Over the last few years we have been evaluating and repairing our parking lot. As you know the winter weather takes its toll on asphalt. Cracks and other forms of deterioration will in time endanger the foundation which can result in enormous repair costs.
Last summer we were able to resurface the strip of the lot which is closest to the buildings. This year we plan to resurface another 20,000 square feet. The cost of the project is $35,000. The work will take place the week of August 22nd. We will be able to maintain access to our building throughout the project.
Again, thank you for your financial support of St. Noel which allows us not only to support our numerous ministries, but also maintain our buildings and grounds.
BLOOD DRIVE THIS WEEKEND – You can drop in to donate blood on Sunday, August 14th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. or schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org/.
FAITH & VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith & Values Appeal for Catholic Education next weekend, August 20th & 21st. This appeal provides tuiton support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese. Please be generous in your support of Catholic school students.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – Photo appointments are available from August 23th – 27th only. After August 27th, the photography sessions are over. You can still sign up online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. Next weekend is the final weekend to sign up after Mass. Remember, there is no cost to you and each family will receive a free 8×10 photo. Your picture is important for the directory because YOU are a part of St. Noel.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed with information about First Communion preparation. Please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and have not received 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.
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to attend the next book club gathering on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book we are reading this month is “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper . Sign up on the kiosk after Mass. Contact Erica Zalar at 440-946-1128, ext. 120 with questions.
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. 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 parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information. The next meeting is this Monday, August 15th.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – please pick up a blue grocery bag on the table in the narthex and bring it with you to the grocery store. The pantry is currently in need of soups, tuna fish and tomato sauce. Our pantry served 58 separate households in July. Thanks to all who support the pantry!
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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 5-week support series beginning Saturday, October 1st. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – We were able to offer over $1,000 through the bottle collection. Thank you! Over the last 7 years, our parish has collected nearly $10,000 to support the excellent services of Womankind. Visit www.womankindcleveland.com to learn more.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – On October 8th & 9th there will be 3 trained Catholic couples and a priest coming to St. Paschal Baylon Parish to present a Marriage Encounter Weekend. This is a great opportunity to help your marriage stay on the right track! Call Mike and Regina at 330-305-9963 or www.GreatmarriagesOhio.org.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 18th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, French toast, potatoes, fruit cup and Danish. Cost is $6.00. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is August 15th. On August 25th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb and King salmon is $15.00/lb (Coho fillets are 1-2 lbs, King fillets are 2-4 lbs). It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. Wild One partners with Geauga Family Farms and is in the St. Noel parking lot every Saturday morning from 9:15-10:30 a.m. selling salmon. You can simply purchase on site or you can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected].
NEW PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS…WE WANT YOU! – The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is looking for “Caring Christian Women” to attend an informational Coffee, to be held at St. John Vianney in the St. John Paul II Room on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. or Friday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m. If you are a woman of faith, married, widowed or single and want an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the needs of children, you will want to attend. For additional information or questions, call Patty O’Reilly at 440-231-4912.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Is hosting a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Advance tickets are $8.00 or $9.00 at the door. For tickets, call Anna Marie at 944-4383. All are welcome!
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, August 26th 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 to Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know your are coming.
CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY IN A PLACE APART – On August 15th, led by Fr. John Vrana. In prayer and reflection we will explore what Mary’s Assumption means in the Church and what it says practically to the world today; separating doctrine from devotion. The day will include presentations, personal quiet time, communal praying of the rosary and celebration of the Mass. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee & pastry, includes lunch and ends by 3:00 p.m. Cost: $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said, “Marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 9-11th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 1-800-470-2230 or online www.helpourmarriage.org.
VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – is beginning its 2016-2017 Slovenian language classes on September 10th. Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15-11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 20, 2017. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School). Three levels are taught. Tuition is $50 per semester. Textbooks are purchased separately. For more information contact Lillian at 216-289-7253 ([email protected]) or Majda at 440-823-2874 ([email protected]).
UNDERSTANDING THE GIFT AND POWER OF EMOTION – This retreat will provide conversation and reflection on a diversity of perspectives regarding the central importance of emotions and emotional intelligence in everyday life setting and their impact upon effective relationships, leadership and well-being. On August 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.