Week of August 4, 2013
A long time tradition in our parish is the annual summer picnic. This year’s picnic will take place on Sunday, August 25th. The picnic begins right after the 11:00 Mass (about 12:15) and ends at 3:30. The menu includes barbecued ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, chips, lemonade, fruit punch and coffee. Grilled hot dogs will be available as an alternative to ribs. The food will be served in the Banquet Center and tables will be set to eat inside. If you would prefer to eat outside, you are welcome to bring chairs or blankets.
A popular part of the picnic is the potluck. The sharing of food and recipes is a wonderful way to explore and enjoy new tastes. People whose last names begin with A-M are asked to bring a side dish or salad. Those whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring a dessert. If you would like your serving dish or container returned to you, please mark it with your last name.
This year, David Anthony returns to St. Noel. David is a popular performer from past picnics who puts on a fun and entertaining magic and juggling show. Be sure to take part in our 50-50 raffle to help defray the cost of the picnic. While you wait until the end of the picnic to see if you won, participate in the outdoor games and entertainment for kids and adults.
Our annual picnic offers a fun way to spend an end of the summer afternoon and to come to know each other better. Plan to join us for a relaxing time of food, fun, and fellowship.
Deacon Dave Nethery
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What excess have I been “storing up” in my life that I need to let go of to clear my path to God?
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: This weekend Fr. Tom will return to preside at all our weekend Masses. We will host a reception for him on Sunday, August 4th 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.
FEAST OF ASSUMPTION – Thursday, August 15th is a Holy Day upon which Catholics are asked to participate in Mass. Our Masses will be at Noon and 7:00 p.m. Eucharistic ministers, lectors, and sacristans are asked to please sign up on the sheet that is posted on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette by the coatroom if you are able to minister for the Masses on August 15.
WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Bridget Brassell, Raymond & Marilyn Fuerst, Jonathon & Ashley Kelm, Jennifer Paglio, Stephen & Robin, Casey and Jessica Reddick, Daniel & Sylvia, Grace and Annabel Sheppard, and Brian & Molly Thomas. You can find their pictures on the bulletin board in the Narthex hallway.
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).
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past week with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and do not receive this letter by the end of this week, please call or email Michele (440-946-1128 ext. 21 OR [email protected]) and leave a message with your child’s name and your contact information.
FATHER GEORGE’S VIDEO – This symbol is a QR code. If you have a smartphone with a program to read QRs you can scan it and it will connect you immediately to Fr. George’s video, “A Hint,” which is found on his website. The video runs eleven minutes and addresses the existence of God in modern culture. Scan and enjoy, but please wait until after Mass. (If you do not have a smart phone, you will find the video onhttp://buildingontheword.org/a-hint/).
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).
IMMIGRATION REFORM – Please contact your House representatives and urge them to pass common sense immigration reform. The U.S. Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation by a large margin, and the U.S. House is currently considering whether to address immigration reform legislation. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have urged Congress to pass immigration reform which: provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons living in the United States; preserves and strengthens family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system; provides legal avenues for low-skilled immigrants to come and work in the United States; restores due process for individuals caught up in the immigration system; and promotes efforts that will address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and persecution. For more information or to send an instant email, visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
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: August 8th, an auction; August 15th, reverse raffle or bingo;August 22nd, socializing, meeting and luncheon of ribs, French fries, cole slaw, sherbet. The cost of a full slab is $7.00 and half slab is $5.00. The deadline for tickets and payment isMonday, August 19; please call the parish office for contact information. On August 29th,there will be bingo and the celebration of anniversaries and birthdays. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – We are planning for the Live Raffle event at the Benefit Dinner and are looking for anyone that would like to donate enough “travel miles” for one or two roundtrip tickets for travel in the continental United States. Please call the parish office for contact information if you can help.
ORGANIC MEAT, EGGS, CHEESE AND MORE – are available through the Geauga Family Farms website: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/order-extra-items/. Even if you’re not a CSA member, you can still purchase locally grown and raised food for your family. Place your order online by Tuesday of any week and pick up at St. Noel on Saturday of the same week between 9:00 -10:30 a.m. This is the perfect way to ensure the best quality food for you and your family as well as to support our partner, Amish farmers and their way of life. Go to the website and place your order this week!
FEST – Make plans to come to the FEST this weekend on Sunday, August 4th at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe). As one Dad commented last year, “…the place rocks, I had one of the best times of my life with my kids last year, the concerts were awesome, and the Mass was excellent, people as far as you can see, not to mention the music, and the Mass was just phenomenal, fireworks and all…” Check out the web www.theFEST.us for exciting events happening all day for FREE at the FEST. For questions, please call 440-943-7662 or e-mail [email protected]. See you at the FEST – our Catholic Family FESTival. The FEST Mass begins at 8:00 p.m. There’s plenty of close parking. Please join us. Special thanks to Medical Mutual, MARC’s, Notre Dame College and Sherwood Foods for their support to keep The FEST FREE.
BENEDICTINE MONKS of St. Andrew Abbey invite single men 18-45 years of age who seek Divine guidance for their life and vocation to attend a retreat from Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th. Please contact Fr. Finbar, OSB for more information ([email protected]or 216-721-5300, ext. 273).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – All teachers are invited to the Jesuit Retreat House on August 12th, 13th, or 14th for a retreat facilitated by John Ropar, Ph.D., who is the former Director of Counseling Services at John Carroll University. Whether your classroom is in a public or parochial setting, you will find space in this day to renew your soul for the mighty call you are living! The day retreat includes time for presentations, lunch, individual prayer, and staff discussions. The cost is $25/person. To register or learn more check the web www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300.
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].
WILLOUGHBY HILLS FALL CORN FEST is Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th. There will be food, a parade, a car show, fireworks and many other activities for all ages. Visit www.whcornfest.com. Flyers and a schedule of events are available on the table in the Narthex.
FARMER’S MARKET – The Cleveland Foodbank, along with the Western Lake County Food Pantries, is sponsoring a free Farmers 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: 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 (440-946-0887) if you would like more information or are able to volunteer.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES will host a Charismatic Mass on Friday, August 30th, 7:00 p.m. at Divine Word Parish, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland, 44094. Fr. Bob Franco will be the celebrant. Healing prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.Come and bring a friend to joyfully sing and praise God!