Again this year, all Catholic Churches in our area are offering an opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance. It will happen this Wednesday, February 28th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The event is aimed at people who have been away from the Church and wish to come home.
We will be providing this opportunity here at St. Noel and we are asking for your help. If you know someone who is Catholic but has not been practicing their faith, would you reach out to them and let them know of this area-wide opportunity?
Since this Wednesday is intended for those who have been away from the church, it is not meant to replace our Parish Communal Penance Service. That service will take place March 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Lent is a time for us to admit our faults and confess our sins. Please spread the word about the Diocesan Evening of Confession on Wednesday, February 28th., from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Plan to join us for our Parish Communal Penance Service on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Fr. George Smiga
CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE COLLECTION – The ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donations for the CCEE. With your support you aid those who strive to rebuild their faith communities.
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 2018, we collected $4,270.00. Our expenses for January were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||111.33|
|Neighbor to Neighbor Meal||192.21|
Thank you for your support.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive is this Sunday, February 25th from 9 a.m. -1p.m. in the Banquet Center. Walk-ins are welcome. Please consider donating blood this weekend.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through March 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, March 2nd, stations will be led by families of the parish.
NOEL FISH FRIES – will be held on Fridays through March 23rd in the Banquet Center from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and no cost for children 5 and under. These Fish Fries are an important fundraiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and clean-up. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
PARISH LENTEN OPPORTUNITY – All adults are invited to a Lenten talk entitled “Home Improvement: Give Your Faith a Remodel” THIS Monday, February 26th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Small Hall. Our parishioner, Brian Myers, will speak about the importance of our home as a “domestic church” (or “little church”), and will help us to reflect about and act on ways to grow faith in our homes. Sign up on the kiosk after Mass this weekend or contact Michele to reserve a space or get more information ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
CONCERT CHOIR – invites everyone to join another short term singing project. This time we will participate in eight choir rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., February 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1. We will be part of the St. Noel Music Ministry Spring Concert, on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128, x119.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, February 26th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. We will return to the 3rd Monday of the month beginning in March. Please spread the word.
LENTEN BAGS & TAGS – 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.
FOOD PANTRY BAGS – Over the last 3 years, we’ve distributed close to 500 St. Noel Food Pantry bags. If you have a bag lying around your home, please return it to the parish (with some food) so it can get back into circulation. Thank you!
ENCOUNTER CESIA – We encounter Cesia in Nicaragua where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, young people pursue their dreams by building businesses to better their lives. How can you work to improve the lives of others this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal is now staffing a resource room at each meal. Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge. We are looking for nurses, doctors, lawyers, social workers, financial advisors, mental health & healthcare professionals, etc. to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
PANTRY THANK YOU – The YMCA in Willoughby and Bravo Restaurant in Mentor recently donated food to our pantry. We’re grateful for their support. We’re also grateful for the new freezer in the pantry. We continue to minister to those in need within our community and beyond.
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND – For the last 20 years, Diane Obringer has coordinated Eucharistic Ministers of the parish bringing communion to those unable to come to Church. Diane did a wonderful job and is ready to pass the baton to a new leader. Thanks, Diane, for your faithful service! Did you know communion is available for parishioners who cannot come to Mass? Please contact Anthony if you know a parishioner who needs communion in the home.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On March 1st and 8th, Bingo. On March 15th, Socializing Meeting at noon. At 12:30 p.m., luncheon and Bingo. Menu: corn beef & cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots, rolls & butter, apple pie. Cost is $6.00. For tickets call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is March 12th. On March 22nd, Bingo and Bake Sale. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Holy Thursday, March 29th, NO MEETING. Everyone is welcome!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – Commonweal Local Communities began in 2013. They consist of readers and friends of Commonweal who gather in their local communities for critical conversation on issues that matter the most. The next gathering is scheduled for Monday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. 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]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – Have you been grieving for a year or longer and don’t feel like you’re coping any better? If the answer is yes, please join us! This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief. These sessions will be on Tuesday evenings, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. They will be held at St. Gabriel’s Religious Education Office, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Mentor from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
MEALS ON WHEELS – is the largest program at the Council on Aging and provided well over 150,000 meals to homebound seniors in 2017. March for Meals is our biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, March for Meals will be held on Saturday, March 10th at the Great Lakes Mall. For additional information, call Jennifer at 440-205-8111, Ext. 240 or email [email protected].
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY – The United States Bishops have announced a call-in day on Monday, February 26th asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process. Senator Portman – 216.522.7095, Senator Brown – 440.242.4100, Rep. David Joyce – 440.352-3939. http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-038.cfm.
WAY OF THE CROSS FOR MIGRANTS – St. Mary Church in Painesville is hosting an evening of awareness & prayer on Friday, March 2nd. Join them for a simple meal and hear stories from DACA recipients regarding their experiences and the current status of immigration reform. Following the meal, pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. with a focus on immigrants. See the flyer on the kiosk.
BRINGING AMERICA BACK TO LIFE – Brochures regarding the Pro-Life Convention on March 9th-10th at Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio are available in the kiosk.