As many of you know, my mother passed away on December 30th. She lived a full and amazing life. She was 95 years old. Over the last two years her health deteriorated significantly. As a woman of faith, she was ready to join the Lord in heaven. Our family is comforted by the belief that she is now at peace and re-united to my father and all her family and friends who preceded her in death.
I would like to thank members of our staff, members of the music ministry, and so many parishioners who worked to make her funeral a spiritual expression of her life. I deeply appreciate the presence and support of so many who walked with me during these profound days of faith and grief. May God continue to enable the faith of us all to believe in the hope of eternal life.
Fr. George Smiga
COMMUNAL BLESSING AND INVITATION – This weekend at all our Masses, children who are preparing to celebrate First Communion this Easter season will come forward and receive our prayers and support. We will encourage them to participate in actions of love and service in the upcoming months and to follow the example of those in our community who make that love and service a regular part of their lives. Look for these children, who will be wearing special name badges, and take time to share with them what your faith means to you. Please keep all of them in your prayers. In this way, we as a community can help prepare these children to grow in their lives of service as Christ’s disciples.
CONFIRMATION MEETING – Candidates that are preparing to make their Confirmation have a meeting this Sunday, January 14th. We will meet in the Small Hall at 10:30 a.m. to reflect on the Gospel. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together as a group. Afterwards, we will return to the Small Hall for lunch and will have our reflection on the service we have done thus far. Pick-up will be at 1:00 p.m.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings, which take place on the third Monday of each month, are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner is Sunday, January 28th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. This event was a huge success last year! Mark your calendars, and plan on enjoying good food, fun, and fellowship, free of charge! Be sure to sign up on the kiosk to be part of the talent show.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, January 29th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Because the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is closed on January 15th, we needed to reschedule the date to January 29th. Please spread the word.
CHURCH LAUNDRY VOLUNTEER – We are in need of laundry volunteers. The rotation is once every 5 or 6 weeks, and we can accommodate your schedule. If you are interested and want to volunteer your services, please call Connie Carr at 440-286-3204.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Monday evenings. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Monday evening from 6:00–8:30 p.m.
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us next Saturday, January 20th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for an evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Come to the Banquet Center Large Hall where Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. You bring a favorite appetizer, side dish, dessert or snack and a favorite game to share. Please sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
Prime Time- There will be no Prime Time this Sunday evening because of the Confirmation Meeting.
PEACE- On January 16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. we will have a Family Faith Formation evening in the Small Hall. Please bring a parent or guardian with you.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – Last chance to sign up for the Summer 2018 YNIA trip to Detroit, Michigan. A deposit of $50 needs to be returned to the office by January 29th. Please make checks payable to St. Noel and write YNIA in memo line.
CLOTHING BIN – The clothing bin outside the food pantry is for clothing items only. We do not accept used toys, dishes, glasses, and other household items. There are other agencies who will accept these items. Thank you.
PANTRY HELP NEEDED – The pantry needs someone to pick up food from MARCs on Thursday mornings. This would entail going to MARCs and transporting boxes of food back to St. Noel. Some lifting is required. Please call Anthony (946-1128 x122) if interested.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. The month of January is Bingo. Everyone is welcome!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Commonweal Local Communities began in 2013. They consist of readers and friends of Commonweal who gather in their local communities for critical conversation on issues that matter the most. The next gathering is scheduled for Monday, January 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, February 25th from 9-1pm in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. See the website for details.
POVERTY AWARENESS MONTH – January is poverty awareness month, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has created many excellent resources. Visit usccb.org for more details. Information is also available at the parish website: stnoel.org.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring – your relationship cold, distant – thinking about a separation or divorce? Then the Retrouvaille program may help. Join us on the weekend of January 19-21, 2018. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. Retrouvaille is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
THE FEST INTERNSHIP – Looking to do something extraordinary this summer? The FEST is looking for marketing and communications, event planning, and logistics management interns to join the team that puts together our annual Diocesan Family Festival. Interns will be a part of a fast-paced team and will play a critical role in the marketing, planning and coordination of annual event for 40,000+ people.
Interns will provide support and have responsibilities including public speaking, marketing, mailings, digital and social media, press releases, logistics, event planning, and more. Interns must have strong people skills, work ethic, critical thinking, organizational skills, and reliable transportation. For more information or to apply, please send your resume to [email protected] by January 20th.
DIVORCE RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Tuesday, January 16th through March 6th, at St. Mary Magdalene Parish, 32114 Vine Street, Willowick. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. 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, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.