Today, I ask you to generously support the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The theme of this year’s appeal is “Your Mercy: Transforming Lives and Communities.” Your generous support will transform the lives of others, offering dignity, possibilities and companionship to those who are most vulnerable.
Each year, Catholic Charities assists almost 400,000 people in need by providing meals, shelter, counseling, job training, and hospice care. These actions of service are provided regardless of race, color, religion or disability.
As you leave church next weekend, you will receive a flyer outlining the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal. On the weekend of February 10th and 11th, we will ask you to make your pledge to the Catholic Charities Appeal here in church.
Some of you may have already received a letter from Bishop Perez asking for your pledge. Whether you respond by mail or by the in-church appeal on February 10th and 11th, your donation is important and greatly appreciated.
Fr. George Smiga
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – This 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 – The St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner is this Sunday, January 28th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. This event was a huge success last year! Join us for good food, fun, and fellowship, free of charge!
COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are available for pick up in the Narthex. Each box contains an entire year of donation envelopes. For those who participate in the Catholic Education Fund, please stop by the parish office to pick them up.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for this 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.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is Wednesday, February 14th. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 7:00 p.m. Mass is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
PRIME TIME- There will be no Prime Time this Sunday evening because of the Parish Spaghetti Dinner. Enjoy!
PEACE- Will meet on January 30th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Pizza will be provided.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For December 2017, we collected $8,051.50. Our expenses for December were:
|Neighbor to Neighbor||63.82|
|Doctors with Borders||1,500.00|
Thank you for your support.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the second Pancake Breakfast to benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place on Sunday, February 11th 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. Spread the news!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, and parents, please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on February 11th. Fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 extension 120 or [email protected].
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.
HEROIN AWARENESS – This weekend throughout the Lake/Geauga district, Catholic parishes are raising awareness around the issue of heroin and opioid addiction. Materials are available on the table in the narthex.
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. We’ll begin watching Bishop Barron tell the story of Blessed John Henry Newman in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Everyone is welcome!
N2N – Our monthly Neighbor to Neighbor meal is scheduled for Thursday, February 1st. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Please join us!
BREADTH OF LIFE – “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry” will be Cindy Russo’s topic at the February 14th Breadth of Life Luncheon. Cindy is the U.S. representative for the Disciples of Padre Pio in Rome, Italy. A 3-year old relative with terminal cancer was cured when Padre Pio answered a prayer request to intercede for the child’s healing. Cindy, who owns a chalice used by Padre Pio in the 1960s, will share the chalice and her amazing story of faith around the world.
The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Parish Hall in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes tossed salad, lemon pepper cod, parsley redskin potatoes, vegetables and dessert. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 before February 9th.
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!
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.
NOBLE WOMEN OF FAITH – John Carroll University will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, February 6th, highlighting 3 notable women from various faith traditions. The event is free. See the flyer on the kiosk.
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).