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Weekly Bulletin 11/27/16

Dear Parishioner,

December will be a month of music at St. Noel. As always, our liturgies will provide us with music to give praise to God… but there is more.

On Sunday, December 4th, our Music Ministry will provide a free concert at 4:00 p.m. The concert,  entitled “Come, Fill My Heart, Lord,” will present the music of Advent and Christmas. All our choirs will participate, together with our instrumentalists and bells.  

On Friday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m., CityMusic Cleveland will offer an evening concert entitled “A Night in Venice.” It will include selections by Johann Strauss II. The concert is free.

Finally on Sunday, December 11th at 4:00 p.m., Apollo’s Fire will present “The Messiah,” by George Friedrich Handel. If you were present when they performed this work a few years ago at St. Noel, you know what an uplifting experience it was. I encourage you to come. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at apollosfire.org. or call 216-320-0012. Student and Senior discounts are available.

It is said that the angels and saints sing in God’s presence. So music is a sign and promise of our future glory. Join us then at one or more of these concerts for a small taste of heaven

Fr.George

ADVENT CALENDARS AND REFLECTION BOOKS for adults, families and children are available on the table in the Narthex. Please help yourself.

PPC RECOMMENDATIONS – Beginning this weekend and continuing throughout November, we are asking you to nominate parishioners to serve on our Parish Pastoral Council. Nomination forms are available in the Narthex. We ask that the forms be returned to the box in the Narthex or to the parish office by December 1st.  

SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.

UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Give the gift of life this season; signup to donate at www.redcrossblood.org/.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For October 2016, we collected $1,045.50. Our expenses for October were:

Rent $2,060.00
Food Pantry 75.09
Utilities 760.44
Neighbor to Neighbor 172.90
Total: $3,068.43

              Thank you for your support!      

FACEBOOK EDITOR – For the last few years Joel Vidonish has served as the editor of the St. Noel Facebook page. He has done an excellent job of providing regular pictures of events in our parish and invitations to upcoming programs. Joel is stepping down from his role. We are therefore looking for a parishioner willing to assume his position. If you are interested in social media, have a familiarity with the Facebook platform, and are willing to take pictures of our parish life, please consider helping in this important role. Call the office for more information.

JANUARY 2017 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts after all Masses.  The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January 2017. Please call Betty Louis 440-942-4009 or St. Noel office 440-946-0887 if you are interested in helping.

ADDITIONAL USHERS FOR 9 AM MASS ARE REQUESTED –  We could use additional ushers for the 9 a.m. Mass. Schedules are made for a rotational assignment. Ushers are assigned for 4 weeks on and then off for a time based on the total number of ushers. If interested contact Ed McKenna 440-944-6492 or [email protected]

NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Most needed items include: tuna fish, tomato sauce in jars, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni & cheese, toilet paper.  Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel.  Our pantry served 70 families during the month of October. Thanks to all who support the pantry.  Remember, online donation is always available at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.

COOKIES FOR THE PANTRY – Join members of the parish on Saturday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Small Hall to create trays of homemade cookies which are distributed through the St. Noel Food Pantry.  Please bring your cookies already baked and ready to go. We will have all the necessary materials to create beautiful trays for our pantry guests. Families are welcome. Thanks to Ada Gornik for organizing this yearly event.

PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, December 7th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “The Incarnation: Living in the Awareness of God’s Greatest Gift” will be facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00. All are welcome!

ADVENT COLORING PRAYER – Do you want some time for quiet reflection in the week before Christmas? Do you like to color? Join us on Monday, December 19th from 7-8 pm in the Small Hall to color and pray. Materials will be provided, but if you have a favorite set of colored pencils you can bring them along. All ages are welcome. Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121) to reserve your space.

THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Volunteers are needed to bake cookies, wrap baskets (both on Wednesday, December 14th) and deliver baskets (Saturday, December 17th). Sign-up on the kiosk. Details can be found at stnoel.org

CRS FAIR TRADE SALE – Thanks to all who attended the Fair Trade Holiday Sale to benefit Catholic Relief Services that was held November 5-6. Thanks also to our amazing volunteers; we sold out nearly all our crafts and food with over $3,000 in total sales. We were also able to provide CRS with an additional $229.44.

We hope you enjoy the items you purchased. You have partnered with CRS and SERRV, a nonprofit, fair trade organization, to lift disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty. Thank you.

This was our first venture into a fair trade consignment sale, and at our next sale in 2 years, we will be sure to have more items for you. The Buy Once, Give Twice sale, with individual fair trade vendors, will return in 2017. CRS catalogs are still available in the kiosk; there’s plenty of time to make a difference.

YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION Registration for our summer service trip to Chicago is due back on December 1st. This trip is open to all teens in grades 9-12. Information and registration forms can be found in the kiosk.

LIVING ROSARY – This ministry started at St. Noel in October this year and includes 45 members. You can still join us. This prayer group requires from you to pray one decade of the rosary every day throughout the month. Next month you will be assigned to pray the next decade of the rosary. This ministry will be joining another eleven million people praying living rosary every day all around the world. This way we will be connected with each other  through prayer and we will keep a full rosary prayer alive every day. If you are interested in this ministry leave your name, phone number and e-mail address with Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected], 440-946-1128 ex.119, or to our church office.   

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS – The Catholic Commission of Lake & Geauga is hosting an evening of card making on Monday, December 5th at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (Borromeo) in Wickliffe. Witness to God’s mercy by signing cards to our forgotten neighbors including 371 inmates at the Lake County Jail, local homeless, those in nursing facilities and victims of domestic violence. The evening is free and families are welcome. A light dinner will be served from 5:30-6:00 p.m.  Prayer and card-signing from 6-8 p.m.  RSVP to Kelly Davis at [email protected] or 440-943-7612. See the kiosk for more details.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On December 1st and 8th, Bingo. On December 15th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Christmas Luncheon Menu: Sirloin filet w/ mushrooms, baked potatoes w/ sour cream, salad, green beans and carrots, rolls and butter, cheese cake w/topping. For tickets call Theresa Durik at

440-585-9088. Cost is $12.00. Deadline for tickets and payments is December 12th; also will be Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50ticket. NO MEETING on December 22nd and 29th.  Everyone is welcome!

YOUNG ADULT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE – Our college-aged parishioners (18-21) are encouraged to apply to be on the Camp YAC Leadership Team. This team will work together to plan and facilitate Camp YAC in June 2017. This paid opportunity will provide young adults an exciting and meaningful way to develop leadership skills and make a positive impact in our community. Contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120) to apply.

LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT – The Jesuit Retreat House invites you to participate in “Embracing the Mystery,” a four-part series designed specifically for St. Noel Parish. The series will be held at St. Noel on Mondays, February 6, March 6 and April 3, from 6-9 p.m. and conclude with a retreat on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost for the series is $40, which includes Henry Nouwen’s book, “Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.” Participants will explore landmarks on the spiritual journey, including suffering and death, grace and redemption, enhancing their Lenten and Easter experience. The series will be led by parishioner Emma Krueger, a certified spiritual director, graduate of the Ignatian Spirtuality Institute at John Carroll University, and certified leader of Contemplative Prayer and Retreat through the Shalem Insitute. You can find more information and a registration form on the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org).

SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED – Our friends at St. Mary in Painesville report that the homeless population is struggling as the weather turns cold. One way we can help is to offer sleeping bags that can be distributed through St. Mary’s outreach ministry. Please bring clean, useable sleeping bags to the parish anytime.

GIVE HOPE TO SOMEONE IN NEED: Donate Your Car to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your car can become food, medicine and rent for the poor in our community. Donate your car, truck, RV or boat to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and receive a tax donation. It’s quick and easy. Call 800-322-8284 or donate online: www.svdpusa.org.

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 Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 6th and 13th and January 3rd and 10th, 2017, at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills.  To register or for more info: call Karen @ 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected]

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