Weekly Bulletin 11/03/13

Week of November 3, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

With the holidays approaching it is again time to think of our yearly Christmas Project.

As in the past we will again be using gift cards rather than purchased food and gifts. We will deliver these gift cards to families in need. Using gift cards will provide the people we serve the opportunity to shop for their own families. But to avoid simply handing a family an envelope, we will bring each family a house-warming basket with simple items such as cookies, candy, candles, and ornaments.

Families who are in need of assistance are referred to us through the Head Start program of Lake and Geauga Counties, as well as our Food Pantry and homebound ministries.

Please feel free to join in any or all of the following opportunities:

  • Sponsor a Family – We will provide you with a family and you can assume the responsibility of assembling the hospitality basket and buying the gift cards. You can also deliver the basket to them, although we can arrange for delivery if that is your preference.
  • Fill a Basket – Baskets will be available on the weekends of November 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th, and 30th & December 1st (while supplies last). You can fill the basket with some simple housewarming gifts (a list of suggested items will be included in the baskets). All baskets should be returned to us by the weekend of December 7th & 8th.
  • Donate Money/Gift Cards – Representatives will be collecting cash as well as gift cards to Target and Giant Eagle which will go into the baskets. It will be helpful to us if the gift cards you donate would be $10 gift cards.
  • Wrap Baskets – All parishioners, including members of CALLL, PEACE, and Prime Time, will meet on Wednesday, December 11th at St. Noel to bake cookies and wrap baskets.
  • Deliver Baskets  Meet at St. Noel on Saturday morning, December 14th to pick up directions for delivery.

The Christmas Project is an effective way in which parishioners of all ages can work together to demonstrate the Christian call to serve others, especially those in need. If you have any questions concerning the Christmas Project or your involvement in it, please call Erica (440-946-1128, ext. 20). The best way to celebrate our Savior’s birth is to follow his teaching and to show our love of one another in generosity and service

Fr. George Smiga

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION–  The crowd presumes that Zacchaeus is unworthy of Christ. How can we stay open to Zacchaeuses?

USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Masses on Sundays. We welcome men and women. The commitment is one Sunday per month and you will have a schedule in advance. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for further details.

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).

REMINDER TO VOTE: Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. Please remember to vote.

YOUTH MINISTRY: Prime Time and PEACE will continue Sunday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

CALLED TO PROTECT – Parents of children in Grades 1-5 are invited to learn more about Praesidium’s “Called to Protect” program on Wednesday, November 6th from 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Large Hall. The “Called to Protect” program for children will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th at CALLL. Parents of children who do not attend CALLL are welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact Michele (440-946-1128 ext. 21 or[email protected]) with questions.

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. Return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations by next weekend if you are planning to attend. If you would like to place an ad in the event program please call Jim Klements (440-442-2744).

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 Karen Spehar (216-481-6579) or Annie Zahradnik (440-724-2532) for more information

DANCERS NEEDED! Music Ministry is organizing a prayer service, “Castle of the Soul,” and we need dancers for this project.Contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at (abieniekstnoel.org or 440-946-0887) as soon as possible if you are interested in this event.

LOAVES AND LETTERS is an opportunity to enjoy a simple meal and contact our elected officials concerning a particular social justice issue. This act of advocacy supports the Church’s mission to not only minister to those in need but also to address the root causes of injustice in our communities. Our next Loaves & Letters will be Wednesday, November 13th beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the Banquet Center. This is a great chance for our parents to bring your children to CALLL and then remain for the program. We will end at 7:30 p.m., the same time as CALLL. Everything you need will be provided including sample letters to our representatives. Advocacy is important. We will explore the issue of hunger on November 13th and you are invited. Sign up on the kiosk or email Anthony at [email protected].

NICARAGUA IN 2014 – We are currently exploring the possibility of a trip to Nicaragua in 2014. We would partner with International Partners in Mission (IPM) to give 12-18 people an extraordinary look at this beautiful country and some of the local efforts being implemented to help people rise out of poverty. Our initial goal is to identify interested people willing to help make the trip possible. We will have two informational evenings – Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 20th – where you can see the itinerary and learn about the program.  Both evenings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last 30 minutes. Call or email Anthony, if interested – 946-1128 x22, [email protected].

CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the November issue is “Advent Day by Day: Opening Doors to Joy.”

HOLIDAY PARTIES – The holidays will soon be here and you may need a place to entertain your company employees or host a holiday family gathering. Why not hold your event at the Banquet Center at St. Noel? We can accommodate any group of 50-450 guests. Please also recommend St. Noel Banquet Center to your employers or family members. Call 440-946-6635 for more information. Thank you!

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: November 7th, bingo and a speaker from Emeritus; November 14th, reverse raffle or bingo; November 21st, meeting and socializing followed by at luncheon of pizza, turkey & swiss sandwich, potato salad, and pumpkin pie w/ice cream. There will also be celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. The cost is $6. The deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, November 18th. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Please note there is no meeting on November 28th. Happy Thanksgiving!

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).

ST. ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland (Rt. 306, just south of Rt. 322). The show will feature handcrafted items by over 80 area craftsmen.

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.

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.

ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, November 10th 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.

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.

ADDICTION AWARENESS WORKSHOP – St. Malachi Parish ministry will offer a free one-day workshop in the church hall, West 25th & Detroit, on Saturday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.  For information or to register contact Judy Stowe (440/250-9959 or[email protected]).

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 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 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m.  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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