Week of January 13, 2013
With Christmas behind us, Easter is soon to come. Every year at Easter time we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus and how we are joined to him through the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil will receive all three sacraments as they begin their life in Christ.
The Easter season is also a time at which we celebrate First Communion with children who have already been baptized. This weekend at all the liturgies, the
children preparing for First Communion will be called forward and receive our blessing as they continue to participate in actions of love and service in their families, neighborhoods, schools, communities and world.
We celebrate this initiation as a way to remind us all that First Communion is not simply a special day in the lives of our children but reason for our entire community to rejoice. We are all enriched whenever any member of our parish draws closer to Christ.
Make sure that you offer your encouragement to our young people in the Narthex after Mass by assuring them of your prayers, support and continued example of loving service that glorifies the Lord. The children preparing for First Communion will be wearing First Communion nametags. Take time to share your pride in them and remind them that you will support them with your prayers.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – When have you sensed that God was “well pleased” with you? Another?
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.
TAX OPPORTUNITY – As a result of changes in the tax code resulting from the recent fiscal cliff discussions, the IRA qualified charitable rollover provision was re-installed for 2012 and all of 2013. This means that individuals 70 ½ and older (in 2012) can make charitable donations from their IRA without recognizing income. Individuals have from now until February 1, 2013 to make a charitable donation directly from an IRA and have it treated as a qualified charitable rollover for 2012. More details concerning this can be found at www.catholiccommunity.org/IRA.
TRAFFIC REMINDER – The speed limit on SOM Center as it crosses Chardon is 40 mph. The speed limit, however, on Chardon in front of St. Noel is 30 mph. Police in Willoughby Hills enforce this limit strictly. Several parishioners (including the pastor) have been ticketed. The fines are significant. Please be conscious of your speed as you enter or exit St. Noel. Drive safely.
HEALING MINISTRY – Jesus desired each of us to be well in body, mind and spirit. Come…be touched by His love this Wednesday at the 6:45 p.m. evening liturgy.
Experience God’s healing through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass. Be comforted and refreshed by Jesus in the Eucharist. Prayer teams will be available to pray with you if you wish.
PRAYER LIST UPDATING – As you may be aware our prayer list in the bulletin has grown quite long and it has now been updated. We are asking you to contact us should you want your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list. Thanks to all who faithfully pray for those who are ill in our community. Your ministry is invaluable!
CALLL and PEACE resume this Wednesday, January 16th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Remember to bring your binders.
PRIME TIME: We will gather at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center on Sunday evening. Student leaders will meet at 6:00 p.m. that night.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry will be February 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (at St. Noel) in the Banquet Center. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. There is no cost. Donations will be accepted at the door. Please sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
PRIME TIME RETREAT: All high school teens are invited to the annual Prime Time Retreat Friday, February 22nd – Sunday, February 24th at Cedar Hills Retreat Facility in Painesville. This retreat, which is planned and facilitated by the Student Leadership
Team, is a great opportunity to get away for a few days, get to know other young people, have fun and strengthen your relationship with God while we unpack the theme “The Wonderful World of Disney: Building the Happiest Place on Earth.” Registration forms are available in the kiosk and are due back by February 3rd. Contact Erica with questions.
YOUTH BELL CHOIR is open for new members grades 3-12. Our rehearsals will be in the Lower Level every Tuesday 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, January 22. For more information call Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-0887 ext.19 or e- mail[email protected]).
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, February 2nd after the 5:00 Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Chef Randy will provide pasta, meatballs, breadsticks and salad. You bring a favorite dish to share and a favorite game to play. Sign up is on the kiosk.
DAYTIME RETREAT – The next retreat will be on Wednesday, February 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme is “St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower: God’s Special Valentine.” There will be three parts to the retreat. The day will begin with Alice leading us in a prayerful remembrance of Roxie Smyntek, followed by Fran Armbruster and others in the group discussing the life of St. Therese and her inspiration on their own
experiences. In the afternoon, Sharon Waltemire will share Internet research of contemporary stories of the saint’s action in response to prayer. We will close with
an appropriate prayer service. Sign up on the kiosk or call the office (440-946-0887). A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover the cost of lunch.
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).
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.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 will present a series of classes entitled “A Call into the Unknown: The Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila” by Wayne, Simsic, M.A. on six Mondays beginning January 28th (no class on
February 18th). The classes will be held at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. The cost is $90. 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).
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND will present a talk by Ronald Sobecks, M.D., entitled “Divine Mercy, Triumph over Cancer” on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12 noon at the City Club of Cleveland. Those who wish to attend the luncheon buffet should contact their table chairperson or reserve a ticket by calling the reservation line (440-390-0172). Tickets are $20.00 per person. Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and cancellations must be final by 9:00 a.m. the Monday preceding the luncheon (January 28).
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).
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. there will be a monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life
Center. This is one of the best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring money for pizza, a snack to share, and a favorite game. Call Dan (440-223-8707) for further information. On Friday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. the book club will meet at St. Paschal’s Life Center to discuss The Summons by John Grisham. Please bring a snack to share. E-mail Karen ([email protected]) if you would like to attend.
SEEDS OF LITERACY a nonprofit organization offering free, one-to-one tutoring in adult basic education and GED preparation, has an urgent need for more tutors. Together we can break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy. Training sessions (you need to attend only one) have been scheduled for Saturdays, January 19th, February 23rd, March 23rd, and April 20th. The training sessions are from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. and are held at Seeds Resource Center, 3104 West 25th Street. To register or for more information, please contact Alexandria Marshall (216-661-7950 or[email protected]).