On February 8th we gathered for a parish spaghetti dinner. The dinner was an opportunity to offer a free social event at which the parish could celebrate our identity as a faith community. For years we scheduled a summer parish picnic, but recently it seemed that the summer was too filled with other opportunities and this prevented many parishioners from attending.
The spaghetti dinner, however, turned out to be a very successful alternative. Almost 300 parishioners enjoyed a free meal and socializing with each other. Some brought pictures to remind us of events from our parish history. Swifty the Clown entertained both children and adults with fantastic balloon creations, and a parish talent show concluded the afternoon.
Based upon the positive response, we are planning another spaghetti dinner next January 31st. We hope to have an even larger number of parishioners attend. Thanks to Chef Randy for the food and thanks to God for all the blessings we have received as a parish faith community.
Fr. George Smiga
RITE OF ELECTION – This weekend at the 11:00 a.m. liturgy, our catechumens, Kristina Blatt and Anna Blatt, as well as our candidates, Eric Butcher, Grace Blatt and Martha Blatt will participate in the Rite of Sending prior to traveling to St. John’s Cathedral to celebrate the Rite of Election with Bishop Lennon and other catechumens and candidates from around the diocese. Please keep all of them in your prayers as they continue to prepare for Baptism and full reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL – Due to last weekend’s inclement weather, we have extended our Catholic Charities Appeal to this weekend. There will be a representative in the Narthex to assist you with completing your pledge envelope.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – On Monday, February 23rd, Adoration will be from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday during Lent at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, February 27th, the Stations will be led by Anthony Camino.
THE WORD AMONG US is available as a guide for your Lenten prayer and reflection. Booklets can be found on the table in the narthex. Please help yourself.
NOEL DAYTIME LENTEN RETREAT – On Wednesday, March 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eleanor Reilly will open up Richard Rohr’s book, focusing on the Second Half of Life and Maturing in Our Discipleship. Sign up on the kiosk or call the parish office at 440-946-0887. Suggested donation of $6.00 for lunch and materials.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Lenten Fish Fries will continue on Fridays in Lent (not Good Friday) from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $11 for adults, children from 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. 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.
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 January 2015, we collected $3,569.04. Our expenses for January were:
BAPTISM DAY will be held on Sunday, March 8th, from 12:15-3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and have not previously attended the baptism class, are expected to attend. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
VBS 2015 – Vacation Bible School will be held during the week of July 13th – 17th. Mark your calendar for “SonSpark Labs” and stay tuned for more details.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited 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 visit stnoel.org. Space is limited and deposits are due back by March 30th.
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.
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.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – St. Noel will again serve as a pick-up site for Geauga Family Farms beginning in June 2015. Shares are available in three sizes and can be purchased at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/. Our partnership with GFF has been quite fruitful over the years giving us accessibility to local, high quality, organic produce throughout the summer and fall. Members can also purchase grass-fed beef, eggs, cheese and baked goods delivered directly to St. Noel for pick-up. Hundreds of parishioners have benefited from this partnership as well as the Amish farmers who are able to maintain their traditional way of life. See if partnering with GFF is right for you and your family.
TWO FEET OF LOVE IN ACTION – The tradition of Catholic Social Teaching recognizes two distinct, but related forms of service. The US Bishops refer to these as the “Two Feet of Love in Action” because we need both to continue moving forward in our mission of building the Kingdom of God. On the weekends of March 14-15 & 21-22, you are invited to attend a brief session after Mass to understand these “two feet” and to help determine the future direction of our social justice efforts at St. Noel. These sessions will happen after each of the Masses and will last about 20 minutes. Your voice is important; please plan to attend. Coffee and donuts are welcome at the sessions!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: February 26th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
THE ROSS AND CARMELLA DEJOHN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – This scholarship is based on more than grades or athletic achievement. It is offered to graduating high school seniors who have exemplified the FIVE STAR STANDARDS of Independence, Integrity, Excellence, Fairness and Professionalism. The scholarship winners will receive $500 that can be used toward college or technical school. Applications are available in the kiosk. For further information call 440-516-5555.
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF – A BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM that offers ways to work through the stages of grief and to find ways to continue on. It provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. These seven sessions are offered at St. Gabriel Parish, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord. These sessions will be on Tuesday evenings, February 24th – April 7th. They will be held in the Religious Education Office from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You don not have to attend all sessions. For more information, please call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
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.
SAINT JOHN VIANNEY PARISH PRESENTS their 12th ANNUAL CELTIC BALL – On March 7th, at LaMalfa, 5783 Heisley Rd., time 6:00 p.m. and tickets are $85 per person. The event will have music, food, open bar, door prizes, an Irish raffle, silent auction and much more! For more information or for tickets, call Marty McGinley at 440-975-9364.
JUSTIN MARTYR’S Just in Fun Group – is sponsoring a gambling trip to Presque Isle on March 3rd. The price of the trip is $25 with $35 in free play. Trip includes transportation, 5 hours of gambling time, games, prizes and all gratuities. For additional information contact Cheryl Doyle at 440-942-3391.
BENEDICTINE HIGH SCHOOL’S 13TH ANNUAL BLUE & WHITE GALA – will be held Saturday, March 14th at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown. All the funds raised from this event go directly towards academic scholarship and financial aid to our “Men of Benedictine”, and the need for assistance continues to grow. For more information call 216-421-2080 ext. 156 or to [email protected].
IN THE HOLY LAND: A Video Pilgrimage Through the Footsteps of Jesus – Being in The Holy Land is to see the gospels come to life. They call the experience the “fifth gospel.” This is a lecture series by Fr. Donald Senior, C.P. a New Testament teacher. He has led study tours in the Holy Land for over 25 years. Presented by Fr. Matt Roche S.J. who will lead a discussion with each DVD. Dates are March 4,11,18, 25th from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Cost is $10 per session. To register call 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org.
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sundays, March 1st, 8th and 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall. Ticket prices are Adults ($6 pre-sale, $7 at the door), Children Ages 6-12 ($3.50) and kids 5 & under are free. Breakfast includes pancakes (plain, blueberry & French toast), sausage, applesauce or fruit cocktail, juice and coffee. WH Recreation is sponsoring the March 1st and 8th breakfasts. The WH Lions is sponsoring March 15th. The great annual basket raffle is also planned for this event.