This last week our Social Justice Committee met to discuss the results of the evening of discernment for Advocacy which took place on June 9th. As you know, four areas of Advocacy were a part of our parish survey. The committee feels confident that three of those areas have sufficient leadership to move forward: the community meal, prison ministry, and GED instruction. Although some parishioners were interested in an Advocacy ministry for unwed mothers, there were no parishioners willing to provide leadership for this effort and so it will not proceed at this time.
The next phase of our Advocacy effort will be to establish a steering committee for each ministry in order to determine the viability and contours of each effort. Clarence Bucaro will be scheduling steering committee meetings for the prison ministry. Annie Zahradnik will be doing the same for the GED ministry. And Bill and Sharon Waltermire will be co-ordinating the community meal. The times for the steering committee meetings will be published in our bulletin and on our website. They are open to any parishioner. If you would like to join any group, please call Anthony Camino (440-946-1128, x122).
I will keep you apprised of the direction and progress of each of these three groups. It is the intention of all three groups to identify ways in which more parishioners can participate once these ministries take shape. So even if you do not have time or interest in being part of the steering committee phase, you will have opportunities to become involved as each ministry begins.
I would like to thank the many people who have stepped forward to begin the exploration of the three areas of GED, community meal, and prison ministry. It is a true sign that God’s spirit is working in our midst. Please continue to keep our parish Advocacy efforts in your prayers in the weeks and months ahead.
Fr. George Smiga
YNIA TEENS SAY “THANK YOU” – for your prayers and support of their trip to Detroit, Michigan for a week of service through Young Neighbors in Action. As a sign of their gratitude, they invite you to join them this Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a follow-up evening. You can hear stories about their trip and ask questions about their experience.
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.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – This 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. Order will be placed on request basis. The cost is $5.50.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – All bottles should be returned to the Church office ASAP. Please return all bottles regardless of the amount inside. Womankind reuses them. Thanks for your generosity and help.
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 on 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For May 2015, we collected $840.95. Our expenses for May were:
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Thank you for your support.
BLOOD DRIVE VOLUNTEERS – our next blood drive is scheduled for August 16th from 9-1 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 9-1 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 2nd, Bingo. 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!
“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.
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.
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.
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!