Toward the end of 2014, many of you had the pleasure of meeting Xenia Chevez, the founder of CEPROSI, an organization of women from rural Nicaragua. Even more of you purchased beautiful handmade cards with dyed corn husk designs that were crafted by the women of CEPROSI. These cards are one of a number of small enterprises initiated through CEPROSI, the Center for Education and Advocacy for Integral Health, that provide much needed funds for families and communities. Along with our parishioners, Karel Jelinek, Eva Nemcik, and Nancy Erdey, I had the privilege of spending time with the women of CEPROSI during our June 2014 delegation to Nicaragua.
I am pleased to announce a formal partnership between St. Noel Parish and CEPROSI. Some of you remember our partnership with the women’s sewing cooperative in El Salvador, Mujer y Communidad. Through our commitment, that cooperative is now operating at a self-sustaining level, and we now have the opportunity to enter into relationship with a second organization. Both Mujer y Communidad and CEPROSI were introduced to the parish through our relationship with International Partners in Mission (IPM) and our new partnership will be managed by IPM.
Not only will you have the opportunity to support CEPROSI financially, we are hoping to form relationships with the women of CEPROSI through social media, email, and personal encounters both in the United States and in Nicaragua. IPM offers trips to Nicaragua each year, and I will keep you informed of opportunities to join a delegation. We will continue to offer products crafted by the women of CEPROSI for you to purchase; I still have a number of note cards available in my office.
CEPROSI maintains an active Facebook page, and I am interested in talking with any of our Spanish-speaking parishioners about communicating with the women on this page. Any of the women (or teens) would also love to communicate via email with any of you. Please contact me if interested.
Finally, we will take up a special collection next weekend, January 24-25, to support the work of CEPROSI. The annual operating budget of the organization is right around $5,000 USD, and we’ve committed to support them as much as we’re able. Your generosity will make our partnership successful, and the women of CEPROSI have pledged to not only continue their good work with our support, but also to provide us with a year-end report of how they have utilized the funds they have received. Ushers will be in the narthex after the Masses next weekend to accept your contribution; you can also donate via the Church office. Make your check payable to St. Noel Church with “CEPROSI” in the memo.
The women of CEPROSI are excited about our partnership and want to communicate with us. If you would like to help bring 1-2 women to St. Noel for a future visit, please let me know. Most importantly, continue to pray for the poor in Nicaragua, in our midst, and throughout the world. Solidarity begins with awareness and relationship. May God bless our new relationship with CEPROSI.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 25th, 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.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED – for Tuesday evenings. Please call the parish office if you would be interested in volunteering every other Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – 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 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. The Talent Show sign-up sheet is on the kiosk.
ERIC ORZECH – is pleased to announce that this Sunday, January 18th, the well known St. Noel Church Handbell Choir is coming to St. Casimir Church to participate in the 11:30 a.m. Mass with an additional short concert of carols at the end of Mass. St. Noel Church has an extensive music ministry that takes their voice and handbell choir on the road to share with others.
After Mass, in the church hall the celebration continues with the sharing of the “Oplatek” ( the special Christmas Host that signifies peace, best of health and success, friendship and forgiveness) with family, parishioners and friends. This will be followed by a festive Polish Lunch, the re-enactment of the Jaselka (the Nativity) and of course Koledy (carols).
Call either 216-642-0576 or 216-370-2831 for further details. St. Casimir is located at 8223 Sowinski, adjacent to Rockefeller Park. All are invited and bring your cameras, the church is still decorated for the Christmas Season.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the January issue is “Journey Through Grief.”
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.
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.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit youth ministry will be held on Sunday, February 1st 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!
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.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED – We are in need of a volunteer for assistance with heavy lifting and ladder work. The need is occasional, as decorations are put up for liturgical seasons. 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.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. The next gathering of the Caregiver’s Support Group is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20th at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on January 20th.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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].
TOUCHED BY SUICIDE – Join us for an ecumenical evening of prayer…for COMFORT…for HEALING…for HOPE on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. At St. Mary Magdalene Church, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. See flyer on kiosk.
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.
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.
INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES, JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY – is proud to present Dr. Nancy C. Tuckman, Director, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Department of Biology, Loyola Unversity. Dr. Tuckman’s presentation is: “The Environment, Justice and Jesuit Education” and will take place on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.
WHAT IS GOD CALLING YOU TO IN YOUR SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is February 13-15th at the Cambria Suites in Uniontown, Ohio. Call Lori and Scott at 330-305-9963 to register. Dates and registration are also available online at WWME.org.
BREADTH OF LIFE – Fr. Mark Latcovich will present “Looking Back at Vatican II – 50 Years of Still Meeting the Challenges!” on Wednesday, February 11th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at St. Noel Banquet Center. Luncheon is $18.00. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by February 4th.