This past May, our parish hosted an inter-faith prayer service in conjunction with Advent Lutheran Church, Mentor. A group of parishioners from both communities had begun meeting for about one year in pursuit of continued dialogue between the Catholic and Lutheran churches. Sponsored once again by Shared Hope, which seeks to develop a relationship between practicing Lutherans and Catholics that promotes open and honest dialogue, education in core religious beliefs and practices, and ultimately, acceptance of each other as children of God, the positive and well-received response from that joint worship service has led to an additional evening, in which Advent Lutheran will host. This Tuesday, November 19, please consider joining us at 7:30 pm, as we celebrate God’s word accompanied by music. Collaboration between both choirs and a youth band will help to foster our participation. Together with Rev. Steven Bond, pastor of Advent Lutheran, I have been invited to preside at the joint worship service.
Advent Lutheran Church
7985 Munson Road | Mentor, OH 44060
As I shared in my homily last weekend, unity between Christians is an expressed desire of our Lord. Before offering himself up as a spotless victim upon the altar of the cross, Jesus prayed to his Father for those who believe: “that all may be one, as you, Father are in me, and I in you; I pray that they may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me” (Jn 17:21). The restoration of unity among all Christians was one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. “Concern for restoring unity involves the whole Church, faithful and clergy alike. It extends to everyone, according to the talent of each, whether it be exercised in daily Christian living or in theological and historical studies” (Decree on Ecumensim, Unitatis Redintegratio, 5). In addition to our combined efforts to promote unity, hope is placed entirely in the prayer of Christ for the Church, in the love of the Father for us, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. “And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured forth in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom 5:5).
I hope to see you there,
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is this weekend in the Banquet Center!! Browse the beautiful products from all over the world and find the perfect gift today after Mass.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, November 24th, 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.
CEPROSI – Since 2014, St. Noel has partnered with CEPROSI, a women’s cooperative in Nicaragua working to raise women and their families out of poverty. Xenia Chavez will be offering the mission appeal talk this weekend at all the Masses. Our support of CEPROSI makes a world a difference! Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/ceprosi.nicaragua or at https://ipmconnect.org/ceprosi.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT – Next weekend, November 23rd & 24th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face to lift themselves out of poverty.
THANKSGIVING – The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
Just4Fun – will host our 1st Cleveland Browns Tailgate/Watch Party on Sunday, November 24th following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Join us to cheer on the Browns and Tailgate in the Banquet Center (Large Hall) where the game will be shown on multiple large screen TV’s! Just4Fun will provide Ribs, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, Chips, Cookies & Brownies and assorted beverages. Beer will be offered at $1.00 each. We encourage all attending to bring your favorite tailgate side or appetizer to share! A free will donation will be accepted at the door for this event! Reservations are needed! Call 440-946-6635 by Monday, November 18th … and GO BROWNS!
IT’S TIME FOR PRIME TIME! – Any high schoolers interested in learning more about Prime Time, St Noel’s youth group for young people in grades 9-12, should plan to attend an organizational and kickoff meeting this Sunday, November 17th. We will meet in the Teen Center in the Lower Level of St. Noel from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. We will discuss what you want out of this year of Prime Time and how a group of parents will help facilitate this year of Prime Time. Even if you are unsure if you want to participate, or haven’t been part of Prime Time in the past, we invite you to come and learn more about it to see if you would like to participate in some or all of our activities this year. Plus – snacks will be provided! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Matt Fullerman ([email protected]), Lindsey Whitticar ([email protected]), Paul Pahoresky, or Kathy Gambino.
CRS HELPING HANDS – We’ve crossed the $4100 mark and are closing in on $5,000. Thanks to all who have donated so far!! Can you help?? Please visit the St. Noel website (stnoel.org) to make a donation or to register as a volunteer. Donations can also be dropped at the parish office. Helping Hands is scheduled for January 25, 2020.
ROMERO EXHIBIT – This is the final weekend for the exhibit. To read more about our mission in El Salvador, visit: https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/offices/mission-office/cleveland-latin-american-mission
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and the November TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
BE PART OF THE 2019 CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Throughout the month of November:
∙ Stop at the table in the Narthex to pick up tags to purchase items for the family baskets. You can take as many tags as you’d like!
∙ Donate $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle.
∙ Make a monetary donation (cash, or checks made payable to St. Noel) that we’ll use to purchase additional gift cards and basket items.
∙ Sign up on the kiosk to assemble, wrap and/or deliver baskets in December.
For more information, contact Sandy Appeldorn (216-926-2489 or [email protected]).
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1410 people with the equivalent of 12,693 meals. Currently, we are in need of boxed cereal and spaghetti sauce in jars. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
CHRISTMAS ITEMS NEEDED – the N2N meal is distributing Christmas items to our neighbors. We are looking for wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, cards, ornaments, lights, etc. Please make sure all donations are in good condition and ready for someone to use. Bring your donations to the Church office.
COME TO YNIA – Young Neighbors in Action, a week-long service trip for high school youth, has been a part of our parish youth ministry since 1996. This summer, we’re headed to South Bend, IN from July 12-17. We have reserved spaces for 10 teens and 2 adult chaperones. Your $50 deposit reserves a spot and can be dropped off at the parish office. Visit cmdnet.org to learn more about YNIA or contact Anthony for more information (440-946-1128 x122).
ADVENT TEA – Ladies, please reserve the date -Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. for the Advent Tea. Enjoy reflective time prior to the rush of the Christmas Season. This year’s theme is “Friendship of Women.” Sign up this weekend in the Narthex after all Masses. Cost is $20.00 per person; proceeds support the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone is asked also to bring a food item for the food pantry. We are always looking for new hostesses. If you are interested, please stop by and talk to us. Contact Karen Spehar 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik 440-724-2532. We hope to see you there.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER was a huge success! An enormous thank you to all for your support with continuing the St. Noel tradition of helping St. Augustine Center. Our theme this year was “When you give, you lend to the Lord,” and that we did! Whether you gave of your time to help, made a donation, bought raffle tickets or a program ad, donated gift cards, donated items, or attended the Benefit Dinner, it was an enormous help, and it is appreciated!! We were able to gift St. Augustine Center with $32,869.92 to continue their charitable work in the Tremont area and beyond. Once again, thank you, and God bless you for your continued support!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for someone who can come to Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Many parishioners are richly blessed each Monday as they spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. If you are free and would like to experience this encounter with Jesus, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY. On November 25th at 7 p.m. in the Resurrection Room, we will discuss the October Commonweal issue entitled The Green Pope. Background reading from Commonweal on The Environment is available at our display in the kiosk area. For links to current articles, check out https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com, to be on our mailing list.
MARY’S HANDS – The next meeting of Mary’s Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Tuesday, December 3rd from 11a.m.-12:30p.m. in the Resurrection Room. Prayer Shawls are created by hand and threaded with prayers and blessings for healing of the recipient’s body, mind, and spirit. Knitters, crocheters, and anyone who would like to learn, are welcome. Instructors can be available to help learners. Shawl makers can also participate on an at-home basis only so spread the word! Contributions for yarn and supplies and donations of yarn are always welcome! Please contact Joyce Puin (440-473-1238), Nikki Rini (440-823-0413), and Candice Minello (440-336-0991) for more information.
ST AUGUSTINE CALENDARS are now available in the parish office. Your $25.00 donation for each calendar gives you the opportunity to win throughout the calendar year and support a worthwhile cause.
Please complete the numbered card insert and mail to the St Augustine Hunger Center, 2846 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. Checks are payable to St. Augustine. Winners will be mailed a check on Wednesday of each week.
CHRISTMAS SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – Witness to God’s mercy by signing Christmas cards to our neglected neighbors including all inmates at the Lake & Geauga County Jails, detained youth, local homeless, those in nursing homes, Catholic Charities programs and domestic violence victims. Enjoy good food, prayer, and fellowship. December 2nd or December 4th. See the flyer on the kiosk for details or visit stnoel.org.
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – will be held on Sunday, November 24th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Office and Chapel, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord Twp. If you are spending your holidays without someone special, please join us for a time of sharing, prayer, and helpful information to help you through the holidays. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.