Thank you to all those who made our summer Vacation Bible School a great success. The event took place last week and used Gospel Light’s VBS program SonTreasure Island. The children studied 1 Corinthians 13 to help them discover the greatest treasure of all – God’s love. During the week, nearly 100 volunteers helped 105 children to know God’s love in a deeper way. The children learned about and prayed for COAR (Community of Oscar A. Romero), and raised nearly $800.00 to add to our parish mission collection. Vacation Bible School is one of the most exciting ministerial efforts of our year. VBS would not be possible without the cooperation of so many people – parents, grandparents, parishioners, friends and relatives, and especially the youth volunteers listed below:
- Mike Baetzold Olivia Gallo
- Mia Bortnick Julianna Garcia
- Sophia Bortnick Tyler Guban
- Danny Botek Lily Henry
- Lauren Brenkus Christina Iafelice
- Allison Browske Loreto Iafelice
- Amanda Browske Regina Iafelice
- Ashley Browske Katelyn Kasprisin
- Kimberly Browske Madeline Keck
- Wesley Cespedes Gina Kucmanic
- Gabriella Cicerini Bingo Lahaye
- Emily Clemente Buster Lahaye
- Joseph Daprano Meighan Mills
- Dominic DeMuth Rachel Mills
- Isabella DeMuth Joey Pahoresky
- Luke DiNovo Rebecca Pahoresky
- Michael Dolinar Marina Powell
- Gabe Doringo Angelina Rosson
- Grace Doringo Francesca Rosson
- Olivia Farone Gino Rosson
- John Flynn Emma Semick
- Sarah Foss Jeremy Semick
- Sarah Foster Maddie Sentle
- Bella Frate Amanda Short
- Joe Frate Mia Simpson
- Natalie Fullerman Emma Smallwood
- Marissa Gabriel-Vince Alana Zarlinski
Thanks to all!
Fr. George Smiga
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.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past week with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and do not receive this letter in the next few days, please call or email Michele (440-946-1128 ext. 21 OR [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name and your contact information.
PEOPLE OF GOD, THE HISTORY – Why did Perpetua choose martyrdom over care of her infant son? How did a broken soldier build an army for Jesus? What made Luther so angry? Why did our immigrant grandparents build our parish churches with their own hands? Join a parish group that will meet on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 30th to examine these questions and much more. There will be light readings each week (from the above book by Anthony Gilles) and an opportunity to share your views in a discussion led by parishioner Kathy Coolick. Sign up on the kiosk or call 440-943-1805 with questions.
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).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For June 2014, we collected $793.77. Our expenses for June were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||362.19|
|Other-St. James Church (RIF)||1000.00|
Thank you for your support.
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). Lectors are invited to pick up their book after Mass.
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.
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…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: July 31st, 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.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF SUMMER – Every year, after the FEST, we receive a ton of emails from those who were there telling us how much they enjoyed our annual Catholic Family FESTival and how it was the ‘highlight” of their summer. Don’t miss out next Sunday, August 3rd – be at the FEST from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at the CPL in Wickliffe. Come hear great music along with great activities and displays. It’s all FREE. Go to www.theFEST.us for details, parking instructions, and a complete schedule of the day.
RETREAT FOR LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTERS – The office of Pastoral Ministry will host its annual retreat for Patoral Ministers and Candidates at the Jesuit Retreat House. This year’s retreat will be facilitated by Sr. Mary Ann Baran, SND. The title for this retreat is “Praying Our Desires”. To register, or to gather more information, please contact Kathy Haag at the Pastoral Ministry Office at 440-943-7670. (JRH cannot accept reservations, please contact Kathy)
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, framed artwork, and holiday 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.
TASTE OF ST. CASIMIR POLISH FESTIVAL – will be held, Friday August 1st – Sunday August 3rd on the parish grounds, 8223 Sowinski Ave. in Cleveland, 44103. Live entertainment, unique and tasty homemade food, chances at prizes, and plenty of Polish refreshments will be available. Times are Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. and Sunday immediately following mass at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Ken at 216-370-2831.
Ss. ROBERT & WILLIAM INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FESTIVAL – will be August 14th -17th at 367 E. 260th in Euclid. Enjoy ethnic foods, live bands, games of chance, carnival rides, face painting, affordable children’s games, prizes, $10,000 raffle, rock climbing wall, fresh lemonade, adult beverages and a new air-conditioned Oktoberfest area with homemade food, bake sale, Vienna Café and raffle.Visit www.srweuclid.cc/festival for updates.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting the First Community Garage sale on Saturday, August 9th. We have many residents participating in this event so plan to spend the day in Willoughby Hills shopping. There are many useful and unique items at each of the sales. You can pick up a copy of the addresses, sale times and what each home will be selling starting Friday, July 25th at the Community Center or on the City’s Website www.willoughbyhills-oh.gov in the Recreation Department’s site. For more information call 440-975-3540 or email [email protected]