It is time again to prepare for our annual Christmas Project.
Families who have asked for help and are in need of assistance have been referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties as well as our own Food Pantry.
In addition to presenting each family with a holiday housewarming basket, the goal of this project is to allow the people we serve the freedom and flexibility to choose the food and gifts they love and need most at this time of year.
Thank you for generosity last year as we collected cash donations, gift cards and specific, selected basket items. Through your generosity, we surpassed our goal of $15,000 in cash and gift cards and presented Christmas baskets to more than 75 families in Lake and Geauga counties. Again this year, in an effort to provide the families with the choice to purchase food and items they want and need, we are asking for your help in purchasing pre-selected items that will be placed into baskets along with the gift cards. Our goal for cash and gift cards this year is $16,000 which would allow us to serve as many as 100 families.
Thank you for making this project a success every year. We again look forward to partnering with you in any or all of the following opportunities:
* Donate Money/$10 Gift Cards – We will be collecting cash as well as $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into the baskets. We are grateful for gift cards in $10 denominations which allow for greater ease and flexibility as we assemble the family baskets. Please indicate clearly the 10 dollar amount on each card.
* Donate Basket Items – Again this year, instead of picking up and filling a basket, samples and tags of items to purchase for the baskets will be available in the Narthex beginning the weekend November 2nd and 3rd.
Donations will be accepted during weekdays in the parish office and on weekends at the Christmas Project table in the Narthex. All donations of gift cards and basket items should be delivered to St. Noel no later than Sunday, December 8th.
* Assemble and Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of our family faith formation programs, are invited to meet on TUESDAY, December 10th at St. Noel to assemble and wrap baskets.
* Deliver Baskets – All parishioners are invited to meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 14th to pick up directions and baskets for delivery.
Please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex beginning November 2nd and 3rd if you plan to help assemble, wrap and/or deliver baskets.
The Christmas Project is a beautiful work of mercy in which parishioners of all ages can work together to demonstrate the Christian call to serve others, especially those in need. If you have any questions concerning the Christmas Project or your involvement in it, please call Sandy Appeldorn (216-926-2489). The best way to celebrate our Savior’s birth is to follow his teaching and show our love of one another in generosity and service.
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.
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.
THE BLESSINGS OF AGING – Join us next 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.
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 1303 people with the equivalent of 11,941 meals. Currently, we are in need of canned soup & vegetables. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – Join us this 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 $1,900 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.
ROMERO EXHIBIT – A travelling photo exhibit will be in the narthex November 9th & 10th honoring the rich solidarity between the Diocese of Cleveland and the Church and people of El Salvador. COAR, the Community of Oscar A. Romero, a foster care facility in El Salvador founded by a Cleveland Mission Team priest in 1980, is co-sponsoring the exhibit. It is the oldest organization in the world named for St. Romero and is just one example of the many relationships that grew from the sacrifices of 1980 when Oscar Romero, along with two of the Cleveland Mission Team, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, and Ms. Jean Donovan, were murdered. The 30 photos include previously unpublished photos of St. Romero taken by Sr. Dorothy prior to her death. They also show the work of the Mission Team from 1964-today, the relationships forged by many local schools and parishes, and the work of the Mission Team with St. Romero that continues to enrich both Churches today.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 16-17, 2019. We could use some help on either day. Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
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 week-long 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).
PLEASE JOIN US – Wednesday, October 30th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Hany Gad Beshay Mikhail will speak about “The Challenges of the Christian Church in Egypt” at First Presbyterian Church, 4785 Shankland Road, Willoughby. As a long-term Christian and Presbyterian minister in Helwa Village, Egypt, Rev. Hany has great insight to share. Refreshments will be served.
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.