Week of August 11, 2013
Last weekend we said farewell to Fr. Tom Dragga who will assume new responsibilities as pastor of St. Luke’s Parish in Lakewood. This weekend we are happy to welcome Fr. Andy Turner to St. Noel. Fr. Andy has agreed to assist us at our weekend Masses. It is important to remember that Fr. Andy is not officially assigned to St. Noel. Like Fr. Tom, he has agreed to help us as he is able.
Father Andy was ordained in May, 2006 as a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland. His current position is Director of Field Education and Formation at St. Mary and Borromeo Seminaries.He was raised in Hudson, Ohio, where he attended public school and was catechized at Saint Mary Church. He completed his undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication at Ohio University, and before becoming a priest he worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young, LLP. You might have seen him last weekend at the FEST. He was one of the key organizers for the event. He has done missionary work in the Dominican Republic since 2006.Early in his life, Father Andy experienced God’s love in a significant way, and has a passion for leading others to know their God-given talents and gifts. He enjoys teaching, leading retreats, and occasionally going whitewater rafting and skydiving.
I have known Fr. Andy personally since his seminary days. He is an energetic and effective preacher and presider. I am confident he will be a blessing for our parish. So welcome him warmly so that he knows how much we appreciate his presence.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How do you respond to the call to be a trustworthy servant?
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.
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.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $5.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKSare in the vestment sacristy (across from the restrooms). Lectors are invited to pick up their book after Mass.
PARISH PICNIC – The St. Noel Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 25th. The picnic begins right after the 11:00 Mass (about 12:15) and ends at 3:30 p.m. 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. 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. Share recipes if you wish. There will also be games, entertainment, and activities for all ages in the afternoon.
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 with information about First Communion preparation. If you have received it, please be sure to reply as the letter instructs. If you have not yet received this letter and are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year, 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.
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).
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Please note, our volunteers will not be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for the month of August.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – for July, 2013 we collected $2,030.00. Our expenses for July were:
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Thank you for your support.
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.
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUPwill be meeting on Saturday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion on the shared faith of Jews and Christians. We will discuss the portrait of God developed by the Jews. Visit www.moreyoungadults.comfor 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. Activities are: 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 is Monday, 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 if you can help (440-946-0887).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the August issue is “How to Raise Kids with Faith.”
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!
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE –Join us for a Marian Day on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. The presenter will be Sr. Margaret Mach, S.C., a local spiritual director, who will give us a presentation on “The Power of Marian Spirituality in Our Lives.” Mass will be celebrated. Cost is $25 and includes breakfast pastries and lunch. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org.
GOLFING FOR THE GOOD NEWS – Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries production ofTetélestai brings the Good News to thousands each year and is supported solely by donations and fundraising. Join us at a golf outing on August 17th at Skyland Golf Course in Hinckley. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Register online at livethepassion.org or by calling 440-944-0635.
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 if you would like more information or are able to volunteer (440-946-0887).
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!
FINAL EXPENSE WORKSHOP: Cemetery and funeral costs can become the third largest expense most families will have to pay for in their lifetime. A workshop concerning these issues will be held at All Souls Cemetery on Chardon Rd. on Tuesday, August 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is free and light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please visit the Catholic Cemeteries website at www.clevelandcatholiccemeteries.org for more information or contact Melissa Malone at (216) 570-6668 or [email protected] to register.
RECIPES NEEDED – The pro-life committee of St. John Vianney Church is compiling a cookbook to sell in time for Christmas gifts as a fundraising effort for Lake County Right to Life! They need your help, namely, sending them your favorite recipes! You can send them your recipes, neatly printed or typed, with your name, phone number and e-mail address to[email protected] or mail them to LCRTL, P.O. Box 1750, Mentor, OH, 44061. If you have any questions please call Marge Craggs at 440-257-2155.
MAMAMOVIES OF NE OHIO INC. seeks to provide local needy mothers of newborns/toddlers with a small, high definition video camera. For more information, or to see about obtaining a camera for a needy mother, please call 440-862-1337. A brief video introducing MamaMovies can be found on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKrmnOpRzJE
Check the pocket of the kiosk for flyers.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY ANNUAL CHURCH TOUR – Our next Church Tour will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013 to the Westside. It will include the Museum of Divine Statues, St. Stephen’s and St. Coleman’s. We will catch the bus in the parking lot of St. John Vianney Church inMentor at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $25.00 which includes lunch at Sokolowski’s. The deadline for reservations is September 10th.For more information, call Marilyn Bergen(1-440-639-9604).