You will remember that our diocese held a pledge campaign in 2012 to support a wide array of diocesan ministries. It was called “Rooted in Faith.” The goal for St. Noel was $890,000. Because of your generosity, our parish exceeded that goal by 126%, pledging $1,125,900. As the pledges have been honored (and thanks to all of you who have done so), St. Noel has been receiving 30% of the payments. We have been distributing 70% of these amounts to our Endowment, 20% to our maintenance needs, and 10% to charitable initiatives outside of our parish programs.
This month we crossed an important milestone in the campaign. We reached the fulfillment of our assigned goal of $890,000. The importance of this fact is that St. Noel will now be receiving 70% of any remaining pledges that are honored ̶ instead of the 30% we have been receiving up to this point.
The July check to St. Noel was $25,018, with $17,512.60 going to Endowment, $5,003.60 to maintenance, and $2,501.80 to charity. These larger amounts will of course help us and others in many ways. So I thank you for your support of “Rooted in Faith” and ask you to please honor any remaining pledge amounts, because 70% of these pledges will now come directly to our parish.
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 2016, we collected $287.48. Our expenses for June were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||615.43|
|Neighbor to Neighbor Meal||944.37|
Thank you for your support.
L’Arche – Thank you to all who contributed to the L’Arche Mission Collection. Our parishioners generously donated $4,155.
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 Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or 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.
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 7 p.m. 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 parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information. The next meeting is Monday August 15th.
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.
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 http://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the August issue is “A Catholic Vision For Family Life.”
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.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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]
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – Will be hosting their 3rd Annual Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, August 6th. Come shopping throughout the City of Willoughby Hills! The Garage Sale listing will be available to pickup at the Community Center starting August 1st, or on the Recreation Department’s page on the City’s Website. For details and the application, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
THE FEST – Join us next Sunday, August 7th for The FEST – our 16th Annual Catholic Family FESTival from 12 noon until 10 p.m. on the seminary campus (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). Join with thousands from across our region, for a day of faith, family, and great fun! It’s all FREE. Listen to the inspiring music of Newsboys, Michael W Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle. Visit activities for your kids, displays to help you strengthen your family life and so much more. 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. We have EVERYTHING you need for the perfect family day AND IT’S ALL FREE…. thanks especially to Marc’s, PNC, Notre Dame College, Sanctuary Health Network, and Sherwood Foods. Check out all the details online at: www.theFEST.us. Please join us.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – We would like to invite couples and priests, of all ages, to attend Marriage Encounter weekend at St. Paschal Baylon, October 8th-9th. Any questions, call Leo and Toni Doty at 330-689-0632.
NEW PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS…WE WANT YOU! – The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is looking for ‘Caring Christian Women” to attend attend an informational Coffee, to be held at St. John Vianney in the St. John Paul II Room. On Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. or Friday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m. If you are a woman of faith, married, widowed or single and want an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the needs of children, you will want to attend. For additional information or questions, call Patty O’Reilly at 440-231-4912.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Is hosting a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Advance tickets are $8.00 or $9.00 at the door. For tickets, call Anna Marie at 944-4383. All are 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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, August 12th, Movie Night. We will meet in the parking lot of St. Paschal’s at 6:45 p.m. and decide on a movie to see at the theater. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming. On Friday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s 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 440-227-9189 to let him know your are coming.
GRACE: FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS – DAY RETREAT FOR TEACHERS / EDUCATORS – On August 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presented by Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM. This retreat will provide a day of prayer and reflection in pondering how we find and respond to God in all things, even as we “run all the time” in our full day to days as teachers and administrators. Come individually or bring your staff. Teachers and administrators from Catholic, public and private schools are welcome. The day begins with coffee and pastry and ends with Mass. Cost: $40. (call for group rate). To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
“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.
CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY IN A PLACE APART – On August 15th, led by Fr. John Vrana. In prayer and reflection we will explore what Mary’s Assumption means in the Church and what it says practically to the world today; separating doctrine from devotion. The day will include presentations, personal quiet time, communal praying of the rosary and celebration of the Mass. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee & pastry, includes lunch and ends by 3:00 p.m. Cost: $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
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.