For 31 years now the St. Vincent de Paul Society has “blanketed” the needy in our diocese through the Blanket Sunday collection. Last year this collection provided 3000 blankets and winter wear to the homeless and disadvantaged, complemented by beds and mattresses to help so many move off the floor as they face our challenging winters. All these items are purchased in bulk with your cash donations.
Ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donation, or envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex. You can give your donation anytime during the next few weeks. You can also donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
The call of Christ asks us to care for the least among us. Blanket Sunday provides all of us with a concrete way to follow this teaching.
Thank your for your generosity.
Fr. George Smiga
BISHOP PEREZ – There will be a welcoming liturgy by the Lake/Geauga Parishes for Bishop Perez at St. Mary’s in Chardon, on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception with the Bishop. Each parish of our district is able to send 45 parishioners to the event. If you would like to represent St. Noel, please sign up on the sheet on the table in the Narthex. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis.
CONCERT CHOIR – If you always wanted to sing with St. Noel Music Ministry, but can’t commit your time for all year or can’t sing with us during weekend Masses, here is a perfect opportunity for you. St. Noel Concert Choir invites you to join us for a six week singing project for “St. Cecilia Sing.” Our rehearsals will take place at St. Noel Church from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays October 10, 17, 24, and 31, and November 7 and 14. The “St. Cecilia Sing” concert will be Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. We will be singing 4 choral anthems and 8 church hymns and Psalms. If you are interested in joining us, please come to our first rehearsal or contact Director of Music Ministry Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at 440-946-1128 ex.119 or at [email protected].
THE 2017-18 ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – will start with City Music Cleveland on Sunday, October 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. CONDUCTOR: Avner Dorman, SOLOIST: Tessa Lark, violin PROGRAM: Schumann Overture to Genoveva Op. 81,Corigliano The Red Violin Concerto and Schumann Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”.
PRIME TIME – There will be no Prime Time this Sunday, October 8th. Prime Time will resume on October 15th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE– There will be no PEACE on October 10th. PEACE will resume October 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
TRAINING FOR MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION The diocese has scheduled numerous training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The closest location to St. Noel is Sunday, October 15th from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Divine Word Parish in Kirtland. We have room for new Eucharistic Ministers at all weekend liturgies. If you are interested in being trained, please contact Anthony at the parish office.
YOU CAN STILL REGISTER for Family Faith Formation, Good Shepherd, or CALLL. Just contact Michele ([email protected]; 440-946-1128, x121).
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – There is NO Good Shepherd on Sunday, October 15th. Good Shepherd resumes on Sunday, October 22nd during the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
CALLL – continues this Wednesday, October 11th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up are in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center. Remember to bring your binder.
CONFIRMATION – On Sunday, October 22nd, candidates will be part of the Rite of Affirmation and be acknowledged at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. A brief family meeting will follow from 12:30-1:30 p.m. We will discuss the format for preparation, qualifications for sponsors, and requirements to be confirmed. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the first of two Pancake Breakfasts whose proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, October 29th from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required and a free-will donation will be taken. Spread the news!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, and parents please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on October 29th. Please fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 x 120 or [email protected].
ST NOEL BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY SUPPORT GROUP – A death changes those left behind. The grief that follows such a loss is natural and normal, but many of us find our own reaction to grief unexpected. Learning about grief and understanding the reaction to your loss in a supportive environment can be helpful. To assist those who have lost a loved one, the St. Noel Bereavement Ministry will be offering a 5 week Support Group this fall. You are invited to attend the Bereavement Support Group on Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 11, 2017, at 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Nativity Room. Call the parish office at 440-946-0887 to register for the series, by October 2nd.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – Is on Friday, October 20th. Invitations and chances to win a 50” Vizio 4K-UHC TV, first prize, and a 43” Sharp 4K-UHD TV, second prize, have been mailed. This is the final week to return dinner reply cards and raffle tickets. (There will be no ticket sales at the door.)
The menu this year from Randy’s delectable kitchen is: Appetizers, Salad/Rolls-n-butter, Chicken Marsala, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce, Oven-roasted white & sweet potatoes, Green & yellow beans with carrots, and Double-layer chocolate cake!
At this time we have enough items for the silent auction (please consider a cash donation instead). Every day Sr. Corita Ambro, Fr. Joe McNulty and their staff work diligently to provide spiritual, emotional, and social service support to those who are most in need. By participating in this fund raising event, you, too, foster and support the ministry of the St. Augustine Center. We hope you can join us and “let your light shine!”
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books have arrived. For those who have ordered books, they are now available for pick-up in the parish office at a cost $6.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available in the large sacristy. Please be sure to initial the sheet indicating you received it.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 12th, socializing meeting, noon. Luncheon Menu: pulled BBQ pork sandwich, french fries, cole slaw, dessert. Bingo to follow. For tickets call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is October 9th. On October 19th, Bingo. On October 26th, Bingo, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – We’ll close the garden for the year on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
USED BOOKS NEEDED – St. Aloysius Church, in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, is opening a “Little Free Library” later in the fall. Little Free Libraries are small, outdoor, boxes where people can take books and return them as needed. Please bring gently used books to the parish office, and we will get them to St. Al’s. Please….no textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, etc. We’re looking for quality books only.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12th. 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.
DEJOHN FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY – Is once again sponsoring Stockings for Soldiers & Shelters. Stop by DeJohn Funeral Homes in Willoughby Hills, Chesterland or South Euclid between 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, through November 1st and pick up a Christmas Stocking to decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Included with the stocking is a list of apporiate items to send along to our troops, their families or local organizations. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the funeral home by Friday, November 3rd. For more information, call 440-516-5555.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL’S – 9th Annual Boutique and Craft Show will be on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the OLMC Community Center. Proceeds benefit the OLMC Music Ministry.
CHILDREN SERVICES LEVY – Did you know that each year the Lake County Division of Children Services receives over 4000 calls regarding potential child abuse and neglect occurring in our community? Responding to these calls requires trained staff and adequate funding. The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland, in conjunction with Catholic Charities of Lake/Geauga County, supports Issue 3 which will be on the ballot this November 7th. Information regarding Issue 3 is on the table in the narthex. Plan on voting November 7th and thank you for safeguarding the most vulnerable among us.