The simple “All Good Gifts Garden” which greets you as you drive into the St. Noel parking lot was begun in 2016 by our Youth Ministry as a witness to our connection to the environment. The naturally grown vegetables provide some fresh produce for clients in our food pantry. For the last two years Susan Kiss, with the help of other parishioners, has maintained the garden. Susan has decided to step down from this role. The continuation of the garden in 2019 will depend upon someone else stepping forward to plant, weed, water and harvest it. If anyone is interested in assuming this responsibility, please call me at the parish office (440-946-0887). Susan is more than happy to discuss with any interested person what is involved in maintaining the garden.
It could be that the time for the garden has run its course. But if someone is attracted to its witness and is willing to donate time to cultivate it, the “All Good Gifts Garden” will be able to continue for another year.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Next weekend, November 17th-18th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face to lift themselves out of poverty.
THANKSGIVING – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
2019 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at all Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January 2019. Please call Betty Louis, 440-942-4009 or St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
ANGEL CHOIR – Last Sunday, 12 young people in grades 1-10 showed up for the first rehearsal of our new St. Noel singing group – Angel Choir. We would like to continue inviting all young people in grades 1-12 to join us. The Angel Choir rehearsals are scheduled on Sundays between the Masses (10:15-10:45 a.m.) in the Resurrection Room. We hope to see you all. Any questions, contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at 440-946-1128 x119 or [email protected].
PARABLES AT URSULINE – Fr. George Smiga will offer his last talk on the Parables of Jesus at Ursuline College this Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theater of the Mullen Building. This talk will explore new meanings derived from Jesus’ parables in the Gospel of Luke, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. The talk is free. All are welcome.
CONCERT SERIES – On Friday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. we will host Mignarda and friends, internationally-renowned early music duo (voice and flute) that will present a perfect setting for the evocative music of the Spanish Renaissance. Mignarda and friends (Donna Stewart, Ron Andrico, Malina Rauschenfels, José Goterawill) will perform music by Spanish composers Franciso Guerrero (c.1528 – 1599) – selection of motets and Tomás Luis de Victoria (c.1548 – 1611)- Missa Ave Maris Stella. This concert is free and open to the public. Come and bring your friends.
NOEL BANQUET CENTER – has some dates still available in November and December for family, friends or company holiday parties. Chef Randy is prepared to give you a great deal on your event. Also, please keep the Banquet Center in mind for weddings, showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, fundraisers, etc. There will be many engagements over the holidays. Please recommend the Banquet Center. We are remodeling during the month of January, so we will be excited to show the new Banquet Center to everyone.
BE PART OF THE 2018 CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Throughout the month of November:
∙ Stop at the table in the Narthex to pick up tags to purchase items for the family baskets. You can take as many tags as you’d like!
∙ Donate $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle.
∙ Make a monetary donation (cash, or checks made payable to St. Noel) that we’ll use to purchase additional gift cards and basket items.
∙ Sign up on the kiosk to assemble, wrap and/or deliver baskets in December.
For more information, contact Sandy Appeldorn
(216-926-2489 or [email protected]).
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous, and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, November 19th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our October market served 146 people.
NOEL’S MEN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held in the Banquet Center’s Large Hall on Saturday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase next weekend (Nov. 17th & 18th) in the Narthex after all Masses.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – was a huge success! Our theme this year was “giving”, and that we did! Whether you gave of your time to help, supported us financially, or attended the Benefit Dinner, it was greatly appreciated. We were able to gift the St. Augustine Center with $45,538.27 to continue their charitable work in the Tremont area. In addition to the funds raised by St Noel Church, Dworken & Bernstein Co.,L.P.A. of Painesville presented the St. Augustine Center with an additional check of $50,000.00 accumulated from unclaimed funds. A huge thank you to all!
AUGUSTINE CALENDARS – are available for purchase in the parish office for $25 each. Checks are made payable to St. Augustine.
CLEVELAND CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE – All St. Noel teens in high school are invited to attend the Cleveland Catholic Youth Conference (CCYC) on Dec. 15th at John Carroll University. The day consists of keynote speaker Joel Stepanek, workshops, praise & worship, Mass with Bishop Perez, adoration, dinner, reconciliation, and an opportunity to meet new friends. Feel free to check out their website at http://www.cleyouthconference.org. If you are interested in attending, please let Kaitlin know by November 19th at [email protected].
FOOD PANTRY THANK YOU – to Peyton Bizjak. Peyton held a bake sale in her neighborhood to benefit the Food Pantry and raised $75. That’s awesome!! See more of the story on our webpage, and great job, Peyton!!
FAIR TRADE SALE SUCCESS – Thanks to all wh supported the Fair-Trade Sale. There were beautiful & delicious items to purchase, and we sold out of most products. A limited number of coffee & chocolate products will be available after Mass (cash only). Our CRS Ambassadors and volunteers did a fabulous job!!
WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – We distributed over 55 coats at the November Neighbor to Neighbor meal. We will do it again in December and January. Bring any donations to the clothing bin outside the food pantry or to the church office. Our neighbors loved the coats!
READING GLASSES NEEDED – The N2N Resource Room is also looking for reading glasses to distribute at the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. Do you have an extra pair of readers lying around? Bring them to the Church office anytime.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On November 14th, The Breadth of Life will host Joan Kuczek presenting her astonishing journey on the “Camino of Santiago de Compostela.” “The Camino” refers to the walking pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago, Spain. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes our annual Thanksgiving feast … chicken rice soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and pumpkin pie. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On November 15th Luncheon & Bingo; Menu: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, mixed salad, green beans, pumpkin pie w/ whip cream. Tickets are $10.00, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets, November 12th. No Meeting on November 22nd (Thanksgiving). On November 29th, bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ADVENT TEA – Enjoy a reflective time prior to the rush of the Christmas Season at Advent Tea on Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “You and the Holy Spirit.” We are always looking for new hostesses. If you are interested, please stop by and talk us. Sign up is on November 10th before and after the 5:00 p.m. Mass and between Masses on November 11th. Cost is $20.00 per person, proceeds support the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone is also asked to bring a food item for the food pantry. Contact Karen Spehar at 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik at 440-724-2532. Hope to see you there.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Undergraduate, graduate students and those who have completed a degree in the last three years are invited to join us and to take advantage of a complimentary subscription. The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will observe the 50th anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton by reading his classic article, “Is the World a Problem?” You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Links for coming meeting and more at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
IMMIGRATION ACTION NEEDED – The federal government has proposed a rule change to the eligibility requirements of those hoping to immigrate to the USA or change to immigration status to something more permanent. Public comment is needed on these proposed changes as they will have a negative effect on families trying to reunite and on those trying to enter the unskilled labor force legally. Deadline for comments is December 10th. See the website (stnoel.org) for information.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED – and struggling with the holidays? Join us for a special 4-week mini support group for those having difficulty facing the holidays. This program is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to get through the holidays and move forward. Attend one session, all four, or anything in between. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., on December 4th & 11th and January 8th & 15th, at St. Noel Church. To register or for more information, call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL – Eighth grade placement/scholarship testing will be held Monday through Thursday, November 12th – 15th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Eighth graders interested in applying to NDCL are required to take this test. Visit ndcl.org/placementtesting.aspx to register for the test session of your choice.