Christmas is this Tuesday. Our Masses will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Midnight and 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day.
With the additional seats we will add to the church, we are able to seat 800 people. Each year, at the 4:30 p.m. liturgy, we have over 900 people present. So you will clearly need to arrive early if you desire to be seated. At all the remaining Masses you will not have problems finding a seat. But I invite you to come early to join our Music Ministry in singing Christmas carols.
May the celebration of our Lord’s birth be a blessing for you and for your families. Merry Christmas to all!
Fr. George Smiga
CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR’S DAY – Liturgical Minister sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you can assist with these Masses.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – There will be NO meal served the month of December.
BIBLE STUDY – that meets on Tuesday mornings in the Visitation Room will not gather again until Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
2019 MASS BOOK – The Mass Book is open, and we are currently offering Mass Intentions throughout the remainder of the year. Please stop by the Parish Office if you would like to schedule Masses.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
TECH WITH A TEEN – After the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on 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. If you are a teen and would like to volunteer your time, please email me at [email protected] and let me know which time you would be available to help.
THANK YOU – The St. Noel Food Pantry and Social Justice Ministry extends a sincere thank you to the Women’s Advent Tea for their contribution of $325.65 to the Social Justice Fund.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – The pantry is in need of the following items: cereal, spaghetti sauce in jars, jelly and paper products. You can financially support the pantry through our social justice collections and through the website.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – In 2018, the Social Justic Fund distributed $16,522.98 to assist people with rent payments, utility bills, emergency lodging, and other immediate needs. The Social Justice Fund also supports the monthly meal at St. Augustine, the Food Pantry, the AERC, the Senior Market, the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal (along with the Endowment Fund), LEAF, and the jail ministry. Our commitment to support those in need flows from our faith. Thank you for your faith and your support of the Social Justice Fund. You can contribute to the fund via our monthly collection or online at stnoel.org/social-justice.
WINTER COAT/JACKETS NEEDED – We distributed over 60 coats at the December Neighbor to Neighbor meal. We will do it again in January. Bring any donations to the clothing bin outside the food pantry or to the church office. Our neighbors loved the coats!
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – Along with coats, the N2N Resource Room is looking for reading glasses, hats, socks and gloves to distribute at the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. Bring them to the church office anytime. We distributed over 20 pairs of glasses last month.
NURSE NEEDED – The N2N Resource Room would like to add another nurse to our monthly schedule. Nurses do blood pressure readings and are available to talk with those coming to the meal. Please call Anthony if you can help at the meal (440-946-1128 x122).
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Start the new year with your neighbors. We have a wonderful time together!
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 signup on the kiosk to register your act!
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]
AUGUSTINE CALENDARS – are available for purchase in the parish office for $25 each. Checks are made payable to St. Augustine.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meeting on December 27th. Meetings will resume March 7, 2019. Merry Christmas to all!
CLEVELAND RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – is scheduled for January 25 – 27, 2019. Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring – your relationship cold, distant – thinking about a separation or divorce? Are you already separated/divorced but both of you want to try again? Then the Retrouvaille program may help. RETROUVAILLE, which means rediscovery, is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but it is open to couples of all faiths. This program consists of a weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions. 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 at 440-357-6580 or 800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.