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 of all ages 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. GIFT begins in October and the detailed GIFT mailing will be sent out to parishioners in mid-September, but you can take a “sneak peek” at dates, topics and speakers in the GIFT box in this bulletin.
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., beginning with an orientation for new families on September 8.
CALLL (Children Actively Loving, Learning, Living) is for children in Grades 1-5. It meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., beginning with a family night on September 18.
Family Faith Formation is an option for families with children of all ages who wish to be supported by the parish in their faith formation efforts at home. Families receive resources and attend five family nights (Wednesday or Sunday) throughout the year, the first one on September 18 or 22.
We are still in the process of searching for a Youth Minister. Programs for middle schoolers and high schoolers remain to be determined.
Families with young people in middle school (grades 6-8) may sign up for PEACE (Peers Each Accepting Christ Everywhere). At present, PEACE will meet on the same day and time as CALLL – Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., beginning with a family night on September 18.
Prime Time is for young people in Grades 9-12. It meets for community building, faith formation, and service opportunities. If you are a high schooler or parent of a high schooler who would like to brainstorm for and design the upcoming year of Prime Time, please attend a planning session on Monday, September 23 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Contact Michele (see below) or Anthony (440-946-1128, x122; [email protected]) to let us know you are attending.
Registration forms and calendars are now available on the parish website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ), on the kiosk, and on the table in the Narthex. You can contact Michele with questions about faith formation options (440-946-1128 x121; [email protected]).
Our 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1036 people with the equivalent of 9,327 meals. Currently, we are in need of snacks (chips, crackers), mac-n-cheese, jelly, and tuna. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
EGG CARTONS NEEDED – The food pantry & senior market need empty, clean egg cartons to distribute eggs. Please drop off clean, useable cartons to the church office. Thank you!
BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 8 tons (16,109lbs) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Steve Cesar, Rich Beckwith, and Karen & Bruce Fraley for their dedicated service.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together!
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – Orders are being accepted thru September 15th 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.
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 15th. Join us after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (about 12:15 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to each other and our year. The whole family is welcome. We’ll finish by 1:30 pm. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 121) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.
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.
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.
- NOEL MUSIC MINISTRY is 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 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.
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.
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 – For the past 31 years, St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministry has hosted a Benefit Dinner to provide much needed financial support for St. Augustine Center, a 501 (C)3 organization “that provides for the needs of persons who suffer from poverty, homelessness, disability, and age so that all persons will be able to fully participate in the life of the community.” We invite you to join our support of St. Augustine Center this year and become involved, you may stop by the narthex for ideas.
- Donate an item, gift certificate, cash, or service for the silent raffle. (Drop off in the Church office or Sunday basket marked St. Augustine Benefit Dinner.)
- Support with an advertisement in the event program. (Forms available in the kiosk). This is an effective way to promote your business to approximately 400 community members who will be in attendance.
- Contribute a monetary donation for the dinner, mailed directly to St. Noel Church or put in the weekly collection basket with “St. Augustine Benefit Dinner” in the memo line.
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!
KNOW HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Join us on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 7-8:30 pm in the small hall as we explore the issue of human trafficking. A panel of experts will offer valuable information on what human trafficking is, our call as Christians to take action, and what you can do to help stop it. The panel includes:
- Sr. Anne Victory, HM, Director of Education at the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
- Renee Jones, Founder and Executive Director of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center
- Maureen Guirguis, attorney and director of the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Law Clinic
- Kathleen Hackett, SANE Nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
- A Survivor of human trafficking will share her story
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/
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.
ALL SOULS CEMETERY – PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour pre-planning seminar on Saturday, September 21st at 1:00 p.m.at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. Learn in a group or discuss one-on-one with a Family Service Representative and receive a free Personal Reference Guide. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP 216-641-7575, Ext. 4.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS WELLNESS RUN – For the last five years, the city of Willoughby Hills, along with the Cleveland Clinic and Classic Lexus, has hosted a 5k run/walk and given part of the proceeds to the St. Noel Food Pantry. The 2019 Wellness Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th, and we need runners & walkers from St. Noel!! Participants can choose a 5K run/walk or a 1K walk. Families are welcome! Registration flyers are in the narthex.