of October 30, 2005
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Parish Pastoral Council has been working over the last few years
to raise our awareness of the growing shortage of priests and the
ways this shortage may affect St. Noel. As you know, the number
of priests in our diocese is dropping dramatically. Fewer seminarians
and aging clergy will cut the number of available priests in half,
if not more, within the next twenty years.
task force has been working in our diocese over the last two years
to address the problem. This month they have submitted a proposal
to the bishop and he has been meeting with the priests of the diocese
to encourage its adoption. The proposal directs all parishes of
the diocese to cluster with neighboring parishes. Each parish is
to submit a suggested clustering arrangement to the diocese. Clusters
are to consist of 2 to 6 parishes with a minimum of 2,000 households
among them. Once the clusters are approved and adopted their purpose
will be to develop a five-to-ten-year plan to share resources. Such
plans will encourage sharing whatever is practical and helpful.
However, the chief motivating purpose for clustering is dealing
with the priest shortage. Each cluster will be asked to develop
a plan in which the cluster could function with one or two less
priests as the impact of the shortage begins to take effect. At
present the proposal calls for the clustering structure to be In
place by the fall of 2006.
have shared the clustering proposal with our staff and pastoral
council. There is universal agreement that such an approach is the
best option for addressing the inevitable consequences of fewer
priests. Clustering, as it is being proposed, allows significant
local input as to the formation of the clusters and the particular
ways the resources of each parish will be allocated in the future.
In other words, we at St. Noel will be able to influence directly
the manner in which the priest shortage affects us. There is no
doubt, however, that even with effective clustering, all of us will
face changes in our parish life as the years unfold. These changes
may include adjustments in our mass schedule, more pastoral services
provided by a lay minister or deacon rather than a priest, and possibly
the presence of a part-time pastor for our parish. Our survey at
the beginning of this year indicated the preference of this parish
to maintain a full-time pastor. It is my hope that I will be able
to serve in that capacity for as long as it remains feasible. The
good news is that clustering will provide for parishes which value
the vitality of their parish life a means to keep that life strong.
I believe St. Noel is such a community. Even though there will be
challenges and changes ahead, I trust that with the commitment and
involvement of our parishioners we will continue to thrive as a
clustering proposal is not as yet adopted for our diocese. Some
changes in its shape and implementation are likely. I will continue
to keep you informed of all future developments.
we continue to address the shortage of priests, it is important
to remember that the Church has faced many challenges in its history.
Our experience is that God remains faithful. I believe that God
will not forget us. Please pray that the decisions which our diocese
is now making might be guided by the Holy Spirit and lead us positively
into the future.
OF ALL SAINTS On
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints.
Our Masses will be at Noon and 7:00 p.m.
SOULS On Wednesday, November 2
nd at 7:00 p.m., we will celebrate the Feast of All Souls. This
is a yearly feast on which we join with fellow Catholics throughout
the world to remember those who have died. Our faith tells us that
death does not end our relationships with those we love. Rather,
all of us, living and dead, are united in Christ and destined for
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, SACRISTANS- Sign
ups for the Feast of All Saints and All Souls are on the bulletin
board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to help.
ADORATION St. Noel is exploring
the possibility of setting up specific times for quiet Eucharistic
Adoration in our chapel. Would you like to be a part of the steering
committee? Please call the parish office (440-946-0887)
DAY Please vote on November 8 th
! Please support Issue 6 which renews the .9 mill levy for mental
health services in Lake County . Other statewide ballot initiatives
are Issue 1 which pertains to the issuance of $2 billion in bonds
for job creation and economic growth. Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 are
proposed Constitutional Amendments focusing on absentee voting,
campaign finance, redistricting and reappointment and election oversight.
For more information, visit www.ohiocathconf.com
MISSION SUNDAY Next
weekend, November 5 th & 6 th , our ushers will be in the narthex
to accept donations to World Mission Sunday, a Eucharistic celebration
for all the missions of the world. The offerings are destined for
a common fund of solidarity distributed in the Pope's name among
the missions and missionaries of the world.
Longing for Peace, by Pat Fanning is available in the kiosk.
- Does your little one get restless during Mass? The playroom can
help. This is a safe, secure place for little ones up to age 4 to
play during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. It is fully stocked with toys that
small children enjoy and is staffed with parent volunteers. It is
located in the lower level of the new wing. When you leave your
child, you will be given a pager just in case we need to contact
you during Mass. Please pick up a flyer in the kiosk for further
JUSTICE FUND Our collection for our Social Justice Fund
(formerly the Social Concerns Fund) will take place this weekend
after all the liturgies. Our resources at this time are very low,
as many of our major donations do not come in until the end of the
year. If you can increase your contribution, even if only by a small
amount, it would enable us to help a few more people with emergency
needs for utilities, shelter, car repairs, etc. Thank you for your
prayerful consideration of this request.
RETREAT - The next monthly retreat will be on Wednesday,
November 2 nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room.
The theme for the day will be Creating A Journal of Celebration
facilitated by Stephanie Griffith. Please bring a pair of scissors
all other supplies will be provided. A suggested offering for
lunch and supplies is $7.00.
Any students in the third grade
or above are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.
(This is a separate preparation process from those candidates in
second grade. Those preparing for First Communion and Confirmation
together do not have to register again.) Students in grades 6-12
will register in January. Students in grades 3-5 may register with
Marianne Slattery (440-946-1128 x 21). The first information/preparation
session for grades 3-5 will be on Sunday, December 11 from 10:30
. Parents are asked to attend
with their child(ren). Please register for this session by Sunday,
December 4 th .
LECTORS - The diocesan Office for Pastoral Liturgy is offering
a workshop for lectors entitled A Well-Trained Tongue on Monday,
November 14 th at St. Monica's Church in Garfield Hts. This is a
wonderful opportunity for those looking to improve their skills
in proclaiming God's Word. There is a $15 registration fee to cover
the cost of your workbook. More information and registration forms
can be picked up in the sacristy. St. Noel is willing to assume
the $15.00 cost for any lector of St. Noel who wishes to attend.
Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity.
TEA This year's Advent Tea will be held on Sunday, December
4, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Prayer, music, conversation
and a delicious luncheon will all be a part of the experience. The
sign-up for the tea will be on the weekend of November 5 th and
6 th only, in the narthex after the 5:00 p.m and 9:00 a.m. Masses
and before the 11:00 Mass . The cost of the Tea is $12.00 and payment
must accompany your registration. No registrations or monies will
be taken at the door. Any proceeds will benefit the St. Noel Social
Justice Ministry Fund (formerly the Social Concerns Fund). We are
looking forward to this wonderful event and hope that many women
from the parish will be able to attend.
Our yearly Advent Tea is a well attended and well appreciated
event each year. However, it's success and especially the number
of people we can accommodate is dependent upon women who are willing
to act as a hostess for a table. The primary and most important
role for a hostess is to be a person of hospitality, decorating
is a much less significant concern paper plates and a few candles
are fine! If you want to learn more about what is involved and how
to become a hostess, please call Linda Rini at 440-729-2777(daytime)
Shop next weekend at the Buy Once, Give Twice boutique. This is
a wonderful way to give to those on your Christmas list and to
practice justice by supporting producers of fair trade products
to organizations which address the needs of those who have less.
PARENTS GROUP To
parents of children age 3 and under. Please
remember that the New Parents Ministry meets every Monday from 9:30-11:00
a.m. for fellowship for parents and to allow for socialization of
our young children. If you would like more information, or would
like to join our group, please contact the parish office (440-946-0887).
PROJECT - Our
annual service to neighbors in need will begin soon!! We are in
need of sponsor families. Please call Anthony to learn more about
sponsoring a family or to volunteer to help with the project. We
have opportunities for everyone to help. Also, you can bring in
your turkey donations anytime. The project donates a turkey to every
family so we need a lot of birds! PRIME TIME will be collecting
money at the end of November; your generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Christmas Project cannot happen without YOU!!
KELLY an internationally
acclaimed speaker and best-selling author will be at the Church
of St. Clare in Lyndhurst on November 10 th at 7:30pm. His presentation
is perfect for teens and young adults. Call 449-4242 for more information.
Hey high school seniors!
Check out these three scholarships: The volunteer department of
UHHS Richmond Hts. Hospital awards a $500 scholarship each year
to a student volunteer; La Roche College in Pittsburgh offers renewable
$6,000 to Catholic students from the diocese of Cleveland; The John
Paul II Cultural Center offers a $10,000 first place award in their
annual essay contest. Deadlines are approaching. Check the kiosk
or call Anthony for more information. More opportunities will be
available in the future.
yee haw!! 9-12 graders
round up a permission slip online at www.stnoel.org
and join the fun on Sunday, November 6 th beginning at 6:00pm
at Patterson Fruit Farms. Dinner
is included! Permission slips are due NOW.
HIGH YOUTH GROUP our
next meeting is Wednesday, November 2nd! THIS WEDNESDAY at 7:00!!
Bring your bibles and we'll see you there!
to our FRIGID PUTT PUTT winners: Ryan McKenna, Nick Razzante, Chris
Myers and Jess Schaner. We had a great time. Turn in your Hayride
permission slips ASAP still need one? You can download it online
at www.stnoel.org .
for new Stephen Ministers are due November 6 th . We're praying
for each of you! Call Anthony with questions.
SERVERS We are in
need of servers at all our Liturgies. Both children (4 th grade
and older) and adults are welcome to serve. Please call Anthony
for more information. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents
and children to serve together!
YOU IN YOUR 20's or 30's? Do
you want to learn more about your Catholic faith through reflection
and faith sharing? Then join the Diocesan Office of Youth &
Young Adult Ministry and St. Noel Church for our six-week Young
Adult Faith Formation Series beginning Monday, November 7 th at
St. Noel. For more information contact Paul Kelly (216-334-1261
x28) or Anthony (946-1128). To register contact Debbi Cerbus (440-516-0321)
email@example.com . Pick
up a brochure in the kiosk or download one at: http://www.stnoel.org/pg/Young%20Adults.htm
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 a recliner or lift-chair , an apartment-size
washer/dryer unit, mattresses, etc. in good condition? Call the
Noel Movers to arrange pickup (946-1128 x20).
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. We encourage you to join our
growing group and look forward to seeing you. Please contact Roseanne
Madeja at 440-946-6318 or Anthony Camino at 440-946-1128 x20 for
HISTORY BOOK The 25 th Anniversary
Parish Commemorative Book will be published in both a soft bound
and hard-bound edition. The soft bound edition will be mailed to
each parish household. The hard bound edition will include a foil-stampled
cover and is included with a cornerstone sponsorship. Sponsorship
cards are available in the kiosk. For further information, contact
Chris Roach at 440-356-1124.
NEEDED If you would be interested
in baby-sitting on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15 during the
Women's Fellowship and Bible Study, please call Anthony at 440-946-1128
NOEL FELLOWSHIP - The activities
for the month of October are as follows: October 27 th
we will celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Please bring a
food item for the food bank; November 3 rd Bingo;
November 10 th Guest speaker, Rebecca McFarland
from the Euclid Library; November 17 th Luncheon
consisting of appetizers at 12:00; 12:30 luncheon - Menu: roast
turkey, dressing, sweet potato, California blend vegetables, rolls
& butter, pumpkin pie, coffee and tea. Music by Goldentones
orchestra. Cost is $12.00. Please contact Eleanor Hlabse, no
later than November 14 th - Please bring a food item for
the food bank; November 24 th Thanksgiving, No
Meeting. All meetings are held at Noon every Thursday in
the small hall and everyone is welcome. Parishioners (55 and over)
are invited to join the St. Noel Fellowship group. Come and meet
new people and enjoy the fellowship.
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).
NOEL PARISH HALL If
your family, friends or maybe the company you work
for are looking for a nice place to hold a wedding, birthday party,
baby shower or a holiday party, please recommend St. Noel Parish
Hall. We can accommodate any group of 50-500. There are still openings
in November and December. We are also taking reservations for any
dates in 2006 and 2007. Select dates will fill up quickly. You can
check availability by calling the hall office at 440-946-6635. Also
mark your calendars for March 18 th , 2006, Shout will be back at
St. Noel Parish Hall.
OPEN HOUSES Villa
tests Saturday, October 15, Saturday, November 12 th and Saturday,
January 7 th . All will begin at 8:00 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
440--286-6226; Lake Catholic
Open House on Wednesday, November 2 nd from 7:00
p.m. to 9:00
p.m ; R
exams take place on Saturday, November 5 th from 9:00
a.m. to 12:30
p.m. and Saturday, November
19 th from 9:00 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. The
test is for 8 th grade girls entering the 9 th grade in 2006. To
register call 216-382-2110 x 249. Gilmour Academy
admissions open house, Sunday, November 13, 2005 11:00 a.m.
NIGHT ALL SAINTS SCHOOL All
Saints School is sponsoring a Casino Night fundraiser on November
12 th . The cost is $25 per person and open to everyone. Registration
forms are available in the kiosk.
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