St. Noel Banquet Center is an important aspect of our life as a parish community. The Banquet Center provides space for parish events such as GIFT, Vacation Bible School, Lenten Fish Fries, the Parish Spaghetti Dinner and the monthly Neighbor to Neighbor Meal. The Banquet Center also contributes to our yearly income by hosting wedding receptions, anniversaries, funeral luncheons, baby and wedding showers, birthday celebrations, corporate events and holiday parties. For almost 30 years, Randy Henning, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has served as the General Manager and Executive Chef of the Banquet Center. As all of us who know Randy will testify, his expertise has been the major factor in making the Banquet Center successful.
Part of operating a Banquet Center is maintaining rooms that are current and attractive. It has been 20 years since our Banquet Center has undergone a remodeling. This month we have set plans in place for an overall renovation. The plans include new wall coverings, crown moldings, decorative mirrors, and a new treatment for the bar area. We feel that these changes will make the Banquet Center competitive with other venues in our area. The work will be done in early January, which is off-season for parties. These improvements will come from the Banquet Center’s own earnings for this fiscal year.
I draw this remodeling to your attention so that you may take pride in our Banquet Center and spread the word to your family and friends to use it for their special occasions. Doing so will be a benefit to our parish as well as to those who choose to use our facilities.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
YOUTH MINISTRY KICK-OFF – If you are 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 snacks – chips, crackers, cookies – and jelly. Please drop any food items in the bin outside the pantry. Thank you for your support of this important ministry.
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]
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.
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).
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On August 9th, Bingo. 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!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, August 12th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate these drives. Please contact Anthony if interested.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES – will host a Charismatic mass on Friday, August 17th, at 7:00 p.m. at Divine Word Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland. Fr. David Woost will be the celebrant. Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m. Healing Prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer. A social will immediately follow Mass For more information, contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.
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/
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ball game at Progressive Field on September 23rd. Pre-Game Mass at 10:15 a.m. in the ball park. Tickets starting at $17. Purchase online at
https://www.mlb.com/indians/tickets/specials/catholic-family-day. Enter the special passcode “catholic”. Any additional questions call 216-420-4162 or email [email protected].
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, August 12th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
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!
BALLOT INITIATIVE – Because of the faithful labor of our partners, our allies and our volunteer base, the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment will be on the November Ballot! Thanks to all who signed the petitions at St. Noel and helped gather signatures. More information will be available as November approaches.