Music is a unique and special gift we receive from God. Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, and listening to music are not only musical activities. They have an impact on the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. Active participation in musical activities helps build your self-confidence, boosts your self-esteem, makes you feel better and happier, helps to deal with depression and anxiety, helps patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and supports recovery for stroke patients. It brings people together and builds a special fellowship.
I read that the number of church choirs in the USA in the last fifteen years dropped significantly. It made me think, and worries me about the future of our music ministry at St. Noel. I asked myself: “how will our music ministry and our choir look in the next five, ten or even fifteen years”? The answer is pretty simple: we have to start building our future choir right now. We at St. Noel are fortunate to have a strong foundation and continuing tradition of music in the liturgy. To be able to have the same quality of music in the future I need your help, your participation and your presence.
My philosophy is: “If you can walk, you can dance; if you can speak, you can sing.” We are not looking for perfect, professional musicians. We are looking for you who like to sing or play an instrument and who desire to offer your free time to spend with us. All our singers are amateurs, all our cantors are members of our congregation and do not have professional training, all our instrumentalists are our parishioners. If you are willing to try and taste our music ministry, please join us.
This Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. we invite everybody to come and observe and/ or participate in our open choir rehearsal. This one hour will give you a glimpse of what we do to prepare for our weekend liturgical singing. At 8:00 p.m. we invite everyone to eat, drink and talk. We will serve cheese, crackers and wine. Please come and spend this evening with us getting to know the members of our St. Noel Music Ministry.
You can consider choosing one or more of the following: The St. Noel Church 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 ringing, 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 young people in grades 3-12 and meets Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. Community Choir serves those who are residents in senior centers or adult care facilities. We visit them for singalong 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’ and instrumentalists’ 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 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.
Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek
Director of Music Ministry
This week we mailed you the St. Noel Concert Series brochure for the 2019-2020 season. It includes thirteen concerts with a variety of music presented by choirs, soloists and orchestras. All concerts are family-friendly and open to the public. Twelve concerts are free with a free will offering option. Please promote our concerts to your family and friends. I hope to see you all joining us for these wonderful events.
ST NOEL’S JUST 4 FUN! We are ecstatic to roll out our newly formed “Just 4 Fun” group!
Our Committee has focused on providing St Noel’s families and friends the opportunity to COME, CONNECT & CREATE COMMUNITY!
We are filling the calendar with events throughout the year that will give us all the opportunity to gather “Just 4 Fun!”
Our first event, The Wizard of OZ Watch Party, was a huge success! We were thrilled with the turnout and have quickly added two more events!
Please join us for our Fall Events:
Saturday, October 5th for the Pet Blessing at 10:30 a.m. (Side Parking Lot – Lower Level Entrance.)
Bring your Fur Baby for a Blessing with Fr. Terry and enjoy a warm cup of coffee, cider and doughnuts!
Rain or shine, we will move inside if necessary!
Sunday, November 10th – Tailgate & Browns Watch Party (following the 11:00 a.m. Mass) St Noel Banquet Center – Large Hall. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
So young or old, family or individual, movie buff, or Brown’s fan, watch our bulletin, Facebook page & website for upcoming events and details! We are sure to be ALL 4 FUN & FUN 4 ALL!
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, September 29th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (CCC) – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the CCC Campaign. By supporting this collection, you help to spread the Good News to people around the country and around the world.
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 this 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.
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 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 1127 people with the equivalent of 10,146 meals. Currently, we are in need of canned vegetables, and jelly. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
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.
BLANKET SUNDAY – is the weekend of October 5-6th. This collection is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We will gratefully accept your monetary donation which will allow us to purchase needed items in bulk for the homeless and disadvantaged. Envelopes will be provided, or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
FORMED – The new FORMED is finally here. Have you seen it yet? They released dedicated apps for Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android with Chromecast. Now you can truly watch FORMED anywhere because offline playback is available to all users for every piece of content! They’ve also worked overtime to improve the overall quality and performance of the platform, including a better search feature and even faster load times. If you don’t have an account yet check it out at stnoel.formed.org or download the FORMED app on your favorite device.
THE PARENTS OF PRIESTS ORGANIZATION – sponsors a 25 Club Raffle, the proceeds of which benefit the seminarians of the Diocese of Cleveland. Each $25 ticket offers 25 weekly opportunities to win. Following each weekly drawing, winning tickets are returned to the hopper – you can win more than once! For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://25.parentsofpriests.net or contact Don or Mary Trask at 440-729-4684 or [email protected]
ROSARY RALLY – October is considered a month to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholics have an opportunity to show their devotion to Mary, who intercedes on our behalf, by praying the Rosary. Join the 2019 Rosary Rally to be held at St. John Vianney on Saturday, October 12th a noon. For more information, contact Jim Hickey at 440-255-0600 ext. 207.
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.
TAKE ACTION – The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland has urged the faithful to take action by encouraging our representatives to support the initiatives of Governor DeWine to address gun violence in Ohio. Visit stnoel.org to learn more. It’s easy to have your voice heard.
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.
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.