With Christmas Day behind us, I wish to thank all parishioners for your generosity during this holy time. I would like to thank all who remembered me and members of our staff with warm greetings and gifts during the holidays. I would like to thank our music ministry for the months of work preparing for Christmas and their willingness to come to more than one liturgy so that all our celebrations could have music. Our gratitude also extends to those who prepared the liturgical environment for Advent and Christmas and all of our liturgical ministers whose service is so important to our worship.
Thank you for your many signs of love. God’s blessings for the New Year.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
BIBLE STUDY – that meets on Tuesday mornings in the Visitation Room will resume this Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
ADULT CONFIRMATION – Are you a baptized Catholic interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation? Our district sponsors adult confirmation preparation each year at St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor. Sessions begin on January 13th and continue for 5 Monday nights. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128 x122).
TECH WITH A TEEN – After the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses this Sunday, January 6th, teens will be available to help parishioners with any new technology they might have received over the holidays such as tablets, laptops, or cell phones. Appointments are not necessary, feel free to stop in the Resurrection Room following the morning Masses.
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.
FOOD PANTRY 2018 – Through your faithfulness, the pantry, in 2018, served 1,636 people with enough food to provide 14,724 meals. Many parishioners volunteer their time to make the pantry successful. Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for Ruth Martin, Bob & Sharon Wollen, Steve Cesar, Sandy Walker, Peggy O’Malley, Diane Obringer, Jean Ockuly, Kathy Benda, Laura Potocnik, Natalia Nacinovich, Pam Ungar, Terry Krause, Loretta Daws, Kathy Babic, Mary Beth Drockton, Michael Dobrinic, and our newest member, Gloria Slupek. A big, big thank you to our office staff – Gina, Sandy and Jan – who handle all the appointments for the pantry.
AERC OPPORTUNITIES – Our Adult Education Resource Center is looking for volunteers interested in child care and transportation. Success for many of our clients is much more likely if we can assist with their children and help with transportation. Call Anthony if you can help (440-946-1128 x122).
TALENT SHOW – The parish spaghetti dinner is scheduled for January 27th (more to come). 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!
DAYTIME RETREAT GATHERING – Join us on Wednesday, January 16th in the Resurrection Room from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for prayer, sharing and planning. For more information call Fran at 440-625-1228.
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 5-6 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.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED – Wondering what the New Year will bring? Join us for this special program intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on January 8th and 15th at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. To register or for more info: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or [email protected]
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meetings during the months of January & February. Meetings will resume on March 7, 2019.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, January 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering is scheduled for Monday, January 28th 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/