The time is approaching for our Parish Spaghetti Dinner which will take place on Sunday, January 28th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is intended to be a time when p arishioners can gather with each other, eat, celebrate, and enjoy their time together. Chef Randy will provide spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread sticks, salad and dessert, and all are welcome at no cost.
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) and, of course, family-friendly.
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 28th. The food will be good, the entertainment enjoyable, and as you already know – the company could not be better.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
ADORATION – Adoration will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.
PRIME TIME – There will be Prime Time this Sunday, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Prime Time will not meet the following week, January 14th.
PEACE- PEACE will meet on Tuesday, January 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.
CONFIRMATION MEETING – Candidates that are preparing to make their Confirmation have a meeting on January 14th. We will meet in the Small Hall at 10:30 a.m. to reflect on the Gospel. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together as a group. Afterwards, we will return to the Small Hall for lunch and will have our reflection on the service we have done thus far. Pick-up will be at 1:00 p.m.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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.
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 is closed on January 15th, we needed to reschedule the date to January 29th. Please spread the word.
CHURCH LAUNDRY VOLUNTEER – We are in need of laundry volunteers. The rotation is once every 5 or 6 weeks, and we can accommodate your schedule. If you are interested and want to volunteer your services, please call Connie Carr at 440-286-3204.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Monday evenings. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Monday evening from 6:00–8:30 p.m.
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, January 20th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for an evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Join us in the Banquet Center Large Hall where Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. You bring a favorite appetizer, side dish, dessert or snack and a favorite game to share. Please sign up on the kiosk.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – Youth Ministry will be taking a group of high school students on a week-long Catholic service trip to St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Point Farms near Detroit, Michigan July 8-14. Young Neighbors in Action is a Catholic service learning experience committed to exploring our church’s mission in the world while connecting people to meaningful service opportunities. The trip is open to anyone in grades 9-12 but space is limited. Deposits of $50 are due by Monday, January 8th. Registration forms and more information are available on the kiosk.
CLOTHING BIN – The clothing bin outside the food pantry is for clothing items only. We do not accept used toys, dishes, glasses, and other household items. There are other agencies who will accept these items. Thank you.
PANTRY HELP NEEDED – The pantry needs someone to pick up food from MARCs on Thursday mornings. This would entail going to MARCs and transporting boxes of food back to St. Noel. Some lifting is required. Please call Anthony (946-1128 x122) if interested.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 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 someone to cover the evening time of 7:00-8:00 p.m. Are you free and able to fill this time slot? Please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office at 440-946-0887. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Everyone is welcome!
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/
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring – your relationship cold, distant – thinking about a separation or divorce? Then the Retrouvaille program may help. Join us on the weekend of January 19-21, 2018. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. Retrouvaille is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
THE FEST INTERNSHIP – Looking to do something extraordinary this summer? The FEST is looking for marketing and communications, event planning, and logistics management interns to join the team that puts together our annual Diocesan Family Festival. Interns will be a part of a fast-paced team and will play a critical role in the marketing, planning and coordination of annual event for 40,000+ people.
Interns will provide support and have responsibilities including public speaking, marketing, mailings, digital and social media, press releases, logistics, event planning, and more. Interns must have strong people skills, work ethic, critical thinking, organizational skills, and reliable transportation. For more information or to apply, please send your resume to [email protected] by January 20th.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? Are you ready for a new year? Let us help you turn the corner! Join us for this special program intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward. We will meet Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on January 11th, 2018, at St. Noel Church, 35200 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. To register or for more info: call Karen @ 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected]
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 14th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.