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Weekly Bulletin 9/8/19

Dear Parishioner,

For 31 years, the St. Noel Social Justice Ministry has hosted a benefit dinner to spread the word about St. Augustine Center, share a meal together with both communities, and provide much needed financial support. Invitations were mailed this past week to this year’s St. Augustine Benefit Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. We invite you to support this endeavor in one or more of the following ways:

  • Donate an item, gift certificate, cash, or service for the silent raffle. Drop these off in the parish office or Sunday collection basket in an envelope marked St. Augustine Benefit Dinner.
  • Support with an advertisement in the event program. This is an effective way to promote your business to approximately 400 community members who will be in attendance. Forms are available in the kiosk.
  • Contribute a monetary donation for the dinner, mailed directly to St. Noel Church or put in the Sunday collection basket with “St. Augustine Benefit Dinner” in the memo line.
  • For questions or pick-ups, please contact Claire Pattie ([email protected]); Barb Brandt ([email protected]);
    Kathy Penko ([email protected]); or Laurie Solomon Patriarca ([email protected]). 

The mission of St. Augustine Center, a 501 (C)3 organization, located on West 14th Street in Cleveland, is: “The Center provides for the needs of persons who suffer from poverty, homelessness, disability, and age so that all persons will be able to fully participate in the life of the community.” The 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 in the area.

This is St. Noel’s only fundraiser of the year for St. Augustine Center. Our theme is “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17). Let’s work together to let our “lending” assist in big ways! Thank you for your support.

In Christ,

Fr. Terry

SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Fund.

COMMISSIONING – Next weekend at the 11:00 Mass, we will commission new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to serve our parish. Please welcome Bruce & Karen Fraley, Barb Federico, Phil Fratino, Carol Usay, Danni Hubbard, and Jen McClaughlin to this wonderful ministry.

ATTENTION ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Ministry Scheduler Pro has been successfully rolled out! Thank you for your willingness and support while we adapt to this system and all that it promises! If you have not signed on to the system and set up your preferences, please do so now, as it is key in in the system’s ability to schedule each volunteer correctly. We also ask that you carefully review your profile set-up for accuracy, paying attention to details (i.e. name, e-mail address, phone number, etc.). You can easily access the live schedule from our website https://stnoel.org/. Hover over “Liturgy & Sacraments” and then select “Liturgical Minister Schedule” to view. You can also choose to enter the “Liturgical Minister Web Portal” in the same manner (located directly under the Liturgical Minister Schedule”). From the portal you will be able to sign on with your username and password. Please do not rely on a paper copy! Viewing from our website will give you the benefit of seeing the most up to date version available in “real time.” If you have any questions, please stop in the Narthex today after mass where a volunteer will be available for specific hands-on instruction!

FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for 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 Monday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection 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.

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!!

EGG CARTONS NEEDED – The food pantry & senior market need empty, clean egg cartons to distribute eggs.  Please drop off clean, useable cartons to the church office.  Thank you!

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.

FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION – Our first family session is next Sunday, September 15th. Join us after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (about 12:15 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to each other and our year. The whole family is welcome. We’ll finish by 1:30 pm. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 121) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.

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 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 8th in the Lower Level. The full group begins on Sunday, September 22nd. 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 on 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.

LECTOR OR CANTOR – If you feel you are called to become a lector or a cantor, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek for an individual meeting. The best way to reach Agnieszka is to e-mail at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ex.119.

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 440-946-1288 ex.119. 

CENTERING PRAYER – Friday sessions have ended. Centering Prayer will continue on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Check the parish calendar for specific dates.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 p.m. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. We are looking for additional people to fill the 3:00 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed. 

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.

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/50th-wedding-anniversary-mass-2019/

GROWTH THROUGH GRIEF: Finding Hope and Healing after Suicide and Other Trauma – Join us on Monday September 9th, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at DeJohn Funeral Homes & Celebrations Center, 12811 Chillicothe Rd. in Chesterland. RSVP at DeJohnCares.com or call 440-516-5555.

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.

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