Weekly Bulletin 11/17/13

Week of November 17, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

The first week of December will be a music week at St. Noel. On Friday, December 6th, CityMusic returns to St. Noel at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Stefan Willich, the program consists of works by Johann Strauss, Jr., Johann Hummel, Lehar, and Josef Strauss. It is obviously a concert of waltzes and polkas. The concert is free with free-will donations accepted.

On Sunday, December 8th, Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell will again be at St. Noel. The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and is entitled Sacram Mysterium (Sacred Mystery):A Celtic Christmas. Apollo’s Fire is an ensemble of the highest order. On December 8th soloists Meredith Hall and Steve Playe, together with Apollo’s Singers, a collaboration with Ensember La Nef of Montreal, will present a program of holiday music,  interweaving Renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes.

Unlike most programs in our concert series, there is a cost for this concert. Ticket prices range from $26 to $62 ($10 for students). Tickets can be purchased on Apollo’s Fire websitewww.apollosfire.org or by calling 800-314-2535.

Chef Randy is offering a buffet dinner after the concert. The buffet will include tossed salad with Italian or ranch dressing, roasted chicken, sliced top round angus beef, mashed potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bowtie pasta with Alfredo sauce, rolls and butter and carrot cake. The prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, and no cost for children under 5. Reservations can be made by calling the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).

Consider inviting your family and friends to join you at St. Noel for good music and food on December 6th and 8th,

Fr. George Smiga
P.S. Do not forget to mark your calendars for the Epiphany Concert offered by our own Music Ministry which will take place on Sunday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m.

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How are you called to witness to the Lord in your life?

BULLETIN ARTICLES: Please note, due to the holiday printing schedule all articles for theNovember 30th/December 1st bulletin need to be in the parish office by Tuesday, November 19th.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS are needed for Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway if you are able to minister.

USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. We welcome men and women. The commitment is one Sunday per month and you will have a schedule in advance. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for further details.

MASS AT CATHEDRAL TO CONCLUDE YEAR OF FAITH – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King is the designated date for the conclusion of the Year of Faith. As a sign of unity in our Diocese, we will celebrate this special event at the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, November 23rd. Parishioners from St. Noel are invited to join others from around the diocese at this liturgy as a visible demonstration of the Diocese of Cleveland coming together to be sent forth.

ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLETS – Copies of The Word Among Us are available on the table in the Narthex. Please help yourself.

ADVENT TEA – NOTE CHANGE OF TIME – Ladies, you are invited to attend the Advent Tea on December 8, 2013. The theme this year is about Mary. The time of the tea is changed to1:30 p.m.  Also be advised, that this is the last weekend to sign up if you plan to attend the tea.  Sign up after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 16th and between Masses on Sunday, November 17th. The price is $18.00 plus a non-perishable food item. This event supports the Social Justice Ministry.

YOUTH GROUP: There will be no Prime Time or PEACE this Sunday, November 17th. Youth and their parents are invited to attend a production of “Godspell” at Beaumont High School at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Youth group will gather again Sunday, November 24th. If you have questions, please contact Erica ([email protected]).

CHRISTMAS PROJECT UPDATE: Thanks to your support last weekend, we collected $950 toward the project and gave out all 100 baskets! If you missed your chance to pick up a basket, there are still lots of ways to get involved. Sign up for cookie baking, basket wrapping and basket delivery on the kiosk in the Narthex. We are also in need of monetary donations as well as $10 gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into unsponsored baskets.  Donations can be dropped off in the parish office or put into the collection basket. There will also be a representative in the Narthex after Mass to accept donations. If you have any questions call Erica Witmer (440-946-1128 x20).

CALLL – meets at the regular 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. time this Wednesday, November 20th. Please remember to bring your binder.

PRISON MINISTRY – We are currently looking for new people to serve in our prison ministry. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x22).

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY – St. Noel offers many ministries to assist people and to advocate for those in need. Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve God? Call Anthony to discuss some possibilities (440-946-1128 x22).

DANCERS NEEDED! Music Ministry is organizing a prayer service “Castle of the Soul” and we need dancers for this project.Contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or call 440-946-0887 as soon as possible if you are interested in this event.

SOCIAL ADVOCACY IN ACTION – We recently deposited $1,700 into our Social Justice fund as part of the Rooted in Faith Campaign reimbursement. This quarter we have decided to give $1,200 to the Lusubilo Orphan Care Project in Northern Malawi, a partner program with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Lusubilo is the local word for hope, and the program provides services for more than 9,500 orphans and children made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic.  Bringing hope to those in darkness is the mission of our Church.  Read more about Lusubilo here: http://crs.org/malawi/malawi-orphans-big-sister/. The remainder of the Rooted in Faith re-imbursement was for maintenance needs, $3,487.20 and $12,205.20 for Endowment.

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND  For October, we collected $2,258.60.  Our expenses for October were:

Meal at St. Aug.
Food Pantry
Car Expense

Thank you for your support.

NICARAGUA IN 2014 – we are currently exploring the possibility of a trip to Nicaragua in 2014. We would partner with International Partners in Mission (IPM) to give 12-18 people an extraordinary look at this beautiful country and some of the local efforts being implemented to help people rise out of poverty. Our initial goal is to identify interested people willing to help make the trip possible. We will have an informational evenings on Wednesday, November 20th – where you can see the itinerary and learn about the program.  Both evenings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes. Call or email Anthony, if interested – 946-1128 x22, [email protected].

ROSARY REPAIR – Ever wonder what to do with all those rosaries you have inherited over the years?  The sisters at the Carmelite Monastery in Colorado repair old rosaries for redistribution and use parts from old rosaries to repair newer ones.  Send your damaged or extra rosaries to Carmelite Monastery Rosary Repair,
8540 Kenosha Dr.,Colorado Springs, CO 80908-5004.

HOLIDAY PARTIES – The holidays will soon be here and you may need a place to entertain your company employees or host a holiday family gathering. Why not hold your event at the Banquet Center at St. Noel? We can accommodate any group of 50-450 guests. Please also recommend St. Noel Banquet Center to your employers or family members. Call 440-946-6635 for more information. Thank you!

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment?  Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: November 21st, meeting and socializing followed by at luncheon of pizza, turkey & swiss sandwich, potato salad, and pumpkin pie w/ice cream. There will also be celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. The cost is $6. The deadline for tickets & payment is Monday, November 18th. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Please note there is no meeting on November 28th. Happy Thanksgiving!

ALL SAINTS –Parents of children who will be entering Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten next fall are invited to attend a special Open House at All Saints of St. John Vianney School, on December 10, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. A Christmas Cookie and Milk Reception will offer parents and childrenthe opportunity to learn more about the school, which is located in Wickliffe on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28702 Euclid Ave. To attend, kindly RSVP to [email protected] or 440-943-1395.

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir will take place on Friday, December 6th at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. The concert is free and open to all. No tickets or reservations required. There is free secure parking a the Cathedral Plaza Garage, Rockwell Ave. & E. 9th St. For more information check the flyer in the kiosk, call: 216-696-6525 x5510, or email ([email protected]).

SEEDS OF LITERACY is a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation. There is an urgent need for more tutors.Together we can break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy. A training session (you need to attend only one) has been scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is held at Seeds Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street. To register or for more information, please contact Alexandria Marshall (216-661-7950 or [email protected]).

ST. GABRIEL HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT – A program for those facing the holidays without a loved one will be held on Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Chapel, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. in Concord. For more information, please call Eileen (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.  Sheldon Hess will facilitate this special program.  Attend one session, all four, or anything in between. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 4th, 11th, 18th, 2013 and January 8th, 2014, at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. To register or for more info, contact Karen (440-352-8282 or[email protected]).

CHRIST CHILD STARLIGHT BALL – The Cleveland Chapter of the Christ Child Society will be hosting its 62nd annual charity event, The Starlight Ball, on Saturday, December 7th at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland. This is our major fundraiser of the year. There is complimentary valet parking.  For details and tickets, contact The Christ Child Society of Cleveland (440-843-1632).

ADVENT RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS – Cuvilly House Ministries invites young adults, ages 20-40, to an Advent retreat entitled, “Making Room for God,” on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bethany Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd. Chardon, OH. 44024. The vigil liturgy for Sunday will be included. The cost of the day is $25.00 and includes meals. (Scholarships are available.) For more information or to register, contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND (216-486-5555 or [email protected]).

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE SR. IGNATIA RETREAT FOR AA WOMEN: “When You Hit An All-Time Low, Life May Seem Hopeless, Yet In Truth, It’s Anything But.” The retreat will be held on November 29th – December 1st and will be facilitated by Laurie Miller, a chemical dependency counselor at Matt Talbot for Women. Cost is $155, and includes full room and board, retreat leadership, and materials. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).

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