St. Noel is partnering with St. Paschal Baylon and Resurrection Parishes to bring Fr. Paul Turner to our area. Fr. Turner is a well-recognized writer and lecturer in the area of liturgy. He will be in Cleveland on Tuesday, September 20th to speak at St. Paschal’s from 7:00-9:00 p.m. His topic is “May the Lord Accept the Sacrifice.” It will be his attempt to explain what we do when we come to Mass. We say that we offer a sacrifice, but whose sacrifice is it and how do we share in it?
The evening on September 20th is targeted especially for liturgical ministers, eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, musicians and sacristans. However, it is open to any parishioner at St. Noel…you need only come. Thanks to the St. Noel Endowment Fund for helping to make this lecture free for everyone.
I know Fr. Turner personally and I can assure you that his reflections will be informed and engaging. Please consider joining us to appreciate more deeply the significance of our weekly celebration of the Eucharist.
LOUISIANA FLOOD COLLECTION – The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is sponsoring an emergency collection the weekend of September 17th-18th to assist victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana. Ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations. Please make checks payable to St. Noel with 2016 Louisiana Flood Collection in the memo line.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – on Thursday evenings in the parish office. Scheduling is flexible. Responsibilities include answering phones, light office work, and greeting our parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in our parish! Please call the office if interested, 440-946-0887.
USHER NEEDED – We are in need of an additional usher for the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Commitment is once a month. Schedules are provided a year in advance. Please call the parish office, 440-946-0887, if you are interested in helping out.
CLAMS & MORE – The clambake will be held on Sunday, October 2nd from Noon to 3:00 p.m. As always, the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley redskin potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and rolls & butter, tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes. The cost of the bake is $26 per person. The bake is all you can eat except for the clams. Additional clams may be purchased for $8.00 a dozen. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and to make reservations.
NOEL MUSIC MINISTRY groups begin their rehearsals in September.
∙Choir, Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
∙Community Choir, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – Noon
∙Concert Choir, Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
∙Children’s Bell Choir – (Grades 3 and up with no bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
∙Youth Bell Choir (Grades 6 and up with bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
∙Adult Bell Choir, Thursdays, 5:45-7:00 p.m.
All groups accept new members anytime of the year, but now is the best opportunity when our new season begins.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 18th. 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.
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 on Sunday, September 25th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 2nd.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION EVENINGS – Choose this Wednesday, September 14th or Sunday, September 18th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., to kick off the Faith Formation year. These evenings are open to families with children of all ages, and are the official start of the CALLL and PEACE programs. Calendars and registration forms can be found in the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in or mail in your registration form and payment to the parish office as soon as you can so that we can count you in for this year.
PRIME TIME – All teens in grades 9-12 are invited! Prime Time will start on Sunday, October 2nd and takes place between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Calendars and registration forms can be found in the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org).
ST. NOEL DAY TRIP PLANNER NEEDED – We are seeking a volunteer to assist with the planning of day trips and outings to be offered to our adult parishioners. If you have organizational skills and like interacting with others, this would be a great opportunity for you! Please contact Gina Luberger (440-946-0887) if you are interested.
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to attend the next book club gathering this Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book we are reading this month is “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper . Sign up on the kiosk after Mass. Copies of the book are available to be signed-out in the parish office. Contact Erica Zalar at 440-946-1128, ext. 120 with questions.
TEEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – This year St. Noel is partnering with the Salvation Army-Painesville after school program which assists children with basic math and reading skills. This opportunity is open to all teens in grades 8-12 and takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-5:30 p.m. beginning September 21st. This is not a weekly commitment. Come when you can and stay for as long as you can. Flyers and volunteer forms are available in the kiosk.
SUPPORT OF ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – For the past 20 years, St. Noel Church has hosted a benefit dinner to help St. Augustine Center help others in our community. St. Augustine Center at 2846 W. 14th St. in Cleveland serves 500-600 meals daily and provides clothing, rental assistance, utility help, advocacy for disabled people and crisis intervention to families and individuals in need. Their outreach includes 7-10 other churches as well. It has been a very difficult year for the St. Augustine Center as they have been overwhelmed by the needs of families that have been hurt by the economy and problems related to low paying jobs and layoffs.
THIS YEAR’S ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – will be on October 20th (formal invitations will be mailed mid September). We are asking for others to help join our support of St. Augustine Center by:
- Donating an item, gift package or service for the silent/live auction [Any item: from a $5 gift certificate to a week in the Bahamas.]
- Purchasing an ad in the event program [This is also an effective way to advertise and promote your business to approximately 300 community members who will be in attendance. To ensure recognition in the our auction program, donations must be received by October 10, 2016.]
If you are able to assist in any way or would like to help with the Benefit Dinner, contact the Church Office, 946-0887, or Claire Pattie at [email protected]; Barb Brandt at [email protected]; or Laurie Solomon Patriarca at [email protected]. THANK YOU for your support of helping others in this year of mercy!!
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7p.m. The next meeting is on Monday Sept. 19th. 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.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 5-week support series beginning Saturday, October 1st. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. Please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 15th, Silent Auction. On September 22nd, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: meat loaf, mash potatoes with sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls and butter, apple pie. Cost is $6.00. For tickets contact, Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. On September 29th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On Wednesday, September 14th, Jim Nagle, the Storyteller for the Lord will be the speaker. His stories celebrate that exciting moment when the human spirit connects with the Holy Spirit of God. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes Caesar salad, chicken marsala, oven roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable and carrot cake. Call or text Elaine Newman for reservations, 440-679-0203 or email [email protected] by September 9th.
ROBERT & WILLIAM CATHOLIC PARISH – is hosting “A Holy & Holistic Approach to Senior Living” on Friday, September 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. An array of topics will be discussed including, faith, brain power, volunteering, independent living, and legal and financial issues. A light lunch and social will conclude the day. The event is free but reservations are required. Please call the SRW Parish Office by Monday, September 19th at 216-731-1515.
ADOPTION OPEN HOUSE – Ever thought of adopting a child or fostering a child? Plan on attending the Open House, which will be held at the Mentor Public Library on September 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Lake County Dept of Jobs & Family Services will answer all your questions. More info is on the kiosk.
ABSENTEE VOTING – Getting to the polls can be difficult for some. Voting by mail is easy and available, without stating a reason, to any registered voter. Pick up an application on the table in the narthex. Absentee voting begins 35 days before the general election.
INACTIVE VOTER STATUS – Did you know that after no voting activity in 2 federal election cycles (4 years), a voter, in the state of Ohio, is placed on inactive status? Obtaining active status again is not difficult. If you’ve not voted in a while, please call your county board of elections to see if you’re still eligible to vote in the upcoming election. If you’re not registered at all, October 9th is the final day to submit your voter registration card.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS WELLNESS RUN – The 2nd annual run is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd. Registration forms are available in the narthex. There is both a 5k run and 1 mile walk. Proceeds from the race benefit the WHISPER program of Willoughby Hills and the St. Noel Food Pantry. Last year, our pantry received over $1,100 from the event. Thanks for supporting this event.
LAKE GEAUGA MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – The 2nd annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at St. Justin Martyr in Eastlake. Michele Bernot, from Lake Catholic High School, will be the keynote speaker. The focus will be on living as a disciple. Brochures are available in the kiosk. Last year, over 175 people attended the Conference!
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – On October 8th & 9th there will be 3 trained Catholic couples and a priest coming to St. Paschal Baylon Parish to present a Marriage Encounter Weekend. This is a great opportunity to help your marriage stay on the right track! Call Mike and Regina at 330-305-9963 or www.GreatmarriagesOhio.org.
CHRIST ALIVE IN OUR MARRIAGE RETREAT – Charis Ministries, the Jesuit Retreat House, and the Sisters of Notre Dame present this retreat for couples in their first five years of marriage. The retreat will take place at the Jesuit Retreat House on Sunday, October 9th from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For registration and information, visit jrh-cleveland.org.
VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY – Help stomp out poverty in our community by participating in the St. Vincent DePaul Society 5th Annual friends of the Poor Walk/Run on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Three regional locations: Concord Woods Park, 11211 Spear Rd., Concord, Jefferson Park, 13400 Lorain Ave., Cleveland and Richfield Woods Park, 4100 Broadview Rd., Richfield. Donate or register online: www.fopwalk.org. For more information call 216-696-6525 ext. 3150.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – is an 8 week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The meetings will begin Thursday, September 22nd and conclude on November 10th, at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. The group meets from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 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.