Last weekend, members from our Endowment Committee spoke before the Masses to highlight how the St. Noel Endowment Fund has benefitted our parish life.
In the current fiscal year, the Endowment has contributed $17,000.00 of its profits to support events including the monthly Neighbor to Neighbor Meal and our Annual Spaghetti Dinner. In addition, travel expenses for speakers at our Annual Missionary Appeal this weekend were paid for through the generosity of the fund.
I want to take the opportunity to encourage you to contribute to the Endowment Fund. Any offering is welcome. Checks, made payable to the Endowment Fund, may be dropped off at the Parish Office. A gift of highly appreciated stock may also be made. And for individuals age 70 ½ or older, who are required to take a minimal disbursement from an IRA, there may be considerable tax benefits in directing a portion of the disbursement to our Parish Endowment Fund. I suggest you to contact your tax consultant to see if that possibility applies to you.
We presently have $555,544.00 in our Endowment account. As the Fund grows, greater investment can be made in our parish community and its future.
I would also like to thank the parishioners who serve on our Endowment Committee for their generosity. I ask all who are able to consider contributing to our parish Endowment.
Fr. George Smiga
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – The Fair Trade Sale is this weekend!! Come to the Banquet Center anytime between 3-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. Meet our partners from CEPROSI in Nicaragua and find beautiful gifts from around the world including olive oil, chocolate, coffee, ornaments, angels, nativity sets, handbags, scarves, and much, much more. Stop by the sale today!
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Next 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.
BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday printing schedule, all articles for the November 25th-26th bulletin and monthly calendar events must be in the parish office by Monday, November 13th.
THANKSGIVING – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for theThanksgiving 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 12th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE– PEACE families will meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Small Hall. Watch for an email with more details.
“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 on 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].
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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for 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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is 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.
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.
CECILIA SING – is an annual celebration of church musicians. Please join us in this sing-along event on 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.
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.
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, November 18TH at 7:00 P.M. in the Nativity Room. We’ll finish watching Bishop Barron tell the story of Saint Thomas Aquinas in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 16th, Bingo. 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.
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.
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE – Our local ADAMHS board, along with other organizations, is sponsoring a support workshop on Saturday, November 18th from 8:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Concord Community Center. There is no admission, and reservations are required. See the flyer on the kiosk.
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.