Every three years the priests of our diocese gather for a convocation with the bishop. This year the convocation will take place from October 9th-12th at Sawmill Creek. This will be the first convocation with Bishop Perez as our bishop. These days are special days for the priests to spend time with each other and the bishop. This year we will certainly include in our conversations the sexual abuse crisis which is affecting the church.
Because of the convocation there will be no weekday Mass at St. Noel on Wednesday, October 10th and Friday, October 12th.
Please keep Bishop Perez, myself and the priests of our diocese in your prayers this week, so that our time together might lead us to be more energized and effective ministers in our diocese.
Fr. George Smiga
PARISH ANOINTING OF THE SICK – This weekend, October 6th & 7th, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all of our weekend Masses. The sacrament asks for God’s healing for anyone dealing with an illness or the effects of aging. Anointing will take place after the homily.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Come to the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, October 7th, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a freewill donation will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Youth Ministry.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
BLANKET SUNDAY – is next 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 will be provided, or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
YOUTH BELL CHOIR – is open to any young people grade 3 and up and to their families. This year we would like to invite not only children but their parents and siblings to ring together. The ringers meet for the rehearsals each Wednesday 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the church. No musical experience needed. We will learn together. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or (440-946-1128 x119).
AT HOME WITH THE WORD BOOKS are now available for pickup in the parish office for all who pre-ordered them. $7.25 per book is due upon pickup.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS – are available for pickup in the large sacristy. Please initial the sheet indicating you received your book.
HIGH SCHOOL TEENS NEEDED FOR ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER – Support St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministry as they host their annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, October 18th to support St. Augustine. Teens are needed to help sell raffle tickets during the event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] if you are interested.
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!
YOUNG ADULTS – are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room as we continue discussing Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad! Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On October 11th, Luncheon and Bingo. Luncheon Menu: Pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, broccoli, cauliflower & carrots and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Contact Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is October 8th. 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!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, October 7th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS WELLNESS RUN – For the last four years, the City of Willoughby Hills, along with the Clinic and Classic Lexus, has hosted a 5k run/walk and given part of the proceeds to the St. Noel Food Pantry. The 2018 Wellness Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th, and all the proceeds are going to the pantry! Please consider participating in the race; runners, walkers and pets are welcome. Registration flyers are in the Narthex and information is on the St. Noel webpage.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS CITY COUNCIL – invites you to join us for Town Hall meetings Thursdays October 11th and 25th at 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers City Hall. Please join us to discuss and answer questions regarding the Charter Amendments on the November 6th Ballot.
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/
LAKE-GEAUGA FURNITURE BANK – The old Penske truck of the furniture bank (which began at St. Noel) has well over 200,000 miles and needs to be replaced. Through a generous gift, 80% of a new truck has been covered. If you would like to help with the remaining cost, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122). The Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank picks up used furniture and makes it available, at no cost, to county residents in need. The organization is all volunteer-staffed and looking for more help. To learn more, visit lakegeaugafurniturebank.org.
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.
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.
SHARE THE JOURNEY – The Parish Companion Program accompanies a local migrant family through the deportation process. You do not need to be a lawyer or immigration expert. Your willingness to walk with someone through this most difficult time is all that’s required. Training will be held at St. Mary Parish in Painesville on Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch is provided. RSVP to 440-354-6200 in English or Spanish. Info on the kiosk.
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.