of January 9, 2005
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about a year our Parish Pastoral Council has been working to understand
the implications of the projected drop in priestly vocations in
our diocese. A shortage of priests will have a fundamental impact
upon our church and our parish. The council consulted with several
diocesan experts as well as discussing the issue with focus groups
comprised of our own parishioners. Although this shortage should
not affect St. Noel immediately, within the next decade it is likely
that we will be facing major adjustments in our parish life. It
is therefore important that we begin to prepare for these changes
rather than be surprised by them.
Pastoral Council is planning to survey the parish in the upcoming
weeks. Next weekend, January 15-16, you will be asked to fill out
a simple ten-question survey before Mass which attempts to gauge
your awareness of the implications of the shortage of priests. The
results of that survey will be shared with you the next weekend.
On the weekend of January 29-30 we will ask you to complete another
ten-question survey which will assess your preferences for various
approaches in dealing with the shortage of priests. The results
of this survey will also be shared with you the first weekend in
light of the results of these two surveys the Pastoral Council will
then determine what further steps of education and planning will
be helpful to our parish in the upcoming months and years. I therefore
ask you to cooperate with this survey process so that we might be
better prepared as a parish for the challenges which the future
is likely to demand of us.
OF INITIATION – This
year, as many of you are aware, we continue the full implementation
of the reordering of the Sacraments of Initiation. This weekend
we celebrate an important aspect of the preparation for these sacraments
with our young people and their families. All of them will participate
in actions of love and service within our parish and throughout
our neighborhood and community. At all liturgies this weekend, those
preparing for Confirmation and Communion will receive our prayers
and the support and example of those in our parish who generously
serve the needs here and in surrounding areas. If you see any of
our candidates this weekend and in the future, we encourage you
to ask them to tell you about what they have learned about faith
and works of a Christian community as well as offer them your prayers
DISASTER – We will
be collecting for the victims of the Tsunami Disaster this weekend.
Our ushers will be in the narthex after Mass to receive your donations.
Please make checks payable to St. Noel and write “disaster victims”
in the memo. All monies received will be forwarded to Catholic Relief
Services and 100% of all donations will go directly to the Tsunami
– The January calendar
listed the Ministry fair to be held on January
29 th and 30 th this is incorrect the Ministry Fair will
be held on February 26 th & 27 th .
are needed to wash the
altar linens. If you are interested, please call Marge Kilroy at
440-585-5999. You will be scheduled once every two months.
– HELP HELP!! We
are in need of sacristans for the Saturday evening 5:00
p.m . Mass . Please call the parish office
at 440-946-0887 if you are able to help, or for answers to any questions
you may have.
MINISTRY - While on
earth, Jesus healed all who sought His help. Now from heaven, He
continues to send His healing love to help us in our hours of pain,
loneliness, sorrow and illness. This Wednesday during the 6:45 p.m.
liturgy, we will celebrate this Sacrament of the Anointing of the
Sick. Come and experience the healing love of Jesus. After Mass,
prayer teams will be available to pray with you for your special
needs. The heavier the cross, the more we need His help up Calvary's
FOR LIFE – The 32 nd
annual march for life, commemorating the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision
legalizing abortion will take place Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m.
in Mentor. Participants will gather in the northeast parking
area of Great Lakes Mall and travel east along rte 20 to St. Mary
Church. Warm refreshments and an inspirational program will
take place in the school gymnasium, featuring Life Decisions International's
LIFE – As we begin
a new year let us resolve to support and respect life at every stage.
We can begin by heeding the words of our Bishops and the Holy Father
regarding the dignity and worth of human life, which are recalled
in a brochure entitled, “Made In His Image.” Please
pick up a copy of this brochure which can be found in the pocket
of the Social Concerns section of the kiosk.
be IN you .
All of us would like there to be world peace. Wars seem to be happening
in all parts of the world, and we can feel that there is nothing
we can do to help stop them. What we can focus on achieving is finding
the peace in ourselves to help better our lives, and others around
us. Anthony Camino will be speaking January 13, 2005, at 7:00 PM
in the Resurrection Room to help us find that peace. Please come
join us to help make our New Year more peaceful.
MUSIC – We will have
an Evening of Wedding Music Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. in
the church. This workshop is for engaged couples who will be getting
married this year, and will feature over an hour of music appropriate
for liturgy, as well as a chance to hear parish soloists and instrumentalists.
To better assist you in making choices, you are strongly encouraged
to bring a tape recorder and a couple of tapes to the session. See
REGISTRATION FORMS -Remember
to turn in your January GIFT registration form this weekend. Just
drop your form in the GIFT box on the table in the narthex. There
are additional forms on the table, too!). We can always use extra
hands so be sure to check off a job you can help with!
FAMILY ITALIAN DINNER will
be Friday, January 28 th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost will
be $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12 and children 5
and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the door. Volunteers
are needed to help serve and clear the tables, and a sign-up sheet
is on the kiosk.
GRAS – 2005 – Start
the New Year off “right” and plan to treat yourself to a “night
out.” Join family and friends at St. Noel Mardi Gras 2005. The date
is set for Saturday, February 5 th . Food, Beverages, Music, and
Fun! Tickets are only $35.00 each and available after Masses this
AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS
– are available in the parish office on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. (not on Saturdays) or Monday through
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the calendar is $25.00.
For more information please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
ELIZABETH MINISTRY'S “ELIZABETH'S ROSES”
- will be available in the narthex following all Masses this weekend
(January 8-9, 2004). Designed to identify, pray for, and support
the needs of women and their families during the childbearing years,
parishioners are invited to select a rosebud from the display and
indicate a particular need relating to pregnancy, birth, adoption,
fertility or loss. Elizabeth ministers will pray daily for the families
represented, and if requested, will contact the family in order
to provide continued support. Prayer cards will be available for
personal meditation. For further information on the Elizabeth Ministry,
visit the parish website at www.stnoel.org, and click on “Caring
TO JOY – is a support
group for people with depression. The group meets the 2 nd and 4
th Thursdays of the month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Visitation Room.
next meeting will be on January 13 th .
– Join us Tuesday,
January 18th from 7-7:45 p.m. in the Chapel as we pray the Rosary.
All are welcome to this quiet, reflective time in honor of Mary
and her Son, Jesus.
TIME – Start off the New Year right!! Come
to PRIME TIME tonight (Sunday) at 7:30pm
HIGH YOUTH GROUP – Our
next meeting is this Tuesday, January 11 th at 7:00pm. Bring your
SERVICE TRIP – Are you
interested in making a difference this summer? Young Neighbors in
Action is open to any 9-12 grade students. Our organizational meeting
is Monday, January 10 th at 7:30pm. This meeting is for both parents
and interested teens. Your deposit of $50 will reserve a spot this
summer. Call Anthony with questions (946-1128 x20)
BREAKFAST – Our annual
PRIME TIME Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, February
13 th from 10:00am-1pm in the hall. All proceeds benefit St. Noel
Youth Ministry. Bring your sweetheart for flapjacks!!
NOEL PARISH HALL BOOKINGS FOR 2005 & 2006 –
We are currently taking deposits to reserve the large and small
halls for anyone that may have a need for our services during 2005
& 2006. We can accommodate any groups of 50-475. Parishioners
who are planning weddings for themselves or a son or daughter will
receive a 10% discount. Parishioners will also receive a 5% discount
for any other functions scheduled in the hall for an immediate family
member or themselves. Please call the hall office at 440-946-6635
to check availability. The hall office is closed on Mondays.
WEEKEND FOR DIVORCED SEPARATED AND WIDOWED
– Divorced, separated and widowed men and women of all ages are
encouraged to attend a weekend designed for those who wish to let
go of the painful past and create a more peace-filled future. Presented
by people who have “been there” and offer their support. The next
Beginning Experience Weekend will be held on February 11 th , 12
th and 13 th at St. Joseph Christian Life Center in Cleveland. Call
440-473-0457 or 216-671-0077 for the information on this weekend
of hope and healing. Or visit us on the web at:
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will
be offering the following courses and seminar. Fr. George Smiga,
STD, will teach Matthew: The Gospel of Community, Instruction,
and Blood ; on Saturdays, January 22-March 12; Wayne Simsic,
MA, will teach The Silent Desert: Meister Eckhart's Teaching
on the Spiritual Life , on Mondays, January 24 th – March 7
th ; Ed Gemerchak, MSW, will teach Just Neighbors: An Interfaith
Response to Poverty in Cleveland , on Tuesdays, February 15
th -March 15 th ; Timothy K Beal, PhD, Peter J. Hass, PhD and Imam
Ramez Islambouli, will be offering a day long seminar on, Violence
in the Bible and Qur´an: Wrestling with Difficult Texts ;
on Tuesday, February 15 th . Details concerning these courses and
seminar can be found in the green and white flyers in the kiosk.
– entitled “Day by Day:
Stillness in Lent,” by Phyllis Zagano, is now available in the kiosk.
ON PREDATORY LENDING :
Mark Seifert will give a presentation on this topic on Tuesday,
January 11 th at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of St. John Vianney Church,
7575 Bellflower Rd. Mark is a community organizer who is very familiar
with this practice which takes advantage of low income or fixed
income people, especially the elderly. Come learn more about this
issue. Call Mary Kovach for more information at 440-255-0600.
SUPPORT – The diocese
is sponsoring a program at St. Bede the Venerable Church in Mentor.
The program will be on caregiver support and they will be discussing
the legal issues, what medical help is available and other care
issues. The program will be held on Saturday, January 22 nd from
10:00 a.m. till Noon in St. Bede's Youth Ministry Room in the church
building. This program is for people who are caregivers or who might
be one in the future. Also those who might need a caregiver in the
future. For more information please call Bob Ulman at St. Bede 440-257-5544,
ON TAP – Join the Catholic
Diocese of Cleveland Foundation's Associate Board of young philanthropic
professions for the winter installment of “Theology on Tap.” The
program will be held at Bottom's Up (1222 Prospect Avenue, in Cleveland's
Gateway District) on Thursday, January 20 th . The
featured speaker is Fr. Bob Stec, Director of the Diocesan Vocation
Office. Entrance fee of $3.00 includes appetizers and drink specials.
Reservations are encourage, but walk-in are welcome—please contact
Laura Alduk at 216-696-6525, X 1049,
its inaugural fundraiser, Carousel , on Friday, March 4th
from 6:30 -11:00 pm at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor. Tickets are
$50. Corporate tables are available. The event will feature a silent
auction and will also honor individuals in the community who volunteer
their time to help children. Crossroads is a nonprofit organization
that provides a full spectrum of mental health and substance abuse
recovery services for children and families in Lake County. For
more information please call Julie at 440-266-4078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP
– Family and friends of individuals with mental or emotional illness
are invited to join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19,
at 7:30p.m. at St. John Vianney Church in the Activity Center. For
more information, call Barb at 440-256-3922.
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