Today, I ask you to generously support the 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The theme of this year’s appeal is “Love Powers Our Mission.” With your help, Catholic Charities reaches out to people who suffer from personal loss, disabilities, violence, and poverty. As the People of God we are one human family, with a bond that enriches our society and provides grace to overcome every obstacle. We are called to carry out the teachings of Jesus Christ with mercy, charity, and thanksgiving.
Each year Catholic Charities assist almost 400,000 people in need by providing meals, shelter, counseling, job training, and hospice for the terminally ill. These actions of service are provided regardless of race, color, religion, or disability.
As you leave church next weekend, you will receive a flyer outlining the 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal. On the weekend of February 6th and 7th, we will ask you to make your pledge to the Catholic Charities Appeal here in church.
Some of you may have already received a letter from Bishop Lennon asking for your pledge. Whether you respond by mail or by the in-church appeal on February 6th and 7th, your donation is important.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 31st, 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.
NOEL’S PARISH OFFICE – is in need of a volunteer on Monday evenings to greet visitors, answer phones, and perform some light office duties as needed. Please call the office (440-946-0887) if you are interested in this opportunity to be more involved with our parish!
EL SALVADOR-LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations. This is the only appeal made by this office that supports the Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for two priests who work in the parishes served by our Missionaries. This appeal also makes a contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin Amreica that is managed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2016 – Save the date! VBS will be held during the week of July 11th – 15th. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel’s Parish Spaghetti Dinner is next Sunday, January 31st, from 12–2 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.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendars! The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit youth ministry will be Sunday, February 14th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. There will be a free-will offering at the door and tickets are not required.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT – “Beauty Everywhere!” All teens in grades 9-12 are invited to spend a weekend reconnecting with God and forming new friendships on retreat February 19th-21st. More information and registration forms can be found at stnoel.org. Sign-up is due February 14th.
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 scheduled for Sunday, February 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – Preparation for the AERC is coming along nicely. We are in need of someone willing to monitor & update the AERC web page. We are still hoping for a newer computer to use in the center. Please email Annie at [email protected] if you can help. Most importantly, please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interest in obtaining a GED or who needs extra help in Math or English (reading). Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex.
NICARAGUA TRIP – The CEO of International Partners in Mission, Joe Cistone, will lead an immersion experience to Nicaragua the week of May 19th-25th. Meet the women of CEPROSI, our parish partners, and learn about the great work they do along with other local organizations. Participants will also encounter the beautiful sites of the country including volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua. The all-inclusive price is $2,400. More information and registration at www.ipmconnect.org.
The purpose of the St. Noel Endowment Fund is to provide for the well-being of St. Noel Parish and the community it serves. The money will only be used to meet the spiritual, educational, and social concerns programming at St. Noel. On an annual basis, trustees will designate a percentage of the interest earned on the investments in funds to be distributed.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS: HUNGERING FOR THE JOURNEY – Join our parish community (and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States) in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s rice bowl from the narthex on February 6-7th or 13-14th, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Remember, what you give up for Lent changes lives.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “God’s Amazing Love” is the theme for this retreat. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. 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 January 28th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. On February 4th and 11th, Bingo. On February 18th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: baked or fried fish, french fries, pasta salad, cole slaw, rolls & butter, cake or pie. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is February 15th. On February 25th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will be held at St. Noel Church on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m., beginning January 19th and concluding on March 8th. 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 and it is open to people of all faiths.
SOCIAL JUSTICE TEACH-IN – The Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America will again sponsor the Teach-In on Saturday, February 6th from 10:45 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale Center of Case Western Reserve University. The workshop is free for students. Info is available in the kiosk or email [email protected].
SAINT JOHN VIANNEY PARISH SUPPORT – for families and friends of Gay and Lesbian Catholics and the Cleveland Diocesan Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry will co-sponsor a presentation by Eve Tushnet on Saturday, February 6th, at 10:00 a.m., at the Saint John Vianney Father Kline Social Center, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. This presentation is open to all.
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND Jesus came into the world to bring the good news, to proclaim liberty, give the recovery of sight, and free the oppressed. Are you letting Him proclaim the good news to you in your marriage? Let the Lord strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on February 12th-14th in Hudson, Ohio. Apply at greatmarriagesohio.org or call 330-305-9963.
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming Retreats and Programs: On January 25th, “Life Changer Series – Final Reflection.” Facilitated by Rick Krivanka & Bob Hager. Time is 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $20. On February 8th, “What is it like to walk The Way – El Camino de Santiago?” An International Perspective. The evening will feature personal reflections on walking this pilgrimage by Steve Flynn and Brenna Davis. Time is 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cost is $20. For additional information or to register, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
SAINT IGNATIUS LANGUAGE PROGRAMS –The Latin and French programs are a brief introduction to these languages. The courses are FREE and are available to young men in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Latin sessions begin Saturday, February 6th – March 5th. French sessions begin Saturday, February 6th – February 27th. For questions call 216-651-0222, ext. 253. Or email [email protected].
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY – Is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk children, in the love and spirit of the Christ Child. You are invited to attend an Informational Coffee on March 9th, 10:30 a.m. at Parmadale. For more information or to make reservations, please call Annette Gorris at 440-526-6138 or Carol Janas at 440-526-5972.