My sisters and I joke that our dad’s sole contribution to our home is the annual carving of the turkey. Once a year, we manage to find in a drawer (with the blades) that mustard-yellow/olive green-handled electric knife my parents received as a wedding gift in 1978. As he carves off slices, and the rest of what comprises the meal makes its way into serving dishes and bowls, I tend to walk by and sneak a piece or two, as he’s slicing. Sometimes, one wishes to simply stand there and graze like cattle as the food becomes available, and forgo the formality of sitting at the table, much less pause and collect one’s self for a moment of prayer. For whatever it is worth, I wish to share with you an Extended Thanksgiving Table Blessing you and your family might consider praying as you gather with one another to give thanks and praise. It comes from a revised edition of Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
When all have gathered at table, they make the Sign of the Cross.
Leader: God has filled us with every good thing.
R/. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Then the Scripture is read:
Listen to the words of the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians:
Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one Body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.
After a time of silence, the leader prays:
Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land
and the challenge of the cities.
We thank you for our work and our rest,
for one another, and for our homes.
We thank you, Lord:
(Pause for those gathered to offer their prayers of thanksgiving).
For all that we have spoken and for all that we keep in our hearts, accept our thanksgiving on this day.
Keep us ever mindful of those who lack the necessities of life and make us generous in sharing all that we have.
We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All make the Sign of the Cross as the leader concludes:
May God bless the food and friendship that we share and fill our hearts with gratitude and generous love.
With gratitude and in thanksgiving for our parish family,
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Ushers will be in the Narthex after all masses this weekend to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This collection allocates funds to community projects that promote the mission and vision of CCHD while adhering to the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS – Ushers will be in the Narthex next weekend (11/30 & 12/1) after all masses to accept your donations for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Help make a difference in the lives of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the annual appeal.
CRS HELPING HANDS – We’ve crossed the $4200 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For the month of October, we collected $1,999.05. Our expenses for October were:
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Thank you for your support.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and the December TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
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 this weekend in the Narthex after all Masses. 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.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS REFLECTION BOOKLETS – “Waiting in Joyful Hope 2019-2020 can be found on the table in the Narthex. Please help yourself.
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]).
JUST 4 FUN COMMITTEE – Parishioners of St Noel, along with their families and friends, are invited to join us on Friday, December 20th at 6:45 p.m. for our Christmas Movie Night! All are invited to watch the movie ELF (rated PG) which will be projected on the big screen in the Banquet Center’s large hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. (run time 1 hr. 37 min.) Seating will be set up theatre style. Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be served! Wear your “Ugly Christmas Sweater” and join in on the fun! Hope to see you all there!
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1466 people with the equivalent of 13,197 meals. Thanks to all who donated egg cartons; we have enough now and are no longer accepting egg cartons. Currently, we are in need of boxed cereal and spaghetti sauce in jars. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – The sale was fabulous! Thanks to our vendors, our CRS ambassadors, our parish volunteers, and all who shopped. Be a different kind of consumer this season.
CEPROSI – Xenia and Adela had a wonderful experience at our parish. Thanks to Umberto Ritossa for so generously hosting our friends at his home. You can still support the women from Nicaragua with a check made out to St. Noel Church. Place “mission appeal” in the memo line.
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.
COME TO YNIA – Young Neighbors in Action, a week-long service trip for high school youth, has been a part of our parish youth ministry since 1996. This summer, we’re headed to South Bend, IN from July 12-17. We have reserved spaces for 10 teens and 2 adult chaperones. Your $50 deposit reserves a spot and can be dropped off at the parish office. Visit cmdnet.org to learn more about YNIA or contact Anthony for more information (440-946-1128 x122).
NOEL CONCERT SERIES– Offer yourself and your loved ones a gift of music during this Advent- Christmas season. Four concerts will be presented at St. Noel this December.
- Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 p.m- Mignarda (Freewill offering) – Magnum Mysterium, FEATURING: Donna Stewart- voice and Ron Andrico- lute.Duo Mignarda program will feature a selection of seasonal sacred music from the 15th-17th centuries, with settings of the moving Christmas motet, O Magnum Mysterium, as well as familiar and traditional English, Irish, French, and German carols.
- Sunday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m.- St. Noel Music Ministry (Freewill offering) Hodie Alleluia! CONDUCTOR: Agnieszka Bieniek FEATURING: St. Noel Church Choir, Youth Bell Choir, Adult Bell Choir, Soloists and Instrumentalists. PROGRAM: Traditional and contemporary Christmas songs from around the world. Please join us for a small reception in the narthex after the concert.
- Wednesday, December 11th, 7:30 p.m.- Apollo’s Fire Christmas Oratorio– J. S. Bach GUEST CONDUCTOR: Julian Wachner FEATURING: Molly Netter, soprano, Daniel Moody, countertenor, Steven Soph, tenor, Jesse Blumberg, baritone and Apollo’s Singers. Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio is a feast of orchestral colors, with trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoon, and strings. Tickets can be purchase by phone: 216-320-0012, Toll Free: 800-314-2535 or via e-mail: [email protected].
- Sunday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m.- CityMusic Cleveland (Freewill offering) Fire and Ice CONDUCTOR:Stefan Willich SOLOISTS, TBA, PROGRAM: Giaocchino Rossini – Overture to CinderellaJoseph Suk – Meditation on the old Czech chorale “St. Wenceslas” Franz Joseph Haydn -Symphony No.59 (“Fire”),Arcangelo Corelli – Christmas Concerto, Op.6, no.8, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – German Dances, K.605 (“Sleigh Ride”),Engelbert Humperdinck – Knusperwaltzer (Gingerbread Waltz), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Prayer from Suite No. 4 (“Mozartiana”),Manuel de Falla El Amor Brujo – Ritual Fire Dance.
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.
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.
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.
BLOOD DRIVE – Volunteers are needed for the next blood drive on December 29th. Sign up on the kiosk.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, December 1, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
CHRISTMAS SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – Witness to God’s mercy by signing Christmas cards to our neglected neighbors including all inmates at the Lake & Geauga County Jails, detained youth, local homeless, those in nursing homes, Catholic Charities programs and domestic violence victims. Enjoy good food, prayer, and fellowship. December 2nd or December 4th. See the flyer on the kiosk for details or visit stnoel.org.