Weekly Bulletin 1/12/14
Recent studies have shown that 22% of churchgoers depend upon the church website for news about their parish. Among those under 30 the percentage rises to over 50%. St. Noel established its website in 2000. Over the last 13 years it has served as a useful tool of education and information. It was, however, in serious need of an update.
Today I am happy to announce that our new parish website is up and running at https://stnoel.org. You will see a new look and much more information. The website was funded by the Parish Endowment Fund. Despite its size and depth, I think you will find it easy to navigate. All the information is divided into nine categories at the top of the homepage with scroll down menus. A complete website map can be found at the bottom of the homepage.
In between you will find articles of particular interest and upcoming events. One of the articles presently on the site is the summary of the survey on the family in which 270 of our parishioners participated. I believe you will find the results very interesting. The website also contains liturgical music and minister schedules, recent homilies, and information about our faith formation and youth programs.
Please take a few moments to review the site and its appearance. We are eager to receive your feedback and comments, which you can leave on the website itself.
Fr. George Smiga
ST. NOEL OFFICE MANAGER POSITION – A full job description for this position can be found on our parish website (www.stnoel.org). It is also posted on our diocesan website. The position is open to all qualified persons whether they be St. Noel parishioners or not. All resumes should be submitted to Fr. George Smiga by February 1st. Please spread the word that we have begun this search. We hope to have our new office manager in place by April 2014.
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.
FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN – Children preparing for the sacraments will be wearing special First Communion name badges. After Mass this weekend and in upcoming weeks, please congratulate them and offer your prayers and support. You might even want to share what your faith means to you or a memory of your own First Communion.
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
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, February 1st in the Banquet Center after the 5:00 Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. Please bring an appetizer, side dish, dessert or snack AND your favorite board game to share. Sign up on the kiosk.
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).
NICARAGUA 2014 – In partnership with IPM, St. Noel Church will travel to Nicaragua for 8 days in June 2014. Cost is $1,300 plus airfare. This is a unique opportunity to experience the people of Nicaragua and learn how people of faith are making a difference. Is this trip right for you? Call Anthony to talk about it – (440) 946-1128 x22.
CLOTHES NEEDED – A male, recently released from prison, is in need of clothing, especially pants size 32×32. Contact Anthony if you can help.
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).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the pocket of the kiosk. The theme of the January issue is “Five Ways to Share Your Faith.”
|Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… Planned Giving provides an opportunity to leave a legacy gift to your parish, school or other Catholic organization. What will you do with all God has given you?|
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: January 16th, horse racing; 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 20th. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). 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.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE –A 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. On Sunday, February 2nd join us for an afternoon of water color painting “Colors in the Meadow” being taught by a local artist as part of our St. Ignatius and the Arts Series. The cost is $50 which covers all supplies and light refreshments. Space is limited to 30 participants. To register for either of these events, contact the Jesuit Retreat House (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).
FOSTER PARENTING & ADOPTION – The Department of Jobs and Family Services of Lake County is holding an informational open house on Thursday, January 16th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for those interested in their foster care and adoption programs. See the kiosk for more information or call the Foster Care & Adoption hotline (440-350-4218).
8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – These sessions are designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. They will begin Thursday, January 16th, and conclude on March 6th, 2014, at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.
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.
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).
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. join in for the monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This event is well-attended and good for old and new members. Please bring money for pizza, a snack to share, and a favorite game. Please RSVP to Karen ([email protected]).
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.