All parishioners who contributed to St. Noel during 2015 should have received a “statement” in the mail for tax purposes. I would like to thank everyone whose donations have supported the ministry of our parish.
In that mailing I also informed you of a parish need and an opportunity to address it. Just recently we discovered that the roof over the kitchen in our Banquet Center has to be replaced soon at the cost of $60,000.00. This expense was not included in our 2015-2016 budget. A parishioner aware of the need offered to match any donations up to $30,000.00. If we can do this we will have covered the cost of the repair.
I therefore included an envelope in the recent mailing requesting donations. I am pleased to report in the first few days of this request we have already collected $5,525.00. That is 19% towards our goal of $30,000.00. I thank those who contributed and ask those who have not to consider a gift of $50, $100, or $1,000 or any amount you are able to offer. If you still have the envelope from the mailing you can use it, or there are extra envelopes on the table in the Narthex, or you can prepare your own envelope marked “Matching Gift Opportunity.” Envelopes can be returned in the collection or to the parish office.
We have set a deadline of February 29th as the conclusion of this effort. I will keep you informed in the bulletin regarding our progress towards the goal. I hope that working together we can maximize the $30,000.00 challenge and raise $60,000.00 to cover this unexpected expense.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – This weekend is St. Noel’s Parish Spaghetti Dinner, from 12–2 p.m. This event was a huge success last year! Plan on enjoying good food, fun, and fellowship, free of charge!
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donations for the Catholic University of America. This collection goes directly to support student financial aid at Catholic University of America.
SHOE DRIVE – The Yane family, as part of American Heritage Girls at St. Clare parish, is collecting new or gently used shoes (both children’s and adult sizes) to send to those who need shoes in Haiti. You can drop shoes off in the box located in the Narthex until February 14th.
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.
ST NOEL FISH FRIES – Again this year there will be Fish Fries on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Times are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. One time through the line for lunch on Ash Wednesday is $8.00 or all-you-can-eat is $12.00. Fridays in Lent (not Good Friday), we’ll serve from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Pricing on Fridays is $12.00 for adults, children from 6-12 is $6.00, and five and under are free. Volunteers are needed for serving and cleanup for both Ash Wednesday and Fridays. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. You will not receive a phone call – just come at the time you have signed up. Also, Randy needs volunteers who can help set up Fish Fries on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
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. The Red Cross has also developed a new tool called RapidPass that allows donors to complete the pre-screen from home before they come to the donation site. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to learn more.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – All volunteers are trained and ready to serve. We are in need of someone willing to monitor & update the AERC web page. Please email Annie at [email protected] if you can help. Most importantly, please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interested 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 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. Register at www.ipmconnect.org.
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!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our next collection will be the weekend February 13th-14th. Our ushers will be in the the Narthex that weekend to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For December 2015, we collected $13,911.40. Our expenses for December were:
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EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE HOMEBOUND – Bringing communion to the sick and homebound is a beautiful ministry. We would like to add more ministers to our group already serving. Please contact Anthony if you are interested.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the February issue is “Reconciliation.”
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 for relatives and friends of those incarcerated. 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 Camino. The next LEAF meeting is on Monday, Feb. 15th. LEAF meets on the third Monday of each month.
LENTEN BAGS – We will again be collecting bags of items for Forbes House (the Lake County Women’s Shelter), Project Hope (the Lake County homeless shelter), Birthright, St. Augustine Hunger Center, and the St. Noel Food Pantry. Plastic bags, tags with the items needed, and information on the various agencies will be available on the table in the narthex beginning in Lent. These works of mercy are a tremendous benefit to the agencies; please consider making the bags a part of your Lenten devotion.
CAN WE TALK? – What have you heard about the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal? We have served over 200 very satisfied neighbors at the last two meals. People are still wondering what we are hoping to accomplish. Join us for a parish discussion to share our experiences and clarify our goals: Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or 440-669-2798.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – “Expect a Miracle: A Mother/Son Asperger Journey of Determination and Triumph.” David Petrovic, a 22 year-old college senior, author, actor, singer, and motivational speaker will explain his challenges and blessings of Asperger’s/Autism. The luncheon is being held at St. Noel Banquet Center from Noon to 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10th. Cost is $18 per person. Call or text Elaine Newman for reservations at 440-679-0203 or email [email protected] by February 8th.
SING AND PRAISE GOD WITH JOY! – Catholic Renewal Ministries’ Traveling Charismatic Mass for February will be held at Divine Word Parish on Friday, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 8100 Eagle Rd. in Kirtland. Fr. Dave Woost will be the celebrant. Healing prayer teams will be available after mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.
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 – Love is patient, kind, not jealous or pompous, not inflated, rude or quick-tempered. How are you doing when it comes to loving others, especially your spouse? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is February 12th-14th in Hudson, Ohio. Apply at greatmarriagesohio.org or call 330-305-9963.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY GALA – “Celebrate the Academy,” is being held on February 20th, from 6:00-11:00 p.m., at Saint Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. The gala, which includes live and silent auctions, is a crucial fundraiser to benefit critical scholarship and academic initiatives. This year’s theme is “Some Enchanted Evening…Gather and Grow.” For more information contact Carolyn Novak at 216-251-6788 or email at [email protected].
JESUIT RETREAT – Upcoming Retreats and Programs: 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.
On February 12th-14th, Women’s Lenten Retreat: Resting in God’s Love and Mercy. Facilitated by Donna Marie Flanagan-Kaminsky. Cost is $155. For additional information or to register, call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
“ORDINARY LIVES, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION” – Are you due for a “spring awakening” in your Catholic faith? Dr. John Woods is coming to St. Gabriel’s in Concord on March 12th from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visit dynamiccatholic.com/events or call Debbie at 259-1867 for more information.
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.