December will be a month for Music at St. Noel. Not only will we be moved by the liturgical music of Advent and Christmas, there will also be two concerts presented by professional music groups.
On Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m., City Music will offer a free concert conducted by Stefan Willich. The program includes: Joseph Haydn Sinfonia Concertante,op.84, Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons, op.8, Winter, Astor Piazzolla The Four Seasons, Spring, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony Nr. 41, K551, C major (Jupiter).
On Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 p.m., Apollo’s Fire will present a holiday concert entitled “A Celtic Christmas.” Jeannette Sorrell will lead a tapestry of mystical Scottish Gregorian chant, ancient pagan carols, Celtic fiddle tunes & joyous dances – featuring highlights from a medieval Scottish Vespers service.
There is a cost for Apollo’s Fire. You may purchase tickets at the door or buy them ahead of time. Tickets can be purchase by phone at 216-320-0012 or toll-free at 800-314-2535 or via email [email protected].
Finally our own Music Ministry will present a free winter concert on Sunday, January 10th at 4:00 p.m. Our Music Director, Agnieszka Duda-Bieniek will conduct our St. Noel Choir, Concert Choir, Youth Bell Choir, Adult Bell Choir and Instrumentalists. Music by Michael Pretorius, Mary Lightfoot, Robert Lau, Lloyd Larson, John Joubert, Kevin Memley and others will compose the program.
Please consider joining us for one or more of these musical events in the upcoming weeks. There is nothing like music to warm the chill of winter.
FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – is Tuesday, December 8th. Masses will be at Noon and 7:00 p.m. Sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to help.
THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT – continues this weekend. As in past years, each participant in the Christmas Project will receive a basket filled with items that bring holiday cheer. Each basket will also hold gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle so that families can do their own Christmas shopping. We are in need of monetary donations which will cover the cost of the gifts cards for unsponsored baskets. Or if it’s easier for you, you can pick-up gift cards in the amount of $10 when you are doing your shopping at Target and Giant Eagle. These cards will go into baskets as well. This will continue this weekend and the weekend of December 5th. Sign-ups for cookie baking, basket wrapping and basket delivery can be found on the kiosk. More details are located at stnoel.org.
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 2015, we collected $779.16. Our expenses for October were:
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YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Green Bay, WI June 26th-July 2nd. Space is limited and deposits are due back by February 19th. More information and registration forms are located at stnoel.org.
NEW BEGINNINGS – Our re-entry ministry at St. Noel officially begins on Monday, November 30th when we meet with 2 people hoping to successfully reintegrate into society. You can read more about the ministry on our website: www.stnoel.org/social-justice. Please continue to pray for those in prison, for the victims of crime, and for their families.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next community meal is scheduled for Thursday night, December 3rd in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. If you’ve not yet experienced the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, please join us and share a meal with old friends and new. The Noel Bakers provide delicious desserts for each meal. Interested in baking? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected].
LEAF MINISTRY – Overwhelmed by a loved one’s incarceration? Holiday times can be especially difficult. LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St Noel. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony. The next LEAF meeting is on Monday, December 21st.
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED – Our friends at St. Mary in Painesville report that the homeless population is struggling. 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.
COOKIES FOR THE PANTRY – Join members of the parish on Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the Small Hall to create trays of 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.
CEPROSI CARDS – We have beautiful, hand-made cards available in the Narthex. Cards sell for $2.00 and were created by our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI, who dye corn husks to create their designs.
ADVENT TEA SIGN UP – Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for next Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. The tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is The 12 Lights of Bethlehem. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person. Proceeds go to the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone attending is asked to also bring a food item for the food pantry. Please call Karen Spehar (216-481-6579) or Annie Zahradnik (440-724-2532) for more information.
HELP THE FOOD PANTRY – The pantry is in need of soups, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly. Blue pantry bags are available in the narthex. Please take one and use it at the grocery store.
PARISH DAYTIME ADVENT RETREAT will be this Wednesday, December 2nd, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. What the Incarnation Means for Me, members of our retreat community will share their thought on the Incarnation and Advent. There will also be prayer services, a guided meditation, and quiet time. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. Suggested donation is $6.00. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On December 3rd and 10th, Bingo. On December 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: roast strip loin beef, baked potato, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, cheesecake w/strawberry topping. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $10.00. Deadline for tickets and payments is December 14th. NO MEETINGS on December 24th and 31st. Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year! First 2016 meeting is January 7th. Everyone is welcome!
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming retreats and programs: On November 30th, Life Changer: Finding Humility. Humilty is quality by which a person considering their own defects has a humble opinion of themselves and willingly submits themselves to God and to others for God’s sake. For questions or registration for these programs, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? 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. Attend all sessions, or anything in between. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 8th, 15th, 22nd and January 5th at St. Bede the Venerable, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. To register or for more info: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
HELP THE NEEDY OF NORTHEAST OHIO – The Cleveland Furniture Bank provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a pickup of your furniture. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.
NICHOLAS VISIT – St. Nicholas will visit St. Vitus Slovenian Language School on December 6th at 3:00 p.m. in the parish auditorium on Lausche Ave. The program will begin with a short program performed by the Slovenian School students, followed by a visit from St. Nicholas. Parents are welcome to stop by and speak to St. Nicholas in advance of the program, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall social room. Everyone is welcome to attend this wonderful holiday event and enjoy this rich Slovenian tradition!