The time is approaching for our Parish Spaghetti Dinner which will take place next Sunday, January 27th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is intended to provide an opportunity for parishioners to gather, eat, celebrate, and enjoy their time together. Chef Randy will provide spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread sticks, salad and dessert. All are welcome at no cost, and no reservations are necessary.
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 p.m. At that time, we will conclude the dinner with a talent show. We encourage any parishioner who has a song, a trick, or a talent to sign up on the list on the kiosk. Anthony will then contact you and inform you of the time for your segment. The talent acts should be short (3 minutes or less) and, of course, family-friendly. This year I am happy to announce that I will participate in the talent show, reading one of my favorite poems.
I would like to thank the St. Noel Endowment for covering the cost of the spaghetti dinner. Their involvement is a clear sign that the Endowment not only invests for the future needs of St. Noel, but also underwrites present community events. Please consider supporting the work of the Endowment through your donations.
I encourage you to come on January 27th. The food will be good, the entertainment enjoyable, and as you already know – the company could not be better.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations that support student financial aid at Catholic University of America.
NOEL COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are available for pick up on the table in the Narthex. Each boxed set of envelopes is an entire year’s worth of weekly donations. One box per family please!
For those parishioners who participate in the Catholic Education Fund (C.E.F.), please stop by the parish office to pick up your C.E.F. envelopes for the coming year.
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Church in Latin America. Your support provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, and other programs to share our faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 27th, 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.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – is starting its winter programs.
Fr. George Smiga – The Mystery of the Cross: Exploring the Gospel of Mark.
Eight Saturdays, January 12 to March 2, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Alan Kolp – Lincoln, Merton, Day and King: Four Americans who Impressed Pope Francis.
Four Mondays, January 21& 28 and February 4 & 11, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Additional information can be found on the kiosk or online at ceirs.org.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months should call the parish office (440-946-0887) to register for a baptism preparation session.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
SENIOR MARKET – Our monthly produce giveaway is moved to the 4th Monday for January & February due to federal holidays. Our January market is scheduled for Monday, January 28th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center.
TALENT SHOW – The Parish Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, January 27th at noon. This means another year of first-rate entertainment at the talent show. Any parishioner, including adults, are invited to perform. We’ve had musicians, poets, comics, gymnasts, dancers, singers, cup stackers, checkers masters, and more. Please sign up on the kiosk to register your act!
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – We are currently in need of peanut butter and jelly. The pantry continues to thrive because of your generosity. Thank you!
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity 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.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 10th 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, parents, and parishioners, please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on February 10th. Please fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected].
LUNCH WITH FATHER GEORGE – High school teens are invited to attend lunch with Father George on Sunday, February 24th following the 11:00 mass. This is a great opportunity to spend time with our beloved pastor and to seek answers to questions you have about the Catholic faith. Please RSVP and submit questions by February 17th to Kaitlin at [email protected].
JAIL MINISTRY – 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. We always serve in pairs and training is provided. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128).
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the recent issue on Why We Came. Why We Left. Why We Stay. 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]). Links for coming meeting including podcast interviews with three authors at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
2018 BLOOD DRIVES – This past year, we collected 86 pints at St. Noel which means the lives of up to 258 patients in need have been positively impacted! Thanks to all who donated and helped at the drives. Our first blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for February 24th.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1-9 p.m. 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. We are looking for an additional person to fill in the 6-7 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meetings during the months of January & February. Meetings will resume on March 7, 2019.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS SUPPORT GROUP – Join us for an eight-week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. Sessions will begin on Thursday, through March 7th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel Parish. For more information, call Catholic Charities at 1-800-242-9755 or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and is open to people of all faiths.
CLEVELAND RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – is scheduled for January 25 – 27, 2019. This is a Lifeline for Troubled Marriages. Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring – your relationship cold, distant – thinking about a separation or divorce? Are you already separated/divorced but both of you want to try again? Then the Retrouvaille program may help.
RETROUVAILLE, which means rediscovery, is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. This program consists of a weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program, or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.