One of the key groups within our parish is the Parish Pastoral Council. This group is charged with evaluating and guiding the spiritual mission of St. Noel. It serves as a consultative group for all of the major decisions in our parish. The council is, therefore, not an administrative body, but a visioning body which poses long-term questions: “Where are we going? Are we faithfully serving the mission of Jesus?” In the past the council participated in the renovation of our church and office area, the re-organization of our communion rite, and the promotion of areas of advocacy in our parish including the Neighbor to Neighbor meal and Adult Education Resource Center.
It is now time, to begin the process of choosing a new Parish Pastoral Council. Council members serve a term of three years, meeting about 8-10 times a year. Members of the council are chosen by a process of discernment. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the council is asked to participate in a five-week process of education and faith-sharing which will take place five Monday evenings-January 16th, 23rd, 30th, February 6th, and February 13th.
The first step in establishing a new council is to ask you to recommend parishioners you feel would be good members of the Pastoral Council. This weekend members of the present Pastoral council will be in the narthex to answer any questions you may have about the Pastoral Council. They will have green recommendation sheets on which you can nominate a parishioner to serve on the next council. We would like these recommendation sheets returned to us by December 1st. You may return them to the parish office or put them in the designated box in the narthex. Feel free to recommend yourself. If you have served on the Pastoral Council in the past, you are free to serve again. There will be a number of reminders concerning the establishment of our next council in the upcoming weeks.
An active and faith-filled Parish Pastoral Council is essential if we are to continue to grow as a faithful Catholic Christian Community. Please join with me in discerning whether you or someone else you know could serve as a member of our next council. Our community is what we are today because parishioners were willing to offer their time and talent. Let us keep that strong tradition alive.
POLITICAL PAMPHLETS REMINDER – In past elections, campaign staffs of various candidates and parties have placed political material on cars in our parking lot. If this were to happen again this year, please know that it has occurred without our permission and over our objections.
CATHOLICS CARE – CATHOLICS VOTE – Information is available on the table in the narthex. Please remember to vote this Tuesday, November 8th.
FAIR TRADE SALE – Stop by the Small Hall from 12-7 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th and from 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6th. We have many beautiful items from around the world, and every purchase benefits both the individual artisans and Catholic Relief Services. Come to the Fair Trade Sale today!
THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT – begins 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 or Marc’s 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 you prefer, you can pick up gift cards in the amount of $10 when you are doing your shopping at Target, Giant Eagle and Marc’s. Those cards will go into baskets as well. We will continue to collect your donations of money and gift cards throughout the month of November.
ADVENT TEA SIGN-UP – Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd 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 Angels. All Women are welcome. Sign-ups for the Tea will be after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person and proceeds go to the Social Justice Fund. 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.
TIME TO GIVE THANKS for the St. Augustine Benefit Dinner! Whether it was a prayer, a handmade donation, a helping phone call, a monetary donation, purchasing raffle tickets, auction items, sideboards, program ad, a dinner, or a mystery bag, many hands worked together to gift St. Augustine Center this year with over $39,000.00! This amount will generously help support their many services for those less fortunate. Heaps of gratitude are extended to all!!! (Stay tuned for next year’s dinner slated for October 19, 2017 and for ways that you can help!)
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]
AN EVENING FOR USHERS AND MASS COORDINATORS – Join us on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of appreciation and reflection on our liturgical role. Light refreshments will be served. If you have been thinking about becoming an usher/greeter, we welcome you to join us at this event. Call the parish office (440-946-0887) if you plan to attend.
JOB OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel is in need of a “Handy Man” to handle small jobs on the parish property. Must be able to swing a hammer, climb a ladder, and be capable of routine maintenance work as needed. This part time position pays hourly $15.00 (approx. 6 – 10 hours per week.) Those interested may call the Parish Office 440-946-0887 for further details.
BAPTISM DAY – will be held on Sunday, November 13th, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and not previously attended the Baptism class, are expected to attend. Please call Kristen Gerber (440-773-2681) or Sue Ramming (440-796-2199).
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the first of two Pancake Breakfasts whose proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, November 13th from 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required and a free-will donation will be taken. Spread the news!
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will meet again on Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book we will be discussing is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Copies of the book are available to sign out in the parish office. Sign up on the kiosk. Details about this book can be found at www.commonsensemedia.org.
WINE AND PAINT – Join us on Friday, November 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun. The cost of this event is $30 which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. To sign up for this event, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by Tuesday, November 15th. Act soon! Space is limited.
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.
YNIA – Registration for next summer’s high school service trip with “Young Neighbors in Action” has begun. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk.
NOEL AERC UPDATE – Our prayers are coming to fruition for the Adult Education Resource Center (AERC). God has blessed us with many students. We are in need of additional tutors in math or language arts for the GED program. Every week or fill in tutors are needed. If you can help either Monday evenings and/or Thursday evenings, please call the church office.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 10th, Bingo; November 17th, Thanksgiving Luncheon: turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, rolls & butter, cheesecake. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets is Monday, November 14th. Also celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. No meeting on November 24th. Meetings will resume on December 1st. Everyone is welcome!
BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE – Each year, thousands of people undergo bone marrow transplants, a life-saving treatment for those dealing with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Often, donors are identified through a world-wide registry called Be The Match operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. On the weekend of November 12th-13th, St. Noel, along with the Kirtland Kiwanis, will sponsor a blood marrow registry drive after all the Masses. Registration is free and involves a painless swab of the cheek. The registry is targeting people 18-44yrs old as this is the optimum donor age-range for a successful transplant. You can also donate to support the registry; it costs about $100 to process the swab and add someone to the registry. More information is available at bethematch.org.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On Wednesday, November 9th, Laura Shoemaker, DO and Chuck Sidoti, BCC, will be the speakers. The topic is “Palliative Medicine and Spiritual Care of the Chronic Critically Ill Patient.” The luncheon will be in the St. Noel Banquet Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Luncheon is $18 per person. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by November 2nd.
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Will be on Saturday, November 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Cost for Adults, $10.00, Children, ages 6-12, $5.00, Children under 6 are free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For more information call 440-943-3834.
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 13th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
LAKE CATHOLIC PLACEMENT EXAMS – are Saturday, November 12th from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. All 8th graders interested in applying to Lake Catholic are required to take this exam. To register, visit lakecatholic.org/PlacementExam.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN OPEN HOUSE –
All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders and their families are invited to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Open House on Wednesday, November 9th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tour our beautiful 75-acre campus and experience how NDCL’s academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs prepare students for lives that will transform the world. Please join us at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. For more information contact Michael Suso ’03 at 440-279-1088, or visit ndcl.org/Admissions.aspx.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL PLACEMENT/SCHOLARSHIP TEST – Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s placement/scholarship test is Saturday, November 12th, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eighth graders interested in applying to NDCL are required to take this test. Please join us at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. For more information contact Michael Suso ’03, at 440-279-1088, or visit ndcl.org to register.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER PERSONAL TESTIMONY – “Mary and I have been married for 25 years and we thought we communicated like pros- or at least better than our friends. Thanks to our Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend we have improved our communication enormously- and it has helped us relate better with our children, too.” It’s a positive, private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. Make a weekend! Upcoming Dates: Nov. 11-13, 2016 or Feb. 17-19, 2017. Apply: 330-305-9963 or www.GreatMarriagesOhio.org