We must always be conscious of those who are sick among us. We know of those who are suffering in our own families and neighborhoods, but there are many with whom we interact each day who are carrying the burden of physical or emotional illness. This is why it is important for us, as a community, to remind ourselves regularly of those who are sick. Most especially, it is important to remember that our faith can provide a context in which suffering is eased by God’s love.
The Anointing of the Sick is a powerful sacrament of our Catholic tradition which asks for God’s healing. Next weekend, October 25th and 26th, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all our weekend liturgies. Remembering the sick among us in this way recalls our own frailty and the need for God’s love.
I am inviting any parishioners and family or friends of our parishioners who are coping with illness or the discomfort of aging to receive this sacrament at our liturgies. Also, please remember that I am always available to offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick to those who are unable to leave home.
Even if you are not ill, your presence at next weekend’s liturgies is important. It is a powerful sign to see members of our congregation com forward in their need.
Your prayers for the sick among us are a concrete witness of Christian love and compassion. Please come next weekend, ready to lift up those who seek God’s help and to open your hearts to God’s healing presence.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, October 26th, 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.
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.
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 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. The following Sunday, October 26th will be a movie night and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please enter through the Banquet Center doors.
WOMANKIND BABY BOTTLES – thanks to all who participated in the baby bottle fundraiser for Womankind. We collected over $1650.00 to further the ministry of Womankind who has been providing care for thousands of women in our community for nearly 40 years. Thank you!
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.
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].
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. This is one week earlier than normal; meetings are usually on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – mark your calendar now for the weekend of October 25-26th. Enviro-Recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 10-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9-4 p.m. on Sunday to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. If it plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. Sorry, no CRT TVs (flat screens are acceptable). More information is available on the St. Noel Website. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to ensure your privacy. Call Anthony for more information (946-1128 x22).
FACING THE HOLIDAYS – the holidays are painful times for those mourning the loss of a loved one. The St. Noel Bereavement Ministry will offer an evening of prayer and comfort on Tuesday, November 11th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you or someone you know is dealing with the death of a family member or friend, please consider joining us on November 11th.
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. Rehearsals will be at the church on selected Sundays at 5:45-6:45 p.m. All these groups are accepting new members. Please join us. For more information, contact Agnieszka Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-0887.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – “Living the Mystery: The Kingdom is Now and Not Yet.” Will be held on Wednesday, November 5th, 9:30 – 2:30. Sign up on the Kiosk or call Fran Armbruster 440-625-1228. A $6.00 donation is suggested to defray the cost of lunch.
ADVENT TEA – Mark your calendars now for the Women’s Advent Tea which will be held on Sunday, December 7th from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Banquet Center. This year’s theme is about Mary. It is called Mary, Undoer of Knots. We welcome those who have been a hostess and attended an Advent Tea before, as well as anyone who would like to be a hostess for the first time. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person, proceeds go to the Social Services 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.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.
THE REVIEW BOARD FOR THE DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND – needs two members: an individual with experience in investigations and a survivor of child sexual abuse who has completed a course of treatment. The Review Board advises the Bishop of Cleveland on keeping children safe from sexual abuse and examines allegations of sexual abuse of minore by clerics. Consider applying for the Review Board if you have an abiding interest in young people, and are an independent thinker, sel-motivated, and able to make a significant time commitment.
Members are from varied life experiences who are in full communion with the Catholic Church. A term is five years. The application can be downloaded from http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/download/childprotection/ReviewBoardApplicationGuidanceRevSept2014.pdf. The Diocese’s Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse; Revised; 2007 is available at http://bit.ly/JlyGTh. The deadline for application is December 1st. Selected candidates will be notified for interviews. Call the Board Chair Patricia Ritzert at 330-472-2158 with your questions.
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.
OUR LADY OF MT.CARMEL – will host their annual Fall Boutique and Craft Show on Saturday October 25th from 9:00 am to 3:00pm to benefit its Music Ministry. Admission is $1.00.
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.
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].