all for FREE. It’s our 16th 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. We are also looking for 400 people to sing in the choir for The FEST Mass which starts at 8 p.m. Interested? Go to: www.theFEST.us/choir.
JUSTIN MARTYR PARISH FESTIVAL – Is scheduled for July 22nd-24th, 35781 Stevens Blvd., Eastlake. For more information call 440-946-1177 or www.stjustin.net. Brochures available on table in Narthex.
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.