Summer is the time we schedule major repair work on our property. With the end of summer I would like to report to you what we have accomplished over the last few months.
The winter was brutal and about twenty percent of our plantings in front of the Church and Banquet Center did not survive. These shrubs were replaced. We also improved the appearance of the Banquet Center by creating beds for seasonal flowers. The big project this summer was to replace the windows in the church behind the choir. We also recarpeted the risers for the music ministry. We engaged in extensive repair of our parking lot, both patching and crack-filling together with a re-lining of the spaces for cars. One of the large windows in the Narthex on the side facing the Banquet Center has a broken seal (you can see the clouding) and will soon be replaced. The odor in the women’s restroom has returned. (My apologies to all who use it.) We are exploring yet another way to better seal the sewer connections in that area to solve the problem.
The cost of all these summer projects is about $70,000. As any homeowner knows, repairs quickly add up. I want to thank all of our parishioners whose regular collection offerings allow us to keep our parish buildings and grounds in good repair. We continue to depend on your stewardship and generosity.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the November issue is “Advent Pilgrims.”
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.
CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Beginning next weekend, representatives will be in the narthex to accept your donations to the Christmas Project as well as hand out baskets for parishioners to take home and fill. For more information, please visit stnoel.org.
CALLED TO PROTECT – Parents of children in Grades 1-5 are invited to learn more about Praesidium’s Called to Protect program on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Small Hall. The Called to Protect program for children will be offered on Wednesday, November 12th at CALLL. Parents of children who do not attend CALLL are welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact Michele (440-946-1128 ext. 21 or [email protected] ) with questions.
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).
VOTE ON TUESDAY – the midterm elections are this Tuesday, November 4th. Along with the various offices being contended, numerous important issues are on the ballot that will impact our communities. In particular, The Catholic Commission of Lake and Geauga County, with the approval of Bishop Lennon, has endorsed Issue 3, the Lake County ADAMHS Board Renewal Levy. Their resolution can be found on our website – www.stnoel.org. More information on all the candidates and ballot issues can be found online. Here are some suggestions: http://vote.cleveland.com/build.do and http://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/Voters/whatsontheballot/whatsOnBallot.aspx. For faith-based resources, please visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org. The right to vote is a tremendous privilege in the United States, and your voice does matter. Please exercise your right to vote this Tuesday.
NICARAGUA PARTNERSHIP – our evening with the women from Nicaragua was a wonderful success. The women of CEPROSI, our partner organization, offered beautiful hand-made note cards for purchase. The money raised supports various projects in their rural community including efforts to enhance the quality of indoor, wood-burning stoves to improve air quality and increase efficiency as well as a program designed to lead women and their families to self-sufficiency by obtaining and raising chickens. These cards will be available for parishioners to purchase beginning next weekend after all Masses. Cards are $3 each. More information is available on our website www.stnoel.org.
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.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will be meeting on Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Joy of the Gospel. We will be discussing how to be spirit-filled evangelizers. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com 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: November 6th is Bingo (Ferrito Table), November 13th is Bingo, November 20th will be a socializing meeting followed by a luncheon. Menu: Turkey and swiss sandwich, macaroni salad, pumpkin pie w/whipped cream. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088, cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is, November 17th. Also is Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. No meeting on November 27th (Thanksgiving).
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.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, November 9th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Thursday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. will have a meeting in the back room at Eat-N-Park to discuss the Christmas party and ideas for next year. Eat-N-Park is located at 6035 Center Rd. in Willoughby. Please RSVP to Dan at 440-223-8707 by November 5th. On Friday, November 14th at 7 p.m., the book club is meeting at the St. Paschal’s Life Center. The book we will discuss is “Evidence of Life” By Barbara Taylor Sissel. Confirm with Karen at [email protected] that you are coming.
“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/.
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.
HOLLY BERRY BAZAAR – will be held at Ss. Robert and William on Saturday, November 8th.
HARVEST TOUR AND TASTING – Sponsored by Ss. Robert and William Church will be held on Saturday, November 15th at the Museum of Divine Statues in Lakewood. Tickets are $75 and very limited. Purchase tickets at SRW Parish Office or call 216-731-1515.
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.
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.