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 embracing the program changes we made last year as we turned the focus to collecting cash donations and gift cards along with specific, selected basket items. Through your generosity, we raised over $12,000 and presented Christmas baskets to more than 60 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 $15,000 which would allow us to serve as many as 75 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 November 3rd and 4th.
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 9th.
* Assemble and Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and Prime Time, are invited to meet on Wednesday, December 12th at St. Noel to assemble and wrap baskets.
* Deliver Baskets – All parishioners are invited to meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 15th to pick up directions and baskets for delivery.
Please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex beginning November 3rd and 4th 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.
Fr. George Smiga
FEAST OF ALL SOULS – is next Friday, November 2nd. On that day we will celebrate an evening Mass at 7:00 p.m., to remember the deceased members of our parish, and in particular those who have been buried from St. Noel over the last twelve months. We encourage anyone to come and pray for those who have died. Please bring a framed picture of your loved one and we will display it in the Narthex. If there is someone you would like to remember at the liturgy, you may write their name on the All Souls envelope in the back of your box of collection envelopes, or you may pick up an All Souls envelope from the kiosk. The names of those you indicated will be carried forward at the liturgy. It is not necessary to place any monetary donation in the envelope, but if you do so, your gift will be used to defray the cost of flowers and seasonal decorations on the altar throughout the year.
FAIR TRADE SALE – The sale is this weekend! Items for sale include fair trade chocolate and coffee, holiday items, fair trade olive oil, and much, much more. Stop by the Small Hall after Mass and make a difference.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feasts of All Saints, Thursday, November 1st and All Souls, Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m., are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. If you are able to minister on either of these days, please sign up.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – Next weekend, November 3rd & 4th, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please keep the Missions in your prayers and please be generous in next weekend’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME – Just a reminder, daylight savings time ends next weekend on Sunday Nov. 4th at 2:00 a.m. Remember to turn you clocks back one hour!
SOCIAL JUSTICE – There will be no collection for the month of November. Those who would like to donate can do so online at stnoel.org. or drop a check in the collection basket or the parish office.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND– For September 2018, we collected $1,432.18. Our expenses for September were:
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.
ANGEL CHOIR – Many children and teenagers from our parish are interested in singing this year, so we would like to invite all young people in grades 1-12 to join the Angel Choir. The rehearsals will be scheduled on Sundays between the Masses (10:15-10:45 a.m.) in the Resurrection Room, and will start Sunday, November 4th. To sign up your children or to answer any questions, contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at
440-946-1128 x119 or [email protected]
SKY ZONE – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to Sky Zone on Sunday, November 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pick up and drop off will be at Sky Zone in Highland Heights. Cost is twenty dollars and will include pizza, pop, jumping socks, and an hour of jumping. Payment and online waivers are due by October 31st. Flyers with more details can be found in the kiosk. Contact Kaitlin with any questions at [email protected]
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.
BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 5 tons (10,099 lbs) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Carole Lester, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Karin Ostroske, Rich Beckwith for their dedicated service.
FACES OF HOPE & INSPIRATION – Raquel Cicerini, our parishioner, has documented the powerful stories of 6 families from Puerto Rico who settled in Cleveland after hurricane Maria. Her writings along with wonderful photographs comprise the exhibit, Faces of Hope and Inspiration, sponsored by Bienvenidos a Cleveland. St. Noel generously supported relief efforts after Maria, and it’s enlightening to read the stories of these courageous people. See the kiosk for more information and visit http://www.tri-c.edu/hispanic-council/bienvenidos-a-cleveland/index.html to learn more. Hundreds of families have relocated to Cleveland since 2017 and help is still needed.
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!
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be Wednesday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Season of Blessings: Meeting the Royal Family (The Saints) and Living in Gratitude. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. if you are able, a donation of $6 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On November 1st & 8th, Bingo. 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!
VOTING RESOURCES – See the table in the Narthex for information from the Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Issue 1 and choosing political candidates.
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.
NOVEMBERFEST – Annual Italian Dinner at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Cost: Adults $10, Children (6-12) $5, Children under 6 are free. For more information, call 440-943-7600.
THOMAS MERTON RETREAT – Baldwin Wallace and the Thomas Merton Society are hosting a day-long retreat on November 17th to remember the 50th anniversary of his death. The retreat and lunch are free. See http://www.mertonandfriends.com/ for information and registration.
FULL/PART TIME COOK – The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland have an immediate opening for a Full or Part Time Cook at our brand-new residential facility in Pepper Pike. The cook will prepare food for 70 people on a buffet line. 20 – 40 hours per week. Every third weekend. No late evenings. Basic knife skills and cooking knowledge required. Benefits available. Great working environment! Must be responsible and have reliable transportation. Must be able to pass a physical, drug screen and criminal background check. Send resume and letter of interest to [email protected] No phone calls please.
LAKE CATHOLIC CRAFT FAIR – will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Over 135 crafters and vendors, bake sale, food, raffles. Admission $3.00, $2.00 for seniors, children under 12 free. For additional information, call 440-578-1020,
ext. 330. All proceeds benefit Lake Catholic Performing Arts Department.
ST. ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – will be Saturday, November 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. Featuring handcrafted items from 80 area craftsmen, bake sale, snack bar and raffle. Admission is $1.00. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.