Today, I ask you to generously support the 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal.
The theme of this year’s appeal, “You Did It For Me,” draws upon Jesus’ words in Matthew’s gospel that whatever we do for the least among us, we do for him. With your help, Catholic Charities reaches out to people who suffer from personal loss, disabilities, violence, and poverty. As the People of God, we are one human family, with a bond that enriches our society and provides grace to overcome every obstacle. We are called to carry out the teachings of Jesus Christ with mercy, charity, and thanksgiving.
Each year Catholic Charities assists almost 400,000 people in need by providing meals, shelter, counseling, job training, and hospice for the terminally ill. 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 2017 Catholic Charities Appeal. Next weekend, February 11th and 12th, we will ask you to make your pledge to Catholic Charities here in church.
Some of you may have already received a letter from Catholic Charities asking for your pledge. Whether you respond by mail or by the in-church appeal on February 11th and 12th, your donation is important.
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donation for the Church in Latin America. This collection assists programs that strengthen the faith in Latin America.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – The Heidelberg University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers (Dr. Greg Ramsdell, Conductor and Cynthia Ramsdell, Accompanist) present the concert “Up” on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. This concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted. For more information contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128 ext.119.
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.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for next Sunday, February 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for the Pancake Breakfast in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not needed and a free-will donation will be taken. All proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry programs. Spread the news!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the narthex the weekend of February 18th & 19th to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
WINTER WINE AND PAINT – You are invited to join us on Friday, February 10th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun! The cost of this event is $30 (make checks payable to St. Noel), which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. To sign up, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by this Tuesday, February 7th. Act soon! Space is limited and fills quickly. Contact Erica or Michele with any questions.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, February 26th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Give the gift of life; sign up to donate at www.redcrossblood.org/. Thanks to the Repkos for coordinating this blood drive.
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).
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 9th, Bingo, On February 16th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon: Lemon chicken, red skin potatoes, salad, vegetables and cherry strudel. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is February 13th. On February 23rd, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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 12, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – All Saints of St. John Vianney School in Wickliffe is hosting an Open House for prospective students and families on Sunday, February 12th, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Teachers and tour guides will be on hand at every event to answer questions and share information about the school. For additional information or to schedule a visit on another date, please call 440-943-1395. All Saints is located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28702 Euclid Ave., and enrolls children in preschool thru 8th grade.