Weekly Bulletin 10/27/13

Week of October 27, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

You may have noticed the wooden structure which is now located at the entrance of our parking lot. This is a drop-off shed sponsored by St. Pauly Textile. St. Pauly collects clothing and delivers it to relief organizations throughout our country and the world. Unlike some organizations which collect clothing, St. Pauly does not cut up clothing for use as rags, but delivers the clothes to those in need. In 2010, more than 51 million garments were distributed by St. Pauly to an estimated 6.37 million people all over the world. You can read more about St. Pauly at http://st-pauly.com/index.html.

The items that can be placed in the shed are all clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes and stuffed toys. Please…NO rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys or household goods; please understand that the above unwanted items are a hardship and expense to dispose of.

You can drop your clothing in the shed whenever you wish. St. Pauly will give St. Noel four cents for every pound collected. This profit will be placed in our Social Justice Fund. We will continue to accept donated clothes in our clothing bins inside the church so that people from our community can find what they need.

As you can see there is now more than one way your unused clothes can help others. So go to your closet, take out what you no longer use and bring it to us. You can use the space and others can use your clothes.

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION–  What dangers lie in making comparisons between our spiritual life and that of another? Are such comparisons ever helpful? If so, when and how?

TIME CHANGE/ MARK YOUR CALENDAR – Please remember to turn your clocks BACK one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 2nd.

ALL SAINTS & ALL SOULS MASSES – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feast of All Saints, Friday, November 1st at Noon and 7:00 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.

ALL SAINTS – All Saints, Friday, November 1st is a holyday of obligation. Masses are at Noon and 7:00 p.m.

“BUY-ONCE-GIVE-TWICE” BOUTIQUE – The bi-annual “Buy-Once-Give-Twice” Boutique is happening this weekend. Your purchases will benefit the organizations that have tables at the boutique as well as the individuals who will receive the gifts you buy! 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.Stop down to the Small Hall after Mass and find some treasures. 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.

BLANKET SUNDAY WEEKEND – Thank you to everyone who donated for Blanket Sunday. We collected $937.00.

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).

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!

YOUTH MINISTRY: Prime Time and PEACE will continue Sunday, October 27th from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

YOUTH 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 needed-just a willingness to try. If you are interested in attending please contact Erica (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 call Jim Klements (440-946-0887).

ADVENT TEA SIGN-UP –Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1 p.m.The tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women.This year’s theme is about Mary.  Sign-ups for the tea will be after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person. Proceeds go to the Social Justice Ministry. 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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE FUND – Next weekend (November 2nd & 3rd), our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Social Justice Ministry.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND  For September, 2013 we collected $1,557.00.  Our expenses for September were:

$ 1,585.00
Food Pantry
Meal at St. Augustine
Gas Card
$ 3,170.66

Thank you for your support.

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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. The activity on October 31st is bingo and celebration of birthdays & anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket.

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. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. There will be a celebration of Mass and a 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)

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).

LAKE CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE – Lake Catholic High School will host an Open House on Tuesday, November 12thfrom 6:00-8:00 p.m. The final Scholarship/Placement test will be offered on Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 a.m. or 12 Noon. This is a required test for any student applying to Lake Catholic for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration 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).

THE PATRIOTIC ROSARY is a beautiful expression of love for Our Lady and of concern for the needs of our beloved nation. It will be offered on various dates at churches in Madison and Wickliffe, and all are welcome. Booklets are provided. For more information or updates please call 440-862-1337.

BORROMEO SEMINARY “NOVEMBERFEST” ITALIAN DINNER will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe. Please call (440-943-3834) to reserve tickets.

BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – Nancy Erikson, editor of the Catholic Universe Bulletin, will speak on “Catholic Newspapers in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, November 13th from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the St. Noel Banquet Center. The luncheon is $18. For reservations, please call John (216-486-3706) or Joan (440-946-6932) by November 6th.

CHRIST CHILD STARLIGHT BALL – The Cleveland Chapter of the Christ Child Society will be hosting its 62nd annual charity event, The Starlight Ball, on Saturday December 7th, 2013 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland. This is our major fundraiser of the year. The ball is black tie and begins with cocktails and a Silent Auction at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 8:00 pm.  Entertainment will be provided by Redline. There is complimentary valet parking.  For details and tickets, contact The Christ Child Society of Cleveland (440-843-1632).

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