Next weekend we are holding our annual Missionary Appeal. Our speakers will be Xenia Chevez Juarez and Trinidad Flores Velasquez, two women who are members of CEPROSI, a co-operative in Nindiri, Nicaragua. CEPROSI has three initiatives centering on handcrafts, health education and remedies, and organic food. CEPROSI is operated by Nicaraguan women to improve nutrition, health, and quality of life for themselves, their families and the wider community.
St. Noel has been a partner with CEPROSI since our trip to Nicaragua in 2014. The St. Noel Endowment has provided the funds to allow Xenia and Trinidad to travel from Nicaragua to the U.S. If you wish to contribute to the work of CEPROSI, our ushers will be collecting your cash or checks in the Narthex after Masses next weekend.
Xenia and Trinidad will also participate in our biannual “Buy Once Give Twice Boutique,” which will take place on Saturday, November 11th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. in our Small Hall. In addition to CEPROSI, this year’s boutique welcomes 9 vendors offering a wide variety of products and positively impacting the lives of those living in poverty. Catholic Relief Services will offer items from around the world. Canaan Fair Trade Olive Oil will benefit growers and artisans in the Middle East. Amani Children supports people in Africa, while Suit Sana serves women rescued from the sex industry in Bolivia. INTO and Women of the Cloud Forest partner with workers in Central and South America, and the Holy Land Handicraft Society features beautiful items from Bethlehem and the surrounding area. Equal Exchange products and more will be available through the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America (IRTF).
I know I can count on your generosity both in our Missionary Appeal and our Buy Once Give Twice Boutique to support our sisters and brothers around the world in improving their lives and proclaiming the Gospel.
Fr. George Smiga
“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.
PRIME TIME – Prime Time will take place this Sunday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE– will be this Tuesday, November 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
THANK YOU – The Pancake Breakfast was a huge success! We collected $1,580.00. Thank you for your generous support! A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped make this event happen.
A SINCERE THANK YOU – to the Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve for their $500 donation to our children’s faith formation programs. We appreciate the generosity of the Christ Child Society over the years. Please consider supporting Christ Child activities. You can learn more about this group’s mission and activities at http://christchildwesternreserve.org/.
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]).
CALLL – resumes this Wednesday, November 8th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Remember your binder!
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.
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.
HELP NEEDED WITH BAGELS – Bruegger’s Bagels in Willoughby (near Heinen’s) has partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and is donating bagels to the St. Noel Food Pantry 4 days per week. We’re looking for someone to pickup bagels on Saturday mornings. The bagels will be bagged and ready to go. Please call Anthony (946-1128 x122) if you can help.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Plan to stop by the Banquet Center on the weekend of Nov 11-12. Vendors representing artisans from around the world, including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI, will be here with beautiful products for sale. Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex.
AMOS HEALTHCARE MISSION IN NICARAGUA – Parishioners Joe Daprano and Denise Bothe would like to share with the parish their experiences working at AMOS – a health improvement organization founded by Drs. David and Laura Parajon who are American Baptist missionaries and friends of Joe and Denise. Dr. Parajon himself will be with us November 11th after the 5 p.m. Mass in the Nativity Room. AMOS is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of impoverished communities in Nicaragua by working alongside community members in health, education and development. Their model program has allowed significant improvement in maternal and child health within the communities they work. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 9th, socializing meeting, Noon. Luncheon, Menu: Turkey with stuffing & gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, pumpkin pie. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $10. Deadline for tickets is November 6th. 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!
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Join us on Saturday, November 11th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Cost is: Adults $10.00, Children ages 6-12, $5.00 and under 6, free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For further information, call 440-943-7486.
HOLY LAND TRAVEL – The Holy Land Handicraft Society is sponsoring a fair trade tour of the Holy Land in May 2018. The HLHC participates in our Buy Once Give Twice Boutique happening in November. Please see the kiosk for details.
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 12th, 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 – Is Saturday, November 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. St. Anselm Church, 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland. 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.
OHIO ISSUES 1 & 2 – Voting day is November 7th, The Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a guiding statement regarding Issues 1 & 2 in Ohio. You can access it on the St. Noel homepage (stnoel.org). Both issues are important for Catholics to consider; please use the bishops’ statement as you educate yourself on the issues and candidates. Flyers are available in the narthex.
COUNTY ISSUES 3 & 4 – The Catholic Commission on Social Action in Lake County has officially endorsed both Issues 3 & 4, one dealing with children and the other with senior citizens. Information is available in the narthex. Plan on voting November 7th and thank you for safeguarding the most vulnerable among us.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us for a quiet day of prayer at the Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, on Thursday, November 9th from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The day begins and ends with prayer together, and your own time of prayer and reflection. A $10.00 donation includes lunch. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND by Friday, November 3rd to register at 440-279-1143 or [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.