St. Noel Clambake is approaching. I have personally compared clambakes throughout our area and I can testify (without prejudice) that ours is the best. We need your help to spread the word. Beginning this year the clambake is no longer being served by our youth ministry, but by Chef Randy and his staff. There is a new time and new menu. The bake will take place on Sunday, September 28th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. As always the menu will include: 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. The cost for ages 6 to 12 years is $10.00 per person and for 5 years and under there is no charge.
Chef Randy has been working hard to keep our Banquet Center busy and profitable. It will be of great assistance to our parish if you reach out to family and friends and ask them to join you at the clambake. The new menu allows even those who do not enjoy clams to experience a full meal. Reservations can be made at 440-946-6635. Please pick up the phone, text your friends and use your facebook pages to tell those you know that fall is here and it is time for “Clams & More” at St. Noel.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, September 28th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (CCC) – Next weekend (September 27-28), there will be a collection for this organization that communicates the Good News through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese. CCC is how the Good News gets around to you.
PEACE/PRIME TIME – will kick-off this Sunday, September 21st with a bonfire at 7:00 p.m. We will gather again on Sunday, September 28th.
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 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 this Sunday, September 21st and/or next Sunday, September 28th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 5th.
CALLL – meets this Wednesday, September 24th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. We begin and end in the Banquet Center. You may still register children in grades 1-5.Registration forms can be found on the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is this Sunday, September 21st. Come to the Banquet Center Small Hall after 11:00 Mass (about 12:15). We’ll finish by 1:30 p.m.
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. The group will meet all winter, and new participants are welcome at any time. 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.
TOMATO JUSTICE – On Sunday, October 12th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., St. Noel will host the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) who will offer a short presentation on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their Fair Food campaign. The Fair Food Program, involving 90% of tomato growers in Florida, pays tomato pickers an extra 1 cent per pound which has helped to improve conditions for the pickers and their families. All fast food chains have signed the agreement EXCEPT Wendy’s. The presentation will explain the situation and offer suggestions for advocacy. More information on the website: https://stnoel.org/event-view/tomato-justice-october-12-2014/.
NICARAGUA AND ST. NOEL – Xenia Chevez, the director of CEPROSI, a small women’s cooperative in Nicaragua, will be at St. Noel on Saturday, October 18th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. We are quite fortunate that Xenia will be in the country and able to join us on October 18th. Please plan on joining us after Mass for supper and a short introduction to the work of CEPROSI. Our recent delegation to Nicaragua had the chance to meet Xenia and other women of CEPROSI; we were impressed with their work and are excited to partner with them moving forward. You can learn more about CEPROSI, a partner with International Partners in Mission (IPM), here: https://www.ipmconnect.org/ceprosi.
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.
endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 the parish office.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – 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.
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will conduct a series called “Catholics Coming Home” on seven Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning October 14th. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who may be seeking information about returning to the Church. For more details or to register, call Deacon Carl Varga or Mrs. Marti Smith at 440-256-1412.
ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL – Located at 13500 Detroit Ave., Lakewood will host and Open House on Sunday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact the St. Edward Office of Admission at 216-521-2204 or [email protected]
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – at John Carroll University will have their inaugural lecture to kick off the new 2014-2015 lecture series with Fr. Lawrence Ober, St. Ignatius High School. Father Ober’s talk is entitled; “The Restored Society of Jesus, Fact and Fable.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, LSC Conference Room.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, October 5th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Girls in grades 6th, 7th and 8th and their families are invited to tour the school at Beaumont’s Fall Open House. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-7337.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS CRAFT SHOW – will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. This year’s show is featured on both levels of the building. Wide variety of crafts, gifts and decorating ideas! Free Admission. There will be raffles throughout the sale. Refreshments are available, courtesy of Willoughby Hills Lions. For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.