Christmas is this Friday. Our Mass schedule will be 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 attendance runs between 400-500 so you will not have problems finding a seat at these liturgies. But I invite you to come early so that you can enjoy the Christmas music provided by our Music Ministry which will begin 20 minutes before each Mass. Be sure to welcome the many guests who will join us for the Christmas liturgies.
On Sunday, January 10th, at 4:00 p.m. our Music Ministry will present their annual Winter Concert. The entire forces of our Music Ministry, which consists of the 60-voice choir, the 16-voice Chamber Singers, the 6-member Youth Bell Choir, the handbell choir which rings 5 octaves of bells and chimes, and our excellent instrumentalists, will provide music from around the world.
After the concert we invite you to join us for cookies and beverages served in the Narthex. You will also have an opportunity to talk to the Music Ministry members. Please invite your family and friends to join us for a beautiful conclusion to the Christmas Season.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – We are still in need of ministers for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If you are available, please sign-up on the bulletin board by the coatroom.
BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles for the January 2nd-3rd bulletin must be in the office by Monday, December 21st.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES – have been emailed to all ministers. If you have not received one please call the parish office.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our final blood drive for 2015 is Sunday, December 20th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Walk-ins are welcome! Please consider donating blood.
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT – The youth group is hosting a night out for parents on Saturday, January 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Large Hall. The evening will include a plated, candlelit dinner, dancing and childcare. There is no cost for this event. Sign-up in the Narthex after Mass.
WINTER CONCERT – St. Noel Music Ministry invites you to a concert ”Follow the Light”, Sunday, January 10th, at 4:00 p.m. This performance will conclude the Christmas Season. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted. There will be light refreshments in the Narthex following the concert.
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.
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 this Monday, December 21st.
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. Interested in volunteering? See the signup on the kiosk and add your name. For more info, 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 in January. Questions can be directed to Annie at [email protected] or to the Church 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: NO MEETINGS on December 24th and 31st. Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year! On January 7th & 14th, Bingo. On January 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: cavatelli & meatballs, tossed salad, rolls & butter, cherry pie. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is January 18th. On January 28th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. 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. For additional information or to register online, please go to www.helpourmarriage.org.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? – 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 December 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