Recent scientific research shows that unison singing of regular song structures makes the hearts of the singers accelerate and decelerate simultaneously. When we sing together, it’s not just our voices that join in harmony, our heart rates tend to synchronize and beat as one. So we see that music not only touches our feelings and helps us to more deeply understand and connect with the singing text, but forms in the whole community one heart beat whose pulse depends on what song we are singing. We become one whole body that breathes together, feels together, prays together and participates together. This is absolutely and evidently true at our parish.
We at St. Noel are fortunate to have a strong foundation and continuing tradition of music in the liturgy. Our congregation’s participation and singing in the liturgy always impresses the visitors. Our Music Ministry, consisting of the St. Noel Church Choir, Cantors, Instrumentalists, Handbell Choir, Youth Bell Choir, Community Choir, Resurrection Choir and the Concert Choir is one hundred members strong. All members of our music ministry are amateurs. In order to continue our growth and to strengthen our ministry, we need your help.
Now is the perfect time to consider joining the Music Ministry in its service to our parish. The St. Noel Choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. We rehearse on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and members sing at the weekend liturgy of their choice. Currently, we are most in need of Instrumentalists. Middle school and high school students are very welcome. We also need singers for our Resurrection Choir, which provides music for funerals in our parish. We rehearse 30 minutes before the funeral begins. Our Handbell Choir is ringing five octaves of handbells and chimes and we are in need of people to join us. If you have a working knowledge of music notation and a desire to create some beautiful music, please consider becoming a part of the Bell Choir. We rehearse on Thursdays from 5:45 -7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Our Youth Bell Choir is open for students in grades 3-12 and meets Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. Community Choir serves for those who are residents in senior centers or adult care facilities. We visit them for sing-a-long presentations Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Our rehearsals are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 11:00 a.m.- Noon in the church. We sing popular and easy one voice songs. Cantors lead the congregation in the Responsorial Psalms and songs during liturgies. Rehearsals are scheduled individually.
As you see, as members of the music ministry, we strive to be not only musicians but truly ministers to the parish and to the others. We are much more than a church choir We are friends. We are family. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me at 440-946-1128 x119 or at [email protected]. We would love to have you as a member of our music ministry.
For those who discern that the Music Ministry is not their calling, please remember that the most important music minister in the church is the congregation. The church calls us to full and active participation in the liturgy, therefore making it our privilege and responsibility to join in singing the songs and acclamations of the liturgy. So let us “make a joyful noise to the Lord” together.
OUR SYMPATHIES are extended to the family of Raymond Fiorette who recently passed away in Florida. His wife, Marilyn will be present at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on September 22nd with her family. Raymond and Marilyn were long-time parishioners at St. Noel. Please keep the family in your prayers.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD BOOKS are now available for pick up in the parish office for all who pre-ordered them. $7.25 per book is due upon pick up.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, Sept 17th 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for this Monday, Sept 17th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our July market served 133 people.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Tuesday evenings. Responsibilities include answering the phone, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Tuesday evening from 6:15-8:30 p.m.
PROJECT H.O.P.E. OF CLEVELAND WINETASTING FUNDRAISER – On September 21st from 7-10 p.m. at the St. Noel Banquet Center. Project H.O.P.E. celebrates 25 years partnering with guests living in the Glenville and St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. We provide for free: health education, health screenings for diabetes, hypertension and kidney function, assistance with payment for prescriptions and copays to see doctors, foot clinic and immunizations. Our winetasting fundraiser includes a live band, heavy appetizers and wine, beer and bourbon tastings. The cost is $45 per person or $360 for a table of 8 guests. Tickets will be sold, and donations accepted by Joe Daprano after all Masses this weekend, September 15th and 16th. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.projecthopeofcleveland.org
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Three year olds and those new to the program can attend an orientation session next Sunday, September 23rd in the Lower Level. The full group begins on Sunday, September 30th. Please turn 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 19th with a family evening. 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 kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn 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 19th (6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall) OR Sunday, September 23rd (6:00-7:30 p.m.) in the Lower Level. An FFF calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn 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).
UPCOMING CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES (FALL 2019) – A letter with information about Confirmation preparation was mailed to current ninth graders. When you receive your letter, please be sure to promptly reply as instructed. If you are expecting to prepare for Confirmation and did not receive a letter, please contact Kaitlin (440-946-1128, ext.120). On Sunday, September 23rd, upcoming candidates will be acknowledged at the 11:00 a.m. Mass in a Rite of Affirmation to begin their journey toward Confirmation next fall. Lunch and a brief Family Meeting will follow from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Lower Level. We will discuss the format for preparation, qualifications for sponsors, and requirements to be confirmed. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT – All current sophomores who are currently finishing the process of preparation for Confirmation are required to attend a Confirmation Retreat on Sunday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. This retreat is designed for the candidates, and sponsors should not attend. Contact Kaitlin with questions or concerns, [email protected] or 44-946-1128, ext. 120.
OPEN CHOIR REHEARSAL – All parishioners are invited to come and see how our St. Noel Church Choir prepares music for our Masses and concerts. Join us in our open rehearsal this Thursday, September 20th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Then stay for cheese, crackers, wine and conversation with our singers. Bring a spouse or a friend if you can. Please confirm your visit by September 17th by emailing Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek, Director of Music Ministry, at [email protected] or by calling the parish office at 440-946-0887.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the first of two Pancake Breakfasts whose proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, October 7th, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a freewill donation will be accepted. Spread the news!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST -Teens, middle schoolers, and parents please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 7th. Please fill out volunteer form (in kiosk) with your availability and return to Kaitlin. You may also email your preference for shifts to [email protected].
HIGH SCHOOL TEENS NEEDED FOR ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER – Support St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministry as they host their annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, October 18th to support St. Augustine. Teens are needed to help sell raffle tickets during the event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] if you are interested.
HEAD FOR THE CURE 5K WALK/RUN – Do you know someone who is suffering from brain cancer? Do you like to support causes through walking or running? St. Noel’s Youth Ministry will be joining together as a team to participate in the Head for the Cure 5K walk/run on Saturday, October 6th at Edgewater Park. The mission for this organization is to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. Middle schoolers and teens (grades 6-12) can register individually or with their families to participate. Let’s come together to support a great cause! Contact Kaitlin at [email protected] for more details on registration.
JAIL MINISTERS – Members of St. Noel, along with other Catholic parishes, lead communion services every Sunday at the Lake County jail. We are looking for new people interested in this meaningful ministry. Call Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal offers a resource room at each meal. Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge. We are looking for nurses, doctors, and lawyers to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
WINTER COATS/JACKETS NEEDED – the Neighbor to Neighbor Resource Room will offer coats & jackets beginning in October. Any gently used or new items can be dropped off at the parish office or in the clothing bin outside the food pantry.
YOUNG ADULTS – are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on September 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room as we begin a new season with a discussion of Pope Francis’s latest apostolic exhortation, Rejoice and Be Glad! Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On September 20th, Luncheon & Bingo. Luncheon Menu: Cavatelli & meatballs, sausage, salad, French Bread and dessert. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is September 17th. Contact Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. On September 27th, Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will again be hosting the program “Welcome Home to Inactive Catholics”. The 5-week program will begin on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory. All are welcome! For more information, contact Deacon Carl Varga or Mrs. Marti Smith at 440-256-1412.
NEWMAN FOUNDATION – Catholic college students at secular campuses in the Diocese of Cleveland are supported in their faith through the Newman Foundation of Northern Ohio. The foundation’s annual fundraiser dinner is Friday, October 5th at St. Michael Woodside in Broadview Hts. Tickets are $45. Contact Anthony for more information on this important organization in the diocese.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS CITY COUNCIL – invites you to join us for Town Hall meetings on Thursdays September 27th & October 11th and 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall to discuss and answer questions regarding the Charter Amendments on the November 6th Ballot.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated is meeting at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, from 7- 9 p.m. It is not too late to register! Join us on Thursday, September 20th – our group will meet weekly and conclude on November 1st. 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 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 FOR HIRAM HOUSE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Middle School and High School teens are asked to consider being part of the annual Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, October 14th. Morning and evening shifts are available to work in the Haunted Hay Maze. Costumes are encouraged, but nothing too scary because it is a family event! Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054eada72aa7fa7-47th or visit Hiram House’s website for further details.