Week of June 23, 2013
Some of you, like me, may be old enough to remember Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary general of the United Nations from 1953-1961. It is a very simple prayer of his that comes to mind on the occasion of my retirement:
“For all that has been, thank you. For all that is to come, yes.”
For all that has been these past 22 years I am truly grateful! In good Catholic fashion here is my litany, albeit incomplete:
- For a pastor who calls forth and expects the best of himself, his staff and parish, empowering and supporting us to use our gifts in service to God’s people…
- For a parish staff that is cooperative and supportive both spiritually and practically and knows the importance of ministering, praying, laughing and occasionally crying together…
- For a more than capable and committed minister who is returning to our staff to assume my areas of responsibility…
- For a Banquet Center staff that assists our faith community in any and every way possible to “make hospitality (read: food!) our special care”…
- For a community that embodies the Vatican II vision of full and active participation in the liturgy – how blessed we are!…
- For that same community as it takes its faith into the world and is a vibrant witness of loving service to one another and to those in need…
- For all who have said, “yes,” to my many appeals to share your gifts in a particular ministry and then been so faithful to that “yes!”
- For all who have declined such invitations, being an example of knowing and naming your limitations and what God is truly asking of you at any given time…
- For all of you who have allowed me into your lives and shared your stories of how God is alive and active in both times of sadness and joy…
- For all the blessings I have failed to name…
- And most importantly for a generous and loving God who has made all of the above possible!!!
- That brings me to the second half of Dag Hammarsköjld’s prayer:
“…For all that is to come, yes.”
Please do pray for me that I might be able to say “yes” to what the future holds, knowing that the same God who has been so faithful to me throughout my life and ministry will continue to sustain and guide me in the days and years to come. Be assured of my prayers for you as well, as we continue our respective individual journeys and our journey as a community of believers.
Lastly, let me remind you that this is not good-bye. As you may already be aware, it is my plan to remain at St. Noel as a parishioner and a volunteer (No, Aga, I’ll not be joining the choir, something for which you and everyone else can be grateful!). So as the saying goes, “See you in Church!”
With much gratitude,
APPRECIATION RECEPTION – Please join us next Sunday, June 30th, for a reception to express our gratitude to Alice Hinkel for her 22 years of ministry at St. Noel. The reception will take place in the Small Hall from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How would YOU answer Jesus if he asked you today, “Who do you say that I am?”
ROOTED IN FAITH – This weekend we are celebrating throughout the Diocese the success of the Rooted in Faith-Forward in Hope Capital Campaign. Please stop by the table in the Narthex to view the video and commemorative picture we have received.
BULLETIN ARTICLES for the June 29/30th and July 6/7th bulletins need to be in the parish office by Tuesday, June 25th, because of the holiday printing schedule.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Until 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.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES have been sent out, either by email or regular mail, to all Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans and Servers. If you have not received your schedule, or you have changed your email or address, please notify the parish office as soon as possible. This new schedule begins July 6th & 7th.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION – Next weekend, June 29/June 30, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept donations to the Peter’s Pence collection. The proceeds from this collection fund emergency-relief assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, and natural disasters.
THANK YOU for your donations to the following diocesan collections: Oklahoma Relief – $2,115; Rice Bowls – $289.06 and Catholic Home Missions – $38. As always we are grateful for your generosity.
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 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.
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].)
FOLLOW OUR YOUNG NEIGHBORS ON THE ROAD: Our young people are off and running and during their time in Baltimore they will be maintaining a blog for all of you to read! Visit us at http://catholicyoungneighbors.org during the week of June 23-29th to read reflections from our young people on their daily experience and see photos. Then join us on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for a follow-up evening with the teens.
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!
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 to leave your contact information if you can help (440-946-0887).
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP will meet on Saturday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
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. 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.
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]).
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 – There will be a book signing with Terry Pluto from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29th at theJesuit Retreat House, 5629 State Road, Parma.His book,Faith and You Vol. 2,will be available for purchase and signing. Terry is a long time columnist for The Plain Dealer and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. The cost is $5.00. To register, contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visitwww.jrh-cleveland.org
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND will present a talk by Christopher G. Kerr entitled “A Voice with the Stranger: Ignatian Advocacy for Humane Immigration Reform” on Thursday, July 11th, at 12 noon at the City Club of Cleveland. Those who wish to attend the luncheon buffet should contact their table chairperson or reserve a ticket by calling the reservation line (440-390-0172). Tickets are $20.00 per person. Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and cancellations must be final by 9:00 a.m. the Monday preceding the luncheon (July 8th).
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, June 28th, meet at St. Paschal’s Life Center at 7:00 p.m. for the monthly game night. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP to Dan (440-223-8707).
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.
TUTORING: Individual tutoring by the Ursuline Sisters is available for students kindergarten through college in a variety of areas. One-to-one tutoring sessions for ACT/SAT preparation are offered for those taking or re-taking the tests at any time during the year. This summer, college counseling is also available through special arrangements. For more information, contact Sister Susan Mary Rathbun, OSU ([email protected]) or call 440-449-1200 ext. 280.
SEEDS OF LITERACY is a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation. There is an urgent need for more tutors to help 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 Pine Ridge 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).
SINGLE MOTHERS ACHIEVING REAL TRIUMPH (SMART) is a support program offered through the Women’s Center at Lakeland Community College to single mothers who will be starting Lakeland in the fall. The ideal program participant is a single mother of minor children (divorced, separated, never married or widowed) with financial need, who can attend classes during the day. The SMART program is an on-campus, daytime program. Please contact the Women’s Center for more information (440-525-7322). Flyers are available in the kiosk.
FEST 2013 – Come and join 35,000 Catholics from across the diocese for the FEST which will be held on Sunday, August 4th, on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The FEST is free and there will be national Christian music artists, plenty of activities for the kids, a mom’s relaxation station, and a special outdoor closing Mass at 8:00 p.m. followed by a great fireworks display. For a schedule of events go online towww.theFest.us or call 440-943-7662.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR CHRIST is in need of gauze, tape, bandages, rubber gloves, eyeglasses, up-to-date vitamins, antibiotic creams, over-the-counter cough and allergy medicines, Tylenol, Motrin, and Aleve. Please call Judy (440-975-9028) for more information. Thank you.