Beginning this weekend, I invite you to pick up a box of collection envelopes for 2018. As in the past you will need to write your name and amount on the envelopes you use. The envelopes in the box are not designated for any particular day, with the exception of two envelopes you will find at the back of the box. These are for Mother’s Day and for All Souls’ Day. Money offered on these days will be used to pay for the flowers we use in the church throughout the year.
The regular collection envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex. Parishioners who donate to St. Noel Catholic Education Fund should pick up their box of envelopes in the parish office.
I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you to eliminate envelopes entirely by using automatic bank withdrawal. This paperless option is easy and completely in your control. You can set a weekly or monthly amount to be deducted from your checking or savings account. The amount and the frequency of the withdrawal can be changed at any time at your discretion. When you use this option, we save the cost of envelopes and you do not need to remember to bring them with you to church. You will find forms for automatic withdrawal on the table with the collection envelope boxes. Your completed form along with a voided check can be returned to the parish office.
I would like to thank you for the generosity you show as parishioners of St. Noel. We are grateful not only for your financial support which allows us to maintain our parish building and provide over 40 ministries to our community, but also for your gifts of time and talent which allow us to build the Kingdom of God.
Fr. George Smiga
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donation for the Church in Latin America. This collection assists programs that strengthen the faith in Latin America.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 28th, 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.
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 was closed on January 15th, we needed to reschedule the date to January 29th. Please spread the word.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On January 25th, socializing meeting at noon. Luncheon Menu: Cavatelli & meatball, tossed salad, rolls & butter, dessert. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is January 22nd. Everyone is welcome!
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED – Hillcrest Hospital is looking for trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist their pastoral team. If you’re a commissioned minister and interested in serving at Hillcrest, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x122).
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/
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, February 7th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Mining for Spiritual Gems: A Practice of Mindfulness, Gratitude, Reflection, and Journaling.” Facilitated by Sharon Waltermire, Fran Armbruster and the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No Charge. A $6.00 donation is suggested for those that are able to cover lunch. All are welcome!
MYANMAR BENEFIT – Thanks to all who participated in the Medical Relief Benefit for the Rohingya people in Myanmar held in December. Because of your generosity, the benefit raised over $85,000. A check was sent to Doctors Without Borders on December 28th. The benefit had representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu communities in Cleveland. Please continue to pray for those suffering in Myanmar.
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.
DIVORCE RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP – Is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. We are meeting from 7-9 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Parish, 32114 Vine Street, Willowick, Tuesday, January 23rd and will conclude on March 6th. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. This is the last week for open registration. 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.