If you were attentive when you came to mass last weekend, you may have noticed an addition to our sanctuary. Two handrails were installed, one at each side of the altar platform.
As our parish ages, more of our community members require support in climbing and descending stairs. This includes our lectors and eucharistic ministers. The handrails were installed to assist in these activities. They are located by the back wall to minimize their visual impact and so not to impede the use of the front of the sanctuary for many liturgical rites, such as baptisms, RCIA, funerals and weddings.
It is my intention and that of our staff to find ways that those who serve liturgically in our parish can continue to minister as their mobility lessens. The handrails are a part of this effort. Allow me to stress, as I have in the past, that we will eagerly find parishioners who are able and willing to accompany ministers up and down the altar steps if it is necessary. This personal assistance should be seen as a sign of the help and respect we are all called to show every member of our community.
In that spirit may we all continue to encourage and support one another at all times, but especially as we come together to worship and praise our God.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION MASS is Friday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLETS – are available on the table in the Narthex. Please help yourself.
CHRISTMAS DECORATING VOLUNTEERS – We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Sunday, December 24th at 11:00 a.m. We need your help to decorate! Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887, to volunteer your services.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Monday evenings. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Monday evening from 6:00–8:30 p.m.
PRIME TIME– There will be Prime Time this Sunday, December 3rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE– will take place on Tuesday, December 5th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Don’t forget your binder!
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious. Help make a difference in the lives of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the annual appeal.
CHRISTMAS PROJECT 2017 UPDATE – Thanks to your warm generosity to the annual Christmas Project, we are well on the way to our goal of $10,000 to serve more than 60 families and 300 people in the Lake County area. To reach our goal by December 10th, we still need to collect $3,500.00 in cash and gift card donations, as well as pre-selected gift basket items. Visit the Christmas Project table in the Narthex to join in the spirit and choose how you can help:
* Donate a gift of cash or $10 Giant Eagle or Target gift cards
* Pick up a ticket to purchase one or more pre-selected gift basket items.
* Sign up on the kiosk to help assemble and wrap baskets on Wednesday, December 13th, or to deliver baskets on Saturday, December 16th.
Bring your cash donations, gift cards and basket items to the Christmas Project table before or after weekend Masses or weekdays to the parish office by December 10th at noon. Together we will touch the lives of those who most need the love and support we know as the true meaning of Christmas. We’re almost there and we are grateful for your efforts!
CONCERT SERIES – Sunday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m. CityMusic Cleveland will perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, Wagner (arr Mottle) Wesendonck Lieder for soprano and orchestra, and Schubert Symphony No. 3 with soloists: Miho Hashizume, violin, Jonathan Bagg, viola and Chabrelle Williams, soprano and with Stefan Willich as conductor. This concert is free with a free will offering.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – Youth Ministry will be taking a group of high school students on a week-long Catholic service trip to St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Point Farms near Detroit, Michigan July 8-14. Young Neighbors In Action is a Catholic service learning experience committed to exploring our church’s mission in the world while connecting people to meaningful service opportunities. The trip is open to anyone in grades 9-12 but space is limited. Deposits of $50 are due by Monday, January 8th. Registration forms and more information are available on the kiosk.
CEPROSI CHRISTMAS CARDS – Cards from our Nicaraguan partners are available for purchase in the narthex. Thanks for your support of CEPROSI.
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.
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.
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.
CRS CATALOGS – Our Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassadors, Martie Matuska & Jed Trombley, will be in the narthex distributing CRS gift catalogs. Please take one and consider giving a gift this Christmas that also benefits people around the world. Catalogs will also be available in the kiosk.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On December 7th, Socializing meeting at Noon, followed by a Christmas Luncheon, Menu: 5oz. Sirloin Filet, Baked Potato w/butter & sour cream, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, cheesecake. Cost is $12.00. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets is December 4th. Also Bingo, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. On December 14th, Bingo. No Meetings on December 21st and 28th. Meetings will resume on January 4, 2018. Everyone is welcome!
1,698,592 lbs – The Greater Cleveland Food Bank partners with various agencies, like St. Noel, to pick up perishable food from retail outlets throughout NE Ohio. During the last fiscal year, the total amount of retail product saved was one million, six hundred ninety-eight thousand, five hundred and ninety-two pounds! Thanks to our St. Noel parishioners, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Karin Ostroske, Rich Beckwith, Carole Lester, and Linda Hahn for their dedication picking up food every week.
MYANMAR – Pope Francis visited Myanmar where a terrible humanitarian crisis is taking place. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, and countless people have lost their lives. To support the relief efforts of Doctors Without Borders and to raise awareness of what’s happening, an interfaith coalition is hosting a benefit on December 10th at LaVilla Banquet Center in Cleveland. There is no cost to attend, but tickets are required, and donations encouraged. Contact Anthony if you would like to attend. See the kiosk for details.
ADVENT PRAYER FOR YOUNG ADULTS – If you are a young adult in your 20s or 30s in need of some time out of your busy holiday preparations for prayer and reflection, then join the MORE Young Adults for an Advent prayer on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. We will gather in the Chapel for a reflective prayer experience that includes singing, readings, silence, and intercessions. It’s a perfect style of prayer for Advent as we take time to slow down and reflect in the midst of a busy schedule.
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, December 10th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
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]
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, December 15th 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.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY – DeJohn Pet Services invites you, your family and friends to a tree lighting ceremony in remembrance of beloved pets which you have lost on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00pm (registration at 1:30pm) at DeJohn Pet Services (28890 Chardon Rd Willoughby Hills) RSVP at www.dejohnpetservices.com or call (440) 516.5555. See the kiosk for details.