Because of a generous gift from a parishioner, we are in the process of updating the internal components of the church audio system. Many of them are seriously outdated and for some we can no longer find replacement parts. There will be no visual changes to our speakers and microphones and the sound quality will remain the same. But our ability to record for such events as funerals will be enhanced.
As we move forward with this project there is the possibility to include an option for parishioners with hearing difficulties. A small neck loop/lanyard device could be available to connect with parishioners hearing aids. This would allow individual control over volume and sound quality. This technology is becoming more common in a variety of public places. Before we choose to invest in it, I would like to know whether any parishioners would be inclined to use it.
So if you are open to using this auxiliary aid to assist you in hearing our litiguries more fully, please call the parish office and let us know. If enough people show interest we will move forward. Regardless, I would like to thank so many of our parishioners who, like the donor for our sound system improvement, support St. Noel both by their words and deeds.
RCIA – The Rite of Acceptance will take place this Sunday, January 22nd at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic University. This collection raises millions of dollars that go directly to support student financial aid at Catholic Unversity of America.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner is next Sunday, January 29th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. This event was a huge success last year! Mark your calendars, and plan on enjoying good food, fun, and fellowship, free of charge! Be sure to sign up on the kiosk to be part of the talent show.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 29th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will meet again this Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. The book we will be discussing is “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. Copies of the book will be available to sign out in the parish office. Sign up on the table in the narthex. This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for the Pancake Breakfast in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not needed and a free-will donation will be taken. All proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry programs. Spread the news!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of 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 several additional people who are available on Mondays between 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office – 440-946-0887.
“EMBRACING THE MYSTERY” SERIES AT ST. NOEL – Join us for this four-part series happening on Mondays, February 6, March 6 and April 3, from 6-9 p.m. and concluding with a retreat on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost for the series is $40 (checks payable to St. Noel due January 30), which includes Henry Nouwen’s book, “Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.” The series will be led by parishioner Emma Krueger, in conjunction with the Jesuit Retreat House. Find more information and a registration form on the kiosk or on the parish website (stnoel.org), or contact Emma (440-391-0045; [email protected]). If interested, sign up on the kiosk by January 23 to allow time for books to be ordered, or see Emma at the table in the Narthex this weekend.
NOEL CHOIR – is looking for new singers on all four voice parts. Our rehearsals are every Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the church. We begin with a short warm-up which works on vocal technique, then we practice our weekend hymns and Psalms. Around 8:00 p.m., there is a short break and dismissal of those who can’t stay longer. At 8:05 we work on more sophisticated concert music that includes music of different eras, languages and cultures.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat, “Transformed by Love: The Path From the Ordinary to the Divine,” will be on Wednesday, February 1st from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Travel the path of God’s love for us, our love for God, our love for all creation. This months retreat will be facilitated by Emma Krueger, along with Joan & Pat Mihalcik, while Fran is recuperating from hip replacement surgery.
WINTER WINE AND PAINT – You are invited to join us on Friday, February 10th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun! The cost of this event is $30 (make checks payable to St. Noel), which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. To sign up, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by Tuesday, February 7th. Act soon! Space is limited and fills quickly. Contact Erica or Michele with any questions.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On January 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, February 26th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Give the gift of life; sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org/. Thanks to the Repkos for coordinating this blood drive.
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – All Saints of St. John Vianney School in Wickliffe is hosting several Open Houses for prospective students and families. The first takes place on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and includes a pancake breakfast. Other Open Houses are scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and for Sunday, February 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Teachers and tour guides will be on hand at every event to answer questions and share information about the school. For additional information or to schedule a visit on another date, please call 440-943-1395. All Saints is located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28702 Euclid Ave., and enrolls children in preschool thru 8th grade.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m, join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This is one of our best attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-944-1552.
ARTFUL SPIRITUALITY – @ the Jesuit Retreat House – On January 31st, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Presented by Mary Coffey. Discover a new way to encounter God and listen to your soul—through art! Explore the intersection of spirituality and creativity. No art experience necessary! Includes coffee and pastries at 8:30 and ends with Mass. Cost: $50 (includes $10 for art supplies). To register contact 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
A PLACE FOR MOM – Making the transition to senior living can be stressful. A Place for Mom offers free services to families to help identify the living option that best suits their needs. If you’re interested in learning what A Place for Mom can do for you, please contact Tiffany Morgan at 216-870-0555 or [email protected]. Brochures are available in the kiosk.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – An 8 Week Support Group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Monday, January 23rd through March 13th, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER, CHARDON: Join Father Michael Woost, Dr. Edward Kaczuk and students from St. Mary Seminary who will facilitate a day at the Sisters of Notre Dame Bethany Retreat Center (across from NDCL) titled: The Transfigured Brain – Exploring Mystical Prayer, Liturgical Ritual and Brain Science. Looking through the lens of brain science at what happens to us when we pray, we can discover new pathways to knowing God, ourselves and the world around us. The day will include input, reflection, lunch and conclude with the celebration of a Sunday Vigil Mass. Date: Saturday, Feb. 4th, 9:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Donation: $30.00 includes lunch and snacks. Register with Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND [email protected] or 440-279-1143. Space is limited.
GILMOUR ACADEMY – will be hosting an Open House for the Lower School on Sunday, January 29th, from Noon-2:00 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, go to gilmour.org/openhouses or call 440-473-8165.