As fall begins, it is time to invite those who are not yet fully initiated into the church to continue their journey.
Baptism is the primary initiation sacrament. Adults who have not been baptized, but wish to become Catholic Christians are welcome to join the RCIA process which prepares candidates for Baptism. It is also open to already baptized Christians who wish to join the Catholic Church. To enter RCIA, please contact Deacon David Nethery at 440-946-0887.
Children who are already baptized and have not yet received First Communion may have already been contacted to prepare for this sacrament which will be celebrated in our parish this spring. If you have not yet received an invitation from us, please contact our Coordinator of Faith Formation, Michele Baetzold at [email protected]. The first meeting for families preparing for First Communion will be Sunday, September 17th at 12:15 p.m. in the Small Hall.
Young people in the 9th grade and older who have not yet celebrated the initiation sacrament of Confirmation may have already been invited by us to join in a preparation process, with the celebration of the sacrament in the fall of 2018. If you have not yet been invited, please contact our Youth Minister, Kaitlin Chervenak at [email protected]. The first family meeting for Confirmation will take place Sunday, October 22nd.
Our relationship with Jesus is a life-long process; it begins with the Sacraments of Initiation. Please pray for the members of our community who will begin and continue their faith journeys this year.
Fr. George Smiga
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 17th. 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 and the Playroom will be available for little ones. 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.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 20 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 (http://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ). 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).
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 (http://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ). Three year olds and those new to the program can attend an orientation session on Sunday, September 24th in the Lower Level. The full group begins on Sunday, October 1st. 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: Tuesday, September 19 (6:30-8:00 p.m.), Wednesday September 20 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) OR Sunday, September 24 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall. An FFF calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (http://stnoel.org/faith-formation/ ). 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).
ATTENTION YOUTH! – We are gearing up for an exciting year in Youth Ministry and we want YOU to be a part of it! If you are you in Middle School or High School and want to be involved, there are registration forms available in the Narthex. Fill one out and drop it off in the parish office. Be sure and check the bulletin for more exciting announcements to come!
PEACE – begins with a family evening on Tuesday, September 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall. At least one adult should plan to attend. On Tuesday, September 26th, middle-schoolers will gather in the Lower Level from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to enjoy some delicious pizza and to get to know each other! I am looking for a parent volunteer to help plan and lead a small group. Please email me if you are interested at [email protected].
PRIME TIME – The first session of Prime Time (grades 9-12) is September 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come enjoy some delicious pizza and get to know each other! If you are interested in volunteering please email me at [email protected].
CONFIRMATION – On Sunday, October 22nd, candidates will be part of the Rite of Affirmation and be acknowledged at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. A brief family meeting will follow from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 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.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come enjoy the garden as the season winds down, Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on September 15, 22 and 29. We’ll close the garden for the year on Saturday, October 14th at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
SKY ZONE – Attention youth in grades 6-12: you are invited to Sky Zone on Sunday, October 8th from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Pick up and drop off is at the Sky Zone in Highland Heights (750 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights). Cost is $20 and includes pizza, beverages, one hour of jumping, and jumping socks. Please turn in check or cash to the parish office. Make checks payable to St. Noel. Parents of jumpers will have to complete a waiver form found on the following website: https://highlandheightsstore.skyzone.com/waiver/. Payment and waivers are due by October 2nd. There will be no PrimeTime on Sunday, October 8th and no PEACE on October 10th.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – Dealing with grief is never easy. The St. Noel Bereavement Team is offering a 5-week support series beginning Saturday, October 7th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Nativity Room. The group will meet 4 Saturday mornings in October and end on November 11th. Call the parish office (946-0887) to register.
AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – A few weeks ago, Claire Pattie and Barbara Brandt shared information about our parish fundraiser. A word of thanks to those who were able to reach out and support our parish’s efforts by donating financially or with items for the silent auction. We are still in need of 1.) Monetary donations, new gift items, gift and service certificates for our silent auction, 2.) Ads for the Event Program. Donations can be dropped off in our parish office, or pick-up is available by emailing Claire Pattie at [email protected] or Barbara Brandt [email protected] For more information call Claire Pattie at 440-477-5501.
JAIL VOLUNTEERS – The St. Noel Jail Ministry is looking for additional volunteers to serve at both the Lake County Jail and the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Members of the parish bring communion to the jail about once a month. Training is provided and all volunteers are paired with another person. Please call Anthony at the Church office, 440-946-1128 x122, if you are interested in hearing more about this meaningful ministry.
DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga district of Catholic parishes is hosting its 3rd annual ministry conference from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th at St. Gabriel Parish in Concord. Fr. George 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://www.st-gabriel.org/lake-geauga-district.html. If interested in attending, please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x 122; 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 14th, Bingo. On September 21st, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter and pie. For tickets call, Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is September 18th. On September 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ROSARY OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel was contacted by Brookdale Senior Living in Willoughby to offer some prayer opportunities for the Catholic residents Jeanne Oakley has generously offered to lead the rosary, and we’re looking for others to join her on Tuesday mornings. For now, we will go monthly; if we identify more volunteers, we could go weekly. Please contact Anthony if you’re interested (440) 946-1128 x122.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – will be September 13th, with Mark Colella, Comedian and Peer Recovery Supporter, speaking on “My 23-Year-Long Experience with Bipolar ‘Disorder’ and How I’ve Excelled in Spite of it.” The luncheon will be held in the St. Noel Banquet Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes chicken marsala, Caesar salad, oven roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable and carrot cake. Call Madonna Tuscano for reservations at 440-946-6533 by September 8th. All are welcome!
PROJECT HOPE OF CLEVELAND 7TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – will be on Friday, September 22nd from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center.
Wine and beer tasting, great food, and live & silent auctions; $45 per person. All proceeds support the care and needs of the Superior-St. Clair and Glenville neighborhoods. Contact Project Hope, 216-391-7557 or p[email protected].
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschals Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-944-1552 to let him know you are coming.
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE – At last February’s GIFT session, parishioner Cori Sieger shared the mission of The Refugee Response and the work it does to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the Northeast Ohio community. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program, a working farm business, has one last work date this season that provides exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The date is Saturday, September 23rd (put the farm to bed, batten down the hatches!). To volunteer, please register with Rachel Browner ([email protected] or 216-225-1551). Volunteer registrations are limited and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12th. 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.
PASCHAL/ST. CLARE CLUSTER – Is offering a bereavement support group entitled “Walking in Hope” to provide support to anyone who has lost a significant person in their life. The six-week workshop begins Tuesday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the relaxed atmosphere of the St. Paschal Rectory Parlor. There is no charge. For questions call Barbara Curran at 440-461-4495, Corky Mondello at 440-449-3584 or St. Paschal Rectory at 440-442-3410.
ALPHA COURSE – St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid will host the 10 week Alpha Course starting on Tuesday, September 12th with an introductory dinner at 6:30 p.m. Alpha is not a lecture on religion, but a journey of the heart exploring our faith and sharing our stories with one another in a non-denominational atmosphere. To register or learn more, go to www.saintjohnofthecross.org/alpha.
SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME – invite you to attend their 55th Annual BBQ & Boutique, “Gather Together” on Sunday, September 17th and 24th from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $13/chicken, $16/ribs. Held in the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Gymnasium. Rain or shine. Handicapped accessible. Take out dinners available.
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ballgame at Progressive Field on October 1st. Pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. Tickets starting at $14. Purchase on line http://m.mlb.com/indians/tickets/group/catholicfamilyday
Enter the special passcode “baseball”. Additional questions call 216-420-4162 or email [email protected].
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – Is an 8 -week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It begins Thursday, September 21st and concludes on November 19th, at St. Mary Church, 401 North Street, Chardon. The group meets from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. 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 is open to people of all faiths.