One of the blessings living in the 21st century is that those dealing with sickness and advancing age and are still able to remain active and mobile. As a result, many of our parishioners who would in earlier times remain homebound are able to join us for weekly worship. It is truly a gift to have their presence among us. And with this gift, there is an increasing number of parishioners who request that communion be brought to them at Mass. As I have said in earlier letters, we are happy to do this. But as the requests increase, it has become more difficult for the ministers who offer the Eucharist to reverently locate and reach those who desire communion. As pastor, I am insistent that we will find a way to bring communion to those who cannot come forward. But it is also necessary to provide this ministry in a manner which is respectful and effective.
Therefore, at this time I believe it is necessary to adjust our procedure in a way that will benefit us all. Beginning in two weeks (November 22nd and 23rd) I am asking that those who wish to have communion brought to them would sit in the desiginated seats in the section of the Church which is on the left as you enter. The ushers will reserve places on the end of the rows for those who desire this option. Gathering those who wish communion in one place will greatly simplify the responsibilities of the Eucharistic Ministers and allow communion to be offered in a more reverent manner.
I am well aware that this new procedure is a compromise. In an ideal world it would be possible for people to sit wherever they wish and still be immediately accessible. But in the world in which we live, we can only do the best we can and ask for the cooperation of all.
I do not consider this new approach a perfect solution and I encourage comments and feedback, and any suggestions on how we might make it better.
I also remind you, as I have done in the past, that we fully encourage any member of our community who is able to come forward as part of the communion procession. Even if you need to move slowly, we’ll be more than happy to wait for you so that you can join us as part of this important action of the liturgy. Our ushers remain willing to help anyone who requires assistance in coming forward.
I ask for the cooperation of all as we attempt this new approach. With experience we can always make modifications in the future. But for now it is my judgment and that of our staff that this is the next step we should take.
PEACE and Prime Time – will gather this Sunday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
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.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. The next gathering of the Caregiver’s Support Group is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. The December meeting is scheduled for the 16th. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on November 18th.
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).
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 after Mass this weekend. Cards are $3 each. More information is available on our website – www.stnoel.org. Stop by the table in the narthex after Mass.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 21, from 9-1pm. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org or use the sign up on the kiosk. Thanks to Janice Cackowski for coordinating this drive! If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish (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.
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. 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…. 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?|
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? – Join us for a special 4-week mini support group for those having difficulty facing the holidays as a result of separation and divorce. Attend one session or all four. We will meet Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 4th, 11th 18th and January 8th, at St. John Vianney Church. To register or for more info: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email [email protected].
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) 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/.
DINNER AND CONVERSATION ON LEADERSHIP – A Book Discussion: Pope Francis-Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney. For more information or to register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
WALKING THE PILGRIM WAY WITH IGNATIUS LOYOLA: Yes, Really! God Loves You! – Join us for a day of discovering and rediscovering God’s boundless love for you. Time is 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., cost is $30. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE – Girls in grades 6, 7 and 8th and their families are invited to tour the school on Wednesday, November 12th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.
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.
ATTENTION 8TH GRADE GIRLS – The final admission and scholarship test for Saint Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, is being held from 9 a.m. to noon on November 15th. All 8th grade girls considering enrollment should take one of these tests. The fee is $20 per student, payable at the door. Registration is required. Students may register at www.sjal1890.org/placementtesting. If you have questions call 216-251-4868.
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.