For the last 29 years, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Cleveland has sponsored “Blanket Sunday.” The appeal collects money for bulk purchases of blankets and other items for the homeless and individuals in our own metropolitan area.
This year the collection will take place on the weekend of October 10th & 11th. Beginning this weekend, envelopes are available in the Narthex. You can return the envelopes in the collection, to the office, or in the basket in the Narthex during the next few weeks.
In the past, actual blankets and items of clothing were also accepted – but due to lack of space, St. Vincent de Paul is no longer able to do this. Therefore your only way to participate is by making a donation. I certainly encourage you to do so.
As the weather grows colder, it is important to assist those who are poor and homeless through the winter months. Your generosity to Blanket Sunday extends the love of Christ to others.
Fr. George Smiga
BLESSING OF ANIMALS – This Sunday, October 4th is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. We will celebrate this occasion with a blessing for animals at 12:45 p.m. in the Lower Level parking lot. Please discuss with your animal whether he or she wishes to attend.
NEW VIDEO – Another video has been completed by Fr. George as part of the Series for the Evangelization Office of the Cleveland Diocese. It is called “Bridges.” It explores the Christian call to work with others in repairing all that is broken in our world. You can find the video on Fr. George’s website: buildingontheword.org. Please leave a comment on the website to express your reaction to the message.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our first meal is this Thursday, October 8th. It should be a Spirit-filled evening. We have bakers, cooks, coordinators, & welcomers all ready to gather our guests in hospitality and friendship. Please pray for our Neighbor to Neighbor Meal. This is a ministry of St. Noel, and we all have a role. You are welcome to stop by on Thursday evening.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten) begins this Sunday, October 4th during the 9:00 Mass.
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.
YOUTH GROUP – will gather Sunday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – will be on Thursday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations by October 7th if you are planning to attend. There will be no ticket sales at the door. At this time we have enough items for the silent auction (please consider a cash donation instead). If you would like to place an ad in the event program please call Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the October issue is “Living Together Outside of Marriage.”
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.
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. 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).
PRISON/JAIL MINISTRY – St. Noel will introduce 2 ministries in the near future. The LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) support group offers a compassionate, understanding forum for those dealing with the incarceration of someone they love. LEAF meetings are monthly and open to any member of the community without cost. New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry will also begin shortly. A trained group of people will journey with a formerly incarcerated person with the purpose of helping that person to achieve successful re-entry into the community. Through networking, support and encouragement, people can hope to meet basic needs – housing & employment – as well as higher level needs – relationship building and spiritual renewal. These are ministries of St. Noel Parish; we all have a role in advocacy.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 8th, Bingo. On October 15th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: kielbasa and sauerkraut on a bun, macaroni salad, peach pie with ice cream. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets and payment is October 12th. 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!
OLMC “Original” SPAGHETTI DINNER – 29850 Euclid Ave, Wickliffe, is Sunday, October 18th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children 4-10 yrs. old $5 and Children 3 and under are Free. Tickets at the door. Carry out available. Cash drawing.
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will again be hosting the program “WELCOME HOME TO INACTIVE CATHOLICS.” The program will begin on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and will continue for the next five weeks. For more information, contact Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256-1412.
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, October 11th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor, Ohio.
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.
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.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER – will be held the weekend of October 16-18th at the Clarion Conference Center in Hudson. Call 330-305-9963 to register. Dates and registration are also available online at GreatMarriagesOhio.org.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN’S OPEN HOUSE Will be Wednesday, October 7th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440-279-1088 or visit www.ndcl.org.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE – Girls 6th, 7th and 8th grade are invited to the Fall Open House, on Sunday, Oct. 11th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – A list of upcoming retreats and programs.
- On October 13th, Laudato Si’ (Praise be To You): On Care for Our Common Home. Presented by Sr. Barbara O’Donnell, HM. Cost is $35, which includes coffee/pastry & lunch. Time is 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
- 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.
- Also on October 19th, Mary: Mother, Disciple, Sister & Friend. Presented by Sr. Mary Ann Baran, SND. Cost is $20. Time 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for these programs, visit www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300.
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.
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.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS CRAFT SHOW – will be held on Saturday, October 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. Free Admission. For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit the Recreation Page of the City’s website: www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.