As Christians we are called to participate in the mission of Christ to bring about the Kingdom of God. This mission impels us to use our talents and influence to change the structures in our world which are opposed to human dignity and God’s will. This means that our faith cannot be limited only to our homes and churches, but must attempt to influence the political system which determines our laws and public policy.
How to do this is always a complex task with choices to be made by each individual Christian. Recently, Catholic Charities of our diocese has opened a section of their website to educate about possible political initiatives relating to Catholic social teaching. It also provides a means by which our views as Catholic citizens can be expressed to our legislators.
If you go to our diocesan website: HTTP://ccdocle.org/social-action, you will be brought to a page with considerable discussion on social issues and Catholic teaching. The page can also be accessed through the St. Noel website. If you click on the brown box in the upper right corner marked “get engaged,” you will be brought to a selection of issues which you can endorse and then have your views sent to our legislators. Each option includes some background and then provides a place where you can insert your name and address.
The issues presently on the page are the elimination of the death penalty in Ohio, opposition to the family detention system as part of our immigration policy, protecting government funding for the homeless, and an initiative to implement common sense gun safety measures.
You may find that you wish to support all, some, or none of these efforts. But viewing the page will educate you on some social issues connected to Catholic teaching and provide a simple and effective way to express your support of those initiatives if you choose to do so. Whatever means we may use, let us work together to advance the mission of Jesus and to assist this extension of God’s will within our society.
Fr. George Smiga
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no Wednesday evening Masses through Wednesday, September 2nd. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For July 2015, we collected $3,178.78. Our expenses for July were:
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.
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; Adult Bell Choir, on Thursday, September 10th at 5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – We were able to offer over $1,400 through the bottle collection. Thank you! Over the last 6 years, our parish has collected $8,646.43 to support the excellent services of Womankind. Visit www.womankindcleveland.com to learn more.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 16th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org). Please turn in your registration to the parish office as soon as you can so that we can count you in for this year. A parent or guardian is encouraged to stay on this first evening. We will begin and end in the Banquet Center.
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 orientation sessions on Sunday, September 20th and September 27th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 4th.
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.
THE WORLD JESUS KNEW – a book by Anne Punton, will be the basis for a study of the historical Jesus on Tuesday evenings this fall. Using this book, videos, discussions, and lectures, study group members will come to know the background of first century Palestine and a better understanding of gospel situations and Jesus’ parables and sayings. All adults are welcome to the meetings in the Lower Level on September 15th, 29th, October 13th, 27th, November 10th, 24th and December 8th, 22nd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The book may be obtained through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or another book source. Read chapters 1 and 2 for the September 15th meeting. Questions? Call Kathy Coolick at 440-655-5593.
|Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?|
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 3rd, Bingo and Bake Sale, 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!
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the September issue is “Pope Francis and the Environment.”
BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS – Through your efforts, our recent blood drive was a great success. We collected 27 pints of blood for needed patient care and inspired 31 people to offer a donation. Thank you to our generous donors. The next drive is scheduled for December 20th.
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.
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.
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.
THE CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – is looking for a “Whole Bunch of Women” to attend and informational Coffee, to be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. If you are a woman of faith, married, widowed or single and want an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the needs of children, you want to attend. To receive and invitation and ask any questions you have, please call Patty O’Reilly at 440-231-4912.
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.
TOUCH A LIFE…Become a Hospice Volunteer – Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. We care for our patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse: visit patients and families to provide companionship, socialization, and comfort, help with legacy work, transportation, light housework, meal preparation, run errands, make phone calls, help with clerical work, attend health fairs, make a presentation. Volunteers with specialized professional qualifications and training are also needed. Volunteer education is held frequently throughout northern Ohio. Teen and volunteers not having patient contact attend only four hours of training while most other volunteers attend all 16 hours. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
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.
THOMAS MERTON SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND – Bonnie Thurston, a spiritual director and retreat leader will present a public lecture on September 11th at 7:00 p.m., cost $10. On September 12th from 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. will be a day retreat, cost $35. Both programs will be held at Ursuline Educational Center, 2600 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. For registration/additional information call 216-556-5683 or http://thomasmerton.eventbrite.com
BUILDING A VISION FOR RETIREMENT: The next Chapter of Life – On September 3rd, join us for what will the retirement years be like? Can it be a time that is truly life-giving and hope filled? This day will provide an engaging presentation, interactive conversation, and time for personal reflection session for individuals looking ahead to, or already in retirement. Facilitated by Fr. Norm Douglas & Rick Krivanka. Times are 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $40. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
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].