As a Christian community we bear the responsibility to grow in our faith. Each year at every age it is important to understand God better and to love God more. This growth takes place in our own families and in our unique circumstances, but it deepens most effectively in community. This is why St. Noel offers a variety of opportunities to come together to learn and share.
GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) is central to our faith formation at St. Noel. All parishioners are invited to participate in GIFT, as it offers a chance to connect with the whole parish community and an opportunity to learn more about our faith. The detailed GIFT mailing will be sent out to parishioners in mid-September.
Parents are the primary source of faith formation for their children. Families who register for Faith Formation programs will receive resources from St. Noel to support family faith formation efforts at home. To assist parents further, St. Noel offers a number of age-appropriate faith formation programs to supplement what already happens in the home:
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and kindergarteners. It meets Sunday mornings, 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
CALLL (Children Actively Loving, Learning, Living) is for children in Grades 1-5. It meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
PEACE (Peers Each Accepting Christ Everywhere) is for Grades 6-8. It meets on Sunday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Prime Time is for Grades 9-12. It will meet on Sunday mornings between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses.
Stop at the table in the Narthex this weekend (August 20 & 21) or next weekend (August 27 & 28) and talk with Michele and Erica about exploring your family’s options in charting your faith formation course. Registration will be available at this time, or by visiting our website (stnoel.org). If you have any questions, contact Michele Baetzold ([email protected]) or Erica Zalar ([email protected]).
Faith is an exciting lifelong adventure. We are privileged to partner with you as you answer the call to love and serve the Lord and others.
FAITH & VALUES COLLECTION – We will be collecting for the Faith & Values Appeal for Catholic Education this weekend. This appeal provides tuiton support for needy students and their families right here in our diocese. Please be generous in your support of Catholic school students.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – There will be NO meal served at the end of the month.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Thursday evenings. Please call the parish office if you would be interested in volunteering every other Thursday evening from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – The final photo sessions begin this week from August 23rd – 27th. After August 27th, the photography sessions are over. You can still sign up online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. This is the final weekend to schedule your photo session. Remember, there is no cost to you and each family will receive a free 8×10 photo. Your picture is important for the directory because YOU are a part of St. Noel.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed with information about First Communion preparation. 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 (440-946-1128, ext. 121 or [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, and your contact information.
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to attend the next book club gathering on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book we are reading this month is “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper . Sign up on the kiosk after Mass. Copies of the book are available to be signed-out in the parish office. Contact Erica Zalar at 440-946-1128, ext. 120 with questions.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Please pick up a blue grocery bag on the table in the narthex and bring it with you to the grocery store. The pantry is currently in need of soups, tuna fish, macaroni & cheese, pasta (not whole wheat), peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. Our pantry served 58 separate households in July. Thanks to all who support the pantry!
WHEELCHAIR RESULTS – Thanks to your generosity, the Joni and Friends Wheels for the World Wheelchair Drive was a great success. A total of 55 wheelchairs, 12 walkers, and 12 canes were donated. These will be refurbished at the Youngstown prison through an inmate service program and passed on to people in need. Many people with mobility problems will benefit from your gifts! We continue to collect wheelchairs year-round. Call Karen or Bruce Fraley at 440-946-1605 for details.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – We were able to give over $1,000 through the bottle collection. Thank you! Over the last 7 years, our parish has collected nearly $10,000 to support the excellent services of Womankind. Visit www.womankindcleveland.com to learn more.
NOEL MUSIC MINISTRY groups begin their rehearsals in September.
∙Choir, Thursday, September 1st, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the church.
∙Community Choir, Thursday, September 8th, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in the church.
∙Concert Choir, Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the church.
∙Children’s Bell Choir – (Grades 3 with no bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th, 4:30 -5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙Youth Bell Choir (Grades 6th and up with bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙Adult Bell Choir, Thursday, September 15th, 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
All groups accept new members anytime of the year, but now is the best opportunity when our new season begins. If you are interested in participating in any of our Music Ministry groups, simply come to our rehearsal. If you need more details, 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 440-946-1128 ext. 119.
IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH – or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be 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 will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on 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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 5-week support series beginning Saturday, October 1st. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 25th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb and King salmon is $15.00/lb (Coho fillets are 1-2 lbs, King fillets are 2-4 lbs). It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. Wild One partners with Geauga Family Farms and is in the St. Noel parking lot every Saturday morning from 9:15-10:30 a.m. selling salmon. You can simply purchase on site or you can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected].
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On Wednesday, September 14th, Jim Nagle, the Storyteller for the Lord will be the speaker. His stories celebrate that exciting moment when the human spirit connects with the Holy Spirit of God. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes Caesar salad, chicken marsala, oven roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable and carrot cake. Call or text Elaine Newman for reservations, 440-679-0203 or email [email protected] by September 9th.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – On October 8th & 9th there will be 3 trained Catholic couples and a priest coming to St. Paschal Baylon Parish to present a Marriage Encounter Weekend. This is a great opportunity to help your marriage stay on the right track! Call Mike and Regina at 330-305-9963 or www.GreatmarriagesOhio.org.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s 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 to Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know your are coming.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said, “Marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 9-11th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 1-800-470-2230 or online www.helpourmarriage.org.
VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – is beginning its 2016-2017 Slovenian language classes on September 10th. Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15-11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 20, 2017. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School). Three levels are taught. Tuition is $50 per semester. Textbooks are purchased separately. For more information contact Lillian at 216-289-7253 ([email protected]) or Majda at 440-823-2874 ([email protected]).
UNDERSTANDING THE GIFT AND POWER OF EMOTION – This retreat will provide conversation and reflection on a diversity of perspectives regarding the central importance of emotions and emotional intelligence in everyday life setting and their impact upon effective relationships, leadership and well-being. On August 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY – Help stomp out poverty in our community by participating in the St. Vincent DePaul Society 5th Annual friends of the Poor Walk/Run on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Three regional locations: Concord Woods Park, 11211 Spear Rd., Concord, Jefferson Park, 13400 Lorain Ave., Cleveland and Richfield Woods Park, 4100 Broadview Rd., Richfield. Donate or register online: www.fopwalk.org. For more information call 216-696-6525 ext. 3150.