Weekly Bulletin 10/20/13

Week of October 20, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Our parish has a vibrant music program which primarily contributes to our liturgical worship of God. We also, however, are committed to supporting the musical arts in a wider sense. To that end we routinely sponsor musical groups which perform in our church.

This year we decided to organize these concerts in a concert series which will run from October, 2013 to June, 2014. A brochure with the concert series information has been mailed to all parishioners. I do want to bring to your attention the first concert of the series. It will be presented by CityMusic and will take place in our church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th.

CityMusic is a professional classical orchestra of outstanding quality. 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 will be directed by a new conductor and artistic director, Avner Dorman. 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!

After the concert Chef Randy is offering a buffet dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. The menu for this evening is tossed salad with Italian or ranch dressing, chicken parmesan, sausage & peppers, cavatelli with red sauce, green beans with almonds, garlic breadsticks, and lemon cake. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Please call the Banquet Center for reservations (440-946-6635).

Please consider attending this first concert of the season and joining us for dinner afterwards. It promises to be a wonderful Sunday at St. Noel.

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– Who is the “widow” (those who are poor, exploited or marginalized) person in your community who is pleading for justice today? How are you responding as a follower of Jesus?

ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS MASSES – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints, Friday, November 1st at 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.

ARCHDIOCESE FOR THE MILITARY SERVICES – The first national collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services will take place next weekend, October 26th & 27th. The funds raised will help provide Catholic men, women and families access to the sacraments, authentic Catholic education and the spiritual guidance of a Catholic chaplain. Informational flyers are available on the table in the narthex.

“BUY-ONCE-GIVE-TWICE” BOUTIQUE – 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.

DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat is on Wednesday, November 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme is “Counting Our Blessings.” Community members will share experiences of God’s graces. The suggested donation is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch. Sign up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440-946-0887).

YOUTH MINISTRY: Prime Time and PEACE will continue on Sunday, October 20th from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The evening will feature a guest speaker who will talk with the teens about Equal and Fair Trade in preparation for our “Buy Once, Give Twice” boutique next weekend.

LECTOR TRAINING: Young people in grades 6-12 will have an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a lector. On Sunday, October 27th from 6:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Aga will hold a training session. No experience is needed, just a willingness to try. If you are interested in attending, please contact Erica.

THE CHRISTMAS PROJECT is right around the corner! The weekend of November 9th-10th we will begin distributing empty baskets to fill and collecting money. Mark your calendars!

CALLL resumes this Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center.

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]).

THE POPE, THE POOR AND YOU: Pope Francis has inspired us to follow Jesus in serving those who are poor. All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to enter an essay contest sponsored by Maryknoll explaining what it means to serve those who are 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.

PRISON MINISTRY – We are currently looking for new people to serve in our prison ministry. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x22).

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY – St. Noel offers many ministries to assist people and to advocate for those in need. Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve God? Call Anthony to discuss some possibilities (440-946-1128 x22).

THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION will be on Thursday, November 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The deadline for reservations is November 13th – return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or place an ad in the event program please leave a message for Jim Klements in the parish office (440-946-0887)

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 (440-946-0887).

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.

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord.  A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given.  Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: October 24th, horse racing and October 31st, 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 this 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).

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).

OCTOBER’S BABY – In recognition of Right To Life month St. Anselm Church will present a free screening of the first-run movie, October’s Baby on October 26th in the Hospitality Room in the Rectory building. The movie will follow a soup and sandwich supper. A free will offering will be accepted. The address is 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland. All are welcome.

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – The next monthly retreat will be on Tuesday, October 29th. These monthly retreats focus on different dimensions of Christian living and use Ignatian prayer practices to cultivate the soul. Day Retreats begin with coffee and pastry at 9:00 a.m., conclude by 3:00 p.m. There will be celebration of Mass and home-cooked lunch. The cost is $25.00. The facilitator is Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org)

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 on Tuesday, October 29th. 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]).

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND – Rev. Gary D. Yanus, J.C.D., will present “Neither Riches nor Glory:The Saints—Servants of the Kingdom” on Thursday, October 31st at the City Club of Cleveland. Buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $20. Reservations must be received by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28th. Please call 440-390-0172 for information and reservations.

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).

ST. GABRIEL’S SEASONS IN FAITH WOMEN’S RETREAT – The retreat will be held onNovember 8th, 9th, & 10th at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma. The theme is “God’s Plan – Our Puzzle.” The cost is $150. Please call the St. Gabriel parish office for more information (440-352-8282).

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