The purpose of our Parish Pastoral Council is to promote the spiritual growth of our parish and to see that we are properly engaged in carrying out the work of Christ. For the last six months the council has been discussing Catholic Social Teaching and how well we as a parish understand the difference between charity and advocacy.
Charity is the action of offering immediate help to those in need. Advocacy is the action toward eliminating the structural causes that allow such needs to continue. To draw upon a famous image, charity is giving a hungry person a fish; advocacy is teaching that person how to fish.
St. Noel has a long and vibrant history of supporting charitable efforts such as our Food Pantry and Christmas Project. The Council discerned however that actions of advocacy are not as readily recognized in our parish as an essential part of Catholic Teaching. In light of this insight the council has agreed upon an initiative, asking the Parish Staff and Social Justice Committee to research an effort of advocacy that may serve as a focus for our community. The Council intends to be a part of the discussion that leads to such an effort, so that the advocacy project may carry the widest level of parish support.
Click this link to find the complete text of the Parish Pastoral Council initiative.
In light of this initiative, our staff and Social Concerns Committee will be working to determine what effort of advocacy should be presented to the Parish Pastoral Council. With the Council’s approval, we will then present the effort to the entire parish. Please keep the Parish Pastoral Council, staff and Social Concerns Committee in your prayers as this discernment continues. It is my hope that a clearer understanding of the value of advocacy will join our charitable efforts and allow us to carry out more fully the message of Jesus.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, July 27th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Now through Wednesday, August 27th, there will be no evening Masses, except for the Anointing of the Sick Mass on Wednesday, 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 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.
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, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22nd 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 July 22nd. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, August 17th, from 9-1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org or use the sign up on the kiosk. Thanks to Lisa Mileusnich for coordinating this drive! If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish (946-1128 x22).
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 Jan at 440-951-5593 or 440-944-3034 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. The commitment is once a month and a schedule is provided for a year in advance. Please call the parish office if you would be interested.
USHERS ARE ALSO NEEDED – for funeral Masses. Please call the parish office if you would be available when needed.
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.
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…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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. We 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.Questions? Please call or email either Carol Nicolai 440-358-9617, [email protected] or Anne Lulow 440-487-8283, [email protected].
FEST 2014 is just a few weeks away – Sunday, Aug. 3rd from 12 noon until 10 p.m. It’s a day of faith – family – fun and it’s all FREE. It’s our 14th Annual Catholic Family FESTival that takes place on the grounds of Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminary in Wickliffe. The FEST has great music along with Gospel-based activities for the kids, a Mom’s Relaxation Station, a Dad’s Den, a special Youth Rally along with GREAT food and fun for all. The FEST concludes at 8 p.m. with a beautiful outdoor Mass followed by an amazing American Fireworks display. To learn more, go to: www.theFEST.us.
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.
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.