On Sunday, September 8th (the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandparents Day): Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Saint Noel’s Banquet Center, where, in honor of its eightieth anniversary, we will screen the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz! Film historians often rate 1939 as “the greatest year in the history of Hollywood.” That year, the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences nominated ten films for Best Picture, including: Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind (Best Picture winner), Goodbye Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, and Wuthering Heights.
Many on staff have already learned that The Wizard of Oz has long been my favorite film. I am just old enough to remember only being able to watch it once a year on television, before the invention of video tapes and DVD players. I read in a recent article, “The Wizard of Oz was America’s ‘Superbowl,’ before the Superbowl.” When I was in elementary school, and you heard that it was on that night, it was a really big deal — and if my sisters and I did not take a nap, we were not allowed to stay up and watch the whole thing!
Film is a fantastic form of art, revealing personal truths and conveying something of the human condition. In fact, in the M-G-M logo, in the film strip that encircles the head of Leo the Lion as he roars, are the words: ARS GRATIA ARTIS (Latin for, art for art’s sake); meaning, a value that is worthwhile for its own sake. Playing a game and “wasting time” with your kids, listening to a symphony, contemplating a painting, going to the theater, watching a play, or enjoying a concert, are simply worth doing for their own sake.
In a recent commentary on the Mass, Bishop Robert Barron states: “Work is something you do for the sake of something else. We work on things to get us where we want to go. Play is something done for its own sake. Play is simply beautiful in itself.” He articulates further that the Mass is the “supreme form of play.” The Mass, he says, “is the most useless thing we can possibly do. And that’s the highest compliment I can give. The Mass is what is utterly beautiful for its own sake.”
So, as summer officially winds down and another school year begins, let’s “waste” time as a parish family, first with the celebration of Mass, and then later, watching what is arguably America’s favorite film. Our time together will begin at 4:30 pm, and wrap up around 7:00 pm, enough time to tap your heels together three times and get home. I will begin by offering a short presentation on the making of the film and point out things to look for in the background or things missed by the editing department! Refreshments and popcorn will be provided, but feel free to bring your own candy and snacks. Munchkins are free to curl up with a blanket on the floor down in front if they wish; otherwise, theater-style seating will be set up. The picture runs 1 hr 42 mins, and is rated PG, although that Witch and her winged monkeys still scare some adults.
Invite your friends and family and come dressed as your favorite character, if you have ‘da nerve. Hope to see you there!
Ars Gratia Artis,
FAITH AND VALUES COLLECTION – Ushers will be in the narthex after all masses this weekend (August 17th & 18th) accepting donations for the Faith and Values Appeal for Catholic Education. This appeal provides tuition support for needy students and their families within in our diocese.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). 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. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for this Monday, August 19th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our June market served 120 people.
AERC CONGRATULATIONS – The Adult Education Resource Center (AERC) is thrilled to announce that Miranda Policy has successfully passed all 4 sections of testing and earned her Ohio High School Equivalence (GED). According to Annie Zahradnik, co-director of the AERC, Miranda “plans on going to Brown Aveda Institute to study cosmetology. Getting her GED is allowing her to move forward with her goals. She is beyond excited.” The AERC meets on Mon, and Thurs. evenings in the Lower Level. Congratulations, Miranda!
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, August 25th. Make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, August 25th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – Orders are being accepted thru August 30th for anyone who wishes to purchase a copy of “At Home with the Word.”
Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) to reserve a copy in your name. Payment of $7.25 each can be made at the time of pick up.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – for children and families begin in mid-September. Registration forms and calendars can be found on the table in the Narthex, in the kiosk, or on our website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/). You can stop at the table in the Narthex this weekend and next (August 17&18 and August 24&25) and talk with Michele about your family’s faith formation options, or you can contact Michele with any questions ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
BACK TO SCHOOL – Pick up a “Backpack Blessing” at the table in the Narthex and start the new year off with a prayer.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed recently with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and have not received this letter, please contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, and your contact information.
CONFIRMATION 2019 – Current tenth graders who have been preparing to be confirmed this October are reminded about the Confirmation Retreat set for Sunday, September 22nd from 10am-5pm. Confirm that you are coming by contacting Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).
CONFIRMATION 2020 – A letter with information about beginning Confirmation preparation was mailed to current ninth graders earlier this summer. If you have not yet responded, please contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121). If you are currently in 9th grade or older and are expecting to prepare for Confirmation but did not receive a letter, please contact Michele. Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 29th, when new candidates for Confirmation will be acknowledged in a Rite of Affirmation at the 11:00 Mass. Lunch and a brief family meeting will follow from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
LECTOR OR CANTOR – If you feel you are called to become a lector or a cantor, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek for an individual meeting. The best way to reach Agnieszka is to e-mail at [email protected] or to call her at 440-946-1128 ex.119.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 966 people with the equivalent of 8,685 meals. Currently, we are in need of mac-n-cheese, jelly, tuna, and pasta sauce in jars. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
GUN VIOLENCE – Please visit our website to read statements from Pope Francis and the Ohio Bishops regarding the recent tragic events in our country.
WHEELCHAIR DRIVE RESULTS – The Wheelchair Collection on August 10th was a huge success! Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World collected 64 wheelchairs, 46 walkers, 22 sets of crutches & canes. Thanks to everyone who took the time to donate. Your efforts will allow many people the gift of mobility. We collect year-round! Please call Karen or Bruce Fraley at 440-946-1605 or [email protected].
CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CATHOLIC? – If so, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) might be just for you! Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all are welcome to participate in our gatherings. In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required. We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you are free to ask any questions you have about the Catholic Church, its traditions and its worship, and explore where God might be leading you. Your questions, experiences and thoughts are the basis of these sessions. In addition, we will discuss what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 p.m. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. We are looking for additional people to fill the 2:00, 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. time slots. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER “SAVE-THE-DATE” This year, St. Noel’s Benefit Dinner to assist St. Augustine Center will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019. All are invited! This will be St. Noel’s 32nd year of letting our “light shine” by haloing those less fortunate than us. St. Augustine Benefit provides an opportunity to share a meal and help raise much-needed funding to continue the charitable work of the Center. The Center serves 500-600 meals daily, provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disabled people, and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. In addition, the St. Augustine Center helps 7-10 other needy parishes in the area. Come be a part of this opportunity to help–more details to follow soon!
THE CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – invites caring Christian women to attend an Informational Coffee on Friday, September 6th, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Gabriel’s Church Community Room. If you are a woman of faith and would like an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the needs of children in Lake County, please consider attending. To receive an invitation or have your questions answered, please contact Jackie Kozich, Membership Chairperson, at 440-974-6026 or your St. Noel Parish Representative, Carol Silvi, at 440-725-3242 (please leave a message). Looking forward to seeing you there!
GROWTH THROUGH GRIEF: Finding Hope and healing after Suicide and other trauma – Join us on Monday September 9th, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at DeJohn Funeral Homes & Celebrations Center, 12811 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland. RSVP at DeJohnCares.com or call 440-516-5555.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Thursday, September 5th and conclude on October 24th, at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. in the PSR Office of the School. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping and moving on. Each group is tailored to meet the needs of the participants. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
FEST – Thanks to all who enjoyed The FEST on Sunday, August 4th. The crowds were great. The energy that filled the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership was uplifting. The prayer and evening Mass were truly inspiring. Many thanks to all who supported The FEST raffle and made donations to make our 19th annual Catholic Family FESTival a great day of faith, family and fun…all for FREE…for thousands across our diocese and region. Take a few minutes to look at the pictures and videos at www.theFEST.us/media. The FEST truly was a celebration for all generations. Bishop Perez called and challenged the FEST faithful to rise up…. respond to God’s call…and build a better world for all. We are the chosen generation. Save the date for FEST 2020 – Sunday, August 9th. For more information go to www.theFEST.us.
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