Our parish maintains a historic relationship with St. Augustine Hunger Center on West 14th St. in Cleveland. Members from St. Noel assist in serving a meal there on a monthly basis. St. Noel also sponsors a yearly meal with St. Augustine to benefit the Hunger Center. That meal will be taking place this year on October 15th and you will be receiving more information concerning it as the date approaches.
I am, however, writing you today with a specific need. For the last 14 years the St. Noel-St. Augustine meal has been organized by a team of dedicated people co-chaired by Nancy Fagan and Jim Klements. After this year’s event, Nancy and Jim intend to step down from this role. We thank them for their years of generous service which has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people. In order for the St. Augustine meal to continue, we need one or more parishioners to step forward to chair or co-chair the committee.
The St. Augustine meal has three objectives:
- To allow St. Noel & St. Augustine parishioners to share a meal together.
- To increase awareness of the St. Augustine Hunger Center.
- To raise funds for the Center.
The majority of the work and planning centers on the third objective. Each year the dinner has raised between $35,000 to $40,000 to assist the Center. This has been done through a variety of efforts, including a silent and live auction, 50/50 raffle, wine-pull and solicitation of sponsors.
My main objective is to allow the dinner to continue, even if it does so in a different format. I have spoken to Fr. McNulty, Pastor of St. Augustine, and he agrees that even a simplified dinner which raises less funds would be preferable to no dinner at all.
Therefore, I encourage you to consider whether you can donate your gifts and time to see that this great tradition of our two parishes can continue. I assure you that you will have the full support of St. Noel and St. Augustine and many good people with whom to work. We do need one or two people to step forward in a leadership role. Please pray and reflect whether one of those people might be you.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – There will be NO Adoration on Monday, September 7th.
MUSIC MINISTRY – Rehearsals will start after summer break. All groups accept new members, so please join us.The first rehearsal for Concert Choir will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the church; for St. Noel Choir on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m in the church; for Youth Bell Choir on Wednesday September 16th at 4:45 in the Lower Level; for Adult Bell Choir, on Thursday, September 10th at 5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
CLAMS & MORE – The clambake will be held on Sunday, October 4th 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, corn on the cob, and rolls & butter. Again this year we will have tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes. New this year we are adding baked sweet potatoes. The cost of the bake is $26.00 per person. The bake is all you can eat except for the clams. Additional clams may be purchased for $8.00 a dozen. There will also be a children’s buffet consisting of pizza, hamburgers, pasta & meatballs, applesauce, carrot & celery sticks and assorted cookies. Ages 6 to 12 is $10.00 per child and 5 years and under is no charge. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and to make reservations.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Interested in sharing your gifts and building relationships? Training for all meal volunteers is scheduled for September 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. The meal is much more than preparing food; we need people ready to… well… be neighbors. Eat.Listen.Share. We also need people to help in the kitchen. Our meal coordinators are ready to go! Can you help make the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal possible at St. Noel? Please contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the Church office.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 20th. Join us after the 11:00 Mass (about 12:15 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to our year. The whole family is welcome and the Playroom will be available for little ones. 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.
REGISTRATION FOR FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – Stop at the table in the narthex this weekend or next weekend to ask questions about or register for any of our Faith Formation programs that begin later this month. You can also find registration information on the kiosk in the narthex and at stnoel.org.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten) begins with orientation for those new to the program on Sunday, September 20th and Sunday, September 27th during the 9:00 Mass. The full group begins on Sunday, October 4th.
CALLL (for children in grades 1 – 5) begins on Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. A parent or guardian is encouraged to stay this first evening.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark Sunday, September 20th on your calendar for the kickoff of PEACE (grades 6-8) and Prime Time (grades 9-12), St. Noel’s middle school and high school youth ministry programs.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW SUNDAY EVENING TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Visit stnoel.org or the kiosk in the narthex for registration forms and calendars.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – will not be held this weekend. We return to our regular schedule next Sunday, September 13th. Dismissals of children ages 6-9 will take place at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Breaking open the Word of God with children is a rewarding experience. If you have ever thought about serving in this ministry, please contact Michele ([email protected] OR 440-946-1128 x 121). Youth volunteers are welcome as assistants and should contact Michele if interested.
PLAYROOM – Did you know that St. Noel has a Playroom located in the Lower Level where parents can go with their restless infants and toddlers during Mass and still hear the Liturgy over a speaker? Ask one of our greeters to direct you to the Lower Level if you would like to check it out.
EXTREME PLAYROOM MAKEOVER – If you would be interested in helping to “refresh” the Playroom (organizing, cleaning, rearranging), please contact Michele ([email protected] OR 440-946-1128 x 121).
THE WORLD JESUS KNEW – The Tuesday evening study group using this book by Anne Punton begins on September 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. in the Lower Level, and continues every other Tuesday through December. Questions? Call Kathy Coolick at 440-655-5593.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – will be on Thursday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Mark you calendars! Dinner invitations will be mailed out September 10th.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: “Companions on the Journey to the Kingdom” – Wednesday, October 7th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Facilitators will be Eleanor Reilly, Sharon Waltermire and Fran Armbruster. Sign-up on the kiosk or call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. All are welcome! There is no charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested for those who wish to do so.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 6-week support series beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.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 10th, Bingo. On September 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes, mixed fruit cup, assorted Danish. For tickets call: Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is September 13th. On Sept. 24th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
PROJECT H.O.P.E. – of Cleveland invites you to a fundraiser on Friday, September 18th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions, food and entertainment. Cost $40 per person. Proceeds underwrite free health-related screenings, evaluations and medical referrals for low-income residents in the St. Clair-Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. After Masses on the weekends of September 5th and 12th, representatives will be in the Narthex if you would like to purchase tickets.
WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION – Our recent collection was a huge success. We collected 69 wheelchairs, an all-time high for this event. Thanks to all who donated and a big thanks to Karen & Bruce Fraley for organizing the collection each year. All chairs are refurbished by prison inmates and distributed throughout the world.
LEAF MINISTRY – LEAF (Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families of the Incarcerated) is beginning at St. Noel, and will be one of 10-11 support groups active in the Diocese of Cleveland and the first group active in Lake County. The confidential meetings are open to all people and have been a great support to those dealing with the incarceration of someone they love. The St. Noel LEAF Ministry has opportunities for involvement from trained facilitators to hospitality and promotion. To learn more about this powerful and meaningful ministry, please call Anthony at the parish office.
ALPHA MINISTRY – St. Anselm Church in Chesterland is offering the Alpha program and invites all those in our community searching for more. The first session begins September 10th. Alpha is an international, Christian-based program designed to help enhance your relationship with Jesus and reconnect with your faith. Last year over 100 people participated in Alpha. Call St. Anselm (440-729-9575) for more information.
BUTTONS NEEDED – Esperanza Threads, a non-profit organization in Cleveland that trains low-income individuals to learn industrial sewing skills, needs buttons for their sewing training classes. They are looking for buttons which are 1” or 1.25” in various colors and styles. Please call Sr. Mary Eileen at 216-548-6415 if you can help. Check out their website: www.esperanzathreads.com.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – An 8 week support group is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd, and conclude on November 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 401 North St., Chardon. 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 and it is open to people of all faiths.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, September 13th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
CHAPTER II EAST – is a non-sectarian, non-denominational support group for those who have recently lost their spouse. Fall classes begin on Tuesday evening, September 15th, in Highland Heights. There are six classes held in a private home. After the classes conclude, there is an opportunity for activities and social events. Please refer anyone who is having difficulty to Betty Wallace (440-952-5379) or Don Lehmann (216-382-1013) for additional information.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Friday September 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork and holiday items. To donate items please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – September 11-13th Someone once said, “Marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on September 11-13th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Diane or Al Miskinis at 330-665-3506 or 800-470-2230 or register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
ST VITUS ADULT SLOVENIAN SCHOOL – is beginning its 2015-2016 language classes on September 12th. Classes are scheduled on two Saturdays each month from 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. and will continue through May 21, 2016. Location is at St. Martin de Porres High School (formerly St. Vitus School), 6111 Lausche Ave., Cleveland. Tuition is $50 per semester. Textbook is sold separately, approximately $40. For more information call Lillian at 216-289-7253 or Majda at 440-255-1178 or email Lillian at [email protected].
FALL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – A support group for those working through the process of grief. The session will be a series of six Mondays, starting October 5th – November 9th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory, 28890 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. For more information or to register please contact Alana or Stephanie at 440-516-5555. They are open to all adults.