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Weekly Bulletin 8/28/16

Dear Parishioner,

Fall is a perfect time to review the various groups of the St. Noel Music Ministry. All of these groups are open to new members:

St. Noel Choir is a group of 78 active members. There are no auditions required to become a member of this choir. Our St. Noel Choir serves during all weekend liturgies, Holy Days, Holidays, and special religious events. Practices are each Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the church.

St. Noel Community Choir is a group that serves those who are unable to come to the church or attend a concert. Last year they visited eight nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This choir practices 11:00 a.m.– Noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the church.

St. Noel Concert Choir is an auditioned group that sings advanced repertoire. They perform at St. Noel Church as well as at other churches and local festivals. They practice weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00–9:00 p.m.in the church. If you are interested in  becoming a member of this group, please contact Director of Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek.

The Resurrection Choir provides music for our funerals. Practice takes place 30 minutes before each funeral.

Young Voices is a group of young people in grades 3-8. They provide music for some of the weekend Masses throughout the church year. Practices are weekly, beginning Tuesday, September 27th from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church.

St. Noel Handbell Choir is a group of dedicated ringers which plays at our weekend and Holy Day liturgies. The ability to read music is necessary.  They practice weekly on Thursdays from   5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.

Youth Bell Choir is for grades 6-12 who have experience in bell ringing. They practice weekly during the school year on Wednesdays. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 14th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lower Level.

Children’s Bell Choir is a new group beginning this year. This group is for grade 3 and up with no            experience in bell ringing. Our Wednesday rehearsals will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level beginning Wednesday, September 14th.

Our Music Ministry is also open to any instrumentalists who can add their talents to our group.

We are always in need of cantors for our weekend liturgies. This essential role to our liturgy is open to any age group. Auditions and practices are individually scheduled.

As you can see there are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. Detailed information about each of the music groups can be found on our website and on the kiosk. If you have any questions, call or email Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-1228, ext. 119 or [email protected]). Please consider if you can add your talents to one of these groups which give praise to God. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for any of our groups, Music Ministry members will be available in the narthex after each Mass this weekend.

Fr.George

NOEL MUSIC MINISTRY groups begin their rehearsals in September.

∙Choir, Thursday, September 1st.

∙Community Choir, Thursday, September 8th.

∙Concert Choir, Tuesday, September 13th.

∙Children’s Bell Choir – (Grades 3 and up with no bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September  14th.

∙Youth Bell Choir (Grades 6 and up with bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th.

∙Adult Bell Choir, Thursday, September 8th.

All groups accept new members anytime of the year, but now is the best opportunity when our new season begins.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – There will be NO meal served this weekend.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For July 2016, we collected $3,089.99. Our expenses for July were:

Rent $2,032.00
Food Pantry 242.16
Utilities 455.60
Neighbor to Neighbor Meal 530.44
Other 245.64
Total: $3,505.84

Thank you for your support.

OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – on Thursday evenings in the parish office. Scheduling is flexible. Responsibilities include answering phones, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the office if interested, 440-946-0887.

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.

FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – for children from preschool through high school begin soon! Registration forms and calendars can be found on the table in the Narthex, in the kiosk, or online (stnoel.org). Contact Michele ([email protected]) or Erica ([email protected]) for more information.

GIFT – See the back of the September parish calendar (in this bulletin) for a sneak peak of this year’s program. The GIFT registration packet will be mailed in mid-September.

ST NOEL DAY TRIP PLANNER NEEDED – We are seeking a volunteer to assist with the planning of day trips and outings to be offered to our adult parishioners. If you have organizational skills and like interacting with others, this would be a great opportunity for you! Please contact Gina Luberger (440-946-0887) if you are interested.

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!

BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS –  We had 22 donors present to the drive and were able to collect 17 pints of blood for needed patient care. Thanks to all our donors and thanks to Frank Kirchner and the Fullermans for staffing the table!  Our next blood drive is Sunday, December 18th.

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.

SUPPORT OF ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – For the past 20 years, St. Noel Church has hosted a benefit dinner to help St. Augustine Center help others in our community. St. Augustine Center at 2846 W. 14th St. in Cleveland serves 500-600 meals daily and provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disabled people and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. Their outreach includes 7-10 other churches as well. It has been a very difficult year for the St. Augustine Center as they have been overwhelmed by the needs of families that have been hurt by the economy and problems related to low paying jobs and layoffs.

THIS YEAR’S ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – will be on October 20th (formal invitations will be mailed on September 10th). We are asking for others to help join our support of St. Augustine Center by:

  •   Donating an item, gift package or service for the silent/live auction [Any item: from a $5 gift certificate to a week in the Bahamas.]
  •   Purchasing an ad in the event program  [This is also an effective way to advertise and promote your business to approximately 300 community members who will be in attendance. To ensure recognition in the our auction program, donations must be received by October 10, 2016.]

If you are able to assist in any way or would like to help with the Benefit Dinner, contact the Church Office, 946-0887, or Claire Pattie at [email protected]; Barb Brandt at [email protected]; or Laurie Solomon Patriarca at [email protected]. THANK YOU for your support of helping others in this year of mercy!!

CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the September issue is “Pope Francis On Love In The Family.”

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.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 1st, Bingo and Let’s Make a Deal Game; September 8th, Bingo; September 15th, Auction. On September 22nd, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: meat loaf, mash potatoes with sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls and butter, apple pie. On September 29th, 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.

UNITY DAY – Please join in the City of Willoughby Hills sponsored event at the VFW Post #4358, 29412 White Rd., on September 11th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., to honor the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, the first responders and our veterans. Come enjoy music, games, food (the Fall Corn Fest Crew will be serving up their delicious roasted sweet corn). See flyer on the kiosk for information.

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.

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.

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