Week of June 30, 2013
Since 1995, Fr. Tom Dragga has ministered in our parish as a weekend presider. I know we are all grateful for Fr. Tom’s liturgical style and preaching. I am particularly grateful for his support of me as a fellow priest and friend.
Last February, I announced to you that Fr. Tom would be leaving our Diocese to serve at St. Luke’s Institute in Washington, D. C. Since that time, there has been a change of leadership at St. Luke’s and Fr. Tom has decided not to serve as part of their staff. Instead, he will be assuming the role of Pastor at one of the parishes of our Diocese. The particular parish has not yet been announced. Fr. Tom plans to use the summer months for some rest and traveling, and will assume his new position in September. As of this weekend he will no longer be presiding at St. Noel on a regular basis.
I am presently exploring the possibility of securing another priest who will be willing to help us in an ongoing way. I will keep you informed as that search continues.
After 18 years of service to St. Noel, it is appropriate to express our thanks. On the weekend of August 3rd & 4th, Fr. Tom will return to preside at all our weekend Masses and we will host a reception after the 11:00 Mass until 2:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. I hope you will be able to stop by and thank Fr. Tom for being a part of St. Noel for so many years.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What obstacles do you overcome so that you may answer your call to discipleship?
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.
MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Are you looking for a closer encounter withJesus? We have an opening for the 6 to 7 p.m. hour at our Eucharistic Adoration or feel free to stop in anytime between 1 and 9 p.m. on Mondays. Please call the Parish Office (440-946-0887) with any questions, or 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.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend, July 6 & 7, our ushers will be in the narthex after Mass to accept your donations for the Social Justice Fund.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Do you still need to register your child? Stop in the parish office this week, or print out a registration form from our website,www.stnoel.org, and drop it off or mail it in.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Are you an adult or teen who would like to volunteer for Vacation Bible School? We need you. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x 18) or ([email protected])
ST. NOEL CONCERT CHOIR – Recently, our Concert Choir performed in Erie, Pennsylvania. Please check the music section of the kiosk for an article and pictures of their performance.
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 Mary Ellen Buzanski (440-951-1094) if you would like more information or are able to volunteer.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Activities are: July 4th– No Meeting; JULY 11TH Show Old Pictures/Short Bingo; JULY 18TH–No meeting (Vacation Bible School); July 25- Bingo, we will celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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 girls 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).
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.
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).
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.
PILGRIMAGE – WASHINGTON D.C. – Join Fr. Sean Donnelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Madison for a pilgrimage to The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to observe their 150th Anniversary, the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton in Maryland, and The Padre Pio Center in Pennsylvania. For more information, call Catholic Tours at 216-751.8301.
LAKE-GEAUGA DIVORCED & SEPARATED has a new website! You will find helpful information on our programs, schedule, and resources. Take a minute to visit atwww.divorced-separated.net. Also check us out on Facebook and Like us!