Week of November 10, 2013
We are one community, and everyone is welcome to be a part of us: men and women, teens and children, young and old, healthy and infirm. All of these differences are necessary if we are truly to be the Body of Christ. This is true of our parish and especially true as we come together to worship.
We are committed to see that all members of our community can participate as actively as possible in our liturgy. As our community ages, mobility issues become more prevalent. As you may have already noticed we have made a variety of adjustments to assure that lectors and eucharistic ministers who have difficulty negotiating the sanctuary steps will still be able to carry out their ministries.
Mobility issues also impact the communion procession. As it becomes more difficult for members of our parish to walk, we have been, and will continue to be, prepared to bring communion to them in their seats. But today I would like to make clear that parishioners should have the freedom to be a part of the communion procession for as long as they are able. Just because you may have a cane or walker does not mean you should stay in your seat at communion time. Coming to the table of the Lord is something we do together – young and old, healthy and infirm. If it takes you a bit longer to walk with us, we are more than willing to wait for you so that we can approach the altar together.
Moreover, you could choose to sit in the front rows of the center section of the church so that the distance for you to walk is less. Also, the ushers are more than willing to walk with you if you request the assistance.
If you would prefer, our eucharistic ministers will graciously bring the Eucharist to you. But please do not automatically exclude yourself from the communion procession when walking becomes more difficult. As long as you want to be a part of the procession we want you there. All are welcome to approach the table of the Lord!
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What does belief in the resurrection of the body tell you about God?
BULLETIN ARTICLES: Please note, due to the holiday printing schedule all articles for the November 30/December 1st bulletin need to be in the parish office by Tuesday, November 19.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mas 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.
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.
HEALING MINISTRY – Please join us this Wednesday evening at our 6:45 p.m. liturgy for Eucharist and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. You need not carry heavy burdens or suffer alone. Our community is here to support you and pray for you. After Mass, prayer teams are available to pray with you if you desire.
YOUTH GROUP: Prime Time and PEACE will continue Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.
CHRISTMAS PROJECT – It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas Project time! Stop by the table in the Narthex after Mass this weekend to sponsor a family or fill a basket. Volunteers will be in the Narthex to accept monetary donations to help the project. Sign-up sheets to help wrap and deliver baskets can be found on the kiosk. Please contact Erica for further information (440-946-1128 x20 or [email protected]).
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 this 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).
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 [email protected] or call 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].
THANK YOU – We collected $65 for the World Mission Sunday collection and $75 for the Archdiocese for the Military. Thank you for your generosity.
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 440–946-1128 x22, [email protected].
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…. 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. Activities are: 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 & 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 onNovember 28th. Happy Thanksgiving!
ALL SAINTS –Parents of children who will be entering Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten next fall are invited to attend a special Open House at All Saints of St. John Vianney School, on December 10, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. A Christmas Cookie and Milk Reception will offer parents and childrenthe opportunity to learn more about the school, which is located in Wickliffe on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28702 Euclid Ave. To attend, kindly RSVP to [email protected] or 440-943-1395.
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).
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE: Proceeds from this community event benefit our patients and their families. The sale takes place on Friday, November 15, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. We are in need of donated items for the sale: gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, holiday items and jewelry. To donate items please call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
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.
ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the Daughters of St. Paul Choir will take place on Friday, December 6th at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. The concert is free and open to all. No tickets or reservations required. There is free secure parking a the Cathedral Plaza Garage, Rockwell Ave. & E. 9th St. For more information check the flyer in the kiosk, call: 216-696-6525 x5510, or email ([email protected]).
SEEDS OF LITERACY is a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation. There is an urgent need for more tutors.Together we can break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy. A training session (you need to attend only one) has been scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is held at Seeds Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street. To register or for more information, please contact Alexandria Marshall (216-661-7950 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).
ADVENT RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS – Cuvilly House Ministries invites young adults, ages 20-40, to an Advent retreat entitled, “Making Room for God,” on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bethany Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd. Chardon, OH. 44024. The vigil liturgy for Sunday will be included. The cost of the day is $25.00 and includes meals. (Scholarships are available.) For more information or to register, contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND (216-486-5555 or [email protected]).