Christmas is this Thursday. Our Mass schedule will be 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Midnight and 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day.
With the additional seats we will add to the church, we are able to seat 800 people. Each year at the 4:30 p.m. liturgy, we have over 900 people present. So you will clearly need to arrive early if you desire to be seated. At all the remaining masses attendance runs between 400-500 so you will not have problems finding a seat at these liturgies. But I invite you to come early so that you can enjoy the Christmas music provided by our Music Ministry which will begin 20 minutes before each mass.
On Sunday, January 11th, at 4:00 p.m. our Music Ministry will present their annual Epiphany Concert. The entire forces of our Music Ministry, which consists of the 60-voice choir, the 17-voice Chamber Singers, the 7-member Youth Bell Choir, the handbell choir which rings 5 octaves of bells and chimes, and our excellent instrumentalists, will provide holiday music from around the world.
After the concert we invite you to join us for cookies and beverages served in the Narthex. You will also have an opportunity to talk to the Music Ministry members. Please invite your family and friends to join us for a beautiful conclusion to the Christmas Season.
BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles for January 3rd-4th bulletin must be in the office by Monday, December 22nd.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Sign-up sheets for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on the bulletin board in the coatroom area. Please sign up if you will be attending any of the liturgies.
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.
PRAYER LIST UPDATING – As you may be aware, our prayer list in the bulletin has grown quite long and has not been updated in some time. We are asking you to contact us should you want your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list after the weekend of December 27th and 28th when we will begin a new list. Thank you to all who faithfully pray for those who are ill in our community. Your ministry is invaluable!
CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Thank you to all who were involved in the Christmas Project! As a result of your generosity we raised over $7,000 and were able to provide holiday baskets, gift cards and homemade cookies to 121 families! We also delivered fruit, poinsettias and handmade cards to our home bound parishioners. This project was such a success because of your active participation and enthusiasm. There will be no PEACE or Prime Time on December 28th. Have a Merry Christmas!
CALLL – There is NO CALLL this Wednesday, December 24th. Merry Christmas!
GOOD SHEPHERD – There is no Good Shepherd on Sunday, December 28th. Enjoy the holiday season!
AUGUSTINE HUNGER CENTER – Please note, our volunteers will NOT be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center in December. We will resume our schedule on January 25th. Thanks to all for their service during 2014.
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.
REACH OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS – many of our parishioners could benefit from a card or phone call during the holidays. Would you like to make a contact and brighten someone’s day? Please contact Anthony at the Church (440-946-1128 x22) to learn how.
MUSIC MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH – YOUNG VOICES – is a singing group for children in grades 3-8 that meets every Tuesday from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the church. YOUTH BELL CHOIR meets every Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Lower Level. HIGH SCHOOL ENSEMBLE is a new group for students in grades 9-12. Rehearsals will be at the church on selected Sundays at 5:45-6:45 p.m. All these groups are accepting new members. Please join us. For more information, contact Agnieszka Bieniek at [email protected] or 440-946-0887.
JANUARY 2015 HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at the 11:00 Mass. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in January. Please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS – are being sold to support the Hunger Center. They are $25 each and offer 365 chances to win throughout the year. They make good Christmas gifts. Calendars are available in the parish office or by calling Jim Klements at (440-442-2744).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: There is no meeting on December 25th. Our next meeting is January 8, 2015. 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.
BIBLE CLASS – The Bible Class that is held on Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in the Visitation Room will break for the holiday season and resume on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: REJOICE AND BE GLAD, BLESSED ARE YOU – On Wednesday, January 7th we will be looking at the Beatitudes as a mission statement for Christians as we continue our focus on the Kingdom of God. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome. There is no charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested for those who are able.
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? Join us on Thursday evening, January 8th, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. This special evening is intended to offer practical advice, support, and skills to move forward in the new year. To register or for more information: call Karen at 440-352-8282 or email: [email protected].
RETROUVAILLE – Someone once said “marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressures that you have neglected your spouse? Retrouvaille can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. The next Cleveland Retrouvaille weekend will be held on January 9-11, 2015. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information, or to register, please call Diane or Al Miskinis in complete confidence at 330-665-3506 or 1-800-470-2230, or register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE RETREAT: HOPE IS THE NOW – Presented by Patrick & Jeannie Cleary-Burns. In these tumultuous times, it is often obscured. We will use the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and St. Ignatius to find hope by grounding ourselves in the `now`. New Year’s Eve presents a terrific opportunity. Retreat starts on December 31st with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and concludes on January 1st at 11:00 a.m. Cost is $90. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org.