The large window behind the choir was successfully replaced the week of August 18th. The job was completed significantly under budget. Our choir members will now remain dry during thunderstorms.
On September 15th-17th, contractors will be carrying out repair work in our parking lot. Last winter was particularly damaging to the lot. About 5300 square feet will be milled out and replaced with new asphalt. Many cracks in the lot will also be filled. The cost of this maintenance will be $17,400. It is easy to take the parking lot for granted, but unless we keep up regular repairs it can quickly deteriorate.
I would like to thank Mr. Frank Vitale who has graciously provided his services to St. Noel at no cost. Working together with Jim Klements on our finance committee, Frank has secured the best prices for our parish maintenance projects and supervised their execution. His expertise has saved our community thousands of dollars in expenses.
Again I thank all our parishioners who contribute to the support of St. Noel. Not only does your generosity make our spiritual ministries possible, it also allows us to keep our parish facilities attractive and safe.
Fr. George Smiga
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $5.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS are in the vestment sacristy (across from the restrooms). Lectors are invited to pick up their book after Mass.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark your calendars now! The first gathering of PEACE and Prime Time, St. Noel’s middle school and high school youth ministry programs, will be on Sunday, September 21st from 7-8:30 p.m. Join us for a bonfire, games and plenty of food! Registration forms are available in the kiosk and at stnoel.org.
CONFIRMATION -We are updating our Confirmation list. If you are going into 10th grade or older and have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and wish to do so in the upcoming year, please contact Erica Zalar in the parish office.
PLAYROOM VOLUNTEERS WANTED – If your family is interested in using the Playroom for infants and toddlers during the 9:00 a.m. Mass, please contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 21). Parents take turns volunteering from October through May. Youth volunteers are welcome as assistants and should contact Michele if interested.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – We return to our regular schedule this weekend. Dismissals of children ages 6 – 9 will take place at both the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday 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 x21). Youth volunteers are welcome as assistants and should contact Michele if interested.
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. Three year olds and those new to the program can attend orientation sessions on Sunday, September 21st and Sunday, September 28th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 5th.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 17th, 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. 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.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 21st. Come to Mass at 11:00 a.m. Then come down to the Banquet Center Small Hall (beginning at 12:15 and ending about 1:30) for a light lunch and an introduction to our year. The whole family is welcome, and the Playroom will be available for little ones. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 21) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.
PEOPLE OF GOD, THE HISTORY – Do you love history? Do you love the Church? Why not combine these interests? Join a parish group that will explore Church history on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 30th. There will be light readings each week (from the above book by Anthony Gilles) and an opportunity to share your views in a discussion led by parishioner Kathy Coolick. Sign up on the kiosk or call 440-943-1805 with questions.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREATS – will begin on October 1st. They are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month through May, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. The focus this season will be Exploring the Kingdom of God. More information will be coming soon in the bulletin and on the St. Noel website.
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 Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. Meetings will continue on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 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 September 23rd. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the September issue is “From Worship To World.”
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: September 11th, bingo; September 18th will be a socializing meeting, followed by “breakfast for lunch”. Menu includes scrambled eggs, french toast, fried potatoes, sausage and danish. For tickets call: Rosemarie Baranauskas, 440-585-4548; cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is September 14th. September 25th is bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry, get a free 50/50 ticket.
ATTENTION RETIRED MEN AND WOMEN – Would you like to be of service to your parish? Are you available mornings to be an usher-server for funerals at St. Noel? You would be called on a rotating basis and need serve only at your convenience, approximately once a month. For more information call Ray Kiraly at 440-942-3553.
CLAMS & MORE – Chef Randy has taken over the clambake and has turned it up a notch. The clambake will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. As always the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley buttered redskin potatoes, corn on the cob and rolls and butter. New this year we will also have tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes, as well as a selection of standard and premium beer for purchase. The cost of the bake is $26.00 per person. Also new this year will be a children’s buffet consisting of pizza, burgers, pasta and meatballs, applesauce, carrot and celery sticks, and assorted cookies. Ages 6 to 12 years is $10.00 per person and 5 years and under is no charge. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and reservations.
SAVE THE DATE! – NEW TIME THIS YEAR! – The St. Augustine Dinner/Auction will be on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Mark your calendars! Dinner invitations will be mailed out September 8th.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALES – Several sales a year are held with proceeds supporting our patients and families throughout northern Ohio. Would you please consider donating your old furniture or housewares for this worthy cause? We are in need of gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items. Pick up can be arranged and donations are tax deductible. To donate items please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AND PET MEMORIAL CELEBRATION – on Saturday, September 13th at DeJohn Pet Services, 28890 Chardon Rd. Willoughby Hills. This outdoor, ecumenical service held on the grounds is free and open to the public. Bring your cherished pet for a special blessing and/or photos or tokens of your deceased pet to be used in the memorial service. For more information and to RSVP, call Sherri at 440-278-7110.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? Struggling with moving on? Divorce Recovery for Catholics, an 8-week support group program designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Thursday, September 25th and conclude on November 13th, at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected].
SUPPORT GROUP ON GRIEF – Saint Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts., will conduct a six-week support group on grief, beginning on Wednesday, September 17th. The support group will meet on Wednesdays, in the Rectory parlor, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please contact the Rectory at 440-442-3410 for any additional information. The support group is FREE and open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a significant person in their life.
AN INVITATION TO SERVE – Are you a naturally caring, compassionate and giving person? Were you blessed with parents or other role models in life from whom you learned that the joy of living is gained through giving? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, look for an Invitation to Serve from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in September. For more information call 216-696-6525, ext. 3150 or via e-mail at [email protected].
CHAPTER II EAST – is a support group for those who have lost their spouse in the last five years. Our Fall Bereavement session begins on Tuesday evening, September 16th in Highland Heights. For information call: Betty Wallace 440-951-5379, Don Lehmann 216-382-1013, or Dottie McDevitt 440-255-5326.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – is offering those who have completed the 8 week Praying with St. Ignatius retreat an opportunity to explore their spiritual gifts in making important life decisions. This 6-week follow-up program is entitled Discernment & Decision-Making and will begin on October 2nd at St. Ignatius High School. Please call Barbara at 440-884-9300 or visit our website at www.jrh-cleveland.org for further details.
CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY – at Progressive Field will be on Sunday, September 28th. Join the Cleveland Indians for Mass and a ball game. Pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. in the Ball Park. Tickets starting at $14 can be purchased at HTTP://TINYURL.COM/KMTYG8Z and enter special offer code “baseball”. Any questions call 216-420-4162 or email [email protected].
THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME – invite you to attend their 52nd Annual Barbecue and Boutique to be held on Sunday, September 21st and Sunday, September 28th from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy barbecued chicken or ribs, chips, apple pie, coleslaw or applesauce and beverages. Select Sisters` handmade items in the Boutique. Tickets available at the door: $12/chicken, $15/ribs. Held at Notre Dame Education Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, OH. Rain or shine. For further information, contact Pat Costello at 440-279-1178 or [email protected]
STAYING HOPEFUL AND RESILIENT IN CHALLENGING TIMES – On September 11th this session will discover and draw upon the inner resources and outer practices which facilitate lifelong renewal of the human spirit. This session will be led by Fr. Norm Douglas and Larry Vuillemin, co-founders of Heart to Heart Communications based in Akron. Refreshments served at 5:30 p.m., program from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Cost is $20. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND – Please join us on September 4th as we present Margaret O. Finucane, Ph.D. former director, Arrupe Scholars Program. “Arrupe Scholars from John Carroll University take an innovative approach to mentoring youth at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.” For reservations call 440-390-0172 or email [email protected].