Child sexual abuse remains a curse in our world. The sin of child abuse affects all parts of society including the Catholic Church. When this reality was first exposed in Church circles, faithful Catholics were rightly outraged. Over the past years the Church and our diocese specifically have taken steps to protect our children. Part of that process is to assure that all ministers and volunteers who work with children are aware of the signs of sexual abuse and the procedure for reporting it. The VIRTUS® program is the means used in our diocese to provide this education.
St. Noel will be holding a VIRTUS® Training Session on Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center. Although this program is directed primarily toward volunteers who work with children at St. Noel, anyone who is entrusted with the care of children is encouraged to attend. The VIRTUS® program helps the Church to be a safe haven for children and a messenger for prevention of child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general.
To register, go to www.dioceseofcleveland.org and click on “Protecting Children” in the A-Z index. Click on “VIRTUS” and follow directions from there. If you have questions about the process, please contact Michele (440-946-1128, ext. 21 or [email protected]).
It is impossible to undo the harm that has been done to children who were abused, but through programs such as VIRTUS® we can take steps to prevent abuse in the future.
Fr. George Smigs
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Now through Wednesday, August 27th, there will be no evening Masses, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on Wednesday, July 16th 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, July 4th – 9:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 15th – 8:45 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 29th – 8:45 a.m.
- Friday, August 8th – 12:00 noon
- Tuesday, August 19th – 8:45 a.m.
- Monday, September 1st – 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.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – This weekend, June 28th and 29th, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept donations to the Peter’s Pence collection. The proceeds from the collection funds emergency-relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES – have been emailed and mailed to all Ministers. Please let the office know if you did not receive your copy. Thanks for all your help.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are in need of an additional person to come to Adoration on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call the parish office if you are able to fill this time slot. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases His power and graces upon you, your family and your parish. In today’s busy world, it is so meaningful to spend this precious time with God. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you’ll be richly blessed.
USHERS NEEDED for 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. Please call the parish office if you would be interested.
SUNDAY MORNING HELP – We are looking for someone who would be willing to be available to volunteer on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Church office. This is sometimes the only time that people are able to drop things off, pick things up, and ask questions. It is a great way for you to meet other parishioners. Please call the parish office if you feel you might be interested.
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.
20/20 DONATIONS: Thanks to your generosity, we have collected $3,090 towards funding the Young Neighbors In Action trip for our high school teens. Money is still needed to fully cover the cost of the week. Donations can be dropped off in the parish office or placed in the collection basket. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Do you still need to register your child? You can stop in to do this at the parish office, or print out a registration form from our website (https://stnoel.org) and drop it off to the office. Registration ends on Thursday, July 10th. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x18).
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED – Are you an adult or teen who would like to volunteer for VBS? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x18).
BABY BOTTLES FOR WOMANKIND – please return your filled baby bottles to the parish office. The representative from Womankind is scheduled to pick up the filled bottles on July 3rd. Thank you for supporting the good work of Womankind (http://www.womankindcleveland.com/).
TOUCH A LIFE…BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER – Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. Opportunities to volunteer will be on Saturdays: August 9th and 16th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland; September 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Middlefield Library; September 20th and 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Chardon. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
CLEVELAND: DIVERSE AND DIVINE – join us on Wednesday, August 13th for a day of discovery as we explore the sights of Cleveland from the Diverse to the Divine. Destinations: Westside Market, Museum of Divine Statues, Lusso Cosmetics, Lunch at Sokolowski’s University Inn, The Christmas House and Docent tour of Lakeview Cemetery, plus driving tours of special points of interest. Cost: $65 per person includes: transportation, admission and tour guide. Food is not included in the pricing. Payment in full by July 10th. No refunds after that date. Checks payable to: Anne Lulow 2531 Timberline Dr. Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Questions? Please call or email either Carol Nicolai 440-358-9617, [email protected] or Anne Lulow 440-487-8283, [email protected].
LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS SEVENTH ANNUAL CATHOLIC MASS – will take place on Sunday, July 13th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and is led by Father Bob Stec and members of the FEST! Participants will be able to get Captains Autographs following the Mass and children 4-12 will be able to Run the Bases after the game, followed by a Post-Game Firework Extravaganza and Post-Game Testimony. People may purchase tickets for the Mass and Captains Game for $9 at the Box Office from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. by saying they are here for the Mass.
CATHOLIC FAMILY FESTIVAL – Looking for a great family day this summer? Join us for the FEST on Sunday, August 3rd on the seminary grounds in Wickliffe. The 56 acre campus becomes the home of our 14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival. It’s a day that celebrates faith and family. It’s fun and it’s FREE. Join thousands, from across the region, for national Christian bands (Third Day, Colton Dixon, Mandissa, For King and Country) along with great faith-based activities and displays for the whole family. The day ends with an outdoor Mass at 8 p.m. followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check it out online at www.theFEST.us. It’s FREE. Everyone is welcome! The FEST is the perfect family day.
BLOOD DRIVE – thanks to all who donated to the blood drive and to those who donated their time to make it happen. Our next blood drive is scheduled for August 17th and we could use some volunteers. Please contact Anthony if you would like to help (946-1128 x28).
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS CSA – The harvest has begun and fresh produce is arriving at St. Noel every Saturday morning. If you did not purchase a 20-week share and would like to participate this summer, you can still sign up for a 15-week share. Information is available at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/2014-summer-season/.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: July 3rd and July 10th – bingo; on July 17th there is NO MEETING (vacation bible study). On July 24th a noon meeting followed by a luncheon of ribs, potato salad, baked beans and cherry pie. For tickets, call Helen Drozin (216-481-2827). Cost is $7 (½ slab $5) and the deadline for tickets and payment if July 21st. On July 31st, the activities are bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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: 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. Volunteers are also welcome.
URSULINE COLLEGE WOMEN’S WEEKEND: The Questions of Jesus – will be presented July 12th – 13th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sr. Maureen McCarthy, OSU will facilitate, along with Sr. Janet Moore, OSU and Donna Stein, PT, RYT. For more information or to register, contact Patrick Riley at 440-684-6022 or [email protected]. Brochures are available in the kiosk.
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 September 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]
WILLOUGHBY HILLS will be hosting their First Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, August 9th. Residents can plan to have a Garage Sale at their home and we will do all of the advertising for FREE! We will advertise for you in the newspaper, radio, our website, Community Channel, at the Community Centre, Facebook, Craig’s list…everywhere! If you are not a resident, or will not be hosting a Garage Sale, come shopping throughout the City of Willoughby Hills! For details and the application, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit our website at www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.