Weekly Bulletin 09/22/13

Week of September 22, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Our annual Clambake which supports our Youth Ministry programs will take place on Sunday, October 6th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be sold in the narthex next weekend after all the Masses. You can also call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635) to make reservations.

The adult menu includes clam broth, clam chowder, one dozen clams, one-half chicken, corn on the cob, redskin potatoes, rolls & butter, apple pie, coffee, tea and pop. The children’s menu includes clam chowder, chicken, corn on the cob, redskin potatoes, rolls & butter, apple pie and beverages.

Throughout the years those who love clambakes have made it a point to come to St. Noel. Our reputation is a strong one. But people need to hear it is happening. Please think of those you know who might want to attend and tell them about October 6th. Assure them of a great bake for a great cause: to help spread the truth of God’s love among the teens of St. Noel. Your call to others will make this event a success. And, of course, don’t forget to come yourself!

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How have you been a good steward using and sharing the gifts you have received from God?

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.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for October thru December have beenemailed and/or mailed out. It is important that you check to make sure you have received the new schedule and if not, please call the parish office.

WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Lauren Cieslak; Ken & Natalee and Emilee Cook; Garrett & Natalie and Grant Gabel; William & Debbie Hartmann; Rick & Robin and Mia Martucci; Shawn & Cindy and Tom Smith; Tim & Beth, Giulianna and Luca Velotta; and Mary Vorisek. Their pictures can be found on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway.

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/


BLANKET SUNDAY COMING SOON – The weekend of October 12th – 13th marks the Twenty-seventh Annual Blanket Sunday Collection to aid the needy. The collection is sponsored by the diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. This year, due to lack of storage space, we will sponsor a cash only collection. We’ll do the shopping for you and your money will go even further through bulk purchases of blankets and other items for families, children, the elderly and other individuals in need.

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.

PLAYROOM VOLUNTEERS WANTED – If your family is interested in using the Playroom (for infants and toddlers) during the 9:00 a.m. Mass, please stop down in the Lower Level before or after the 9:00 Mass this weekend or next. Families take turns volunteering from October through May. Youth volunteers are also welcome as assistants.

CALLL – meets this Wednesday, September 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. We begin and end in the Banquet Center.

FIRST COMMUNION FAMILY SESSION is this Sunday, September 22nd. Come to the Banquet Center Small Hall after 11:00 Mass (about 12:15). We’ll finish by 1:30 p.m.

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 this Sunday, September 22nd and next Sunday, September 29th. The full group begins on Sunday, October 6th.

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 – The first practice will be on Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the church.

YOUTH BELL CHOIR – The first practice will be on Wednesday, September 25th at 4:45 p.m. in the Lower Level.

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – We will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center on Sunday, September 29th. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.

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.”

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. On September 26th, bingo, birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated. Bring something for the food pantry and get an extra 50/50 ticket! Everyone is welcome to attend.

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).

ST. PASCHAL BAYLON BEREAVEMENT – There will be a four week workshop on grief, beginning Wednesday, September 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please call the St. Paschal Baylon rectory for further information (440-442-3410)

“WORSHIP AS SACRED CONVERSATION” is a talk to be presented by Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Theological Seminary, on Saturday, September 28th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights. The registration fee is $10, including lunch to follow the presentation. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 25th (www.chsaviour.org or 216-321-8880)

CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a workshop “Can We Talk about Race?” on five Tuesdays, beginning on October 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. The presenter is Elizabeth Welch, M.A, C.D.P. The cost of the series is $75. For more detailed information, see the brochure in the kiosk, visit www.ceirs.org and click “Program” or call Joe or Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507).

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (SVDP) CLEVELAND FRIENDS OF THE POOR WALK – Join fellow compassionate Northeast Ohioans as they lace up their sneakers to raise money for our region’s needy on Saturday, September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Richfield Woods Park in Richfield, Ohio. For registration information check www.fopwalk.org or call SVDP at 216-696-6525, ext. 3150 for more information.

YEAR OF FAITH EVENING WITH BISHOP GRIES – The evening will begin with 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. John Vianney Church on Thursday, October 17th. Bishop Gries will offer reflections on our faith with his usual warmth and casual charm. A good will donation to St. Vincent DePaul Society will take place following the presentation. For further information, please contact Judy Plecia, [email protected] or Debbie Morich, [email protected].

EMMAUS RETREAT – The Gay & Lesbian Family Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland presents the 14th annual retreat for gay and lesbian Catholics.The weekend will take place at the Jesuit Retreat House on October 4-5, 2013.Cost is $85.See the kiosk or go to www.jrh-cleveland.org for more info.

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE –  Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! will be held on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Are you facing an important change in life? A challenging decision to make? Father Matthew Roche, S.J. will take you through the steps of prayerful discernment so that you may find peace and the direction God wants you to take. Cost is $15. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House, 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org

ST. IGNATIUS LATIN & FRENCH CLASSES – These classes are for young men in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades beginning on Saturday, October 12th. There is no charge. Please call 440-651-0222 for more information.

ST. EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL will have an open house on Sunday, October 13th from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please contact Joseph Kasl for information on admission test dates (216-521-2204).

NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL will host OPEN HOUSES for prospective students and their families on Thursday, October 10th and Wednesday, November 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don’t forget to sign up for one of our placement EXAMS offered: Saturday, October 19th at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 9th at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit online ndcl.org or call 440-279-1088.

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