Last week 77 parishioners gathered to discern what initiative of Advocacy should become a part of our parish life. Our Social Justice Committee will be meeting to process the results, and I will soon be sharing them with you. Today, however, I wish to present to you the statement of our Parish Pastoral Council encouraging us to support the Advocacy initiative.
“As members of the St. Noel Parish Pastoral Council, we are aware of our role “to promote the spiritual growth of the parish and to plan ways to carry out the mission of the church,” (St. Noel Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines, p. 2). In light of this responsibility, we strongly encourage all members of St. Noel to understand and participate in the ongoing initiative to increase the effectiveness of advocacy within our parish.
Over the last year we have educated ourselves on the two feet of Christian service: mercy and advocacy. Mercy acts to meet an immediate need of our neighbor. Advocacy acts to eliminate the structures and causes that create the need in the first place. It came to us as an insight that although our parish espoused many ministries of mercy, those of advocacy were underrepresented. Since both mercy and advocacy are an essential component of Catholic Social Teaching, we felt it was necessary to recommend that the parish staff and Social Justice Committee create at least one new ministry of advocacy for St. Noel.
Upon the recommendation of the Social Justice Committee, a parish survey was taken before Easter this year. It asked parishioners to select one of four areas of advocacy that could be established at St. Noel. We thank those who participated in the survey. The positive response has occasioned a plan to explore all four areas for possible implementation. We are supportive of this direction. We encourage parishioners to follow the process of discernment that will eventually result in one or more ministries of advocacy and to consider participating in them.
Involvement in this ongoing initiative and its results is a possible way for parishioners to increase their connection to St. Noel and further the work of Jesus. The gifts we possess are different, but we are confident that the gifts of many parishioners will be needed to carry out this initiative.
Let us join together, then, to support actively a healthy balance of mercy and advocacy within our parish community.”
St. Noel Parish Pastorial Council
Keith Brandt, Sr. Kathleen Heer,
Joseph Daprano, Eleanor Reilly,
Michael Hackett, Chad Hudock,
Mary Schneider, Barbara Mills,
Jennifer Kasprisin, Bob Gahr,
Candice Minnello, Mary Busch
Fr. George Smiga
NEW VIDEO – You are invited to view a new 9 minute video by Fr. George. It is called “Salt” and it can be found on his website: buildingontheword.org. Fr. George would appreciate you leaving a comment on the site with your response to the video.
YNIA – This week high school teens from our community will be serving in Detroit, Michigan. Please keep them in your prayers.
BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the 4th of July holiday, please have all articles for the July 4th/5th bulletin in the parish office by Wednesday, June 24th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, June 28th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – Next weekend, June 27th & 28th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept donations to the Peter’s Pence collection. The proceeds from this collection fund emergency-relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters.
SPECIAL CONCERT IN THE CONCERT SERIES: Tuesday, June 30th at 7:30 p.m., Apollo’s Fire will present the greatest hits of the 1720s: G.P. Telemann Don Quixote Suite, J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto 4 and no. 5 and A. Vivaldi (arr. J. Sorrell) La Folia (Madness). This program showcases Apollo’s Fire’s lively virtuosity. Join the musicians afterwards for coffee and conversation! For more information and tickets, please contact [email protected] or 216-320-0012 or toll-free 1-800-314-2535.
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. The commitment is approximately one mass per month and schedules are prepared in advance. Please contact the parish office at 440-946-0887 or Jim Klements at 440-442-2744 if you can help.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on July 8th and August 12th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We wil be placing our order for At Home With The Word books by July 3rd. If you would like a book, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887. We will be compiling a new list for those who want to order. The cost is $5.50.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Please return your filled baby bottles to the Church office. Womankind will pick up all bottles on June 29th. You can still take a bottle from the narthex and do your part to support Womankind. For more information please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Our parish food pantry operates on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9-11:00 a.m. We are looking for people to help greet our pantry guests and check them in before shopping. If you are comfortable talking with people and interested in helping with the pantry, please call Anthony at the Church office (946-1128 x122).
FOOD PANTRY BAGS – Thanks to all who have been using the blue pantry bags located on the table in the narthex. Your support makes a big difference in the pantry! Using the bags is simple: pick up a bag and a wish list, fill the bag with items, and return it to the bin in the clothing area outside the pantry. Empty bags are always available on the hook next to the pantry door. Grab a bag next time you’re on the way to the grocery store and keep the pantry stocked. Thanks!
CEPROSI HOST FAMILY – Two women from our partner organization in Nicaragua, CEPROSI, are coming to St. Noel in October to participate in the Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique and spend time in the parish. This is wonderful news!! The women will be staying with us for 3-4 days, and we are looking for a host family to house them while they are here. Spanish speakers would be great! Please call Anthony if you’re interested.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Do you still need to register your child? You can stop in and do this at the parish office, or print out a registration form from our website (stnoel.org) and drop it off or mail it in. Registration ends on Thursday, July 9th. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Our volunteer meeting is Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall. Are you an adult or young person (who has completed grade 6) who would like to volunteer for VBS? We need you. Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On June 25th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
“TOUCH OUR WORLD ONE CHILD AT A TIME” – Today more and more children find themselves homeless. BLESSING HOUSE, a crisis care center for children in the Cleveland area, provides children a safe and loving environment until they can go home. The Sisters of Notre Dame invite single women ages 18-35 to volunteer at Blessing House from June 28th-July 2nd. For more information, contact Sr. Kathleen Hine, SND at 440-476-6094 or email [email protected]. Online registration available at www.sndchardon.org.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL 25TH ANNUAL PARISH FESTIVAL – is June 26th-28th. Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to Midnight and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Home cooked ethnic food, games, amusement rides, air-conditioned and smoke-free casino, live entertainment, lots of fun for all! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE: Winner’s choice of $15,000 cash or a new 2015 Subaru Outback Limited 36 month lease. Plenty of parking with shuttles to and from church grounds.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 26th, at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1965). Couples who are celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 or over) or who have missed previous celebrations are welcome to register and attend. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 29, 2015. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.
JUSTIN MARTYR ANNUAL INDOOR GARAGE SALE – will take place on June 25th-26th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and June 28th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you would like to make a donation of items, contact the parish office at 440-946-1177. All proceeds benefit our High School Teen Pilgrimage to the National Catholic Youth Conference.
THE MOUNT CARMEL PLAYERS – are proud to announce “Peter Pan” as their 45th annual musical production. There will be five performances, July 17,18,19,24 & 25. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Reserved seats are $14 in advance (over 60/under 12 – $12). Group rates are available at $10/ticket for a group of 20 or more. The show will be held at Lakeland Community College Performing Arts Center located at I-90 & Rt 306 in Kirtland. For more ticket information, call Mary Bilyk at 440-944-5593.
SAINT PASCHAL BAYLON EYMARD SPIRITUAL GROUP – will meet on Tuesday, June 30th. Guest speaker, The Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, will discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family and the Church’s commitment to support the Christian family. Scheduled events are: 11:00 a.m. Social, 11:30 a.m. Novena to St. Peter Julian Eymard, Noon catered lunch, 1:00 p.m. presentation. Registration and payment due by Monday, June 22nd. The cost is $8.00. Please make checks payable to St. Paschal Church. Registration may be dropped off at the parish office or mailed to: Mrs. Patty Knezevic, Business Manager St. Paschal Baylon Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts., Ohio 44143. For more information, call the parish office at 440-442-3410.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Friday, June 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. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES’ 33RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE – will be held on July 17th and 18th at Magnificat High School in Rocky River. Guest speakers will be Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw and Fr. John Gordon, and local clergy Bishop Roger Gries and Fr. Damian Ference. This year’s theme is “Father Make Us One”. The conference opens on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Contact Shirley or Tom Fumich at 440-327-1226 for registration information or visit www.crmweb.org. Advance registration through July 8th is $30, and at the door $35. Come experience the healing power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.