Week of September 1, 2013
Certain Issues in our national life are directly connected to our faith as expressed in the scriptures. One of these is the concern for migrants and refugees.
The Old and New Testaments poignantly depict Moses and the Jewish people in exile and the Holy Family as an archetype for refugees everywhere. Our Biblical tradition reminds us that in welcoming the stranger we are welcoming Christ (Mt 25:35). In light of these teachings, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has called upon the Catholics of the country to support government efforts of immigration reform.
The U.S. Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform legislation by a large margin. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering whether to address immigration reform legislation that can provide significant relief to potentially millions of people and their families.
Our bishops support 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.
- Promotes efforts that will address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and persecution.
Please contact your House members today and urge them to support immigration reform legislation that provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented and that preserves family unity.
- To send a pre-written, instant e-mail to Congress go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
- Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Members’ offices or go to www.house.gov.
- More information is available at the St. Noel website, www.stnoel.org.
Comprehensive immigration reform is a serious and complex political, economic and social issue, but above all it is a moral issue that defines us as faith-filled people living in a nation built by generations of immigrants. That is why it’s so very important that our Catholic voices are heard by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How welcoming are you to those whom society rejects?
LABOR DAY MASS will be in the Outdoor Chapel (weather permitting). Mass is at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 2nd.
ADORATION – There will not be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day.
WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE – The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.
SACRISTANS are needed for the 11:00 Sunday Mass. If you think you might be interested, please call Carole in the parish office (440-946-0887) for more information.
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/
PLAYROOM VOLUNTEERS WANTED – If your family is interested in using the Playroom (for infants and toddlers) during the 9:00 a.m. Mass, please contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 21). Families take turns volunteering from October through May. Youth volunteers are also welcome as assistants.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the narthex. Three year olds and those new to the program can attend orientation sessions on Sunday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 29th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 6th.
CALLL – This program for children in Grades 1-5 begins on Wednesday, September 18th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. A calendar and registration form can be found in the kiosk in the narthex. Please turn in your registration to the parish office as soon as you can so that we can count you in for this year. A parent or guardian should accompany children on this first evening. We will begin and end in the Banquet Center Large Hall.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is Sunday, September 22nd. Come to Mass at 11:00 a.m. Then come to the Banquet Center Small Hall (beginning at 12:15 and ending about 1:30) for a light lunch and an introduction to our year. The whole family is welcome, and the Playroom will be available for little ones. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 21) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.
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]).
CLAMBAKE: The annual Clambake to benefit Youth Ministry will be held on Sunday, October 6th, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 6 – 12; children 5 and under are FREE. For menu info, see the table in the Narthex. Buy tickets from a Youth Ministry representative in the Narthex after weekend masses September 28th and 29th, or by calling the St. Noel Banquet Center at (440) 946-6635.
CLAMBAKE VOLUNTEERS: Teens in grades 6-12 and their parents are needed to make the Youth Ministry Clambake a success. Join us for any or all of the afternoon. Worried about inexperience? Fear not, Chef Randy and his crew will kindly tell us what to do. To volunteer, sign up on the table in the Narthex, or contact Erica.
SOCIAL JUSTICE – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for our Social Justice Fund.
THE ST. NOEL FOOD PANTRY – is in need of the following items: spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. The pantry serves families in need from our parish and the local community including Willoughby Hills and Kirtland. Please remember the pantry during your next trip to the store and bring an item or two with you to Mass. The pantry is located off the hallway between the Church and the main office. Donations can be dropped off anytime.
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.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: September 5th, guest speaker; September 12th, horse racing; September 19th, meeting followed by a luncheon of breaded pork chops, fries, potatoes with onions, mixed vegetables, salad, and apple pie. The cost of the luncheon is $6. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887).On September 26th, we’ll play bingo and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get an extra 50/50 ticket! Everyone is welcome to attend.
“YEAR OF FAITH” – a talk sponsored by Breadth of Life, will be presented by Bishop Roger W. Gries, O.S.B. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in the St. Noel Banquet Center. For reservations, please call Joan by September 6th (440-946-6932).
CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a workshop co- sponsored and held at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, “Treating the Whole Person: Body, Mind and Spirit,” on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The presenter is Mimi Guarneri, M.D. As our country faces the rising cost of health care, Dr. Guarneri’s approach to and ideas about treating the whole person are of interest to many people. There is no charge. For more detailed information, see the brochure in the kiosk or visit www.ceirs.org and click “Program” or “Latest Programs.” This lecture is free and open to the public and we strongly encourage reservations, (440-255-7581 or by email[email protected]).
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND – Sir Jeffery Abood, KHS, will present “Hearing the Call of the Mother Church‐Christians of the Holy Land: Who They Are, Why They Are Leaving and How We Can Help” on Thursday, September 5th at the City Club of Cleveland. Buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $20. Reservations must be received by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd. Please call 440-390-0172 for information and reservations.
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).
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).
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, September 13th at 7 p.m. meet at St. Paschal’s parking lot and go to a movie of the group’s choice. Please RSVP to Karen ([email protected]).
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.
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.
NOTRE DAME SISTERS ANNUAL BARBECUE AND BOUTIQUE – Enjoy barbecued chicken or ribs, apple pie, coleslaw or applesauce and beverages on Sunday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 29th from Noon to 5 p.m. at the Education Center, 13000 Auburn Rd. in Chardon. Call 440-279-1178 for more information.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Please check the kiosk for the dates of open houses at St. Francis of Assisi School. Call 440-442-7450 for further information or to sign up for a personal tour. You may also check the Facebook page or the web to learn more about the school (www.facebook.com/pages/St‐Francis‐of‐Assisi‐School‐Gates‐Mills‐Ohio or http://www.edline.net/pages/St__Francis_of_Assisi.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER -Allow Jesus to show how to truly love your husband/wife andtransform your marriage.Sign up today to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend,October 11-13 in Hudson, Ohio. Call440-533-5943 or check the web, WWME.org.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, September 8th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor.
MAGGIE’S PLACE MP9K RACE – Support the life-changing work of the Zechariah house, a hospitality home serving pregnant women in Cleveland. Run or walk on October 12th at the Cleveland Zoo. Register online today www.race4maggiesplace.com or call 440-886-2620 for more information.