All the high school youth of our parish are invited to attend a spiritual weekend February 19th-21st which will take place at the Villa Maria Educational Center in Pennsylvania. The theme of the retreat is “Beauty Everywhere: God is Present in All Created Things.” The program will include talks, time for discussion, prayer and many opportunities to make friends and socialize. More information can be found on our parish website.
Because of a grant from our Parish Endowment Fund, the cost is only $15 per person. Registration must be made by February 14th.
This weekend is a perfect opportunity to break the routine of responsibilities and activities and grow a relationship with God and others. Please invite your friends to join you for a deeply rewarding experience.
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!
EL SALVADOR-LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION – Next weekend, January 23rd-24th, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations. This is the only appeal made by this office that supports the Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for two priests who work in the parishes served by our Missionaries. This appeal also makes a contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin Amreica that is managed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America.
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Come to the Banquet Center Small Hall on Saturday, January 23rd after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. 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 if you plan to attend.
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! Be sure to sign up on the kiosk to be part of the talent show.
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.
SPRING SPORTS CYO REGISTRATION – Registration for Mater Dei Academy CYO Spring sports opens Janaury 17th. Open to 3rd-8th graders, we are offering boys volleyball, girls softball and co-ed track & field this spring. Visit www.materdeiacademy.us/athletics/registration for more information and to register online.
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.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org
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.
NICARAGUA TRIP – The CEO of International Partners in Mission, Joe Cistone, will lead an immersion experience to Nicaragua the week of May 19-25, 2016. Meet the women of CEPROSI and learn about the great work they do along with other local organizations. Participants will also encounter the beautiful sites of the country including volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua. The all-inclusive price is $2,400. Register at www.ipmconnect.org.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS – Did you know that the Rice Bowls are the primary fund raiser for the work of Catholic Relief Services? St. Noel plans to expand our experience of the Rice Bowls this Lent. More details to follow.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “God’s Amazing Love” is the theme for this retreat. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. A $6.00 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
|Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.|
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will be held at St. Noel Church on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning January 19th and concluding on March 8th. 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.
TU B’SHEVAT SEDER – The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Holden Arboretum cordially invite you to an interfaith Tu B’Shevat Seder. On January 21st from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland. Cost is $40 per person, includes gourmet vegetarian dinner (Kosher dietary laws observed). Learn more and to register at: WWW.JEWISHCLEVELAND.ORG/EVENTS
SAINT JOHN VIANNEY PARISH SUPPORT – for families and friends of Gay and Lesbian Catholics and the Cleveland Diocesan Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry will co-sponsor a presentation by Eve Tushnet on Saturday, February 6th, at 10:00 a.m., at the Saint John Vianney Father Kline Social Center, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. This presentation is open to all.
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.
SAINT IGNATIUS LANGUAGE PROGRAMS –The Latin and French programs are a brief introduction to these languages. The courses are FREE and are available to young men in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Latin sessions begin Saturday, February 6th – March 5th. French sessions begin Saturday, February 6th – February 27th. For questions call 216-651-0222, ext. 253. Or email [email protected].