The Pastoral Council of St. Noel Parish is the primary consultative group of the community. its role is to assess and envision the spiritual direction of the parish and its effectiveness in proclaiming the gospel of Christ. The pastor consults the Pastoral Council concerning any major decision which will affect the direction of the parish.
The Council is composed of 13-15 parishioners of St. Noel who are selected through a five week process of discernment. The Council members serve for a term of three years. The pastor also serves on the Council.
The decisions of the Pastoral Council are reached by a process of discernment which attempts to reach a consensus of all members. This process requires patience on the part of the Council as well as the conviction that God speaks through both the majority and minority perspectives.
It is the responsibility of the Parish Staff to direct the day-to-day ministries of the Parish. It is the responsibility of the Finance Council to advise the Pastor on the proper use of the parish’s financial resources and buildings. The Parish Pastoral Council must work in conjunction with the Staff and Finance Council to serve the parish effectively.
The Parish Finance Council advises the pastor in the wise use of the parish’s financial resources and buildings. The members of the Council serve at the invitation of the Pastor. They are chosen because of their expertise in finance, law, administration and other needed areas.
The Pastor will consult the Finance Council on every major decision which involves parish assets.
The Finance Council is responsible for compiling and publishing an annual account of the parish’s financial situation.
Members of the Finance Council
– Father George Smiga
– Ray Wymer, Chairperson
– Tyler Guban
– Mary Hanko
– Frank Manning
– Ross DeJohn, Jr
– Jim Klements
– Rose Fini
– Frank Cappello
St. Noel Senior Fellowship Club provides a friendly meeting place where seniors can gather to socialize and participate in activities of learning and service. The group is associated with St. Noel Catholic Church but its membership is not limited to St. Noel parishioners.
Meetings are held every Thursday at noon in the small hall of St. Noel Church. Around 50-60 seniors attend weekly. Once a month a luncheon is planned by the members at a very nominal cost. No dues are required of the members.
Those who participate in the club often develop lasting friendships and discover new ways in which they can grow personally and spiritually. All are welcome to join the club. For further information please call the parish office (440-946-0887).
The St. Noel Endowment Fund is an investment in the enrichment and well-being of St. Noel community. The Endowment Fund helps to support parish ministries that meet social, youth, religious and surrounding area needs related to parishoners and the community in general.
Annually, board members determine how earnings from the Fund will be allocated. Bequests can be made to the Fund under direction of a will, in memory of a loved one, or as a direct transfer from an IRA distribution. Donations also can be made in the form of cash or highly appreciated securities, which may result in a tax deduction for the donor.
Endowment Funding for Fiscal 2018:
Parish Spaghetti Dinner–$5,500
After-mass social gathering coffee/donuts–$2,000
GIFT Speaker honorarium–$1,000
Current Trustees are:
Kathleen Penko, Chair
Ross DeJohn Jr.
Scott Andrew Mills
For further information contact the parish office at 440-946-0887, or a trustee
ST. NOEL ENDOWMENT “50 WILLS” CAMPAIGN
Remember St. Noel in your will or estate plan! Your gift can help grow the Fund so that the earnings continue to provide funding for St. Noel Parish programs. As a non-profit corporation, the St. Noel Endowment Fund has 100% control over investments and disbursements. .
Check with your tax advisor about your potential benefits in transferring your IRA distribution to the St. Noel Endowment Fund. To qualify: you must be age 70 ½ or older at the time of transfer; gifts must not exceed $100,000; funds must be transferred directly from a traditional IRA. This gift counts toward tax-payers required minimum distribution. Contact parish office at 440-946-0887 if your financial planner or attorney requires the tax ID number.
Learn more about the St. Noel “50 Wills” campaign by clicking here.