The time is approaching for our Parish Spaghetti Dinner which will take place on Sunday, January 31st from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is intended to be a time when parishioners 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 in 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, or 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 31st. The food will be good, the entertainment enjoyable, and as you already know – the company could not be better.
COMMUNAL BLESSING AND INVITATION – This weekend at all our Masses, children who are preparing to celebrate First Communion this Easter season will come forward and receive our prayers and support. We will encourage them to participate in actions of love and service in the upcoming months and to follow the example of those in our community who make that love and service a regular part of their lives. Look for these children, who will be wearing special name badges, and take time to share with them what your faith means to you. Please keep all of them in your prayers. In this way, we as a community can help prepare these children to grow in their lives of service as Christ’s disciples.
WINTER CONCERT – St. Noel Music Ministry invites you to a concert, ”Follow the Light,” this Sunday, January 10th, at 4:00 p.m. This performance will conclude the Christmas Season. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted. There will be light refreshments in the Narthex following the concert.
NOEL’S PARISH OFFICE – is in need of a volunteer on Monday evenings to greet visitors, answer phones, and perform some light office duties, as needed. Please call the office (440-946-0887) if you are interested in this opportunity to be more involved with our parish!
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, January 23rd after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Join us in the Banquet Center Small Hall where Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. You bring a favorite dish to share and a favorite game to play. Please sign up on the kiosk.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel’s Parish Spaghetti Dinner has been scheduled for January 31st from 12:00 p.m. – 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!
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – Fr. George Smiga will be teaching a course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, Saturdays, January 16th to March 5th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Surprise, Shock, and Gospel: The Parables of Jesus. Flyers are available in the kiosk.
ATTENTION PARTICIPANTS OF CYO SPORTS – Open enrollment for spring sports begins on January 17th.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the January issue is “A Walk With The Saints.”
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Green Bay, WI June 26th-July 2nd. Space is limited and deposits are due back by February 19th. More information and registration forms are located at stnoel.org.
LEAF MINISTRY – LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St Noel. 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. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony. The next LEAF meeting is on Monday, January 18th.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – Preparation for the AERC is coming along nicely. We are in need of someone willing to monitor & update the AERC web page. We are still hoping for a newer computer to use in the center. Please email Annie at [email protected] if you can help. Most importantly, please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interest in obtaining a GED or who needs extra help in Math or English (reading). Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is schedule for Sunday, February 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org
|Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?|
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On January 14th, Bingo. On January 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: cavatelli & meatballs, tossed salad, rolls & butter, cherry pie. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is January 18th. On January 28th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said “marriage may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The next weekend will be held on January 15th-17th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program, or to register, please call Diane or Al Miskinis (in complete confidence) at 330-665-3506 or 1-800-470-2230. For additional information or to register online, please go to www.helpourmarriage.org.
8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Tuesday, January 19th, and conclude on March 8th at St. Noel Church, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. 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 and it is open to people of all faiths.
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming Retreats and Programs: On January 25th, Life Changer Series- Final Reflection. Facilitated by Rick Krivanka & Bob Hager. Time is 7:00-9:00 p.m., cost is $20. On February 8th, What is it like to walk The Way – El Camino de Santiago? An International Perspective. The evening will feature personal reflections on walking this pilgrimage by Steve Flynn and Brenna Davis. Time is 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $20. For additional information or to register, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.