The Acts of the Apostles is one of the longest works in the New Testament. Written by the same author who composed the Gospel of Luke, it runs 28 chapters. Yet it remains unfamiliar to most Catholics. Outside of a few passages which occur in the Lectionary, its narratives are underappreciated. This is unfortunate because Acts includes some of the best stories in the Bible.
This is why I encourage you to come to our next GIFT session this Wednesday, February 27th. I will be the presenter that night and will share with you the overall message of Acts together with several of its most delightful passages.
The GIFT session is open to everyone. Our meal on Wednesday will be penne pasta with meatballs, salad, breadsticks, and Italian ice. As always GIFT is a perfect time to connect with other parishioners. If you are not yet registered for GIFT, please consult the “GIFT Box” in this bulletin.
So, I invite you to join us this Wednesday for vivid stories and miracles from the Book of Acts.
Fr. George Smiga
PARISHIONERS USING ELECTRONIC DEPOSIT – We have upgraded the tool that is used behind the scenes to process the transfer of electronic donations.
We don’t expect any difficulties. However, there could be a slight delay in processing payments while we transition. Please contact the parish office (440-946-0887) if you have any concerns.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is Wednesday, March 6th. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 7:00 p.m. Mass is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
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. See the back of the March calendar in this bulletin for more details.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – Parents and parents to be 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.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – Winter programs continue.
Fr. George Smiga – The Mystery of the Cross: Exploring the Gospel of Mark.
Saturdays, through March 2nd, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Additional information can be found on the kiosk or online at ceirs.org.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For January 2019, we collected $6,477.54. Our expenses for January were:
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Thank you for your support.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is this Sunday, 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!
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND – We are in need of more trained Eucharistic Ministers to bring communion to those in their homes. If you are currently a Eucharistic Minister and would like to serve in this capacity, please call Anthony. Training of new ministers will happen in the spring; call the parish office to be added to the list. We are always looking for more Ministers.
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).
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this 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.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – We are currently in need of condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc), and baking items (jello, pudding, flour, sugar, oil, etc). The pantry continues to thrive because of your generosity. Thank you!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Join us on Wednesday, March 6th (Ash Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for “Gathering Wisdom”. Presenters will speak about Lenten practices that may help in growing in wisdom. There will be a Liturgy of the Word with ashes at noon included as part of the retreat. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. If you are able, a donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
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.
INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – invites you to join the Augustine Lecture “Exegesis of the Human Heart: narrating the Emotional Life of Christians with St. Augustine and Maximus the Confessor”. Presented by Rev. Andrew J. Summerson, S.Th.D., JCU ’09, from St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting, Indiana. The lecture is February 28th at 7:30 p.m. at John Carroll University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 216-397-4558.
TETELESTAI – will be performed at Saint Paschal Baylon Church on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Performances will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Doors will open approximately 1 hour before. There is no charge, but free-will offerings will be accepted. For more information, please visit www.livethepassion.org.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – an 8-week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The group will begin Tuesday, March 12th and conclude on April 30th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at St. Mary Church in Chardon.
Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping and moving on. Each group is tailored to meet the needs of the participants. 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.
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – Have you been grieving for a year or longer and still don’t feel like your coping any better? This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief. It provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. These sessions will be Tuesday evenings, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd and 9th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, Concord Twp. For more information, please call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
CHARIS RETREAT – The Sisters of Notre Dame are sponsoring a Charis Retreat experience for young adults on the weekend of March 8-10. This will be a wonderful time of prayer and spiritual renewal. See the kiosk for details or to register, visit charis.org/choosingchrist_2019_cleveland, or contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND, at [email protected].
NATIONAL CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK – During the week of March 8-14, we celebrate the vital contributions women religious women have made to the Church and to our communities. In that spirit, the Conference of Religious Leadership in the Diocese of Cleveland is co-sponsoring a workshop on Sunday, March 3rd from 1-4pm at Magnificat High School entitled “Civil Discourse: How to Have Difficult Conversations”. See the flyer on the kiosk.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTERS LENTEN PROGRAMS – On March 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Day of Prayer for Women … “Icons: Encounter the Divine”, facilitated by Shari Jamieson.
On March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lenten Day of Reflection…” Receive and be the Tenderness of God”, CD presentations by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, facilitated by Sister Jeanette Brown, SND. For further information contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND at [email protected].
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sunday, March 10th and 17th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center. Pre-sale tickets for adults are $6.50 and can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall. Tickets at the door are $7.00 for adults, children 5 thru 12, $4.00 and kids 4 & under are free. Call the Recreation Department for pre-sale tickets and information at 440-975-3540.
HOPE AFTER ABORTION – Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s ministry to those struggling after an abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response for those seeking help & healing. To learn more and to begin your journey to wholeness, please call 216-334-2966.
USCCB & BORDER WALL – The President of the USCCB and the head of the Committee on Migration issued the following joint statement: “We are deeply concerned about the President’s action to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, which circumvents the clear intent of Congress to limit funding of a wall. We oppose the use of these funds to further the construction of the wall. The wall first and foremost is a symbol of division and animosity between two friendly countries. We remain steadfast and resolute in the vision articulated by Pope Francis that at this time we need to be building bridges and not walls.”
USSCB & THEODORE McCARRICK – Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB issued the following statement: “The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church’s response. If you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of someone within the Catholic Church, I urge you to contact local law enforcement and your local diocese or eparchy. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available to help. We are committed to healing and reconciliation.”