Last weekend, I had the great opportunity to experience the new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art, “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master.” As publicized by the museum, this exhibition presents an unprecedented opportunity for museum visitors to experience the brilliance of the artist’s achievements on an intimate scale through more than two dozen of his original drawings. Michelangelo’s genius is especially evident through his breathtaking draftsmenship on sheets filled with multiple figures and close studies of human anatomy. The exhibit runs through 5 January 2020. In keeping with M-G-M’s tagline, Ars Gratia Artis, I would encourage anyone to go and experience this rare opportunity for themselves. Visiting the museum’s collections is always free to the public, but this exhibition carries a charge and tickets may be purchased online, at the ticket center, or by calling (216) 421-7350: Adults $15 | Seniors $10 | Students $5 | Children (ages 6 to 17) $5 | Children 5 and under are free. The museum’s hours are: 10 AM – 5 PM (Tue, Thu, Sat, and Sun) and 10 AM – 9 PM (Wed and Fri); closed on Mondays. Alright, there’s my shameless plug for the gem of a museum we have right in our own backyard!
You may have seen advertised, I am pleased to have been invited to serve as the presenter for our first GIFT session: Wed., Oct. 23, “Communion of Saints: Seeing with the Eyes of Faith.” Be sure and mark your calendar, as this presentation anticipates our celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints (a holy day of obligation) on 1 November. (Just as an aside, Mass will be celebrated on the day at 12 NOON, and the Vigil, the evening before, 31 October, at 7 PM). Our faith teaches that the Church is a “communion of saints,” the unity of all the faithful throughout the ages, forming the body of Christ. Ten years ago, while I was in the seminary, I was commissioned to create a depiction of the saints for the chapel’s reredos (a large altarpiece, screen, or decoration placed behind the altar in a church). Drawing on this example and unpacking the two-year process, for which I used oil pastels and the technique of cross-hatching, it is my hope to help us recognize our relationship to God and one another, in an effort that we might connect more closely to the very saints among us, in addition to those in heaven.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is quoted to having said: “The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.”
Let’s begin to unpack that together in the month ahead!
ST NOEL’S JUST 4 FUN! We are ecstatic to roll out our newly formed “Just 4 Fun” group!
Our focus is to provide St Noel’s families and friends the opportunity to COME, CONNECT & CREATE COMMUNITY!
We are planning events throughout the year that will give us all the opportunity to gather “Just 4 Fun!”
Please join us for our next event, Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 a.m. for the Pet Blessing. (Side Parking Lot – Lower Level Entrance.)
Bring your “Fur Baby” for a Blessing from Fr. Terry and enjoy cider and doughnuts with us! Rain or shine, we will move inside if necessary!
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.
YOUTH BELL CHOIR – The first rehearsal will be this Wednesday, October 2nd at 4:45 p.m. in the church.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1149 people with the equivalent of 10,341 meals. Currently, we are in need of canned vegetables, and jelly. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT – (formerly Parish Daytime Retreat) will meet this 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.
BLANKET SUNDAY – is next weekend, 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 are now available on the table in the Narthex or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Will be the weekend of October 12th-13th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For August 2019, we collected $884.62. Our expenses for August were:
Thank you for your support.
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.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – Join us on September 30th at 7 p.m. in the Resurrection Room for a discussion of the September Issue of Commonweal. The feature article is “Divorce, Annulment and Communion: An Orthodox Theologian Weighs In.” How separate are Catholics and Orthodox on divorce and communion? Why? See the kiosk for more Commonweal information. Read up to five free articles per month on the web: see clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/ for links and more information. Reserve a free September print issue by contacting Jack Rakosky, [email protected]
NEW MINISTRY – St. Noel is starting a Prayer Shawl Ministry, dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, which will be called Mary’s Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry. We are in need of knitters, crocheters, and anyone who would like to learn. Shawls are created by hand and threaded with prayers & blessings for healing of the recipient’s body, mind, and spirit. Shawl makers will gather on the first Tuesday of every month, 11-12:30pm, in the Nativity Room. Our introductory meeting is Tuesday, October 1st at 11 a.m. in the Nativity Room. Shawl makers can also participate on an at-home basis only. An instructor can be available for anyone who would like to learn. Contributions for yarn & supplies are most welcome. For questions or further information, contact Candice Minello (440-336-0991), Joyce Puin (440-473-1238), or Nikki Rini
SINGERS are needed for a choir which will lead a singalong tribute concert to St. Louis Jesuits. Music by Father Roc O’Connor, Dan Schutte, Father Bob Dufford, Father John Foley and Tim Manion( Here I Am, Lord, Lift Up Your Hearts,Earthen Vessels, Be not Afraid, On Eagle’s Wings, City of God and more), is well known and loved by all.This is a short term project (four rehearsals and a concert) so it’s an ideal opportunity for those who would like to use their musical talents but can’t commit their time to be a part of our music ministry. The rehearsal schedule is Tuesday, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. Concert will be Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Noel. Please promote it among your friends and family. The concert is free and open to the public. Music and binders will be provided. If you have more questions or if you would like to participate in this project, contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at 440-946-1128 ex. 119 [email protected]
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – starts its new season with two October concerts. Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. CityMusic Cleveland will present Between Two Giants, led by new CityMusic director, Amit Peled. We will hear Mozart – Symphony no. 35, Bruch – Kol Nidrei, Montgomery – Strum and Haydn – Symphony no. 104. Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Here I Am, Lord: A Tribute to the St. Louis Jesuits. Singalong with our St. Noel Music Ministry to well-known and well-loved music by Father Roc O’Connor, Dan Schutte, Father Bob Dufford, Father John Foley and Tim Manion (Here I Am, Lord, Lift Up Your Hearts, Earthen Vessels, Be not Afraid, On Eagle’s Wings, City of God and more). Both concerts are free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family. The 2019-2020 concert series brochure is available on our website (stnoel.org) and in the kiosk in the church narthex.
THE BLESSINGS OF AGING – A retreat for those touched by the aging process, either personally or by caring for someone else. Led by Emma Krueger and Becky Spudich on Saturday, November 2 (10am-4pm) and Saturday, November 9 (10am-12:30pm), this experience will help you explore your legacy with prayer, videos, small and large group discussion, and journaling, based on the work of Joan Chittister, OSB. A continental breakfast will be available both days, with lunch served on November 2. Total cost is $20 (check payable to St. Noel); registration is limited to 30 people. Sign up on the kiosk in the narthex or contact Michele
([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
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 at 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.
BIRTHRIGHT LAKE, INC. NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! Our mission is to support pregnant women and families with small children who are having personal and/or financial difficulty and need assistance with emotional support, maternity clothes, children’s clothing, diapers, formula and referrals to community resource. Birthright needs volunteers to help sort clothing and other donated items, prepare the items for each family before their appointments, as well as meeting and assisting the parents during their quarterly appointment. If you have a HEART for children and the loving families that care for them and have at least 3 hours each week to volunteer Monday – Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., please contact Denise Shaw, Executive Director or Joanne Miller, Assistant Director at 440-975-9055. Thank you for responding!
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 this 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.
RECYCLING – Enter your zip code at recyclecartons.com to learn whether or not the curbside recycling program in your city accepts milk cartons and other types of cartons.
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.