Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. This year, for the month of October, he is calling for: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church: that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church. While these intentions are made public each year, often they are not well known. As a general guideline, at Mass, following our recitation of the Creed, the first intercession offered during the Universal Prayer (also known as the Prayer of the Faithful) is for “the Church.” Often enough, the pope is included. He is also named and prayed for during every form of the Eucharistic Prayer. This reminds us that we are part of something greater than our own parish, diocese, and nation. We are truly connected to one another on a universal level. Since we are constantly praying for the pope and his intentions, it might help direct our prayer if we bear in mind and take to heart some of those intentions that he would seemingly appreciate we make our own.
This month is also known as Respect Life Month: that we might have a better understanding and more consistent ethic of life, from the first moment of conception until natural death. Certainly, this means respect and protection for life within a mother’s womb, but it also means we consider other issues, including but not limited to, our care for the elderly, euthanasia, racial discrimination, and the abolition of the death penalty. Church teaching on these and other related issues all stem from the fact that we believe every person is made in the image and likeness of God, thus making every human life sacred. These can be difficult issues, to be sure, but it never excuses us from seeking to understand and bringing our lives into better conformity with Gospel values. Throughout this month, may the intentions offered at our liturgies help us to have a more profound respect for life.
October is also known as a Marian month. This may strike us odd with our culture’s obsession with Halloween. Don’t misunderstand me, I can totally get into it each year. (We hosted epic Halloween parties at St. Charles Borromeo, Parma, where I enjoyed my first four years of priesthood). However, for the second year, Pope Francis has invited the faithful to return to the prayer of the rosary during the entire month of October. With this request, he is asking the faithful of all the world to “pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attacks of the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her more aware of the faults, the errors, and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to combating without any hesitation, so that evil may not prevail.”
The rosary remains a devotional prayer of the Church. The Second Vatican Council recognized the importance of popular devotions in the life of the Church and encouraged pastors and teachers to promote sound popular devotions. “Properly used, popular devotional practices do not replace the liturgical life of the Church; rather, they extend it into daily life. What is crucial is that popular devotions be in harmony with the liturgy, drawing inspiration from it and ultimately leading back to it” (USCCB, 2013). We are not meant to simply adorn our rearview mirrors with this symbol of our faith, or worse, attach superstition to it. The rosary is meant to be a tool for prayer, meditating on the life of Christ and His Mother.
Maybe you pray the rosary daily, or perhaps you did once before? Quite possibly, it is a devotion you do not understand or has never spoken to your heart. No matter your position, Monday, 7 October, is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. I would challenge you to at least consider it between now and Trick-or-Treat! Who doesn’t appreciate a good challenge?
I dare you!
BLANKET SUNDAY – is this weekend, October 5-6th. This collection is sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We will gratefully accept your monetary donation which will allow us to purchase needed items in bulk for the homeless and disadvantaged. Envelopes are now available on the table in the Narthex or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
In Theaters October 28 • 7:00 PM
LOVE AND MERCY
In 1931, Jesus appeared to Faustina Kowalska as the King of Mercy. Clothed in a white robe and emanating two large rays from his side, one white and one red, He asked Faustina to paint this image of Himself along with the phrase, “Jesus, I trust in You” and to spread the message of mercy around the world. He promised that anyone who venerated this image would not perish. The gripping new docudrama LOVE AND MERCY presents unknown facts and recently disclosed documents that shed new light on the vision of Faustina.
Despite extremely limited release (one night only), the film will play nearby at the Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes Stadium 16 (7860 Mentor Ave, Mentor) and Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium 20 (631 Richmond Rd, Richmond Hts). This might be one of those great opportunities in the month ahead to prepare for our celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Ushers will be in the Narthex after mass next weekend, October 12th-13th accepting your donations for the Social Justice Ministry.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books are now available for pick up in the parish office for those who pre-ordered a copy. Payment of $7.25 each, cash or check (made out to St. Noel) is due at time of pick up. Exact change please!
LECTOR WORKBOOKS – are available for pickup in the large sacristy. Please initial the sheet indicating you’ve received your copy.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of Celebrating Sunday and TakeOut Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the Narthex.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – So far in 2019, the pantry has served 1194 people with the equivalent of 10,749 meals. Currently, we are in need of canned vegetables. Thanks to all who support the pantry!!
DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – Please RSVP to Anthony about the The Lake/Geauga Ministry Conference from 9-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19th at St. Mary Parish in Chardon, OH. Father Tim Plavac, Pastor of St. Bede Parish, will offer the keynote address, and workshops are available for anyone involved in parish ministry. You can learn more about the conference at: http://divinewordkirtland.org/lake-geauga-district/. St. Noel will cover your cost. Please consider joining us.
AERC GOOD NEWS – Two more students are one step closer! Anna Rowe and Kayla Clelland passed social studies! Thanks to all our dedicated tutors & students. We’re hoping for another graduation in a few months!
CRS HELPING HANDS – Visit the St. Noel website (stnoel.org) to make a donation or to register as a volunteer. Our event is scheduled for January 25, 2020.
UNDERGARMENTS NEEDED – A food pantry neighbor is in need of adult underwear to aid with incontinence – Depends, Always, etc. These items cannot be purchased through SNAP (food stamps). Please bring any items to St. Noel Church office. Thank you!
FORMED – The new FORMED is finally here. Have you seen it yet? They released dedicated apps for Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android with Chromecast. Now you can truly watch FORMED anywhere because offline playback is available to all users for every piece of content! They’ve also worked overtime to improve the overall quality and performance of the platform, including a better search feature and even faster load times. If you don’t have an account yet check it out at stnoel.formed.org or download the FORMED app on your favorite device.
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – starts its new season with two October concerts. Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. CityMusic Cleveland will present Between Two Giants, led by new CityMusic director, Amit Peled. We will hear Mozart – Symphony no. 35, Bruch – Kol Nidrei, Montgomery – Strum and Haydn – Symphony no. 104. Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. Here I Am, Lord: A Tribute to the St. Louis Jesuits. Singalong with our St. Noel Music Ministry to well-known and well-loved music by Father Roc O’Connor, Dan Schutte, Father Bob Dufford, Father John Foley and Tim Manion (Here I Am, Lord, Lift Up Your Hearts, Earthen Vessels, Be not Afraid, On Eagle’s Wings, City of God and more). Both concerts are free and open to the public. Please invite your friends and family. The 2019-2020 concert series brochure is available on our website (stnoel.org) and in the kiosk in the church narthex.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – All who are following the Amazonian Synod at Rome this month are welcome to our discussion of ECOLOGICAL DISASTERS: ORGANIZING THE CHURCH on October 28th at 7pm in the Resurrection Room. We will begin by sharing what has developed at the synod; then discuss Can the Chinampas Survive? Pollution and urban sprawl threaten Mexico City’s ‘floating gardens.’ The archdiocese of Mexico City has recently been subdivided with former auxiliary bishops of the suburbs becoming bishops in order to be “closer to the people.” Pick up the four page guide at the kiosk and/or check out https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/2019/10/ecological-disasters-organizing-church.html E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com, for more information and a copy of the September Commonweal issue.
WISDOM’S TABLE – Shared Hope invites the communities of St. Noel and Advent Lutheran Church to an evening of Prayer, Education, Refreshments, and Conversation on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm in the Small Hall of the St. Noel Banquet Center. This evening is designed to promote open and honest dialogue about what Catholics and Lutherans have in common and what differences remain. Shared Hope brought us the joint Liturgy of the Word and Music back in May of this year. Please sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
THE BLESSINGS OF AGING – A retreat for those touched by the aging process, either personally or by caring for someone else. Led by Emma Krueger and Becky Spudich on Saturday, November 2 (10am-4pm) and Saturday, November 9 (10am-12:30pm), this experience will help you explore your legacy with prayer, videos, small and large group discussion, and journaling, based on the work of Joan Chittister, OSB. A continental breakfast will be available both days, with lunch served on November 2. Total cost is $20 (check payable to St. Noel); registration is limited to 30 people. Sign up on the kiosk in the narthex or contact Michele
([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
THE PARENTS OF PRIESTS ORGANIZATION – sponsors a 25 Club Raffle, the proceeds of which benefit the seminarians of the Diocese of Cleveland. Each $25 ticket offers 25 weekly opportunities to win. Following each weekly drawing, winning tickets are returned to the hopper – you can win more than once! For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://25.parentsofpriests.net or contact Don or Mary Trask at 440-729-4684 or [email protected]
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, October 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
FALL CRAFT SHOW – The Willoughby Hills Annual Fall Craft Show will take place on Saturday, October 12th, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 70 vendors with handmade items will be featured on both floors of the Community Center (35400 Chardon Road). There will be vendor raffles to support future Recreation events plus concessions sold by the WH Lions Club. Start your Christmas shopping early! FREE ADMISSION!
HALLOWEEN PARTY – The Willoughby Hills Halloween Party will take place on Friday, October 18th from 6-8:30 p.m. The event is free and is for children ages 2-12. There will be games, contests, prizes, treats, a haunted hayride and CANDY!
BIRTHRIGHT LAKE, INC. NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! Our mission is to support pregnant women and families with small children who are having personal and/or financial difficulty and need assistance with emotional support, maternity clothes, children’s clothing, diapers, formula and referrals to community resource. Birthright needs volunteers to help sort clothing and other donated items, prepare the items for each family before their appointments, as well as meeting and assisting the parents during their quarterly appointment. If you have a HEART for children and the loving families that care for them and have at least 3 hours each week to volunteer Monday – Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., please contact Denise Shaw, Executive Director or Joanne Miller, Assistant Director at 440-975-9055. Thank you for responding!
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair-trade sale is scheduled for November 16-17, 2019. Mark the date now!! Vendors representing artisans from around the world will be here with beautiful products for sale including our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI. Are you interested in making this event a success? Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
RECYCLING – Enter your zip code at recyclecartons.com to learn whether or not the curbside recycling program in your city accepts milk cartons and other types of cartons.