With the holidays approaching it is again time to think of our annual Christmas Project.
As in the past we will be using gift cards rather than purchased food and gifts. We will deliver these gift cards to families in need. Using gift cards will provide the people we serve the opportunity to shop for their own families. But to avoid simply handing a family an envelope, we will bring each family a housewarming basket with simple items such as cookies, candy, candles, and ornaments.
Families who are in need of assistance are referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties, as well as our Food Pantry. Please feel free to join in any or all of the following opportunities:
* Sponsor a Family – We will provide you a family and you can assume the responsibility of assembling the hospitality basket and buying the gift cards. You can also deliver the basket to them, although we can arrange for delivery if that is your preference.
* Fill a Basket – Baskets will be available beginning November 5th and 6th until all are taken. You can fill the basket with some simple housewarming gifts (a list of suggested items will be included in the baskets). All baskets should be returned to us by the weekend of December 10th and 11th.
* Donate Money/Gift Cards – We will be collecting cash as well as $10 gift cards to Target, Giant Eagle and Marc’s which will go into the baskets.
* Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and Prime Time, will meet on Wednesday, December 14th at St. Noel to bake cookies and wrap baskets.
* Deliver Baskets – Meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 17th to pick up directions for delivery.
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 Erica (440-946-1128, ext.120). 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.
POLITICAL PAMPHLETS REMINDER – In past elections, campaign staffs of various candidates and parties have placed political material on cars in our parking lot. If this were to happen again this year, please know that it has occurred without our permission and over our objections.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – On Monday, October 31st, Adoration wil be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For September 2016, we collected $644.00. Our expenses for September were:
|Neighbor to Neighbor||577.86|
Thank you for your support.
ADDITIONAL USHERS FOR 9 AM MASS ARE REQUESTED – We could use additional ushers for the 9 a.m. Mass. Schedules are made for a rotational assignment. Ushers are assigned for 4 weeks on and then off for a time based on the total number of ushers. If interested contact Ed McKenna 440-944-6492 or [email protected]
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.
EVENING FOR USHERS AND MASS COORDINATORS – Join us on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center for an evening of appreciation. We’ll take some time to reflect on our liturgical role as we draw close to a new liturgical year. Call the parish office (440-946-0887) if you plan to attend.
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.
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 this Sunday, October 30th.
FOOD PANTRY HELP NEEDED – Our food pantry is in need of a Monday morning volunteer to assist clients as they go through the pantry. Some light lifting is required (15-20 lbs) as we move groceries on and off our transport cart. We need a friendly and warm person who likes to interact with others. Please call Anthony (946-1128, ext.122) to learn more. The position is available immediately.
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).
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!
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.
NOEL AERC UPDATE – Our prayers are coming to fruition for the Adult Education Resource Center (AERC). God has blessed us with many students. We are in need of additional tutors in math or language arts for the GED program. Every week or fill in tutors are needed. If you can help either Monday evenings and/or Thursday evenings, please call the church office.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the November issue is “The Gift of Advent: Daily Reflections for Waiting.”
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 November 3rd & 10th, Bingo; November 17th, Thanksgiving Luncheon: turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, rolls & butter, cheesecake. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets is Monday, November 14th. Also celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. No meeting on November 24th. Meetings will resume on December 1st. 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 SIGN-UP – Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00 p.m. The Tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is Angels. All Women are welcome. Sign-ups for the Tea will be after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person and 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.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On Wednesday, November 9th, Laura Shoemaker, DO and Chuck Sidoti, BCC, will be the speakers. The topic is “Palliative Medicine and Spiritual Care of the Chronic Critically Ill Patient.” The luncheon will be in the St. Noel Banquet Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Luncheon is $18 per person. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by November 2nd.
BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE – Each year, thousands of people undergo bone marrow transplants, a life-saving treatment for those dealing with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Often, donors are identified through a world-wide registry called Be The Match operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. On the weekend of November 12th-13th, St. Noel, along with the Kirtland Kiwanis, will sponsor a blood marrow registry drive after all the Masses. Registration is free and involves a painless swab of the cheek. The registry is targeting people 18-44yrs old as this is the optimum donor age-range for a successful transplant. You can also donate to support the registry; it costs about $100 to process the swab and add someone to the registry. More information is available at bethematch.org.
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.
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].
LAKE CATHOLIC PLACEMENT EXAMS – are Saturday, November 12th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. All 8th graders interested in applying to Lake Catholic are required to take this exam. To register, visit lakecatholic.org/PlacementExam.
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. – The US Bishops remind us that “while there are many moral issues before us, every issue is not equal.” Faithful Citizenship goes on to explain that issues that directly affect human lives are fundamental and demand serious consideration. Please pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex and visit faithfulcitizenship.org for more information.
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