During the week of June 16-23, eight people, led by Joe Cistone of International Partners in Mission (IPM), traveled to Nicaragua for an experience of both learning and immersion. Among the group were four members of our parish: Karel Jelinek, Eva Nemcik, Nancy Erdey and myself. Our purpose was to spend time in conversation with those living in poverty in order to appreciate both their struggle and their giftedness. We also wanted to better understand the history of the country, the impact of colonialism, and the consequences of U.S. intervention during the 20th century.
IPM believes that lasting change is fostered through mutual partnerships between donors and friends of the organization and those working to better their lives throughout the world. True justice is the fruit of authentic relationship where both parties appreciate the wisdom and courage of the other. We did not go to dig a ditch or build a house; we went to learn and to be inspired. We met women of incredible courage and hope who have not only lifted themselves out of poverty, but have committed their lives to raising up those within their local communities. We met impressive youth and young adults of both genders who are determined to better their lives and to be agents of change in a patriarchal culture where violence against women, in all forms, is commonplace.
Our St. Noel contingent believes there are real possibilities for our parish to partner with one of the organizations we met during the week, and we are excited to announce that two of the amazing women we met will be in Cleveland in October for an IPM international gathering. Hopefully, part of their stay will include a visit to St. Noel and an opportunity for you to meet and interact with them. You have 2-3 months to brush up on your Spanish!
Between now and then, Karel, Eva, Nancy and I will create opportunities via the website, bulletin and face-to-face meetings to introduce you to the partners we met and to share our experiences. Pray for the country of Nicaragua; we experienced a proud and gifted people quite capable of realizing the quality of life we all desire.
YNIA 20/20 – This week, 18 high school teens from our community will be serving in Buffalo, New York. Please hold them in your prayers.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – July copies entitled “End-Of-Life Moral Issues” are available in the kiosk and on the table in the narthex.
MISSION APPEAL – We are very pleased to announce that our parishioner, Chris Janezic, will be giving our annual mission appeal next weekend, July 19 and 20th, on behalf of COAR, the Community of Oscar A. Romero. Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of COAR’s U.S. – based fund-raising and outreach organization. Chris will be speaking after Communion and our ushers will be in the Narthex after each liturgy next weekend to accept your contribution for COAR. Also, any loose cash given in the collection will be directed to this appeal. If you wish to contribute by writing a check, please make it out to “St. Noel” and write “missions” on the memo line.
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 outdoor chapel on the following days this summer (weather permitting):
- 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.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – Our Food Pantry continues to serve area families each month. Blue grocery bags are available for you to support the pantry. Pick up a bag on the table in the narthex or grab one off the hook next to the pantry door. Bring it with you to the grocery store, add a few items and then drop it off in the pantry when you come to Mass. You can leave the filled bag in the bin and take an empty bag for another trip. It’s a great service to those in our community.
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.
CLOTHING SHED VOLUNTEER – Our clothing shed has been a great success and is emptied every week or two by our partners at St. Pauly Textile. If you are interested in helping with this ministry (about 20-30 minutes per week), please contact Anthony at the parish. Your service would involve organizing donations in the shed in preparation for pickup. This would be a great way to earn service hours.
CEDAR POINT: Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point on Monday, August 4th. We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. (it will be a long day!) All young people in grades 6-12 are invited! Tickets are $40 and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch to eat at the park. Snacks will be available throughout the day but bring money for dinner at Cedar Point. Sign-up by contacting Erica Witmer ([email protected]) We will need a number of drivers. Parents, if you are able to chaperon this event please let Erica know. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org. and are due with payment by Monday, July 28th.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: July 17th there is NO MEETING (vacation bible school). 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!
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – The Salvation Army is sponsoring a school supply giveaway event on August 9th in Painesville. The event is open to children of low income homes across Lake County. Beginning next week, we will have a box in the narthex for you to donate NEW school supplies such as: pencils, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, rulers, notebooks and more. A full list and more information can be found on the parish website: www.stnoel.org.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALES – Several sales a year are held with proceeds supporting our patients and families throughout northern Ohio. Would you please consider donating your old furniture or housewares for this worthy cause? We are in need of gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, frames artwork, and holidays items. Pick up can be arranged and donations are tax deductible. To donate items please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 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].
THE BEST IS YET TO COME! – We are about half way through summer and the “best part” is yet to come.Join us for the highlight of the summer season – The FEST on Sunday, August 3 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe (30 seconds off the highway). The FEST is about faith – family – and fun –all for FREE. Last year, over 37,000 people from across the region came to our annual Catholic Family FESTival. It’s the place to be and the thing to do this summer. To learn more or to get all the details and schedule for The FEST go to: www.theFEST.us. Faith – Family – Fun – FREE – it’s the FEST.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. Membership is free. Events are social, volunteering and spiritual. On Friday, July 25th, 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 your favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions.
EXPERIENCE THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME – This yearbecome a global family by hosting an AFS exchange student. Students study in high schools and are eager to experience what it’s like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a Catholic teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to build a more just and peaceful world. The Mills, Caporossi, Daugirdas, and Kaluza families all hosted and want YOUR FAMILY to be next! Start the process at www.afsusa.org/host, or call our parishioner Katie Caporossi at 440-477-0940 by July 28th. See kiosk for more information.
FEAST OF ST. IGNATIUS – on July 31st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To celebrate his feast, you are invited to bring your blanket, lawn chair and friends to the JRH Meadow for an evening of free music and fun. Uplifting music will be provided by Catholic musician Matt Fafrak and his band (weather permitting). Bring your teenage children or grandchildren for a relaxed evening together! Freewill offering. To register or learn more contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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 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 you 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.
ST. VITUS PARISH SUMMER PICNIC – will be Sunday, July 20th at SLOVENSKA PRISTAVA. There is no admission or parking charge. The picnic will officially begin with a Mass at 12:00 Noon in the main pavilion. For more information contact Stane Kuhar, 216-361-1444.