As I announced last year, we will be trying a new approach to our annual Parish Picnic. Because so many people are busy during the summer months, we are holding a Parish Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, February 8th. Like the picnic, this spaghetti dinner is intended to be a time when parishioners can gather with their families, eat, celebrate, and enjoy each other’s company. The dinner will begin on February 8th after the 11:00 Mass and end at 3:00 p.m. Chef Randy will provide spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread sticks, salad and dessert, and all are welcome at no cost.
To celebrate our thankfulness as a parish, we will have “memory boards.” We encourage you to bring a picture of an event that was important to you here at St. Noel. It might be a baptism, wedding or a parish occasion. You can also write a memory you are thankful for at St. Noel on the board when you arrive. We will have a balloon artist to entertain us. Food will be served until 2:30 p.m. At that time we will conclude the dinner with a talent show. We encourage any parishioner who has a song, a trick, or a talent to sign up on the list in the kiosk. Anthony will then contact you and inform you of the time for your segment. The talent acts should be short (3 minutes) and of course family-friendly.
We are open to your feedback concerning the spaghetti dinner. So I encourage you to come on February 8th, even for part of the time. The food will be good, the entertainment enjoyable, and as you already know – the company could not be better.
COMMUNAL BLESSING AND INVITATION – This weekend at all our Masses, children who are preparing to celebrate First Communion this Easter season will come forward and receive our prayers and support. We will encourage them to participate in actions of love and service in the upcoming months and to follow the example of those in our community who make love and service a regular part of their lives. Look for these children, who will be wearing special name badges, and take time to congratulate them and share what your faith means to you. Please keep all of them in your prayers. In this way, we as a community can help prepare these children to grow in their lives of service as Christ’s disciples.
NOEL ADULT BELL CHOIR – will play during and after Mass at St. Casimir Church (8223 Sowinski Ave. in Cleveland) next Sunday, January 18th at 11:30 a.m.
EPIPHANY CONCERT – Our own Music Ministry will present an Epiphany Concert this 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).
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.
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 and are due back by February 8th.
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. Sign-up on the kiosk in the narthex. Thank you for your support!
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.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED – We are in need of a volunteer for assistance for heavy lifting, and working with ladders. The need is occasional and mostly on the weekends when banners and decorations are put up at the Holiday Season. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 for further details.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the January issue is “Journey Through Grief.”
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On January 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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Friday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This is one of our best attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. Call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions.
URSULINE EDUCATIONAL CENTER – will present “Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth & Walnut,” a one-man, one-act presentation of the spiritual journey of the the writer-monk Thomas Merton by actor and playwright James Nagle. The presentation will be Saturday, January 31st at 3:00 p.m. at the Klyn Hall, 2600 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. The event is free. For further information contact: Sister Donna Kristoff at 440-449-1200 or [email protected].
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. Group will meet in the Peter Christopher Room. Please enter through the Community Center around the back.
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.
TOUCH A LIFE…BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER There are many opportunities available to help patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse, from transportation to visits, making phone calls, preparing meals, plus much more. Volunteer education is held frequently throughout northern Ohio. Teens and most volunteers not having contact with patients require 4 hours of training while patient care volunteers require 16 hours. Visit www.hospice.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities for more information or call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.