Since 2005 St. Noel has offered the possibility of automatic bank withdrawal as a way to facilitate regular contributions to support our parish. Ten years ago the use of automatic withdrawal was not as widespread as it is today. I am writing to you this week to ask you to consider using this method as your way to direct your monetary offerings to us.
At present we have 29 parishioners who have arranged a weekly withdrawal from their accounts and 62 parishioners who have set up a monthly withdrawal.
There are several ways in which automatic withdrawals are beneficial:
1) It saves St. Noel the cost of envelopes and the
postage to send them to you.
2) It eliminates the use of paper which is an
3) It frees you from preparing a check and
remembering to bring it with you to church.
4) It provides a regular revenue stream to
St. Noel on which we can depend.
It is easy to set up automatic withdrawal. Simply pick up a form from the kiosk or stop in the office. Deductions can be in any amount on a weekly or monthly basis. You can select which day of the month you wish the withdrawal to occur. An adjustment to the withdrawal amount can be made at anytime simply by contacting the parish office.
Please consider signing up for this convenient and reliable way to make your contributions to St. Noel.
It will help both you and your parish.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Volunteers will not be serving at the St. Augustine Hunger Center on August 30th.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd. 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 yours up and initial the sheet indicating you received it.
CLAMS & MORE – The clambake will be held on Sunday, October 4th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. As always the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley redskin potatoes, corn on the cob and rolls and butter. Again this year we will have tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes. New this year we are adding baked sweet potatoes. The cost of the bake is $26.00 per person. The bake is all you can eat except for the clams. Additional clams may be purchased by the dozen.
There will also be a children’s buffet consisting of pizza, hamburgers, pasta & meatballs, applesauce, carrot & celery sticks and assorted cookies. Ages 6 to 12 is $10.00 per child and 5 years and under is no charge. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and to make reservations.
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. Please be sure to 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.
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.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – We were able to offer over $1,400 through the bottle collection. Thank you! Over the last 6 years, our parish has collected $8,646.43 to support the excellent services of Womankind. Visit www.womankindcleveland.com to learn more.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 16th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in your registration to the parish office as soon as you can so that we can count you in for this year. A parent or guardian is encouraged to stay on this first evening. We will begin and end in the Banquet Center.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Three-year-olds and those new to the program can attend orientation sessions on Sunday, September 20th and September 27th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 4th.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark Sunday, September 20th on your calendar for the kickoff of PEACE (grades 6-8) and Prime Time (grades 9-12), St. Noel’s middle school and high school youth ministry programs.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW SUNDAY EVENING TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Visit stnoel.org or the kiosk in the narthex for registration forms and calendars.
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 27th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
PROJECT H.O.P.E. – of Cleveland invites you to a fundraiser on Friday, September 18th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions, food and entertainment. Cost $40 per person. Proceeds underwrite free health-related screenings, evaluations and medical referrals for low-income residents in the St. Clair-Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. After Masses on the weekends of September 5th and 12th, representatives will be in the Narthex if you would like to purchase tickets.
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.
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 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.
BUILDING A VISION FOR RETIREMENT: The next Chapter of Life – On September 3rd, join us for what will the retirement years be like? Can it be a time that is truly life-giving and hope filled? This day will provide an engaging presentation, interactive conversation, and time for personal reflection session for individuals looking ahead to, or already in retirement. Facilitated by Fr. Norm Douglas & Rick Krivanka. Times are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – September 11-13th Someone once said, “Marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 11-13th.
A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Diane or Al Miskinis at 330-665-3506 or 800-470-2230 or register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
ST VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – is beginning its 2015-2016 language classes on September 12th. Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 21, 2016. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Ave., Cleveland. Tuition is $50 per semester. Textbook is sold separately, approximately $40. For more information call Lillian at 216-289-7253 or Majda at 440-255-1178 or email Lillian at [email protected].