With Christmas upon us, it is a fitting time to review the holiday events that St. Noel has sponsored to help those in need.
On December 2nd, 75 women of our parish and their guests gathered for Advent Tea. Not only did they share with one another the joys of the season, they also raised $600 for our Social Justice Fund. I would like to thank Karen Spehar and Annie Zahradnik for their work in organizing the Advent Tea.
Also on December 2nd, 130 men of St. Noel and their guests gathered for the Men’s Christmas Party. They shared good food and drinks, watched sports, and raised $1,500 to support our monthly Neighbor to Neighbor Meal. I would like to thank Ryan Schneider for organizing this parish event.
On Saturday, December 16th, members of our parish delivered gift cards and holiday baskets to 70 families in our area. These deliveries brought our annual Christmas Project to a successful conclusion. I would like to congratulate our entire parish for the generosity that allowed the Christmas Project to make this season brighter for many families. I would also like to thank John and Sandy Appeldorn for their work of coordinating the project this year.
Christmas is about God’s gift of Jesus to us. This makes the celebration of our relationship to each other and the care for those in need the best way to honor Jesus’ birth. As pastor I am grateful that all three of these parish efforts displayed such recognition of Jesus’ Nativity.
Fr. George Smiga
ADORATION – There is no adoration on December 25th or January 1st. Adoration will resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES have been emailed. If you have not received one, please stop in the parish office or pick one up in the kiosk.
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.
PRIME TIME & PEACE – Prime Time will resume on January 7th and PEACE will resume on January 9th. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
CALLL AND GOOD SHEPHERD – CALLL resumes on Wednesday, January 3rd. Good Shepherd resumes on Sunday, January 7th. Merry Christmas!
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.
MYANMAR – Thanks to all who supported the fundraiser to aid the work of Doctors Without Borders in Myanmar & Bangladesh. The St. Noel contingent donated $1300.00 to the event. Please continue to pray for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya people and for those who have lost their lives.
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Join us on Wednesday, January 3rd from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for “Gifts Given are not to be Hidden,” facilitated by the Retreat Community with guest speaker Anthony Camino. Start the New Year with a day of prayer, reflection, and community. There is no charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch, if you are able. Call Fran at 440-625-1228 or sign up on the kiosk.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. No Meeting on December 28th. Meetings will resume on January 4, 2018. Everyone is welcome!
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, January 4, 2018. If you haven’t been to a N2N meal, it would be a wonderful way to start off your new year!
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/
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 Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on January 4th and 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]
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.