“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration.”
These words of Pope Francis from 2013 describe the Church in every age. To care for the most vulnerable is at the very heart of being a follower of Jesus.
During the week of October 7-13, the universal Church will observe a week of prayer and action surrounding the needs of migrants and refugees throughout the world. Pope Francis is being joined by bishops across the U.S. and around the world in launching this campaign to support our brothers & sisters who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. The campaign, officially launched on September 27th in Rome, is entitled “Share the Journey”, and each of us can have a role.
Along with Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops have created a website: www.loveyourneighbor.us. I encourage you to visit the site and explore the information and stories that are presented there. You might be inspired to contact an elected official, to educate yourself on Church teaching, to pray for a specific family, to become a positive voice on social media, to participate in some act of service, or to become active in a local advocacy group such as HOLA in Painesville.
However you respond, remember that any act of kindness or compassion or love, no matter how small, answers the call of the Gospel and builds up the Body of Christ. Each of us, in our own circles, has the ability to shape and reshape the conversation surrounding migrants and refugees.
Our Christian commitment to these desperate members of our human family must be constant and ongoing. Focusing our attention for one, dedicated week can help inform and solidify that commitment. As Pope Francis said in a 2015 address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, “[W]hen the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us.”
The call of the Gospel and the teaching of Church are clear: every human being matters. We cannot allow prevailing attitudes to dampen our spirits or invade our consciences; we join in solidarity with migrants and refugees because that is our call and they are our family. Thank you for taking time next week to “Share the Journey.”
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
BISHOP PEREZ – There will be a welcoming liturgy by the Lake/Geauga Parishes for Bishop Perez at St. Mary’s in Chardon, on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception with the Bishop. Each parish of our district is able to send 45 parishioners to the event. If you would like to represent St. Noel, please sign up on the sheet on the table in the Narthex. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis.
BLANKET SUNDAY – is next weekend October 7th-8th. This collection is sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society. Due to lack of storage space, we will gratefully accept your monetary donation and do the shopping to purchase needed items for the homeless and disadvantaged. Envelopes will be provided or you can donate online at www.svdpcle.org.
AT HOME WITH THE WORD books have arrived. For those who have ordered books, they are now available for pick-up in the parish office at a cost $6.50 each.
LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available in the large sacristy. Please be sure to initial the sheet indicating you received it.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, October 4th from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Everything is Grace”, facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
CONGRATULATIONS! – The St. Noel NEIGHBOR to NEIGHBOR Meal is celebrating its second anniversary on Thursday, October 5th. On the first Thursday of every month, we now serve a delicious hot meal to over 300 neighbors. Our welcoming atmosphere makes all the difference, and as our reputation continues to grow, so does our need for more St. Noel neighbors to help prepare, serve, and cleanup our special version of a community meal. Please consider working with us as we grow our neighborhood. Read more about our mission and ministry in our tri-fold brochure in the kiosk. Contact Bill & Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or 440-669-2798. We thank God for all who make the meal possible and for all the wonderful relationships that have formed.
ST NOEL BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY SUPPORT GROUP – A death changes those left behind. The grief that follows such a loss is natural and normal, but many of us find our own reaction to grief unexpected. Learning about grief and understanding the reaction to your loss in a supportive environment can be helpful. To assist those who have lost a loved one, the St. Noel Bereavement Ministry will be offering a 5 week Support Group this fall. You are invited to attend the Bereavement Support Group on Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 11, 2017, at 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Nativity Room. Call the parish office at 440-946-0887 to register for the series, by October 2nd.
TRAINING FOR MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – The diocese has scheduled numerous training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The closest to St. Noel is Sunday, October 15th from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Divine Word Parish in Kirtland. We have room for new Eucharistic Ministers at all weekend liturgies. If you are interested in being trained, please contact Anthony at the parish office.
DISTRICT MINISTRY CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga district of Catholic parishes is hosting its 3rd annual ministry conference from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th at St. Gabriel Parish in Concord. Fr. George will offer the keynote address, and workshops are available for anyone involved in parish ministry. The conference aims at developing discipleship and our commitment to live as followers of Jesus. You can learn more about the conference at: http://www.st-gabriel.org/lake-geauga-district.html. If interested in attending, please call Anthony at 440-946-1128 x 122; St. Noel will cover your cost. The conference will be great for both professional ministers and those who serve as volunteers. Please consider joining us.
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – It’s not too late to join any of our programs for families and children. Just contact Michele ([email protected]; 440-946-1128, x121).
CALLL – continues this Wednesday, October 4th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up are in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center. Remember to bring your binder.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD – This program for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten happens during the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. The full group begins THIS Sunday, October 1st. You can register Sunday morning.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS – Our meeting is this Wednesday, October 4th from 6:45-7:30 p.m. in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center. Only one parent needs to attend.
PRIME TIME – High school teens are welcome to attend Prime Time this Sunday evening, October 1st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
PEACE – Middle schoolers from 6-8th grade are invited to attend PEACE this Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
CONFIRMATION – On Sunday, October 22nd, candidates will be part of the Rite of Affirmation and be acknowledged at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. A brief family meeting will follow from 12:30-1:30 p.m. We will discuss the format for preparation, qualifications for sponsors, and requirements to be confirmed. Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the first of two Pancake Breakfasts whose proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, October 29th from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required and a free-will donation will be taken. Spread the news!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, and parents please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on October 29th. Please fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 x 120 or [email protected].
SKY ZONE – Attention youth in grades 6-12: you are invited to Sky Zone on Sunday, October 8th from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Pick up and drop off is at the Sky Zone in Highland Heights (750 Alpha Dr, Highland Heights). Cost is $20 and includes pizza, beverages, one hour of jumping, and jumping socks. Please turn in check or cash to the parish office. Make checks payable to St. Noel. Parents of jumpers will have to complete a waiver form found on the following website: https://highlandheightsstore.skyzone.com/waiver/. Payment and waivers are due by October 2nd. There will be no PrimeTime on Sunday, October 8th and no PEACE on October 10th.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 5th, Bingo. On October 12th, socializing meeting, noon. Luncheon Menu: pulled BBQ pork sandwich, french fries, cole slaw, dessert. Bingo to follow. For tickets call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is October 9th. On October 19th, Bingo. On October 26th, Bingo, Birthdays, and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – We’ll close the garden for the year on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
USED BOOKS NEEDED – St. Aloysius Church, in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, is opening a “Little Free Library” later in the fall. Little Free Libraries are small, outdoor, boxes where people can take books and return them as needed. Please bring gently used books to the parish office, and we will get them to St. Als. Please….no textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, etc. We’re looking for quality books only.
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 8th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
WALK OF HOPE – is being sponsored by Catholic Charities Disability Services & Ministries on Saturday, October 7th, at the St. Augustine Church, 2486 West 14th St. 100% of the funds raised at the Walk of Hope will benefit the ministries and programs for persons with disabilities, their loved ones and their supporters. If you cannot attend the walk, please consider making a donation online at https://40thwalkofhope.eventbrite.com For additional information call 216-334-2963.
BUY ONCE GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Our biennial fair trade sale is scheduled for November 11-12th. 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.
DIVINE WORD PARISH – will be hosting “Welcome Home to Inactive Catholics.” This has been successful in the past as dozens of people have returned to the Church. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and continue for the next five weeks. All are welcome!
DEJOHN FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY – Is once again sponsoring Stockings for Soldiers & Shelters. Stop by DeJohn Funeral Homes in Willoughby Hills, Chesterland or South Euclid between 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, through November 1st and pick up a Christmas Stocking to decorate and stuff with Christmas Cheer. Included with the stocking is a list of appropriate items to send along to our troops, their families or local organizations. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the funeral home by Friday, November 3rd. For more information, call 440-516-5555.