Weekly Bulletin 08/25/13

Week of August 25, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

As a Christian community we bear the responsibility to grow in our faith. Each year at every age it is important to understand God better and to love God more. This growth takes place in our own families and in our unique circumstances, but it deepens most effectively in community. This is why St. Noel offers a variety of opportunities to come together to learn and share.

GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) is central to our faith formation at St. Noel. All parishioners are invited to participate in GIFT, as it offers a chance to connect with the whole parish community and an opportunity to learn more about our faith. This year’s topics, speakers and dates can be found on the back of the September calendar. The detailed GIFTmailing will be sent out to parishioners in mid-September.

Parents are the primary source of faith formation for their children. This year, every child from pre-school through grade 12 who is registered for GIFT, will receive weekly lectionary-based magazines and a textbook to use with their parents, along with an e-newsletter from St. Noel to support family faith formation efforts at home.

To assist parents further, St. Noel offers a number of age-appropriate faith formation programs to supplement what already happens at home:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is for preschoolers ages 3-5 and kindergarteners. It meets Sunday mornings, 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

CALLL (Children Actively Loving, Learning, Living) is for children in Grades 1-5. It meets Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

PEACE (Peers Each Accepting Christ Everywhere) is for Grades 6-8. It will meet this year on Sunday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Prime Time is for Grades 9-12. It will also meet on Sunday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Those who wish to participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, CALLL, PEACE and Prime Time are asked to sign up now by filling out the form in the kiosk or on our websitewww.stnoel.org. The sign up for GIFT will occur through a parish-wide mailing in September. If you have any questions, call Michele Baetzold (440-946-1128 x21) or Erica Witmer (440-946-1128 x20)

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– We know that God is merciful, but do we ever take God’s mercy for granted? How?

LABOR DAY MASS will be in the Outdoor Chapel (weather permitting). Mass is at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2nd.

WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE – The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.

AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are here. If you ordered books, please pick them up in the parish office. The books are $5.50 each.

LECTOR WORKBOOKSare in the vestment sacristy (across from the restrooms). Lectors are invited to pick up their book after Mass.

THE ALHAMBRA, a Christian organization dedicated to helping mentally challenged children, will be at St. Noel the weekend of August 31st/September 1st. They will be accepting monetary donations outside after all the Masses.

PARISH PICNIC REMINDER – The St. Noel Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 25th. The picnic begins right after the 11:00 Mass (about 12:15) and ends at 3:30 p.m. There will also be food, games, entertainment, and activities for all ages in the afternoon.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Please note, our volunteers will not be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for the month of August.

FR. GEORGE’S NEW VIDEO – There is a new 10 minute video now on Fr. George’s website. It is called “Heartbreak” and suggests a strategy to negotiate the pain and loss in our lives. You can access it by using the QR code, or by going to http://buildingontheword.org/heartbreak/.

FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed with information about First Communion preparation. If you have received it, please be sure to reply as the letter instructs. If you have not received this letter and are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year, please call or email Michele (440-946-1128 ext. 21 OR [email protected]) and leave a message with your child’s name and your contact information.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MISSION – The children who participated in the SonWest Roundup VBS this summer raised $699.63 to add to the diocesan collection for Tornado Relief in Oklahoma. Thank you for your compassion and generosity! Yeehaw!

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, please contact Erica Witmer in the parish office (440-946-0887 or [email protected]).

IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be for you! Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all, are welcome to participate in our gatherings. In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required. We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality, and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office (440-946-0887).

BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Our Bereavement Ministry invites anyone (participants need not be parishioners) who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a series of evenings designed to support and assist people in their grieving. The series will be held in the Nativity Room on Thursday evenings from October 3 to November 14, and each evening will include some time for prayer. These sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887). Flyers are available in the kiosk.

CATHOLICS COMING HOME – Divine Word Parish in Kirtland will conduct a series called “Catholics Coming Home” on seven Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning September 17th. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics who may be seeking information about returning to the Church. Please consider mentioning it to someone you know and feel free to attend with that person if it would make them feel more comfortable. For more details or to register call Deacon Carl Varga or Mrs. Marti Smith (440-256-1412).

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE – Interested in understanding the Church’s teaching in this area and learning more about the annulment process? The Diocese is sponsoring seminars during the “Year of Faith”. The next two are at St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick on September 17th and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls on October 1st. See the kiosk or call 216-696-6525 x4000 for more information.

IMMIGRATION REFORM – Please contact your House representatives and urge them to pass common sense immigration reform. The U.S. Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation by a large margin, and the U.S. House is currently considering whether to address immigration reform legislation. The U.S. Catholic Bishops have urged Congress to pass immigration reform which:
provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons living in the United States; preserves and strengthens family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system; provides legal avenues for low-skilled immigrants to come and work in the United States; restores due process for individuals caught up in the immigration system; and promotes efforts that will address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and persecution. For more information or to send an instant email, visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org.

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you.  We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP- Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. On August 29th, there will be bingo and the celebration of anniversaries and birthdays. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome to attend.

THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – We are planning for the Live Raffle event at the Benefit Dinner and are looking for anyone that would like to donate enough “travel miles” for one or two roundtrip tickets for travel in the continental United States. Please call the parish office if you can help.

ORGANIC MEAT, EGGS, CHEESE AND MORE – are available through the Geauga Family Farms website: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/order-extra-items/.   Even if you’re not a CSA member, you can still purchase locally grown and raised food for your family. Place your order online by Tuesday of any week and pick up at St. Noel on Saturday of the same week between 9:00 -10:30 a.m. This is the perfect way to ensure the best quality food for you and your family as well as to support our partner, Amish farmers and their way of life.  Go to the website and place your order this week!

FARMER’S MARKET – The Cleveland Foodbank, along with the Western Lake County Food Pantries, is sponsoring a free Farmers Market for those who meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the government. (Guidelines are available in the parish office.) The market will be held on the following Thursdays: September 26th and October 24th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor. Volunteers are needed to help with the market. Please call the parish office if you would like more information or are able to volunteer (440-946-0887).

CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES will host a Charismatic Mass on Friday, August 30th, 7:00 p.m. at Divine Word Parish, 8100 Eagle Rd., Kirtland, 44094. Fr. Bob Franco will be the celebrant. Healing prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.Come and bring a friend to joyfully sing and praise God!

FOSTER CARE – Ever thought of becoming a foster parent? Lake County will be holding an informational meeting on September 5th from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at the Dept. of Job & Family Services, 177 Main St. in Painesville. See the flyer on the kiosk.

THE CATHOLIC CEMETERIES ASSOCIATION is committed to ministering and assisting families before, during and after the death of a loved one.  We hope that you will join us for the recitation of the Rosary on the second Wednesday of the month at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. The Rosary begins at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Mausoleum. Upcoming Rosary dates: Wednesday, September 11th, and Wednesday, October 9th. Please contact Nancy Romaine, Bereavement Coordinator, Catholic Cemeteries Association, if you have any questions (216-905-2368).

CLAMBAKE AT ST. STEPHEN – St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church in Euclid will hold a clambake on Sunday, September 15th. For reservations, please call 216-732-7292 by September 9th.

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY ANNUAL CHURCH TOUR – Our next Church Tour will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013 to the Westside. It will include the Museum of Divine Statues, St. Stephen’s and St. Coleman’s. We will catch the bus in the parking lot of St. John Vianney Church in Mentor at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $25.00 which includes lunch at Sokolowski’s. The deadline for reservations is September 10th.For more information, call Marilyn Bergen(1-440-639-9604).

CLEVELAND INDIANS CATHOLIC FAMILY DAY will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 with a pre-game Mass at 10:15 a.m. Purchase tickets on line with this link:www.indians.com/catholicday and enter the special code offer “catholic” or pick up an order form which is in the kiosk pocket in the Narthex. Call 216-420-4162 or email[email protected] for more information.

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