Compassion motivated Jesus’ life and mission. As disciples of Christ, we are called to be compassionate to others and to ourselves.
Emma Krueger, our parishioner and an experienced retreat leader and spiritual director, will lead a 6-week immersion experience using Joyce Rupp’s book, “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life.” Participants will purchase their own books and meet on seven Friday mornings (10:00 – 11:30) beginning on September 14th, or, seven Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 8:00) beginning September 18th.
You can sign up on the kiosk in the narthex, or, by contacting Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x 121), as well as calling Emma for more information (440-391-0045).
Rupp’s book and companion book (Prayers of Boundless Compassion) can be found at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.
There is no doubt that our world is in need of words and actions that flow from a compassionate heart. Consider deepening your own compassion by joining fellow parishioners in this experience.
Fr. George Smiga
LABOR DAY MASS is Monday, September 3rd at 9:00 a.m. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Your commitment would be once a month. If interested contact the parish office at 440-946-0887.
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 July 2018, we collected $726.00. Our expenses for July were:
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Thank you for your support!
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter with information about First Communion preparation was mailed at the end of July. Please be sure you have replied as the letter instructs. If you did not receive this letter and are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year, 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.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – for children from preschool through high school begin in mid- to late-September. Registration forms and calendars can be found on the table in the Narthex, in the kiosk, or on our website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/). Talk to Michele and Kaitlin at the table in the Narthex this weekend, or contact them (Michele at [email protected]; Kaitlin at [email protected]) for more information.
YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF – If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to our Youth Ministry Kickoff at the pavilion at Coulby Park (28730 Ridge Rd. Wickliffe 44092). We will be having a picnic and bean bag toss competition on Sunday, September 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Kaitlin at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ext.120. I am in need of a couple more cornhole board sets for the picnic. Please let me know if I can borrow your set. Thank you!
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].
FOOD PANTRY – Thanks to all who donated food to the pantry. Our ministries are the work of the parish; we all play a part. Our biggest need, currently, is canned soup (not condensed). Financial support of the pantry is always available through the Social Justice Fund. Donate online at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
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.
BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS – Our recent blood drive (August 12th) registered 24 donors and collected 23 pints of blood. We also registered 4 first-time donors! Thanks to all our donors and thanks to Gloria Slupek and the Fullermans for staffing the table!
JAIL MINISTERS – Members of St. Noel, along with other Catholic parishes, lead communion services every Sunday at the Lake County jail. We are looking for new people interested in this meaningful ministry. Call Anthony to learn more (946-1128 x122).
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 MEAL – Our next N2N meal is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. It’s a wonderful evening with 300+ of our neighbors. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected].
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal offers a resource room at each meal. Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge. We are looking for nurses, doctors, and lawyers to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
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.
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).
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.
EUCHARISTIC 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).
DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga district of Catholic parishes is hosting its 4th annual ministry conference from 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th at St. Gabriel Parish in Concord, OH. Bishop Perez will offer the keynote address, and workshops are available for anyone involved in parish ministry. The conference aims at developing discipleship and our commitment to live as followers of Jesus. You can learn more about the conference at: http://www.st-gabriel.org/lake-geauga-district.html. If interested in attending, please call Anthony at the parish; St. Noel will cover your cost. The conference will be great for both professional ministers and those who serve as volunteers. Please consider joining us.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On August 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. On September 6th, Bingo. On September 13th, Bingo & Bake. On September 20th, Luncheon & Bingo. Luncheon Menu: Cavatelli & meatballs, sausage, salad, French Bread and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is September 17th. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. On September 27th, Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BREADTH OF LIFE – will kick off the 39th season on Wednesday, September 12th with speaker Matt Lewis presenting “The Urgent Message of Marian Apparitions.” We will look at the 20th Century apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Akita, and Kibeho, finding a common urgent plea from the Blessed Mother. Lewis will also discuss what Marian Consecration is and why you need to do it.
The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Parish Hall in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes Caesar salad, chicken marsala, oven roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable and carrot cake. All are welcome.
NEWMAN FOUNDATION – Catholic college students at secular campuses in the Diocese of Cleveland are supported in their faith through the Newman Foundation of Northern Ohio. The foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner is Friday, October 5th at St. Michael Woodside in Broadview Hts. Tickets are $45. Contact Anthony for more information on this important organization in the diocese.
SAINT PASCHAL/SAINT CLARE – is offering a bereavement support group entitled “Walking in Hope” to provide support to anyone who has lost a significant person in their life. The six-week workshop begins Tuesday, September 4th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Saint Paschal Rectory Parlor. There is no charge for the workshop and is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners.
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.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – Designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. An 8-week support group will begin Thursday, September 13th – November 1st, at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. The group meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Pentecost Room. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping and moving on. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and is open to people of all faiths.
ST. VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – is offering adults the ability to learn the Slovenian language beginning on Saturday, September 8th. Classes are scheduled on two Saturday’s a month from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. and will continue into May 2019. For information and enrollment, please call Lillian at 216-350-6889 or email at [email protected].