Summer is the time here at St. Noel for major maintenance projects. This year there are three areas that have demanded our attention.
If you have been having difficulty over the last few months seeing the altar in church, it is not because your eyes are failing. It is because the altar spotlights have been burning out. There are four banks of lights located on the beams in front of the altar. These are original to the church building and therefore 34 years old. These 350 watt incandescent bulbs are no longer manufactured. Even though we have additional lamps in stock, the fixtures have become so fragile that the bulbs burn out in a matter of weeks. Clearly the altar spots need to be replaced with new LED fixtures. However the new technology also requires us to replace our church lighting panel which is also original to this church. This summer we will be replacing both the panel & altar spots. The cost will be in the neighborhood of $40,000.
You may have noticed that another portion of the parking lot has been resurfaced and the entire lot restriped. We have been replacing a portion of the lot each summer. Our multi-year project of resurfacing the entire lot is now about half-finished. This year’s installment was $30,000.
Finally, 3 original air conditioning units that cool the Resurrection and Nativity rooms and the Narthex have been replaced. They were over 30 years old. The cost for these 3 units was $20,000.
You can see how regular necessary maintenance quickly adds up. Fortunately because of your generosity in our regular collections and the careful oversight of our Finance Committee, we have planned ahead and have the funds to cover these improvements. I wish to thank Frank Vitale for overseeing the assessment and bidding process for these projects. Thank you for your support of our parish and please continue your offerings so that we may be able to maintain properly our buildings and grounds which we use to support our mission of advancing the gospel of Jesus.
Fr. George Smiga
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.
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.
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.
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), 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 12th, 19th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 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.
BISHOP COSGROVE CENTER – As mentioned last weekend in the Dear Parishioner Letter, the Cosgrove 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 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 Saturday, July 15th (mid-season clean-up), 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.
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.
USCCB & HEALTHCARE – The U.S. Bishops have issued an initial statement on the healthcare draft released by the Senate. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland is encouraging all Catholics to contact the offices of Sen. Portman and Sen. Brown to express concern over the bill. The U.S. Bishops have consistently taught that access to healthcare is a basic human right. Catholic Charities has set up an action page to contact representatives. Visit the St. Noel website for more information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: No Meeting on July 13th (VBS). 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!
HELP THE FEST – WE NEED YOU! – FEST 2017 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 6th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. It’s a day of faith, family & fun and it’s all for FREE. It’s our 17th 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.
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 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.