Week of January 20, 2013
The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry will be on Sunday, February 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The funds raised that day will go to support the educational, social and spiritual programs for our young people, including a High School Retreat to be held February 22nd – February 24th.
The menu for the breakfast will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. We will not be selling tickets for this event. Donations will be accepted at the door. If you plan to attend, please sign up on the kiosk after Mass so that we know how many people to expect. We don’t want to run out of food!
Please extend an invitation to your family and friends and plan on joining us for this event.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION –
How has God (or God’s people) provided for you in a time of need?
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.
EL SALVADOR-LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION – Next weekend ushers will be in the narthex after all the Masses to accept donations for this collection. It is the main support for three priests and one sister who work in three parishes served by our Missionaries.This appeal also makes a contribution to the Collection for the Church in Latin America that is managed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America.
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.
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 Sunday, 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 from 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]noel.org).
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 10:00 a.m. to 2 :00 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).
CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN MASS FOR LIFE – Tuesday, January 22nd is the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. In the United States, it is observed as a Day of Penance for Violations to the Dignity of the Human Person. Bishop Lennon will celebrate a Mass for Life on the evening of January 22nd, at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. All are encouraged to gather with the Bishop to pray that all people deepen their love and respect for every human life. Free parking is available in the Cathedral Garage on the SE corner of Rockwell Avenue and East 9th Street.
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.
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP will meet on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Theology of the Body as it relates to the Sacrament of Marriage. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you. We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 contact 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).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE LENTEN EVENTS: There are a number of Lenten events to be held at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma:
- Thursday, February 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. LentenDay Retreat: Porta Fide (the Door of Faith)
- Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24, 2013; Lenten Women’s Retreat Weekend: Faith and the Samaritan Woman
- Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Lenten Concert featuring Mary, Queen of Peace Choir
- Monday, February 25, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lenten Luncheon: Faith on the Line, Living Your Faith Daily
For more information or to register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 orwww.jrh-cleveland.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])
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. 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, 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]).
ALL SAINTS OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY OPEN HOUSE – An Open House will be held on Sunday, January 27th at All Saints of St. John Vianney School, after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. A pancake and sausage breakfast, free of charge, will be offered at the school to all who attend. New and prospective families are encouraged tovisit the school, which is located on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, at 28702 Euclid Ave. To see the school in action, a second Open House will be held atAll Saints on Wednesday, January 30th from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.