Weekly Bulletin 10/21/18

Dear Parishioner,

Next weekend we will be sponsoring a Fair-Trade Sale in our Banquet Center for the benefit of Catholic Relief Services. The sale will run Saturday, October 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 28th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The sale will include hand-made Christmas ornaments, nativities, jewelry, clothing, home décor, coffee, tea, olive oil, chocolate and more. All proceeds will benefit the work of Catholic Relief Services to bring dignity to the workplace, provide opportunities for children to attend school, and make communities stronger. Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes the dignity of work and creating options for the poor. Purchasing the items that will be on sale advances our efforts to follow the teaching of Jesus.

Our CRS Ambassadors Martie Matuska, Jed Trombley, Karen and Bruce Fraley, Mary Artino and Ed Mascha will be present to answer any questions you may have concerning the mission of CRS.

With the holidays soon upon us, I encourage you to stop by the Fair-Trade Sale where you can find items for yourself and those you love and at the same time support our call to serve those in need.

Fr. George Smiga

ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS – Sign-up sheets for Liturgical Ministers for the Feasts of All Saints, Thursday, November 1st and All Souls, Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m., are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. If you are able to minister on either of these days, please sign up.

ALL SOULS MASS – On Friday, November 2nd we will remember our beloved dead at the 7:00 p.m. Mass. We will read the names of all who have died from St. Noel in the past year. We encourage anyone to come and pray for those who have died. If you have a particular loved one you would like to remember, please bring a framed picture and we will display it in the Narthex. A reception will follow the Mass.

EVENING FOR LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Robert Feduccia, nationally recognized speaker, retreat leader and evangelist is coming to Resurrection Parish in Solon this Tuesday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. and at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Willowick on Wednesday, October 24th from 7-9 p.m. This excellent event is geared toward cantors, lectors, ushers, servers, hospitality ministers, Eucharistic ministers, and anyone involved in a ministry connected to weekend liturgy. See the kiosk for details.

PARABLES AT URSULINE – Fr. George Smiga will be offering 3 talks on the Parables of Jesus at Ursuline College. The series is entitled: Surprise, Shock, and Gospel: Re-Interpreting the Parables of Jesus. They will take place at Ursuline College – in the Little Theater of the Mullen Building on October 30th, November 6th & 13th at 7:00 p.m. These talks will explore new meanings derived from Jesus’ parables. They will examine what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.

  •     Tuesday, October 30th: The Parables of Mark, including the Parable of the Sower and the Wicked Tenants.
  •     Tuesday, November 6th: The Parables of Matthew, Including the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant and the Vineyard Workers.
  •     Tuesday, November 13th: The Parables of Luke, including the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son.

The talks are free. All are welcome.     

CONCERT SERIES – Two concerts will start our 2018-2019 St. Noel Concert Series Season. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Friday, October  26th, at 7:30 p.m. – CityMusic Cleveland orchestra will present “A Bounty of Brahms” with conductor Avner Dorman and soloists Tessa Lark, violin and Edward Arron, cello.

On SundayOctober 28th at 3:00 p.m. – Singers Company, the Chamber Choir, Company Strings & Robert Mollard, keyboard artist under the artistic director Samuel Gordon will present the program titled “Unclouded Day”. From Gregorian to jazz to the intricate choral textures of the world’s most exciting young composers, this is an extraordinary program that Cleveland Classical described as “assured performances of modern choral works by 45 voices that produced colorful tapestries of tone.” 

ANGEL CHOIR – Many children and teenagers from our parish are interested in singing this year, so we would like to invite all young people in grades 1-12 to join the Angel Choir. The rehearsals will be scheduled on Sundays between the Masses (10:15-10:45 a.m.) in the Resurrection Room, and will start Sunday, November 4th. To sign up your child/ren or to answer any questions, contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at
440-946-1128 x119 or [email protected]

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, October 28th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.

ATTENTION: HIGH SCHOOL TEENS – On October 28th we will be going to the Mentor Roll House to challenge ourselves in an escape room! Teens will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the location. Cost will be $25 a person. If you would like to sign up please turn in permission slip and money before Monday, October 22. Forms will be available in the kiosk.

SKY ZONE – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to Sky Zone on Sunday, November 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Pick up and drop off will be at Sky Zone in Highland Heights. Cost is twenty dollars and will include pizza, pop, jumping socks, and an hour of jumping. Payment and online waivers are due by October 31st. Flyers with more details can be found in the kiosk. Contact Kaitlin with any questions at [email protected]

FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – The pantry is in need of the following items: condiments (ketchup, mayo, salad dressing, mustard, baking items), jelly, soup, pasta, cereal, and spaghetti sauce in jars. You can financially support the pantry through our social justice collections and through the website.

BIBLE STUDY IN THE JAIL – The Lake County Catholic Jail Ministry is looking for ministers interested in assisting with women’s bible study on Tuesday nights.  We are also in need of ministers on Sunday nights. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) if interested.

FAIR TRADE SALE – On the weekend of October 27-28th, St. Noel is sponsoring a fair-trade sale to benefit the work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Items for sale include fair trade chocolate and coffee, holiday items, fair trade olive oil, and much, much more. Jed Trombley and Martie Matuska, our CRS Ambassadors, have been working hard to plan the event.  We’re looking for volunteers on the weekend of the event to help staff the tables, bag purchases, and work the checkout. Please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122) or sign the sheet on the kiosk if you’re interested in helping.  Teens are welcome!

FACES OF HOPE & INSPIRATION – Raquel Cicerini, our parishioner, has documented the powerful stories of 6 families from Puerto Rico who settled in Cleveland after hurricane Maria. Her writings along with wonderful photographs comprise the exhibit, Faces of Hope and Inspiration, sponsored by Bienvenidos a Cleveland. St. Noel generously supported relief efforts after Maria, and it’s enlightening to read the stories of these courageous people. See the kiosk for more information and visit http://www.tri-c.edu/hispanic-council/bienvenidos-a-cleveland/index.html to learn more. Hundreds of families have relocated to Cleveland since 2017 and help is still needed.

WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – We distributed over 60 coats at the October Neighbor to Neighbor meal.  We will do it again in November and December. Bring any donations to the clothing bin outside the food pantry or to the church office.  Our neighbors loved the coats!

PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be Wednesday, November 7th, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Season of Blessings: Meeting the Royal Family (The Saints) and Living in Gratitude. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. if you are able, a donation of $6 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!

endowment-tSomething 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.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On October 18th, Bingo. On, October 25th, Salad Luncheon, Bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket.  Everyone is welcome!

ADVENT TEA – Enjoy a reflective time prior to the rush of the Christmas Season at Advent Tea on Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “You and the Holy Spirit.” We are always looking for new hostesses. If you are interested, please stop by and talk us. Sign up is on November 3rd and 10th before and after the 5:00 p.m. Mass and between Masses on November 4th and 11th. Cost is $20.00 per person, proceeds support the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone is also asked to bring a food item for the food pantry. Contact Karen Spehar at 216-481-6579 or Annie Zahradnik at 440-724-2532. Hope to see you there.

VOTING RESOURCES – See the table in the Narthex for information from the Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding Issue 1 and choosing political candidates.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES LAKE COUNTY – Did you know our local Catholic Charities organization provides a multitude of services for those most in need? From outpatient mental health services to ministering to children dealing with the incarceration of a parent, CCLC does great work right here in our county.  Visit ccdocle.org/lake to learn more.

THOMAS MERTON RETREAT – Baldwin Wallace and the Thomas Merton Society are hosting a day-long retreat on November 17th to remember the 50th anniversary of his death. The retreat and lunch are free. See http://www.mertonandfriends.com/ for information and registration.

FULL/PART TIME COOK – The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland have an immediate opening for a Full or Part Time Cook at our brand-new residential facility in Pepper Pike. The cook will prepare food for 70 people on a buffet line. 20 – 40 hours per week. Every third weekend. No late evenings. Basic knife skills and cooking knowledge required. Benefits available. Great working environment! Must be responsible and have reliable transportation. Must be able to pass a physical, drug screen and criminal background check. Send resume and letter of interest to [email protected] No phone calls please.

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