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Weekly Bulletin 11/26/17

Dear Parishioner,

The holiday season is a busy time and many dates are filled with family, shopping, workplace celebrations, and gatherings of friends. But in this time of joyful commotion, I hope you will find it helpful to listen to music at St. Noel. This year, the St. Noel Concert Series invites you to four concerts in December. These performances offer different genres of music and a variety of artists:

  • Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.   Gateway Band will present Christmas carols in a jazzy style. This concert is free with a free will offering.
  • Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. Apollo’s Fire will bring the program An Irish-Appalachian Christmas Celebration. A pre-concert talk in the Small Hall by guitarist/singer Brian Kay will start at 3:00 p.m. After the concert, 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, x1 or visit apollosfire.org.
  • Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m. City Music Cleveland will perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, Wagner (arr Mottle) Wesendonck Lieder for soprano and orchestra, and Schubert Symphony No. 3 with soloists: Miho Hashizume, violin, Jonathan Bagg, viola and Chabrelle Williams,Soprano and  Stefan Willich as conductor. This concert is free with a free will offering.
  • Sunday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m. Join the St. Noel Music Ministry for our Sing to the Lord concert. You will hear our choirs, bell choirs, and invited guests. There will be an opportunity to listen and to sing-a-long. 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 treats right after the concert.

This year the St. Noel Concert Series brings a variety of very interesting and different presentations. We hope you will find something special for you in these December musical offerings.

Fr. George Smiga

FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MASS is Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet  for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minister.

OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Monday evenings. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Monday evening from 6:00–8:30 p.m.

PRIME TIME – will not be meeting this Sunday, November 26th. We will resume meeting on December 3rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.

PEACE– will take place on Tuesday, November 28th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.

GOOD SHEPHERD – There is NO Good Shepherd this weekend. Good Shepherd resumes on Sunday, December 3rd.

CALLL – CALLL resumes this Wednesday, November 29th. Remember to bring your binder.

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 October 2017, we collected $319.82. Our expenses for October were:

Rent $1,809.00
Utilities 697.68
Food Pantry 180.34
Meal at St. Augustine 193.06
Neighbor to Neighbor Meal 157.44
Lodging 627.00
Total: $3,664.52

                    Thank you for your support.

“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]).

CEPROSI CHRISTMAS CARDS – Cards from our Nicaraguan partners, along with a few items from the Fair Trade Sale, are available for purchase in the Narthex. Thanks for your support of CEPROSI.

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. We will participate in choir rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m., 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 next Saturday, December 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The Tea provides a respite from the chaotic activities 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.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 30th, Bingo, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. On December 7th, Socializing meeting at Noon, followed by a Christmas Luncheon, Menu: 5oz. Sirloin Filet, Baked Potato w/butter & sour cream, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, cheesecake. Cost is $12.00. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets is December 4th. Also 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.

POUSTINIA RETREAT – Frs. Mike Denk & Jeremy Merzweiler from St. Gabriel Parish are offering an Advent Retreat at Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon.  A flyer is on the kiosk.  You can also visit www.St-Gabriel.org for more information.

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