On Thursday, October 8th, we held the first Neighbor to Neighbor meal in our Banquet Center. You will remember that the meal is one of several advocacy initiatives moving forward in our parish.
What makes this meal an advocacy effort is that it is not only about the food. It is about building relationships and appreciating the mutual gifts we share. Over time, we are hopeful that we will be able to help in other ways that could resolve some of the underlying causes of hunger.
On October 8th, we served about 150 people. The group was evenly split between members of St. Noel and our neighbors who joined us. There was a relaxed and friendly spirit in the room. Our parishioners mixed well with our guests, and all seemed to enjoy the opportunity to gather for food and conversation. I was very pleased with this first meal, and I believe the meals will grow in both size and ease as we continue.
The meals will continue to take place on the first Thursday of each month. Our next meal will be on November 5th. If you would like to become involved in the Neighbor to Neighbor meal, please call Anthony at the Church office or email Sharon Waltermire at [email protected]. Any donations you would like to make to defray the cost of the meal can be made to the Social Justice Fund.
I would like to thank all who worked to plan and execute the first meal. Please keep this initiative in your prayers so that through it, we may more fully carry out the mission of Christ.
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.
ALL SOULS DAY MASS – Is Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Please come and pray for all those that have died in the past year.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – On Monday, November 2nd (All Souls Day), Adoration hours will be from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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).
OFFICE VOLUNTEER – We are in need of a volunteer in the Parish Office to work every other Wednesday evening (6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) to answer phones, greet parishioners, and do some light office work. If interested, please call the Parish Office 440-946-0887.
YOUTH GROUP – Will gather this Sunday, November 1st at 6:00pm in the Lower Level.
YOUTH GARDEN – We are in need of chemical free items such as grass clippings, leaves, and spent seasonal flowers to begin our compost. Contact Erica at [email protected] if you can assist in this way.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening this weekend, October 31st-November 1st. 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. Come down to the Small Hall before or after Mass this weekend. Doors are open from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sunday the 1st. Make sure to say “hola” to Xenia and Lucila from CEPROSI.
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – Wild One Seafoods is at the Fair Trade Sale from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb. and King salmon is $15.00/lb (Coho fillets are 1-2 lbs., King fillets are 2-4 lbs). It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. You can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected].
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.
ELECTION DAY – This Tuesday, November 3rd is election day. Important issues for your consideration exist at the state & local levels as well as the various council/school board positions set to expire. Please make a point to inform yourself and to cast your vote on November 3rd.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next meal will be this Thursday, November 5th. It will be another spirit-filled evening. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to stop by on Thursday evening. Baked goods can be dropped off in the parish office.
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!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On November 5th & 12th, Bingo. 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!!!
EMMAUS RETREAT – For LGBTQ Christians and their Family and Friends will be held at the Jesuit Retreat House, 5629 State Rd. Cleveland. The date is November 6th-7th. Registration begins at 6:30-7:30. For more information go online at www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300. Reservations and deposit must be made by November 2nd. Check the flyer on the kiosk.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, November 8th, 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.
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Saturday, November 14th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 for children 6-12 yrs. and under 6 are free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For more information call 440-943-3834.
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. Signups for the tea will be after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. 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.
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming retreats and programs: On November 9th, Table Fellowship in the Gospels and Ignatian Spirituality. Presented by Dr. Andy Kereky. Time 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., mass and lunch included. Cost $35. On November 13th-15th, Courage to Teach: Revitalizing Your Passion as an Educator. Presented by Barbara Hummel, Tony Vento and Deborah Zawislan. Renew your inner life with this unique, highly-rated approach to professional development. All educators preK-12 and higher education are invited. Cost is $270, includes room, meals and program materials. For questions or registration for these programs, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
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.
VITUS SLOVENIAN SCHOOL REVERSE RAFFLE – Join us for an evening of chance, good food, drink and fun. On Saturday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Church Auditorium. Proceeds to benefit the St. Vitus Slovenian School 2016 trip. Dinner alone $25, dinner with main board $60, dinner for two and main boards $115. For ticket information, contact Jane Leksan (216-470-5990 or [email protected]) or Viki Wade (440-413-5106 or [email protected].)
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]
ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – is on Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.
“SURVIVING THE PERFECT STORM: CLEVELAND’S CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN TRANSITION 1950-2015” – Lecture by Dr. Marian Morton, Professor Emeritus, John Carroll University on Thursday, November 5th at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will take place in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center/LSC Conference Room and it is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by The Institute of Catholic Studies and Teaching Cleveland Digital.