This past summer, high school teens from the parish travelled to Detroit, Michigan for a week of service through Young Neighbors in Action. As part of this trip, our youth worked at an urban farm with the Greening of Detroit, a nonprofit agency that inspires sustainable healthy development of the community through green spaces, education, training and job opportunities. The teens served with the Grow a Garden program, which offers an opportunity for individuals, groups and schools to produce their own food and develop sustainable gardens. At the end of their time in Detroit, the group was challenged to bring what they learned home and put it into action in their community. As a result, the youth group is starting our own garden!
A site has been selected off of the lower level parking lot which will contain the garden itself as well as a composting area. This spot provides ample sunlight and access to a water source. The plan is to start a small and manageable area with a fence and raised beds. This winter, teens will focus on establishing a mission statement for the garden and decide what to grow.
On Saturday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m. we will break ground for the garden and are looking for volunteers to lend a hand. We plan to edge the garden beds with wood as well as create compost bins, and are in special need of volunteers with skills in this area. We will also be tilling the earth, building the beds, putting up the fence and preparing the ground for winter. We are in need of items such as grass clippings, leaves and spent seasonal flowers to begin our compost. If you would like to help on the 24th contact me. ([email protected]).
Like all good gardening experiences, it is exciting to dream of the possibilities, anticipate the coming coming season, and then dig in. We look forward to watching our youth garden grow.
TUOHY LECTURE: Fr. George Smiga, together with Rabbi Roger Klein, will be presenting an interreligious discussion of Pope Francis` Plea for the Earth at John Carroll University on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan Science Center. The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – This weekend we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year we are invited to support 1,150 of the youngest dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Please keep the Missions in your prayers and please be generous in this weekend’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, October 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.
ALL SOULS MASS – Monday, November 2nd. Sign-up sheets for Sacristan and Eucharistic Ministers for All Souls, is on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette. If you are able to minister on this day, please sign up.
BAPTISM DAY will be held on Sunday, November 8th, from 12:15-3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and not previously attended the Baptism class are expected to attend. Please call Kristen Gerber (440-773-2681) or Sue Ramming (440-796-2199).
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for an additional person to come to Adoration on Mondays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. Please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are able to fill this time slot. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you’ll be richly blessed.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – Dismissal of children ages 6-9 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.
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, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Nativity 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 October 19th. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – Mark your calendar now for Sunday, October 18th. Enviro-Recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 9-4 p.m. on Sunday to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. Early drop off is available on Saturday, October 17th in the parking lot. If it plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. Old computer monitors are welcome. Sorry, no tube TVs (flat screens are acceptable). More information is available on the St. Noel Website. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to ensure your privacy. Call Anthony for more information (946-1128 x122).
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.
OHIO BISHOPS & STATE ISSUES – The Ohio Conference of Bishops, including Bishop Lennon, has issued statements regarding State Issues 1-3. The Bishops support Issues 1 & 2; the Bishops oppose Issue 3. Copies of the statement are available in the narthex and on our website: www.stnoel.org.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening the weekend of October 31-November 1. Your purchases will benefit the organizations that have tables at the boutique as well as the individuals who will receive the gifts you buy! We have over 10 carefully chosen vendors whose mission is to help people, locally and internationally, move from poverty to sustainability. This popular event will run from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday the 31st and 8-1 p.m. on Sunday the 1st. Interested in volunteering? Call Anthony at the parish office. The Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is truly a way to put your purchasing power to good use.
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.
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 RETREAT – Will be on November 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Finding Our True Selves”, presented by Fran Armbruster. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able to donate, $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch is appreciated. All are welcome!
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 22nd, “Marvelous Mansions of Lake County”, speaker is Kathie Purmal, retired executive director of the Lake Historical Society. On October 29th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ADVENT TEA SIGN UP – Mark your calendars now for the Women’s Advent Tea which will be held on Sunday, December 6th from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Banquet Center. This year’s theme is The 12 Lights of Bethlehem. We welcome those who have been a hostess and attended an Advent Tea before, as well as anyone who would like to be a hostess for the first time. 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.
CYO WRESTLING TEAM – The Diocese of Cleveland is sponsoring a multi-parish team for 5th through 8th grade boys. All boys within the diocese are encouraged to register for the upcoming 2015-2016 winter season. Wrestling practices will be held 2 days a week in the evenings at the University School wrestling room on SOM Center Rd. in Hunting Valley. All interested parents are requested to contact either Coach Alex Massiello or Steve Cavolo via email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Online registration is available through http://ccdocle.org/program/cyo-wrestling.
“People of God: Immigration, Ecology and Capitalism” – A lecture by Fr. Robert T. Begin, Pastor Emeritus, St. Colman Catholic Church, Cleveland, OH. The event will take place on John Carroll University campus in the LSC Conference Room on Thursday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Please join us.
STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS & SHELTERS – Visit DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory to pick up a FREE Christmas Stocking to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Included with the stocking is a list of appropriate items to send along to our troops, their families or distribute to organizations locally. Stockings must be returned to the funeral home by Friday, November 6th and will be shipped to troops abroad or to area organizations in time for Christmas. Stockings may be picked up at either Willoughby Hills or South Euclid locations between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 440-516-5555.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – A list of upcoming retreats and programs. On October 19th, Day Retreat for Stephen Ministers and Caregivers. How Do We Love as God Loves? Presented by Sue Palmer. Cost is $35 which includes coffee/pastry and lunch. Time 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; October 19th, Mary: Mother, Disciple, Sister & Friend. Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Baran, SND. Cost is $20. Time 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; October 26th, Life Changer: A Doctor’s Encounter with Mother Teresa. Presented by Dr. Paul Wright. Cost is $20 which includes light refreshments. Time 7:00-8:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for these programs, visit www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL BOUTIQUE & CRAFT SHOW – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wickliffe will have their seventh annual boutique on October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Profits benefit the music ministry. Any questions contact Fran at 440-943-3529.
GABRIEL CHRISTMAS CRAFT BOUTIQUE – Will be at St. Gabriel School, 9935 Johnnycake Ridge on Friday, November 6th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for those 13 and older. For more information, contact Karen Zylak 440-428-5444 or [email protected]
ROBERT & WILLIAM PARISH – is looking for vendors for their “Holly Berry Bazaar” on Saturday, November 7th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Contact Ellen Ivory at 216-731-1515 or [email protected], if you would like to participate.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY FALL OPEN HOUSE – Will be on Sunday, October 25th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saint Joseph Academy is located at 3470 Rocky River Dr. in Cleveland. Questions call 216-251-4868.