Today I would like to announce a significant change in our parish staff. Erica Zalar, who has served as our Youth Minister since 2010, has decided to resign from her position at the end of June 2017. Erica is making this decision because she believes it is the best choice for her family and she wishes to explore new ways to use her talents in serving God.
We thank Erica for her years of service and will miss her deeply.
Youth Ministry is an important aspect of our parish life. The future of the church resides in the young. Therefore it is important to find a qualified person to assume Erica’s responsibilities. We will soon be advertising the Youth Ministry position throughout our diocese, and I ask for your help in spreading the word that the position will be available even though Erica will be with us until June 30th. We would be willing to begin the term of the new Youth Minister on June 1st. In that way an easy transfer of responsibilities can be assured.
The Youth Minister job is a part-time position with benefits. The responsibilities include preparing programs for middle school and high school youth based upon a vision of advocacy, evangelization, pastoral care, leadership development, prayer, catechesis, service and community. The Youth Minister will also be responsible to oversee the preparation for Confirmation which will involve freshmen and sophomores in high school.
I ask you to keep our search for a new Youth Minister in your prayers. With God’s help we will be able to find a suitable minister to join our staff and serve our parish.
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donation for the Church in Latin America. This collection assists programs that strengthen the faith in Latin America.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – St. Noel Parish Spaghetti Dinner is this 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!
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!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the narthex the weekend of February 18th & 19th to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For December 2016, we collected $4,338.21. Our expenses for December were:
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|Neighbor to Neighbor Meal||345.28|
Thank you for your support.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our monthly meal continues to grow, and we’re thankful for all who attend and all who help to make it happen. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us this Thursday, February 2nd in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at 440-946-1128, ext. 122.
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat, “Transformed by Love: The Path From the Ordinary to the Divine,” will be this 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.
“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), 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 in the Narthex or on the parish website (stnoel.org), or contact Emma (440-391-0045; [email protected]). Registration form and payment are due to the parish office by January 30th.
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.
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 February 2nd & 9th, Bingo, On February 16th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon: Lemon chicken, red skin potatoes, salad, vegetables and cherry strudel. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is February 13th. On February 23rd, 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 this 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.
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.
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.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – There’s still time to join the Divorce Recovery for Catholics Support Group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. We are meeting at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, Monday, January 30th and will conclude on March 13th, 2017, from 7- 9 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. This is the last week for open registration. 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 this Sunday, January 29th, from Noon-2:00 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, go to gilmour.org/openhouses or call 440-473-8165.