On this great Feast of the Nativity, as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, I would like to extend to all of you my wishes and those of our entire staff, for a holy Christmas and God’s blessings throughout the New Year.
For those who worship with us on a regular basis, I want to thank you for the many ways you contribute to our community by the gifts of your time, talents, and resources.
For those who are visiting us this Christmas, I hope that our community will provide you with a warm and joyous space in which you can worship God and give thanks for all the blessings you have received.
If you have been hurt or rejected by someone representing the Church, and as a result, have been unable to practice your faith, allow me to offer my apologies and ask for your forgiveness.
Christmas is not only a time to cherish warm memories, but also a time to make new beginnings. As we celebrate Christ’s birth my prayer for all is that there will be many times this coming year when we will again worship God together and grow in Christ’s love.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – Parishioners who have been recommended to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council should have received response forms in the mail this week. Please return these forms by December 31st. Yellow information sheets to assist in your decision can be found in the kiosk.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, December 26th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our next collection for the Social Justice Fund wil be the weekend of January 7th-8th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For November 2016, we collected $9,482.00. Our expenses for November were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||298.88|
|Other – IRTF Ad||75.00|
|Neighbor to Neighbor||984.83|
Thank you for your support.
BAGELS FOR THE PANTRY – Thanks to Carole, Ingrid, LouAnn, and Rich, we have begun to pick up bagels from Brueggers to distribute through our pantry and at the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal. Our parish always responds with generosity.
NOEL FOOD PANTRY – Now is the perfect time to support the pantry. Most needed items include: tuna fish, spaghetti sauce in jars, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni & cheese, toilet paper. Please pick up a blue grocery bag in the narthex, fill it with non-perishable food, and return it to St. Noel. Our pantry served 72 families during the month of November. Thanks to all who support the pantry. Remember, online donation is always available at https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner has been scheduled for 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.
TECH TALK – Over the holidays, many people receive new electronics. Do you have a device such as a cell phone or iPad that you could use some basic help navigating? Parishioners of all ages are invited to take advantage of free tech support offered by the youth of our parish after all masses January 7th and 8th. Simply bring the device with you to Mass and stop in the Resurrection Room afterwards where our very own tech team will be ready to help! Contact Erica Zalar with questions.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, January 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Following Your Star: Pay Attention to God’s Direction” will be facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00. 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 MEETING on December 29th. On January 5th & 12th, Bingo. On January 19th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon; Cavatelli with meatballs, salad, bread sticks, and dessert. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is January 16th. On January 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will meet again on 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.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED – Wondering what the New Year will bring? 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 January 3rd and 10th, at St. Noel Church. To register or for more information, call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email [email protected]
LOOKING AHEAD TO LENT – The Jesuit Retreat House invites you to participate in “Embracing the Mystery,” a four-part series designed specifically for St. Noel Parish. The series will be held at St. Noel on Mondays, February 6, March 6 and April 3, from 6-9 p.m. and conclude with a retreat on Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost for the series is $40, which includes Henry Nouwen’s book, “Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.” Participants will explore landmarks on the spiritual journey, including suffering and death, grace and redemption, enhancing their Lenten and Easter experience. The series will be led by parishioner Emma Krueger, a certified spiritual director, graduate of the Ignatian Spirtuality Institute at John Carroll University, and certified leader of Contemplative Prayer and Retreat through the Shalem Insitute. You can find more information and a registration form on the kiosk in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org).
NEED THE PERFECT GIFT for your spouse this Christmas? Give your spouse the gift of your time and love by taking him/her on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in Hudson at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center on February 17-19, 2017. Applications and further information is available online: www.GreatMariagesOhio.org or call 330-305-9963.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Someone once said “marriages 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, but is open to couples of all faiths. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on January 20-22th. 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 in complete confidence at 440-357-6580, or 1-800-470-2230. For additional information or to register online, please go to www.helpourmarriage.org.