From the beginning of St. Noel, we have enjoyed the outdoor chapel. Built and maintained by our parishioners, this area of our property provides an outdoor setting for the Eucharist at selected Masses during the week and on holidays.
Over the past two years, Lisa and Jamie Yane and their family have carried the responsibility of maintaining the chapel. We owe them a debt of gratitude. They are now stepping down from that role. Therefore, we need a parishioner to become the coordinator for the outdoor chapel. The majority of the work happens in the spring when the chapel is cleaned after the winter months. The coordinator is not expected to perform the clean-up him or herself, but only to coordinate and direct the work of other parishioners who volunteer.
From the beginning, the outdoor chapel has been a volunteer effort on the part of our parishioners. This is a tradition I support. Therefore, we will need a coordinator to step forward if the use of the chapel is to continue. If you feel you can serve our parish in this capacity or if you have any questions, please contact the office (440-946-0887).
The outdoor chapel depends upon the generosity of our parishioners. It is my hope that through your cooperation we will be able next summer to praise God in the midst of nature.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, July 31st, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
VBS MISSION – Our VBS Cave Quest participants collected money to assist the poor and vulnerable around the world through Catholic Relief Services. Our grand total collected during VBS week was $410.50.
A GREAT BIG VBS THANK YOU – to all parishioners who donated 2-liter bottles. We used them to create the most lovely lanterns to remind us to follow Jesus, the light of the world.
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 the parish office at 440-946-0887.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – We’re creeping up to 400 families! Have you signed up? Sign up is available after Mass or you can schedule online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. Remember, there is no cost to you and each family will receive a free 8×10 photo. Your picture is important for the directory because YOU are a part of St. Noel.
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.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 14th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org/. If you can help on the day of the drive, please call Anthony to volunteer at 440-946-1128, ext.122.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR – The next N2N meal is Thursday, August 4th in the Banquet Center. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. and the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Please come and enjoy a meal with our neighbors; your presence is important. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected]. The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal is supported through the Social Justice Fund. Online contributions can be made at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On July 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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].
THE HIGHLIGHT OF SUMMER – Every year after The FEST, we receive a ton of emails from those who were there 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 7th as we come together for The FEST from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). Come hear great music (Newsboys, Michael W Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle) along with great activities and displays. Check out Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station with over 200,000 give away items for busy moms. Junior high students can visit the Catholic Youth Summer Camp area filled with fun, engaging and faith-filled activities. It’s the perfect family day. There’s plenty of parking and affordable food. Come and get a braut off the world’s largest grill while watching your kids learn lessons of faith and family. It’s all FREE. Go to: www.theFEST.us for details, parking instructions, and a complete schedule of the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“TASTE OF ST. CASIMIR’S POLISH FESTIVAL – Come on out and try some of the best tasting Polish food at St. Casimir Church’s annual festival. On Friday & Saturday, August 5th-6th from 5:00-11:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7th – featuring Bp. Roger Gries at the 11:30 a.m. Mass, followed by the festival from 12:30-6:00 p.m. Call Ken at 216-370-2831 for more details.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said, “Marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 9-11th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 1-800-470-2230 or online www.helpourmarriage.org.