The month of November begins with two feasts which celebrate the Communion of Saints. On Wednesday, November 1st, we remember all the saints of heaven who are with God in glory. This is a holy day of obligation and our Mass that day will be at 7:00 p.m.
The next day, Thursday, November 2nd, is the Feast of All Souls. On that day we will celebrate an evening Mass at 7:00 p.m., to remember the deceased members of our parish, and in particular those who have been buried from St. Noel over the last twelve months. If there is someone you would like to remember at the liturgy, you may write their name on the All Souls envelope in the back of your box of collection envelopes, or you may pick up an All Souls envelope from the kiosk. The names of those you indicated will be carried forward at the liturgy. It is not necessary to place any monetary donation in the envelope, but if you do so, your gift will be used to defray the cost of flowers on the altar throughout the year.
If a family member or friend has died, you may bring a framed picture of this person and display it in the Narthex at the All Souls Day Mass as a sign of their continual presence with us.
In faith we believe that those who have died live on in the Lord and that we will one day be reunited with them. Until that time we remain connected through our prayers for them and their prayers for us.
As we celebrate these two feasts as a parish, we take joy in our connection to all faithful followers of Jesus, both living and dead.
Fr. George Smiga
FEAST OF ST. NOEL – This weekend, 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 – This weekend, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please keep the Missions in your prayers and please be generous in the collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, October 29th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
PRIMETIME – There will be no PrimeTime October 22nd or October 29th. PrimeTime will resume on November 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE – will take place this Tuesday, October 24th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
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].
ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS MASSES – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints, Wednesday, November 1st, and the Feast of All Souls, Thursday, November 2nd, are on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Mass will be at 7:00 p.m. on both evenings. Please sign-up if you are able to assist with these Masses.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
LECTOR WORKBOOKS – Please pick up your workbook in the large sacristy and 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/
BRUEGGERS BAGELS – Since December 2016, Brueggers has generously donated bagels to the Food Pantry 4 days/week. To date, we’ve picked up and distributed 4,011 lbs of bagels. That’s over 2 tons!! Thanks to Rich Beckwith, Carole Lester, Ingrid Andrusaitis, and Jack Sulentich for their dedication. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks, to Brueggers Bagels in Willoughby.
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.
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Join us on Saturday, November 11th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Cost is: Adults $10.00, Children ages 6-12, $5.00 and under 6, free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For further information, call 440-943-7486.
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.
DEATH PENALTY – Pope Francis, earlier this month, spoke about the death penalty at a major audience. Please visit our website (stnoel.org) to read the full article. This is especially significant for Ohio as our state has 25 executions scheduled into 2022.
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.
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.
OHIO ISSUES 1 & 2 – Voting day is November 7th. The Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a guiding statement regarding Issues 1 & 2 in Ohio. You can access it on the St. Noel homepage (stnoel.org). Both issues are important for Catholics to consider; please use the Bishop’s statement as you educate yourself on the issues and candidates.