As you are well aware from media reports, Hurricane Harvey has unleashed terrible damage upon Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas. At least 9 people are dead, 30,000 in emergency shelters, 100,000 without power and 450,000 in need of federal aid. The United States Bishops have asked parishes throughout the country to collect donations to help the victims of this storm. This weekend after all Masses our ushers will have baskets to accept your monetary offerings. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted areas. Your checks should be made out to St. Noel with Hurricane Relief in the memo line. We will add money which has been generated from the Rooted in Faith Campaign to your donations.
When disaster strikes we are called as followers of Jesus to help those in distress. Please be generous with your donations this weekend.
Fr. George Smiga
LABOR DAY – The parish office will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4th. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. There is no Eucharistic Adoration on that day.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES have been emailed to all our volunteers. If you have not received your copy, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
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 (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. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (https://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 (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).
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 session 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 8, 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].
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next N2N meal is scheduled for Thursday, September 7th. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. It’s a wonderful evening with 300+ of our neighbors. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church.
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 – Two 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 items for the silent auction. We are 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.
IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH – or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be for you! Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all are welcome to participate in our gatherings. In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required. We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality, and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office at 440-946-088.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 7th and 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!
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.
EAT AT CHIPOTLE – Pick up a flyer in the narthex and come into the Chipotle at 36200 Euclid Ave on Wednesday, September 6th between 5:00-9:00 p.m. Show them the flyer and 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Lake County Community Network. St. Noel is a proud partner of the Network and is grateful for the good work they do helping residents of Lake County with utility bills & rent.
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.
4TH ANNUAL SECOND BLESSINGS RUMMAGE SALE – Will take place place at St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid on Saturdays, September 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 10th from Noon – 5:00 p.m. This is a huge boutique-style sale. Over 18,000 square feet of gently used items including designer clothing, furniture, toys, housewares, linens, sporting goods and more. Admission is free, but if you enter at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday to get the best selections, the cost is $5. For more information, visit saintjohnofthecross.org or call the parish office 216-289-0770.
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.
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].
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will be hosting their 2nd Annual Unity Day on Saturday, September 9th from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Rd., Willoughby Hills. This event is a day to come together as a community to honor our First Responders and to remember and honor the victims and First Responders of the 9/11 attack. For more information, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages”, which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. Join our weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions, September 8th-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.
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.