Weekly Bulletin 9/28/14

Dear Parishioner,

In two weeks on the weekend of October 11th and 12th we will have Blanket Sunday. Your monetary donations will be collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Cleveland.

Your care, concern, and generosity will help people in need in many ways this winter as thousands of blankets, sheets, towels and other bedding items will be given directly to the needy through St. Vincent de Paul Society Ozanam Centers, Catholic Charities agencies and other local helping centers in the Cleveland, Akron and Lorain/Elyria metropolitan areas.

These items will be purchased in bulk with your cash donations. Envelopes for this offering are available in the Narthex after Mass today. You can give us your donation anytime during the next few weeks.

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-12th.

As the weather grows colder, it is important to assist those who are poor and homeless through the winter months. Your generosity to Blanket Sunday and our collection for St. Augustine Hunger Center are ways to extend the love of Christ to others.

Fr. George Smiga

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Next weekend, October 4th and 5th, our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for our Social Justice Ministry.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For August, 2014 we collected $2,866.90. Our expenses for August were:

Rent $2,545.00
Food Pantry 232.20
Lodging 564.56
Total: $3,341.76

Thank you for your support.

LITURGICAL SCHEDULES – have been sent out via email. If you did not receive it, please email Jan Delaney at [email protected].

PEACE/PRIME TIME – Will meet on Sunday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. Teens can enter through the Lower Level doors.

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 an orientation session this Sunday, September 28th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 5th.

CALLL – There is no CALLL session this Wednesday, October 1st because of GIFT. You may still register children in grades 1-5 for CALLL. Registration forms can be found on the kiosk in the narthex or on the parish website.

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 THIS TUESDAY, 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, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Joy of the Gospel. We will be discussing the poor’s place in society. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.

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.

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.

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 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-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).

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 this weekend September 27th if you would like to purchase tickets to attend.

“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…. Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: October 2nd, Bake Sale and Bingo; 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 12th. 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 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]

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.

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.

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.

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]gnatius.edu.

ST. STANISLAUS – Will host its annual POLISH FESTIVAL the first weekend in October, Friday-Sunday, the 3rd-5th in the parish Social Center. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – ??? and Sunday 11:30 a.m. MASS MOB in church to 7:00 p.m.

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!


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