Each year St. Noel sponsors a Concert Series in our Church. This year there will be 5 concerts, beginning with a free performance by City Music on Friday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m. Flyers for the entire series are available in the kiosk. Those who are on the concert contact list will be receiving a flyer in the mail. If you wish to join the contact list, please call Agnieszka Bieniek at the parish office.
This is also a fitting time to invite you to become a part of our music ministry. Here are the ways you can participate:
∙ St. Noel Choir is a group of 78 active members. There are no auditions required to become a member of this choir. Our St. Noel Choir serves during all weekend liturgies, Holy Days, Holidays and special religious events. Practices are each Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the church.
∙St. Noel Community Choir is a group which serves those who cannot come to the church or go to a concert. Last year the choir visited eight nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They practice 11:00 a.m.– Noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the church.
∙St. Noel Concert Choir is an auditioned group that sings advanced repertoire. They perform at St. Noel Church as well as at other churches and local festivals. They practice weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00–9:00 p.m.in the church. If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, please contact Director of Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek.
∙The Resurrection Choir provides music for our funerals. Practice takes place 30 minutes before each funeral.
∙St. Noel Handbell Choir is a group of dedicated ringers which plays at our weekend and Holy Day liturgies. The ability to read music is necessary. They practice weekly on Thursdays from 5:45-7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙Young Voices is a group of young people in grades 3-8. They provide music for some of the weekend Masses throughout the church year. Practices are each Tuesday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church.
∙Youth Bell Choir is for grades 3-12. They practice weekly during the school year on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
∙Our Music Ministry is also open to any instrumentalists who can add their talents to our group.
∙Cantors are always needed for our weekend liturgies. This essential role to our liturgy is open to any age group. Auditions and practices are individually scheduled.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. If you have any questions, call or email Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek, 440-946-0887 or [email protected] Please consider if you can add your talents to one of these groups which give praise to God
Fr. George Smiga
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.
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.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – Next weekend we celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year we are invited to support the 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 next weekend’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. Our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations.
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.
YOUTH GROUP – will gather Sunday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
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 Resurrection 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).
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.
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!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
ADVENT TEA – 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: St. John Vianney hosts a monthly group that invites people from neighboring parishes. The next meeting of that group will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. For more information and required registration please call Rita Demarchi at 440-942-0336.
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.
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.