In 2014, members of St. Noel travelled to Nicaragua with International Partners in Mission (IPM). During the trip, we were introduced to CEPROSI, an inspiring cooperative of women dedicated to helping others break the cycle of poverty. Through various micro-businesses, such as selling hand crafts & organic food, the women generate funds to improve living conditions and to educate their children.
Next weekend, Xenia Chevez, a founding member of CEPROSI, will offer the annual missionary appeal talk at all the Masses. St. Noel has partnered with CEPROSI since 2014, and through the generosity of the Endowment Fund, this will be Xenia’s third time coming to the parish. Adela Zayas, from El Salvador, will translate for Xenia, and I know you will be inspired by her words. If you wish to contribute to the work of CEPROSI, our ushers will be collecting your cash or checks in the Narthex after Masses next weekend.
Xenia will also participate in our biannual “Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique” taking place on Saturday, November 16th from 3-7 p.m. and on Sunday, November 17th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in our Small Hall. In addition to the beautiful handcrafted cards and other items from CEPROSI, this year’s sale welcomes 11 vendors offering a wide variety of products and positively impacting the lives of people all over the world, including right here in NE Ohio. Countries represented include Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia, Kenya, Ecuador, Jerusalem & the Middle East, Guatemala, Vietnam, Uganda, the USA, and many more. Please stop by the sale!
I know I can count on your generosity both in our Missionary Appeal and our Buy Once, Give Twice Fair Trade Sale. In supporting our brothers & sisters around the globe, we offer others a chance to thrive and proclaim the Good News that God’s love knows no boundaries.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening the weekend of November 16-17th in the Banquet Center. We have 11 carefully chosen vendors whose mission is to help people, locally and internationally, move from poverty to sustainability. Products are available from around the world. Find the perfect gift from 3 -7 p.m. on Saturday the 16th and 9 a.m. -1 p.m. on Sunday the 17th.
CRS HELPING HANDS – We’ve crossed the $3,700 mark and are closing in on $5,000. Thanks to all who have donated so far!! Can you help?? Please visit the St. Noel website (stnoel.org) to make a donation or to register as a volunteer. Donations can also be dropped at the parish office. Helping Hands is scheduled for January 25, 2020.
IT’S TIME FOR PRIME TIME! – Any high schoolers interested in learning more about Prime Time, St Noel’s youth group for young people in grades 9-12, should plan to attend an organizational and kickoff meeting next Sunday, November 17. We will meet in the Teen Center in the Lower Level of St. Noel from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. We will discuss what you want out of this year of Prime Time and how a group of parents will help facilitate this year of Prime Time. Even if you are unsure if you want to participate, or haven’t been part of Prime Time in the past, we invite you to come and learn more about it to see if you would like to participate in some or all of our activities this year. Plus – snacks will be provided! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Fullerman ([email protected]), Lindsey Whitticar ([email protected]), Paul Pahoresky, or Kathy Gambino.
CEPROSI – Since 2014, St. Noel has partnered with CEPROSI, a women’s cooperative in Nicaragua working to raise women and their families out of poverty. Xenia Chavez, a founder of CEPROSI, will be at the Fair Trade Sale in November and speaking at all the Masses. Our support of CEPROSI makes a world a difference! Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/ceprosi.nicaragua or at https://ipmconnect.org/ceprosi.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1380 people with the equivalent of 12,423 meals. Currently, we are in need of boxed cereal. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and the November TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
BE PART OF THE 2019 CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Throughout the month of November:
∙ Stop at the table in the Narthex to pick up tags to purchase items for the family baskets. You can take as many tags as you’d like!
∙ Donate $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle.
∙ Make a monetary donation (cash, or checks made payable to St. Noel) that we’ll use to purchase additional gift cards and basket items.
∙ Sign up on the kiosk to assemble, wrap and/or deliver baskets in December.
For more information, contact Sandy Appeldorn (216-926-2489 or [email protected]).
Just4Fun – will host our 1st Cleveland Browns Tailgate/Watch Party on Sunday, November 24th following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Join us to cheer on the Browns and Tailgate in the Banquet Center (Large Hall) where the game will be shown on multiple large screen TV’s! Just4Fun will provide Ribs, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, Chips, Cookies & Brownies and assorted beverages. Beer will be offered at $1.00 each. We encourage all attending to bring your favorite tailgate side or appetizer to share! A free will donation will be accepted at the door for this event! Reservations are needed! Call 440-946-6635 by Monday, November 18th … and GO BROWNS!
ADVENT TEA – Ladies, please reserve the date -Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. for the Advent Tea. Enjoy reflective time prior to the rush of the Christmas Season. This year’s theme is “Friendship of Women.” Sign up is on November 9th and 10th before and after the 5:00 Mass and between Masses on November 16th and 17th. Cost is $20.00 per person; proceeds support the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone is asked also to bring a food item for the food pantry. We are always looking for new hostesses. If you are interested, please stop by and talk to us. Contact Karen Spehar 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik 440-724-2532. We hope to see you there.
CHRISTMAS ITEMS NEEDED – The N2N meal is distributing Christmas items to our neighbors. We are looking for wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, cards, ornaments, lights, etc. Please make sure all donations are in good condition and ready for someone to use. Bring your donations to the Church office.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for someone who can come to Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Many parishioners are richly blessed each Monday as they spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. If you are free and would like to experience this encounter with Jesus, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office.
ST AUGUSTINE CALENDARS are now available in the parish office. Your $25.00 donation for each calendar gives you the opportunity to win throughout the calendar year and support a worthwhile cause.
Please complete the numbered card insert and mail to the St Augustine Hunger Center, 2846 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. Checks are payable to St. Augustine. Winners will be mailed a check on Wednesday of each week.
ROMERO EXHIBIT – Enjoy the travelling exhibit this weekend. To read more about our mission in El Salvador, visit: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/offices/mission-office/cleveland-latin-american-mission. Thanks to Ed Mascha for putting it together!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY. On November 25th at 7 p.m. in the Resurrection Room, we will discuss the October Commonweal issue entitled The Green Pope. Background reading from Commonweal on The Environment is available at our display in the kiosk area. For links to current articles, check out https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com, to be on our mailing list.
MARY’S HANDS – The next meeting of Mary’s Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Tuesday, December 3rd from 11a.m.-12:30p.m. in the Resurrection Room. Prayer Shawls are created by hand and threaded with prayers and blessings for healing of the recipient’s body, mind, and spirit. Knitters, crocheters, and anyone who would like to learn, are welcome. Instructors can be available to help learners. Shawl makers can also participate on an at-home basis only so spread the word! Contributions for yarn and supplies and donations of yarn are always welcome! Please contact Joyce Puin (440-473-1238), Nikki Rini (440-823-0413), and Candice Minello (440-336-0991) for more information.
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES ASSOCIATION – MONTHLY GRIEF SUPPORT –The next support group is Sunday, November 17th at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.