It would be impossible to function as a parish community without literally hundreds of parishioners who give of their time and talent in a variety of ministries. This year I would like to say thank you in a formal way. On Friday, April 6th we are holding a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in our Banquet Center. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include live music, appetizers, beer and wine, dinner and dessert. The cost of the dinner is being underwritten by our Parish Endowment.
If you have given of your time in a liturgical, administrative, faith formational, or social justice ministry, or in any other capacity, you are invited. Please check your calendars and then call our parish office to indicate that you are coming. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 28th. I am hoping for a large turn-out, so that we can together celebrate the gifts and generosity of our community.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through March 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, March 9th, stations will be led by Deacon Dave Nethery.
NOEL FISH FRIES – will be held on Fridays through March 23rd in the Banquet Center from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and no cost for children 5 and under. These Fish Fries are an important fundraiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and clean-up. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
PEACE– There will be no PEACE on March 6th. Family Faith Formation will take place on the following Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Small Hall.
CONFIRMATION MEETINGS – Confirmation meetings will be held, March 4, March 11, March 18, and April 8th. The program will take place from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. either in the Small Hall or Resurrection Room. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together. Lunch will be provided.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – I’m looking for teens who are interested in helping with the Stations of the Cross on March 23rd. Please email me at [email protected] if you want to help lead.
CONCERT CHOIR – invites everyone to join another short term singing project. This time we will participate in seven choir rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., March 6, 13, 20, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1. We will be part of the St. Noel Music Ministry Spring Concert, on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-1128, x119.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be this Wednesday, March 7th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Embracing the Unexpected: The Graces and the Challenges.” Joyce Puin will present “St. Joseph, the Often Forgotten Saint.” Other members of the Retreat Community will share their stories of their life’s challenges. There is no charge. A $6 donation is suggested if you are able to cover lunch. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. We’ll begin watching Bishop Barron tell the story of GK Chesterton in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
ONLINE LENTEN SERIES – All parishioners are invited to reflect on faith in our families as part of our Lenten series. To watch the video of the live presentation or join the ongoing online discussion, go to stnoel.org, click Faith Formation, and then click Home Improvement poster on the kiosk for more detailed instructions.
RECENT BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive on Sunday, Feb 25th, was a huge success. We had 37 donations! We appreciate everyone who came to donate and thank Janice Cackowski and Wendy Zorman for their help. Our next drive is scheduled for June 10th.
LENTEN BAGS & TAGS – We are 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. Tags with the items needed, and information on the various agencies are available on the table in the narthex. Please return your filled bags to the bin on the right side of the Food Pantry.
FOOD PANTRY BAGS – Over the last 3 years, we’ve distributed close to 500 St. Noel Food Pantry bags. If you have a bag lying around your home, please return it to the parish (with some food) so it can get back into circulation. Thank you!
ENCOUNTER SAFIATA – In Burkina Faso, we encounter Safiata, a mother, grandmother & farmer who relies on the money she makes from her crops to put her children through school. How can our purchases this Lent support farmers & artisans? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
PAYPAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE – You can now donate to the Social Justice Fund directly from the St. Noel website. Go to the social justice page (http://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.
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal is now staffing a resource room at each meal. Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge. We are looking for nurses, doctors, lawyers, social workers, financial advisors, mental health & healthcare professionals, etc. to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND – For the last 20 years, Diane Obringer has coordinated Eucharistic Ministers of the parish bringing communion to those unable to come to Church. Diane did a wonderful job and is ready to pass the baton to a new leader. Thanks, Diane, for your faithful service! Did you know communion is available for parishioners who cannot come to Mass? Please contact Anthony if you know a parishioner who needs communion in the home.
PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – St. Noel is hosting a Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar on April 10th in the Banquet Center. Bob DeJohn from the Catholic Cemetery Association will lead the program, and a local attorney, estate planner, financial planner, and funeral director have also been invited to participate. If you are a professional in one of these areas and would like to participate, please call Anthony (440-946-1128).
LCCN – The Lake County Community Network provides financial assistance to Lake County residents. St. Noel is a member of the network and refers people each month. Their annual dinner and Chinese auction is scheduled for May 18th. If you or your company would like to donate to the auction, please contact LCCN at 440-946-9029. Also, the LCCN is looking for new board members to continue their mission of service in our county. Please contact Anthony to learn more about the board.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On March 8th, Bingo. On March 15th, Socializing Meeting at noon. At 12:30 p.m., luncheon and Bingo. Menu: corn beef & cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots, rolls & butter, apple pie. Cost is $6.00. For tickets call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is March 12th. On March 22nd, Bingo and Bake Sale. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Holy Thursday, March 29th, NO MEETING. Everyone is welcome!
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – Have you been grieving for a year or longer and don’t feel like you’re coping any better? If the answer is yes, please join us! This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief. These sessions will be on Tuesday evenings, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. They will be held at St. Gabriel’s Religious Education Office, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Mentor from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
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, March 11th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
CAMP SUE OSBORN – is a summer camp for children with special needs in Lake and Geauga Counties. The annual Reverse Raffle is on March 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. For tickets, visit csorocksthe80s.eventbrite.com or for questions, contact [email protected].
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY’S COTTAGE – is having a grand opening at their new location, 9354 Mentor Ave., unit 7, Mentor, OH, on March 10th, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered and chances to win a shopping spree in the store. All are welcome!