On Saturday, October 7th, the Catholic parishes of Lake & Geauga counties are sponsoring an annual conference for anyone who wishes to grow in service as disciples. The conference, which is now in its third year, will be held at St. Gabriel Parish from 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. I will be giving the keynote address entitled, “The Call to Serve: Confusion, Courage, Thankfulness.” After the address, there will be two series of breakout sessions with lunch in between. Breakout sessions will address issues of Catechesis, Pre-Cana and Pre-Baptism ministry, Administrative Ministry, Youth Ministry, Social Justice, and much more.
You can find a schedule for the day, including all the breakout sessions at http://www.st-gabriel.org/lake-geauga-district.html.
There is a $10 cost for participating in the conference. Our parish Endowment is covering the cost of St. Noel parishioners who wish to attend. If you wish to come, do not register online, call Anthony Camino at 440-946-1128 x 122.
This conference will be especially helpful for anyone who is already involved in a parish ministry, but I believe the conference will be a spiritual and pastoral enrichment for anyone who participates. Please consider joining us for this day of reflection and growth.
Fr. George Smiga
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 2017, we collected $1,949.87. Our expenses for July were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||380.17|
|Neighbor to Neighbor||25.53|
Thank you for your support!
AUGUSTINE – Our volunteers will not be serving a meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for the month of August.
LABOR DAY – The sign-up sheet for liturgical ministers for the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the Church is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minsister.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES have been emailed to all our volunteers. If you have not received your copy, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
TRIP TO CANADA – We want to thank all those who expressed an interest in the trip to The Shrine of the North American Martyrs. Unfortunately, we did not reach our minimum number of 30 people, so the trip has been cancelled. We will try again next fall.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed recently 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 did 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-September! Registration forms and calendars can be found on the table in the Narthex, on the kiosk, or online (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ). Talk to Michele and Kaitlin at the table in the narthex this weekend, or contact them (Michele – [email protected]) or (Kaitlin – [email protected]) for more information.
ATTENTION YOUTH! – We are gearing up for an exciting year in Youth Ministry and we want YOU to be a part of it! If you are you in Middle School or High School and want to be involved, there are registration forms available in the Narthex. Fill one out and drop it off in the parish office. Be sure and check the bulletin for more exciting announcements to come!
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.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our recent blood drive was a big success. With the tremendous number of walk-in appointments, we had 32 donations! Thanks to all who came to donate and a special thanks to Wendy Zorman, Connie Holter, & Matt Fullerman for staffing the welcome table. We could not sponsor blood drives at the parish without volunteer help. Our next drive is scheduled for December 17th.
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.
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.
ROSARY OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel was contacted by Brookdale Senior Living in Willoughby to offer some prayer opportunities for the Catholic residents Jeanne Oakley has generously offered to lead the rosary, and we’re looking for others to join her on Tuesday mornings. For now, we will go monthly; if we identify more volunteers, we could go weekly. Please contact Anthony if you’re interested (440) 946-1128 x122.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 11-12th. 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.
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 one last work date this season that provides exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The date is 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.
PASCHAL/ST. CLARE CLUSTER – 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 12th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the relaxed atmosphere of the St. Paschal Rectory Parlor. There is no charge. For questions call Barbara Curran at 440-461-4495, Corky Mondello at 440-449-3584 or St. Paschal Rectory at 440-442-3410.
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.
4TH ANNUAL SECOND BLESSINGS RUMMAGE SALE – Will take place place at St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid on Saturdays, September 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 10th from Noon – 5:00 p.m. This is a huge boutique-style sale. Over 18,000 square feet of gently used items including designer clothing, furniture, toys, housewares, linens, sporting goods and more. Admission is free, but if you enter at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday to get the best selections, the cost is $5. For more information, visit saintjohnofthecross.org or call the parish office 216-289-0770.
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].
LCCN FUNDRAISER – The Lake County Community Network (LCCN) invites you to support them on August 30th by dining at Applebee’s in Mentor. Pick up a flyer in the Narthex and present it to your server. 15% of your check will go to the LCCN. St. Noel is a member of the network which offers financial assistance to people throughout Lake County. Please consider supporting this important organization in our community.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting their 2nd Annual Unity Day on Saturday, September 9th from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Rd., Willoughby Hills. This event is a day to come together as a community to honor our First Responders and to remember and honor the victims and First Responders of the 9/11 attack. For more information, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
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.
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].
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – Is an 8 -week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It begins Thursday, September 21st and concludes on November 19th, at St. Mary Church, 401 North Street, Chardon. The group meets from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 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.