God loves us all − young and old, married and single, women and men. Yet sometimes groups within God’s love wish to gather with their own members. During the holiday season we have two events which take this approach.
On Saturday, December 1st the women of our parish are invited to a Women’s Tea at 1:00 p.m. in our Banquet Center. The purpose of the tea is not only to socialize, but to reflect upon our faith. The theme this year is “You and the Holy Spirit.” Hostesses are needed to decorate and organize tables. Cost is $20 per person. Proceeds support the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone is also asked to bring a food item for the food pantry. For information contact Karen Spehar at 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik at 440-724-2532.
On the same day, December 1st the men of our parish will host the second Men’s Christmas Party from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. The purpose of the party is not only to celebrate Christmas, but to build fellowship among the men of our parish. The event is intergenerational, so we encourage our parishioners to invite their fathers, grandfathers, sons and friends to celebrate with them. The price for the evening is $25, which includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and an open bar. The Big Ten Championship Game will be projected on a 12×12 screen. There will also be side-boards, Big Ten Championship Game squares, a chuck-a-luck wheel and prize baskets. All proceeds will be donated to support our parish food pantry. Tickets for the event will be on sale in the Narthex for the next two weekends after Masses.
The Advent Tea and Men’s Christmas Party are only two ways to celebrate the holiday season. They both provide ways for us to know each other better and help those in need.
Please consider joining members of your parish for these joyous events.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – This weekend, November 17th-18th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face to lift themselves out of poverty.
CONGRATULATIONS – to our parishioner Diane Obringer, who was honored this week by Malachi House as Co-Volunteer of the Year! Diane has washed dishes faithfully after lunch every Tuesday for the past 19 years!
PARABLES AT URSULINE – Because of a power failure at the college on November 6th, Fr. George’s 2nd presentation on the parables was moved to November 13th. Therefore, the last presentation will take place this Tuesday, November 20th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater of the Mullen Building. The talk will explore new meanings derived from Jesus’ parables in the Gospel of Luke, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. The talk is free. All are welcome! It is not necessary to have attended the previous talks to appreciate Tuesday’s presentation.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous, and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this Monday, November 19th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our October market served 146 people.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – On Monday, December 3rd the hours for Adoration will be from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. due to First Reconciliation.
FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MASS – will be Saturday, December 8th at 9:00 a.m. Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for this Mass are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, November 25th, 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.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
2019 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at all Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January 2019. Please call Betty Louis, 440-942-4009 or St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
SIGN-UP FOR YNIA TRIP – This summer teens who have completed their first year of high school through senior year are invited to join us as we travel to Buffalo, New York from July 7-12. Young Neighbors in Action is more than just a week of doing service. It is a mission experience which engages youth in exploring the call to work for justice while serving those in need. If you are interested, please pick up a letter and registration form in the kiosk. Deposits and registration are due by December 3rd.
ANGEL CHOIR – We would like to continue inviting all young people in grades 1-12 to join us. The Angel Choir rehearsals are scheduled on Sundays between the Masses (10:15-10:45 a.m.) in the Resurrection Room. We hope to see you all. Any questions, contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at 440-946-1128 x119 or [email protected].
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – offers three Christmas concerts:
Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 p.m. St. Noel Music Ministry will present Rejoice! Rejoice! You will hear our choirs, bell choirs, and invited guests. There will be an opportunity to listen and to sing-along. What better way is there to begin your Christmas celebration than with music and songs proclaimed to the newborn child? This concert is free with a free will offering. Enjoy delicious Christmas goodies right after the concert.
Friday, December 7th at 8:00 p.m. Apollo’s Fire will bring the program CHRISTMAS on Sugarloaf Mountain An Irish-Appalachian Christmas Celebration. A pre-concert talk in the Resurrection Room 7:00 p.m. Afterward, join in a carol or two with the cast while enjoying free hot cider and old-fashioned ginger cake. For ticket information call 216.320.0012 /800.314.2535 ex1 or visit apollosfire.org.
Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m. you can hear CityMusic Cleveland in the program MAGIC WINDS. CONDUCTOR: Stefan Willich and SOLOIST: Frank Rosenwein,Principal Oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra, bring for us compositions of Mozart and Strauss. This concert is free with a free will offering. We hope to see you all.
NOEL BANQUET CENTER – has some dates still available in November and December for family, friends or company holiday parties. Chef Randy is prepared to give you a great deal on your event. Also, please keep the Banquet Center in mind for weddings, showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, fundraisers, etc. There will be many engagements over the holidays. Please recommend the Banquet Center. We are remodeling during the month of January, so we will be excited to show the new Banquet Center to everyone.
BE PART OF THE 2018 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]).
AUGUSTINE CALENDARS – are available for purchase in the parish office for $25 each. Checks are made payable to St. Augustine.
CLEVELAND CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE – All St. Noel teens in high school are invited to attend the Cleveland Catholic Youth Conference (CCYC) on Dec. 15th at John Carroll University. The day consists of keynote speaker Joel Stepanek, workshops, praise & worship, Mass with Bishop Perez, adoration, dinner, reconciliation, and an opportunity to meet new friends. Feel free to check out their website at http://www.cleyouthconference.org. If you are interested in attending, please let Kaitlin know by November 19th at [email protected].
WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – We distributed over 55 coats at the November Neighbor to Neighbor meal. We will do it again in December and January. Bring any donations to the clothing bin outside the food pantry or to the church office. Our neighbors loved the coats!
READING GLASSES NEEDED – The N2N Resource Room is also looking for reading glasses to distribute at the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. Do you have an extra pair of readers lying around? Bring them to the Church office anytime.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. No Meeting on November 22nd (Thanksgiving). On November 29th, bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. On December 6th & 13th, Bingo. Everyone is welcome! No meetings on December 20th & 27th. There will be no meetings the months of January and February 2019. Meetings will resume March 7, 2019.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Undergraduate, graduate students and those who have completed a degree in the last three years are invited to join us and to take advantage of a complimentary subscription. The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will observe the 50th anniversary of the death of Thomas Merton by reading his classic article, “Is the World a Problem?” 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]). Links for coming meeting and more at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
IMMIGRATION ACTION NEEDED – The federal government has proposed a rule change to the eligibility requirements of those hoping to immigrate to the USA or change to immigration status to something more permanent. Public comment is needed on these proposed changes as they will have a negative effect on families trying to reunite and on those trying to enter the unskilled labor force legally. Deadline for comments is December 10th. See the website (stnoel.org) for information.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED – and struggling with the holidays? Join us for a special 4-week mini support group for those having difficulty facing the holidays. This program is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to get through the holidays and move forward. Attend one session, all four, or anything in between. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., on December 4th & 11th and January 8th & 15th, at St. Noel Church. To register or for more information, call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. If you are spending your holidays without someone special, please join us for a time of sharing, prayer, and helpful information. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
HOSPICE OF WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale on Friday, November 30th, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and December 1st, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items. To donate items, contact 216-255-9090 or email [email protected].
DAY OF REFLECTION – The Diocesan LEAF Ministry is sponsoring a day of reflection “For Those Who Love Someone Who is Incarcerated.” This day, scheduled for December 2nd at the Jesuit Retreat House, is open to all who have a loved one who is (or was) incarcerated. There is no charge for the event. See the flyer on the kiosk for more information.
FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL AT THE YMCA – The Lake County YMCA will be hosting its 6th annual free community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 22nd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the West End Branch, 37100 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. No registration is necessary to attend.
CARDS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS – The Catholic Commission of Lake/Geauga is sponsoring a prayerful evening on Monday, December 3rd to decorate Christmas cards for those in nursing homes, shelters, and jails in our counties. The evening runs from 6-8 p.m. with a light dinner. An RSVP is required; see the kiosk or website (stnoel.org) for details.