Week of September 29, 2013
There will be two ways by which you can contribute to those in need on the weekend of October 12th & 13th. Each year, the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Cleveland holds Blanket Sunday, which strives to provide clothing, sheets, and pillowcases for those who are in need in our area. We have always participated as a parish in this project to care for the elderly and homeless during the winter months.
As in the past, we will not actually be collecting blankets for St. Vincent De Paul. We will only accept cash or check donations. This allows St. Vincent DePaul to buy more blankets in bulk. Blanket Sunday envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex and can be placed in the basket on the table. Your checks should be made out to St. Noel.
We will, however, be collecting slightly worn men’s, women’s, and children’s winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots and scarves in good, clean condition for distribution at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. These items can be hung on the designated rack in the coatroom, or placed in plastic bags and left on the coat room floor. These items can be brought in only on the weekend of October 12th-13th.
Economic realities are still very hard for so many in our area and winter is approaching. Please consider contributing to those among us who need our support.
As the weather grows colder it is important to assist those who are poor and homeless through the winter months. Your generosity to Blanket Sunday and our collection for St. Augustine Hunger Center are ways to extend the love of Christ to others.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– The rich man lived in luxury and never noticed Lazarus lying at his door. How aware and observant are you towards those in need around 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.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE – Next weekend (October 5th & 6th), our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for our Social Justice Fund.
YOUTH MINISTRY: Prime Time and PEACE continue Sunday, September 29th from 7:00-8:30 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]).
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.
CLAMBAKE: The annual Clambake to benefit Youth Ministry will be held on Sunday, October 6th, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at 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 this weekend (September 28th and 29th) or by calling the St. Noel Banquet Center 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.
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 Sunday, September 29th. 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 an orientation session this Sunday, September 29th. The full group begins onSunday, October 6th.
CALLL – meets this Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. We begin and end in the Banquet Center Large Hall.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING is this Wednesday, October 2nd in the Banquet Center Small Hall. We’ll begin at 6:45 p.m. and end by 7:30 p.m.
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 adding your talents to one of the groups which give praise to God.
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.
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.
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. On Thursday, October 3rd, the activity is bingo. 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 last market for this season is 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 for more information (440-946-0887).
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).
EMMAUS RETREAT – The Gay & Lesbian Family Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland presents the 14th annual retreat for gay and lesbian Catholics, family and friends.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.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY will co-sponsor an event entitled, “To Recognize and Develop the Spiritual Bonds that Unite Us: Dialogue between Christians and Muslims since Vatican II” by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald. The talk will take place onMonday,October 7that 7:30 p.m. in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, LSC Conference Room. All lectures are free and open to the public.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! will be held on Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 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 with decisions in your life. Cost is $15. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org).
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].
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.For more information or questions about placement exams, visit online ndcl.org or call 440-279-1088.
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).
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI – We provide supervised before-school care for students in grades K to 8 beginning at 7:00 a.m. After school, we offer organized aftercare until 5:30 p.m. For more information check our website or www.edline.net/pages/St__Francis_of_Assisi or call
our principal, Mrs. Publicover, at 440-442-7450.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND – The next weekend will be October 11th-13th at Clarion Inn in Hudson, Ohio. For more information check the website, www.WWME.org or call 440-533-5943.
MARCUS’ LANTERN (AFFILIATED WITH THE DEEPWOOD FOUNDATION) will have an event with big board raffle and Chinese auction, “Lighting the Way for Kids to go to Camp” at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in the St. Noel Banquet Center. All proceeds go to support children and adults with developmental disabilities. Please call Mary Lintern for tickets or more information (440-477-7066).
OHIO FAIR TRADE EXPO – The Expo will be held at John Carroll University on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn about socially and environmentally conscious consumerism. For further information, or to register, check the web (ohiofairtrade.com).
WILLOUGHBY HILLS CRAFT SHOW will be on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Hills Community Center. There will be 65 vendors and a special collection of money and items for our troops through the USO. Please call Denise Edwards for more information (440-975-3540).