With the holidays approaching it is again time to think of our yearly Christmas Project.
As in the past we will be using gift cards rather than purchased food and gifts. We will deliver these gift cards to families in need. Using gift cards will provide the people we serve the opportunity to shop for their own families. But to avoid simply handing a family an envelope, we will bring each family a house-warming basket with simple items such as cookies, candy, candles, and ornaments.
Families who are in need of assistance are referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties, as well as our Food Pantry and homebound ministries.
Please feel free to join in any or all of the following opportunities:
* Sponsor a Family – We will provide you a family and you can assume the responsibility of assembling the hospitality basket and buying the gift cards. You can also deliver the basket to them, although we can arrange for delivery if that is your preference.
* Fill a Basket – Baskets will be available beginning November 14th and 15th until all are taken. You can fill the basket with some simple housewarming gifts (a list of suggested items will be included in the baskets). All baskets should be returned to us by the weekend of December 12th and 13th.
* Donate Money/Gift Cards – We will be collecting cash as well as $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into the baskets.
* Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and Prime Time, will meet on Wednesday, December 16th at St. Noel to bake cookies and wrap baskets.
* Deliver Baskets – Meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 19th to pick up directions for delivery.
The Christmas Project is a beautiful work of mercy in which parishioners of all ages can work together to demonstrate the Christian call to serve others, especially those in need. If you have any questions concerning the Christmas Project or your involvement in it, please call Erica (440-946-1128, ext.120). The best way to celebrate our Savior’s birth is to follow his teaching and show our love of one another in generosity and service.
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 8th at 6:00 p.m. 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.
CEPROSI UPDATE – Xenia and Lucila had a wonderful time last week. Xenia commented that her family has grown in size because of “all her new brothers and sisters at St. Noel.” Thanks to all who made an effort to welcome them into our community, and a special thanks to Umberto Ritossa for hosting the women all week. This is what Church should look like.
WILD ALASKAN SALMON – We sold a lot of salmon at the Fair Trade Sale, and it’s available throughout the year. 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.
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.
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.
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 November 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!!!
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.
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.
LAKE CATHOLIC – Will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Be sure to join us for an opportunity to win a $500 or $1,000 freshman year tuition grant!
LAKE CATHOLIC ENTRANCE EXAM – There will be entrance exams on Saturday, November 14th at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; also on Thursday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m. This is a required exam for all students applying for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration is available at www.lakecatholic.org. Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions at 440-578-1020.
SPECIAL ONE-DAY PRICING ALL-SOULS CEMETERY – Pre-planning is a gift to your family and yourself. Join us on November 14th at 1:00 p.m. for an educational event. Learn in a group or discuss one-on-one with a Family Service Representative and receive a Personal Planning Guide. Light refreshments will be served. Address is 10366 Chardon Rd., Chardon, Ohio. RSVP at 216-641-7575 ext. 4.
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.
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.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE – On Wednesday, November 18th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., girls and their families in grades 6th, 7th and 8th are invited to tour the school at Beaumont’s Fall Open House. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.