Weekly Bulletin 1/26/14

Weekly Bulletin 1/26/14

Dear Parishioner,

There are two exciting parish events coming up in February. The first is the Parish Potluck and Game Night. It will take place on Saturday, February 1st in the large hall after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Pasta, meatballs, breadsticks, salad, and cold beverages are provided.

Bring an appetizer, side dish, dessert or snack AND your favorite board game to share. Sign up on the kiosk and tell us the number attending from your household and what you think you might bring to share.

The second event is the annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry. It will take place on Sunday, February 9th 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 PEACE and Prime Time.

The all-you-can-eat 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. The suggested amount is $7.00 per person. 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 consider joining us on one or both of these days. It will bring some warmth and joy into the cold weeks of February.

Fr. George Smiga


ST. NOEL WEBSITE – Our new parish website is up and running at http://stnoel.org. You will see a new look and much more information. 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. 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.

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.

MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are in need of an additional person to come to Adoration on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call Jan if you are able to fill this time slot (440-951-5593). Each holy hour you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases His power and graces upon you, your family and your parish. In today’s busy world, it is so meaningful to spend this precious time with our God. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you’ll be richly blessed.

DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat is on Wednesday, February 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme is “Introduction to the Mystics.” The retreat includes prayer, presentations, discussion and lunch. The suggested donation is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch. Please sign up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440-946-0887).

HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT: Our high school retreat “We Are the Body of Christ” will be held February 21st-23rd at Cedar Hills in Painesville. This weekend is open to all high school youth. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk or on the St. Noel website and are due back by February 7th.

ANNUAL ABRAHAMIC DINNER: The Niagara Foundation of Cleveland is hosting its annual Abrahamic Dinner at the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls (16349 Chillicothe Rd.) on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Pluralism” and presenters from each of the Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – will offer brief reflections on the topic. The dinner is free, donations will be accepted. To register, email the foundation at cleveland.niagarafoundation.org or call 440-520-2269.  The evening promises to be interesting and enriching and will provide an opportunity for us to reconnect with our Muslim and Jewish friends.  Please consider attending.

NICARAGUA 2014 – In partnership with IPM, St. Noel Church will travel to Nicaragua for 8 days in June 2014. The 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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND  For December, 2013 we collected $10,254.41.  Our expenses for December were:

Rent $1,963.00
Car Payment 200.00
Utilities 82.57
Total: $2,245.57

Thank you for your support.

CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – On six Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning February 19th (no class on March 5). Alison Benders, J.D., Ph.D. will present “Religions in America’s Globalized Society.” The fee 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).

endowment-tSomething 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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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. Everyone is welcome.

LECTURE SERIES AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY/THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – Please join us for this interesting and informative lecture: “The Society of Jesus Restored. The Reestablishment of the Jesuits in 1814” by Rev. Thomas Lucas, SJ, professor of art, Seattle University. The lecture will take place on John Carroll’s campus, D.J. Lombardo Student Center, LSC Conference Room at 7:30 pm, Thursday, January 30th. All lectures are free and open to the public.

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On Wednesday, February 5th, Fr. Matthew Roche, SJ will discuss some different kinds of prayer with a session entitled, “Evening Prayer for Men: How to Pray.” The program runs from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the cost is $15. On Tuesday, February 11th, Dr. Andy Kereky will lead a daytime retreat “Learning to Pray Again – For the First Time.” Daytime retreats begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. The cost is $25. To register for either of these retreats or for further information, please contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300) or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org

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. Please call for further information (216-291-2273).

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. Your car can be picked up within 24 hours. Please call for further information (1-800-322-8284 or visit www.svdpusacars.com.)

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Upcoming school open house dates are Thursday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you can’t make it for these dates and times, please call to make a personal appointment (440-442-7450). Please check the flyer on the kiosk for further information.

GRADE SCHOOL LATIN AND FRENCH PROGRAMS –  Young men in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to free Latin and French introduction language and culture classes on Saturday afternoons, beginning on Saturday, February 8th at St. Ignatius High School. For more information, please call St. Ignatius High School (216-651-0222 ext. 253) or e-mail ([email protected] or [email protected]) before the courses begin.

CATHOLIC CEMETERY WORKSHOP – Cemetery/ funeral costs have become the third largest expense most families will pay for in their lifetime. A workshop for All Souls Cemetery will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the All Souls Cemetery office, 10366 Chardon Rd. Everyone who attends receives a Catholic Personal Planning Guide. There is no fee for the workshop, but please call to register (cemetery office 440-286-7151 ext. #4, Michael Vujas 216-570-5839 or e-mail [email protected])

CONGRATULATIONS WEBELOS – Troop 306 would like to congratulate all graduating Webelos from the parish. We invite you to visit our troop at any of our upcoming meetings on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney. Please let us know you are coming and contact [email protected] for details.

TUTORS NEEDED – 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.  Upcoming training sessions are listed on the kiosk.  Contact Alexandria Marshall (216-661-7950) for more information.

BENEDICTINE YOUTH SKILLS BASEBALL CAMP – all boys in grades 5 through 8 are invited to attend the Benedictine High School 2014 Youth Skills Baseball Clinic. The camp will be held Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. in our school gymnasium, with the cost of only $25!  To register or for further information, call Coach Sliwinski (440-897-6713).

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY – The Christ Child Society is a non-profit organization of women dedicated to serving at-risk children in the love and spirit of the Christ Child. For more information, you are invited to an Informational Coffee on March 12th at Parmadale. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Annette Gorris (440-526-6138).

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.

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