Lent will soon be upon us. The many Lenten opportunities for prayer and service will be outlined in the bulletin next week. This week, however, I want to remind you of the tradition of sponsoring our annual Fish Fries.
This year we will no longer be offering Fish Fries on Ash Wednesday. Therefore the first Fish Fry will be Friday, March 3rd. 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 also receive half off the the fish fry.
Also, 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 where they can find the best.
NEW PPC MEMBERS – After a 5 week discernment process we are pleased to announce the members of our new Parish Pastoral Council:
David Barni Janet Perryman
Rick Barr Mary Rainey
Tom Elliott Ryan Schneider
Mike Hanko Calvin Schroeck
Leigh Ann Kerns Jed Trombley
Emma Krueger Melissa Vitek
Ed Mascha Marilyn Wright
The new council will be installed at the 11:00 Mass on February 26th. We ask that you keep them in your prayers as they assume this role of service in our parish.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
YOUTH MINISTRY POSITION – The job description and qualifications for the Youth Ministry position on our staff is now posted on our parish website: https://stnoel.org/2017/02/07/youth-ministry-position/
Please spread the word to those you know who are qualified and might be interested in applying. Resumes should be turned in to our parish office by March 15th.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Thank you for supporting our Youth Ministry efforts by attending the Pancake Breakfast last Sunday. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $1,700.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, February 26th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is this Monday, February 20th. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Have you signed up to donate blood? Our next blood drive is Sunday, February 26th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/.
NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE – Looking to make a difference? The St. Noel Social Justice Committee is looking for new members. Our current members have served the parish faithfully and are quite involved in the justice ministries already happening. We are looking for new members interested in furthering the mission of Christ at St. Noel and within our community. If interested, plan on attending our informational meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. RSVP to Anthony (946-1128 x122).
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 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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the February issue is “Your Daily Lenten Journey With Fulton Sheen.”
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – The initial proof of our parish directory is due at the parish by March 3rd. Once any corrections are made, the final proof will be sent to the publisher. Stay tuned for updates.
FOOD PANTRY DATA – During 2016, the St. Noel Food Pantry served 1,684 people and distributed over 21,000 pounds of food. That amounts to 17,689 meals provided! Thanks to all who support the pantry through their donations to the Social Justice Fund, and thanks to the 19 volunteers who give of their time to keep the pantry open. We are a necessary work of mercy in the community.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL DATA – During 2016, the N2N meal served 3,214 people and provided more than 6,500 hot meals (lots of seconds!). We are grateful to Chef Randy and the St. Noel Banquet Center as well as the St. Noel Endowment Fund whose financial support helps make the meal possible.Our volunteer list now stands at 110 people; at each meal, we use 60-70 volunteers who are all beautifully organized by Bill & Sharon Waltermire.
HEALTHCARE TASK FORCE – In the time leading up to the Affordable Care Act, members of St. Noel formed a task force to raise awareness and advocate around the issue of healthcare. Given the current climate, the need for awareness and advocacy has become clear, and the Church’s teaching/vision must be shared. If you have an interest in witnessing the Church’s position that healthcare is a basic human right, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122).
SENIOR PRODUCE MARKET – The St. Noel Food Pantry is partnering with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to offer fresh produce to senior citizens once a month beginning in March. St. Noel will host the giveaway in the Banquet Center from 2-4 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month. We are looking for volunteers to help make this happen. Please call Anthony (946-1128 x122) if you are interested.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Volunteers are needed to plant and maintain the “All Good Gifts Garden” for the 2017 growing season. Initially established by the youth of the parish, the “All Good Gifts Garden” seeks to be a fresh, colorful place where the work of lovingly planting, tending and harvesting food for generous sharing connects us to the beauty and wonder of the created world. Produce grown is distributed in the St. Noel Food Pantry. If you are knowledgeable about gardening and interested in coordinating this effort, please contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120).
CAMP YAC – Registration for Camp YAC has begun and runs until May 22nd. This day-camp, hosted by St. Noel, takes place June 12th-16th and is open to all youth currently in grades 6-8. High school students are encouraged to apply to serve as Camp Counselors. Informational brochures, camper registration and counselor applications can be found in the kiosk.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 23rd, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – will gather on Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book they are reading is, “Same Sun Here” by Silas House and Neela Vaswini. “In this extraordinary novel in two voices, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.” This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. Sign-up on the kiosk. Contact Erica (946-1128 x120) with questions.
MUSIC MINISTRY – invites all families to join our group (singers and instrumentalists). Rehearsals are Thursdays 7:00 p.m.-8:10 p.m. for those who would like to sing during weekend Masses only, and 7:00-9:00 p.m. for those who would also like sing in the concerts. If you have any questions please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 x119.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 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 several additional people who are available on Mondays between 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office – 440-946-0887.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat, “The Spirit is Willing but the Flesh is Weak: Breaking Bad Habits and Forming Good Ones”, will be Wednesday, March 1st from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able, a $6.00 donation to cover the cost of lunch is suggested. All are welcome!
THE ROSS AND CARMELLA DEJOHN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – This scholarship is based on more than grades or athletic achievement. It is offered to graduating high school seniors who have exemplified the FIVE STAR STANDARDS of Independence, Integrity, Excellence, Fairness and Professionalism. The scholarship winners will receive $500 that can be used toward college or technical school. The applications are available in the kiosk or online at www.dejohncares.com/scholarship. Applications must be received by April 1, 2017.
“TELELESTAI” – will open its 40th Anniversary Season at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland on February 24, 25 and 26. Performances will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.livethepassion.org.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The City of Willoughby Hills will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast on Sundays, March 5th, 12th and 19th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall. Tickets prices are Adults $6.50 pre-sale or $7.00 at the door, Children ages 5 thru 12 $4.00 and kids 4 & under free. Call the Recreation Department for pre-sale tickets or information at 440-975-3540.