Every summer we engage in projects to maintain our parish buildings and grounds. The list of items this year is a full one. The doors at our Banquet Center and the metal facia in front must be repaired and painted. The lighting in the front of the Banquet Center which is original to the 1986 building must be replaced. The thresholds and windows in the Narthex are to be repaired.
The largest project will be the repaving of the section of the parking lot closest to the church. Since the lot slopes toward the church building, this section is most deteriorated because of the water run-off. Without necessary repairs it would soon begin to break apart. The major part of this repair is scheduled for the week of July 20th – weather permitting. Access to the building will be maintained. Another phase of this project will be to patch, crack fill, and restripe the lot. The total cost for all the summer projects will be $67,000.
As you can see, this is a sizeable, although necessary, part of our yearly budget. I am grateful for the continuing stewardship of all of our parishioners whose regular collection offerings allow us to care for the spiritual and maintenance needs of our parish.
Fr. George Smiga
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 Mass on August 12th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – This is the last chance to order At Home With The Word books. If you would like a book, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887. Order will be placed on request basis only. The cost is $5.50.
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.
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.
LAKE COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – The Salvation Army is sponsoring a school supply giveaway event on August 8th in Painesville. The event is open to children of low income homes across Lake County. St. Noel Vacation Bible School will be collecting supplies to donate. They invite you to do the same. Beginning next week, there will be a box in the narthex for you to donate NEW school supplies such as: pencils, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks and more. A full list and more information can be found on the parish website: www.stnoel.org.
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 Anthony at the parish office (946-1128, ext. 122) or [email protected].
|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: 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!
BIRTHRIGHT FUNDRAISER – Birthright Lake, Inc. will be holding a buffet dinner fundraiser at Harry Buffalo in Painesville on Sunday, August 16th anytime between 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased at the Birthright office in Mentor. Call 440- 975-9055 for more information.
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.
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.
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. On Saturday, August 1st at 4:45 p.m., join us for the Lake County Captains baseball game. There is a Jubu bobblehead for the 1st 1,500 fans, a Cleveland Sports History Night and fireworks after the game. Please RSVP to Dan at 440-223-8707 by July 31st. We will purchase tickets at the stadium.
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
IGNATIUS IN THE MEADOW OUTDOOR CONCERT AT JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On July 31st, bring your blanket and friends for an evening of prayer and uplifting music by The Clams. Take advantage of this fun and spiritual opportunity to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius on the grounds of Jesuit Retreat House from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. No charge, freewill offering will be collected.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME! – We are about half way through summer and the ‘best part’ is yet to Come – The Fest. Join us for the highlight of the summer season on Sunday, August 9th at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The FEST is about faith – family – and fun – all for FREE. To learn more or get details and schedule for the FEST go to: www.theFEST.us.