This weekend, with great joy and gratitude, we as a parish family, officially welcome Bishop Nelson Perez to Saint Noel Parish for the first time since his installation as the eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, as I humbly accept his appointment of me as your third pastor. Allow me to reiterate my thanks to Father George Smiga and Father Andy Turner for their warm welcome and vote of confidence as I assume this new role as pastor. Father Turner has graciously agreed to continue assisting with weekend liturgies, and both he and Father Smiga regret previous commitments prevent them from being present this Sunday for the Installation Mass. I have assured Father George of our continued prayers upon sharing life and priestly ministry for, with, and beside you for twenty-eight years.
Eighty-nine years ago, on 29 June 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized Saint Noel Chabanel, our parish patron – just one day shy of my installation! On the announcement sent as a formality to friends and family, I included the symbol of the “fleur-de-lis,” a stylized lily composed of three petals bound together near their bases. It is especially known from the former royal arms of France, from which St. Noel was a citizen, but is also a symbol for Mary. Lilies are nearly always depicted in paintings of the Annunciation, with Gabriel often holding a stalk of lilies, symbolizing Mary’s purity.
It was on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) that I first received word about the possibility of serving as pastor, and it was on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13) in which the Bishop appointed me. The Monday following Pentecost, on the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (June 10), the Office of the Bishop confirmed this weekend’s celebration. Needless to say, I cannot help but attribute my pastorate to her. Know that I entrust all of our intentions as a parish family to her, now and in our shared time of life and ministry ahead.
Your brother in Christ,
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – A few spots still remain for children entering grades 1-6. VBS is the week of July 15-19. Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128×121) if your elementary-age children would like to attend. You can find info about VBS here: https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/.
INDEPENDENCE DAY – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for Mass on Thursday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m. is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
ST. NOEL IS SEEKING A YOUTH MINISTER – Interested candidates may review the Youth Minister (Part Time) job description on our website: https://stnoel.org/
or, at the Diocese of Cleveland’s website:
Interested candidates should mail their resume to:
Fr. Terry Grachanin
St. Noel Church
35200 Chardon Rd.
Willoughby Hills, OH. 44094
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For May 2019, we collected $601.38. Our expenses for May were:
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Thank you for your support.
N2N MEAL – No meal in July. Don’t forget to RSVP to Anthony for our evening of reflection on July 2nd.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 778 people with the equivalent of over 7,000 meals. Currently, we are in need of jelly, pasta sauce in jars, baking items, and boxed dessert mixes – cakes, brownies, cookies. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
CEREAL DONATION – Thanks to the awesome Cleveland Clinic Team at the Willoughby Hills Family Center who donated cereal and other breakfast items to the Food Pantry. A special shout out to Carrie, Ashley, and Rachel who made the delivery. We appreciate all our partners!!
CLOTHING SHED – Since January 2014, the clothing shed has generated $10,077 for the Social Justice fund. Thanks to all who donate to the shed. Donated items are sold in bulk to disaster relief agencies around the world.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – All bottles should be returned at this point. Thanks to all who supported the baby bottle fundraiser this year.
BLOOD DRIVE – We had a successful blood drive this past weekend. Thanks to the Fullerman family and the Zorman family for their help! Our next drive is Sunday, August 25th.
UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES – A letter with information about Confirmation preparation was mailed to those who will be in ninth grade this fall. When you receive the letter, please be sure to promptly reply as instructed by July 15th. If you are expecting to prepare for Confirmation and did not receive a letter, please contact Kaitlin (440-946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected]).
CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CATHOLIC? – If so, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) might be just 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 are free to ask any questions you have about the Catholic Church, its traditions and its worship, and explore where God might be leading you. Your questions, experiences and thoughts are the basis of these sessions. In addition, we will discuss 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 at 440-946-0887.
CEDAR POINT TRIP – If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to go on our annual Cedar Point trip! Mark your calendar. This year we will be going on Sunday, August 4th. The cost will be $50 per person. Payment and permission slip forms will be due by June 30 to the parish office. Please email Kaitlin if you plan to attend at [email protected].
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 p.m. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. We are looking for an additional person to fill the 3:00-4:00 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
THE REASON TO CELEBRATE – The FEST 2019 is only about a month away! This coming week we gather with family and friends to celebrate our freedom as a country. It’s a highlight of the summer. Even more, bring your family and friends to the best event of the summer – The FEST – on Sunday, August 4th. It’s a day of faith, family and fun – all for FREE. Come hear Jordan Feliz, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, and Casting Crowns, eat Johnsonville brats, and after Mass with Bishop Perez, join us for an amazing American Fireworks display! For more information, visit www.theFEST.us. There’s something for every generation at The FEST.
By the way, moms – don’t forget to save time on FEST day by pre-registering for your Marc’s Mom’s Bag filled with FREE gifts (along with 100 gift basket giveaways) thanks to our friends at Marc’s. Go online to www.theFEST.us/moms.
BEDE CHURCH – will be hosting a GriefShare program on Wednesdays, July 31st-September 25th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This Christian-based program offers guidance, support and encouragement to those dealing with the death of a loved one. Workbooks are $20; scholarships are available. RSVP to 440-257-5544.
ALL SOULS CEMETERY – The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour pre-planning seminar, special pricing on Saturday, July 13th at 1 p.m. All Souls Cemetery – 10366 Chardon Road, Chardon. Learn in a group or discuss one-on-one with a Family Service Representative and receive a free Personal Reference Guide. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP 216/641-7575 ext. 4
COPING WITH LIFE ALONE – Are you trying to figure out how to cope with your life as a separated, divorced, or widowed person? It can be a lot and sometimes overwhelming. Join us for Coping with Life Alone to start a new journey. Men and women are welcome to be a part of this day. This one-day experience is on Saturday, July 20th at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Activity Center – located at 5891 Ridge Road, Parma. Start time is 9:00 a.m. (arrival between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m.) and ends at 3:45 p.m. with an option for 4:00 p.m. Mass at Saint Charles to end the day. Simple breakfast as well as lunch will be served. Cost is only $15.
Complete this simple Google form to register: https://forms.gle/rrMhYHLi8p7YFB9T6
Questions or to register by phone, please call Eileen Updegrove at 216-299-8782.
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