Week of July 14, 2013
Each year we invite a speaker to make an appeal at our liturgies for a missionary project which promotes the Gospel and human development. This appeal is a reminder that we are a world-wide church and that the message of Christ is to extend to all the nations.
I wish to inform you that next weekend, Mr. Joseph Cistone will be making our annual mission appeal. Joe is the Executive Director of International Partners in Mission (IPM). IPM identifies and selects projects from around the world that are community-based, and then links these projects with individuals, parish congregations or other like-minded organizations who can help fund and support these efforts.
You may donate to this missionary appeal in one of three ways: (1) place loose cash in next week’s collection, (2) ushers will be in the Narthex after the liturgies to accept any offering, or (3) place a donation in next week’s collection marked “missionary” (all checks should be made out to St. Noel).
There is no part of the world which is excluded from the love of God and, therefore, from our care and concern. The missionary appeal reminds us of our worldwide responsibility. Please be generous next weekend.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What kind of “neighbor” are you?
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Until Wednesday, August 28th, there will be no evening Masses except for the Anointing of the Sick Mass on August 14th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.
MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Are you looking for a closer encounter withJesus? We have an opening for the 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. hour at our Eucharistic Adoration, or feel free to stop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Mondays. Please call Jan with any questions (440-951-5593).
SAVE THE DATE: On the weekend of August 3rd & 4th, Fr. Tom will return to preside at all our weekend Masses. We will host a reception for him after the 11:00 Mass until 2:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. Please stop by and thank Fr. Tom for being a part of St. Noel for so many years.
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.
PICNIC HELPERS NEEDED: We are looking for a small group of volunteers to help plan, coordinate and execute the Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 25th from 12:15 – 3:30 p.m. We would especially like to find someone who would be willing to plan games and activities after the meal. If you would like to help, please contact the parish office (440-946-0887).
OUR TEENS SAY “THANK YOU” – Thank you for your prayers and support of our teens who travelled to Baltimore for a week of service through Young Neighbors in Action. As a sign of their gratitude, the teens invite you to join them on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for a follow-up evening. You can see photos, hear stories, and ask questions about their experience.
CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Clemente, Jonah Cook, Kayleigh Cook, Regina Iafelice, Rachel Krevh, Michael Mandac, and Alicia Perovsek who received honors for the second semester at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School for 2012-2013.
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 (440-946-0887).
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.
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).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the July issue is “Five Guidelines for Discerning Your Vocation.”
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… 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. Activities are: July 18th – No meeting (Vacation Bible School); July 25th –Bingo and celebration of anniversaries and birthdays. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY CELEBRATION – It is never too early to think about the message of Christmas. Come to St. Augustine Church, 2486 W.14th Street, Cleveland 44113 (Tremont), on Sunday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be shopping for all and activities for children. Please join in on this fun family event. All proceeds go directly to St. Augustine Church and the Hunger Center. Please call 216-213-5379 for more information.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On July 31st, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., there will be a “Prayer Mob” for the feast of St. Ignatius. St. Ignatius lived with daily gratitude. To celebrate his feast you are invited to bring your blanket, lawn chair, and friends to the Jesuit Retreat House Meadow for an evening of music and fun. Uplifting music will be provided by Catholic musician Matt Fafrak (weather permitting). Bring your teenage children or grandchildren for a relaxed evening together!A freewill offering will be accepted. To register or learn more, contact Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).
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 (divorced, separated, never married or widowed) of minor children 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.
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!
ST. JUSTIN MARTYR 10TH ANNUAL PARISH FESTIVAL is July 26th, 27th, and 28th. Friday, 6:00 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – Midnight, and Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-10:00 pm. Enjoy home cooked ethnic food, games, air-conditioned and smoke-free Monte Carlo, lots of fun for all! Live entertainment: Disco Inferno, Abby Normal & the Detroit Lean, PopTarts, Caliber Band, and Don Wojtila.You won’t want to miss the Polka Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday with Bishop Pevec.There is plenty of close parking. All are welcome!
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL will host its Golf Classic on Monday, August 5, at the Little Mountain Country Club in Concord. Lunch and BBQ dinner will be catered by the Winking Lizard Tavern. The cost is $150 per golfer. Registration is available atwww.ndcl.org. For more information, contact the tournament director, Liz Maier at[email protected] or call 440-279-1079.
ST. ANN’S SHRINE TRIDUUM – Celebrate St. Ann’s Feast Day from Wednesday, July 24th through Friday, July 26th, at St. Ann’s Shrine at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights. There will be Mass each evening at 7:00 p.m. with special blessings. For more information, please call 440-449-2700 or check the web (www.st-ann-shrine.org).
EXPERIENCE THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME – This year become a global family by hosting an AFS exchange student. Students study in high schools and are eager to experience what it’s like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to build a more just and peaceful world. The Mills, Caporossi, and Kaluza families all hosted and want YOUR FAMILY to be next! Start the process atwww.afsusa.org/host, or call Katie Caporossi by July 20th (440-477-0940).
LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS CATHOLIC MASS at Classic Park will take place on Sunday, July 21st from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and is led by Father Bob Stec and members of The FEST! Participants will be able to get Captains autographs after Mass. There will be post-game base running for kids, fireworks, and a question and answer session with former Cleveland Brown and Hall of Famer Paul Warfield. People may purchase tickets for the Mass and Captains Game for $9 at the Box Office from 4:00-5:00 by saying they are there for the Mass.
FEST 2013 – There is something inspiring when we come together in the name of the Lord. Imagine standing with 20,000+ for an outdoor Mass?!? There’s Strength in Numbers. That’s the theme for FEST 2013 which takes place on Sunday, August 4, 2013 on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The day is filled with great music, inspiring displays, opportunities for prayer and reflection, tours of the seminary, and much more. The day begins at 12 Noon and concludes with Mass at 8 p.m., followed by an amazing fireworks display. The FEST is FREE and open to all. For more information, go to: www.theFEST.us or call 440-943-7662.