Over the last few months our parish has been involved in creating a picture directory of our members. The project is almost complete.
A committee composed of Anthony Camino, Anna Armstrong, Cheryl duLaney and Leslie Barni is designing the final form of the book. Our plan is to have the directory available by Thanksgiving.
I would like to thank all parishioners who had their pictures taken and those who volunteered to sign up people after Mass and greet those who came to the photo sessions. I believe the directory will be an important component to our parish history and a useful tool for all who desire to become more familiar with our parish family.
LOUISIANA FLOOD COLLECTION – The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is sponsoring an emergency collection this weekend 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.
EVENING FOR LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Fr. Paul Turner will be speaking at St. Paschal’s on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. His topic is “May the Lord Accept the Sacrifice.” The evening is targeted for eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, musicians and sacristans. Come join us for an informative and engaging evening. This lecture is free to everyone.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, September 25th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
SUNDAY PARISH OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – This is a wonderful opportunity to become involved, and interact with the parish community on Sundays, between masses. This meaningful and fulfilling position would allow you be the “go to” person for those attending Mass, who may need the convenience of taking care of parish office business. This position would work well for a person who regularly attends Mass on Sundays, who’s willing to give an hour of their time before or after your Mass of choice! Please call the Parish Office 440-946-0887 if this may be good fit for you!
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, 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.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is this 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 next Sunday, September 25th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 2nd.
CALLL – (weekly faith formation for children in grades 1-5) meets this Wednesday, September 21st, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We begin and end in the Banquet Center.
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.
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.
LIVING ROSARY – ministry will start in October, a month dedicated to the Holy Rosary.This prayer group will require you to pray one decade of the rosary every day throughout the month. Next month you will be assigned to pray the next decade of the rosary. This ministry will be joining eleven million other people praying the living rosary every day all around the world. This way we will be connected with each other through prayer and we will keep a full rosary prayer alive every day. If you are interested in this ministry leave your name, phone number and e-mail address for Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ext.119.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT will be on Wednesday, October 5th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Living Mindfully” will be facilitated by members of the retreat ministry. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able, a $6.00 donation to cover the cost of lunch is suggested. All are welcome!
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 7:00 p.m. The next meeting is this 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.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will meet on Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. There will be time for pizza and socializing and we’ll discuss how to apply the principles of Catholic social teaching. For MORE information visit moreyoungadults.com.
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 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!
THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER/AUCTION – will be on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Mark your calendars! Look for your dinner invitations that will be mailed out September 19th.
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will again be hosting the program “WELCOME HOME TO INACTIVE CATHOLICS”. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and will continue for the next five weeks. For more information contact Divine Word at 440-256-1412.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES DISABILITY SERVICES & MINISTRIES – Will be celebrating the 39th Annual Walk of Hope. The walk will be on Saturday, October 1st at OLA/St. Joseph Center, 2346 W 14th St. See flyer on kiosk for additional information.
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.
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!
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL – will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary this school year. To celebrate they will be hosting a fall festival! All parish communities that support All Saints are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!
The fall festival will include haunted train rides, monster slide, pirate ship, games, music and food. It is October 7th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. It will be hosted at the St John Vianney Parish Father Kline Social Hall in Mentor. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
DISCOVERING CHRIST! – a journey of exploration and growth. Please join us for 7 Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. starting Saturday October 1st at St. Mary, Chardon (Oct 1 -1 Nov 19). We will begin with breakfast, have a short video presentation and then small group discussion. The program also includes a 1-day retreat on Saturday Nov 5th. To register, email: [email protected] and provide your name(s), phone and any special dietary needs. There is no cost for this program and it is open to everyone 9th grade to adult – Catholics, non-Catholics, and those searching (we are all on a journey). Please join us for the most important journey of your life!