For many years we at St. Noel have held a summer parish picnic. The purpose of the picnic was to enjoy each other’s company as parishioners and to celebrate our connectedness in Jesus Christ. The picnic has taken different forms over the years. For several years it was held at the Metro Park, then we used Campbell Park next to Willoughby Hills City Hall. Most recently we have used our own parish grounds. Over time, however, we have found that fewer and fewer people were able to attend the picnic. It seems that with so many summer events such as vacation, sport camps, family reunions to mention a few, it was more difficult to find a time when the parish could come together.
After discussion with our staff, we have decided to replace the picnic with a parish spaghetti dinner, and to hold the dinner during the winter months when people’s calendars are more open.
Therefore, there will be no parish picnic this summer, but we will hold a parish spaghetti dinner on Sunday, February 8th beginning after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Further details about the event will be shared as the date approaches. The dinner will be free and open to all parishioners. Its purpose will be the same as the parish picnic to enjoy one another’s company and to celebrate our connection in Jesus Christ.
Things change, but there are always new ways to honor what we value.
I look forward to celebrating our life as a parish with you this coming February.
Fr. George Smiga
FEAST OF ASSUMPTION – Friday, August 15th is a Holy Day on which Catholics are asked to participate in Mass. Our Masses will be Noon and 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic ministers and sacristans are asked to please sign up on the sheet that is posted on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette by the coatroom if you are able to minister for the Masses on August 15th.
FAITH & VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith & Values Appeal for Education next weekend, August 16th & 17th. This appeal provides tuition support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese. Please be generous in your support of Catholic school students.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 8/28. 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).
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: 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].
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.
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].
AN INVITATION TO SERVE – Are you a naturally caring, compassionate and giving person? Were you blessed with parents or other role models in life from whom you learned that the joy of living is gained through giving? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, look for an Invitation to Serve from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in September. For more information call 216-696-6525, ext. 3150 or via e-mail at [email protected].
DAY RETREAT FOR TEACHERS will be held on August 17th. All teachers are invited to the Jesuit Retreat House for a retreat facilitated by Cecile Brennan, Ph.D., a professor of Counseling Education and Counseling Ethics at John Carroll University. Dr. Brennan’s presentation will center on the theme of counseling students based on spirituality as a core reference. Whether your classroom is in a public or parochial setting, you will find space in this day to renew your soul for the mighty call you are living! Cost is $25. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
OHIO CATHOLIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – is traveling to Presque Isle Casino in Erie, PA on Friday, September 5th. The cost is $35/person and includes $25 in free casino play, transportation to and from the casino, and refreshments. For more information call 888-696-4462 or www.ohiocatholicfcu.com.