Weekly Bulletin 1/4/15

Dear Parishioner,

Next Sunday, January 11th at 4:00 p.m. is the date for the Epiphany Concert by St. Noel Music Ministry. I encourage all of you to consider coming for this free concert of Holiday Music.

The St. Noel Choir will perform:
– Love Came Down at Christmas
– Christmas Sanctus
– Go to the Manger
– Lullaby, Jesu
– The Angel Gabriel

The St. Noel Concert Choir will perform:
– In Dulci Jubilo
– Lullay My Liking
– Gaudete
– Creator of the Stars of Night
– While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night

The Adult Bell Choir will perform:
– Greensleeves
– “Pat-a-Pan”

The Youth Bell Choir will accompany us in
Sing-along Christmas Carols.

Please invite family and friends to join you in this celebration of beautiful music!

Fr. George

CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – Fr. George will be teaching a course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, Saturdays January 17th to March 7th, 2015 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. Political Power, Personality, and the Sovereignty of God: The Books of First and Second Samuel.  

First and Second Samuel capture a unique period in the history of ancient Israel. They mark the radical transformation from a marginal company of tribes to a centralized state. Such change was enabled by the development of urban centers, new technologies, and the accumulation of wealth. It was directed by the personalities of the prophet Samuel, the tribal leader Saul, and David who became king. The books of Samuel strive to discern God’s action in this epic upheaval. So will we. Join us for eight weeks of political intrigue, personal aggrandizement, and faith. Flyers are available in the kiosk.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for January thru March have been emailed. Those schedules previously mailed can be picked up in the kiosk. It is important that you check to make sure you have the new schedule. If you have any questions, please call the parish office.

GOOD SHEPHERD – resumes next Sunday, January 11th.

CALLL –  resumes this Wednesday, January 7th. Remember to bring your binder.

PARISH POTLUCK & GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, January 31st after the 5:00 p.m. Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. You bring a favorite dish to share and a favorite game to play. Sign up is on the kiosk in the narthex.

CONFIRMATION – We are updating our Confirmation list. If you are going into 10th grade or older and have not received the sacrament of Confirmation and wish to do so in the upcoming year, please contact Erica Zalar in the parish office.

EPIPHANY CONCERT – Our own Music Ministry will present an Epiphany Concert on Sunday, January 11th, at 4:00 p.m. This concert is free; no advance tickets are required. A freewill offering will be accepted to support the Music Ministry. For further information, contact our Music Ministry Director, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-0887, ext. 19).

MUSIC MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH – YOUNG VOICES – is a singing group for children in grades 3-8 that meets every Tuesday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church. YOUTH BELL CHOIR meets every Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. HIGH SCHOOL ENSEMBLE is a new group for students in grades 9-12. Rehearsals will be at the church on selected Sundays at 5:45-6:45 p.m. All these groups are accepting new members. Please join us. For more information, contact Agnieszka Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-0887.

HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT – Our high school retreat “Let God Dream for You” will be held February 20th-22nd at Cedar Hills in Painesville. This weekend is open to all high school youth. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk or on the St. Noel website and are due back by February 8th.

PEACE AND PRIME TIME – will gather Sunday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry will be held on Sunday, February 15th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Large Hall. The menu will include pancakes, french toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice.  We will be accepting donations at the door and tickets will not be sold ahead of time. The suggested donation amount is $7.00 per person. To help us plan, sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend. Thank you for your support!

JANUARY 2015 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at the 11:00 Mass. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January Please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On January 8th and 15th, Bingo. On January 22nd at 12:00 p.m. socializing, meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, menu: breaded pork chops, hash browns w/onions, tossed salad, rolls & butter, applesauce and peach pie. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is January 19th. Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated on January 29th. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.

ATTENTION RETIRED MEN AND WOMEN – Would you like to be of service to your parish? Are you available mornings to be an usher-server for funerals at St. Noel? You would be called on a rotating basis and need serve only at your convenience, approximately once a month. For more information call Ray Kiraly at 440-942-3553.

PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: REJOICE AND BE GLAD, BLESSED ARE YOU – On Wednesday, January 7th we will be looking at the Beatitudes as a mission statement for Christians as we continue our focus on the Kingdom of God. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome. There is no charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested for those who are able.

8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Wednesday, January 14th, and conclude March 4th, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, from 7-9 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program and is open to people of all faiths.

ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, January 11th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.

WOMEN’S RETREAT – RAISING YOUR LANTERN: FINDING WAYS TO PRAY – Facilitated by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC and Jeanne Tighe. This retreat for women will explore various types of prayer and the efficacy of prayer in our lives. Does God really hear prayer? How does God answer prayer? What types of prayer best fit me at various stages in my life? We will explore these questions and any others you may have with several “experts” on prayer, persons who have lived their lives centered on prayer and have studied the spirituality of prayer. The retreat will be January 12-15th. Cost is $265, and includes full room and board, retreat leadership, and materials. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.

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