This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Saint Noel Chabanel, our parish patron (one of the North American Martyrs) and this year marks the 370th anniversary of his martyrdom. Also known as the Canadian Martyrs, the Jesuit Martyrs of North America, or the Martyrs of France, they included six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in an effort to bring Christianity to the Huron, Iroquois, and Mohawk Indians. Five of the eight were put to death in what is now Canada, and three of them in present-day New York.
The names of the eight North American Martyrs are: St. Rene Goupil (a lay brother martyred in 1642 in New York State); St. Isaac Jogues (a priest); St. John de Lalande (a lay brother, martyred in 1646 in New York State); St. Anthony Daniel (a priest, martyred in Canada in 1648); St. John de Brebeuf, St. Charles Garnier, St. Noel Chabanel, and St. Gabriel Lalemant (all priests, and all martyred in Canada in 1649). They were canonized 29 June 1930 by Pope Pius XI. Their collective memorial is October 19 (September 26, in Canada). On a semi-related note, as we continue to prepare for the Solemnity of All Saints, it was under his pontificate that St. Thomas More, St. Peter Canisius, St. Bernadette of Lourdes, and St. Don Bosco were additionally canonized. He also beatified and canonized St. Thérèse of Lisieux, for whom he held a special reference.
Noel Chabanel was born in southeastern France on February 2, 1613. He was the youngest of four children, with siblings: Pierre, Claude, and Antoinette. In 1630, at the age of 17, he entered the Jesuit Order. In 1641, he was captivated by the dream of becoming a missionary in Canada and working among the native peoples. On September 7, 1644, after a treacherous trip through hostile Indian territory, Noel reached Fort St. Marie, near present-day Ontario. For the next five years, he struggled to bring Christ to the Huron Indians.
Noel had great difficulty learning the native language. Having been reared in an educated and upper-class family, he also had a personal aversion to the primitive and base lifestyle of the Native Americans. He battled constantly with poor health and was tormented by doubts of his ability to be the kind of missionary he wished to be. When Isaac Jogues, the leader of the Jesuit missionaries was slain, Noel was offered the choice of returning to France. He chose to stay and made a vow to God in 1647, to remain with the Hurons until his death, despite his incompatibility with their way of life. Two years later, on December 8, 1649, at the age of 36, he was murdered by a native Huron who renounced the Christian faith he once professed. Noel’s body was thrown into the Nottawasaga River and was never recovered. He was the youngest of the priests and the last of the band of eight to suffer martyrdom. “I am going where obedience calls me, but whether I stay there or receive permission from my superior to return to the mission where I belong, I must serve God faithfully until death.” These words, Noel spoke on the very day of his death.
Because of the poor match between his inclinations and the mission he undertook, Saint Noel is the patron of those who are “square pegs in round holes.” Think: “Island of Misfit Toys,” from “Rudolph.” Accordingly, he is the patron of misfits, the lonely, the disappointed, and the abandoned. Those who might be struggling to discern their vocation might even turn to him for help. As we celebrate our patronal feast this weekend, let us be thankful if we do happen to enjoy our respective vocations (single, married, consecrated religious, or ordained), and pray, with Saint Noel, for those who currently may not.
CONGRATULATIONS – to our 11 candidates celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. We welcome Abbot Gary Hoover, OSB to St. Noel for the first time and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our candidates and all present.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – This weekend, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please keep the Missions in your prayers. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are now available for pick up in the parish office for those who pre-ordered a copy. Payment of $7.25 each, cash or check (made out to St. Noel) is due at time of pick up. Exact change please!
LECTOR WORKBOOKS – are available for pickup in the large sacristy. Please initial the sheet indicating you’ve received your copy.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints (Vigil at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st, and Noon on Friday, November 1st) and All Souls Day (9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2nd) are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister at any of these three liturgies.
ALL SOULS MASS – On Saturday, November 2nd we will remember our faithful departed at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We will read the names of all who have been buried from St. Noel in the past year. We encourage anyone to come and pray for those who have died. If you have a particular loved one you would like to remember, please bring a framed picture and we will display it in the Narthex. A reception will follow the Mass.
In Theaters October 28 • 7:00 PM
LOVE AND MERCY
In 1931, Jesus appeared to Faustina Kowalska as the King of Mercy. Clothed in a white robe and emanating two large rays from his side, one white and one red, He asked Faustina to paint this image of Himself along with the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You” and to spread
the message of mercy around the world. He promised that anyone who venerated this image would not perish. The gripping new docudrama LOVE AND MERCY presents unknown facts and recently disclosed documents that shed new light on the vision of Faustina.
Despite extremely limited release (one night only), the film will play nearby at the Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 (7860 Mentor Ave, Mentor) and Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium 20 (631 Richmond Rd, Richmond Hts). This might be one of those great opportunities in the month ahead to prepare for our celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints!
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and the October TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
WISDOM’S TABLE DEADLINE – The Shared Hope group invites the communities of St. Noel and Advent Lutheran Church to “Wisdom’s Table,” an evening of Prayer, Education, Refreshments, and Conversation on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall of the St. Noel Banquet Center. Refreshments will be available at 6:30. This evening is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about what Catholics and Lutherans have in common and what differences remain. Shared Hope brought us the joint Liturgy of the
Word and Music back in May of this year. Sign up on the kiosk or by emailing [email protected] by this Monday, October 21.
THE BLESSINGS OF AGING – Join us on Saturday, November 2 (10am-4pm) and Saturday, November 9 (10am-12:30pm), in the Lower Level at St. Noel, at a retreat for those touched by the aging process, either personally or by caring for someone else. Led by
Emma Krueger and Becky Spudich, this experience will help you explore your legacy with prayer, videos, small and large group discussion, and journaling, based on the work of Joan Chittister, OSB. A continental breakfast will be available both days, and lunch will be served on November 2. Total cost is $20 (check payable to St. Noel); registration is limited to 30 people.
Sign up on the kiosk in the narthex or contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121) by Tuesday, October 29.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, October 27th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For September 2019, we collected $531.84. Our expenses for September were:
|N 2 N Meal||88.58|
|Hurricane Relief Donation||1,000.00|
Thank you for your support.
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – We are currently looking for 1-2 people to serve in the pantry on Monday or Thursday mornings once a month. Please contact Anthony to learn more.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1261 people with the equivalent of 11,362 meals. Currently, we are in need of canned vegetables. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – Join us on Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Here I Am, Lord: A Tribute to the St. Louis Jesuits. Singalong with our St. Noel Music Ministry to well-known and well-loved music by Father Roc O’Connor, Dan Schutte, Father Bob Dufford, Father John Foley and Tim Manion (Here I Am, Lord, Lift Up Your Hearts, Earthen Vessels, Be not Afraid, On Eagle’s Wings, City of God and more).
Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. you can hear music by Frederic Chopin performed by two wonderful pianists: PhD Konrad Binienda and Jiana Peng. Both pianists specialize in the music of the Polish composer and have been touring in the United States,
Europe, and Asia with solo recital and collaborative programs. Binienda will come to St. Noel fresh off the world premiere of his orchestration of Chopin’s Allegro de Concert Opus 46, performed with the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic and Maestro Grzegorz Nowak in
Lodz, Poland in October 2019. Ms. Peng started her artistic collaborations this past summer with world renowned Portuguese pianist Maria Joaoa Pires, sharing the stage in recitals in Spain and Portugal.
Both concerts are free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family. The 2019-2020 concert series brochure is available on our website (stnoel.org) and in the kiosk in the church narthex.
CRS HELPING HANDS – We’ve crossed the $700 mark and are on the way to $5,000. Thanks to all who have donated so far!! Please visit the St. Noel website (stnoel.org) to make a donation or to register as a volunteer. Donations can also be dropped in the basket in the narthex. Helping Hands is scheduled for January 25, 2020.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this Monday, October 21st from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our September market served 158 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, October 21st 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.
CHRISTMAS ITEMS NEEDED – The N2N meal is distributing Christmas items to our neighbors. We are looking for wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, cards, ornaments, lights, etc. Please make sure all donations are in good condition and ready for someone to use.
Bring your donations to the Church office.
COME TO YNIA – Young Neighbors in Action, a weeklong service trip for high school youth, has been a part of our parish youth ministry since 1996. This summer, we’re headed to South Bend, IN from July 12-17. We have reserved spaces for 10 teens and 2 adult
chaperones. Your $50 deposit reserves a spot and can be dropped off at the parish office. Visit cmdnet.org to learn more about YNIA or contact Anthony for more information (440-946-1128 x122).
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – The next meetings of Mary’s Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Saturday, October 26th, 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, November 5th, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Both meetings will be in the Resurrection Room. Shawls are created by hand and threaded with prayers and blessings for healing of the recipient’s body, mind, and spirit. Knitters, crocheters, and anyone who would like to learn are welcome. Instructors can be available for anyone who would like to learn. Shawl makers can also participate on an at-home basis only.
Contributions for yarn and supplies are most welcome. For questions, please contact Joyce Puin (440-473-1238), Nikki Rini (440-823-0413), and Candice Minello (440-336-0991).
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – All who are following the Amazonian Synod at Rome this month are welcome to our discussion of ECOLOGICAL DISASTERS: ORGANIZING THE CHURCH on October 28th at 7pm in the Resurrection Room. We will
begin by sharing what has developed at the synod; then discuss Can the Chinampas Survive? Pollution and urban sprawl threaten Mexico City’s ‘floating gardens.’ The archdiocese of Mexico City has recently been subdivided with former auxiliary bishops of the suburbs becoming bishops in order to be “closer to the people.” Pick up the four page guide at the kiosk and/or check out https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/2019/10/ecological-disasters-organizing-church.html E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com, for more information and a copy of the September Commonweal issue.
BAKERS SQUARE FUNDRAISER – On October 21st 20% of guest checks at Bakers Square will be donated to the Lake County Community Network (LCCN). Please pick up a flyer in the narthex and present it at the restaurant between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Thanks for
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair-trade sale is scheduled for November 16-17, 2019. Mark the date now!! Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale including our partners in Nicaragua,
CEPROSI. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
ST. ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland (Rt. 306, just south of Rt. 322), featuring handcrafted items by over 80 area craftsmen for your holiday decorating and gift giving. There will also be a
Bake Sale, Snack Bar, and Prize Raffle with many prizes. $1.00 admission. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.