There has been advertising on TV and the radio announcing a special event throughout our diocese. All Catholic churches in our area are offering an opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance this Wednesday, February 24th, 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. I invite you to join us for that celebration Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.
This Wednesday I invite all of you to join us at our Parish GIFT session. I will be the speaker and will reflect with you on the experience of sin and forgiveness as presented in the biblical story of King David & Bathsheba. As always, GIFT is an opportunity to share a meal with other parishioners and grow in your own faith.
So come to the GIFT session this Wednesday, February 24th. Invite those who may be seeking to return to the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance here the same night. And come to the Sacrament of Penance yourself on March 16th.
MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY – Last weekend we collected $6,840, in addition to the $21,076 already collected. This brings our matching amount total to date to $27,906, which is 93% of our $30,000 goal. Thank you to all who have contributed. Please consider giving if you haven’t yet, our deadline is February 29th. We are very close to reaching this matching opportunity challenge.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, February 28th, 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.
THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE – The ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donations for the CCEE which helps provide grants for projects to restore the Church and build the future.
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION – On the weekend of February 27th & 28th our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Black and Indian Missions. Over the years this collection has changed the landscape of evangelization and education efforts for Native Americans, Alaskan Americans and African-Americans throughout the United States.
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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, February 26th the Stations will be led by families of the parish.
YOUTH MINISTRY – Thank you for your support of our Youth Ministry at the Pancake Breakfast last weekend. After expenses, we collected over $1,000.
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.
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.
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.
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 22nd. More information and registration forms are located at stnoel.org.
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 – This week, CRS Rice Bowl takes us to Laos where Hongkham is using her love of cooking to provide for her family—and feed an entire school. How do we use our passions and gifts for the betterment of those we meet? 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.
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 mor (946-0887). Graphic design experience is helpful; people experience is most helpful. All gifts are welcome!
PROJECT HOPE WISH LIST – for those filling Lenten bags for Project Hope, here are some additional ideas: pens (any color), lip balm, light bulbs, bottled water, coffee filters (small), powdered coffee creamer, men’s gloves (waterproof). Thanks for your help!
PAYPAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE – you can now donate to the Social Justice Fund directly from the St. Noel website. Go to the social justice page (https://stnoel.org/social-justice/) and click on the yellow donate button. It’s a simple & secure way to support the outreach efforts of St. Noel. All money is tax deductible, and donors receive an electronic receipt for all transactions. In addition to help with rent, utility bills, and other expenses, the Social Justice Fund also supports the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, Adult Education Resource Center, New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry, LEAF, and more. Visit the St. Noel website to learn more.
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 25th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. On March 3rd, Bingo; March 10th, Bingo and Bake Sale. On March 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: corned beef, cabbage, carrots, redskin potatoes, rye bread w/butter, apple pie. For tickets call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is March 14th. NO meeting on March 24th (Holy Thursday). On March 31st, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
JOURNALING WITH SCRIPTURE DURING HOLY WEEK – Do you want to walk more closely with the Lord Jesus during Holy Week? Pray the Scriptures in a deeper way, using Journaling as a prayer and meditation practice. Bring a pen and notebook. You can bring a Bible with you, or book of readings for Lent/Holy Week if you have one. Presenter is Sr. Elaine Berkopec, OSU, has a Master’s Degree in Ministry. Please register by February 26th at 440-449-1200, ext. 251 or [email protected]. Date is Monday, February 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Ursuline Educational Center, 2600 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. Cost is $5.00, payable at the door.
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 at St. Gabriel’s 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.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE GIFT SHOP – Has a wide variety of beautiful First Communion and Confirmation items at very affordable prices as well as gift items for all occasions. We are open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., located at 21281 Chardon Rd.