I recently had the pleasure of touring the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center at 1736 Superior Ave. in Cleveland. The Cosgrove Center, under the umbrella of Catholic Charities, serves as a day drop-in center providing a safe haven to members of the local community. The Center, located in the former Erieview Catholic High School, provides a multitude of services throughout the week including breakfast & lunch (500 meals/day), a food pantry, clothing & household essentials, shower facilities, employment assistance, wellness clinic, 12-step meetings and much more.
Among the many wonderful programs, the Cosgrove Center offers art instruction to local residents, many of whom are homeless. Guy Vincent, a trained artist and teacher, instructs the students in all facets of visual art and recently organized an exhibition of the students’ work at the prestigious Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. The students’ work is beautiful!
Like the community they serve, the Cosgrove Center has many needs. Here are some ways to help:
∙The art program is always looking for supplies – quality paper, canvas, paint, water colors, frames, etc. If you have professional art supplies, they can use them.
∙The Clothing Closet is in desperate need of men’s clothing. From suits to jeans to socks and underclothes, men’s clothing is in demand.
∙You can volunteer in person. Guy is looking for trained artists/teachers to assist in the art program. Other volunteer opportunities exist.
Being at the Cosgrove Center for a couple of hours proved to me that it would be a meaningful place to offer your time.
As you might know, part of our Rooted in Faith money, designated for social justice, is offered to a local agency doing outstanding work. St. Noel Church is sending a check for $2,000 to the Cosgrove Center to help with their daily activities. Part of the funds will be used to purchase a new, industrial can opener for the kitchen.
On the table in the narthex, you can pick up information on the Bishop Cosgrove Center. You can visit them online at www.ccdocle.org, or you can call Nicole Evans, Executive Director, at 216-781-8262. Art director, Guy Vincent, can be reached at [email protected]. Feel free to call me at the parish office to assist with donations or volunteering.
I was impressed with the programs and even more impressed with the love, compassion, and professionalism modeled by everyone I met at the Cosgrove Center. As Catholics, we can be proud of the marvelous work being done in our community and throughout our diocese.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
PARKING LOT INCIDENT – This past weekend, a parishioner and his family attended mass at St. Noel with the intention of going for a bike ride afterwards. The bikes were secured on a bike rack on the rear of their vehicle: however, they were not locked and one of the bikes was stolen. The family has since filed a police report. Please remain attentive of any valuable items you may have in your car while you are at Mass.
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 at 440-946-088.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – We will be placing the order for At Home With the Word books by July 31st. If you would like a book, please call the Parish Office at 440-946-0887. The books will be ordered on a request basis only. The cost is $6.50 each.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD will be held only at the 11:00 a.m. Mass throughout the summer months.
TAKE OUT – The summer issue of “Family Faith on the Go” magazine is available in the kiosk. It is chock-full of ways to make summertime a sacred time. Pick up a copy today.
PARISH DIRECTORY – If you have not picked up your copy of the parish picture directory, they are available in the Church office. Any parishioner is welcome to a directory; one per family.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Most needed items include: spaghetti sauce in jars, peanut butter, jelly, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo), toilet paper. Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel. Our pantry served 72 families during the month of June. Thanks to all who support the pantry. Remember, online donation is always available at http://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
TWIST TIES – Do you have extra twist ties in the garage or kitchen? We could use them in the Food Pantry. Please bring your extra twist ties to the Church office. Thanks!
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE – At last February’s GIFT session, parishioner Cori Sieger shared the mission of The Refugee Response and the work it does to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the Northeast Ohio community. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program, a working farm business, has selected three work dates that provide exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The dates are Saturday, July 15th (mid-season clean-up), Thursday, August 17th (clean, clear and construct), and Saturday, September 23rd (put the farm to bed, batten down the hatches!). To volunteer, please register with Rachel Browner ([email protected] or 216-225-1551). Volunteer registrations are limited and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come check out the garden space! Join us to work or relax for awhile on Wednesdays July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12. Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x 122 to help.
USCCB & HEALTHCARE – The U.S. Bishops have issued an initial statement on the healthcare draft released by the Senate. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland is encouraging all Catholics to contact the offices of Sen. Portman and Sen. Brown to express concern over the bill. The US Bishops have consistently taught that access to healthcare is a basic human right. Catholic Charities has set up an action page to contact representatives. Visit the St. Noel website for more information.
HOPE OVER HEROIN – HOH is a non-profit that unites churches, business leaders and recovery agencies. They’re hosting an event at the Lake County Fairgrounds on August 25-26th and are looking for church participation. Visit hopeoverheroin.com for more information. If you’re interested in helping with this event, please contact Anthony at (440-946-1128 x122.)
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On July 6th, Bingo, No Meeting on July 13th (VBS), On July 20th, Bingo. On July 27th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m. Luncheon Menu: BBQ ribs, cole slaw, French fries and dessert. Half ribs to go, $5.00. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $7.00. Deadline for tickets is July 24th; also Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
THE REASON TO CELEBRATE – As we celebrate our country this Independence Day, remember that we have another reason to celebrate: A Full Life that God promises us. A beautiful summer’s day, delicious hotdogs, memories with family and friends, incredible fireworks…these aren’t just for the 4th of July — they will be at The FEST on August 6th, too! Come hear King & Country, Crowder, Matt Maher and Laura Story and experience A Full Life as we celebrate Mass outdoors. For more information, including how YOU can make a difference in as little as two hours, visit www.TheFEST.us.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS WELLNESS RUN – For the last two years, the city of Willoughby Hills has hosted a 5k run/walk and given part of the proceeds to the St. Noel Food Pantry. We recently received a check for $1752.34 from the 2016 event! The 2017 Wellness Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 1st. Would you like to help at the event? Please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x122 if interested.
FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR OHIO’S LATINO WORKERS AND FAMILIES – Come and hear the stories of NE Ohio’s Latino immigrant families!
Friends of HOLA is sponsoring “Out of the Shadows”, an evening of authentic Mexican dining, with guest speakers and music. It will be held at Ursuline College, Fritzsche Center, 2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, on Saturday, August 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. They are available Online at : https://outoftheshadowswithhola.eventbrite.com
Questions? Contact Lisa at 440.897.2413 or [email protected]
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE BENEFIT DINNER Please join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening on our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs featuring produce from the farm, traditional music, story sharing and dance from members of the refugee community. You will be able to see the empowering impact of the Refugee Response in sharp relief as we aid refugee families moving from hardship to home. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.refugeeresponse.org/benefit-2017.