Today, I ask you to generously support the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The theme of this year’s appeal is “Walk in Faith, Give in Joy.” Last year our parish was able to donate $69,472.00 to Catholic Charities. I wish to thank you for your generosity.
Each year, Catholic Charities assists almost 400,000 people in need by providing meals, shelter, counseling, job training, and hospice care. These actions of service are provided regardless of race, color, religion or disability.
As you leave church this weekend, you will receive a flyer outlining the 2019 Catholic Charities Appeal. Next weekend, February 9th and 10th, we will ask you to make your pledge to the Catholic Charities Appeal here in church.
Some of you may have already received a letter from Bishop Perez asking for your pledge. Whether you respond by mail or by the in-church appeal next weekend, your tax-deductible donation is important
and greatly appreciated.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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 2, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Alan Kolp – Lincoln, Merton, Day and King: Four Americans who Impressed Pope Francis.
Mondays, February 4 & 11, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Additional information can be found on the kiosk or online at ceirs.org.
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 the 2019 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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal this Thursday, February 7th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be February 6th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Abiding in Love”, facilitated by the Core Group. 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!
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, February 9th after the 5:00 Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Join us in the Banquet Center Large Hall where Chef Randy will provide pizza and pop. You bring a favorite appetizer, salad, side dish, dessert, or snack and a favorite game to share. Please sign up on the kiosk by February 5th.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 10th 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, parents, and parishioners, please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on February 10th. Please fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected].
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).
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.
2018 BLOOD DRIVES – This past year, we collected 86 pints at St. Noel which means the lives of up to 258 patients in need have been positively impacted! Thanks to all who donated and helped at the drives. Our first blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for February 24th.
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!!
CONGRATULATIONS – to the following students that have earned academic honors for the 1st semester at Saint Ignatius. First Honors, Joseph Daprano; Second Honors, Paul Leksan; and Honors, Ryan Brandt.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meetings during the month of February. Meetings will resume on March 7, 2019.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – Will be held on February 13th, from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The topic is “It’s Never Too Late to Become What You Might Have Been” will be Michael P. Wojciechowicz’s topic. Mike is a formally trained actor, stand-up comedian and 14-year veteran member of Toastmasters International. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center. Cost is $18 per person which includes chicken noodle soup, lemon chicken tosca, oven roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and cherry pie. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by February 8th. All are welcome!
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.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, February 10th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.