With Christmas Day behind us, I wish to thank all parishioners for your generosity during this holy time. I would like 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.
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – is accepting registrants for its winter courses.
Fr. George Smiga – The Moral Teaching of the Historical Jesus
Alan Kolp – Vocation, Mission, Message and Meaning: Pillars of the Spiritual Journey
Laury Larson – Martin Luther and the Day That Changed the World. And A Discussion of the Women, the Hour and the Garden
Details can be found in the Kiosk or on ceirs.org. The institute is offering a 50% discount for first time registrants.
CALLL – resumes this Wednesday, January 4th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your binder.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our next collection for the Social Justice Fund will be the weekend of January 7th-8th.
AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS – are for sale in the parish office (while supply lasts).
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner has been scheduled for January 29th 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.
TECH TALK – Over the holidays, many people receive new electronics. Do you have a device such as a cell phone or iPad that you could use some basic help navigating? Parishioners of all ages are invited to take advantage of free tech support offered by the youth of our parish after all masses January 7th and 8th. Simply bring the device with you to Mass and stop in the Resurrection Room afterwards where our very own tech team will be ready to help! Contact Erica Zalar with questions.
2016 BLOOD DRIVES – Our recent drive had 21 donors present, and we were able to collect 18 pints. This past year, we collected 86 pints at St. Noel which means the lives of up to 258 patients in need have been positively impacted! Thanks to all who donated and helped at the drives. Our first blood drive in 2017 is scheduled for February 26th.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR – Welcome to 2017!! Our first N2N meal is this Thursday, January 5th in the Banquet Center. Make a point of joining our neighbors for a beautiful meal together. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon at [email protected] for all the details.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER – The AERC continues to operate on Monday and Thursday evenings. During 2016, we served over 20 different students and currently have 9 active students in the center. Our dedicated volunteers & mentors patiently work with the students, provide childcare, transportation, and administer the program. We can be proud of the AERC and the good work they’re doing. Please pray for our students and our 26 awesome volunteers. 2017 is going to be terrific in the AERC!
DRIVER – We are in need of a volunteer to drive a member of our parish to mass occasionally, from the Ridge Acres neighborhood in Willoughby. If interested, please call the Parish Office at 440-946-0887.
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, January 21st after the 5:00 Mass for this 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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, January 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Following Your Star: Pay Attention to God’s Direction” will be facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On January 5th & 12th, Bingo. On January 19th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon; Cavatelli with meatballs, salad, bread sticks, and dessert. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is January 16th. On January 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will meet again on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. The book we will be discussing is “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. Copies of the book will be available to sign out in the parish office. Sign up on the table in the narthex. This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12.
WINTER WINE AND PAINT – You are invited to join us on Friday, February 10th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun! The cost of this event is $30 which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. To sign up, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by Tuesday, February 7th. Act soon! Space is limited and fills quickly. Contact Erica or Michele with any questions.
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 3rd and 10th, at St. Noel Church. To register or for more information, call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email [email protected]
LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT – The Jesuit Retreat House invites you to participate in “Embracing the Mystery,” a four-part series designed specifically for St. Noel Parish. The series will be held at St. Noel on Mondays, February 6, March 6 and April 3, from 6-9 p.m. and conclude with a retreat on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost for the series is $40, which includes Henry Nouwen’s book, “Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.” Participants will explore landmarks on the spiritual journey, including suffering and death, grace and redemption, enhancing their Lenten and Easter experience. The series will be led by parishioner Emma Krueger, a certified spiritual director, graduate of the Ignatian Spirtuality Institute at John Carroll University, and certified leader of Contemplative Prayer and Retreat through the Shalem Insitute. You can find more information and a registration form on the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org).
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 8th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor.
A PLACE FOR MOM – Making the transition to senior living can be stressful. A Place for Mom offers free services to families to help identify the living option that best suits their needs. If you’re interested in learning what A Place for Mom can do for you, please contact Tiffany Morgan at 216-870-0555 or [email protected].
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said “marriages 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, but is open to couples of all faiths. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on January 20-22th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation.
For more information concerning the program, or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha in complete confidence at 440-357-6580, or 1-800-470-2230. For additional information or to register online, please go to www.helpourmarriage.org.