As a Christian community we bear the responsibility to grow in our faith. Each year at every age it is important to understand God better and to love God more. This growth takes place in our own families and in our unique circumstances, but it deepens most effectively in community. This is why St. Noel offers a variety of opportunities to come together to learn and share.
GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) is central to our faith formation at St. Noel. All parishioners are invited to participate in GIFT, as it offers a chance to connect with the whole parish community and an opportunity to learn more about our faith. The detailed GIFT mailing will be sent out to parishioners in mid-September.
Parents are the primary source of faith formation for their children. Every child from pre-school through grade 12 who is registered for GIFT will receive weekly lectionary-based magazines and a textbook to use with their parents, along with an e-newsletter from St. Noel to support family faith formation efforts at home.
To assist parents further, St. Noel offers a number of age-appropriate faith formation programs to supplement what already happens at home:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and kindergarteners. It meets Sunday mornings, 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
CALLL (Children Actively Loving, Learning, Living) is for children in Grades 1-5. It meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
PEACE (Peers Each Accepting Christ Everywhere) is for Grades 6-8. It meets on Sunday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Prime Time is for Grades 9-12. It will also meet on Sunday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Those who wish to participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, CALLL, PEACE or Prime Time are asked to sign up now by filling out the form in the kiosk or on our website stnoel.org. The sign up for GIFT will occur through a parish-wide mailing in September. If you have any questions, call Michele Baetzold (440-946-1128 x21) or Erica Zalar (440-946-1128 x20)
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, August 31st, 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.
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.
OUTDOOR MASS SCHEDULE – Our last weekday Mass in the outdoor chapel will be held on Monday, September 1st at 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting). You are invited to join us for liturgy on this day. 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.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark your calendars now for the kickoff of 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. Registration forms are available in the kiosk and at stnoel.org.
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.
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE! – NEW TIME THIS YEAR! – The St. Augustine Dinner/Auction will be on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Mark your calendars! Dinner invitations will be mailed out September 8th.
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.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Luncheon 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. Deadline for tickets and payment is August 25th. Everyone is welcome!
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.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND PET MEMORIAL CELEBRATION – on Saturday, September 13th at DeJohn Pet Services, 28890 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills. This outdoor, ecumenical service held on the grounds is free and open to the public. Bring your cherished pet for a special blessing and/or photos or tokens of your deceased pet to be used in the memorial service. For more information and to RSVP, call Sherri at 440-278-7110.
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.
“A FINAL GIFT” workshop and presenatation will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery Office, 10366 Chardon Rd. Chardon, OH. Cemetery/funeral costs have become the third largest expense most families will pay for in their lifetime. Everyone who attends receives a Catholic Personal Planning Guide. Cemetery, Funeral and Cremation Information. Trusts, Wills, Estate Planning Information. The Vigil (Wake), Funeral Mass, Rite of Committal. This workshop is free (registration is appreciated). Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please visit www.clecem.org for all dates and locations. To register call 440-286-7151 ext. 4 or Michael at 216-570-5839, or [email protected].
GET FIT FOR GULU – it is a wellness/fitness fair to be held on Saturday, October 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fr. Kline Social center of St. John Vianney Parish. It will not only raise funds that contribute to the health and well being of the people of Northern Uganda, but it will raise awareness of health and fitness opportunities in our area. For more information contact Debbie Jarosz at 440-951-8027 or [email protected].
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – at Progressive Field will be on Sunday, September 28th. Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ball game. Pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. in the Ball Park. Tickets starting at $14 can be purchased at HTTP://TINYURL.COM/KMTYG8Z and enter special offer code “baseball”. Any questions call 216-420-4162 or email [email protected].
MASS OF CELEBRATION – in Honor of Persons of ALL Abilities in Life. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Roger Gries on September 7th at 12:00 Noon at Immaculate Conception Church, 37932 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. Questions or interest in participating can be forwarded to: Jeff Mackey at 440-951-5481 or [email protected].
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND – Please join us on September 4th as we present Margaret O. Finucane, Ph.D. former director, Arrupe Scholars Program. “Arrupe Scholars from John Carroll University take an innovative approach to mentoring youth at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.” For reservations call 440-390-0172 or email [email protected].