The 2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place next weekend in our parish. Please refer to the flyer to be distributed following the celebration of Mass today, which includes our parish’s goal and an overview of the importance of Catholic Charities in our communities. As a parish family, we can be very proud to have not only met last year’s goal, but to have all pledges paid in full! This year’s appeal theme is Faces of Hope. Our generous support will continue to transform the lives of others, to offer dignity, possibilities, and companionship to those who are most vulnerable.
As in the past, an in-pew commitment process will take place next weekend, February 8-9. All who have not received the mailing from Bishop Perez, or have not had a chance to respond to it, will be asked to consider making a pledge to support the ministries and services provided by Catholic Charities. If you have received the mailing, please respond generously to it and we ask you to also complete the in-pew envelope and indicate by checking the box that you have responded by mail.
We invite you to view stories of inspiration and more information at CatholicCommunity.org/2020Appeal. To make a donation today, text CCHOPE to 41444 or visit CatholicCommunity.org/Donate.
This year, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord falls on a Sunday. This feast originated in fourth century Jerusalem and came to be celebrated in Rome by the middle of the fifth century, under its Greek title, Feast of the Meeting; known also as Candlemas Day. In the introductory address for this feast, we will hear: “…forty days have passed since we celebrated the joyful feast of the Nativity of the Lord. Today is the blessed day when Jesus was presented in the Temple by Mary and Joseph.” The tradition of carrying candles on this day (in procession or as in a solemn entrance) represents the entry of Christ, the light of the world, into the temple of Jerusalem.
This feast also celebrates World Day for Consecrated Life. Its purpose is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels,” as well as “to be a suitable occasion for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which should inspire their offering of themselves to the Lord” (Pope St. John Paul II, 1997). We recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The consecrated life is one way that women and men live out their baptismal commitment as followers of Jesus. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life and be sure to thank them on their special day! Posters on display in the narthex picture our Cleveland seminarians, as well as young women and men currently discerning a vocation to consecrated religious life. Please pray for them and their families throughout their studies and formation.
In memory of Saint Blaise, whose optional memorial is February 3, the Blessing of Throats will be given in the context of Daily Mass at 8:30 am on Monday morning.
Finally, Pope Francis’ intention for the month of February: Listen to the Migrants’ Cries. That the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered. In the month ahead, may we join his intentions to our own.
Peace and prayers,
CATHOLIC CHARITIES COLLECTION – Next weekend, ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to Catholic Charities.
FOOD PANTRY – Did you know we offer toilet paper to all our pantry clients? Paper products cannot be purchased with food stamps, and our neighbors truly appreciate receiving some with each visit. The pantry distributes around 75 rolls per month. Any donations of toilet paper are always welcome! Other items needed are: tuna fish, “Chunky” or “Progresso” soup, peanut butter, and strawberry jelly.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 9th 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. Young people in middle school and high school who wish to volunteer at the breakfast may sign up on the kiosk this weekend.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES – Copies of the February 2020 Take Out Magazine are available (one per family) in the kiosk and on the table in the narthex.
HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE – needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts on Saturday at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. The commitment is for once a month. Anyone interested in helping, please call Betty Louis (440) 942-4009 or the St. Noel Office at (440) 946-0887.
BLOOD DRIVES – Our first blood drive in 2020 is scheduled for February 23rd from 9-1pm in the Banquet Center. Please sign up on the kiosk if you are interested in helping. Register to donate at redcross.org.
HOMILIES ONLINE – Fr. Terry’s written homilies are now available on our website (stnoel.org). Click “Liturgy & Sacraments” to get to the “Homilies” page. Thanks to Janice Kaluza for this service!
AERC GOOD NEWS – Two more students, Matt & Eli, passed sections of the GED exam and should successfully obtain a GED this year. A real big thanks to Donna Prince and Lisa Mileusnich who tutored Matt & Eli. We’re grateful for all our awesome tutors and for all who support the Academic Education Resource Center (AERC). Please pray for Matt & Eli who are extremely happy with their recent success. We’re very proud of them!
REFRIGERATOR NEEDED – A food pantry client is in need of a refrigerator and can pick it up. Please call Anthony if you can help.
2019 HUNGER MINISTRIES @ ST. NOEL – The Food Pantry, Senior Market, and Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, make up the hunger ministries at St. Noel. Here are the numbers for 2019: the Pantry served 1,756 people and distributed 27,714 lbs of food. The N2N meal served 3,109 people and distributed 8,618 lbs of food. The Senior Market served 1,697 people and distributed 37,484 lbs of food. View the full results on our webpage. Our parish makes a difference! Thanks be to God and to you!!
VOTER REGISTRATION & INACTIVE VOTER STATUS – Did you know that after no voting activity in 2 federal election cycles (4 years), a voter, in the state of Ohio, is placed on inactive status? The March primary is fast-approaching and you must be registered by Feb 18th in order to vote. Regaining “active” status or registering to vote is easy. Check your voting status on your county Board of Elections (BOE) webpage. Register to vote online or pick up a registration form in the Narthex and complete it today. We will return it to the BOE for you! Don’t let March go by without having your voice heard.
CATHOLICS CARE. CATHOLICS VOTE – In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. “In the Catholic tradition,” they write, “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation” (no. 13). In 2013, Pope Francis wrote: “We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, and access other great resources.
HELPING HANDS – Our CRS/Rise Against Hunger event was wonderful!! Over 90 volunteers packed 10,152 meals in about 90 minutes. Look for pictures on Facebook and the St. Noel webpage. Thank you to our terrific CRS ambassadors, led by Jed Trombley, for organizing this awesome event. Thanks, too, to all who donated to support Helping Hands. We raised $5,368 and covered all our commitments. Pray for the people of Burkina Faso and all who struggle to meet their daily needs.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITY – Monday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the Resurrection Room. Two articles from the January issue will be discussed. Strange Gods: Idolatry in the twenty-first century and a review of The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism became the Religion of Modernity. A discussion guide is available at the kiosk, and links to the articles are at https://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com E-mail your interest to Jack Rakosky, [email protected] gmail.com to be on our mailing list.
GREETINGS FROM THE PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – “Never stop believing in HOPE because miracles happen every day.” We are blessed. Beautiful Prayer Shawls and Pocket Prayer Squares have been brought in for you to select for anyone who is in need of spiritual, physical, or emotional healing…someone who is in need of HOPE. These items can be picked up free of charge at the parish office during office hours. As a reminder, our next meeting is Tuesday, February 4th, 11am-12:30pm. “HOPE” to see you there!
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT – will meet this Wednesday, February 5th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The program for February is: “Footprints in the Sand”. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but if you are able a $6.00 donation to cover lunch is appreciated. For any questions call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for someone who can come to Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Many parishioners are richly blessed each Monday as they spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. 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. If you are free and would like to experience this encounter with Jesus, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office.
WINTERTIME DAY OF REFLECTION – at Bethany Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon (across from NDCL) on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Becoming the Saints, We Are” will be facilitated by Sister Jeanette Brown, SND. The $20.00 donation includes the presentation and lunch. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND for further information and to register. [email protected] or 440-279-1143. Please register by February 8th. Limit: 25.
LENTEN SERIES– Bethany Retreat Center Experience the transforming power of the PSALMS as we reflect on what the psalms tell us about God, ourselves and others. 5 Thursdays during Lent: Feb. 27 – March 26, 9:30AM -11:00AM. Facilitated by Sister Mary Theresa Betz, SND spiritual director and retreat director. $25.00 for the series. For further information or to register contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND 440-279-1143 or [email protected] Register by February 17.
EUCLID HOSPITAL – currently has several volunteer opportunities for caring and committed individuals in the areas of transport, comfort runners, gift shop and information desk. We ask for a commitment of 4 hours a week but would welcome any time you can give. If you are interested in this opportunity at Euclid Hospital, please call Lorraine Smith in the Volunteer Department at 216-692-7564 or email at [email protected]