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Weekly Bulletin 12/9/18

Dear Parishioner,

Each year St. Noel publishes an annual report of ministry and stewardship.

You will find the report as a post on our homepage (stnoel.org), but it will always be accessible from the menu at the top of the homepage by selecting “Parish Life” and then “yearly report.”

This report covers the fiscal year of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. It lists the sacramental celebrations during that time: sacraments of initiation, marriages and deaths. It also provides a list of new parishioners. The report includes contact information for our Staff, Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council and Banquet Center. There is also a listing of 43 ministries associated with our community and the contact information for those ministries. The booklet ends with a financial report, including our budget for the present year. I encourage you to review our parish report and celebrate with me all the ways God has blessed us as a community. I thank all parishioners for their involvement in our ministries and their financial support of our parish.

Fr. George Smiga

ADVENT REFLECTION BOOKLETS – can be found on the table in the narthex. Please help yourself.

RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious. Help make a difference in the lives of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the annual appeal.

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY – Liturgical Ministers sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette. Please sign up if you can assist with these Masses.

CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Be sure to bring your cash donations, $10 Giant Eagle or Target gift cards, and gift basket items to the table in the Narthex by noon this Sunday, December 9th. You can sign up on the kiosk to assemble baskets (5:00 p.m.) and wrap baskets (6:00 p.m.) this Wednesday, December 12th, or to deliver baskets this Saturday, December 15th at 9:00 a.m. Thank you for your generosity, and for sharing the light of Jesus with those in need this Christmas.

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.

2019 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at all Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January 2019. Please call Betty Louis, 440-942-4009 or St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.

AUGUSTINE CALENDARS – are available for purchase in the parish office for $25 each. Checks are made payable to St. Augustine.

NOEL CONCERT – Sunday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m. you can hear CityMusic Cleveland in the program MAGIC WINDS. CONDUCTOR: Stefan Willich and SOLOIST: Frank Rosenwein, Principal Oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra, bring for us compositions of Mozart and Strauss. This concert is free with a free will offering. We hope to see you all.

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.

FOOD PANTRY THANK YOU – The recent Willoughby Hills Wellness Run raised $1,134.35 for our food pantry. Special thanks to Classic Lexus and all the other sponsors including Mario Fazio’s and the Cleveland Clinic. This donation comes at the perfect time as we just needed to purchase a new refrigerator for the pantry. We are thankful for all our pantry supporters!

BAGEL PICKUP – We are need of someone to pick up bagels from Brueggers on Saturday mornings and deliver them to the church. Please contact Anthony if you can help (440-946-1128).

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!

LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room.  If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). 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. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.

FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, December 17th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word.  Our November market served 174 people.

READING GLASSES NEEDED – The N2N Resource Room is also looking for reading glasses to distribute at the Neighbor to Neighbor meal. Do you have an extra pair of readers lying around? Bring them to the Church office anytime.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. No meetings on December 13th, 20th & 27th. There will be no meetings the months of January and February 2019. Meetings will resume March 7, 2019.

IMMIGRATION ACTION NEEDED – deadline Monday The federal government has proposed a rule change to the eligibility requirements of those hoping to immigrate to the USA or change to immigration status to something more permanent.  Public comment is needed on these proposed changes as they will have a negative effect on families trying to reunite and on those trying to enter the unskilled labor force legally. Deadline for comments is December 10th. See the website (stnoel.org) for information.

OHIO BISHOPS & GUN VIOLENCE – The Catholic Bishops of Ohio call upon Ohio’s elected leaders to adopt prudent policies to help curb gun violence.  HB 228, as passed by the Ohio House, raises concerns over “duty to retreat” provisions. The Bishops are urging constituents to contact their Ohio senators to amend the bill in the Senate to include reforms suggested by the Governor’s workgroup on addressing gun violence.  More information is available on the table in the narthex and on the website (stnoel.org).

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.

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