St. Noel has always placed a high priority on youth ministry. Erica Zalar serves our parish as a member of our staff – overseeing our ministries to middle and high school teens.
Over the years it has become apparent that our youth ministry programs must become more flexible. The demands on young people are increasing. Comittments to family, school, work and sports quickly fill a young person’s calendar. We are always striving to schedule events that teens are free to attend.
This year we will be moving PrimeTime, our high school Youth Ministry, from Sunday evenings to Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. We believe that this time between our two Sunday Masses will allow more of our high school youth to participate. PrimeTime offers youth an opportunity for faith development, service, and community with other teens. I encourage all high school students of our parish to consider being a part of PrimeTime. Registration forms can be found in the Narthex.
Another opportunity for teens is to volunteer as a tutor for younger kids at the Salvation Army Center in Painesville on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Neighborhood kids are dropped off at the Salvation Army Center after school for gym and homework help. They need the presence and support of older teens. I ask any of our teens in grades 8-12 to consider serving as a tutor. This ministry is independent of PrimeTime and is not necessarily a weekly commitment. Come serve as you are able. Tutoring is an opportunity to exercise faith in the service of others. Flyer and volunteer forms can be found in the kiosk.
Growing in faith is a goal for every member of our parish. I invite the teens of St. Noel to learn and serve through PrimeTime and/or acting as a tutor at the Painesville Salvation Army Center.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
NOEL MUSIC MINISTRY groups begin their rehearsals in September.
∙Choir, Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
∙Community Choir, Thursday, September 8th.
∙Concert Choir, Tuesday, September 13th.
∙Children’s Bell Choir – (Grades 3 and up with no bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th.
∙Youth Bell Choir (Grades 6 and up with bell ringing experience), Wednesday, September 14th.
∙Adult Bell Choir, Thursday, September 8th.
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 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 on 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.
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 7pm. 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.
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 on September 10th). 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!!
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Please pick up a blue grocery bag on the table in the narthex and bring it with you to the grocery store. The pantry is currently in need of soups, tuna fish, macaroni & cheese, pasta (not whole wheat), peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. Our pantry served 58 separate households in July. Thanks to all who support the pantry!
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will meet on Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room at St. Noel. There will be time for pizza and socializing and we’ll continue our discussion 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 8th, Bingo; 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!
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb and King salmon is $15.00/lb (Coho fillets are 1-2 lbs, King fillets are 2-4 lbs). It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. Wild One partners with Geauga Family Farms and is in the St. Noel parking lot every Saturday morning from 9:15-10:30 a.m. selling salmon. You can simply purchase on site or you can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected].
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.
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 8:30-1:00 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.
UNITY DAY – Please join in the City of Willoughby Hills sponsored event at the VFW Post #4358, 29412 White Rd., on September 11th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., to honor the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, the first responders and our veterans. Come enjoy music, games, food (the Fall Corn Fest Crew will be serving up their delicious roasted sweet corn). See flyer on the kiosk for information.
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.
THEOLOGY ON TAP – Every FIRST Wednesday of the month, young adults in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to gather at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights at 7 P.M. to hear an engaging speaker reflect on some aspect of the faith while enjoying a pint and some tasty food! Each night kicks off with a social, which includes complementary appetizers and a cash bar, followed by a speaker. Admission is only $5. Our first speaker on Wednesday, September 7th will be Mr. Jacob Bearer who will be addressing the upcoming election season, not to endorse a candidate or platform but to probe beneath the rhetoric and frustration to unveil the specifically Catholic contribution faith brings to the democratic process. Theology on Tap is a great way for young adults, college students, and newly married couples to go deeper in their faith and connect with other young Catholics in the area. For more information, contact Fr. Patrick Schultz (216-321-0024 or [email protected]).