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Weekly Bulletin 9/23/18

Dear Parishioner,

For the past 30 years, St. Noel’s Social Justice Ministry has hosted a Benefit Dinner to spread the word about the ​St. Augustine Center, to share a meal together with the two communities, and to provide much needed financial support. The ​St. Augustine Center, located ​on West 14th in Cleveland, is a 501(C)3 organization that provides for the needs of persons who suffer from poverty, homelessness, disability, and age, so that all will be able to fully participate in the life of the community. St. Augustine Center serves 500-600 meals daily, provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disabled people, and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. In addition, the Center helps 7-10 other local parishes.

This year’s St. Augustine Benefit Dinner will be hosted on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m., in the St. Noel Banquet Center. The meal will include: appetizers, tossed salad & garlic breadsticks, sausage, peppers & onions, breaded chicken cutlets, penne with marinara sauce, broccoli, cauliflower & carrots, and cheesecake with strawberries. This year the dinner will adopt a new format. There will be no speeches or entertainment, only a great meal and the opportunity to give.

If you are unable to come you may contribute a monetary donation to the dinner, mailed directly to St. Noel Church, or put in the weekly collection basket with “St. Augustine Benefit Dinner” in the memo line as well as on the envelope.   

If there are any questions, please contact Claire Pattie at [email protected];
Barb Brandt at [email protected];
Kathy Penko at [email protected];
Laurie Solomon Patriarca at [email protected] or Colletta Somrack at [email protected]

I hope to see you for this special benefit on October 18th.

Fr. George Smiga
LETTER TO BISHOP PEREZ – On September 17th our Parish Pastoral Council met to discuss the parish-wide meeting concerning the crisis in the Church over sexual abuse of minors. The Council is preparing a letter to be sent to Bishop Perez from our Parish. We will be asking your support of this letter next weekend, September 29-30th.

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. Half of your donation stays in our diocese to support local communications projects.

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 pickup.

LECTOR WORKBOOKS – are available for pickup in the large sacristy. Please initial the sheet indicating you received your book.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, September 30th, 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.

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 this Sunday, September 23rd in the Lower Level. The full group begins next 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).

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). This 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 440-946-1128, ext. 120.

YOUTH BELL CHOIR – is open to any students grade 3 and up and to their families. This year we would like to invite not only children but their parents and siblings to ring together. The ringers will meet for the rehearsals each Wednesday 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the church, starting Wednesday, September 26th. No musical experience needed. We will learn together. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or (440-946-1128 x119).

CONCERT CHOIR – invites everyone to join us in a short term singing project. This time we will participate in a nine week choir rehearsal on Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Church, starting October 2nd. We will be part of St. Noel Music Ministry Winter Concert on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or (440-946-1128 x119).

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.

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.

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – The pantry is in need of the following items: condiments (ketchup, mayo, salad dressing, mustard, baking items), snacks (crackers, chips, cookies), and spaghetti sauce in jars.  You can financially support the pantry through our social justice collections and through the website.

BIBLE STUDY IN THE JAIL – The Lake County Catholic Jail Ministry is looking for ministers interested in assisting with women’s bible study on Tuesday nights.  We are also in need of ministers on Sunday nights. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) if interested.

FAIR TRADE SALE – On the weekend of October 27-28th, St. Noel is sponsoring a fair trade sale to benefit the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Items for sale include fair trade chocolate and coffee, holiday items, fair trade olive oil, and much, much more. Jed Trombley and Martie Matuska, our CRS Ambassadors, have been working hard to plan the event.  We’re looking for volunteers on the weekend of the event to help staff the tables, bag purchases, and work the checkout. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) or sign the sheet on the kiosk if you’re interested in helping.  Teens are welcome!

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.

PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be Wednesday, October 3rd from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Vunerability, Acceptance and Trust,” facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. If you are able, a donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!    

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On September 27th, Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket.  Everyone is welcome!

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS – of Holy Communion are asked to please consider volunteering to bring Communion to the sick at University Hospitals – Cleveland Medical Center in University Circle. This is a great opportunity to practice the corporal work of mercy that Jesus asks for of visiting the sick. Volunteers are needed each day of the week and the weekends to distribute Communion to patients and their families in all the hospitals on our main campus. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact the office of the UH Catholic Chaplain at 216-844-1668.

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.

WILLOUGHBY HILLS WELLNESS RUN – For the last four years, the City of Willoughby Hills, along with the Clinic and Classic Lexus, has hosted a 5k run/walk and given part of the proceeds to the St. Noel Food Pantry.   The 2018 Wellness Run is scheduled for Sunday, October 14th, and all the proceeds are going to the pantry!  Please consider participating in the race; runners, walkers and pets are welcome.  Registration flyers are in the Narthex and information is on the St. Noel webpage.

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.

LAKE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – is hosting Open Houses for prospective students on Sunday, September 30th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 8th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please visit www.lakecatholic.org/admissions for additional information and placement exam dates.

ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL – is hosting Open Houses on Sunday, October 14th and November 4th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. For information regarding admission testing dates call 216-521-2204 or [email protected]

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