Our Music Ministry continues to grow, and fall is a perfect time to review the various groups which serve our parish and community. All of these groups are open to new members:
·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 that started its ministry last fall. This group serves those who can’t come to the church or go to a concert. Last year they visited eight nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They practice 11:00 a.m.– Noon on 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. This year the concert choir will present Castle of the Soul prayer service in a number of places in the area. All of these presentations are free and open to the public. More information can be found on our website and on the kiosk.
·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.
·The Resurrection Choir provides music for our funerals. Practice takes place 30 minutesbefore each funeral.
·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 weekly, beginning Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church.
·Youth Bell Choir is for grades 3-12. They practiceweekly during the school year on Wednesdays. First rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 17th 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.
We are always in need of cantors for our weekend liturgies. This essential role to our liturgy is open to any age group. Auditions and practices are individually scheduled.
This year we offer a new opportunity for high school students. We would like to invite all students in grades 9-12 who like to sing or play any instrument to form a band which will enhance our liturgies. Rehearsals will be at the church on selected Sundays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. The rehearsal schedule will be coordinated with Prime Time meetings and will be available on our website and on the kiosk.
As you can see there are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. Detailed information about each of the music groups can be found on our website and on the kiosk. 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. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for any of our groups, Music Ministry members will be available in the narthex after each Mass this weeked.
Fr. George Smiga
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are in need of an additional person to come to Adoration on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please call the parish office if you are able to fill this time slot. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases His power and graces upon you, your family and your parish. In today’s busy world, it is so meaningful to spend this precious time with our God. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you’ll be richly blessed.
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 – Dismissals of children ages 6 – 9 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 next Sunday, September 21st and Sunday, September 28th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 5th.
CALLL – Our first CALLL Session (for children in Grades 1-5) is this 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.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will be meeting on Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Joy of the Gospel. We will be discussing the social dimension of evangelization. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
PROJECT HOPE OF CLEVELAND – is hosting a Wine Tasting Benefit on October 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. right here at the St. Noel Banquet Center. Wine, food, jazz, and both silent and live auctions will round out an enjoyable evening raising money for the mission of Project Hope of Cleveland: to empower and educate those in need to access health care. Parishioner Joe Daprano will be in the narthex after Mass the weekends of September 20th and 27th if you would like to purchase tickets to attend.
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.
“THE KINGDOM OF GOD” DAYTIME RETREAT – Our first retreat “Introduction to the Kingdom”, will be Wednesday, October 1st from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The main speaker will be Sharon Waltermire. There is no charge. We suggest a voluntary donation of $6.00 for lunch. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – NEW TIME THIS YEAR! – will be on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The deadline for reservations is October 8th. Return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. 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.
TOUCH A LIFE…BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. The next two east side series of volunteer classes will be at Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E 185th St., Cleveland on Fridays, October 3rd,10th,17th abd 24th from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. or Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Rd., Madison on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 13th, 15th, 20th and 22nd from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Pre-registartion is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 Ext. 6881.
REUNION MASS AND DINNER – for former members of St. Margaret Mary Parish will be held at Gesu Parish, 2470 Miramar Blvd., University Hts. on Sunday, October 12th at 1:30 p.m. A dinner catered by La Vera Party Center will follow. Cost is $14 per person. For reservations, send a check payable to Theresa Biro, 3762 Covington Rd., South Euclid 44121 no later than Saturday, September 27th. Any questions contact patty Rogers at 216-382-4682.
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.
RUMMAGE SALE – St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd. in Euclid is having a Rummage Sale on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 28th from 12:00-5:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit St. John of the Cross Ministries.
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]