Week of September 15, 2013
Last year our parish joined with the other parishes of our diocese in the Rooted in Faith Capital Campaign. Through your generosity we exceeded our goal in raising resources to endow priests’ retirement, seminary formation, Catholic education and a variety of charitable and evangelization efforts. As part of the campaign 30% of the funds our parishioners contribute will return to St. Noel. In July, we received our first installment of $86,765. This amount along with all future amounts will be divided 70% for our Parish Endowment, 20% to parish maintenance, and 10% to charitable projects.
Today I would like to discuss with you how the charitable portion of our installments will be distributed. During the campaign we indicated that those funds would be shared between our Social Justice Fund which supports our food pantry and parishioners in emergency needs, St. Augustine Hunger Center, Catholic Relief Services, and Project Hope for the Homeless.
Ten percent of our first installment from the diocese was $8,676.50. We have decided to contribute $6,500 to Project Hope and to place the remainder in our own Social Justice Fund. The large contribution to Project Hope was given because Project Hope is currently engaged in an effort to expand its buildings. Project Hope is the only homeless shelter in Lake County. It presently has 35 beds to provide overnight residence. In the last two years it had to turn away 776 people because of lack of space. By enlarging its building, Project Hope will increase its capacity to 70 beds and expand its ability to accommodate families who wish to share a common space. Our donation will help Project Hope meet its goal of $575,000. (Any parishioners who wish to make a personal contribution to the Project Hope campaign can contact 440-354-6417 or www.projecthopeonline.org.)
St. Augustine Hunger Center and Catholic Relief Services will receive contributions from us from future installments we receive. I will keep you informed of the future contributions we make. Thanks to all of you who made our Rooted in Faith Campaign so successful.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – How did you feel when you lost something of great importance? What was your reaction when you found it?
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/
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN (CCC) – Next weekend (Sept. 21-22) there will be a collection for this organization that communicates the Good News through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese. CCC is how the Good News gets around to you.
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.
YOUTH MINISTRY – Prime Time and PEACE will kick-off on Sunday, September 22nd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All young people can enter through the Lower Level door. Registration forms and calendars can be found in the kiosk. Contact Erica with questions ([email protected])
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]).
MUSIC MINISTRY – There are a wide variety of ways to participate in our Music Ministry. If you have any questions, call or e-mail Agnieszka Bieniek. Please consider if you can add your talents to one of the groups which give praise to God.
YOUNG VOICES will meet for the first time this Tuesday, September 17, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. in the church. YOUTH BELL CHOIR’S first practice will be on Wednesday, September 26, 2013 at 4:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.
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.
DAYTIME RETREAT: The retreat will be on Wednesday, October 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The topic is “Two Francises: Reflections on the Words of St. Francis de Sales and Pope Francis.” The presenters are Fran Armbruster and Sharon Waltermire. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran (440-625-1228). A $6.00 donation is suggested for lunch.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – The September issue of Catholic Update is available in the pocket of the Kiosk. The theme of the issue is “The Healing Work of Vatican II.”
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP will meet on Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the shared faith of Jews and Christians. We will discuss the fault lines in the New Testament. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
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 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.
BENEFIT FOR PROJECT H.O.P.E. OF CLEVELAND A wine tasting benefit will be held at the St. Noel Banquet Center on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 7-9:00 p.m. to help persons in need to access healthcare. Parishioner Joe Daprano will be available in the Narthex after Masses on September 14th and 15th to sell tickets at $40 per ticket for this fundraiser.
FEST – Many thanks to all who attended our 13th Annual Catholic Family FESTival. Great pictures and highlights of the day can be found at www.theFEST.us. Special thanks to our sponsors who helped keep the FEST “Free” and open to all.
CATHOLICS COMING HOME POSTPONED – Please note the event originally scheduled for September 17th at Divine Word is postponed (due to the illness of the presenter). A new date will be announced as soon as it is available.
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!
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).
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. Call 440-533-5943 or check thewww,WWME.org.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? Struggling with moving on? Divorce Recovery for Catholics, an 8-week support group program designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Tuesday, September 24th and conclude on November 12th at St. Mary Church, 401 North Street, Chardon, from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.
ST. VITUS SLOVENIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL on Lausche Ave. in Cleveland will hold Slovenian language classes for preschool through grade 8 at St. Martin de Porres High School, located at 6111 Lausche Ave. in Cleveland. The classes begin on September 21st. For more information, call Mary Slak (216-881-1725).
CHAPTER II EAST – is a non-sectarian, nondenominational support group of widows and widowers designed to help those who lost their spouse within the last five years. Its purpose is to help the recently widowed through their crisis period and also offer activities and social events to its members. The first of six Monday Bereavement Classes will begin in Highland Heights on Monday, September 16th. For information call: Betty Wallace (440-951-5379), Don Lehmann (216-382-1013) or Dottie McDevitt (440-255-5326).