Our parish, under the guidance of our Finance Committee, continues to look for ways to use your regular financial support wisely. As the cost of postage rises, we are specifically examining the frequency with which we contact you by mail. The recent decision to use our website for the yearly report was a significant cost savings.
Today I would like to announce another move in this direction. Beginning in 2017 we will no longer be sending collection envelopes to you by mail. This December you will be able to pick up a box of envelopes for the entire year when you come to Mass. Providing envelopes in this way will save our parish about $2,000 per year. Of course, at your request, we will be happy to send the envelopes to you.
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to eliminate envelopes entirely by using automatic bank withdrawal. This paperless option is easy and completely in your control. You can set a weekly or monthly amount to be deducted from your checking account. The amount and the frequency of the withdrawal can be changed at anytime at your discretion. When you use this option we save the cost of envelopes and you do not need to remember to bring them with you to church.
Therefore in the future you may choose either a yearly box of envelopes or the automatic withdrawal option as your way of contributing to St. Noel.
I thank all of you for your regular financial support of our parish, and ask your cooperation as we transition to new financial ways of supporting the ministries of our community.
FEAST OF ST. NOEL – This week we celebrate our Patronal Feast in honor of St. Noel Chabanel. As usual, we will have special pastries after Mass. The pastry chef we have used in the past has retired, so Chef Randy has prepared cookies and muffins for us. Enjoy them!
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – Next weekend, October 22nd & 23rd, 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.
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is this Monday, October 17th. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings 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.
JOB OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel is in need of a “Handy Man” to handle small jobs on the Parish property. Must be able to swing a hammer, climb a ladder, and be capable of routine maintenance work as needed. This part time position pays hourly $15.00 (approx. 6 – 10 hours per week.) Those interested may call the Parish Office 440-946-0887 for further details.
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS MASSES – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints, Tuesday, November 1st, at Noon and 7:00 p.m., and the Feast of All Souls, Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m., are on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway. If you are able to minister on either of these days, please sign up.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – Our first concert this season will be Friday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. City Music Cleveland will present the program: Dorman-After Brahms Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto,Beethoven-Symphony No. 4. This concert is free and open to the public.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – is this Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Hope to see you there for another eventful evening of food, fellowship, and fun! Thank you for all of your help and consideration with this annual fund raiser for St. Augustine Center.
BAPTISM DAY – will be held on Sunday, November 13th, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and not previously attended the Baptism class, are expected to attend. Please call Kristen Gerber (440-773-2681) or Sue Ramming (440-796-2199).
A SINCERE THANK YOU – to the Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve for their $500 donation to our children’s faith formation programs. We appreciate the generosity of the Christ Child Society over the years. Please consider supporting Christ Child activities. You can learn more about this group’s mission and activities at christchildwesternreserve.org.
YNIA – Registration for next summer’s high school service trip with “Young Neighbors in Action” has begun. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk.
PRIME TIME – Will not take place Sunday, October 16th. It will gather again on Sunday, October 23rd between the Masses.
PEACE – Will take place again on Sunday, October 30th.
GARDEN CLEAN-UP – We will close up the “All Good Gifts Garden” for the season on Saturday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Help is needed. Contact Erica Zalar, 946-1128, ext. 120, if you can lend a hand.
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, November 13th 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!
THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT – begins the weekend of November 5th. As in past years, each participant in the Christmas Project will receive a basket filled with items that bring holiday cheer. Each basket will also hold gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle so that families can do their own Christmas shopping. We are also in need of monetary donations which will cover the cost of the gifts cards for unsponsored baskets. Or, if it’s easier for you, you can pick-up gift cards in the amount of $10 when you are doing your shopping at Target and Giant Eagle. Those cards will go into baskets as well. This will continue throughout the month of November.
WINE AND PAINT – Join us on Friday, November 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun. The cost of this event is $30 which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. To sign up for this event, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by Tuesday, November 15th. Act soon! Space is limited.
GIRL’S BOOK CLUB – will meet again on Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book we will be discussing is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Copies of the book are available to sign out in the parish office. Sign up on the kiosk. Details about this book can be found at www.commonsensemedia.org.
TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – This year St. Noel is partnering with the Salvation Army-Painesville after school program which assists children with basic math and reading skills. This opportunity is open to all teens in grades 8-12 and takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This is not a weekly commitment. Come when you can and stay for as long as you are able. Flyers and volunteer forms are available in the kiosk.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will meet on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. There will be time for pizza and socializing and we will continue our exploration of Catholic Social Teaching by discussing economic life.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Thanks-Living: The Mindful Practice of Gratitude, facilitated by the Retreat Community. Call Fran Armbruster for more information at 440-625-1228 or sign up on the kiosk. There is no charge. If you are able, a $6.00 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 20th, Bingo & Bake Sale; October 27th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our monthly meal continues to grow. We consistently serve a delicious meal to over 300 people, and all those who volunteer to make it happen deserve a big thank you! We could use more help serving the food and helping to clean up. Please consider offering your time to keep our meal successful. If interested, contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us on November 3rd. All are welcome to come and meet your neighbors.
FAIR TRADE SALE – On the weekend of November 5th-6th, 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 the signup sheet on the kiosk if you’re interested in helping. Teens are welcome!
ADVENT TEA – Mark your calendars now for the Women’s Advent Tea which will be held on Saturday, December 3rd from1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. This year’s theme is Angels. All women are welcome. We also welcome those who have been a hostess and attended an Advent Tea before, as well as anyone who would like to be a hostess for the first time. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person; proceeds go to the Social Justice Fund. Everyone attending is asked to also bring a food item for the food pantry. Please call Karen Spehar (216-481-6579) or Annie Zahradnik (440-724-2532) for more information.
HELP FORM GOOD PREACHERS – Fr. Mark Hobson, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at St. Mary Seminary, is in need once again of parishioners from a variety of parishes to form an assembly for the purpose of offering feedback to seminary students on their preaching during their Liturgical Preaching II course. This provides an opportunity for candidates for the priesthood to practice preparing and delivering homilies. Interested persons need no prior experience in preaching or public speaking, and are invited to participate in one or more of the sessions on Thursday mornings, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, and/or November 17. All sessions run from 9:00 – 10:30 AM and will be held in the chapel at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Mark directly via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 216-451-3262 ext. 10.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – is having a baby shower on Saturday, October 22nd at St. John Vianney from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please bring an unwrapped baby gift. Items will be donated to babies in need. Thank you for your generosity.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On October 21st at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Dan at 440-223-8707 to let him know you are coming.
STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS & SHELTERS – Beginning immediately, anyone in the community may visit DeJohn Funeral Homes to pick up a FREE Christmas Stocking to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Included with the stocking is a list of appropriate items to send to our troops, their families or distribute to organizations locally that provide care for those who cannot care for themselves. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the funeral home by Friday, November 4th, and will be shipped to troops abroad or to area organizations. See flyer on kiosk.
HALLOWEEN PARTY – The Willoughby Hills Halloween Party will take place on Friday, October 21st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free and is for children ages 2-12. There will be games, contests, prizes, treats, a haunted hayride and candy.
CATHOLICS CARE. CATHOLICS VOTE. – As Catholic citizens, we should remember three things:
- Respect for the dignity of each person is the core of Catholic social and moral teaching.
- We focus on the common good, not our own personal interests and ask how can we make the world a better place.
- We have a responsibility, a true obligation, to form our consciences and participate in the civic life of this nation. Go to www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/ for the complete document from the United States Bishops.
BENEDICTINE OPEN HOUSES – Come enjoy the “Home of Champions” and learn everything Benedictine has to offer. Students will be available to deliver guided tours of the school. Teachers and administrators will be available to answer any questions you may have. Open Houses are Thursday, October 20th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 23rd from Noon-2:30 p.m.