Lent begins in a week and a half. The many Lenten opportunities for prayer and service will be outlined in the bulletin next week. This week, I want to remind you of the tradition of supporting our annual Fish Fries.
The first Fish Fry will be Friday, February 16th. Each Friday, the meal will take place in our Banquet Center from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $12.00 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and no cost for children 5 and under. ”Fish-Fries-To-Go” can be ordered at the door.
Please volunteer to work the Fish Fries. These meals have always been an effort of the whole parish.There are sign-up sheets on the kiosk, so please select a time when you can lend a hand. Your involvement in the Fish Fries is a time to serve with other parishioners for the good of St. Noel. As a volunteer, you will receive half off the the fish fry.
Please help us spread the word about our Fish Fries. Talk them up with family and friends. Perhaps you can invite some non-parishioners to come with you. There are many fish fries in this area. We do others a service when we tell them that ours is the best.
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 DONATION STATEMENTS – have been mailed to all parishioners who have donated over the past year. Please call the parish office if you have any questions or have not received a statement.
NOEL COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are available for pick up in the Narthex. Each box contains an entire year of donation envelopes. For those who participate in the Catholic Education Fund, please stop by the parish office to pick your envelopes up.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is Wednesday, February 14th. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 7:00 p.m. Mass is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the second Pancake Breakfast to benefit our Youth Ministry. This will take place next Sunday, February 11th 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. Spread the news!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, and parents, please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on February 11th. Fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 extension 120 or [email protected].
PARISH LENTEN SERIES – Just as spring brings thoughts of remodeling our homes, Lent can be a time to remodel the faith that grows within our homes. All adults in the parish are invited to join parishioner Brian Myers as he leads a unique Lenten experience entitled, “Home Improvement: Give Your Faith a Remodel.” This series will begin in-person on Monday, February 26th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center, and continue on-line throughout the remainder of Lent and into the Easter season. Join Brian as he guides us in reflection and action that will give our faith a lift. Sign up on the kiosk or by contacting Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121.
2018 MASS BOOK – The Mass Book is open, and we are currently offering Mass Intentions throughout the remainder of the year. Please stop by the Parish Office if you would like to schedule Masses.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Everyone is welcome!
WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE – 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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – is this Wednesday, February 7th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Mining for Spiritual Gems: A Practice of Mindfulness, Gratitude, Reflection, and Journaling.” Facilitated by Sharon Waltermire, Fran Armbruster and the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No Charge. A $6.00 donation is suggested for those that are able to cover lunch. All are welcome!
CLOTHING SHED – Thanks to all who have contributed clothing to our outdoor shed. In 2017, roughly 36,003 garments were donated to the shed, enough to clothe an estimated 4,364 people. Our sponsoring agency, St. Pauly Textile, distributes clothing in 44 countries, including the USA, and St. Noel raised $2,188.57 in 2017 through your donations (we receive $.04/lb). Remember that accepted items are clearly marked on the shed; thank you for supporting this ministry!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, February 25th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. See the website for details.
BREADTH OF LIFE – “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry” will be Cindy Russo’s topic at the February 14th Breadth of Life Luncheon. Cindy is the U.S. representative for the Disciples of Padre Pio in Rome, Italy. A 3-year old relative with terminal cancer was cured when Padre Pio answered a prayer request to intercede for the child’s healing. Cindy, who owns a chalice used by Padre Pio in the 1960s, will share the chalice and her amazing story of faith around the world.
The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Parish Hall in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes tossed salad, lemon pepper cod, parsley redskin potatoes, vegetables and dessert. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 before February 9th.
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/
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED – Hillcrest Hospital is looking for trained Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to assist their pastoral team. If you’re a commissioned minister and interested in serving at Hillcrest, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x122).
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, February 26th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Because the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is closed on February 19th, we need to reschedule the date to February 26th. Please spread the word. Our January market served 125 people.
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 11th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
MEN – Want a spiritual jump start? Make plans to attend the 18th annual Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Northeast Ohio “Answer the Call” conference at Holiday Inn Rockside in Independence. The conference on Saturday, February 24th will be a day of speakers, music, fellowship and much more. The conference begins with a light breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and concludes with 4:00 p.m. Mass. Register or for further information at www.cmfneo.com.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m., join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know you are coming.
HEROIN AWARENESS – Materials are available on the table in the narthex and will continue to be available in the kiosk.