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, but you can take a “sneak peek” at dates, topics and speakers in the GIFT box in this bulletin.
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 on a new day and time – Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Prime Time is for Grades 9-12. It will meet on Sunday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
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 19 & 20 or August 26 & 27) 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 next blood drive is this Sunday, August 13th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Walk-ins are welcome. All who come to donate will receive an email for a $5 Target eGiftCard™.
FAITH AND VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith and Values Appeal for Catholic Education next weekend, August 19-20th. This appeal provides tuition support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese.
AUGUSTINE – Our volunteers will not be serving a meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for the month of August.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed last week 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.
CORE MEMBERS NEEDED – Please prayerfully consider being a part of our CORE team for Prime Time. Through your example and your involvement on the CORE team, you have the opportunity to be a living example of Christ in the lives of teens. We need your unique gifts and strengths. I am looking for adults who can commit to weekly Sunday evening meetings with our teens (from 6:30-8:00 p.m.) and weekly planning meetings. Please contact Kaitlin at 440-946-1128 x 120.
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.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish.
We are looking for several additional people who are available on Mondays between 2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you can fill either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
JAIL VOLUNTEERS – The St. Noel Jail Ministry is looking for additional volunteers to serve at both the Lake County Jail and the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Members of the parish bring communion to the jail about once a month. Training is provided and all volunteers are paired with another person. Please call Anthony at the Church office, 440-946-1128 x122 if you are interested in hearing more about this meaningful ministry.
TRIP TO CANADA – Here are the final details for the trip to The Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Midland, Ontario, Canada. We leave Saturday morning, September 23 and return Sunday evening, September 24. Our hotel in Midland has a pool. We will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Shrine on Sunday, and assist with the choir. A Jesuit priest will talk with us after Mass (St. Noel and the other martyrs were Jesuits). We will stop at Niagara Falls and enjoy a dinner cruise on the Georgian Bay on Saturday evening.
The price is based on double occupancy, including all entrance fees, meals, tax and gratuities. You need only bring your own spending money. We have had good interest, but need 30 people to make the trip happen. At 30 people, the cost per person is $289. At 40 people the price drops to $250; at 50, the cost is $235.
Contact Mark Muzzillo ([email protected] or 440-537-7722) by Thursday evening, August 17 if you plan to go, or with any questions (including info about single occupancy or 3-4 people to a room).
ROSARY OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel was contacted by Brookdale Senior Living in Willoughby to offer some prayer opportunities for the Catholic residents. Immaculate Conception already distributes the Eucharist on Sundays. Would you like to pray the rosary with residents at Brookdale? It could happen weekly or monthly. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440) 946-1128 x122.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, August 21st from 2-4 in the Banquet Center. The Senior Produce Market is designed to give low-income seniors access to fresh produce throughout the year. St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Please spread the word.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come check out the garden space! Join us to work or relax for a while on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m., on August 18 and 25. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ADDICTION – Many in our community struggle with addiction. They are our children, parents, extended family, friends, us. Join in prayer and support for one another this Sunday, August 13th, 6:00 p.m., at St. Mary Magdalene Church (32114 Vine St. Willowick 44094).
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 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 17th, Bingo. On August 24th, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: Lemon chicken, cavatelli with red sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter and dessert. For tickets, call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is August 21st. On August 31st, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12, 2017. Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Will host a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Advance tickets are $8.00 or $9.00 at the door. There will be a lot of raffle and door prizes. All are welcome. For tickets, please call Anna Marie at 944-4383.
GABRIEL FOOD PANTRY – There will be a benefit concert featuring Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. on Monday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m. The concert is to benefit the expansion of St. Gabriel’s Food Pantry. For more information call 440-352-8282.
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ballgame at Progressive Field on October 1st. Pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. Tickets starting at $14. Purchase on line http://m.mlb.com/indians/tickets/group/catholicfamilyday
Enter the special passcode “baseball”. Additional questions call 216-420-4162 or email [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.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages”, which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. Join our weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions, September 8th-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.
ST. VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – The language classes meet on two Saturday mornings a month from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. Classes are held at St. Martin de Porres High School, 6111 Lausche Ave., Cleveland. Tuition is $50 per semester or $100 a year. For more information, call Lillian at 216-350-6889 or email at [email protected].