Our Music Director Agnieszka Bieniek has founded a new musical group called Choir of Hope. Its purpose is to call together singers who would like to share a love of music and a love for others. Members of this group come from St. Noel Church, from other local churches, and different musical and faith backgrounds. The purpose of the group is to unite in high quality oratorio music and raise money for those who are in need.
The first concert of the Choir of Hope will take place on Sunday, March 10th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel. It will consist of music of Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin. The first part of the concert will include a Schubert Quartet, and some solo songs (including Ave Maria). There will also be a few musical surprises. The second half of the concert will be the Mass G by Franz Schubert for soprano, tenor and bass solo, choir and orchestra. The concert is free, but we will accept a free will offering to support Forbes House, the Lake County domestic violence shelter.
Please mark your calendars and invite friends to come with you on March 10th for an afternoon of beautiful music offered for a good cause.
Fr. George Smiga
HEADING EAST GIFT SESSION – Our program with Fr. Hilinski taught us the value of diversity in faith. On the table in the narthex you can pick up a Take Home GIFT reflection sheet. You can also check out the “weaving” done by our children and add your favorite name for God to the poster.
NOEL COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are available for pick up on the table in the Narthex. Each boxed set of envelopes is an entire year’s worth of weekly donations. One box per family please!
For those parishioners who participate in the Catholic Education Fund (C.E.F.), please stop by the parish office to pick up your C.E.F. envelopes for the coming year.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – is starting its winter programs.
Fr. George Smiga – The Mystery of the Cross: Exploring the Gospel of Mark.
Saturdays, through March 2nd, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Alan Kolp – Lincoln, Merton, Day and King: Four Americans who Impressed Pope Francis.
Monday, February 11th, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Additional information can be found on the kiosk or online at ceirs.org.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Join us this Sunday for a Pancake Breakfast from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a free will donation will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry program.
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – The February issue of Family Faith on the Go, “Pit Stops for Peace,” is in the kiosk. Please pick up a copy for your family.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months should call the parish office (440-946-0887) to register for a baptism preparation session.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
2019 MASS INTENTIONS are available throughout the remainder of this calendar year. This is a wonderful way to remember our special intentions, while having our church community come together in prayer. Please stop by the parish office to schedule a mass intention.
LUNCH WITH FATHER GEORGE – High school teens are invited to attend lunch with Father George on Sunday, February 24th following the 11:00 mass. This is a great opportunity to spend time with our beloved pastor and to seek answers to questions you have about the Catholic faith. Please RSVP and submit questions by February 17th to Kaitlin at [email protected].
JAIL MINISTRY – St. Noel is part of a 5-parish team that leads Sunday night communion services in the Lake County jail. We are in need of additional ministers. We always serve in pairs and training is provided. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128).
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, February 25th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. We moved to the 4th Monday due to President’s Day and will return to the 3rd Monday in March. Please spread the word. Our January market served 118 people.
HOLD THE DATES – Plans are being made for our Lenten series to be held on Tuesdays, March 12, 19 & 26 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The theme is wholeness/holiness. Our presenters are members of our parish. Watch the bulletin for more details.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for February 24th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Make an appointment to donate online at: redcrossblood.org. Volunteers are needed. Please sign the sheet on the kiosk if you can help. Thank you!
BAGELS – Since December 2016, we have picked up and distributed over 6 tons (12,163lbs) of bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby. Many thanks to Brueggers and to Steve Cesar, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Rich Beckwith, and Karen & Bruce Fraley for their dedicated service.
2018 HUNGER MINISTRIES REPORT – The Greater Cleveland Food Bank recently released stats for FY2018 regarding the St. Noel Food Pantry, Senior Market and Neighbor to Neighbor Meal. The reports are posted on the kiosk and are having a positive impact on the community. To all the volunteers that make these ministries possible, THANK YOU!!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1-9 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 an additional person to fill in the 6-7 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering on Monday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room will discuss the recent issue on Why We Came. Why We Left. Why We Stay. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Links for coming meeting including podcast interviews with three authors at: http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
SAINT MARY SEMINARY SEMINARIANS – Are putting on a Winter Festival Fundraiser in order to have monetary resources to use for various activities throughout the year. The fundraiser will be held at the Center for Pastoral Leadership and features great food, raffle opportunities, and an overall good time. Join us on Friday, February 22nd, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Adults – $10, Children under 12 – $5. For more information call 440-943-7600.