It is with great joy that I announce that 19 young people of our community will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 11:00 a.m. Mass next weekend, October 21st. Our candidates for Confirmation are:
Sarah Elizabeth Maria Adams
Emma Rose Kateri Barker
Eric Christopher Nicholas Brandt
Gabriella Nicole Christina Cicerini
Morgan Riley Gabriel
Katie Jean Gambino
Michael Christopher Luke Groudle
Robert Andrew Kramer
Bridget Therese Anne Krihwan
Maureen Elise Elizabeth Krihwan
Munachiso Sylvia Obiefule
Amanda Kathryn Veronica Ostroske
Erik Paul Gregory Rainey
Jackson Robert Reineke
Erin Terese Roche
Abigail Marie Bernadette Valentine
Sophia Anna Cecilia Woods
Elizabeth Christine Yirava
Audrey Margaret Zorman
Bishop Roger Gries will preside at the 11:00 Liturgy.
It is fitting that next weekend we will also be celebrating our patronal Feast of St. Noel Chabanel. The life we share together as a parish flows from the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
One of the deep desires that we cherish as a parish community is that the faith that has been passed on to us will continue to flourish in subsequent generations. In a world that all too often places great value on what is transitory and shallow, the gift of our Catholic faith is precious. What an encouragement to us as a Christian community to receive the witness of these 19 young people, who with all the demands and stresses of their teenage years, have made the time and effort to choose to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. We thank them for their energy and commitment. We support their belief in Jesus and in their choice to journey as part of the Catholic community. Our thanks should also be extended to the sponsors of our candidates, Kaitlin Chervenak, our Youth Minister, and the team who assisted our Confirmation candidates through their months of preparation: Heather Dudek, Kevin Dudek, Sean McCafferty and Kathy Vislosky. We must also recognize the fundamental contribution of the families of these candidates, who were the first to share faith with them.
Keep our candidates and all our parish in your prayers next weekend that we may open ourselves more fully to the power of God’s spirit.
Fr. George Smiga
BLANKET SUNDAY – is this weekend October 13th-14th. This collection is sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. Due to lack of storage space, we will gratefully accept your monetary donation and do the shopping to purchase needed items for the homeless and disadvantaged. Envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex, or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
EMERGENCY COLLECTION – has been requested by the Catholic Diocese for Hurricane Florence and other 2018 Calamities. These funds will be used to provide humanitarian aid and also to assist with pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations after all Masses this weekend. Please make checks payable to St. Noel with Hurricane Florence and 2018 Calamities marked on the memo line.
PARABLES AT URSULINE – Fr. George Smiga will be offering 3 talks on the Parables of Jesus at Ursuline College. The series is entitled: Surprise, Shock, and Gospel: Re-Interpreting the Parables of Jesus. They will take place at Ursuline College – in the Little Theater of the Mullen Building on October 30th, November 6th & 13th at 7:00 p.m. These talks will explore new meanings derived from Jesus’ parables. They will examine what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.
- Tuesday, October 30th: The Parables of Mark, including the Parable of the Sower and the Wicked Tenants.
- Tuesday, November 6th: The Parables of Matthew, Including the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant and the Vineyard Workers.
- Tuesday, November 13th: The Parables of Luke, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son.
The talks are free. All are welcome.
A BIG THANK YOU – to all the volunteers and parishioners that made the Pancake Breakfast a success. We were able to raise $1,636.00 that will go toward the Youth Ministry programs.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Visitation 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 this Monday, October 15th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our September market served 140 people.
EVENING FOR LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Robert Feduccia, nationally recognized speaker, retreat leader and evangelist is coming to Resurrection Parish in Solon on Tuesday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. and at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Willowick on Wednesday, October 24th from 7-9 p.m. This excellent event is geared toward cantors, lectors, ushers, servers, hospitality ministers, Eucharistic ministers, and anyone involved in a ministry connected to weekend liturgy. See the kiosk for details.
CONCERT SERIES – Two concerts will start our 2018-2019 St. Noel Concert Series Season. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Friday, October 26th, at 7:30 p.m. – CityMusic Cleveland orchestra will present “A Bounty of Brahms” with conductor Avner Dorman and soloists Tessa Lark, violin and Edward Arron, cello.
On Sunday, October 28th at 3:00 p.m. – Singers Company, the Chamber Choir, Company Strings & Robert Mollard, keyboard artist under the artistic director Samuel Gordon will present the program titled “Unclouded Day”. From Gregorian to jazz to the intricate choral textures of the world’s most exciting young composers, this is an extraordinary program that Cleveland Classical described as “assured performances of modern choral works by 45 voices that produced colorful tapestries of tone.”
ATTENTION: HIGH SCHOOL TEENS – On October 28th we will be going to the Mentor Roll House to challenge ourselves in an escape room! Teens will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the location. Cost will be $25 a person. If you would like to sign up please turn in permission slip and money before Monday, October 22. Forms will be available in the kiosk.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – The pantry is in need of the following items: condiments (ketchup, mayo, salad dressing, mustard, baking items), jelly, soup, pasta, cereal, and spaghetti sauce in jars. You can financially support the pantry through our social justice collections and through the website.
BIBLE STUDY IN THE JAIL – The Lake County Catholic Jail Ministry is looking for ministers interested in assisting with women’s bible study on Tuesday nights. We are also in need of ministers on Sunday nights. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) if interested.
FAIR TRADE SALE – On the weekend of October 27-28th, St. Noel is sponsoring a fair-trade sale to benefit the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Items for sale include fair trade chocolate and coffee, holiday items, fair trade olive oil, and much, much more. Jed Trombley and Martie Matuska, our CRS Ambassadors, have been working hard to plan the event. We’re looking for volunteers on the weekend of the event to help staff the tables, bag purchases, and work the checkout. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) or sign the sheet on the kiosk if you’re interested in helping. Teens are welcome!
WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – We distributed over 60 coats at the October Neighbor to Neighbor meal. We will do it again in November and December. Bring any donations to the clothing bin outside the food pantry or to the church office. Our neighbors loved the coats!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On October 18th, Bingo. On, October 25th, Salad Luncheon, 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 3rd and 10th before and after the 5:00 p.m. Mass and between Masses on November 4th and 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.
VOTING RESOURCES – See the table in the Narthex for information from the Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Issue 1 and choosing political candidates.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will continue the subject of clericalism by discussing ‘What Can You Do?’ Understanding Sinful Social Structures by Daniel K. Finn. 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/
CATHOLIC CHARITIES LAKE COUNTY – Did you know our local Catholic Charities organization provides a multitude of services for those most in need? From outpatient mental health services to ministering to children dealing with the incarceration of a parent, CCLC does great work right here in our county. Visit ccdocle.org/lake to learn more.
JUSTIN MARTYR – is hosting a speaker from the Alzheimer’s Association on October 21st, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. The topic is: “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia”. This program will provide you with the basic information everyone needs to know about memory loss. To register call the Alzheimer’s helpline, 1-800-272-3900, registration is not required.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH 10TH ANNUAL BOUTIQUE AND CRAFT SHOW – is on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the OLMC Community Center, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Come shop at the various booths for a variety of holiday gifts and have a snack at our concession booth. Proceeds go to the OLMC Music Ministry to benefit their annual December Christmas Concert for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.