With the holidays approaching it is again time to think of our yearly Christmas Project.
As in the past we will be using gift cards rather than purchased food and gifts. We will deliver these gift cards to families in need. Using gift cards will provide the people we serve the opportunity to shop for their own families. But to avoid simply handing a family an envelope, we will bring each family a house-warming basket with simple items such as cookies, candy, candles, and ornaments.
Families who are in need of assistance are referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties, as well as our Food Pantry and homebound ministries.
Please feel free to join in any or all of the following opportunities:
* Sponsor a Family – We will provide you a family and you can assume the responsibility of assembling the hospitality basket and buying the gift cards. You can also deliver the basket to them, although we can arrange for delivery if that is your preference.
* Fill a Basket – Baskets will be available for three weekends beginning November 8th and 9th and until all are taken. You can fill the basket with some simple housewarming gifts (a list of suggested items will be included in the baskets). All baskets should be returned to us by the weekend of December 6th and 7th.
* Donate Money/Gift Cards – We will be collecting cash as well as $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into the baskets.
* Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and Prime Time, will meet on Wednesday, December 10th at St. Noel to bake cookies and wrap baskets.
* Deliver Baskets – Meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 13th to pick up directions for delivery.
The Christmas Project is a beautiful work of mercy in which parishioners of all ages can work together to demonstrate the Christian call to serve others, especially those in need. If you have any questions concerning the Christmas Project or your involvement in it, please call Erica (440-946-1128, ext. 20). The best way to celebrate our Savior’s birth is to follow his teaching and show our love of one another in generosity and service.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the November issue is “Advent Pilgrims.”
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Next weekend, November 1st and 2nd, our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for our Social Justice Ministry.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For September, 2014 we collected $1,771.56. Our expenses for September were:
Thank you for your support.
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.
PEACE/PRIME TIME will gather at 6:30 p.m. on October 25th in the Small Hall. Teens can enter through the main church doors.
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.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – This weekend 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. RSVP to Anthony (946-1128 x22).
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 is scheduled for Sunday, December 7th at 1 p.m. The tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is about Mary. It is called Mary, Undoer of Knots. Sign-ups for the Tea will be after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. 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.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – Thanks to all who donated items for the auction, attended the dinner, purchased auction items, purchased raffle tickets, made monetary or food donations, participated as sponsors, purchased a program ad, and volunteered to work at the event. Through your collective support we were able to raise over $42,000 for the St. Augustine Center. Congratulations to the winners of the 50” and 32” TV raffles. Please plan to join us again next year on October 15, 2015.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.
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].
BORROMEO SEMINARY’S “NOVEMBERFEST” ANNUAL ITALIAN DINNER – Will be Saturday, November 8th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. Cost for adults is $10.00, children, ages 6-12 is $5.00, children under 6 are free. Proceeds will benefit the activity fund for the college seminarians. For more information call 440-943-3834.
REAL WOMEN OF THE BIBLE, WOMEN LIKE US: An intergenerational women’s retreat experience for young adults and those gifted with years to pray and ponder. We will join in rediscovering the wise, witty and wonderful women of scripture. Hosted at the homelike Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon from Friday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $75 with limited number of scholarships available. For more information and to register, go to www.lifebalanceenterprises.com or contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND [email protected] or 440-476-6094.
“STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS AND SHELTERS” – is being sponsored by DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory. Anyone in the community is invited to pick up a FREE stocking, decorate it and fill it (a list of suggested items is listed on website). Return it to the funeral home by Friday, November 21st. The stockings will be sent to our troops overseas and their families or distributed to organizations locally that provide care for those who cannot care for themselves. Stockings may be picked up at either Willoughby Hills or South Euclid locations between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, through November 17th. For more information, call 440-516-5555 or visit www.dejohnfuneral.com/stockings-soldiers-shelters/.
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.
ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD – Annual Christmas Boutique will be Saturday, November 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. Your $1.00 donation for admission entitles you to a Chinese Raffle ticket. For further information call Karen at 440-729-2476.
LAKE CATHOLIC CRAFT FAIR – The 31st Annual Lake Catholic Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00 for age 13 and over.
LAKE CATHOLIC – will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, coaches, and activity advisors will be available to answer any questions. You will also take part in a guided tour as you get to know more about Lake Catholic High School.
LAKE CATHOLIC ENTRANCE EXAM – will be hosting several Entrance Exams this fall. This is a required exam for all students applying for the 2015-2016 school year. The dates for these exams are: Saturday, November 15th at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and Thursday, November 20th at 5:00 p.m. Registration is available at www.lakecatholic.org. Contact the Admissions Office with any questions at 440-578-1020.
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH – Mary Queen of Peace invites all to celebrate Mass on Sunday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. Birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children will be recognized during Mass. Located at 4423 Pearl Rd., Cleveland. For more information call 216-749-2323 or [email protected].
SEASON’S OF FAITH WOMEN’S RETREAT – St. Gabriel Women’s Retreat will be held at the Jesuit House in Parma on Friday evening through Sunday morning, November 7th-9th. This year’s theme is Seeing God In Everyday Life. For information contact St. Gabriel’s parish office at 440-352-8282 or www.st-gabriel.org.