Week of October 6, 2013
Those of you who have been listening attentively to the Eucharistic Prayer during Mass may have noticed an addition. Eucharistic Prayer II, which we have been using at St. Noel, now includes a reference to St. Joseph. After the mention of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the prayer now adds “with blessed Joseph, her Spouse.” In 1962, Pope John XXIII added the name of Joseph to the first Eucharistic Prayer. Now Pope Francis has extended that practice to Eucharistic Prayer II, III, & IV.
Joseph, the Spouse of Mary, is mentioned both in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Gospel of Luke. Devotional practices to St. Joseph are first recorded with certainty in the seventh century. A full Liturgical Office was established for Joseph in the thirteenth century. In 1870, he was proclaimed the Patron of the Universal Church. The decree by which Pope Francis extended the reference to St. Joseph explains the rationale in this way:
St. Joseph “stands as an exemplary model of the kindness and humility that the Christian faith raises to a great destiny, and demonstrates the ordinary and simple virtues necessary for people to be good and genuine followers of Christ. Through these virtues, this Just man, caring most lovingly for the Mother of God and happily dedicating himself to the upbringing of Jesus Christ, was placed as guardian over God the Father’s most precious treasures.”
As you hear the reference to St. Joseph every Sunday at our liturgies, it is fitting to ask for his assistance in the challenges of family life and follow his example of kindness, humility and justice.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– In today’s Gospel the apostles ask Jesus, “Increase our faith.” We know that faith is a gift from God, yet we have a part to play in responding to this gift. What are some steps you can taketo allow the Lord to increase your faith?
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 schedule for October thru December has been emailed 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.
BLANKET SUNDAY REMINDER – Next weekend we will accept your cash or check donations for Blanket Sunday. Envelopes will be available on the table in the narthex. Your checks should be made out to St. Noel. We will also collect next weekend men’s, women’s and children’s winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves, boots and scarves In good, clean condition. There will be a rack in the coatroom designated for these items to be hung, or if in plastic bags they can be put under the coat rack. THESE ITEMS SHOULD BE BROUGHT IN ONLY ON THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 12TH & 13TH.
OLD GLORY & PRAISE HYMNALS – We will be donating our Glory & Praise hymnals and there will be a few copies on the table in the Narthex for anyone who would like to have one. Please help yourself.
YOUTH MINISTRY: Prime Time and PEACE will NOT meet on Sunday, October 6th and will resume Sunday, October 13th from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. That evening, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a trip to the Cleveland Food Bank happening on Saturday, November 16th. Contact Erica with questions (440-946-0887 or [email protected]).
CALLL meets this Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. We begin and end in the Banquet Center Large Hall.
CLAMBAKE: The annual Clambake to benefit Youth Ministry will be held this 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. There will be a limited number of tickets available for purchase at the door.
THE POPE, THE POOR AND YOU: Pope Francis has inspired us to follow Jesus in serving the poor. All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to enter an essay contest sponsored by Maryknoll explaining what it means to serve the poor and how you see it happening-or not happening-in our world. The winning essays will receive a cash prize anywhere from $150-$1,000. The deadline for submissions is November 15th. More details can be found in the kiosk.
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.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening the weekend of October 26th-27th. Your purchases will benefit the organizations that have tables at the boutique as well as the individuals who will receive the gifts you buy! We have over ten carefully chosen vendors whose mission is to help people, locally and internationally, move from poverty to sustainability. This popular event will run from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Saturday the 26th and 8:00-1:00 p.m. on Sunday the 27th.Interested in volunteering? Call Anthony at the parish. The Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is truly a way to put your purchasing power to good use.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, October 13th, 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, OH.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the October issue is “Light of Faith: Key Themes from Pope Francis’ First Encyclical.”
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you. We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: October 10th, reverse raffle or bingo; October 17th, 12 Noon, socializing, meeting, 12:30 p.m. luncheon. The menu includes cavatelli w/meatballs & sausage, mixed salad, rolls & butter, and pumpkin pie w/whipped cream. The cost for the luncheon is $6.00. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). The deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, October 14th. On October 24th, there will be horse racing and on October 31th, bingo and celebration of birthdays & anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket.
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 Mary Ellen Buzanski (440-951-1094) if you would like more information or are able to volunteer.
CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a workshop “Coming Home: Discovering the True Self” by Wayne Simsic, M.A. on six Mondays, beginning October 14th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. The cost is $90. For more detailed information, see the brochure in the kiosk, visit www.ceirs.organd click “Program” or call Joe or Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – “Women’s Afternoon of Prayer: Coloring your Prayerlife.”Facilitated by: Sr. Mary Ann Flannery and Sr.Cheryl Keehner, CSA on October 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes an afternoon snack. 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 Plescia, [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.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL FALL OPEN HOUSE:Girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and their families are invited to tour the school at Beaumont’s Fall Open House on Sunday, October 13th from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit beaumontschool.org. or call Kaitlin Daly or Mary Durkalski at 216-325-1661.
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).
LAKE CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE – Plan to attend on Thursday, October 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Registration for testing is available online at www.lakecatholic.org. Please contact Mrs. Mary Jo Elber in the Admissions Office with any questions (440-578-1020 ext. 234).
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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. the book club will be discussing the book “Grass Roots” by Stuart Woods. Please RSVP to Karen ([email protected]).
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).
RACE FOR MAGGIE’S PLACE – There will be a 9K or 5K race and a 1 Mile Fun walk/run for families on Saturday, October 12th at the Cleveland Zoo to benefit Zechariah House, a hospitality home serving pregnant women in Cleveland. The cost is $25 now until October 11. Register online today (www.race4maggiesplace.com or call 440-886-2620).
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).
DEJOHN FALL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – There will be a six-week program in the form of a support group for adults working through their grief beginning Monday, October 14th at DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory in Willoughby Hills. For more information or to register, please contact Alana or Danni (440-516-5555).