Week of July 21, 2013
We must always be conscious of those who are sick among us. We know of those who are suffering in our own families and neighborhoods, but there are many with whom we interact each day who are carrying the burden of physical or emotional illness. This is why it is important for us, as a community, to remind ourselves regularly of those who are sick. Most especially, it is important to remember that our faith can provide a context in which suffering is eased by God’s love.
The Anointing of the Sick is a powerful sacrament of our Catholic tradition which asks for God’s healing. Next weekend, July 27th-28th, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all our weekend liturgies. Remembering the sick among us in this way recalls our own frailty and the need for God’s love.
I am inviting any parishioners and family or friends of our parishioners who are coping with illness or the discomfort of aging to receive this sacrament at our liturgies. Also, please remember that I am always available to offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to those who are unable to leave home.
Even if you are not ill, your presence at next weekend’s liturgies is important. It is a powerful sign to see members of our congregation come forward in their need.
Your prayers for the sick among us are a concrete witness of Christian love and compassion. Please come next weekend, ready to lift up those who seek God’s help and to open your hearts to God’s healing presence.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How does Jesus’ support of Mary’s choice to “listen to him speak” speak to 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.
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.
LOWER LEVEL LIGHTS – We are asking for your help. On Monday mornings we sometimes find the lower level lights on in the main rooms and in the bathrooms. This is just a reminder that if you do use the lower level, please remember to turn off all lights when you are finished. We know that some parishioners use the Nursery during Mass, and others also go out to the small parking lot through the lower level and may use the restrooms when they are leaving – please remember to turn off the lights. Thank you for your cooperation.
FLIERS ON THE KIOSK – Just a reminder that items you would like posted on the kiosk (bulletin boards in the Narthex) should be brought in to the Parish Office first. Thank you for your cooperation.
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).
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).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the July issue is “Five Guidelines for Discerning Your Vocation.”
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, July 28th, 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For June, 2013 we collected $682.00. Our expenses for June were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||
Thank you for your support.
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 July 25th, the activity is 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.
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 have questions or are able to volunteer (440-946-0887).
FEST 2013 – Bring your family and friends to The FEST on Sunday, August 4, 2013. The 13th annual Catholic Family FESTival will be held on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe from 12 noon until 10:00 p.m. In addition to the great national Christian artists, great kids’ activities area, special youth rally, and 150 displays and presentations, at the FEST you will find: the 3M Racecar Simulator, BMX shows, inflatables, and Smart Martha. Check out the web for a complete schedule and listing of the events and programs at The FEST: www.theFEST.us. The FEST is FREE and open to all. It’s a perfect family day. For questions, please call 440-943-7662 or e-mail [email protected]. Special thanks to Medical Mutual, MARC’s, Notre Dame College and Sherwood Foods for their support to keep The FEST FREE for all.
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).
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.
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!
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).
THE CONGREGATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT is sponsoring an event on Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th celebrating the 50th anniversaries of Vatican II and the canonization of St. Peter Julian Eymard, apostle of the Eucharist. The event will be held at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Highland Heights. There will be ten workshops on how the Eucharist shapes different aspects of our daily lives. It is a free event and includes a box lunch on Saturday afternoon, and a celebration Saturday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Village, OH. Free will donations will be accepted. Registration is required. For information or to register, call Susan Work (440-442-6311).
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.
NDCL 25TH ANNIVERSARY – On Saturday, August 17, the Cathedral Latin Alumni Association will host one of the inaugural celebrations of NDCL’s25th Anniversary. All alumni (NDA, CL, & NDCL) are invited to this evening of celebrating, socializing, and touring the facilities. Reservations can be made online. Deadline is August 10. For questions, please contact Sue Wise at 216-691-9999 or [email protected].
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.