Thanks to the steadfast commitment of parishioners throughout our diocese who are fulfilling their pledges to the Rooted in Faith Campaign, the five designated areas of the campaign are receiving regular distributions, allowing for building renovation, debt reduction, ministry enhancement, tuition assistance to students, and improvements to Catholic Charities’ sites.
Total diocesan distributions as of June 30, 2015 include:
∙ Strengthening Our Parishes $29.4 million
∙ Strengthening Our Faith $10.0 million
∙ Catholic Education $27.0 million
∙ Those Who Serve $16.9 million
∙ Charitable Works $4.9 million
To date our parish has received $227,949.00. Our most recent check for $11,678.00 was received this month. According to our set plan for distribution: $8,174.60 will be placed in our endowment fund; $2,335.60 will be used for maintenance needs and $1,167.80 will be donated for a charitable purpose.
I want to thank all of our parishioners who have donated and are still honoring their pledges to the Rooted in Faith Campaign. Your generosity has made a difference to our parish and many other needs throughout our area.
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 19TH (DATE CHANGED). The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed last 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 have not received this letter, 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.
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 Kathy Coolick at 440-655-5593.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 6th, Bingo; August 13th, Speaker, Topic: Santa Claus for Kids. On August 20th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: chicken fingers, potato salad, broccoli/cauliflower/carrots, rolls & butter, watermelon. For tickets call: Rosemarie Baranauskas, 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets & payment is August 16th. On August 27th, 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, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. the book club is meeting at the St. Paschal’s Life Center. The book we will discuss is “Lock In” by John Scalzi. There are 50 copies available on Clevenet. Tell Karen at [email protected] that you are coming.
JOIN US FOR THE FEST – on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe) on August 9th, from 12 noon – 10:00 p.m. for The FEST. Come hear great music, enjoy activities for the entire family, join thousands for mass at 8:00 p.m., and experience the event of the summer. There is plenty of close parking and activities for everyone. For all the details, visit www.TheFEST.us. See you at The FEST!
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting their Second Annual Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, August 8th. Residents can plan to have a Garage Sale at their home and we will do all of the advertising for you for FREE! It is not too late to register. The cut-off date has been extended to July 27th. We will advertise for you in the newspaper, radio, our website, Community Channel, at the Community Center, Facebook, Craig’s list…everywhere! Come shopping throughout the City of Willoughby Hills! The Garage Sale listing will be available to pickup at the Community Center starting August 3rd or you can find it on the Recreation Department’s page on the City’s Website. For details and the application, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit our website at www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
DAY RETREAT FOR TEACHERS: Mindful, Faithful Teaching. Ignatian Spirituality in the Classroom – On August 6th, 17th or 19th all teachers are invited on any of the dates listed for a retreat facilitated by John Ropar, Ph.D. from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35 (call for group rate). To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
TOUCH A LIFE…Become a Hospice Volunteer – Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. We care for our patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed. Volunteer education is held frequently throughout northern Ohio. Teen and volunteers not having patient contact attend only four hours of training while most other volunteers attend all 16 hours. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
THE LIFE OF THOMAS MERTON A PLAY: Alive at Fourth & Walnut – This one person play portrays the life and spiritual journey of Thomas Merton – his youth, conversion, monastic/hermit life and untimely death. We see the struggles, joys and challenges he embraced in becoming the deeply human monk, prophet, poet and spiritual writer God called him to be. Come watch Jim Nagle on August 16th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. bring to life the story. Cost is $20. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – The next 10 parish support group will be held on Wednesdays starting August 12th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney. We come together to share and help each other with the common experiences of grief. For more information and required registration please call Rita demarche at 440-942-0336.
EYMARD SPIRITUAL GATHERING – Get in the boat! Join the St. Paschal Baylon Eymard Spiritual Group for a “Prime Time” gathering on August 25th. It is time to get into the boat, put out to sea, and do what He asks. How does Pope Francis lead? And how does he follow? Our guest speaker, Rick Krivanka, Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat House, will help us reflect and discern our next move as we urge ourselves to get in that boat with Jesus. The gathering will begin with a social at 6:00 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and a 50/50 raffle! All attendees are asked to bring salads, sides or main dishes, to serve 6-8. The gathering will be held in the St. Paschal Family Life Center, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd. Please call the parish office at 440-442-3410 to reserve your spot.
ROBERT & WILLIAM INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FESTIVAL – will be August 13th-16th. Come enjoy homemade pierogi, stuffed cabbage, Slovenian sausage, steamed clams/mussels, BBQ, music and a polka mass. Visit www.srweuclid.cc or call 216-731-1515 for information. Plenty of free parking. Located at 367 E 260th St., Euclid. We hope to see you there!