This weekend we will be implementing the new procedure for bringing communion to those who are unable to come forward in the communion procession. Since I announced this change three weeks ago, there have been many comments and suggestions – all of them good. Some people noted how much they appreciated the ministers going throughout the entire church as a sign of Christ coming to us all – even to the fringes of the community. I agree that such a movement is a valuable sign which we will lose in the new procedure, but we will still have the sign of the ministers going forth to serve members of our community and it will now be in a way which is more practical. Having the Eucharistic Ministers move from one side of the church to another – especially needing to cut through the procession – was at times hectic and difficult.
Several people suggested that we expand the designated area to provide some places closer to the altar. This is a good suggestion and easily implemented. So we are now asking those who wish communion brought to them to sit anywhere on the aisle that runs from the left as you enter the church. The minister will start at the back of that aisle and move forward as the procession ends. He or she will finally bring the eucharist to the music ministry as has been done in the past. Expanding the area to the whole aisle will provide more options to those who cannot come forward and still limit the distance for the Eucharistic Ministers.
Again I would like to stress that those with canes, walkers and wheelchairs are invited to join in the communion procession if they are able. We want you to be a part of this important action of our liturgy if possible.
We are open to further adjustments to the communion procedure if needed. For now, simply approach the ushers when you arrive if you wish communion to be brought to you. They will assist you in finding a place and inform the Eucharistic Ministers.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, November 30th, 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.
CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Thanks to your support, we have distributed all of the 120 baskets. There are still many ways to be involved. Representatives will be in the narthex after mass this weekend to accept monetary donations as well as donations of $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle. We are also in need of volunteers to bake cookies, wrap baskets and deliver baskets. Sign-up for these opportunities on the kiosk.
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, December 16th at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. 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 December 16th.
NICARAGUA PARTNERSHIP – Thanks to all who purchased cards over the last 2 weekends. A limited number are still available; contact Anthony if interested. All money goes directly to support CEPROSI, our partner organization in Nicaragua.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, December 21st, from 9-1 p.m. 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).
SOCIAL JUSTICE COOKIE BAKING – Please join members of the social justice ministry for a morning of cookie baking to benefit those who use the St. Noel Food Pantry. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the small hall on Saturday morning, December 6th. Come with your dough prepared or come with your cookies already baked. We will put together beautiful cookie trays and distribute them in the food pantry during December. Thanks to Ada Gornik for coordinating this event. Please call Anthony at the Church office to RSVP or sign up on the kiosk.
REACH OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS – many of our parishioners could benefit from a card or phone call during the holidays. Would you like to make a contact and brighten someone’s day? Please contact Anthony at the Church (440-946-1128 x22) to learn how.
ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLETS – Copies of The Word Among Us are available for your Advent prayer. You can find these booklets on the table in the narthex.
A SINCERE THANK YOU – to the Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve for their $500 donation to our children’s faith formation programs. We appreciate the generosity of the Christ Child Society over the years. Please consider supporting Christ Child activities. You can learn more about this group’s mission and activities at christchildwesternreserve.org.
CALLL – There is no CALLL session this Wednesday, November 26th. Happy Thanksgiving!
GOOD SHEPHERD – There is no Good Shepherd session on Sunday, November 30th. Happy Thanksgiving!
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – will host CityMusic Cleveland Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m.(Please be aware that the date of the concert has been changed from December 12th). That evening you will hear Sarrier– Sinfonia in D, Mozart- Bassoon Concerto, and Ramirez- Misa Criolla with La Sagrada Familia Choir. Concert is free and open to the public.
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.
JANUARY 2015 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at the 11:00 Mass. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January Please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
PARISH DAY TIME RETREAT – On Wednesday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be an Advent Retreat: Unwrapping the Parables. One of Jesus’ gifts to us are his collection of parables that give us clues about the Kingdom of God. Sharon Waltermire will present us with an early Christmas present as she helps us to unwrap some of the parables. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228, or just come. There is no charge, but if you can do so we suggest an offering of $6.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. There will be no meeting on November 27th (Thanksgiving). Watch the bulletin for our December activities.
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.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A bereavement support program for those who are facing the Holidays without a loved one, will be held on Sunday, November 23rd from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Chapel, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord Twp. This program will provide helpful steps to journey through the holidays. Please come and join us and let us make a difference. For information call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
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].
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Come join Santa for breakfast on Saturday, December 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Willoughby Hills Community Hills Center. Please make reservations before December 8th to enjoy pancakes, sausage and juice with Santa and receive a free commemorative photo. Cost for children ages 12 and under is $1 (includes photo and breakfast) and adult is $5 (includes breakfast). Extra photos are $2 each and can be purchased at the event. Plan to shop at the Secret Santa Shop, where all items are $2 each. Call to reserve your time and pay by phone at 440-975-3540 or get forms online at www.willoughbyhills-oh-gov or at the Community Center.
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GROUP PRESENTS: “The Names of God,” a morning of reflection for women from all churches. Join us on Saturday, December 13th in the Parish Center at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. A donation of $5.00 is requested to cover breakfast and materials. For more information and to register, please call Cathy at 440-463-4147.
MONICA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – Join us on November 29th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the St. Monica Christmas Craft Fair. For further information call Regina at 216-661-6616.