Our outdoor chapel was built by parishioners at the very beginning of St. Noel. Each year we schedule Masses in the chapel as the weather permits. However, before liturgies can be scheduled the chapel must be cleaned and repairs made from winter damage.
I would like to thank Lisa and Jamie Yane who have co-ordinated the clean up, and the other parishioners who assisted on Saturday, June 20th. I would also like to thank Mike Fiebig, who is working with family and friends to repair broken benches as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Because of the generosity of these parishioners, I am able today to announce the schedule for outdoor Masses this summer: 8:45 a.m. on July 7th, Noon Mass on July 17th, 8:45 a.m. on July 28th and August 11th, Noon Mass on August 21st and 9:00 a.m. on Labor Day, September 7th at 9:00 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the scheduled Masses will be moved to the church.
Remember the outdoor chapel is always available for personal prayer time, so use it whenever you wish, and also consider joining us for Mass in the midst of God’s Creation on one of the above dates.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
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 10th. If you would like a book, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887. Order will be placed on request basis. The cost is $5.50.
PRISON MINISTRY ADVOCACY – The initial gathering of the prison ministry advocacy group is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th in the Resurrection Room beginning at 7:00 p.m. Any parishioner interested in developing this ministry is welcome to attend.
ADULT LITERACY/GED ADVOCACY – The initial gathering of the GED advocacy group is scheduled for Wednesday,July 8th in the Resurrection Room beginning at 7:00 p.m. Any parishioner interested in developing this ministry is welcome to attend.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Thanks to all who participated and returned their bottles. Do you still have a bottle sitting at your house? Bring it back to St. Noel ASAP.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Do you still need to register your child? You can stop in to do this at the parish office, or print out a registration form from our website (stnoel.org) and drop it off to the office. Registration ends this Thursday, July 9th. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED – Are you an adult or young person (who has completed grade 6) who would like to volunteer for VBS? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
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!
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 2 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 FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On July 9th at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon, menu: BBQ ribs, beans, potato salad, and cherry pie. For tickets: call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $7.00 (Half-slab $5.00). Deadline for tickets and payment is July 6th. NO MEETINGS ON JULY 16TH & 23RD. On July 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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.
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.
CATHOLIC FAMILY FESTIVAL – Looking for a great family day this summer? Join us for the FEST on Sunday, August 9th on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. It’s a day that celebrates faith and family. It’s fun and it’s FREE. Come together to enjoy national Christian bands along with great faith-based activities and interactive displays for the whole family. The day ends with an outdoor Mass at 8:00 p.m. followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check it out online www.theFEST.us. Everyone is welcome!
GIGANTIC RUMMAGE SALE – Divine Word Catholic Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland will host a gigantic rummage sale July 16th-17th, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and July 18th, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information call the parish office at 440-256-1412.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Sunday, July 19th at 1:00 p.m. We will meet at Strawberry Lane. Use the Route 6 entrance just east of Route 91. We will walk to the Nature Center on the all-purpose blacktop trail. RSVP Jim at 440-944-1552. On Friday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals’ 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.
A DOG DAY OF SUMMER: REFLECTING ON THE GIFT OF OUR DOGS – Dogs are a remarkable gift from God in our lives! On July 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., we will provide a day to reflect upon the blessings and stories of life and life-lessons in our experiences with our dogs. The day begins with coffee and pastry and includes Mass and lunch. Facilitated by Fr. Joe Kraker. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org