For the next five Fridays we will be holding our legendary Lenten Fish Fries 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 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 to the Fish Fry with you. There are many fish fries in this area. We do others a service when we tell them where they can find the best.
Also, 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. We count on your generosity and support.
Finally, keep in mind that we will have Stations of the Cross in the Church at 7:30 p.m. for the next five Fridays.
Come to eat and pray.
A Blessed Lent to Everyone!
MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY – Last weekend we collected $10,675, which together with the $10,401 already collected brings our matching amount to $21,076. This is 71% of our $30,000 goal. Thank you to all who have contributed. WE ARE MORE THEN HALF-WAY THERE! Please consider giving if you haven’t yet, so we can maximize this matching opportunity.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry will be this Sunday, February 14th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. There will be a free-will offering at the door and tickets are not required.
THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE – The ushers will be in the Narthex next weekend to collect your donations for the CCEE which helps provide grants for projects to restore the Church and build the future.
ADORATION – On Monday, February 29th the time for Adoration will be 1:00-6:00 p.m. due to First Reconciliation at 6:30 p.m.
2016 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.
SHOE DRIVE – The Yane family, as part of American Heritage Girls at St. Clare Parish, is collecting new or gently used shoes (both children’s and adult sizes) to send to those who need shoes in Haiti. You can drop shoes off in the box located in the Narthex until February 14th.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2016 – Save the date! VBS will be held during the week of July 11th – 15th. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT – “Beauty Everywhere!” All teens in grades 9-12 are invited to spend a weekend reconnecting with God and forming new friendships on retreat February 19th-21st. More information and registration forms can be found on the table in the narthex and at stnoel.org. Sign-up is due February 14th.
LENTEN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – Join parishioner Emma Krueger as she leads us on a walk through Lent to greater intimacy with Jesus. For six Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm beginning February 23rd, we will gather in the Resurrection Room and immerse ourselves in the Scriptures, using meditation, Lectio Divina, imagery and music. We will conclude on March 29th, welcoming the Risen Jesus, the Christ. If this opportunity interests you, please sign up on the kiosk. You can come to any or all of the sessions.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Green Bay, WI June 26th-July 2nd. Space is limited and deposits are due back by February 19th. More information and registration forms are located at stnoel.org.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, February 28th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Registration is available at: www.redcrossblood.org. The Red Cross has also developed a new tool called RapidPass that allows donors to complete the pre-screen from home before they come to the donation site. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to learn more.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – We’re open for business beginning February 22nd! Please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interested in obtaining a GED or who needs extra help in Math or English (reading). Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE HOMEBOUND – Bringing communion to the sick and homebound is a beautiful ministry. We would like to add more ministers to our group already serving. Please contact Anthony if you are interested.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS: HUNGERING FOR OPPORTUNITY – Our journey with CRS Rice Bowl begins in Colombia, where coffee beans are changing lives! What actions can we take this Lent to change lives at home and around the world? Pick up your Rice Bowl in the narthex and visit crsricebowl.org for more.
LENTEN BAGS – 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 are available on the table in the narthex. These works of mercy are a tremendous benefit to the agencies; please consider making the bags a part of your Lenten devotion.
NICARAGUA TRIP – The CEO of International Partners in Mission, Joe Cistone, will lead an immersion experience to Nicaragua the week of May 19th-25th. Meet the women of CEPROSI and learn about the great work they do along with other local organizations. Participants will also encounter the beautiful sites of the country including volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua. The all-inclusive price is $2,400. Register at www.ipmconnect.org.
LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families)- LEAF meets this Monday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry for relatives and friends of those incarcerated. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony Camino. LEAF meets on the third Monday of each month.
CAN WE TALK? – What have you heard about the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal? We have served over 200 very satisfied neighbors at the last two meals. People are still wondering what we are hoping to accomplish. Join us for a parish discussion to share our experiences and clarify our goals this Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Contact Sharon and Bill Waltermire at [email protected] or 440-669-2798.
SPEAKING OF WOMEN’S HEALTH: MISSION NUTRITION – The Cleveland Clinic is sponsoring an evening devoted to women’s health and nutrition issues on Thursday, March 31st in the Banquet Center. This exciting women-only event offers: Complimentary health screenings and wellness information, a sit-down dinner, an informal Q&A discussion with a panel of experts from Cleveland Clinic who specialize in nutrition, giveaways and prizes, and a retail boutique specializing in health and wellness products. Cost is $20 and reservations are required. Pick up a flyer in the kiosk.
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – It’s been 12 years since our last picture directory and many parishioners have expressed a desire to create a new, updated one. The company that creates the directories does the bulk of the work; we need a committee of 4-5 people to oversee the project. Are you interested? Please contact Anthony at the parish office to learn more (946-0887). Graphic design experience is helpful; people experience is most helpful. All gifts are welcome!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – On March 2nd, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., we will discuss “Traveling Lent Together.” Sign up on the Kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 18th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: baked or fried fish, french fries, pasta salad, cole slaw, rolls & butter, cake or pie. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is February 15th. On February 25th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
SING AND PRAISE GOD WITH JOY! – Catholic Renewal Ministries’ Traveling Charismatic Mass for February will be held at Divine Word Parish on Friday, February 19th, at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 8100 Eagle Rd. in Kirtland. Fr. Dave Woost will be the celebrant. Healing prayer teams will be available after mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY GALA – “Celebrate the Academy,” is being held on February 20th, from 6:00-11:00 p.m., at Saint Joseph Academy, 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. The gala, which includes live and silent auctions, is a crucial fundraiser to benefit critical scholarship and academic initiatives. This year’s theme is “Some Enchanted Evening…Gather and Grow.” For more information contact Carolyn Novak at 216-251-6788 or email at [email protected].
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? Do you feel like you are walking alone and no one understands what you are feeling? If the answer is yes, please join us! This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief and finding ways to continue on. It provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. These sessions will be Tuesday evenings, starting February 23rd-March 29th.
They will be held in the religious Education Office in the school from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You do not have to attend all sessions. For more information, please call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us for Lenten Day of Prayer at the Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon (across from NDCL) on Saturday, March 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Mysticism of mercy: The Life and Love of God Encountered in Word and Sacrament, will be facilitated by Fr. Michael Woost of St. Mary Seminary. Coffee and pastries served at 9:30 a.m. Closing 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. $25.00 donation includes presentation, refreshments and lunch. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND to register at [email protected] or 440-279-1143.
“ORDINARY LIVES, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION” – Are you due for a “spring awakening” in your Catholic faith? Dr. John Woods is coming to St. Gabriel’s in Concord on March 12th from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visit dynamiccatholic.com/events or call Debbie at 259-1867 for more information.