On May 3rd and 4th, twenty-one children of our parish will be celebrating their First Communion at our liturgies. Next weekend, those children will come forward and receive our prayers and support. We will encourage those preparing for First Eucharist to participate in actions of love and service in the upcoming months and to follow the example of those in our community who make that love and service a regular part of their lives.
Children preparing for the sacraments will be wearing a First Communion name badge. I encourage you to congratulate them next Sunday and to share with them what your faith means to you. Please keep all of these candidates in your prayers. In this way, we can, as a community, help prepare these children to grow in their lives of service as Christ’s disciples.
Fr. George Smiga
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. We welcome men and women. The commitment is one Sunday per month and you will have a schedule in advance. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for further details.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for The Catholic University of America. This collection raises millions of dollars that go directly to support student financial aid at Catholic University of America.
HEALING MINISTRY – This Wednesday, we will again be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick as part of our 6:45 p.m. evening liturgy. For those dealing with a significant physical or emotional struggle, come and receive this beautiful Sacrament of the Anointing. For those carrying burdens of hurt, anxiety, fear, disappointment or doubt, be healed by His touch through the Eucharist. After the liturgy, prayer teams will be available to pray with you for individual needs
YOUTH GROUP will gather again on January 5, 2014.
CALLL – resumes this Wednesday, January 8th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center.
GOOD SHEPHERD – resumes next Sunday, January 12th during the 9:00 Mass.
EPIPHANY CONCERT – The Epiphany Concert will be this weekend on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. It provides an opportunity for those of you who were not able to attend the Midnight Liturgy to enjoy the Christmas songs of our Music Ministry. Those who did attend Midnight Mass can re-live the experience! 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 an afternoon of beautiful music.
SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY – St. Noel offers many ministries to assist people and to advocate for those in need. Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve God? Call Anthony to discuss some possibilities (440-946-1128 x22).
BLOOD DRIVES AT ST. NOEL – We are in need of volunteers to continue the Red Cross blood drives at the parish. Currently, we have no blood drives scheduled for 2014 but would like to offer this service to the community. If you can give 1-2 hours on a Sunday morning, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x22 or [email protected]).
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – There are two courses beginning in January: The first course is presented by Fr. George Smiga, STD, “Angels and Demons in the Bible” on eight Saturdays beginning January 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. The fee is $120. The second course is presented by Alan Kolp, Ph.D., “The Spirit of Thomas Merton: From Seeker to Sanctity.” This course is on four Wednesday evenings, beginning on January 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The fee is $60. For more information, please call Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507). Use the registration form in the CEIRS brochure (in the kiosk pocket), or send your name, address, phone, e-mail, check made out to CEIRS, and the name of the course(s) to The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, 2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106-3696. You may also check the web (www.ceirs.org).
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: January 9th, bingo; January 16th, horse races; January 23rd, socializing, meeting and lunch at 12:30 p.m. The menu is scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, French toast w/syrup & butter, sausage and Danish. The cost is $6 and the deadline for tickets and payment is January 20. For tickets, call Theresa Durik (440-585-9088). On January 30th, there will be a bake sale and bingo, and the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. Receive a free 50/50 raffle ticket when you bring something for the food pantry.
SHOUT AND THE LEGENDS OF SOUL will return to the Banquet Center stage on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. A dinner buffet will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be reserved by calling the Banquet Center office (440-946-6635). Hope to see you there!
DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? Join a special program intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward. We will meet on Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on January 8th at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor. This special evening is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward in the new year. To register or for more information, please contact Karen (440-352-8282 or email:[email protected].)
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – Two retreats are coming up in January. An afternoon mini-retreat “Marriages of Grace” will be on Sunday, January 12th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics will include Unity in your Marriage and Resolving Conflicts. The cost is $45 per couple. A second retreat, “Who Do You Say That I Am” is on Tuesday, January 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost including lunch is $25. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
“CATHOLICS COMING HOME”- Divine Word Parish in Kirtland will conduct a series for non-practicing Catholics who may be seeking information about returning to the Church. Please consider mentioning it to someone you know and feel free to attend with that person if it would make them feel more comfortable. The seven sessions are on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 14th. For more information, please call Deacon Carl Varga or Mrs. Marti Smith (440-256-1412).
RALLY FOR LIFE – St. Justin Martyr Church is chartering a bus to the Rally for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2014 for the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The bus will leave the St. Justin Martyr parking lot on Tuesday evening, January 21st at 10:00 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Please call Pat for more information (440-946-8154).
TOUCH A LIFE…BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER – There are many opportunities available to help patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse, from transportation to visits, to making phone calls, and attending health fairs, plus many more. The next education series for volunteers will take place at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd. The series will begin on Monday, January 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please see the flyer on the kiosk or call 800-707-8922, ext. 6881 for more information.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, January 12th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor.
VISITATION HOME REUNION DANCE – This event benefits the community of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist, supporting the work of ministry to those who are poor in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland. It will be held at St. Clarence Hall in North Olmsted on Friday, January 17th from 8:00 p.m. until Midnight. For further information, please call 216-251-4075.
MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR CHRIST is in need of gauze, tape, bandages, rubber gloves, eyeglasses, up-to-date vitamins, antibiotic creams, over-the-counter cough and allergy medicines, Tylenol, Motrin, and Aleve. Please call Judy (440-975-9028) for more information. Thank you.
NOTRE DAME SKILLS LAB – We tutor students of all ages, in all subjects. The Skills Lab is located on the grounds of SS. Robert & William Parish in Euclid. Our teachers are all licensed and highly qualified. Call 216-291-2273 for further information.
DONATE THAT OLD CAR TO THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Donate your used car, van or pickup truck to the SVDP Car Donation Program, and avoid the hassles and headaches of trading it in or selling it yourself. Your vehicle will be sold and the proceeds used by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Diocese of Cleveland in their charitable programs that assist the needy and suffering. You may also be eligible for an income tax deduction. To donate your vehicle and have it picked up within 24 hours, call 1-800-322-8284 or visit www.svdpusacars.com.