I would like to thank all our parishioners who made the celebration of Christ’s birth so meaningful. I include here all our music ministers, liturgical ministers, and those who prepared the art & environment of the church.
I would also like to thank all those who participated in parish events to help those in need.
On December 1st, women of our parish and their guests gathered for Advent Tea. They raised $325.65 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 1st, men of St. Noel and their guests gathered for the Men’s Christmas Party. They raised $1,540.00 to support our Food Pantry. I would like to thank Ryan Schneider for organizing this parish event.
On Saturday, December 15th, members of our parish delivered gift cards and holiday baskets to 75 families in our area. The Christmas Project exceeded its goal of $15,000 by raising $16,033. The additional money will be kept and used for the project next year. 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.
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.
Fr. George Smiga
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Liturgical Minister sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you can assist with this Mass.
BIBLE STUDY – that meets on Tuesday mornings in the Visitation Room will not gather again until Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
ADULT CONFIRMATION – Are you a baptized Catholic interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation? Our district sponsors adult confirmation preparation each year at St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor. Sessions begin on January 13th and continue for 5 Monday nights. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128 x122).
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to Accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For November 2018, we collected $2,446.99. Our expenses for November were:
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Thank you for your support.
FOOD PANTRY 2018 – Through your faithfulness, the pantry, in 2018, served 1,636 people with enough food to provide 14,724 meals. Many parishioners volunteer their time to make the pantry successful. Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for Ruth Martin, Bob & Sharon Wollen, Sandy Walker, Peggy O’Malley, Diane Obringer, Jean Ockuly, Kathy Benda, Laura Potocnik, Natalia Nacinovich, Pam Ungar, Terry Krause, Loretta Daws, Kathy Babic, Mary Beth Drockton, Michael Dobrinic, and our newest member, Gloria Slupek. A big, big thank you to our office staff – Gina, Sandy and Jan – who handle all the appointments for the pantry.
THANK YOU – The Food Pantry extends a huge thank you to Lake Business Products for their recent food donation. We are grateful for all the support.
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 (www.stnoel.org).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – In 2018, the Social Justice 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 sign up 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 progra 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]
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meetings during the months of January & February. Meetings will resume on March 7, 2019.
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.