Last year our diocese set aside a day during Lent when all parishes offered the Sacrament of Penance. This year that opportunity will be provided again. On Wednesday, March 4th every Catholic church in our diocese will be providing a time to celebrate the sacrament from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Using funds from the Rooted in Faith Campaign, our diocese will be publicizing this event through TV, radio and digital media. This event is not intended for active parishioners of St. Noel. We will be celebrating our Lenten Penance Service two weeks later on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. I encourage you to join us then.
The opportunity on March 4th is for Catholics who have ceased practicing their faith and wish to return to the Church.
If you know someone who is in this situation, I ask you to reach out to them and let them know of this area-wide opportunity. They are able to come to any Catholic church in our diocese, but they are most welcome to come to St. Noel. We will have a greeter in the Narthex to welcome anyone who decides to receive the sacrament.
We can never be sure how much a simple invitation can help another person. I suggest in the upcoming weeks that you ask those who you feel could benefit from this opportunity to come to St. Noel on March 4th.
Fr. George Smiga
2014 TAX INFORMATION – St. Noel has transferred this year to a new data system. Despite our best efforts to merge the new and old systems we now understand that several parishioners received inaccurate 2014 tax statements this January. Some included 2015 donations and others showed duplicate entries. We are now in the process of re-entering the information into the new system. This is a labor-intensive project and we are working diligently to complete it. All parishioners will receive a new statement of their 2014 donations by February 13, 2015.
Please be aware that the statement already sent to you may be inaccurate. If you have any questions or need an updated statement of your 2014 donations before February 13th, please call the parish office.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
PARISH SPAGHETTI DINNER – Join fellow parishioners this Sunday, February 8th. to 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. “Swifty the Clown” will be there to entertain us with his balloon artistry. At 2:30 p.m. our talent show will conclude the afternoon.
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 18TH – Liturgical Ministers are asked to sign up on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette if you are able to minister at the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Ash Wednesday.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Again this year there will be Fish Fries on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. Times are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. One time through the line for lunch on Ash Wednesday is $8.00 or all-you-can-eat is $11.00. Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday), we’ll serve from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Pricing on Fridays is $11 for adults, children from 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free. Volunteers are needed for serving and cleanup for both Ash Wednesday and Fridays. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. You will not receive a phone call – just come at the time you have signed up. Also, Randy needs volunteers who can help set up Fish Fries on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
SERVERS NEEDED – We are in need of servers for all weekend masses, especially the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. Serving is open to anyone age 10 (or in 4th grade) and older: kids, teens, adults. Parents can even serve with their children. Anyone is welcome. Why not give it a try? If interested, please call the parish office, 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.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Detroit, MI June 21st-27th. If you would like more information, see the kiosk or contact Erica Zalar. Space is limited and deposits are due back by March 30th.
THE WORD AMONG US (Lent Edition) is available as a guide for your Lenten prayer and reflection. Booklets can be found on the table in the narthex. Please help yourself.
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.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, March 1st from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish (946-1128 x122).
HOSPICE EVENING – Mary McGuinness, from Grace Hospice, will be our featured speaker on Wednesday, March 11th from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Mary has extensive knowledge of both hospice care as well as additional services available to veterans and others as they age. Many myths exist around hospice including who can qualify and what costs are involved. Mary will offer accurate information that will be give all who attend a thorough understanding of hospice and available services in our area.
LENTEN BAGS – We will again be 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. Plastic bags, tags with the items needed, and information on the various agencies will be available on the table in the narthex beginning in Lent. These works of mercy are a tremendous benefit to the agencies; please consider making the bags a part of your Lenten devotion.
CEPROSI DONATIONS – Our partners in Nicaragua are excited to be in relationship with us. You can make a donation at the Church office anytime – checks can be made to St. Noel Church with CEPROSI in the memo. 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 12th, Bingo. On February 19th, 12:00 p.m., socializing, meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, menu: cavatelli & meatballs, salad, breadsticks and apple pie. For tickets, call Dick George at 440-942-2445. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is February 16th. February 26th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – The ten-parish monthly group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting February 11th at St. John Vianney Church. You are invited to receive the comfort, hope and healing that comes from sharing the common experiences of grief. Call Rita Demarchi for more information and registration at 440-942-0336.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the February issue is “Our Daily Lenten Journey of Grace, Conversion, and Renewal.”
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.
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.
BUILDING A VISION FOR RETIREMENT: The Next Chapter of Life. This day will provide an engaging presentation, interactive conversation, and time for personal reflection session for individuals looking ahead to, or already in, retirement. Facilitated by Fr. Norm Douglas and Rick Krivanka. On February 9th from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $40. 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 now 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.
SINGLE YOUNG MEN – between the ages of 18 and 45 who are interested in discerning God’s will for their lives are invited to participate in the “Living with Benedict” monastic spirituality weekend at Saint Andrew’s Benedictine Abbey in Cleveland, February 13-15th. Contact Fr. Finbar at [email protected] or 216-721-5300, ext. 273.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY’S ANNUAL GALA – “Celebrate the Academy,” this year celebrates a milestone for Cleveland’s only all-girls Catholic high school – its 125th birthday! The gala is being held on Saturday, February 21st, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the school, 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. For more information on attending, please contact Geoff Powers, at 216-251-6788 ext. 229 or email [email protected].
NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST. BERNADETTE – at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 32114 Vine St. in Willowick. On Wednesday, February 11th – Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, February 18th Novena will be after the 7:00 p.m. Liturgy. For more information call the Parish Office at 440-943-2133 or email [email protected].
VITUS SLOVENIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL BENEFIT BRUNCH – The fundraiser brunch will be held on Sunday, February 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the St. Vitus Auditorium on Lausche Ave. The price for the adult meal is $9, children is $6. For more information call 440-477-7463.
WALKING THE PILGRIM WAY WITH IGNATIUS LOYOLA: LENT…SPIRITUAL EXERCISES…MY JOURNEY – This retreat will invite you to enhance your prayer life by experiencing your Lenten journey through Ignatian Spirituality. Mass and home-cooked lunch are included. Facilitated by Dr. Andy Kereky. Time 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., on February 16th. Cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.
PROJECT HOPE of CLEVELAND – is searching for a new Director. This part-time position (20-25 hrs/week) reports to the Board of Project Hope. A detailed list of responsibilities can be obtained by emailing (address below) Project Hope. Interested applicants please forward your resume by February 27, 2015 to: [email protected]. Project Hope – Health Outreach for Prevention and Empowerment – serves the St. Clair/Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. 216-391-7557.