Each year we are blessed to welcome new members into the Catholic family. The celebration of Baptism and/or full communion with the Church is preceded by a time of preparation and spiritual growth. The Baptism of adults takes place at the Easter Vigil which this year is April 4th. At the Vigil this year, Kristina and Anna Blatt will be baptized and Eric Butcher and Grace and Martha Blatt will be confirmed. All will be welcomed into the Catholic Church.
This weekend at the 9 a.m. Mass these candidates will be accepted into the process of preparation. I ask all of you to keep them in your prayers, that God’s spirit will guide them as they draw closer to Christ and ready themselves to join us fully as part of the St. Noel community.
Fr. George Smiga
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.
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.
CONCERT SERIES – Sunday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m. we will host Marc Weagraff (former Director of Music Ministry at St. Noel) and Joanne Uniatowski. They will present songs from American Musical Theater. Concert is free, family friendly and open to the public. Our next concert February 14th is cancelled.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For December 2014, we collected $15,820.65. Our expenses for December were:
CEPROSI COLLECTION – Our partners in Nicaragua are excited to be in relationship with us. Please consider donating to CEPROSI this weekend after Mass. You can also make a donation at the Church office anytime – checks can be made to St. Noel Church with CEPROSI in the memo. Handmade cards are on display in the narthex; you can purchase them for $3.00/each. Learn about CEPROSI on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=Ceprosi+Nicaragua&init=public. If you are interested in helping this partnership grow, please contact Anthony in the Church office.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – will be meeting on Saturday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. We will be discussing violence in our society and the Bible’s response to violence. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated on January 29th. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
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].
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Friday, February 20th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 21st, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor/outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items. To donate items please contact 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.
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE GIFT AND POWER OF EMOTION – On February 3rd, this retreat will provide conversation and reflection on a diversity of perspectives regarding the central importance of emotions and emotional intelligence in everyday life settings and their impact upon effective relationships, leadership and well being. Time is 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House, 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org.
OHIO CATHOLIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – is awarding $50,000 in Catholic School Education Scholarships! To celebrate Catholic Schools Week and support the value of a Catholic education, Ohio Catholic FCU is awarding fifty $1,000 scholarships to assist families in paying for Catholic school tuiton. Go to www.ohiocatholicfcu.com/scholarships beginning January 25th through February 28th and follow the instructions. The scholarships are open to all Ohio families with students in grades K-11 in Catholic school.
SING AND PRAISE GOD WITH JOY! – Catholic Renewal Ministries` Traveling Charismatic Mass for February will be held at Divine Word Parish on Friday, February 20th, at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 8100 Eagle Rd. in Kirtland. Fr. Dave Woost will be the celebrant. Healing prayer teams will be available after Mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445. Come and bring a friend!
FINDING GOD IN FILM: AN IGNATIAN FILM SERIES On Sunday, February 8th, 15th and 22nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m., John Carroll University’s Dolan Center for Science & Technology will have film & discussion. Reservations are required ([email protected] or 216-407-9470. Free will offering is requested.
SAINT IGNATIUS LANGUAGE PROGRAMS – Will offer a brief introduction to their Latin and French programs. The courses are FREE and available for young men in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Latin sessions begin Saturday, February 7th thru March 7th. French sessions begin Saturday, February 7th thru February 28th. For questions call 651-0222 ext. 253. Register online at www.ignatius.edu/grade_school.