One of the admirable qualities of our youth group is that they do not only think of themselves. At a recent meeting they developed a way of showing gratitude to parents. Teens realize that parents appreciate a time to relax.
Therefore on Saturday, January 9th our Youth Group is sponsoring a “Parents’ Night Out.” The event will take place in our Large Hall from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A candlelit dinner of pasta, chicken, salad and dessert will be served. There will be music and dancing. Childcare will be provided. Parents are free to bring beer or a bottle of wine. Our Endowment Fund is supporting our youth by covering the cost of the dinner. We will of course need to know who is coming. Therefore I ask any interested parents to sign up after Mass in the Narthex. The deadline for sign up is January 6th.
I am pleased that our youth have chosen this way to support the parents of our parish. Show your approval of this generous effort by coming on January 9th for the “Parents’ Night Out.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles for the December 26th-27th bulletin and January monthly calendar events must be in the office by Monday, December 14th. Articles for January 2nd-3rd bulletin must be in the office by Monday, December 21st.
VOLUNTEERS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING – We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on Sunday, December 20th at 12:15 p.m. If you would like to help decorate, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS are being sold to support the Hunger Center. They are $25 each and offer 366 (leap year) chances to win throughout the year. They make good Christmas gifts. Calendars will be available after Masses this weekend.
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.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is schedule for Sunday, December 20th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org. Thanks to Janice Cackowski for coordinating this blood drive.
LEAF MINISTRY – Overwhelmed by a loved one’s incarceration? Holiday times can be especially difficult. 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, December 21st.
SLEEPING BAGS NEEDED – Our friends at St. Mary in Painesville report that the homeless population is struggling. One way we can help is to offer sleeping bags that can be distributed through St. Mary’s outreach ministry. Please bring clean, useable sleeping bags to the parish anytime.
JAIL VOLUNTEERS – The St. Noel Jail Ministry is looking for additional volunteers. Members of the parish bring communion to the jail about once a month. Training is provided and all volunteers are paired with another person. Please call Anthony at the Church office if you are interested in hearing more about this meaningful ministry.
CEPROSI CARDS – We have beautiful, hand-made cards available in the Narthex. Cards sell for $2.00 and were created by our partners in Nicaragua, CEPROSI, who dye corn husks to create their designs.
TWIN BEDS NEEDED – The Social Justice Ministry recently assisted two families with housing. Only the 2 youngest children have beds. We are looking for 6 additional beds. Do you have a twin bed? Please call Anthony (946-1128 x122) if you can help.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next community meal is scheduled for Thursday night, January 7th in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m and dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. If you’ve not yet experienced the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, please join us and share a meal with old friends and new. The Noel Bakers provide delicious desserts for each meal. Interested in baking? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected].
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – Do you have talents which could be used to help adults improve their reading and math skills and prepare for the GED? We are looking for tutors and mentors, child caregivers, and people with computer and administrative skills. Training will be held for all volunteers. Sign up on the kiosk and we will let you know the training dates when they are available. Any questions can be directed to [email protected] or to Anthony in the parish office.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, January 6th, from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Beginning the Year with Mary and the Magi. Focusing on Mary and the Magi through scripture and tradition, our retreat community will lead us in searching for inspiration and direction for our personal spiritual journeys. Call Fran Armbruster for more information at 440-625-1228 or sign up on the kiosk. There is no charge. If you are able, a $6.00 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On December 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: roast strip loin beef, baked potato, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, cheesecake w/strawberry topping. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $10.00. Deadline for tickets and payments is December 14th. NO MEETINGS on December 24th and 31st. Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year! First 2016 meeting is January 7th. Everyone is welcome!
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said “marriage may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The Retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The next weekend will be held on January 15-17,2016. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Diane or Al Miskinis (in complete confidence) at 330-665-3506 or 1-800-470-2230. Register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming retreats and programs: On December 14th, From Advent to Christmas: Building the Spirit of Mercy, Hope & Joy. Time is 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., lunch included. Cost is $35. For questions or registration for these programs, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? – It’s not too late to join us for our remaining three sessions! This special program is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to get through the holidays and move forward. We will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., on December 15th, 22nd and January 5th at St. Bede the Venerable, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. To register or for more info: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
HELP THE NEEDY OF NORTHEAST OHIO – The Cleveland Furniture Bank provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a pickup of your furniture. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT – is being held on Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the school, 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. The concert is free. Featured on the program will be 50 instrumental musicians and 60 vocalists, including the Saint Joseph Academy Concert Choir, Show Choir, Advanced Choir, Academy Chorale, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Handbell Ensemble.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – The Benedictine Men’s Chorus will perform on Friday, December 18th at 6:30 p.m., at Manakiki Golf Course, 35501 Eddy Rd., Willoughby Hills. For ticket information contact Joshua Chenoweth at [email protected] or 216-421-2080 ext. 509.