Fall is a perfect time to join various groups of the St. Noel Music Ministry. All of these groups are in need of new members.
∙ St. Noel Church Choir is a non auditioned group. Our St. Noel Church Choir serves during all weekend liturgies, Holy Days, Holidays, and special religious events. Practices are in the church each Thursday from 7:00-8:15 p.m. for those who would like to sing only during the Masses, and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for those who would like to sing during our two annual concerts as well.
∙ St. Noel Concert Choir is a group that sings advanced repertoire. Concert Choir performs at St. Noel Church as well as at other churches and local festivals. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from
7:00–9:00 p.m.in the church. This year we will work on a number of short term singing projects and everybody is invited to join us for one or all of them. More details will be posted in our church bulletin.
∙ St. Noel Community Choir serves those who are unable to come to the church or attend a concert. Last year the choir visited ten nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The repertoire include folk songs, patriotic songs, and church songs; our concerts have a singalong format. This choir practices 11:00 a.m.– Noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the church. Our concerts are scheduled one Thursday a month between 10:00 a.m. and noon.
∙ The Resurrection Choir provides music for our funerals. Practice takes place 30 minutes before each funeral. Please consider joining us in this meaningful ministry.
∙ St. Noel Handbell Choir is a group of dedicated ringers which plays at our weekend and Holy Day liturgies. The ability to read music is necessary. Practice is every Thursday from 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙ Youth Bell Choir is for grades 6-12 who have experience in bell ringing. They practice weekly during the school year on Wednesdays. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 20th from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙ Children’s Bell Choir is for grade 3 and up with no experience in bell ringing. Our Wednesday rehearsals will be 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level beginning Wednesday, September 20th (the same time as Youth Bell Choir).
∙ Our Music Ministry is in need of Instrumentalists who can add their talents to our group. If you are in school orchestra, school band, or you have taken private lessons or have played an instrument in the past, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek. She will work with you according to your personal gifts and abilities.
∙ We are always in need of Cantors for our weekend liturgies. This essential role to our liturgy is open to people of any age. Auditions and practices are individually scheduled.
As you can see there are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. Detailed information about each of the music groups can be found on our website and on the kiosk. If you have any questions, call or email Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-1228, ext. 119 or [email protected]). Please consider if you can add your talents to one of these groups which give praise to God. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for any of our groups, Music Ministry members will be available in the narthex after each Mass this weekend.
Fr. George Smiga
LIGHTING PROJECT – Our lighting project will begin this week in the church. The following will be cancelled: Eucharistic Adoration, Monday, Sept.18th and the 6:45 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, September 20th.
HURRICANE RELIEF – Because of your generosity we were able to raise $8,204 for the relief of those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will add $2,000 to that amount from funds designated to charity from the Rooted in Faith Campaign. All contributions will be disbursed through Catholic Charities USA. Thank you for your donations.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (CCC) – Next weekend our ushers will accept your donations for the campaign. Fifty percent of all funds collected remains in the diocese to fund local communications projects. The other half helps to fund national and international programs. By supporting the CCC, you help bring the gospel message to everyone.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $6.50 each.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, September 24th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
TRAINING FOR MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION The diocese has scheduled numerous training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The closest to St. Noel is Sunday, October 15th from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Divine Word Parish in Kirtland. We have room for new Eucharistic Ministers at all weekend liturgies. If you are interested in being trained, please contact Anthony at the parish office.
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION – Our first family session is THIS Sunday, September 17th. Join us after the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to each other and our year. We’ll finish by 1:30 p.m. 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.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS for families and children begin this week. Registration forms and calendars can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the website (https://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. Three year olds and those new to the program can attend an orientation session next Sunday, September 24th in the Lower Level. The full group begins on Sunday, October 1st.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins this 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.
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.
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 – High school students in grades 9-12 are welcome to attend our first session this Sunday evening, September 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Pizza will be provided.
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.
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.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come enjoy the garden as the season winds down, Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on September 22 and 29. We’ll close the garden for the year on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
ST NOEL BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY SUPPORT GROUP – A death changes those left behind. The grief that follows such a loss is natural and normal, but many of us find our own reaction to grief unexpected. Learning about grief and understanding the reaction to your loss in a supportive environment can be helpful. To assist those who have lost a loved one, the St. Noel Bereavement Ministry will be offering a 5 week Support Group this fall. You are invited to attend the Bereavement Support Group on Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 11, 2017, at 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Nativity Room. Call the parish office at 440-946-0887 to register for the series, by October 2nd.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, October 4th from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Everything is Grace”, facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are 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.
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 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!
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 [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.
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.
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.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI – is hosting Alpha. Alpha is a practical introduction to the Christian Faith in a relaxed setting that includes a meal, casual conversation, a DVD or live talk. Join us on Monday nights September 18th through November 20th with a retreat centered on October 21st. Contact Sister Julianne for more information at 440-461-0066 or [email protected].
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will be hosting “Welcome Home to Inactive Catholics.” This has been successful in the past as dozens of people have returned to the Church. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and continue for the next five weeks. All are welcome!