St. Noel will hold a drive for used wheelchairs on Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The chairs will be donated to Wheels for the World, a ministry begun by Joni Eareckson Tada and Friends. This group is a faith-based organization motivated by love for Jesus Christ. It aims to provide wheelchairs for the disabled around the world. Before being sent to developing countries, the wheelchairs are refurbished by inmates involved in a prison ministry program. The chairs are distributed in 102 countries.
The World Health Organization estimates that there is a need for 20-30 million wheelchairs around the world. In some of these countries, the cost of a wheelchair can equal a year’s wages, resulting in the impossibility for people affected by a disability to ever receive one.
Due to the generosity of donors, we have an overabundance of walkers, crutches, and canes. So this year we are collecting only wheelchairs (please, no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley (440-488-4657 or [email protected]).
Fr. George Smiga
FAITH & VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith & Values Appeal for Education this weekend, August 15th & 16th. This appeal provides tuition support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese. Please be generous in your support of Catholic school students.
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.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Mass on this Wednesday, August 19th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $5.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS are in the vestment sacristy (across from the restrooms). Please pick them up and initial the sheet indicating you received it.
FAITH FORMATION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES – Check out the newly updated Faith Formation page of the parish website (stnoel.org) to see all the opportunities we offer at St. Noel and to get registration information. You can also visit the kiosk in the narthex for calendars and registration forms.
MEAL COORDINATOR – The St. Noel Neighbor to Neighbor Meal is looking for people to coordinate one of our meals on the first Thursday of each month during the year. Coordinators would plan a menu, order food online from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and work with Chef Randy and the other volunteers to prepare the meal. Training and support are provided. Are you interested in making a difference? Please contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church office.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed 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.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 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 August 18th. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 6-week support series beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
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 8th, 22nd 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 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.
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.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Friday September 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork and holiday items. To donate items please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
UNDERSTANDING THE GIFT AND POWER OF EMOTION – This retreat will provide conversation and reflection on a diversity of perspectives regarding the central importance of emotions and emotional intelligence in everyday life settings and their impact upon effective relationships, leadership and well-being. Presented by Rick Krivanka on August 20th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Is hosting a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Advance tickets are $8.00 or $9.00 at the door. There will be lots of raffle and door prizes. All are welcome. For tickets, please call Anna marie at 944-4383.
FITNESS FROM FAITH – Fit from Faith’s mission is to empower men and women to take ownership of their lives through overall Wellness which encompasses nourishing the mind, body and spirit daily to live out the Lord’s will, ultimately becoming fit instruments for the Kingdom. Join Lindsay Fullerman for an interactive, educational, and prayerful Wellness Retreat on August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Saturday, August 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Join us for a Lake County Captains baseball game. This game has a Super Hero Night, Clear Stadium Bag Giveaway, Irish Heritage Night, and Fireworks. Meet us at Eat-N-Park located at 6035 Som Center Rd. by the front entrance at 5:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Dan at 440-223-8707 by August 21st. We will purchase tickets at the game. On Friday, August 28th 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.
THOMAS MERTON SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND – Bonnie Thurston, a spiritual director and retreat leader will present a public lecture on September 11th at 7:00 p.m., cost $10. On September 12th from 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. will be a day retreat, cost $35. Both programs will be held at Ursuline Educational Center, 2600 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. For registration/additional information call 216-556-5683 or http://thomasmerton.eventbrite.com
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY – The goal of this program, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible “helps us read the big picture of God’s plan in Scripture; find our place in that story; and live it out in our lives.” Join us at Cuvilly House, 18021 Marcella Rd., Cleveland on the first and third Tuesdays this fall starting August 25th. Please RSVP to Sr. Kate Hine, SND [email protected] or 440-476-6094.