The arrival of fall, in its brilliance of colors and fresh crisp air, reminds us that the holidays are approaching and it is time again to prepare for our annual Christmas Project. Our parishioners, Sandy and John Appledorn, have graciously volunteered to oversee the project.
Families in need of assistance have been referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties as well as our own Food Pantry.
The goal of this project is to allow the people we serve the dignity to choose the gifts and food they love and need most at this time of year.
Because of this focus, we will collect monetary donations and gift cards which will allow those helped by this project to purchase their own items. To avoid simply handing a family an envelope, we ask for your help in purchasing pre-selected items that will be placed into holiday baskets along with the gift cards. This year we will not be distributing baskets for you to fill, but instead ask you to contribute items for the baskets as described below.
Here is how you can help.
1) Donate Money/$10 Gift Cards – This is the most important part of our project. We will be collecting cash, checks (payable to St. Noel Church) and $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into the baskets. We are requesting gift cards in $10 denominations which allow for greater ease and flexibility as we assemble the family baskets.
2) Donate Basket Items – This year, instead of picking up and filling a basket, samples and tags of items to purchase for the baskets will be available in the Narthex beginning November 4th and 5th. These donations should be delivered to St. Noel no later than Sunday, December 10th. Donations will be accepted on weekdays in the parish office and on weekends at the Christmas Project table in the Narthex.
3) Assemble and Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and PrimeTime, are invited to meet on Wednesday, December 13th at either 4:30 or 6:00 p.m. at St. Noel to assemble and wrap baskets. Please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex if you plan to help.
4) Deliver Baskets – All parishioners are invited to meet at St. Noel on Saturday, December 16th at 9:00 a.m., to pick up directions and baskets for delivery. Please sign up on the kiosk in the Narthex if you plan to help deliver baskets.
The Christmas Project is a beautiful work of mercy in which parishioners of all ages can work together to demonstrate the Christian call to serve others, especially those in need. If you have any questions concerning the Christmas Project or your involvement in it, please call Sandy at 216-926-2489. The best way to celebrate our Savior’s birth is to follow his teaching and show our love of one another in generosity and service.
Fr. George Smiga
COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the victims affected by Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For September 2017, we collected $610.62. Our expenses for September were:
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PRIMETIME – There will be no PrimeTime October 29th. PrimeTime will resume on November 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE– There will be no PEACE this Tuesday, Oct. 31st. Have a safe and fun Halloween! PEACE will resume Tuesday, November 7th 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. The first one is this 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 accepted.
ALL SOULS MASS – On Thursday, November 2nd we will remember our beloved dead at the 7:00 p.m. Mass. We will read the names of all who have died from St. Noel in the past year. We encourage anyone to come and pray for those who have died. If you have a particular loved one you would like to remember, please bring a framed picture and we will display it in the narthex. A reception will follow the Mass.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – 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.
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!
JANUARY 2018 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at the 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January 2018. Please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. We’ll watch Bishop Barron tell the story of Saint Thomas Aquinas in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
ADVENT TEA – Attention Ladies! Mark your calendar now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The Tea provides a respite from the chaotic activites of the holidays. It offers encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is “Reflections of Mary.” All women are welcome to attend. The cost is $18.00. Proceeds go to the Social Justice Fund. We ask that you also bring an item for our food pantry. For further information please contact Karen Spehar 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik 440-724-2532.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 2nd, Bingo. On November 9th, socializing meeting, Noon. Luncheon, Menu: Turkey with stuffing & gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, pumpkin pie. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $10. Deadline for tickets is November 6th. On November 16th, Bingo. No meeting on November 23rd. On November 30th, Bingo, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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.
HOLY LAND TRAVEL – The Holy Land Handicraft Society is sponsoring a fair trade tour of the Holy Land in May 2018. The HLHC participates in our Buy Once Give Twice Boutique happening in November. Please see the kiosk for details.
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.
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.
COUNTY ISSUES 3 & 4 – The Catholic Commission on Social Action in Lake County has officially endorsed both Issues 3 & 4, one dealing with children and the other with senior citizens. Information is available in the narthex. Plan on voting November 7th and thank you for safeguarding the most vulnerable among us.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us for a quiet day of prayer at the Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, on Thursday, November 9th from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The day begins and ends with prayer together, and your own time of prayer and reflection. A $10.00 donation includes lunch. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND by Friday, November 3rd to register at 440-279-1143 or [email protected].