Our outdoor chapel was constructed by parishioners when the church was built in 1983. Originally it was used for weekend Masses in the summer. But as the parish grew it proved too small for that purpose. We have over the years continued to use the chapel for occasional summer liturgies. But with the aging of our parishioners this has become problematic. The chapel is constructed on a rather steep hillside. Although the pathways are paved with brick, many of our older parishioners do not feel secure when using them. Recently our sacristans, many of whom are themselves elderly, have informed me that they are no longer able to carry the items needed for Mass down the hill and up again. In light of these developments, I believe the time has come for us as a parish to re-evaluate the role of the outdoor chapel. For the rest of this summer we will move all Masses scheduled for outdoors into the church building. This fall I will ask our Pastoral Council to examine the issues surrounding the chapel and to make a recommendation for what use it can and should serve in our future.
As we grow and change as a parish, it is important to evaluate regularly the most appropriate ways to pray, serve, and celebrate our community. I ask for your prayers and support as I work with our Pastoral Council to envision the role of the outdoor chapel in our parish life.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For June 2017, we collected $1,084.08. Our expenses for June were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||658.56|
|Bishop Cosgrove Center||2,000.00|
Thank you for your support.
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.
VBS MISSION COLLECTION – Our VBS Maker Factory participants collected money to bring clean water to people around the world through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services. Our grand total collected during VBS week was $554.00. Thank you for your generous donations.
CORE MEMBERS NEEDED – Please prayerfully consider being a part of our CORE team for Prime Time. Through your example and your involvement on the CORE team, you have the opportunity to be a living example of Christ in the lives of teens. We need your unique gifts and strengths. I am looking for adults who can commit to weekly Sunday evening meetings with our teens (from 6:30-8:00 p.m.) and weekly planning meetings. Please contact Kaitlin at 440-946-1128 x 120.
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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our monthly meal continues to grow, and we’re thankful for all who attend and all who help to make it happen. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us this Thursday, August 3rd in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church
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 a year and we need additional help to continue. Please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x122 if you can help.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish.
We are looking for several additional people who are available on Mondays between 2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you can fill either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
TRIP TO CANADA – In 2001 St. Noel Parish, with the help of Mark Muzzillo, organized a very successful trip to the Shrine of The North American Martyrs in Canada. The Shrine is located in Midland, Ontario. We would like to invite all of you to join us for a similar trip this year. It is a great occasion to spend some fun time with your family, with parish members, and to learn more about our church patron, St. Noel.
When ? Saturday, September 23rd (we will leave early morning) and Sunday, September 24 (we will come back late evening).
What ? We will visit the Shrine of the North American Martyrs, have a cruise on the Georgian Bay, participate in Sunday Mass at The Shrine of North American Martyrs, visit Niagara Falls.
How much? The estimated cost is $ 250 per person (including bus, hotel and all entrance fees and gratuities). Please remember that you need to have an updated passport to visit Canada. Detailed information will be published in early August. If you are interested in participating in this exciting parish experience, or if you have any questions about the trip, please contact Mark Muzzillo at [email protected] or at 440-537-7722.
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].
FAITH JOURNEYS – FJ is a travel company dedicated to planning spiritual trips for parishes. Whether it’s Rome, Spain, the Holy Land, World Youth Day or other destinations, Faith Journeys partners with local parishes to plan memorable travel experiences. Are you interested in leading a St. Noel trip? We’re looking for people who might want to explore working with Faith Journeys. Please contact Anthony at 440-946-1128 x122 to learn more.
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.
THE FEST – Join us next Sunday, August 6th for The FEST – our 17th Annual Catholic Family FESTival from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at the CPL (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). Join with thousands from across our region, for a day of faith, family, and great fun! Listen to the inspiring music of Laura Story, Matt Maher, Crowder, and for King & Country. There’s plenty of FREE close parking. There’s great family affordable food…. thanks to Executive Caterers and Marc’s. There’s something for everyone at The FEST. The day concludes with a beautiful outdoor Mass at 8 p.m. followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check out all the details online at: www.theFEST.us. Please join us.
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 August 3rd, Bingo; August 10th, Bake Sale & Bingo, and August 17th, Bingo. On August 24th, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: Lemon chicken, cavatelli with red sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter and dessert. For tickets, call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is August 21st. On August 31st, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting their 4th Annual Community Garage Sale on Saturday, August 5th. Come shopping throughout the City of Willoughby Hills! The Garage Sale listing will be available to pickup at the Community Center starting July 31st, or you can find it on the Recreation Department’s Website. For details and the application, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
TASTE OF ST. CASIMIR POLISH FESTIVAL – Join us for our annual Festival, Friday, August 4th from 5:00-11:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 5th from 2:00-11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 6th from 12:30-6:00 p.m. there will be a wide variety of homemade foods, desserts and entertainment. For more details, call Ken at 216-370-2831.
ROBERT & WILLIAM’S INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FESTIVAL – Enjoy ethnic foods, live bands, games of chance, face painting, children’s games and entertainment on August 10th-13th, located at 367 E. 260th St., Euclid. Visit www.srweuclid.cc for more info.
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.