In 2004 our parish entered into a relationship with “Women and Community,” a group of 17 women in El Salvador who established a sewing business which allowed women to earn a living wage and at the same time preserve their local culture.
This relationship was immensely successful both to the women and to us as a parish. It was facilitated through International Partners in Mission (IPM). IPM works across borders of faith, culture, and economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope throughout the world.
This month St. Noel will be engaged in another international visit sponsored by IPM. Anthony Camino, Nancy Erdey, and Eva and Karel Jelinek will join 5 other people representing two local organizations for an 8-day visit to Nicaraqua. They will visit 2-3 small cooperative businesses and meet the founders, and dialogue with local residents to understand the current situation in the country as well as the history of the United States’ involvement in the country. Finally they will spend evenings in reflection and dialogue with IPM staff.
The Gospel of Christ calls us to recognize Christ in the presence of the poor and spend time building relationships with those we meet. Through these relationships, the developed world has much to gain from understanding both the needs and the gifts of the developing world.
Our prayers go with our parishioners as they engage with this international and ultra-cultural experience. We look forward to hearing their reflections and insights when they return to us.
Fr. George Smigs
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Beginning Wednesday, June18th, and going through Wednesday, August 27th, there will be no evening Masses, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on Wednesday July 9th and August 13th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 3rd.
OUTDOOR MASS SCHEDULE – We will be celebrating weekday Masses in the chapel on the following days this summer (weather permitting):
Friday, June 20 – 12:00 noon
Friday, July 4 – 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 15 – 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, July 29 – 8:45 a.m.
Friday, August 8 – 12:00 noon
Tuesday, August 19 – 8:45 a.m.
Monday, September 1 – 9:00 a.m.
You are invited to join us for liturgy on these days. If you have a problem with steps, you may reach the outdoor chapel more easily through the church. You can also use the chapel for private prayer at any time.
HEALING MINISTRY – Each one of us can be the recipient of God’s healing touch for all our emotional, physical or spiritual problems. Come…be touched by HIS love this Wednesday at the 6:45 p.m. evening liturgy. Experience God’s healing through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass. Be comforted and refreshed by Jesus in the Eucharist. Prayer teams will be available to pray with you if you wish.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will need to place our order for the At Home With The Word books. If we ordered for you last year, you are on our order list again. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) by June 20th if you have decided to CANCEL, CHANGE YOUR ORDER, OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD YOUR NAME TO RECEIVE A BOOK(S).
CATHOLIC UPDATE- June copies entitled “Celebrating God’s Word How Catholics Read The Bible” are available in the kiosk and on the table in the narthex.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Tuesday evenings. Please call the parish office if you would be interested in volunteering on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. every other Tuesday.
USHERS NEEDED for 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. Please call the parish office if you would be interested.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION “20/20 CLUB” – Donations for “20/20” can be put in the collection basket in an envelope marked “20/20” or brought to the parish office during the week. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 happens July 14th-18th (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Registration will be after Masses on the weekends of June 7th & 8th and June 14th & 15th. You can also find a registration form to print on the St. Noel Website (www.stnoel.org). Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 18).
VBS VOLUNTEERS – WE NEED YOU! If you missed the VBS volunteer sign-up weekends, contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x18)
VBS NEEDS BABY FOOD JAR LIDS – Put CLEAN lids in a baggie marked “VBS” and leave them on the bench between the narthex and the office.
CSA PICKUP BEGINS- The first week of fresh, organic vegetables begins Saturday, June 14th from 9 a.m.-10:30 a. m. in the Lower Level. Supporting local farmers and feeding your family healthy produce is good for everyone. You can learn more about Geauga Family Farms at http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group, which met for the first time in May, is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving. All caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th at 1:00 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 6/24. Contact the parish office for more details and to confirm your attendance.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org or use the sign up on the kiosk.Thanks to Tom and Kathleen Repko for coordinating this drive! If you would like to help on this day, please call Anthony at the parish (440-946-1128 x 22).
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. Baby bottles are still available on the table in the narthex so pick one up after Mass and make a difference. For more information about Womankind, check out their website www.womankindcleveland.com.
THE CLEVELAND FOOD BANK, along with the Western Lake County Food Pantries, is sponsoring a Free Farmers Market. Note the time change from those in the past: June 26th, July 24th, and August 28th, the 4th Thursday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor, Ohio. Eligibility guidelines, established by the government, are available in the parish office, or feel free to call to call the parish office. Volunteers to help are also welcome.
endowment-tSomething 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?
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: June 12th – Auction; June 19th – 12:00 p.m. Socializing, meeting, 12:30 p.m. Luncheon of lemon chicken, red skin potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, apple pie. For tickets call: Rosemary Baranauskas 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets and payment is June 16th. Cost is $6.00; June 26th – Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
ARTHRITIS EXPO – The Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Expo will be held Wednesday, June 18th from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the TriPoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord Twp. A schedule of events and brochures are available in the kiosk.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION will be celebrated this year with Bishop Lennon at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 27th at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years. Deadline for registration is June 23rd. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.
TOUCH OF LIFE: BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER – The next three sessions of volunteer classes will take place in our Mentor office on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 9th,11th,16th and 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; or Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Saturdays, June 21st, and 28th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Teens and volunteers not having patient contact only need to attend the first hour of a series while most other volunteers attend all sessions. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. Membership is free. Events are social, volunteering and spiritual. On Sunday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m., meet us at Eat-N-Park in Willoughby. From there we will carpool to the Captains baseball game. We will buy the tickets there. Please RSVP by June 21 to Dan at 440-223-8707. On Friday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s 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 a favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions.
ATTENTION KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS, WE NEED YOU! As part of their mission to assist children in Lake County, Christ Child Society members assemble layettes for Birthright and local hospitals. Some items are purchased and others are homemade. We are in need of handmade afghans (40×40/tight weave/pastel colors) and we will provide the yarn. If you are interested, please contact Monique Cicco at 440-357-5221 or Irene Hinkel at 440-289-5383.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? Sign up for Divorce Recovery for Catholics, an 8-week support group program beginning on Tuesday, June 10th and will conclude on July 22nd, at Divine Word Church, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 216-352-6191 or 800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL 24TH ANNUAL PARISH FESTIVAL is June 27th, 28th & 29th on Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to Midnight and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m. Please see the flier on the kiosk for additional information.
The 32nd CLEVELAND CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE sponsored by the Catholic Renewal Ministries will be held July 18th and 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Magnificat High School in Rocky River. Guest speakers will be Patti Mansfield and Deacon Ralph Poyo and local speaker Michele TePas Harrison. The theme is “Gifted to Serve”. Contact Sue or Joe Palmieri at 440-774-1191 for registration information or visit www.crmweb.org. Advance registration through July 9th is $30, and at the door $35.
MASS OF REPARATION AT ST. BERNADETTE CHURCH 2256 Clague Rd. Westlake, Ohio 44145 will be held on Friday June 27th at 7:30 P.M. Sponsored by the Diocesan Enthronement Center.
SEEDS OF LITERACY, a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation, has an urgent need for more tutors. Training sessions will be held at: Seeds of Literacy, 3104 West 25th St. 3rd Floor (corner of W. 25th and Clark Ave.), Cleveland, OH 44109. Dates are June 28th, August 9th and Sept. 13th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. To register or for more information, please contact Alexandria Marshall at 216-661-7950 or at [email protected]