of December 4, 2005
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I explained in last week's “Faith Connection,” Advent is a complex
season. It is possible to identify three distinct “comings” of Christ
present in Advent. The first weeks of Advent direct us to the coming
of Christ at the end of time. These weeks call us to prepare for
Christ's arrival through the conversion of our lives. Yet Advent
unlike Lent, is not a penitential season. The latter days of Advent
turn to joyful anticipation as we prepare to celebrate the birth
of Christ. Therefore, the call of Advent for us to convert is overshadowed
by the supreme gift of God's Son becoming human.
understanding of conversion is a healthy one to follow. Too often
as we think of how we should change, our focus is placed on our
shortcomings and our attitude is one of discouragement. Advent reminds
us that the power of conversion does not flow primarily from our
own willpower, but from God's grace made manifest in Jesus. Even
as we admit our sins, our focus should be placed on God's power;
and our attitude should be one of hope and joy.
week on Wednesday, December 14 th , we will hold our Advent Communal
Penance Liturgy. I encourage you to participate. I ask you to come
with an Advent spirit. As we look forward to Christ's coming at
the last judgement, we certainly need to change our lives. But as
we look back at His birth we should realize that there is always
reason for hope and joy. If God so loves us as to give us Jesus
as our Savior, then we certainly can change. We need not fear because
God's love and mercy overshadows all of our sins.
have described Christ's first coming at His birth and the second
coming at the end of time, but there is still one more coming which
is just as important. That is the coming of Christ into our lives
today. Participating in our Advent Communal Penance Liturgy is one
way to make that coming real. I hope to see you there.
OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – Thursday,
December 8 th . Our Masses will be at Noon and 7:00 p.m.
UPDATE – entitled “The Annunciation;
The Angel's Message to Mary”, by Edward Sri, is now available in
CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Next
weekend, December 10 th and 11 th , ushers will be in the narthex
to accept donations to this important cause. In our diocese, CCHD
funds dozens of projects that are successfully advocating on behalf
of the poor to address the issues that lead to and prolong poverty.
To show our support for this campaign, our ushers will be in the
narthex after all Masses next weekend to accept your donations.
Thank you in advance for your support.
EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY – Liturgical
Minister schedules (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans)
are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
are asked to sign up if they are able to help for the holidays..
ARTICLES – Because of the Holidays,
bulletin articles for the weekends of December 18 th and
December 25 th must be in the office by December
13 th .
for the weekend of January 1, 2006 need to be
in the office by December 20 th .
MINISTRY – This Wednesday, we will
again be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
as part of our 6:45 p.m. liturgy. For those dealing with a significant
physical or emotional struggle, come and receive this beautiful
Sacrament. For those who are dreading the approaching holidays,
because of feelings of loneliness, depression, hurt or disappointment,
be healed by His touch through the Eucharist. After the liturgy,
prayer teams will be available to pray with you for individual need.
– 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 .
INCOME SENIORS-HOME REPAIRS – The Lake Communities Development
Corporation is working with Salvation Army and United Way to offer
low income senior or low income disabled homeowners with minor home
emergency repairs. Please check the “Social Justice” section of
the kiosk for qualification guidelines
ARE PEOPLE STARVING WHEN THERE'S SO MUCH FOOD? On
Sunday, December 11 th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the invitation
of last year's JustFaith group, Tony Vento will facilitate a discussion
addressing global, national and local issues about food production
and distribution. Tony presently serves as a Newman Campus Minister
at Case. He formerly has been Program Director for Pax Christi USA,
Co-ordinator of the Cleveland Inter-Religious Task Force on Central
American and a staff member of InterAct Cleveland, an organization
whose mission is to be a catalyst for creating an inter-religious
community through which members put faith into action working for
social justice through dialogue, volunteer service and advocacy.
Please consider joining us for this discussion.
SALVADOR ENCOUNTER – Plans
continue for our trip to El Salvador scheduled for July 18 th though
26 th , 2006. Fr. George will be joining us as we encounter the
courageous and faith-filled people of this beautiful country. We
will be visiting the sites of the martyrs (Jesuits, Bishop Romero
and the Church Women), hearing the stories of the families of those
who were “disappeared” during the Civil War, worshiping at one of
the parishes staffed by our Diocesan Mission team, interacting with
the children at the Community of Oscar A. Romero, and visiting our
partnership of Women in Community for several days in Zaragoza,
El Salvador. The current estimated cost is $1,500. An informational
meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, January 8,
2006 as our deadline for sign up is February 1, 2006. You may want
to sign up prior to that date as the maximum number of people we
can accommodate is fifteen and a number of people have already registered.
Please call Alice at 440-946-0887 to register.
Car Donation Program – With
poverty in Northeast Ohio at all time high levels, now more than
ever St. Vincent DePaul Society needs your help to keep their community-wide
programs going. The SVDP provides free food, clothing, furniture
and blankets to the needy throughout the Diocese of Cleveland. However,
without your car donations, these programs would not be possible.
Simply call 216-741-7837 to donate your late model car, truck, SUV
or boat. The process is quick and easy, with free towing and a tax
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES presents
“The Magic of Christmas” performed by The Ohio Boychoir on Saturday,
December 3, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Come and enjoy a rich
celebration of holiday music as sung by the angelic voices of the
Ohio Boychoir. The program will include John Rutter's “Dancing Day”
with harpist, Sarah Oliver. Admission is free. A free-will offering
will be taken.
PUBLISHED – Our parishioner,
Tim Warneka, recently had an interesting article published in "Today's
Catholic Teacher". You can read it on the web at: http://www.peterli.com/archive/tct/999.shtm
. Congratulations, Tim!
CONFIRMATION – The Lake/Geauga
District of Catholic Parishes is again offering preparation sessions
for adults interested in celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The classes will be held at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor. Deadline
to register is December 21 st . More information is available on
the kiosk. Call Anthony to register.
TIME – See you tonight
at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
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!
FOOD BOXES – We are
still in need of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and
paper products for the Christmas Project. You can bring your donations
to the Church anytime!
PROJECT COLLECTION – Our
teens will be in the narthex after Mass this weekend to collect
money for the Christmas Project. Thanks to all who donated last
week. St. Noel Church has served families through this project for
over 15 years! All money will be used to purchase food and gifts.
Thanks for your generosity! We hope to collect over $5,000.
PROJECT SIGNUP – Please
add your name to the lists on the kiosk if you're interested in
helping shop, wrap and/or deliver for the Project.
– Our summer trip is
scheduled for July 9-15 in Toronto, Canada. Please plan on attending
an info meeting on Sunday night, December 4 th in the Teen Center
to learn more about this great trip. The meeting begins at 7:00pm.
A FAMILY – There's still
time to sponsor a family for the Christmas Project. Call Anthony
for more details.
FOOD BANK – We will
serve at the Food Bank, Monday, December 5 th beginning at 6:00pm.
Please call Anthony (946-1128 x20) if you are interested in this
MOVERS – The movers
recently leased a storage unit in Willoughby to increase our capacity
to serve families. The ministry continues to grow! We are currently
in need of appliances, mattresses and dressers. Call Anthony to
THE GIFT OF MUSIC
– This Christmas, share the gift of your parish music ministry with
your family and friends. The St. Noel Music Ministry CD entitled
We Keep From Singing? Features the choir,
chamber singers and hand bell choir and will be available for sale
in the narthex following all weekend liturgies during Advent. Proceeds
benefit the music ministry pilgrimage fund. Share this ministry
of St. Noel with those you love this year.
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-stamped
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP - The activities
for the month of December are as follows: December 8 th
, Auction; December 15 th Christmas Luncheon
at 11:30 a.m. – Socializing, meeting, prizes; 12:30 p.m. Luncheon,
Menu: Prime Rib, baked potato, peas w/mushrooms, salad, rolls &
butter, Tiramisu. For tickets call Marianne Ferritto (440-943-6822)
Cost is $13.00 and the deadline for tickets and payment is December
12 th . Please remember to bring something for the food bank ;
December 22 - No meeting; December 29 th
– No Meeting.
BOOKS 2006 – are available
in the church office. The cost is $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.
RECOVERY FOR THE DIVORCED AND SEPARATED - “Facing
My Loneliness” will be presented on December
6, 2005 at the Browning
. Anna Tyrrell will focus on
the loneliness that often accompanies separation and divorce and
positive ways to deal with it.
COLLEGE invites you
to participate in their Master of Arts in Ministry Program. Classes
begin January 19, 2006. If you would like more information, please
call 440-646-8195. Scholarships are available.
OPEN HOUSES – Villa
Angela-St. Joseph High School Placement/Scholarship
tests Saturday, January 7 th . All will begin at 8:00 a.m.
OF HOPE,” This January
2006 marks the 25 th anniversary of the installation of Bishop Pilla.
To mark this Silver Jubilee, a coffee table book called “Pilgrims
of Hope” has been published. You may order the book at www.dioceseofcleveland.org
, or there are order forms available in the kiosk. All proceeds
go to an educational foundation established by the Bishop.
FOR DIVORCED, SEPARATED AND WIDOWED – The
next BEGINNING EXPERIENCE weekend will be held on February 10 th
, 11 th and 12 th at St. Joseph Christian Life Center. Please call
Carol (330-416-8911) or Jan (440-808-9879) for more information.
OUR CHILDREN – The
parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian
Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, December
11 th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library of the Administration
Center at St. John Vianney Church on Bellflower Road in Mentor.
YOUR LONELINESS – Feelings
of isolation and loneliness are often present for those who are
struggling with separation or divorce, especially during the holiday
season. You are not alone! Join Anna Tyrell, Licensed
Social Worker and Professional Counselor, for an evening devoted
to looking at ways to face loneliness and exploring strategies that
can be used to manage feelings of isolation and ways to develop
new perspectives on painful transitions. We will be meeting on Tuesday,
December 6 th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Browning Center in Willoughby.
To register call Karen at 440-352-8282.
– Please save your used
stamps for the Maryknoll Sisters for their missionary work. Cut
the stamps from the envelopes using scissors. Leave a ¼”
margin on all four sides. Place the stamps in the box on top of
the coat room racks. Thank you for your assistance.
JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY: PILGRIMAGE TO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES OF WOMEN
OFFICEHOLDERS IN THE EARLY CHURCH – Rome-Ostia-Assisi
will take place March 30 th through April 8 th .
Barbara Grants at 216-228-0869 or Pat Firem at 440-223-6964.
SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS – St.
John Vianney Church will present its Fourth Annual Concert on Sunday,
December 18 th at 3:30 p.m. The concert features the adult SATB
Choir, Children's choir and Bell Choir. Admission is free, but donations
would be greatly appreciated. All funds are used to support St.
John Vianney's Choral Music Program.
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