Weekly Bulletin 10/13/13

Week of October 13, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Learning can take place in many settings, even at a boutique! The “Buy-Once-Give-Twice” Boutique returns on Saturday, October 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in our Small Hall. At this event you will be able to learn about the people who will benefit from the sale of a wide variety of items, as well as purchase gifts for others or perhaps buy something for yourself.

This year’s Boutique will feature over 11 vendors offering a wide variety of products and positively impacting the lives of those living in poverty. Ten Thousand Villages will again feature items from around the world. Canaan Fair Trade Olive Oil and Olive Wood Products will benefit growers and artisans in the Middle East. Beads for Peace and Amani Children support people in Africa, while Suti Sana serves women rescued from the sex industry in Bolivia. INTO and Revy partner with workers in Central and South America, and Esperanza Threads features clothing made by low-income residents in the Cleveland area, many of whom are refugees from Burma and Bhutan. Equal Exchange products will be available through the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America (IRTF).

The common factor in all the items for sale is that the proceeds will go to charitable efforts locally or internationally. The vendors who will participate have been carefully chosen so that the majority of the cost of the items is returned to those who produced them. For example, we will be selling Equal Exchange Coffee. The coffee is grown in the peasant co-operative of El Salvador, Peru, and Nicaragua. The majority of the price you pay for coffee in the United States stores enriches the distributors. Equal Exchange Coffee returns most of its profit to the countries in which the coffee was grown. The farmers can then direct their profits toward a better education, health care and agriculture for their communities.

That is why we call it the “Buy-Once-Give-Twice” Boutique. When you buy here, you not only buy something for yourself, but you also help someone else. This is a wonderful way to increase the buying power of your money.

One last way that you can support the Boutique would be by volunteering to work at one of the tables. Sign up on the kiosk if you are available to help.

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– When someone fails to thank you for a kindness you have done, does his or her seeming lack of gratitude trouble you? Why or why not?

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.

ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS MASSES – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints, Friday, November 1st for Noon and 7 p.m. and for the Feast of All Souls,Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. are on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway. If you are able to minister on either of these days, please sign up.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY will be celebrated on October 19 & 20. This collection supports the Society for the Propagation of the Faith’s vital work in 1,150 dioceses throughout the world. Your generosity makes it possible for missionaries, local priests, religious and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. The ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations.

YOUTH MINISTRY:  Prime Time and PEACE will continue this Sunday, October 13th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to sign up for a trip to the Cleveland Food Bank happening on Saturday, November 16th.

CALLL – There is NO CALLL this Wednesday, October 16th. CALLL will resume on Wednesday, October 23rd.

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]).

THANK YOU for your support of our young people last weekend at the Clambake. Because of your generosity we raised $1,002.00.

ST. PASCHAL FESTIVE HOLY HOUR – On Friday, October 18th at 7:00 pm, St Paschal Baylon will hold a festive holy hour entitled “Strength for the Journey.” It will be an evening of adoration and praise and worship music followed by a pizza social. This is open to all teens, young adults and their families. A flyer with more details can be found on the kiosk.

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.

SAVE THE DATE! – The St. Augustine Dinner/Auction will be on Thursday, November 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Mark your calendars! Detailed information was mailed out this week.

ADVENT TEA – Mark your calendars now for the Women’s Advent Tea which is on Sunday, December 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. This year’s theme is about Mary. We welcome those who have been a hostess and attended an Advent Tea before, as well as anyone who would like to be a hostess for the first time.The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person and proceeds go to our Social Justice Fund. Everyone attending is asked to also bring a food item for the food pantry.  Please call the parish office for more information.

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.

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…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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 onOctober 31st, bingo and celebration of birthdays & anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket.

CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND CONCERT will take place in our church on Sunday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m. CityMusic is a professional classical orchestra of outstanding quality, celebrating its 10th anniversary this season. The program includes Concerto for 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, strings & b.c. in C major (RV 560) by Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto Grosso by Avner Dorman, and Violin Concerto No 2by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by Rachel Pine. The concert is free and will provide a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to experience classical music. Come early. At previous CityMusic concerts the church was full! We invite you to stay after the concert for the buffet dinner in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Please see the details below.

CITYMUSIC CONCERT BUFFET DINNER will be offered by Chef Randy in the St. Noel Banquet Center after the CityMusic concert on Sunday, October 27th. It is an all-you-can-eat buffet. The menu includes tossed salad, chicken parmesan, sausage & peppers, cavatelli marinara, green beans almondine, garlic bread sticks, and lemon cake. The cost of the buffet is $20 for adults and half price for children 6-12 years old.  It’s great food at a great price, but you must call ahead for reservations (440-946-6635).

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 Thursday, 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).

CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a 4 week series, “The Compassionate Heart: Overcoming Obstacles to Practicing Compassion” by Ani Palmo Rybicki, director of Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland. The series begins on Monday, November 4th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. The cost is $60. 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).

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – “Spiritual Planning for the Third Age” – Fr. William Karg will discuss insights that can help us come closer to God in this time of life, between 60 and 90 years of age, on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person or $35 for a couple. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org).

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).

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).

BENEFIT DINNER for the Greater Cleveland “Fisher House” initiative will be held at St. Vitus parish on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish auditorium. When the Greater Cleveland Fisher House is completed it will house, at no cost, families of wounded veterans who they are in the VA Hospital for treatment. For further information, please call the St. Vitus Rectory (216-361-1444).

ST. CYPRIAN’S CHURCH MASS FOR LIFE will be held on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Perry, Ohio. Come together as one Christian family to pray for an increase in awareness in our society of the preciousness of each human life from conception to natural death. Call Barbara Beyer for more information (440-259-4904).

BETHANY RETREAT CENTER QUIET DAY OF PRAYER – Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon and God’s beauty in nature provide a peaceful setting in which to pause for a few hours to be attentive, reflective, creative – to meet God as you gently come away and slow down. Stay all day or an hour or two. Register by October 23rd. For more information, contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND (440-279-1143 or email [email protected]).

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