For years women here at St. Noel have celebrated the holidays with an Advent Tea. This year, the tea will be held on December 2nd at 1:00 p.m.
This week I am announcing a new event through which men can toast the Advent-Christmas season. After extensive research, we’ve determined that men would prefer not to hold another tea, but rather create a different kind of celebration. Therefore on Saturday, December 2nd from 6:00-11:00 p.m. we will be scheduling our first Men’s Christmas Party. The purpose of the party is not only to celebrate Christmas, but to build fellowship among the men of our parish. The event is inter-generational, 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 x 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 monthly Neighbor to Neighbor meal. Tickets for the event will be on sale in the narthex for the next two weekends after Masses.
With your support, I hope that the Men’s Christmas Party will become an annual opportunity. So I ask the men of our parish to consider who they may invite to join them in celebrating an evening of food, games, charitable support, and faith honoring our Savior’s birth.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – This weekend, November 18th and 19th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face to lift themselves out of poverty.
CECILIA SING – is an annual celebration of church musicians. Please join us in this sing-along event this Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. Everyone is welcome to come, to pray, and to sing well known church hymns with us. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Spread the word among your friends and family.
THANKSGIVING – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the Thanksgiving Day Mass, November 23rd at 9:00 a.m., is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
PRIME TIME – Prime Time will take place this Sunday, November 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Pizza will be provided.
PEACE– PEACE will take place this Tuesday, November 21st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Pizza will be provided.
GOOD SHEPHERD – There is NO Good Shepherd next Sunday, November 26th. Good Shepherd resumes on Sunday, December 3rd.
CALLL – There is NO CALLL session on Wednesday, November 22nd. Happy Thanksgiving! CALLL resumes on Wednesday, November 29th.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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 scheduled for this Monday, November 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Last month we served 57 families totaling 97 people. The Senior Produce Market is designed to give low-income seniors access to fresh produce throughout the year. St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Please spread the word.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, November 26th, 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.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Thanks to all who supported the Fair Trade Sale this past weekend! Our partners from CEPROSI in Nicaragua were so grateful for the chance to speak at the Masses and to meet so many of you at the sale. A special thanks to all who volunteered to make the sale a success. Your generosity made everything possible!
“OUR LIGHTS SHONE BRIGHTLY” over this year’s St. Augustine Benefit Dinner!!! So many hands worked together to gift St. Augustine Center with $41,609.78!! This generous amount will help support its many services for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Whether it was a monetary donation, purchasing raffle tickets, auction items, program ads, dinner tickets, mystery bags, or putting together a basket for us or offering a service, item, or condo, many lights shone brightly!! We certainly appreciate your support and heaps of loving gratitude are extended to all!!!
AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS – are being sold to support the Hunger Center. They are $25 each (checks payable to St. Augustine) with chances to win throughout the year. They make good Christmas gifts. Calendars are available in the parish office.
“SANCTUS” – Members of St. Noel are invited to submit artworks to “Sanctus,” a show curated by Josh Trefney, a seminarian at St. Mary’s in Wickliffe and Sarah Hamski, a diocesan youth minister. All submissions relating to the broadly interpreted theme of Catholic prayer and spirituality are welcome. Submissions are open to all artists living and working in the Northeast Ohio area. No entry fee is required, but submissions are limited to three per person. Please send images of work to [email protected] by November 30th. Sanctus will open Friday, January 5th at Elevate Gallery, 3675 E. 65th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music/live performance will also be featured.
BE PART OF THE 2017 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]).
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to our first service event of the school year. We will be partnering with the W.H.I.S.P.E.R. program, which provides support to elderly residents of Willoughby Hills. We will be helping with leaf-raking and clean-up this Wednesday, November 22nd in the afternoon. If you are interested please sign up on the kiosk. What better way to start your Thanksgiving break than doing service for those in your local community? Contact Kaitlin with questions at (440)946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected].
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – The next retreat will be on Wednesday, November 29th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Glowing With God,” facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Commonweal Local Communities began in 2013. They consist of readers and friends of Commonweal who gather in their local communities for critical conversation on issues that matter the most. The next gathering is scheduled for Monday, November 27th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. 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]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
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.
CONCERT CHOIR – invites everyone to join us in another short-term singing project. This time we will participate in four choir rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m., November 21, November 28, December 5, and December 12. Then we will be part of the St. Noel Music Ministry Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ext.119 by November 17th.
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
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
LAUDATO SI’: ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME – The Diocesan Social Action Office presents a faith and science panel dialogue on Tuesday, November 28th from 7:00-8:45 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The evening will explore the impact of Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical 2 years after its promulgation. The panel features: Dr. Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D., Theology, John Carroll University; Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Ph.D., Religious Studies, Ursuline College; Dr. Tracey T. Meilander, M.Ed., Ph.D., Biology, Notre Dame College; Dr. Jenise M. Snyder, Ph.D., Biology, Ursuline College. Join in the discussion how integral ecology unites an ethic of faith, life, creation, and discipleship in response to pressing global climate and development challenges. For more information, contact: Jeff Campbell, [email protected], 330.723.9615 x.11.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, December 17th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Give the gift of life for the holidays.
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 as a result of separation and divorce. This special program is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to get through the holidays and move forward. Building new holiday traditions, identifying and managing the emotions of divorce, opening opportunities for growth and new beginnings, and turning a corner and facing a new year are some of the topics that will be covered. Attend one session, all four, or anything in between. We will meet Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm, on December 7 and 14, 2017 and January 4 and 11, 2018, at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. To register or for more info: call Karen @ 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected]
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS – Mentor United Methodist Church is sponsoring a video seminar and support group for those dealing with grief as the holidays approach. The group is being offered on two separate dates. See the kiosk for details.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Saturday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-944-1552 to let him know you are coming.