For the last eleven years our parish has benefitted from the GIFT program: Generations in Faith Together. This upcoming year there will be five sessions of GIFT, each on a Wednesday night. The complete schedule for GIFT will be mailed to you next month. All the topics are exciting, but because some are quite timely, allow me to mention three of the sessions today. On September 23rd, Dr. Natalie Weaver from Ursuline College will present a session on the historical development of marriage. With all the changes happening in our society regarding marriage and the Synod on the Family happening in Rome this fall, this session will provide a useful context in which to understand the importance and meaning of marriage. On April 20th, Dr. George Matejka will present an analysis of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. The Pope has taken a very strong stand on the necessity of preserving creation as God’s gift, and has insisted that the fate of the world’s most vunerable members is connected to the neglect of creation. You owe it to yourself to understand Pope Francis’ teaching more deeply. On February 24th, I will present a biblical reflection on the impact and ramifications of sin through the story of David & Bathsheba – one of the great naratives of the Bible.
As always, GIFT sessions will include a meal and there will be breakout sessions for the younger members of our community. All are welcome!
Please look for the GIFT mailing next month and join us for these evenings of community and spiritual growth
Fr. George Smiga
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for August thru December have been emailed. If you do not have an email, you can pick up a copy in the kiosk. It is important that you check to make sure you have the new schedule. If you have any questions, please call the parish office.
SACRISTANS – are needed for the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening Mass. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887).
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.
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 June 2015, we collected $697.00. Our expenses for June were:
Thank you for your support!
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past week with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and do not receive this letter in the next few days, please call or email Michele (440-946-1128, x121 or [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name and your contact information.
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 two 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 collected supplies to donate. They invite you to do the same.
Please use the box in the narthex 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 Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church office.
THE WORLD JESUS KNEW – a book by Anne Punton, will be the basis for a study of the historical Jesus on Tuesday evenings this fall. Using this book, videos, discussions, and lectures, study group members will come to know the background of first century Palestine and a better understanding of Gospel situations and Jesus’ parables and sayings. All adults are welcome to the meetings in the Lower Level on September 15th, 29th, October 13th, 27th, November 10th, 24th and December 1st, 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The book may be obtained through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or another book source. Read chapters 1 and 2 for the September 15th meeting. Questions? Call the parish office.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: NO MEETING ON JULY 23RD. On July 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) 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.
HELP THE FEST COME TOGETHER – FEST 2015 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, August 9th from 12:00 noon until 10:00 p.m. It’s a day of faith-family-fun and it’s FREE. It’s our 15th Annual Catholic Family FESTival that takes place on the grounds of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary. For details, visit www.theFEST.us. We need your help to pull this all together! It takes 1,400 volunteers to bring the FEST to life. Be a part of a great group of people who help us create this wonderful family day for our Diocese and region. Go to: www.theFEST.us/volunteer for details. We are looking for 400 people to sing in the choir for the FEST Mass. Interested? Go to: www.theFEST.us/choir.
MARY PARISH – CHARDON – The second annual St. Mary Summer festival is scheduled for Friday, July 31st, 5:00-11:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1st, 1:00-10:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 2nd, 1:00-8:30 p.m. There will be entertainment, fireworks, Monte Carlo, and homemade food.
THIRD ANNUAL “TASTE OF ST. CASIMIR” FESTIVAL – Cleveland’s #1 traditional Polish food festival, will be held July 31st – August 2nd (Friday & Saturday from 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 12:30 p.m.) on the parish grounds at 8223 Sowinski Ave., in Cleveland. Featuring delicious home-made food, live entertainment, a Polish Beer Garden, tasty desserts, basket raffles & more. Call Ken at 216-370-2831 for details.