I am pleased to inform you that we have successfully replaced the roof over the kitchen in our Banquet Center. This project was funded by a very generous gift of $30,000 from an anonymous parishioner which was matched and exceeded by a special campaign in our parish raising $35,461. Because of the generosity of these gifts, we were able to use additional profits from the Banquet Center to replace the three air conditioning units which are located on the kitchen roof. The replaced units were original to the building which made them 30 years old. By replacing the units now we were able to use the crane which removed the old units for the roof repair to install the new units. This reduced the cost of the project.
Therefore, we now have a new roof and new air conditioning units which should serve us for decades to come.
I would like to thank Frank Vitale of our parish who over saw this project and brought it to completion. Let me also thank all the parishioners whose donations made this improvement to our parish possible.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past 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.
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.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – Time is running out! Have you signed up? Sign up is available after Mass or you can schedule online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. 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.
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 Monday August 15th.
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.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 14th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org/. If you can help on the day of the drive, please call Anthony to volunteer at 440-946-1128, ext.122.
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.
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD – St. Noel will again sponsor a wheelchair collection on August 13th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Church parking lot. Wheelchairs are refurbished in prison ministry programs and distributed in third-world countries. Due to the generosity of donors we have an overabundance of walkers, crutches, and canes; we will collect only wheelchairs (please no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley 440-488-4657 or [email protected].
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Everyone is welcome!
THE FEST – Join us this Sunday on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe) from 12 noon-10 p.m. for The FEST. Come to hear great music (Newsboys, Michael W Smith, Matthew West, and Lauren Daigle), enjoy activities for the entire family, join thousands for Mass at 8 p.m., and experience the event of the summer. There is plenty of close parking and something for everyone. For all the details, visit www.TheFEST.us. See you at The FEST!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for familes and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, August 14th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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].
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – We would like to invite couples and priests, of all ages, to attend Marriage Encounter weekend at St. Paschal Baylon, October 8th-9th. Any questions, call Leo and Toni Doty at 330-689-0632.
NEW PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS…WE WANT YOU! – The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is looking for ‘Caring Christian Women” to attend 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 12th, Movie Night. We will meet in the parking lot of St. Paschal’s at 6:45 p.m. and decide on a movie to see at the theater. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming. 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.
GRACE: FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS – DAY RETREAT FOR TEACHERS / EDUCATORS – On August 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presented by Sr. Carol Anne Smith, HM. This retreat will provide a day of prayer and reflection in pondering how we find and respond to God in all things, even as we “run all the time” in our full day to days as teachers and administrators. Come individually or bring your staff. Teachers and administrators from Catholic, public and private schools are welcome. The day begins with coffee and pastry and ends with Mass. Cost: $40. (call for group rate). To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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.
ST. 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]).