Every three years the priests of our diocese gather together with the bishop for a convocation. This year we will be meeting from October 7th-10th at Sawmill Creek in Huron,Ohio. The purpose of the convocation is to re-connect with fellow priests and to spend time in prayer and education. The speakers this year will be Fr. Gregory Heille and Fr. James Wallace. They will be discussing the role of the priest as preacher.
Because most of the priests of our diocese will be participating in the convocation, the weekly Mass schedule will be affected throughout our diocese. Here at St. Noel, there will be no Wednesday evening Mass on October 8th and no Noon Mass on October 10th. October 8th would have been the normal day for our monthly Mass with the anointing of the sick. The anointing of the sick will take place at all our weekend Masses on the weekend of October 25th-26th. Because of this, there will be no Mass with the anointing of the sick during the week in October.
Please keep all the priests of our diocese in your prayers this week that they may learn, socialize, and pray together and return refreshed to take up ministry again.
Fr. George Smiga
BLANKET SUNDAY – Next weekend, we will accept your cash or check donations for Blanket Sunday. Envelopes are available on the table in the narthex. Your checks should be made payable to St. Noel. Also on the weekend of October 11th and 12th we will be collecting slightly worn men’s, women’s, and children’s winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots and scarves, in good, clean condition for distribution at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. These items can be hung on the designated rack in the coat room, or placed in plastic bags and left on the coat room floor. Please bring these items only on the weekend of October 11th and 12th.
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.
CALLL will resume this Wednesday, October 8th. We begin and end in the Banquet Center. Remember to bring your binder. You may still register children in grades 1-5 for CALLL. Forms can be found on the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website.
THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT – It’s hard to believe that the Christmas Project is starting up again in a few short weeks! Representatives will be available to accept donations and distribute baskets beginning the weekend of November 8th. Watch the parish bulletin and the parish website over the coming weeks for more specific details.
PEACE/Prime Time – will gather this Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Sunday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. will be a Family Night and is designed for parents to attend with their young person. That evening 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. This is a great way for parents to engage with their young person on a justice issue. If necessary, childcare can be provided with advance notice. Please enter through the church doors and gather in the Small Hall. Contact Erica for more information.
OCTOBER JUSTICE EVENTS – We have 3 great opportunities this month:
-Sunday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. Come learn about the justice issue surrounding tomato pickers, just wages and Wendy’s restaurants.There will be a short presentation and an opportunity for advocacy. All are welcome.
-Saturday, October 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Join us after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for dinner and a chance to meet Xenia Chevez from Nicaragua, the founder of CEPROSI, a network of rural women raising themselves out of poverty. Hear stories from our recent trip to Nicaragua, learn about the St. Noel partnership with CEPROSI, and view the products they create. Please RSVP to Anthony (946-1128 x22 or [email protected]).
-Saturday/Sunday, October 25th and 26th in the church parking lot. We’ve partnered again with Enviro-Recycling to collect your old electronics and metals. The event is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. If it ran on batteries or plugged into the wall, you can recycle it that weekend. Flat screen TVs are OK; no CRT TVs accepted.
Go to the St. Noel website (www.stnoel.org) for more information on all these great events.
LITURGICAL SCHEDULES – have been sent out via email. If you did not receive it, please email Jan Delaney at [email protected].
FOOD PANTRY BAGS – Thanks to all who have used the blue pantry bags to support our pantry. The response has been wonderful, and we need your help to continue our ministry to those in need. If you have a blue bag at home, please consider filling it with non-perishable food and bringing it to the pantry next time you’re at Church. Blue bags are available on the table in the narthex or on the hook outside the pantry door.
NEW MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – Offering the Body & Blood of Christ to your brothers and sisters at Mass is quite a privilege. The Diocese of Cleveland will train new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on Sunday, October 12th at St. Paschal Baylon Church from 2:00-4:30 p.m. We have a need for more Eucharistic Ministers at our Masses. If you’ve thought about this ministry and would like to be trained, please call Anthony at the Church office.
MUSIC MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH – YOUNG VOICES – is a singing group for children in grades 3-8 that meets every Tuesday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church. YOUTH BELL CHOIR meets every Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. HIGH SCHOOL ENSEMBLE is a new group for students in grades 9-12 and will meet for the first time this Sunday, October 5th at 5:45 p.m. in the church. All these groups are accepting new members. Please join us. For more information, contact Agnieszka Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-0887.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – The first concert of the season will be next Sunday, October 12th at 4:00 p.m. in the church. Invitation to the Dance, a program of light-classical music featuring works by Albeniz, Chopin, de Falla, Dvorak, Lecuona, Milhaud and others, will be presented by our parishioner pianist Robert Sterbank (our Mass accompanist at 11:00 Mass and pianist for all our concerts), his two sons (piano and saxophone), and parishioners Mike Elias (clarinet) and Larry A. Smith (percussion). On Friday, October 17th at 7:30 p.m. we will host CityMusic Cleveland. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: October 9th and 16th, Bingo; October 23rd will be a socializing meeting, followed by a luncheon. Menu: meat loaf, mashed potatoes w/gravy, tossed salad, rolls and butter, breakfast pumpkin pie w/ whipped cream. For tickets call Terri George at 440-942-2445 or 440-796-3670; cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is October 13th. October 30th 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.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – will be on Thursday, October 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations by October 8th if you are planning to attend.
THERE WILL BE NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR. 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Lake County Council on Aging is looking for volunteers at the Wickliffe Nutrition Site. Both drivers and kitchen helpers are needed. Volunteers prepare food and deliver meals to seniors in the Wickliffe area. Schedules are flexible and drivers can claim a small reimbursement for gasoline. Please call Brittney Cassi at the LCCoA for more information (440-205-8111 x228). You can also email Brittney at [email protected].
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.
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.
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-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 800-707-8922 Ext. 6881.
MARY AND THE POPES – On October 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. spend the day examining Catholic devotion to Mary, discussing what images and prayer practices have been important to us and to each of the Popes. Facilitated by Sr. Cheryl Keehner, CSA. Cost is $30. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – Saint John Vianney will host for the next ten weeks on Wednesdays, beginning October 8th at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register, call Rita Demarchi at 440-942-0336.
BIRTHRIGHT – is looking for good people to volunteer once a week on Mondays or Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and once a month on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. Please call the Birthright Office at 440-975-9055 to make an appointment for an interview with the director, Linda Connelly.
EMMAUS – a retreat for gay and lesbian Catholics, their parents, family, and friends will be held on October 17th and 18th at the Jesuit Retreat House, 5629 State Rd., Parma. The cost is $85. For further information call 440-884-9300.
LAKE CATHOLIC – will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Lake Catholic Entrance Exam will be offered on Saturday, October 25th and November 15th at 8:00 a.m. and noon. This is a required exam for all students applying for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration is available at www.lakecatholic.org. Contact the Admissions Office with any questions at 440-578-1020.
SAINT IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL – The Department of Languages is promoting the study of Latin and French. There will be a brief introduction to both languages and courses are FREE! Register online at www.ignatius.edu/grade_school. If you have any questions, please call Joseph Zebrak at 216-651-0222 ext. 253 or email [email protected].
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY – Will kick off celebrations for its 125th birthday on Sunday, October 12th. The homecoming mass and celebration will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. if you want to join in on the fun, RSVP with attendee names to [email protected] or contact Saint Joseph Academy Director of Development Geoff Powers at [email protected]. All are welcome!