I was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland on June 14, 1975. Therefore, this June 14th will mark 40 years of ministry. The majority of those years (24) have been spent as pastor of St. Noel. I might add that they have also been my best years. I have had the privilege of ministering to the wonderful people of this parish and working with talented and committed staff members. There have been significant successes and some unfortunate mistakes, but God has been faithful through it all.
I would like to provide an opportunity to share my joy with you on this 40th Anniversary. There will be a simple reception on Sunday, June 14th after the 11:00 Mass until 1:30.
Please, no gifts. This is just a time for us to mark this anniversary together and to give thanks to God for all we have received.
Fr. George Smiga
CONCERT SERIES – On Sunday, May 24th at 4:00 p.m. our St. Noel Music Ministry will present a Pentecost Concert. The concert is free and open to the public.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no evening Masses beginning Wednesday, May 20th, through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on June 17th and July 8th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser begins this weekend and runs through Father’s Day. Pick up your bottle at the table in the narthex. The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: CALL TO TRANSFORMATION – Will be held on Wednesday, June 10th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sister Lisa Marie Belz, O.S.U., PhD will be the speaker. She is Professor of the Religious Studies Department and Graduate Ministry Department at Ursuline College. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. A suggested donation is $6.00 for lunch.
20/20 CLUB – Donations are still needed for the 20/20 Club. If we raise another $500 we will be able to fund the entire cost of the summer service trip for our high school youth to Detroit, Michigan through Young Neighbors in Action. Donations can be sent to the parish office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel. Thank you for your support!
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. The next gathering of the Caregiver’s Support Group is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on May 19th.
CEDAR POINT – Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point for all youth in grades 6-12 on Monday, June 15th. We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. Tickets are $40 and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will eat at the park. Snacks will be available throughout the day but bring money for dinner at Cedar Point. We will need a number of drivers. Parents, if you are able to chaperon this event please let Erica know. Permission slips are available on the kiosk in the narthex. Permission slips and payment are due by Monday, June 8th.
|Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?|
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, menu: breaded pork chop, mashed potatoes & gravy, spring mix vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, apple struedel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is May 18th. On May 28th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
PARISH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE – 86 people expressed interest in a particular area of advocacy and are being contacted for involvement. We will gather these people, and any other interested parishioners, on Tuesday, June 9th in the Small Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our purpose will be to identify leaders and move forward with any of the initiatives that have sufficient energy. All those who indicated “YES” on the survey will receive an invitation to this meeting.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th from 9-1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org Thanks to Tom & Kathleen Repko for coordinating this blood drive.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 happens the week of July 13th -17th (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). Registration will be after Masses on the weekends of May 30th & 31st and June 13th &14th. You can also find a registration form to print on the St. Noel website (stnoel.org). Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
VBS VOLUNTEERS – WE NEED YOU! If you missed the volunteer sign-up weekends, contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121) or stop by the table in the narthex on the weekend of May 30th & 31st or June 13th &14th.
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.
FIRST STEPS TO FORGIVENESS – An evening to begin to let go and move on. Join Fr. Tim Plavac, Pastor at St. Bede, on Wednesday, May 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor, as he facilitates an evening dedicated to the first steps to letting go and learning to move on after separation/divorce. To register, call Karen at 440-352-8282. This evening is sponsored by the Lake/Geauga Divorced & Separated Ministry, and is offered free of charge.
MEETING JESUS IN HIS HOMELAND – Fr. Wally Hyclak and Barb Vopat are taking another group on A ‘Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land’, November 30th to December 9th. Pray for PEACE as you visit, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Tiberius & more! Reasonable pricing including taxes and tips…Space is limited. Contact Barb Vopat at [email protected] or call her at 440-793-6911 or 216-470-4207.
MARY, THE MODEL OF DISCIPLESHIP – On May 21st, join Fr. Timothy Kalista for a one day retreat reflecting on the role of Mary as a model of Discipleship. The last recorded words in the Gospels we have of Mary is: “Do whatever he tells you to do!” and as Christians, we are reminded to be like Christ.
This day will provide us some of the “tools” we can use to help be stronger disciples of the Lord. Brief reflections, Mass, Adoration, Rosary and lunch will be offered as part of our day. Times are 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
ADDICTION AWARENESS WORKSHOP – The Samaritan Ministry of St. Malachi Parish will offer a FREE one-day Addiction Awareness Workshop in St. Malachi Center (behind the school), West 25th & Detroit, Cleveland, OH 44113, on Saturday, June 13th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Relevant topics will include: addiction/alcoholism as a brain disease; effects of drinking/using on others; treatment options; 12-Step programs of recovery; resources in the community. PB&J sandwiches and beverages will be provided. Donations welcome. For information/to register, call Judy Stowe (440-250-9959), [email protected] or St. Malachi Rectory (216-861-5343).