Week of June 16, 2013
Last Monday our Finance Committee met to review and approve maintenance projects which will take place this summer. Today I would like to share some of these with you.
On the weekend of May 18/19th you may have noticed that a sewer smell was present in the church. The cause of the odor was traced to a dry floor drain in a room below the Narthex. But the event prompted us to re-evaluate our entire sewage system to increase our confidence that future odors would not occur. After consultation with professional engineers we have agreed on two steps to take at this time. An air replacement system will be installed as part of the kitchen exhaust fans in the Banquet Center. This will reduce the inside pressure of our building which can draw odors from any emerging leaks. We also plan to install a higher exhaust tube over the 1,000 gallon septic tank behind our building.
There is also one remaining section of gutters in front of the Banquet Center which does not have ice melting cables. This summer we will install them to prevent the large and destructive icicles which form there every year.
The largest project is to replace the set of windows behind the choir area. These windows are original to the church, which was built in 1983. The wooden frames have begun to rot and water enters the building during large storms.
We will be receiving part of the 30% St. Noel is due from the “Rooted in Faith” campaign this July. I will give you the exact numbers then and tell you how these funds will help in these maintenance needs. Let me also thank all parishioners who are faithful to their stewardship offering to St. Noel. Your financial support not only enables the ministerial work we perform in service of the Gospel, it also allows our parish plant to remain attractive and functional. We could not continue without your regular contributions.
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING THE WORD WEBSITE – For the last six months Fr. George has been building a website which includes a video that promotes the Gospel. This video will be the first of a series which will relate scripture and spirituality to questions of modern life. It is becoming clear to many in the Catholic Church that more and more people do not attend Mass regularly. Therefore the praise and preaching which occur every weekend does not reach them. If you find the website and video valuable, please spread the news. Tell your kids at school or your family and friends out of town about it. If you like any part of the website, please leave a comment. You can do this in the form on the website itself. You can also “Like” Fr. George on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. The website ishttp://buildingontheword.org.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What keeps you from freely forgiving?
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Beginning Wednesday, June 19th and going through Wednesday, August 28th there will be no evening Masses, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on July 10th and August 14th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.
PILGRIMAGE – YEAR OF FAITH – As part of the Year of Faith, Bishop Lennon has designated five diocesan churches as pilgrimage sites: St. John Cathedral, St. Sebastian, Akron; and the churches of St. Mary in Painesville, Elyria and Wooster. Catholics are invited to visit these sites on pilgrimage, which is a journey to a sacred place made with devotion and reminding us of our journey to God. If you are interested in following this devotion, you can pick up a pilgrimage booklet in the narthex or check the website,www.welcomecatholics.com.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the June issue is “Scripture and Tradition: Revealing God’s Plan.”
MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We have an opening for the 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. hour. If this time conflicts with your schedule, we do have openings on the substitute list. If you are unable to make a commitment at this time, remember that you are always welcome to stop in anytime on Mondays between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Please call the parish office for more information if you are available to fill the 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. hour, or would like to be put on the substitute list to help when someone is not available to fill their hour (440-946-0887).
SAVE THE DATE: The St. Noel Parish Picnic will be held August 25th from 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center and on the Church grounds.
20/20 DONATIONS: If you would like to contribute to the “20/20 Club” which funds our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action, you can drop a check off in the parish office during the week or put it in the collection basket. Checks can be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Do you still need to register your child? Are you an adult or teen who would you like to volunteer? Information is available at www.stnoel.org, or contact Michele (440-946-1128 x 18 or [email protected].)
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1963). Couples who are celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 or over) or who have missed previous celebrations are also welcome to register and attend. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 24, 2013. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.
LOOSE CHANGE FOR WOMANKIND: Please return your baby bottles to the parish office so we can forward them to Womankind. Thank you for your support of this organization which assists pregnant women and newborns who are in need!
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For May, 2013 we collected $1,774.59. Our expenses for May were:
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Thank you for your support.
FARMER’S MARKET – The Cleveland Foodbank, along with the Western Lake County Food Pantries, is sponsoring a free Farmer’s Market for those who meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the government. (Guidelines are available in the parish office.) The market will be held on the following Thursdays: July 25th, August 22nd, September 26th, and October 24th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor. Volunteers are needed to help with the market. Please call the parish office if you would like more information or are able to volunteer (440-946-0887).
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. Activities are: June 20th, meeting followed by a luncheon of swiss steak, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, and apple pie. The cost is $6. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). The deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, June 17th. On June 27th, we’ll celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend.
MAGGIE’S PLACE GOLF SCRAMBLE – Play the links on Sunday, June 23rd at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course. Register online (http://mpohiogolfscramble.eventbrite.com) by June 19th or contact Mike (216-533-6106) for information.
LAKE COUNTY ARTHRITIS EXPO – The free event will be held Wednesday, June 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tripoint Medical Center Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Rd., in Concord. For more information, pick up a yellow brochure in the kiosk pocket or contact Mary Schwarz (216-285-2827, 800-245-2275, ext. 6407, or email[email protected]).
URSULINE ARTSPACE SUMMER OFFERINGS – There are a number of classes and camps to encourage creative expression in art, fashion, and crafts for children and adults beginning in June and offered by Ursuline ArtSpace at Ursuline College. Please contact check the web (www.ursulineartspace.com) or call Patricia (440-449-1200, ext. 285).
CORNERSTONE OF HOPE YOUTH CAMPS- Cornerstone of Hope Youth Camps-Looking for a positive, faith filled, and fun Catholic Summer Camp? Cornerstone of Hope is hosting two week-long camps in July for children entering grades 4 through 8 at its Independence location. “Soldiers for Christ” (July 8-July 12) will teach young boys the key virtues of courage, forgiveness, charity and self-control. “God’s Greatest Gift is You” (July 15-July 19) will help young girl’s find good friends, see the beauty in all human life, deal with bullying and gossip as well as build self-esteem. For more information about these camps, contact Rachel Rego (ph: 216-524-4673 or [email protected]).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE INDIVIDUALLY DIRECTED SUMMER RETREATS. There are weekend, 5-day, 6-day and 8-day individually directed summer retreats available from mid-June through mid-July.To view the schedule, cost, or to register visit https://www.jrh-cleveland.org/carous/idrs/ or call 440-884-9300.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, June 21st, meet at St. Paschal’s Life Center at 7:00 p.m. for a spiritual discussion. The topic will be “Regrets.” Please RSVP to Jim and bring a snack to share (440-944-1552).
YOUNG ADULTS in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to volunteer in the food distribution program at St Aloysius Parish (10932 St. Clair Ave.) on Saturday, June 22nd, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.This event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Youth & Young Adult Ministry and CYO Office in the Diocese of Cleveland.To register, please call Laura (216-228-9516) or e-mail ([email protected]).
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL in Wickliffe invites you to their 23rd Annual Parish Festival on June 28th thru June 30th. Please see the flier on the kiosk for additional information or you can call 440-585-0700.
SEEDS OF LITERACY is a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation, has an urgent need for more tutors.Together we can break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy. A training session has been scheduled for Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is held at Seeds Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street. For more information, please contact Alexandria Marshall (216-661-7950 or[email protected]).
WICKLIFFE COUNTRY PLACE BLOOD DRIVE – On Tuesday, July 2nd from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be a blood drive at Wickliffe Country Place. Please make an appointment by calling 440-944-9400.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS CASE MEDICAL CENTER – Currently certified Eucharistic ministers are needed to distribute Holy Eucharist to patients at the main campus of University Hospitals in Cleveland. For more information, please call the Pastoral Care Office (216-844-1668).
LADIES! The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is having their annual Daisy Classic Golf Outing on Monday, July 1st at PineRidge Country Club. The Golf Package for the day includes lunch and dinner and costs $110. If you don’t golf but want to join us for dinner and raffle (men included for dinner) the cost is $35. Cocktail hour starts at 4:00 p.m. dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. Contact DonnaMarie (440-683-1324).
CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE – The 31st Cleveland Charismatic Conference sponsored by Catholic Renewal Ministries will be held Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th at Magnificat High School in Rocky River. The theme is “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me.” Contact Sue or Joe Palmieri for registration information (440-774-1191).