Each year St. Noel publishes an annual report of ministry and stewardship. This year, for the first time, the report will appear on our parish website. There are two reasons for this change. First, by using an online format we avoid the costs of printing and mailing. This is a $3,000.00 savings to our parish which can be used in other ministries and initiatives. Second, the report will remain online so it will be accessible to you at any time.
You will find the report as a post on our homepage for the next month, but it will always be accessible from the menu at the top of the homepage by selecting “yearly report.” I would like to thank our parishioner Lisa Calovini for her work in transitioning the report to our website. For those who do not have internet access, a printed copy of the report will be available in the parish office.
This report covers the fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. 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 45 ministries associated with our community and the contact information for those ministries. The report 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
LIVING ROSARY – After the 5:00 p.m. Mass this weekend, The Living Rosary invites all to pray the Holy Rosary in the Chapel as we begin our new ministry.
CLAMS & MORE – The clambake will be held this Sunday, October 2nd from Noon to 3:00 p.m. As always, the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley redskin potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, rolls & butter, tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes. The cost of the bake is $26 per person. The bake is all you can eat except for the clams. Additional clams may be purchased for $8.00 a dozen. Limited amount of tickets are available at the door.
BLANKET SUNDAY – Next weekend is Blanket Sunday, sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. When you make a donation, your money will go further with bulk purchases. You may also donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – on Thursday evenings in the parish office. Scheduling is flexible. Responsibilities include answering phones, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the office if interested, 440-946-0887.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten begins this Sunday, October 2nd during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk or on the parish website (stnoel.org).
FOLLOW-UP TO FR. PAUL TURNER’S LITURGICAL MINISTER LECTURE – Join us on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to share reflections on Fr. Paul Turner’s recent presentation to liturgical ministers. You are welcome even if you were not able to attend the lecture at St. Paschal’s. Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121) if you plan to attend.
NOEL’S FALL DAY TRIP: “GROWING UP AMISH” – Join our parishioners for a day of fun, fellowship, & great food, on Saturday October 29th.
The day’s itinerary includes:
*Meet Emma Miller for coffee and cookies as she talks about the Amish culture.
*Bargain Bin Amish Variety Store
*Full “Amish Wedding Feast” at Amish Home
*Nauvoo Family Market
*Middlefield Cheese House
Parishioners will meet in the parking lot of St. Noel at 9:00 a.m. Bus departs at 9:15 a.m. and will return to St. Noel at approximately 5:00 p.m. Payment of $85.00 to Carol Anne Tours is due by Sunday October 16th. Payments may be turned in to the parish office. Please call Gina Luberger if you have any questions at 440-946-0887. A minimum of 25 people are needed.
YNIA – Registration for next summer’s high school service trip for “Young Neighbors in Action” has begun. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk.
PEACE – Begins this Sunday, October 2nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level. All middle-schoolers in grades 6-8 are invited! Calendars and registration forms can be found in the kiosk or on the parish website (stnoel.org).
PRIME TIME – All teens in grades 9-12 are invited! Prime Time starts this Sunday, October 2nd and takes place between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Calendars and registration forms can be found in the kiosk or on the parish website (stnoel.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.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the October issue is “Be Converted Anew ̶ and Go Evangelize.”
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – is this Wednesday, October 5th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Living Mindfully” will be facilitated by members of the retreat ministry. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able, a $6.00 donation to cover the cost of lunch is suggested. All are welcome!
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – will celebrate its first anniversary on Thursday, October 6th. We are now successfully serving a delicious hot meal in a gracious atmosphere of welcoming to over 300 neighbors on the first Thursday of every month in our beautiful Banquet Center. Our reputation is growing in the neighborhood and so is our need for more St. Noel neighbors to help prepare, serve, and cleanup our very special version of a community meal. Please consider working with us as we grow our Neighborhood. Read more about our mission and ministry in our tri-fold brochure in the kiosk and contact Bill and Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or 440-669-2798.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER/AUCTION –Will be on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. The deadline for reservations is October 10th. Please return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations as soon as possible. If you have any items for the silent auction or want to make a donation, please bring them to the Parish Office. If you would like to place an ad in the event program, email Laurie at [email protected].
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 6th, Bingo; October 13th, Bingo & Bake Sale. On October 20th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: chicken alfredo, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, cherry pie. Cost is $6.00. For tickets, contact Rosemary Baran at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets and payment is October 17th. On October 27th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get 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 9th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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!
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On Wednesday, October 12th, Laurie Jurecki, Pastoral Minister at St. Mary Magdalene Church will be the speaker. Her topic, “In This Year of Mercy, What is the ‘Cash Value’ of My Faith,” is a short exploration of faith and life, using the metaphor of Philosopher William James, and examples from the life of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The luncheon will be in the St. Noel Banquet Center from Noon–2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes roast pork with rosemary Dijon sauce, Iyannaise potatoes, zucchini squash, applesauce and fresh fruit. Call Madonna Tuscano at 440-946-6533 or Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 by October 7th. All are welcome!
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 wil be shipped to troops abroad or to area organizations. See flyer on kiosk.
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will again be hosting the program “WELCOME HOME TO INACTIVE CATHOLICS.” The program will begin on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and will continue for the next five weeks. For more information contact Divine Word at 440-256-1412.
INACTIVE VOTER STATUS – Did you know that after no voting activity in 2 federal election cycles (4 years), a voter, in the state of Ohio, is placed on inactive status? Obtaining active status again is not difficult. If you’ve not voted in a while, please call your county board of elections to see if you’re still eligible to vote in the upcoming election. If you’re not registered at all, October 9th is the final day to submit your voter registration card.
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL – will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary this school year. To celebrate they will be hosting a fall festival! All parish communities that support All Saints are invited to attend. We hope to see you there! The fall festival will include haunted train rides, monster slide, pirate ship, games, music and food. It is October 7th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. It will be hosted at the St John Vianney Parish Father Kline Social Hall in Mentor. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
CATHOLICS CARE. CATHOLICS VOTE. PARTICIPATE in POLITICAL LIFE. – “Building a world of respect for human life and dignity, where justice and peace prevail, requires more than just political commitment. Individuals, families, businesses, community organizations, and governments all have a role to play. Participation in political life in light of fundamental moral principles is an essential duty for every Catholic and all people of good will.” (Faithful Citizenship) Go to www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/ for the complete document. Visit www.ccdocle.org/dsao or www.cqrcengage.com/ccdocle to learn about the current need for legislative advocacy called for by the Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Office.
BEAUMONT OPEN HOUSES AND ENTRANCE EXAMS – Beaumont will host an open house from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th. Personal tours will be available.Entrance exam dates will be on the following Saturdays, October 8th, 15th and November 12th from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Visit Beaumontschool.org to pre-register.
THEOLOGY ON TAP | HEIGHTS – Young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to gather at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th. The night kicks off with a social, which includes complementary appetizers and a cash bar, followed by a speaker. Admission is only $5. The speaker will be Mr. Marty Dober who is a brilliant and well-read seminarian entering his 7th year of priestly formation at St. Mary Seminary. Drawing on his deep love of the Church, Marty will reflect on the legacy and impact of the 21st century’s first three popes, JP2, B16, and now Francis – what ties them together and what’s the Holy Spirit accomplishing through St. Peter’s successors. For more information, please contact Fr. Patrick Schultz (216-321-0024 or [email protected]).
FALL CRAFT SHOW – The Willoughby Hills Annual Fall Craft Show will take place on Saturday, October 8th, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Over 70 vendors with handmade items will be featured on both floors of the Community Center (35400 Chardon Rd.) There will be vendor raffles to support future recreation events plus concessions sold by the WH Lions Club. FREE ADMISSION!