Some of you may have noticed that new construction is taking place on the property behind our Banquet Center. Clover Construction of Buffalo, NY is building a 113 unit independent living complex for adults 55 and over. Ninety suites will be two-bedroom and twenty three will be one-bedroom apartments. They will be rented at “market rate”. Nine garages will be available for residents. The apartments do not include any assisted living or nursing care options, nor will there be any additional services provided other than living space.
This construction has no affliation with St. Noel. However since it abuts our property, I thought I would share what I know of the project with you. Overall I believe it will be an advantage to have additional residential options for the elderly in our area.
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):
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 last 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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MISSION – The children who participated in the SonTreasure Island VBS this summer raised $793.73 for COAR (Community of Oscar A. Romero). Thank you for your generosity.
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 Thursday, August 28th 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 August 28th. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – mark you calendars now for the kickoff for PEACE and Prime Time, St. Noel’s middle school and high school youth ministry programs. Our first gathering will be on Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. Watch the bulletin for more 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).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the August issue is “Faith-Sharing In The Family”.
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.
Something 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 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: August 7th bingo; August 14th there will be a speaker; August 21st is a luncheon and August 28th is bingo. Everyone is welcome!
WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION – Joni and Friends Wheels for the World will collect wheelchairs on August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Wheelchairs are refurbished in prison ministry programs and distributed in third-world countries. Due to the generosity of the donors, we have an overabundance of walkers, crutches, and canes. We will collect only wheelchairs (please no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley 440-488-4657 or [email protected].
L.E.A.F. (Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families) is a support group for families and loved ones of the incarcerated. Holy Angels Parish is pleased to announce the first meeting on Friday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at 18205 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023. This is a non-denominational group where families and loved ones can feel comfortable and accepted without judgement to share with others your situation, challenges, fears and emotions. For more information, call the parish at 440-708-0000.
JRH DAY RETREAT will be held on Friday, August 8th. This retreat lead by Dr. Andy Kereky of St. Raphael Parish will integrate Mary’s journey with Ignatian spirituality. Day Retreats begin with coffee and pastry at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. Mass and home-cooked lunch are included. Cost is $25, To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.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, 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.
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]
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Join us on Friday, August 15th for movie night. We will meet in the parking lot of St. Paschal’s at 6:45 p.m. and decide on a movie to go see in the theater. Email Karen at [email protected] to let her know you are coming. On Friday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Pascal’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.
BENEDICTINE MONKS of St. Andrew Abbey invite single men between the ages of 18-45 to attend the upcoming “Living with Benedict” vocation discernment the weekend of August 15-17th. For information contact Fr. Finbar, OSB – [email protected].
FEST – See you at the FEST Sunday, August 3rd from 12 noon until 10:00 p.m. on the seminary campus (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe). Join thousands, from across our region, for a day of faith and great fun! It’s all FREE! Listen to inspiring music, visit activities and there’s great affordable food. The day concludes with a beautiful outdoor Mass at 8:00 p.m. followed by an incredible American Fireworks display. Check out all the details at: www.theFest.us.