As I greeted you after the Masses, I received several kind words and comments of appreciation for the explanation and catechesis that were offered in the bulletin last weekend. I wish to follow up with an additional perceived change: The Profession of Faith and which form of the Creed the priest celebrant might invite us to pray. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states: “The Creed is to be sung or said by the priest together with the people on Sundays and solemnities. It may be said also at particular celebrations of a more solemn character” (GIRM 68). I have only experienced the Creed sung once, and that was in Rome at the Mass of Canonization for Pope John XXIII and John Paul II (Divine Mercy Sunday, 27 April 2014) in Saint Peter’s Square, and it was sung in Latin. I cannot imagine what it would take to prepare a worshipping community to actually sing the Creed, or what occasion might prompt the option; nevertheless, it remains an option.
The Creed unifies the voices of the assembly into the common faith it professes. It responds to the word of God and honors and confesses the great mysteries of the faith before they are celebrated in the Eucharist (GIRM 67). After the death of Jesus, it took the Church several centuries to formulate the Creed it now professes. The need became more critical in the fourth century, when heretical movements tore at the fabric of the Church, and people sought clarity for their faith. The Councils of Nicaea (325) and Constantinople (381) took up the task and polished the version now known as the Nicene Creed.
With the 1570 Missal, it became the custom to genuflect at the words of the Incarnation:
…and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
In 1970, the Missal changed this to a profound bow (at the waist) in the direction of the altar. We bow in order to honor quite possibly the most mysterious action in human history: God becoming a human being. The genuflection is retained only for Masses on the solemnities of the Annunciation (March 25) and nine months later at Christmas.
We often recite the Creed without intense thought, but week by week, generation after generation, these words unite the faith of the Church around the world and across the ages. It gives a weekly assent to the core of Christian belief. It is broken up into four major parts of what we believe about: 1). God the Father; 2). God the Son [the largest portion]; 3). God the Holy Spirit; and 4). the Church.
In 2011, when the Third Edition of the Roman Missal was promulgated, we went from praying in the first-person plural (“We believe…”) to the first person singular (“I believe…”). What eventually became a common Profession of Faith, first began as an individual one; thus the return to the first person singular, and in an effort, too, that the individual believer take all the more ownership of his or her faith.
Instead of the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, known as the “baptismal Symbol of the Roman Church,” may be used, making it especially fitting for the seasons of Lent and Easter. Therefore, it will be our practice to pray the Nicene Creed throughout the liturgical year, apart from the seasons of Lent and Easter. The Apostles’ Creed is also appropriate for Masses with children because those baptized as infants are expected to learn it in their catechetical formation (DMC 49). In popular piety, this is the same Creed which begins the recitation of the Rosary.
A slightly related tidbit: Catholics often wonder why, whether in the Nicene or Apostles’ Creed, the word, “catholic,” is not capitalized, while Protestants might cringe at the recitation:
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church (Nicene Creed) and, I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church (Apostles’ Creed). Very simply, the use of the word catholic in these instances means universal, rather than the specific denomination or rite, Roman Catholic; therefore, both can feel at ease.
Enjoy your week ahead!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.
On Thursday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are reminded of our obligation and privilege to attend Mass on holy days of obligation. This year, Saint Noel Parish will offer the Vigil Mass on Wednesday, August 14, at 7:00 p.m., and on the day, Thursday at 12:00 noon.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION – Liturgical Minister sign-up sheets for the Feast of the Assumption and Vigil Mass are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister on either of these days.
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.
VBS MISSION COLLECTION – Our ROAR VBS participants collected money to bring clean water to people around the world through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services. Our grand total collected during VBS week was $641.50. Thank you for your generosity!!
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past week 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 do not receive 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.
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 907 people with the equivalent of over 8,163 meals. Currently, we are in need of jelly, tuna, soup, and pasta sauce in jars. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
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.
RECYCLE – Have you heard of the waste prevention techniques commonly known as THE 4 Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle? The more we REFUSE, the less items you will have to reduce and reuse. Some ideas are refusing straws at restaurants, taking your own reusable bags to the store, opting out of phone books, stopping solicitations, etc. Check out https://stnoel.org/social-justice/recycle/ for more information! It only takes a little effort to make a big difference!
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, August 25th. Make an appointment online at redcrossblood.org.
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.
THE FEST! – Join us this Sunday for The FEST. It takes place on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe) from 12 noon-10pm. Come hear great music, enjoy activities for the entire family, join thousands for Mass at 8 p.m. with Bishop Perez, and experience the event of the summer. There is plenty of close parking and something for everyone. For a complete schedule of the day and parking directions go to: www.theFEST.us. See you at The FEST!
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!
WHEELCHAIR DRIVE – Wheels for the World, a program by nonprofit Joni and Friends, is holding a drive for used wheelchairs August 10th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. Noel parking lot. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and receipts are available. Please NO walkers, canes, crutches or electric wheelchairs. The wheelchairs will be sent to inmates at correctional facilities to restore them to like-new condition. The wheelchairs are then donated to children and adults affected by disability worldwide. Please consider giving someone the gift of mobility! For more information, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley at 440-946-1605 or [email protected].
ANSELM YOUNG OF HEART – in Chesterland has a trip planned to Chicago, the “Windy City,” for September 23-26. Included are the Studebaker National Museum, a guided tour of Chicago, the breathtaking view from the top of the John Hancock Building, the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Navy Pier, a sightseeing cruise, and the Money Museum. Great dinners are included at Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse, one in Chicago’s Little Italy, and dinner and entertainment at Tommy Guns Garage (a 1920’s speakeasy), and lunch in Indiana’s Amish Country on the way home. Also included are three nights of rooms in the Chicago area, breakfast each day, and gratuities for all included events and meals. Cost is $675 pp ($687 for non-members). For reservations call Nancy Battenfield at 440-729-9684. Everyone is welcome on Young of Heart trips.
VOTE – The Willoughby-Eastlake Schools have a levy on the ballot Tuesday, August 6th. Please exercise your right to vote! Info available at: http://www.weschools.org/.
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.
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, August 11th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
MUSEUM OF DIVINE STATUES – located in Lakewood, the Museum is a 501c3 dedicated to the restoration and preservation of sacred art previously housed in parishes throughout the diocese. Their annual fundraiser, scheduled for September 14, 2019, includes a silent auction, and they’re asking for support from local parishes. If you would like to contribute to a gift basket or donate a basket, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122). More information on the fundraiser is available at st.noel.org.
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