The month of November begins with two feasts which celebrate the Communion of Saints. On Tuesday, November 1st, we remember all the Saints of Heaven who are with God in glory. This is a holy day of obligation and we will have two Masses at St. Noel on that day – one at noon and one at 7:00 p.m.
The next day, Wednesday, 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 who you would like to remember at the liturgy you may write their name on the All Souls envelope you have received in the mail. There are additional envelopes in 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 you plan to join us for this Mass, I also invite you to bring a framed picture of a departed loved-one. We will display these pictures in the narthex 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.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – This weekend, we celebrate World Mission Sunday. Please keep the Missions in your prayers and please be generous in this weekend’s 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 30th, 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.
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of an additional ushers for the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Commitment is once a month. Schedules are provided a year in advance. Please call the parish office, 440-946-0887, if you are interested in helping out.
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.
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.
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.
PEACE – Will take place again on Sunday, October 30th.
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.
GIRLS’ 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.
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.
YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE – Our college-aged parishioners (18-21) are encouraged to apply to be on the Camp YAC Leadership Team. This team will work together to plan and facilitate Camp YAC in June 2017. This paid opportunity will provide young adults an exciting and meaningful way to develop leadership skills and make a positive impact in our community. Contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120) to apply.
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 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 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.
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Will be on Saturday, November 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Cost for Adults, $10.00, Children, ages 6-12, $5.00, Children under 6 are free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For more information call 440-943-3834.
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL – Open House will be this Wednesday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe.
LAKE CATHOLIC ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR – The Performing Arts Boosters 33rd Annual Craft Fair wil be held on Saturday, November 5th, 9:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person. Seniors are $1.00 and children 12 and under are free. For additional info call 440-578-1020 ext. 330 or email [email protected].
ROBERT & WILLIAM PARISH – Is hosting their annual Holly Berry Bazaar on Saturday, November 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. A variety of handmade/homemade items, Christmas Raffle Baskets and home party items will be available. Admission is $1.00 and includes coffee/cookies. A simple lunch and bakesale are also available. Please call 216-731-1515 for additional details.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, November 2nd. 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 Fr. Ryan Mann, parochial vicar at St. Charles Parish in Parma. Fr. Ryan is an immensely gifted preacher and teacher, and his deep love for all things spiritual and human makes him the perfect person to reflect on how God uses the things of this world, the things we love and enjoy to draw us ultimately to HIM. Come hear Fr. Ryan’s talk “Jesus and Jazz: Reconciling the Sacred and the Secular.” For more information, please contact Fr. Patrick Schultz (216-321-0024 or [email protected]).
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER PERSONAL TESTIMONY – “Mary and I have been married for 25 years and we thought we communicated like pros- or at least better than our friends. Thanks to our Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend we have improved our communication enormously- and it has helped us relate better with our children, too.” It’s a positive, private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. Make a weekend! Upcoming Dates: Nov. 11-13, 2016 or Feb. 17-19, 2017. Apply: 330-305-9963 or www.GreatMarriagesOhio.org