I have been told that time is fast approaching for our Parish Spaghetti Dinner, which will take place on Sunday, January 26 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm. This dinner provides an opportunity for parishioners to gather, eat, celebrate, and enjoy shared time with one another. Chef Randy will provide spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread sticks, salad, and dessert. All are welcome at no cost, and without a reservation.
Ohio’s premier balloon artist, Swifty the Clown, will again be with us to create balloon art for kids and adults alike.
Food will be served until 1:30 pm. At that time, we will conclude the dinner with a talent show. We encourage any parishioner who has a song, trick, or talent to sign up on the list in the kiosk. Anthony Camino will then contact you and inform you of the time for your segment. The act should be short (about three minutes or less) and, of course, remain family-friendly.
A continued word of thanks to members of the Saint Noel Endowment Fund for covering the cost of this dinner. Their involvement remains a clear sign that the Endowment not only invests for the future needs of the parish, but also underwrites present community events. I would ask that you prayerfully consider supporting the work of the Endowment through the gift of your donations.
I hope to see you on January 26: the food will be good and the entertainment enjoyable, matched only by the company!
EL SALVADOR-LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations. This is the only appeal made by this office that supports the Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for two priests who work in the parishes served by our Missionaries. This appeal also makes a contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin Amreica that is managed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you have a loved one 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 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 26th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a free will donation will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry program.
JAIL MINISTERS NEEDED – St. Noel is part of a 5-parish team that leads Sunday night communion services in the Lake County jail. We are in need of additional ministers for 2020. We always serve in pairs and training is provided. Please consider God’s call to this important ministry and contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128).
HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts on Saturday at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. The commitment is for once a month beginning in January 2020. Anyone interested in helping, please call Betty Louis (440) 942-4009 or the St. Noel Office at (440) 946-0887.
FRESH PRODUCE – We will distribute produce on the 4th Monday this month due to the Martin Luther King holiday. Distribution will be from 2-4 p.m. on January 27th in the small hall.
FOOD PANTRY – 2020 has begun well with many donations from community organizations. We are still in need of mac-n-cheese & strawberry jelly. Check out the 2 posts on the St. Noel website.
BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 9 tons (18,085lbs) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Steve Cesar, Rich Beckwith, and Karen & Bruce Fraley for their dedicated service.
HELPING HANDS – On Saturday January 25th we will be hosting our CRS Helping Hands event to help feed the people of Burkina Faso. We are in need of 15-20 more volunteers to do the meal packing. Check-in for the event is at 11:30 a.m. Packing and clean up should be completed by 2:30 p.m. If you signed up online then you are already registered for the event. If not, then you may sign up this weekend after Mass. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the Narthex. This is the final weekend to sign up. You need not have made a donation in order to volunteer. Thank you for your generosity. We are very close to reaching out goal of $5000.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for someone who can come to Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Many parishioners are richly blessed each Monday as they spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. If you are free and would like to experience this encounter with Jesus, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office.
GREETINGS FROM THE PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Do you know of a loved one, friend, or co-worker who is experiencing difficult times for any reason? Mary’s Hands has a number of Prayer Shawls and Pocket Prayer Squares which are woven with our prayers and love for their spiritual healing of mind, body, and spirit. You can pick one out free of charge from the parish office during office hours. When you fill out the request form, our entire ministry prays for the intentions of the one to whom you gave the shawl. Together, let us bring God’s healing love into another’s life this New Year. As a reminder, our next meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 25th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m., in the Resurrection Room. Hope to see you then.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – On January 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Resurrection Room we will discuss the relationships between religion, culture and nationalism including two articles from the November Commonweal issue. Background articles on Consumerism and Christianity are available at our display in the kiosk area. For links to the recent articles, check out https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com.
SEEKERS RETREAT – The 2020 Seekers’ Retreat for Young Adults is scheduled for January 31-February 2 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon. See the flyer on the kiosk or contact Sr. Kate Hine ([email protected]) for details. This beautiful retreat would be a wonderful gift to yourself or the young adult in your life.
EUCLID HOSPITAL – currently has several volunteer opportunities for caring and committed individuals in the areas of transport, comfort runners, gift shop and information desk. We ask for a commitment of 4 hours a week but would welcome any time you can give. If you are interested in this opportunity at Euclid Hospital, please call Lorraine Smith in the Volunteer Department at 216-692-7564 or email at [email protected]