Thank you to the many who participated in last Sunday’s watch-party in honor of the eightieth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and to those who contributed several behind-the-scenes touches, ensuring the success of the evening. Before the film was shown, I mentioned in my presentation that the watch-party unofficially began additional opportunities offered by the parish, in which similar initiatives and activities will be proposed on a regular basis: for no other reason than “just for fun,” and in an effort to help foster fellowship, echoing the tagline from M-G-M’s logo: ARS GRATIA ARTIS: art for art’s sake. Spearheaded by members of the staff and some parishioners, future events for all different ages and interest levels will be forthcoming. So, stay tuned!
“How you doin?”
While I never watched the show with much regularity, the sitcom, Friends, celebrates twenty-five years since it premiered in September of 1994 (I was a sophomore in high school). I watched it enough to know, however, that the above quote was often posed by the character of Joey Tribbiani, as played by Matt LeBlanc. And although the intention behind his question was laden with an ulterior motive, many of you still take the time following Mass to genuinely ask me, “How are you doing?” If you have been kind enough to ask, you have heard me share that I am doing well, am happy and feel privileged to be here, and have felt most welcomed since the first day. The reality of this type of transition has not been without its challenges, too. I am still very much in the process of organizing life both at the rectory and in my office. There are still some final ties and previous commitments at St. Brendan; namely, weddings, and the already occasional funeral that I would feel strongly about attending. The distance between my own “west-side” family (Avon Lake and Lakewood) has been an adjustment for all of us, too.
This is to be expected though and simply the reality of the situation. As I mentioned in my very first letter to you, I could not be more aware and remain sensitive to the fact, that this remains a time of transition for you as well. There have been some implemented changes. I have done so prayerfully and in good conscience. However perceived, I know these take time in which to adapt and perfect.
In a sense, you might call this our “three-month check-up!” If questions or curiosities remain or arise, please do not hesitate to ask, or to share how you’re doing. Our Lord once prayed: “…so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you…” (Jn 17:21). As we continue to strive for unity throughout this time of shared transition, I thank you for your prayers. Certainly, know of mine in return.
COMMISSIONING – This weekend at the 11:00 Mass, we will commission new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to serve our parish. Please welcome Bruce & Karen Fraley, Phil Fratino, Carol Usay, Danni Hubbard, and Jen McLaughlin to this wonderful ministry.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for this Monday, September 16th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our August market served 173 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD – Orders are being accepted until 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.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and begins Sunday, September 22nd. A calendar and registration form can be found in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins this Wednesday, September 18th with a family night. Join us from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall. At least one adult should plan to attend. A CALLL calendar and registration form can be found in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION – begins with your choice of evenings: Wednesday, September 18th OR Sunday, September 22nd (6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall). An FFF calendar and registration form can be found in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment so that we can count you in for this year. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121).
PEACE – Families with young people in middle school (grades 6-8) may sign up for PEACE. 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 18th.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY – High schoolers and high school parents are invited to a brainstorming and designing session for the upcoming year of Prime Time on Monday, September 23rd, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Contact Michele
([email protected]) or Anthony ([email protected]) to let us know you are attending.
CONFIRMATION 2019 – Current tenth graders who have been preparing to be confirmed this October are reminded about the Confirmation Retreat set for next Sunday, September 22nd from 10am-5pm. If you haven’t yet, please let Michele know that you are
attending ([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 Mass.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1066 people with the equivalent of 9,597 meals. Currently, we are in need of snacks (chips, crackers), mac-n-cheese, jelly, and tuna. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
ST. 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
PROJECT H.O.P.E. of CLEVELAND FUNDRAISER – Diamonds for Project H.O.P.E. September 27, 2019 from 7–10 p.m. at the St. Noel Banquet Center. Enjoy an evening of Neil Diamond music with the Diamond Project Band, wine, beer and food by Chef Randy in
support of Project H.O.P.E. of Cleveland. Project H.O.P.E. of Cleveland’s mission is to empower persons in need to improve their health by accessing health care through various free medical and dental screenings, prescription medication assistance programs and health education.
Tickets are $45 each and include food and two drinks and can be purchased at the door or by calling parishioner Joe Daprano at 440-725-9407.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT – (formerly Parish Daytime Retreat) will meet on Wednesday, October 2nd from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The topic for October is: Grace. For any questions call Fran at 440-625-1228.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – Commonweal now has a new monthly format. One year new subscriptions are available at $9.95. We have a limited number of free September issues. Pick one up at the kiosk, or reserve one by contacting Jack Rakosky at [email protected] Join us September 30th at 7 p.m. in the Resurrection Room.
DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga district of Catholic parishes is hosting its 5th annual ministry conference from 9 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th at St. Mary Parish in Chardon, OH. Father Tim Plavac, Pastor of St. Bede
Parish, will offer the keynote address, and workshops are available for anyone involved in parish ministry.
The conference aims at developing discipleship and our commitment to live as followers of Jesus. You can learn more about the conference at: http://divinewordkirtland.org/lake-geauga-district/. If interested in attending, please call Anthony at the parish; St. Noel will cover your cost. The conference will be great for both professional ministers and those who serve as volunteers. Please consider joining us.
WISDOM’S TABLE – Shared Hope invites the communities of St. Noel and Advent Lutheran Church to an evening of Prayer, Education, Refreshments, and Conversation on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm in the Small Hall of the St. Noel Banquet Center. This
evening is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about what Catholics and Lutherans have in common and what differences remain Shared Hope brought us the joint Liturgy of the Word and Music back in May of this year. Please sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair-trade sale is scheduled for November 16-17, 2019. Mark the date now!! Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
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/50thwedding-anniversary-mass-2019/
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.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Wednesday, October 2nd and conclude on November 20th, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the participants and offer support and encouragement along with the tools for coping and moving on. 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – New charity in Willoughby Hills is preparing for their Fall Outreach. They need happy hands to fold and package soap. Stop by their fundraising soap shop Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. The Natural Soap Lab, 2749 SOM Center Road,
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Or Visit their website and leave email: www.HandmadeSoaps4Hope.org.