I am sure you remember that this past spring our Social Justice Committee, at the direction of our Pastoral Council, explored three areas of Advocacy to initiate in our parish. Committees have been set up to research and implement efforts working with prisoners after they are released, establish a GED program, and begin a Neighbor to Neighbor meal. All the committees have been working through the summer and the Neighbor to Neighbor meal is now ready to begin.
A steering committee composed of Sharon and Bill Waltermire, Margaret Neville and Maggie Ward has established a relationship with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. This will allow us to purchase food at a reduced cost. The meal will take place once a month on the first Thursday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in our Banquet Center. The first meal is scheduled for October 8th. Anyone is welcome to come to the meal without cost. But as the name “Neighbor to Neighbor” indicates, the purpose of the meal is larger then simply feeding those who are hungry. Our goal is to form relationships with those who come to eat, hear their stories, and discover further ways in which we can assist each other. In time, we hope to work with our “neighbors” who come to the meal to identify ways to remove the factors that hold people in poverty and hunger. This is what moves our Neighbor to Neighbor meal beyond mercy (feeding the hungry) toward Advocacy (removing the causes of hunger).
In the light of this effort, we need your assistance. We actually have sufficient help in organizing the meal and preparing the food. What we need is parishioners willing to greet whoever comes to the meal and to share the meal with them – Neighbor to Neighbor. The committee is very aware that it may be a bigger challenge to eat with those who come then to prepare food for them, but the meal will not succeed without parishioners who are willing to do this.
Therefore, this Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. we are holding an orientation meeting for those willing to help with the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. We will review the purpose of the meal and what is expected of our parishioners who are to be welcomers. There will also be opportunities to assist in other ways. Coming to the orientation does not mean you have decided to assist in the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. This evening is meant to be a discernment of whether you are able and willing to undertake this ministry.
I am deeply excited that this effort of Advocacy is taking shape in our parish. I ask you to consider coming this Tuesday to explore whether you can join this new ministry. I believe that our parish will more clearly manifest the Mission of Jesus as we move forward in implementing the Neighbor to Neighbor meal
Fr. George Smiga
OFFICE VOLUNTEER HELP is needed on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. You would volunteer every other week. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested.
MUSIC MINISTRY – Rehearsals have begun for Concert Choir on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Noel Choir on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, and Adult Bell Choir on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. Youth Bell Choir begins this Wednesday, September 16th at 4:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. All groups are accepting new members, so please consider joining us!
CLAMS AND MORE – The Clambake will be held on Sunday, October 4th, from Noon to 3:00 p.m. As always, the bake will consist of clam chowder and broth, 1 dozen clams, roast chicken, parsley redskin potatoes, corn on the cob, and rolls and butter. Again this year, we will have tossed salad, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and assorted cakes. New this year, we are adding baked sweet potatoes. The cost of the bake is $26.00 per person. The bake is all-you-caneat, except for the clams. Additional clams may be purchased for $8.00 a dozen. There will also be a children’s buffet consisting of pizza, hamburgers, pasta and meatballs, applesauce, carrot and celery sticks and assorted cookies. Ages 6 to 12 is $10.00 per child and 5 years and under is no charge. Please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 for further details and to make reservations.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Can you help make the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal possible at St. Noel? We’re looking for bakers willing to offer their talents to provide delicious desserts for the meal. Desserts could be dropped off in advance. We’re calling it Neighbor to Neighbor Bakers! Please contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] stnoel.org or call Anthony at the Church office. You can also sign up on the kiosk. This is a great way for families to be involved in the meal.
FIRST COMMUNION – Our first family session is next Sunday, September 20th. Join us after the 11:00 Mass (about 12:15 p.m.) in the Banquet Center Small Hall for a light lunch and an introduction to our year. The whole family is welcome and the Playroom will be available for little ones. We’ll finish by 1:30 p.m. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 121) if you plan for your child to prepare for First Communion this year.
REGISTRATION FOR FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS – Stop at the table in the narthex this weekend to ask questions about or register for any of our Faith Formation programs that begin later this month. You can also find registration information on the kiosk in the narthex and at stnoel.org.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (for children ages 3-5 and Kindergarten) begins with orientation for those new to the program next Sunday, September 20th and Sunday, September 27th during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The full group begins on Sunday, October 4th.
YOUTH GROUP KICKOFF – Mark Sunday, September 20th on your calendar for the kickoff of PEACE (grades 6-8) and Prime Time (grades 9-12), St. Noel’s middle school and high school youth ministry programs. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW SUNDAY EVENING TIME: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Visit stnoel.org or the kiosk in the narthex for registration forms and calendars.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD Returns to our regular schedule this weekend. Dismissals of children ages 6-9 will take place at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Breaking open the Word of God with children is a rewarding experience. If you have ever thought about serving in this ministry, please contact Michele ([email protected] OR 440-946-1128, ext. 121). Youth volunteers are welcome as assistants and should contact Michele if interested.
PLAYROOM – Did you know that St. Noel has a Playroom located in the Lower Level where parents can go with their restless infants and toddlers during Mass and still hear the Liturgy over a speaker? Ask one of our greeters to direct you to the Lower Level if you would like to check it out.
EXTREME PLAYROOM MAKEOVER – If you would be interested in helping to “refresh” the Playroom (organizing, cleaning, rearranging), please contact Michele ([email protected] OR 440-946-1128, ext. 121).
THE WORLD JESUS KNEW – The Tuesday evening study group begins this week on September 15th, from 7:00-9:00 pm. in the Lower Level, and continues every other Tuesday through December. Questions? Call Kathy Coolick at 440-655-5593.
THE ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION will be on Thursday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The deadline for reservations is October 7th. Return your reply cards and raffle ticket donations as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. At this time we have enough items for the silent auction (please consider a cash donation instead). If you would like to place an ad in the event program, please call Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: “Companions on the Journey to the Kingdom” – Wednesday, October 7th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Facilitators will be Eleanor Reilly, Sharon Waltermire and Fran Armbruster. Sign-up on the kiosk or call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. All are welcome! There is no charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested for those who wish to do so.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend, to attend a 6-week support series beginning Thursday, October 1, 2015. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On September 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, breakfast potatoes, mixed fruit cup, assorted Danish. For tickets call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is September 13th. On September 24th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
PROJECT H.O.P.E. of Cleveland invites you to a fund raiser on Friday, September 18th, from 7:00- 10:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions, food and entertainment. Cost $40 per person. Proceeds underwrite free health-related screenings, evaluations and medical referrals for low-income residents in the St. Clair-Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. After Masses on the weekend of September 12th, representatives will be in the Narthex if you would like to purchase tickets.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Monday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on September 21st. Contact Margaret Neville at 440-942-3390 for more details and to confirm your attendance.
LEAF MINISTRY – LEAF (Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families of the Incarcerated) is beginning at St. Noel, and will be one of 10-11 support groups active in the Diocese of Cleveland and the first group active in Lake County. The confidential meetings are open to all people and have been a great support to those dealing with the incarceration of someone they love. The St. Noel LEAF Ministry has opportunities for involvement from trained facilitators to hospitality and promotion. To learn more about this powerful and meaningful ministry, please call Anthony at the parish office.
CALLL (for children in grades 1-5) begins this Wednesday, September 16th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. A parent or guardian is encouraged to stay this first evening.
BEREAVEMENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY – The Diocese of Cleveland will offer training to anyone interested in serving as a bereavement minister. The training is scheduled at St. Noel on two Saturday’s, November 7 and 21, from 8:30-3:30 p.m. If you’ve thought about ministering to those grieving the death of a loved one, this training will provide the education and skills you need. Please call Anthony to learn more.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – An 8 week support group is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd, and conclude on November 10th from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 401 North Street, Chardon. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352- 6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.
DIVINE WORD PARISH will again be hosting the program “WELCOME HOME TO INACTIVE CATHOLICS.” The program will begin on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the parish rectory and will continue for the next five weeks. For more information, contact Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256- 1412.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Friday September 18th, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork and holiday items. To donate items, please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800-707-8922, ext. 6881.
FALL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – A support group for those working through the process of grief. The session will be a series of six Mondays, starting October 5th-November 9th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at DeJohn Funeral Homes and Crematory, 28890 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills. For more information or to register, please contact Alana or Stephanie at 440-516- 5555. They are open to all adults.