Each year St. Noel publishes an annual report of ministry and stewardship.
You will find the report as a post on our homepage (stnoel.org) for the next month, but it will always be accessible from the menu at the top of the homepage by selecting “Parish Life” and then “yearly report.”
This report covers the fiscal year of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. It lists the sacramental celebrations during that time: sacraments of initiation, marriages and deaths. It also provides a list of new parishioners. The report includes contact information for our Staff, Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Banquet Center. There is also a listing of 43 ministries associated with our community and the contact information for those ministries. The booklet ends with a financial report, including our budget for the present year. I encourage you to review our parish report and celebrate with me all the ways God has blessed us as a community. I thank all parishioners for their involvement in our ministries and their financial support of our parish.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (CCC) – This weekend our ushers will accept your donations for the campaign. Fifty percent of all funds collected remains in the diocese to fund local communications projects. The other half helps to fund national and international programs. By supporting the CCC, you help bring the gospel message to everyone.
FEAST OF ST. NOEL – Next weekend October 21st & 22nd, we celebrate our Patronal Feast in honor of St. Noel Chabanel. All parishioners are invited to join us in the Narthex after Masses for an assortment of pastries, compliments of the Endowment Committee.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – Next weekend, October 21st & 22nd, 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, October 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The Senior Produce Market is designed to give low-income seniors access to fresh produce throughout the year. St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Please spread the word.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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.
CONCERT CHOIR – If you have 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 five 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 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”.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – There is NO Good Shepherd this Sunday, October 15th. Good Shepherd resumes next Sunday, October 22nd during the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
CALLL – continues this Wednesday, October 18th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up are in the Large 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].
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, November 1st, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Living Our Personal Holiness,” facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No charge. A donation of $6 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
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.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Commonweal Local Communities began in 2013. They consist of readers and friends of Commonweal who gather in their local communities for critical conversation on issues that matter the most. A group already exists in our area and is planning to meet at St. Noel on Monday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. 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]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Plan to stop by the Banquet Center on the weekend of Nov 11-12. Vendors representing artisans from around the world, including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI, will be here with beautiful products for sale. Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex.
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.
ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – Is Saturday, November 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland. 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.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – will be holding a Panel on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment: Preparing for the Next Synod. The Panel will be moderated by Edward, Hahnenberg, Ph.D, JCU, on Thursday October 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room in the DJ Lombardo Student Center. This discussion is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University.
CHRIST CHILD OF THE WESTERN RESERVE -Trunks, Books and Treats – Please join us for this ‘rain or shine’ event to celebrate National ‘Make a Difference Day’, October 28th. Our theme this year focuses on Literacy for Children. Please bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to this worthwhile cause. We thank our local KofC Council 5286 for offering their property for the day at 6113 N. Ridge Road West, Geneva, OH. Decorate your trunks, yourself and anything else that’s fun. Bring treats to share and enjoy a fun afternoon with us.
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.