As I announced last month, on this Monday, August 18th construction will begin to replace the large set of windows behind the music area in our church. These windows are original to the 1983 building and leak seriously during heavy storms. We have tried several times to repair them, without success. They have simply outlived their effectiveness.
If the construction goes as planned, it should be complete by Friday, August 22nd, so when you come to Mass next weekend all will be back to normal in the church. In fact, because the windows are a replacement, you might not even notice the difference. So here is a little tip if you want to track the improvement to our church. If you look today at the two large windows in our church–one behind the music area and the other at the end of the baptistery transept–you will notice they are not identical. On the baptistery window, the lowest horizontal bar is thinner than the bar on the other window. The window on the baptistery side was replaced during the 2004 renovation of the church. When the construction this week is complete, both windows will match each other.
We submitted this project to competitive bids. Pella Windows will serve as our contractor. The cost of the project is $35,000. This improvement has been made possible by funds derived from the Rooted in Faith Campaign. Thanks to all who participated. It will be satisfying to see the results of your generosity.
Fr. George Smiga
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, August 18th. The new window project in the church is scheduled to begin.
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.The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 3rd.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark your 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.
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.
FAITH FORMATION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES – Check out the newly updated Faith Formation page on the parish website (https://stnoel.org) to see all the opportunities we offer at St. Noel and to get registration information. You can also visit the kiosk in the narthex for calendars and registration forms.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed with information about First Communion preparation. If you have received it, please be sure to reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and have not received this letter, 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.
CONFIRMATION:We are updating our Confirmation list. If you are going into 10th grade or older and have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and wish to do so in the upcoming year, please contact Erica Zalar in the parish office.
CLAMS & MORE – Chef Randy has taken over the clambake and has turned it up a notch. The clambake will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. As always the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley buttered redskin potatoes, corn on the cob and rolls and butter. New this year we will also have tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut and assorted cakes, as well as a selection of standard and premium beer for purchase. The cost of the bake is $26.00 per person. Also new this year will be a children’s buffet consisting of pizza, burgers, pasta and meatballs, applesauce, carrot and celery sticks, and assorted cookies. Ages 6 to 12 years is $10.00 per person and 5 years and under is no charge. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and reservations.
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.
If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you. We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: August 21st is cancelled and luncheon will be held on August 28th. The menu is: cavatelli w/sausage and meatballs, salad, rolls and ice cream with topping. The cost is $6.00. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. 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 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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Join us on Friday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. 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.
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].
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.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – is offering those who have completed the 8 week Praying with St. Ignatius retreat an opportunity to explore their spiritual gifts in making important life decisions. This 6 week follow-up program is entitled Discernment & Decision-Making and will bigin on October 2nd at St. Ignatius High School. Please call Barbara at 440-884-9300 or visit our website at www.jrh-cleveland.org for further details.
2ND ANNUAL WALK TO REMEMBER – is an event to ensure that bereaved families do not walk their journey alone. It focuses on fellowship, bereavement care resources, and prayerful support for those touched by all types of loss. The Walk to Remember will be on Sunday, September 28th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at: All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, All Saints Cemetery in Northfield, Holy Cross Cemetery in Brookpark, Calvary Cemetery in Lorain and Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron. The Walk to Remember includes a 1-mile walking Rosary followed by a candle-lighting service. For those who cannot walk the mile, the Rosary will be recited in the Mausoleum. Register online at www.clecem.org or call Nancy Romaine, Bereavement Coordinator, at 216-883-5420 for more information.
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold its third of a three-series Summer Concert (Rain or Shine) on Wednesday, August 20th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. BBQ sandwiches and dinners provided by Stewart’s Smokin’ BBQ will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. (No pre-order is required). Fresh roasted sweet corn will be served. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. will close our Summer Concert series event. Bring your lawn chair. Parking is available at City Hall and St. Noel. All events sponsored by Willoughby Hills Fall Corn Fest. For information, please call Mayor Weger’s Office at 440-918-8730.