Week of September 8, 2013
Our Music Ministry continues to grow, and Fall is a perfect time to review the various groups which serve our parish and community. All of these groups are open to new members:
- St. Noel Choir is a group of 78 active members. There are no auditions required to become a member of this choir. Our St. Noel Choir serves during all weekend Liturgies, Holy Days, Holidays and special religious events. We practice each Thursday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the church.
- St. Noel Community Choir is a group of singers that visits nursing homes, assisted living, senior houses, hospices and hospitals. We practice twice a month, 11:00 a.m. – Noon on second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the church.
- St. Noel Concert Choir is an auditioned group that sings advanced repertoire. They perform at St. Noel Church as well as in other churches and local festivals. We practice weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the church. If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, please participate in the audition. Details about the audition and a sign-up sheet are available on the kiosk.
- St. Noel Handbell Choir is a group of dedicated ringers which plays at our weekend and Holy Day liturgies. The ability to read music is necessary. We practice weekly on Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
- The Resurrection Choir provides music for our funerals. Practice takes place 30 minutes before each funeral.
- Young Voices is a group of young people in grades 3-12. We provide music for some of the weekend Masses during the church year. Practices are weekly, beginning Tuesday, September 24th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the church.
- Youth Bell Choir is also for grades 3-12. We practice weekly during the school year on Wednesdays. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 25th at4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
- Our Music Ministry is also open to any instrumentalists who can add their talents to any group.
- Finally, Cantors are an essential part to our liturgies. This liturgical role is open to any age group. Auditions and practices are individually scheduled.
As you can see there are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. Detailed information about each of the music groups can be found on the kiosk. If you have any questions, contact me (440-946-0887 or [email protected]). Please consider adding your talents to one of these groups and give praise to God.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– Have you built a strong foundation in your faith life? Who has helped you?
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 area 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.
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.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 tickets call the parish office by September 16th (440-946-0887). On September 26th, bingo, 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 Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, “Preaching the Word in Our Time” on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. The presenter is M. Craig Barnes, a popular preacher and writer. 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 encourage reservations by calling Joe or Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507).
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).
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 and transform 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.
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.