During the month of November, we are called in a special way to remember “our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection” (Eucharistic Prayer II). Our prayers are certainly extended to the family of Bishop Emeritus Richard Lennon, the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, who died Tuesday morning 29 October 2019, “after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments.” On 4 April 2006, he was appointed Bishop of Cleveland, and was installed on 15 May 2006. At that time, I had completed my first year at the seminary, and I remember being present for the triumphant celebration. Bishop Lennon ordained my four classmates and me, first as deacons 27 October 2012, and then as priests 18 May 2013.
The wake will begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Monday, 4 November, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, 1007 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, Ohio, at 3:00 pm. Bishop Nelson Perez will be the presider and homilist. The wake will continue until 7:00 pm. On Tuesday, 5 November, at 8:30 am, his body will lie in state in the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist until 10:45 am. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Bishop Nelson Perez will be the main celebrant and Bishop Christopher Coyne will be the homilist. Interment will be in the Resurrection Chapel in the same cathedral church. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
In the Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist a pastoral note mentions: “A book might be made available in a convenient location in which the faithful could inscribe the names of their beloved dead who would be remembered in prayer during this month.” As we celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), a Book of the Names of the Dead will be displayed in the church near the wood relief of the Holy Family. Throughout the month of November, you are encouraged to inscribe within this book the names of your deceased loved ones. In addition to the names of those whose Funeral Masses were celebrated within the past year here at Saint Noel, they will be remembered in the petitions at all Masses – weekend and daily.
As we begin this month of November, the Pope’s intention: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East. That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
Peace and Prayers,
NOEL ENDOWMENT FUND – Coffee and Pastries for the month of November are compliments of the St. Noel Endowment Fund!
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.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1356 people with the equivalent of 12,207 meals. Currently, we are in need of boxed cereal & peanut butter. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – Join us this Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. You can hear music by Frederic Chopin performed by two wonderful pianists: PhD Konrad Binienda and Jiana Peng.
Both pianists specialize in the music of the Polish composer and have been touring in the United States, Europe, and Asia with solo recital and collaborative programs. Binienda will come to St. Noel fresh off the world premiere of his orchestration of Chopin’s Allegro de Concert Opus 46, performed with the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic and Maestro Grzegorz Nowak in Lodz, Poland in October 2019. Ms. Peng started her artistic collaborations this past summer with world-renowned Portuguese pianist Maria Joaoa Pires, sharing the stage in recitals in Spain and Portugal. This concert is free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family. The 2019-2020 concert series brochure is available on our website (stnoel.org) and in the kiosk in the church narthex.
CRS HELPING HANDS – We’ve crossed the $3,500 mark and are more than halfway to $5,000. Thanks to all who have donated so far!! 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.
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]).
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening the weekend of November 16-17 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 3-7pm on Saturday the 16th and 9-1pm on Sunday the 17th. The Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is truly a way to put your purchasing power to good use. We could use some help on either day. Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
ROMERO EXHIBIT – A traveling photo exhibit will be in the narthex November 9th & 10th honoring the rich solidarity between the Diocese of Cleveland and the Church and people of El Salvador. COAR, the Community of Oscar A. Romero, a foster care facility in El Salvador founded by a Cleveland Mission Team priest in 1980, is co-sponsoring the exhibit. It is the oldest organization in the world named for St. Romero and is just one example of the many relationships that grew from the sacrifices of 1980 when Oscar Romero, along with two of the Cleveland Mission Team, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, and Ms. Jean Donovan, were murdered. The 30 photos include previously unpublished photos of St. Romero taken by Sr. Dorothy prior to her death. They also show the work of the Mission Team from 1964-today, the relationships forged by many local schools and parishes, and the work of the Mission Team with St. Romero that continues to enrich both Churches today.
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.
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 2 and 3 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.
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).
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.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT – (formerly Parish Daytime Retreat) will meet this Wednesday, November 6th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The program for November is: “A Continual Feast – Weaving the Liturgical Year Into the Fabric of Family Life”, presented by Joyce Puin. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but if you are able a $6.00 donation to cover lunch is appreciated. For any questions call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
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.
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, November 10th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland (Rt. 306, just south of Rt. 322), featuring handcrafted items by over 80 area craftsmen for your holiday decorating and gift giving. There will also be a Bake Sale, Snack Bar, and Prize Raffle with many prizes. $1.00 admission. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.
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.
VOTE TUESDAY – Please exercise your right to vote on November 5th. We have important issues on the ballot including LakeTran, the library system, and the schools. Also, many council seats and mayoral races will be decided. Your vote does matter, and the United States Bishops have consistently urged the faithful to vote as part of our Christian duty.