The Season of Advent begins on November 29th.
The four Sundays of Advent call us not only to remember Christ’s first coming at Christmas, but also to prepare for Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Although some people associate Jesus’ second coming with upheaval and judgement, the central message of Jesus’ return is one of hope. The gospel promises us that on the great day at the end of our present time, a new time or age will begin which is God’s Kingdom. In that time every evil will be destroyed and God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus’ second coming initiates a reign of justice and peace. You will recognize in the readings on the first three Sundays of Advent reflections on Jesus’ second coming and on the fourth Sunday an emphasis on Jesus’ birth. Advent then looks back on Jesus becoming one of us through his birth as the son of Mary and look forward to all the blessings Jesus promises us in the Kingdom of God.
One of the ways families have celebrated the Advent season is through the use of an Advent wreath. We have traditionally lit an Advent wreath in our Narthex, but the fundamental setting for the wreath is the home.
Four lights, one for each week of Advent, remind us that Christ has come and will come again. This year we are providing an opportunity for parishioners to come together to create Advent wreaths to be used in their homes. The wreath we will offer utilizes vigil lights rather then candles and is both innovative and attractive. Our wreath making will take place after every Mass next weekend November 21st & 22nd. We will gather in the Lower Level. We will provide all the materials to make and to use the wreath. Come with members of your family or just come yourself. We will be accepting free-will donations to defray the cost of materials, but all are welcome to come without cost. Working together to build our wreaths is a sign of our community with one another, even as we construct the wreaths we will use in our homes to recall the two comings of Christ
LITURGICAL MINISTERS can sign up for the 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass on the bulletin board next to the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to help.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Next weekend November 21st and 22nd, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
HELP – We are in need of clean, clear mason and jelly jars for our Advent Wreath project. If you can help, please drop these off in the parish office by Friday, November 20th.
YOUTH GROUP will gather this Sunday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. Teens are invited to bring a Thanksgiving side dish to share.
THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT begins this weekend and continues through the next month. As in past years, each participant in the Christmas Project will receive a basket filled with items that bring holiday cheer. Each basket will also hold gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle so that families can do their own Christmas shopping. We are also in need of monetary donations which will cover the cost of the gifts cards for unsponsored baskets. Or, if it’s easier for you, you can pick up gift cards in the amount of $10 when you are doing your shopping at Target and Giant Eagle. These cards will go into baskets as well. Sign-ups for cookie baking, basket wrapping and basket delivery can be found on the kiosk. More details are located at stnoel.org.
LEAF MINISTRY – Overwhelmed by a loved one’s incarceration? There is help. St. Noel’s first LEAF session will take place on Monday, November 16th at 7 p.m. LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) is a ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony Camino.
LANDLORDS NEEDED – As part of our New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry, we are looking for local landlords willing to give those returning from jail/prison an opportunity. Two of the biggest needs for those returning from incarceration are employment and housing. If you are a landlord or know someone who can help, please contact Anthony in the Church office. Successfully helping people reintegrate into the community is a benefit for all of us.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group, which met for the first time in May, is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Monday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Visitation Room. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on the November 16th. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED – Our friends at St. Mary in Painesville report that the homeless population is struggling. One way we can help is to offer sleeping bags that can be distributed through St. Mary’s outreach ministry. Please bring clean, useable sleeping bags to the parish anytime.
COOKIES FOR THE PANTRY – Join members of the parish on Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. in the Small Hall to create trays of cookies which are distributed through the St. Noel Food Pantry. Please bring your cookies already baked and ready to go. We will have all the necessary materials to create beautiful trays for our pantry guests. Families are welcome. Thanks to Ada Gornik for organizing this yearly event.
ADVENT TEA SIGN UP – Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. The tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is The 12 Lights of Bethlehem. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person. Proceeds go to the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone attending is asked to also bring a food item for the food pantry. Please call Karen Spehar (216-481-6579) or Annie Zahradnik (440-724-2532) for more information.
HELP THE FOOD PANTRY – The pantry is in need of soups, pasta, peanut butter & jelly. Blue pantry bags are available in the narthex. Please take one and use it at the grocery store. Thanks to the City of Willoughby Hills for donating canned goods and a portion of the proceeds from their recent 5K race. We appreciate the support of our city!
PARISH DAYTIME ADVENT RETREAT will be on December 2nd, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. What the Incarnation Means for Me, members of our retreat community will share their thought on the Incarnation and Advent. There will also be prayer services, a guided meditation, and quiet time. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. Suggested donation is $6.00. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 19th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: roast turkey, stuffing, corn, salad, rolls & butter, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $8.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is November 16th; also will be Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome! NO MEETING on November 26th – Happy Thanksgiving!!!
THE REAL STORY of WILLOUGHBY – On Sunday, November 22nd at Trinity Lutheran Church, 37728 Euclid Ave., Dr. Ron Taddeo, M.D. will present the “undistorted” history of Dr. Westel Willoughby, the Willoughby Medical College and the naming of the city of Willoughby. The presentation begins at Noon; luncheon refreshments will be served.
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming retreats and programs:On November 21-22, Charis: The Seekers’ Retreat for Young Adults in their 20’s & 30’s. Join other young adults for an overnight retreat experience that will help you focus on what you really want for your life. On November 23rd, The Lovely Imperfect: Growning a Grateful Heart. Experience poetry as a kind of prayer and reflection that opens the heart in a fresh way.
On November 30th, Life Changer: Finding Humility. Humilty is quality by which a person considering their own defects has a humble opinion of themselves and willingly submits themselves to God and to others for God’s sake. For questions or registration for these programs, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE – On Wednesday, November 18th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., girls and their families in grades 6th, 7th and 8th are invited to tour the school at Beaumont’s Fall Open House. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.
SAINT PASCHAL LADIES GUILD HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW – On Saturday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., join us for our highly anticipated Annual Holiday Craft Show. There will be 140 craft tables to view. You’ll be sure to find unique gifts for yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM for those who are facing the Holidays without a loved one, will be held on Sunday, November 22nd from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Chapel, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord.This program will provide helpful steps to journey through the holidays. Please come and join us and let us make a difference. For more information, please call Eileen, 440-255-1447.
LAKE CATHOLIC FALL PLAY – Lake Catholic High School proudly presents, “The Game’s Afoot,” a campy Sherlock whodunit murder mystery full of twists and hilarity set during December 1936. The show runs on the Lake Catholic High School stage November 19th, 20th and 21st at 7:30 p.m. and November 22nd at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors and Alumni and $5 for students and are on sale now in the school Spirit Store. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available for $7.50 each if purchased for all the same performance. Please contact the school with any questions at 440-578-1020.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? – Join us for a special 4 week mini support group for those having difficulty facing the holidays as a result of separation and divorce. This special program is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to get through the holidays and move forward. Attend all sessions, or anything in between. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 8th, 15th, 22nd and January 5th at St. Bede the Venerable, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. To register or for more info: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Come join Santa for breakfast on Saturday, December 12th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please make your reservation with payment before December 7th to enjoy pancakes, sausage and juice with Santa. Cost for children ages 12 and under is $2 (includes photo) & $5 for adults. Extra photos are $2 each and can be purchased at the event. Reservations are every fifteen minutes from 8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Registration begins November 2nd. Call 440-975-3540 to make reservations or online at www.willoughbyhills-oh-gov or at the Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. Space is Limited!
HELP THE NEEDY OF NORTHEAST OHIO – The Cleveland Furniture Bank provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a pickup of your furniture. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.