Weekly Bulletin 08/18/13

Week of August 18, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Next weekend St. Noel will hold a drive for used wheelchairs on Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The chairs will be donated to Wheels for the World, a ministry begun by Joni Eareckson Tada and Friends. This organization aims to meet the needs of the disabled around the world by providing wheelchairs and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. Before being sent to developing countries, the wheelchairs are refurbished by inmates involved in a prison ministry program. The chairs are distributed in 102 countries.

The World Health Organization estimates that there is a need for 20-30 million wheelchairs around the world. In some of these countries the cost of a wheelchair can equal a year’s wages, resulting in the impossibility for people affected by a disability to ever receive one.

Due to the generosity of donors we have an overabundance of walkers, crutches, and canes. So this year we are collecting only wheelchairs (please no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley (440-488-4657 or [email protected]).

Fr. George Smiga


YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How have you experienced division as a result of your discipleship? How have you resolved the conflict?

WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE – The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.

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).

FAITH FORMATION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES – Taste and see! Check out the Parish Faith Formation tab at www.stnoel.org to see the full menu of opportunities we offer at St. Noel. You can also visit the kiosk in the church narthex for calendars and registration information.

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.

CONFIRMATION: We are updating our Confirmation list. If you are going into 10th grade or older and have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and wish to do so, please contact Erica Witmer in the parish office (440-946-0887 or [email protected]).

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.

MISSION COLLECTION – We collected $2,139.50 for our Mission Co-op with IPM. We thank you for your generosity.

BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Our Bereavement Ministry invites anyone (participants need not be parishioners) who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a series of evenings designed to support and assist people in their grieving. The series will be held in the Nativity Room on Thursday evenings from October 3 to November 14, and each evening will include some time for prayer. These sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887). Flyers are available in the kiosk.

THE ST. NOEL FOOD PANTRY – is in need of the following items: spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal.  The pantry serves families in need from our parish and the local community including Willoughby Hills and Kirtland.  Please remember the pantry during your next trip to the store and bring an item or two with you to Mass.  The pantry is located off the hallway between the Church and the main office. Donations can be dropped off anytime.

WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLE FUNDRAISER – Thank you for your support! We raised $1,155.55 through this campaign. Please read the thank you letter on the kiosk.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE – Interested in understanding the Church’s teaching in this area and learning more about the annulment process? The Diocese is sponsoring seminars during the “Year of Faith.” The next two are at St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick on September 17th and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls on October 1st. See the kiosk or call 216-696-6525 x4000 for more information.

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…  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. On August 22nd, come for the 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 19th; please call the parish office (440-946-0887). 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).

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!

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 Mary Ellen Buzanski (440-951-1094) if you would like more information or are able to volunteer.

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.

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!

CLAMBAKE AT ST. STEPHEN – St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church in Euclid will hold a clambake on Sunday, September 15th. For reservations, please call 216-732-7292 by September 9th.

CLEVELAND INDIANS CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 with a pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. Purchase tickets on line with this link:www.indians.com/catholicday and enter the special code offer “catholic” or pick up an order form which is in the kiosk pocket in the Narthex. Call 216-420-4162 or email[email protected] for more information.

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY ANNUAL CHURCH TOUR – Our next Church Tour will be on Thursday, September 19th 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).

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