Week of January 6, 2013
In my homily after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I encouraged each parishioner at St. Noel to have a conversation with God, asking “What should I do to reduce violence?” The homily is available on our
website (December 16 “Tragedy in Connecticut”).
I have been encouraged by the number of parishioners who shared with me that they had that conversation and had begun to respond. Several parishioners felt it was important to contact political representatives to encourage an honest dialogue in our country on how to reduce violence and protect our children. To assist those who feel so called I am including in my letter this week the addresses of those who represent us.
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Senator Sherrod Brown
713 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Rob Portman
338 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Representative Elect David Joyce
1 Victoria Place Rm. 320
Painesville, OH 44077
A letter or email to these officials might encourage a particular avenue to reduce violence (stricter gun laws, better screening and counseling services, stronger
school security) or it might simply assert that we must not let this issue drop without making some progress in solving it.
Please continue to pray for our country for our children, and for all our citizens that we may be able to live our lives and serve one another in safety and peace.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– When has God’s presence been evident to you in giving or receiving a gift/blessing from a stranger?
SACRISTANS are needed for the 5:00 Saturday evening Mass. If you think you might be interested, please call Carole in the parish office (440-946-0887) for more information.
ST. AUGUSTINE RAFFLE CALENDARS are being sold to support the Hunger Center. They are $25 each and offer 365 chances to win throughout the year. Calendars are available in the parish office.
CALLL/PEACE – There is no CALLL/PEACE this Wednesday, January 9th. Be sure to come to GIFT instead!
EMERGENCY HELP WITH GAS AND ELECTRIC BILLS: The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program (HEAP WCP) may be able to provide a one- time payment per heating season (Nov. 1 through March 31) for those who qualify. For information please contact Lifeline, Inc. Energy Assistance Office in
Painesville (PH: 440-350-9160).
EPIPHANY CONCERT – Our own Music Ministry will present an Epiphany Concert on Sunday, January 6th at 4:00 p.m. This concert is free; no advance tickets are required. A free will offering will be accepted to support the Music Ministry. In the first part, our Music Ministry will present Christmas Songs from different countries. In the second part, you will hear Magnificat by Tomas Albinoni presented by the St. Noel Concert Choir, soloists and orchestra. For further information, contact our Music Ministry Director, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-0887 ext. 19).
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 January 5th & 6th when we will begin a new list. Thanks to all who faithfully pray for those who are ill in our community. Your ministry is invaluable!
TRIBUNAL FIRST STEP PROGRAM FOR ANNULMENTS – Please see the flyer on the kiosk concerning a simplified method for the initial presentation of an annulment case to the Tribunal. The next presentation about the Church’s teaching on marriage, the annulment process, and a path to healing after divorce will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Bosco Parish on Pearl Road in Parma Heights. Please call 440-886-3500 for more information.
SHOUT and THE LEGENDS OF SOUL will return to the Banquet Center stage on January 12th, 2013 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 at 440-946-6635. Hope to see you there!
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord. A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given. Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: January 10th, bingo; January 17th, horse races; January 24th, meeting followed by a luncheon of cabbage rolls, mashed
potatoes, rye bread w/butter, mixed vegetables and sherbet. The cost of the luncheon is $6. For ticket information please call the parish office (440-946-0887) by January 21st. On January 31st, there will be bingo or reverse raffle, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry & and get a 50/50 ticket!
Everyone is welcome to attend.
CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES presents “The Death of Jesus: History, Theology and Apologetics,” an 8-session course by Fr. George Smiga, STD beginning on Saturday, January 12th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at
Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. This course will examine the historical evidence of Jesus’ crucifixion and the attempts of the early Church to protect Jesus from its dishonorable and dangerous connotations. It will also review the early attempts of Jesus’ followers to discover God’s purposes in such a violent and appalling death.
There is also a workshop on Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. entitled “The Exodus of Jesus: Entering the Lukan Lent and Easter” presented by Rev. John Addison Dally. The workshop will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. For more information about the two events above, 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).
CATHOLIC CEMETERIES “FAITH, HOPE, AND REMEMBRANCE” – You are invited to light a candle and sign the intentions book at your local Catholic cemetery. Visit one of the cemetery offices Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Saturdays 8:30 a.m.– 12 Noon. This is a free service. For more information, please contact Melissa Malone (216-570-6668 or [email protected])
DONATE THAT OLD CAR TO THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Donate your used car, van or pickup truck to the National 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 for their charitable programs that assist the needy and suffering. You
may also be eligible for an income tax deduction. To donate your vehicle, call (1-800-322-8284 or visit www.svdpusacars.com).
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – 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 (Help our Marriage) can help you put your marriage back on track. The next Cleveland
Retrouvaille weekend will be held on Jan 13th-15th at the Cleveland Hilton Inn Beachwood. A registration fee of $150 is requested to confirm a reservation. For
information concerning the program, or to register, contact Al or Diane Miskinis at (330) 665-3506 or 1- 800-470-2230. You may also learn about Retrouvaille
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, January 13th, 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, Ohio.