Dear Parishioner (and New Parishioners!),
In the past week, I had the privilege to officially welcome 13 new registered families to the Saint Noel Parish community. Accompanied by a member of the staff, it was a great chance to meet them face-to-face, inquire as to their sacramental needs, share with them the countless programs and service opportunities offered by the parish, hear their stories, and why, in the end, they chose our parish to call home.
Several times, the question was asked of us, “How can I get involved?” with many expressing an interest in exercising a liturgical ministry or volunteer service. From the moment one steps through the church doors, up until the Dismissal at Mass and the fellowship that follows, it takes a great number of individuals and no small amount of planning to create and foster that sense of hospitality and welcome that have long been a hallmark of our parish family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very many who Sunday after Sunday exercise these roles so willingly and well, whether it be the presence of staff, greeters, ushers, Mass coordinators, choir members, sacristans, altar servers, lectors, or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Our celebration of the Eucharist is the most important thing we do as Catholic Christians, and the liturgies in which we take great pride requires the participation of all — from the individual in the pew with prayerful response and singing, to those who exercise a particular ministry. Please, if there is a movement within your life, or you have felt called to a ministry or service opportunity within the Church, we and your fellow parishioners are looking for you! Do not hesitate to contact the parish office or approach me or a member of the staff after Mass. Your commitment, however regular, is based upon your preference. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. May you know the reward of your goodness.
This is your home – there’s no place like it! Be sure and check the bulletin board with the smiling faces of our new parishioners, and kindly welcome them if you happen to see them.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive is this weekend! Walk-ins are welcome from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th. You can schedule online at redcrossblood.org. Thanks to Janice Cackowski and Wendy Zorman for making it happen.
LABOR DAY – The Liturgical Minister sign-up sheet for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Labor Day is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1008 people with the equivalent of 9,075 meals. Currently, we are in need of mac-n-cheese, jelly, and tuna. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
SENIOR MARKET – We had a tremendous senior market on Monday serving over 170 people and welcoming 9 new families. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteer staff including Dominic Camino and Michael Ungar who made good use of their summer vacation. We could not accomplish what we do without committed men & women faithfully living the Gospel month after month!
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!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – The weekend of September 7 & 8, ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For July 2019, we collected $2,305.44. Our expenses for July were:
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Thank you for your support.
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 contact Michele with any questions ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
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.
NOEL MUSIC MINISTRYis beginning its new season. Now is the time to join us. You can choose from many groups:
- Church Choir- rehearses Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the church; sings for all the liturgies and holy days
- Community Choir- rehearses second and fourth Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at the church; sings once a month at assisted living and nursing homes
- Resurrection Choir- rehearses as needed; sings for funerals and memorial Masses
- Youth Bell Choir (Grades 3 and up) – rehearses Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level
- Adult Bell Choir- rehearses Thursdays, 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level
- Cantors- lead the congregational singing during liturgies
- Instrumentalists- play variety of instruments during the liturgies
If you are interested in participating in any of our Music Ministry groups or you need more details about them, find flyers on the kiosk, go to the parish website (stnoel.org), or contact Director of Music Ministry Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1288 ex.119.
LECTOR OR CANTOR – If you feel you are called to become a lector or a cantor, please contact gnieszka (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.
CENTERING PRAYER – Friday sessions have ended. Centering Prayer will continue on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Check the parish calendar for specific dates.
GUN VIOLENCE – Please visit our website to read statements from Pope Francis and the Ohio Bishops regarding the recent tragic events in our country.
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS – Please join us for the 50th Anniversary Mass on Saturday, October 12th at 10:00 a.m. with Bishop Nelson J. Perez presiding at the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist.
This Mass is for couples residing within the Diocese of Cleveland married 50 years (married in 1969). Couples celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 years of marriage or over) who have missed previous celebrations are welcome to register and attend.
Each couple is limited to 4 family members to celebrate Mass with them, to ensure that there is enough space for the couples themselves. Please register online by September 16th: https://ccdocle.wufoo.com/forms/50th-wedding-anniversary-mass-2019/
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 3:00 p.m. time slot. 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 helping 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!
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – The 40th Anniversary Year of Breadth of Life will kick off Wednesday, September 11th with Singing Hands performed by Dennis and Dee Rundle. Join us at St. Noel Banquet Center in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes chicken marsala, Caesar salad, red skin potatoes, vegetable and carrot cake. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by September 6th. All are welcome!
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.
SUPPORT OUR SENIORS – for a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, September 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. At Willoughby Senior Center, 36939 Ridge Rd. Adults & Seniors: $7 pre-sale; $10 at the door. Children (ages 5-12): $5 pre-sale; $7 at the door. Tickets available at all Lake County Senior Centers, Lake County Council on Aging, and Lifeline. For further information call 440-951-2832.