As I discussed last week, the response to our parish survey was positive enough to allow us to explore several possible areas of Advocacy for St. Noel. Eighty-six parishioners expressed a desire to become involved in one area of Advocacy. In order to move forward we have invited them to gather this Tuesday, June 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. There the contours of the four possible areas of Advocacy will be presented and discussed. We will then explore whether we have sufficient leadership and resources to undertake one or more of these ministries.
Even though you may not have indicated on the survey that you wished to be contacted for involvement in the Advocacy initiative, you are still welcome to attend the meeting on June 9th to learn what the options are and to decide if you can help.
I am excited about the enthusiastic response to the Advocacy initiative so far, and I ask for your prayers that our ongoing discernment in these areas might bear great fruit.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our Ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
ST NOEL’S PARISH OFFICE – has an opening for a Part-time Staff Assistant to work approximately 12 hours per week. Eligible candidates must be outgoing and friendly. This position requires general office skills: phone, typing, filing and computer experience with Microsoft office. Resumes may be submitted no later than Friday, June 12th, via email to [email protected]
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on June 17th, July 8th and August 12th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Did you pick up a baby bottle? Our annual baby bottle fundraiser has begun and runs through Father’s Day. Get 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 this 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 – A sincere thank you to all who have donated to the 20/20 Club. Your generosity has helped us to reach our goal of funding the entire cost of sending our nine high school youth on the summer service trip to Detroit, Michigan through Young Neighbors in Action.
CEDAR POINT – Permission slips and payments are due THIS Monday, June 8th for the Youth Ministry trip to Cedar Point on Monday, June 15th. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome. 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 you 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 chaperone this event please let Erica know. Permission slips are available on the kiosk in the narthex.
ADVOCACY MEETING – YOU are invited to attend our advocacy meeting this 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. Our 4 areas of consideration are: prison reentry, community meal, adult education and crisis pregnancy. More information is available on the St. Noel website.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Don’t forget to register for our upcoming blood drive scheduled for Sunday, June 14th from 9-1 p.m. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org Thanks to Tom & Kathleen Repko for coordinating this blood drive.
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, June 16th 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 June 16th.
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 2015 happens the week of July 13th -17th (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). Registration will be after Masses next weekend, 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 next weekend, June 13th &14th.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On June 4th, Bingo; June 11th, bring a wrapped gift for the auction. On June 18th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon, menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes w/gravy, California vegetable, salad, rolls, cheesecake. For tickets call Terri George at 440-942-2445. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is June 15th. On June 25th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday June 14th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
“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.
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.
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).
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – is an 8 week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The support group begins Tuesday, June 16th and concludes on August 4th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sessions will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6850 Mayfield Rd., Gates Mills. For more information or to register, call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. The program is open to people of all faiths and is offered free of charge.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m., the book club is meeting at the St. Paschal Life Center, 5384 Wilson Mills, Highland Hts. The book we will discuss is “Vanishing Act” by Judy Biccolt. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming. Also on Sunday, June 14th at 1:00 p.m., meet at Strawberry Lane, then we will drive to Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St., Montville (east of Chardon), for the planetarium lecture at 2:00 p.m. There is a 25-inch telescope on the grounds we will see after the lecture. This is the site of the former Case-Western Reserve Observatory. RSVP Jim at 440-944-1552.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES’ TRAVELING CHARISMATIC MASS – for June will be held at St. John Vianney Parish, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor on Friday, June 19th. Praise and Worship will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m. Healing prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer, and there will also be a social after Mass. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445. Come and bring a friend!
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.
MOVIE & COVERSATION ABOUT POPE FRANCIS – THE FRANCIS EFFECT – will feature a movie, The Francis Effect. It takes an in-depth look at how the Church is changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis. Exclusive interviews with prominent Catholics and non-Catholics reveal that Pope Francis is having a profound effect on the world as well. Coffee, tea and pastry included. Times are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $10. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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.