I am delighted to announce that Bishop Perez has appointed a new pastor for St. Noel. He is Fr. Terry Grachanin. Fr. Terry is 40 years old. He grew up in Holy Spirit Parish, Avon Lake. He has a degree in Art History from John Carroll University and a Master’s in Divinity from St. Mary Seminary. Fr. Terry’s mother is Italian and Slovac. His father is Croatian. His parents still live in Avon Lake. He has two sisters. He has been a priest for six years – four at St. Charles in Parma and two at St. Brendan in North Olmsted. He is a talented artist and you should look forward to seeing some of his work.
I know Fr. Terry personally and I am excited about his appointment to St. Noel. He loves the liturgy and pastoral work. He is easy to talk to and a delight to be with. I truly feel he is the right person to succeed me as pastor. Fr. Terry will assume his responsibilities here on June 1st – the same weekend that I begin my position at Holy Angels. Our Parish Pastoral Council is planning a simple reception in June to welcome Fr. Terry to St. Noel. Details will follow.
The Bishop has also asked me to thank all of the members of our parish who participated in the online survey regarding the new pastor. The number of participants from St. Noel was overwhelming. He wanted to acknowledge the many people who suggested Fr. Andy Turner be the new pastor. Those suggestions were not ignored. However, Fr. Andy’s responsibilities at St. Mary Seminary precluded him from consideration for the position.
Over the last months I have been assuring many of you that God would be faithful to our parish and lead the Bishop to select the right person to be our new pastor. I believe that has now happened. We should all be thankful.
Fr. George Smiga
FAREWELL FOR FR. GEORGE – May 25th & 26th will be Fr. George’s last weekend as pastor of St. Noel. On that weekend he will preside at all three weekend liturgies. After the 11:00 Mass on May 26th there will be a reception in the Banquet Center until 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. At 1:00 and 2:00, Fr. George will offer a short expression of his thanks to all who are present. We hope you will be able to stop in to the reception that weekend.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS – is Monday, May 27th at 9:00 a.m. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, May 26th 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.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking to train additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. This is a great way to serve the parish! Please call the parish office if interested at 440-946-0887.
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – Families can look in the kiosk to find the May issue of Take Out: Family Faith on the Go entitled “Embrace the Beauty.”
HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts at the 5 p.m. & 11 a.m. Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks. Please call St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
SHARING THE MYSTERY WEEKEND – This weekend (May 18 & 19), we celebrate “Sharing the Mystery.” Our First Communion children are invited to wear their communion attire to Mass and be part of the opening and closing processions. After Mass, they invite you to join them in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center so that they can share their stories with you. Visit their tables, meet them and their families, view their scrapbooks, taste their traditional family breads, ask them questions, and even share a memory of your own first communion with them. Please take a few moments of your busy weekend to stop and talk to them…the children will appreciate the gift of your presence.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser has begun. Please take an empty bottle from the table in the narthex. The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Registration is now open for “ROAR: LIFE IS WILD, GOD IS GOOD,” our St. Noel VBS 2019 adventure that takes place July 15th – 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade are invited to attend. You can find a registration form in the kiosk, in the parish office, or print it from the parish website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/). Mail your form or drop it off to the parish office by June 28th. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER SOON. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected] ) for more information.
PANTRY NEEDS – The shelves are more full – thank you! We are still in need of tuna (in water), soups (Chunky & Progresso), and jelly.
AERC – The AERC program is growing. We have increased the numbers of students coming on Mondays, and we are in need of tutors in math, language arts and social studies. We provide all the materials you need to work with the students. All the lessons are in the GED test prep book. You do not have to be a teacher. If you feel you can help someone achieve their goal of getting a GED, please contact Anthony Camino at 946-0887.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this Monday, May 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our April market served 120 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together! There will be no N2N meal in July.
GO APE! If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to attend Go Ape, which is a high ropes course with zipline. We will be meeting at the Strongsville location on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. The cost for youth ages 10-15 is $33 and for ages 16 or older is $50. Please contact our youth minister, Kaitlin, at [email protected] if you are interested in attending. If you’ve never heard of Go Ape, check out their website at www.goape.com for more details. Adult chaperones are needed!
DEATH PENALTY FILM SCREENING – Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Small Hall. We will view the film, “In the Executioner’s Shadow”, and follow with a discussion on capital punishment.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for June 23rd. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY – The Association of Specialists in Aging invites you the Fairport Harbor Senior Center, 1380 East Street, on Wednesday, June 12th from 2-4 p.m. to commemorate Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The theme this year is “Lifting Up Voices”. See the flyer on the kiosk for more details.
FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY – The Catholic Cemeteries Association is hosting a flag retirement ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at Calvary Cemetery, 10000 Miles Ave in Cleveland. The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Tattered, worn or faded American flags can be brought to the ceremony or to one of the eight CCA offices. Visit clecem.org or call 216-641-7575 for more information.
THE EVENT OF THE SUMMER – For 19 years The FEST has been bringing families together from across our Diocese and beyond. This year’s Catholic Family FESTival will take place on Sunday, August 4th from 12 noon until 10 p.m. at The Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. Joining us on the main stage will be Christian artists: Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns. Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer as we celebrate the faith that is passed down through Generations of families. The FEST….a day of faith, family and fun…all for FREE. It will be the highlight of your summer!! For more information, go to www.theFEST.us