As a Christian community we bear the responsibility to grow in our faith. Each year at every age it is important to understand God better and to love God more. This growth takes place in our own families and in our unique circumstances, but it deepens most effectively in community. This is why St. Noel offers a variety of opportunities to come together to learn and share.
GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) is central to our faith formation at St. Noel. All parishioners are invited to participate in GIFT, as it offers a chance to connect with the whole parish community and an opportunity to learn more about our faith. The detailed GIFT mailing will be sent out to parishioners in mid-September.
Parents are the primary source of faith formation for their children. Families who register for Faith Formation programs will receive resources from St. Noel to support family faith formation efforts at home. To assist parents further, St. Noel offers a number of age-appropriate faith formation programs to supplement what already happens in the home:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and kindergarteners. It meets Sunday mornings, 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
CALLL (Children Actively Loving, Learning, Living) is for children in Grades 1-5. It meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
PEACE (Peers Each Accepting Christ Everywhere) is for Grades 6-8. It will meet this year on the same day and time as CALLL – Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Prime Time is for Grades 9-12. It will meet twice monthly for community building, faith formation, and service opportunities. A calendar will be emailed to participants.
Family Faith Formation is an option for families who wish to be supported by the parish in their faith formation efforts at home. See the website (https://stnoel.org/family-faith-formation/) or call Michele for more details.
Registration forms and calendars for each of these programs are now available on the parish website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ), on the kiosk, and on the table in the Narthex. Stop at the table in the Narthex the next two weekends (August 18 & 19 or August 25 & 26) and talk with Michele and Kaitlin about your family’s faith formation options. You can always contact them by phone or email (Michele – 440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected]; Kaitlin – 440-946-1128, x120 or [email protected]).
Our faith is an exciting lifelong adventure. We are privileged to partner with you as you answer the call to love and serve the Lord and others.
Fr. George Smiga
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive is this weekend (Sunday) from 9-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Walk-ins are always welcome. Please come to the Banquet Center after Mass to donate.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION – Wednesday, August 15th, is a Holy Day. Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers and Servers. Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Wednesday evenings. Responsibilities include answering the phone, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Wednesday evening from 6:15-8:30 p.m.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed recently with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and do not receive this letter, please contact Michele (440-946-1128, ext. 121 or [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, and your contact information.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, August 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our July market served 133 people.
YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF – If you are in grades 6-12 you are invited to our Youth Ministry Kick-off! We will be having a picnic and bean bag toss competition on Sunday, September 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. More details to come.
ITEMS NEEDED IN THE PANTRY – The St. Noel Food Pantry is in need of jelly, canned vegetables, canned soup (not condensed), and snacks. Financial support of the pantry is always available through the Social Justice Fund. Donate online at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
GRAND SLAM WITH THE CLEVELAND INDIANS – St. Noel will be taking a group of teens (grades 6-12) to Progressive Field on Saturday, September 22nd to watch the Cleveland Indians versus the Boston Red Sox. Ticket price is $25. Checks can be made payable to St. Noel with “Indians Game” in memo line. Price includes pre-game program featuring Major League Athletes, parade on the field, admission to the game, and fireworks after the game. Permission slip and check are due by August 27th. For more information, please email Kaitlin at [email protected]
HEAD FOR THE CURE 5K WALK/RUN – Do you know someone who is suffering from brain cancer? Do you like to support causes through walking or running? St. Noel’s Youth Ministry will be joining together as a team to participate in the Head for the Cure 5K walk/run on Saturday, October 6th at Edgewater Park. The mission for this organization is to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. Middle schoolers and teens (grades 6-12) can register individually or with their families to participate. Let’s come together to support a great cause! Contact Kaitlin at [email protected] if you wish to register by August 22 for the early bird fee of $25.
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.
AERC URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR CHILD CAREGIVERS – Every Thursday from 6-8 p.m., a dedicated group of adults come for tutoring with one goal in mind- to get their GED. To help them accomplish their goal, our program offers child care. Currently, we have 7 children who come. Starting in August, we will be in need of parishioners who would like to provide care for the children as their parents reach their educational goals. Along with child care, we try to provide tutoring for the older children to help them keep up with their own school work. Because of the wide age range of the children, we need at least 4 caregivers every Thursday. If you are interested in helping, please contact Anthony Camino at 946-0887.
EUCHARISTC MINISTERS NEEDED – Have you considered distributing communion at any of our Masses? We would like to expand our roster, particularly at the 5:00 and 11:00 Masses. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the presider in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at our Masses. We use nine ministers at each of our weekend Masses and schedules are made every four months. If you’ve been thinking about this ministry, now’s the time! All ministers are trained and fully prepared to exercise this important role at our liturgies. As you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to serve at St. Noel, thank you for contemplating the possibility of serving as a minister of Holy Communion. Contact Anthony in the Church office (946-1128 x122).
FREE VOICE LESSON – This summer our Director of the Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek is offering a free voice lesson to all adults from our parish 16 years old and older. For more information and to schedule your appointment please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or at 440-946-1128 x119. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
CRS AMBASSADOR – Since 2015, Martie Matuska and Jed Trombley have served St. Noel as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) ambassadors promoting the work of CRS. Our annual Rice Bowl collection, CRS stations of the cross, VBS presentation, and fair-trade sale were all wonderfully coordinated by our ambassadors. Training for new ambassadors will happen in the Fall. If you are interested in learning about becoming a CRS ambassador, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122).
WHEELCHAIR DRIVE RESULTS – The Wheelchair Collection on August 4th was a huge success! Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World collected 49 wheelchairs, 71 walkers, 21 sets of crutches, and 19 canes. Thanks to everyone who took the time to donate. Your efforts will allow many people the gift of mobility. We collect year-round! Please call Karen or Bruce Fraley at 440-946-1605 or [email protected].
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On August 16th, Luncheon & Bingo. Menu: Chicken Parmesan, Cavatelli, Salad, Breadstick and Dessert. Cost is $6.00. For tickets call Rosemary Baran at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is August 13th. On August 23rd, Bingo. And August 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the article “Saving Adam: Evolution & Original Sin” by John Farrell. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, August 24th 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 Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know you are coming.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages,” which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. The next weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions will be September 14th-16th. A registration fee of $150 is required. For more information concerning the program or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE NEWS! – The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is looking for “Caring Christian Women” to attend an Informational Coffee on Friday, September 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Gabriel Church Community room at 9935 Johnnycake Ridge Rd, Concord. If you are a woman of faith and want an opportunity to serve the needs of the children of Lake County and broaden your friendships, you will want to attend. (Registration is required) To receive an invitation or to have questions answered please call Jackie Kozich, Membership Chairperson, at: 440-974-6026. We would love to see you there!