of September 25, 2005
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live in a world in which many people have less than we do. Even
as we struggle with the rising cost of gasoline and health care,
a moment's reflection will remind us of how many people have no
means of transportation and no access to health care. Our commitment
to Christ calls us to respond to these brothers and sisters of ours
who are in need.
the next weeks we will have two opportunities to do just that. Next
weekend on October 1 st and 2 nd , Julieta, a member of Women &
Community in El Salvador, will be speaking at our liturgies. You
will remember that St. Noel formed a partnership with Women &
Community in 2004 through International Partners in Mission. Women
& Community is a small organization in El Salvador committed
to improving the lives of women through education and ministerial
support. Run by the women themselves, Women & Community has
begun a sewing business and a process to educate parents on the
use of soy products to enhance the diet of their children. This
last year they have offered programs on leadership and organizational
skills for running a small business including computer skills. All
of these programs have been possible through our yearly commitment
of $3,500 to Women & Community. Moreover, the commitment is
personal. A group of St. Noel parishioners visited El Salvador in
the summer of 2004 and another trip is planned for the summer of
2006. When Julieta speaks after Communion next weekend, she will
report on what our generosity has been able to do and will ask for
your continuing prayerful and financial support. She will also bring
with her items from the women's sewing business for your purchase.
Please come to listen and show your support.
second opportunity will be the yearly event of Blanket Sunday. Whereas
Women & Community helps people in El Salvador, Blanket Sunday
helps those in our own city. When you come to Mass on October 8
th & 9 th , we encourage you to bring new or like-new blankets,
sheets, pillowcases, towels and washcloths to church with you. This
collection will allow the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the Diocese
to serve families, children, elderly, homeless and other needy individuals
in our metropolitan area. A donation of cash is actually preferable
since it allows St. Vincent DePaul to purchase new items in bulk
for reduced prices.
the same weekend, we collect slightly worn men's, women's, and children's
winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots and scarves in good,
clean condition. These items will be distributed to individuals
in the area of the St. Augustine Hunger Center.
you can assist in collecting these items after any of the Masses
on October 8 th & 9 th , please sign up on the volunteer sheet
on the kiosk.
has been generous to us. Please make use of these two upcoming opportunities
to show your generosity to others.
OF HURRICANE KATRINA –
Anyone who would still like to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund
can do so by sending their donation directly to
Cat holic Charities USA, Hurricane Katrina, P. O. Box 25168,
Alexandria, VA. 22313-9788. Please make check out to Catholic Charities
On Sunday, October 2, 2005, April Kinder will be joining us to sign
the 11:00 a.m. Mass for the hearing impaired. Reserved seating can
be found in the first two rows of chairs by the Eucharist Chapel.
for 2006 are available in the Sacristy. Lectors are reminded to
please pick them up.
IN FAITH TOGETHER – If
you are coming to the GIFT session on either September 28 th or
October 2 nd , remember to bring a photo of those in your household.
We will not damage the photo and you may have the picture back at
the end of October. A snapshot or wallet size picture will be just
the doors open one half hour before the session begins (5:30 on
September 28 th and Noon on October 2 nd ). Come early and avoid
DID WE SEE YOU HUNGRY?” Last
month our food pantry serviced 35 families representing 115 people
by providing them with three days of emergency food, soaps and paper
products. Many of the items we now provide come from Country Neighboring,
a subsidiary of the Cleveland Food Bank, so we are not coming to
you quite as frequently with requests. However, currently we have
need of soap and paper products of all kinds, as well as canned
fruit. You may drop your donations off at our food pantry bin located
off the hallway to the parish offices. Thank you for your concern
for the hungry.
FOOD IS FREE, A LETTER IS YOUR FEE! On
Friday, October 14 th The Social Concerns Commission presents the
first LOAVES and LETTERS event. Come share a simple meal (soups
and bread), then learn about a specific aspect of Social Justice.
This time the focus will be hunger issues, and the organization
Bread For The World. Then, you get to put this knowledge into concrete
action by writing a letter to a federal official about the issue
of hunger. All stationary, postage and sample letters will be provided.
It will run from 6:30-8:30 and all ages are invited to participate.
There will be age-appropriate instruction and activities for children.
There is a sign-up list on the kiosk. Please register by Monday,
October 10 th .
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, October 4 th through November 8 th ; 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 at 440-946-0887. Fliers are
available in the kiosk.
RETREATS will begin
on Wednesday, October 5 th and continue each first Wednesday of
the month, through April, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The
retreats will be facilitated by St. Noel parishioners and the title
of the October retreat is “Belonging: Being at Home in One Another's
Hearts.” An offering of $5.00 is suggested to cover lunch. Please
sign up on the kiosk.
PRAYER BREAKFAST – Welcome
to our first breakfast of the year on Saturday, October 15 th from
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the small hall. Join us as we read, write
and release our energy towards spiritual growth. Our gifted presenters
will be a panel of three St. Noel parishioners, Sharon Waltermire,
Stephanie Griffith and Candice Minello. As always, we will enjoy
a delicious breakfast and a time for conversation and quiet prayer.
The suggested donation is $3.50. Please sign up on the kiosk by
October 10 th.
NOEL PLAYROOM is available
during the 9:00 a.m. Liturgy to children 4 years old and under.
Parent and youth volunteers will watch your child while you attend
Mass or you are welcome to stay with your child.
MOVERS – Did you know
the Noel Movers are totally self-supported?? You can help us stay
on the road with your donation. We're also in the market for a new(er)
truck and more storage space. Call Anthony if you can help. We're
in need of an apartment-size washer/dryer unit, mattresses, etc
in good condition? Call the Noel Movers to arrange pickup (946-1128
– The bake is today (Sunday)!! Limited tickets are available at
the door. All proceeds
benefit St. Noel Youth Ministry. Support the Clambake!!
TIME – Our first session
is Sunday, October 2 nd . COME TO GIFT!! There's
still time to register so get on board. Change is good….
MINISTRY – Training
for new Stephen Ministers will begin in January. You might be ready
to serve in a ministry that quietly makes a difference in the lives
of people experiencing difficult times. You will receive all the
training and support you need to use the gifts God gave you. Call
Anthony to learn about the Stephen Ministry.
HIGH YOUTH GROUP – Our
first session is Wednesday, September 28 th . It's part of GIFT!!
Have you signed up?? There's still time!
– We are in need of
more servers at all Masses. Adults are welcome to be trained as
servers!! Think about it… See the kiosk for more details.
The diocese is putting together a faith formation program for young
adults. These small groups will begin in November at various churches
including St. Noel. Would you like to be involved in getting these
groups off the ground? Please call Anthony for more info!
FELLOWSHIP & BIBLE STUDY – Women
of all ages are invited to join our study group on Tuesdays from
9:30-11 a.m. We meet on the lower level each week to discuss our
Bible study (we are starting a new book on Acts) and enjoy the fellowship
of other Christian women. Childcare is provided in the nursery--free
of charge. We encourage you to join our growing group and look forward
to seeing you. Please contact Anthony at 440—946-1128 x20 for more
YOU HEAR THE MUSIC CALLING? If you
have ever considered joining the St. Noel music ministry, now is
the time. We have some exciting plans for the upcoming year including
some wonderful new Christmas repertoire and would love to have you
join us. The choir is open to anyone who likes to sing and can carry
a tune. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and members
attend the weekend liturgy of their choice so your schedule remains
flexible. We also welcome instrumentalists of all kinds in this
group. If you are interested, please call Marc at 440-946-0887.
SOME OF ST. NOEL HOME WITH YOU! The
following items are available for purchase in the narthex after
Mass, or in the Church Office. The Noel Music Ministry has released
their first CD and it is now available! Prices are $15 for 1 CD,
2 for $25, 3 for $35, and $10 each for orders of four or more. They're
great for Christmas gift-giving, too. Proceeds benefit the St. Noel
Music Ministry Tour Fund.
note cards displaying drawings from our church Tour Book are also
available. The cost is $5 for a pack of ten cards and proceeds benefit
our partnership with “Women and Community” of Zaragoza, El Salvador.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP - The activities
for the month of September are as follows: September 30
th – celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Please bring
a food item for the food bank. The activities for the month of October
are as follows: October 6 th – we will play bingo;
October 20 th – will be our monthly luncheon.
The menu is tossed salad, chicken marsala , oven roasted redskin
potatoes, green beans, and carrots, rolls and butter and apple pie.
The cost is $5.00. The deadline for tickets is October 14 th . Call
Bertha for tickets at 440-481-9468 . October 27 th
– we will celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Please bring a
food item for the food bank. All meetings are held at Noon every
Thursday in the small hall and everyone is welcome.
GEAUGA DISTRICT CARES FOR THE SEPARATED/DIVORCED is
offering a series of 8-week support groups to be held in Catholic
parishes in Lake and Geauga counties. Beginning Wednesday September
28 t h through November 16 th the series will be held at St. Anselm
Church in Chesterland.
AUGUSTINE CENTER BENEFIT DINNER Thursday,
November 17, 2005. Save the date for another great evening ( 5:30-9:30
p.m. ). The cost will be $13.00
per person There will be a silent auction and several other surprises.
Please call Jim Klements (440-442-2744) if you can help with obtaining
sponsors and items for the auction. More information will be available
BOOKS 2006 – are available
in the church office or by calling Paul Garbo at 942-4884. Cost
is $25 until December 1 st . After that date, the cost will be $30.
All proceeds benefit Mentally Handicapped Children. Books are also
available from Lake County Right To Life (440-255-5257).
RAFFLE FOR COAR'S KIDS
– COAR is primarily a refuge for children in El Salvador – abandoned,
orphaned, destitute or separated from their families. The Board
of Trustees is sponsoring a quilt raffle at its 25 th anniversary
benefit luncheon on Tuesday, October 4 th at the Cleveland Playhouse
Club. Pictures of the quilts being raffled off can be found on the
website ( www.coarpeacemission.org
). Tickets are available from Jean Vitek (440-442-6649), Chris
Janezic (216-731-3428) or the COAR office (216-252-5572).
FOR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, INC. Transitional
Housing is offering its first annual Gospel Brunch on Saturday,
October 1 st with an “all you can eat” soul food buffet at the Slovenian
Society Home's Recher Hall, 20713 Recher Avenue in Euclid (200 th
Street exit off Route 90). Make a Joyful Noise Unto
the Lord, Never Hunger, Never Thirst is the theme.
Two seatings – 11:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m. Tickets
are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and can be ordered by calling
THI at 216-781-2250 or emailing info @transitionalhousinginc.org.
OF A HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY
– Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, author of six books on faith and spirituality
will speak on Sunday, October 9 th at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of
the Holy Angels in Bainbridge Township. The talk is free and open
to the public.
ROSE CONCERT – Danielle
Rose, a Christian recording artist will perform at the Church of
the Holy Angels in Bainbridge Township on Sunday, October 16 th
at 6:00 p.m. She will also offer a talk on Feminine Spirituality
on Saturday, October 15 th at 10:00 a.m. and participate in a Christian
Coffeehouse for area musicians on Saturday, October 15 th at 7:30
p.m. All events are free of charge and open to the public.
OPEN HOUSES – Beaumont
School – October 9 th from 12 to 3:00 p.m. Call the admissions
Office for further information 216-321-2954; Gilmour Academy
– Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 11:00 a.m..; Notre
Dame Cathedral Latin – Sunday, November 6, 2005 from 12:00-3:00
p.m. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin will be hosting their annual Placement/Scholarship
Exams on the following dates: Saturday, November 19 from 8:30-11:30
a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 rd from 8:30 a.m.-11:30
a.m. The exam is for students who will be entering grade 9 in the
fall of 2006. There is a $15 fee. Call the school for further details
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