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Weekly Bulletin 8/19/18

Dear Parishioner,

For the past 30 years, St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministry has hosted a Benefit Dinner to spread the word about the St. Augustine Center, to share a meal together with the two communities, and to provide much needed financial support.

  • The MISSION OF St. Augustine Center, a 501 (C) 3
     organization located on West 14th Street in Cleveland,
    is: “The Center provides for the needs of persons who
    suffer from poverty, homelessness, disability, and age
    so that all persons will be able to fully participate in the
    life of the community.”
  • St. Augustine Center serves 500-600 meals daily,
     provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help,
    advocacy for disabled people, and crisis intervention to
    families and individuals in need. In addition, the Center
    helps 7-10 other local parishes in the area.
  • St. Augustine Benefit Dinner will be hosted on Thursday,
     October 18th, at St. Noel Banquet Center. This year
    the format of the evening will be simplified. There will be
    no speeches or entertainment, only a delicious dinner,
     fundraising opportunities and time to socialize with each
    other. Invitations to this event will be mailed to your
    home in early fall. This is St. Noel’s major fundraiser of
    the year, so please come join us!!
  • We invite you to join our support of St. Augustine Center
     and become involved: SEE THE BOARD LOCATED IN
     THE NARTHEX for ideas or
  • Donate an item, gift certificate, or service for the
    silent/live raffle. (Drop off in the Church office or
    Sunday basket marked “St. Augustine Benefit
    Dinner.”)
  • Support with an advertisement in the event program.
    (Pick up a form in the Narthex.) This is an effective
    way to promote your business to approximately 400
    community members who will be in attendance.
  • Contribute a monetary donation to the Dinner, mailed
    directly to St. Noel Church, or put in the weekly
    collection basket with “St. Augustine Benefit Dinner”
    in the memo line as well as on the envelope.

If there are any questions or pickups, please contact Claire Pattie at [email protected]; Barb Brandt at [email protected]; Kathy Penko at [email protected]; Laurie Solomon Patriarca at [email protected] or Colletta Somrack at [email protected].

Let’s work together to let our “giving” assist in big ways. Thank you for your support and God bless you!!

Fr. George Smiga

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.

LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this 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 this Monday, August 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our July market served 133 people.

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.

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 and next, 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.

BOUNDLESS COMPASSION – motivated Jesus’ life and mission. As his disciples, we long for our hearts to be open to this deep love that Jesus has. Our parishioner Emma Krueger 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). You can call 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.

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.  

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).

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).

BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 4 tons (8,146 lbs.) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Carole Lester, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Karin Ostroske, Rich Beckwith for their dedicated service.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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!

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].

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