Our efforts to build ministries of advocacy continue to grow, and I am excited to give you an update of our progress. Our community meal is moving forward and will be called the St. Noel Neighbor to Neighbor Meal Ministry. The meals will take place on the first Thursday of the month beginning in November with the kick-off meal scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2015 in the Banquet Center. Neighbor to Neighbor implies a sense of mutuality; we come together as family, sharing a hot meal and forming relationships. Neighbor to Neighbor is more than feeding; it is an opportunity to understand another’s story and to share ourselves with others. We’re hoping many of you will simply come to the meal and dine with our guests. Formation for all Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers will happen on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to Bill & Sharon Waltermire for their leadership.
The GED preparation ministry has researched the various types of programs that are available as well as the various methods of content delivery. The committee has scheduled visits at other area GED sites and will be visiting them over the next several weeks. Gathering this information has been a large task, and the committee has done a wonderful job thus far. Thanks to Annie Zahradnik for her leadership.
The jail ministry committee welcomed Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, Secretary for Parish Life of the Diocese of Cleveland, to its last meeting. Sister introduced us to the LEAF Ministry (Listening, Encouraging, and Assisting Families of the Incarcerated) support groups that are gathering in five parishes throughout the diocese. LEAF groups offer conversation and fellowship to people dealing with the incarceration of someone they love. Currently, there are no groups meeting in Lake County, and Sister is quite interested in starting a group at St. Noel. Four to five members of the committee are interested in working with Sr. Rita Mary to make that happen. The remainder of the committee is working with Senta Kline of Catholic Charities and the Lake County Re-Entry Coalition to develop a re-entry ministry at the parish. Having clarified our roles and direction, the committee has divided into two and is moving forward. Thanks to Clarence Bucaro for his leadership.
These are ministries of the entire parish, and we are committed to keeping you informed and to offering you opportunities to be involved. If you want to learn more or offer your help, please contact me at the parish office. Advocacy is the work of all God’s people with the potential of transforming both our hearts and our community.
[email protected], 440-946-1128 x122
FAITH & VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith & Values Appeal for Education next weekend, August 15th & 16th. 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.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for August thru December have been emailed. If you do not have an email, you can pick up a copy in the kiosk. It is important that you check to make sure you have the new schedule. If you have any questions, please call the parish office.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Mass on August 19th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
Please note the Anointing of the Sick has been moved to AUGUST 19TH at 6:45 p.m.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $5.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS are in the vestment sacristy (across from the restrooms). Please pick them up and initial the sheet indicating you received it.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed 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 have not received this letter, please call or email Michele (440-946-1128, x121 or [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name and your contact information.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE – Mark the weekend of Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st of this year and plan to attend this wonderful boutique featuring fair trade clothing, crafts, cards, foods and more. Included in the vendors are two representatives from CEPROSI, our partners in Nicaragua, who are very excited to be traveling to St. Noel.
BLOOD DRIVE VOLUNTEERS – Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 16th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Can you serve for an hour that morning? Please call Anthony to help.Thanks to Maureen Shiffler for coordinating this blood drive.
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD – St. Noel will again sponsor a wheelchair collection on August 22nd 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].
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 COMMUNITY MEAL – Offering a meal is more than simply giving someone food. The Christian understanding of hospitality calls us to welcome the stranger as we would welcome Christ. We are looking for people interested in welcoming our guests and sharing the meal with them. This crucial service is integral to the mission of the community meal and the advocacy that will follow. Are you interested in providing a welcoming presence at the meal? Please contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church office.
THE WORLD JESUS KNEW – a book by Anne Punton, will be the basis for a study of the historical Jesus on Tuesday evenings this fall. Using this book, videos, discussions, and lectures, study group members will come to know the background of first century Palestine and a better understanding of Gospel situations and Jesus’ parables and sayings. All adults are welcome to the meetings in the Lower Level on September 15th, 29th, October 13th, 27th, November 10th, 24th and December 1st, 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The book may be obtained through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or another book source. Read chapters 1 and 2 for the September 15th meeting. Questions? Call Kathy Coolick at 440-655-5593.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 13th, Speaker, Topic: Santa Claus for Kids. On August 20th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: chicken fingers, potato salad, broccoli/cauliflower/carrots, rolls & butter, watermelon. For tickets call: Rosemarie Baranauskas, 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets & payment is August 16th. On August 27th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
THE CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – is looking for a “Whole Bunch of Women” to attend and informational Coffee, to be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 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 want to attend. To receive and invitation and ask any questions you have, please call Patty O’Reilly at 440-231-4912.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) On Friday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. the book club is meeting at the St. Paschal’s Life Center. The book we will discuss is “Lock In” by John Scalzi. There are 50 copies available on Clevenet. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming.
JOIN US FOR THE FEST – Join us this Sunday, August 9th on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe) from 12 noon – 10:00 p.m. for The FEST. Come hear great music, enjoy activities for the entire family, join thousands for mass at 8:00 p.m., and experience the event of the summer. There is plenty of close parking and activities for everyone. For all the details, visit www.TheFEST.us. See you at The FEST!
DAY RETREAT FOR TEACHERS: Mindful, Faithful Teaching. Ignatian Spirituality in the Classroom – On August 17th or 19th all teachers are invited on any of the dates listed for a retreat facilitated by John Ropar, Ph.D. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35 (call for group rate). To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
TOUCH A LIFE…Become a Hospice Volunteer – Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. We care for our patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed. Volunteer education is held frequently throughout northern Ohio. Teen and volunteers not having patient contact attend only four hours of training while most other volunteers attend all 16 hours. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
THE LIFE OF THOMAS MERTON A PLAY: Alive at Fourth & Walnut – This one person play portrays the life and spiritual journey of Thomas Merton – his youth, conversion, monastic/hermit life and untimely death. We see the struggles, joys and challenges he embraced in becoming the deeply human monk, prophet, poet and spiritual writer God called him to be. Come watch Jim Nagle on August 16th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. bring to life the story. Cost is $20. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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 settings and their impact upon effective relationships, leadership and well-being. Presented by Rick Krivanka on August 20th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – The next 10 parish support group will be held on Wednesdays starting August 12th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney. We come together to share and help each other with the common experiences of grief. For more information and required registration please call Rita demarche at 440-942-0336.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Is hosting a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 21st 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 lots of raffle and door prizes. All are welcome. For tickets, please call Anna marie at 944-4383.
EYMARD SPIRITUAL GATHERING – Get in the boat! Join the St. Paschal Baylon Eymard Spiritual Group for a “Prime Time” gathering on August 25th. It is time to get into the boat, put out to sea, and do what He asks. How does Pope Francis lead? And how does he follow? Our guest speaker, Rick Krivanka, Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat House, will help us reflect and discern our next move as we urge ourselves to get in that boat with Jesus. The gathering will begin with a social at 6:00 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and a 50/50 raffle! All attendees are asked to bring salads, sides or main dishes, to serve 6-8. The gathering will be held in the St. Paschal Family Life Center, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd. Please call the parish office at 440-442-3410 to reserve your spot.
ROBERT & WILLIAM INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FESTIVAL – will be August 13th-16th. Come enjoy homemade pierogi, stuffed cabbage, Slovenian sausage, steamed clams/mussels, BBQ, music and a polka mass. Visit www.srweuclid.cc or call 216-731-1515 for information. Plenty of free parking. Located at 367 E 260th St., Euclid. We hope to see you there!
BEAUMONT SCHOOL – Free Science Fair Workshop for 7th & 8th grade girls! Tuesday, August 11th from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on creating a strong science fair topic and hypothesis. Visit Beaumontschool.org or call 216-321-1661 for more information.