Weekly Bulletin 01/27/13

Week of January 27, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

As Lent approaches, allow me to draw your attention to two important aspects of this season at St. Noel.

The first is an opportunity for spiritual formation and prayer which we are calling “Four Wednesdays in Lent.” The first three of these Wednesdays will provide an opportunity for all of us to learn and deepen our spiritual lives through the presentations of three speakers. On Wednesday, February 20th, Fr. Joseph Koopman will speak at our GIFTsession on “Virtues for Lent: Disrupting the Roots of Sin.” On Wednesday, February 27th, Dr. George Matejka will present “Raising Lazarus: Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death.” On Wednesday, March 6th, Fr. Mark Hobson will speak on “Irritation, Imagination & Transformation: The Prophet in the Bible and Today.”

A fuller description of the dates and the times can be found on the back of the calendar in this bulletin. All three of the presenters are experts in their areas and dynamic speakers. I know we will benefit from their presentations. On the fourth Wednesday, March 13th, we will celebrate our Lenten Communal Penance Service. Please make plans to join us for all or any of these Lenten Wednesdays which will allow us to prepare for the joy of Easter.

Secondly, we will of course offer our traditional Lenten fish fries. These meals are a way to raise significant funds for the ministries of St. Noel. They depend upon the volunteer service of our parishioners. I encourage all parishioners to help at one or more fish fries. A reminder that we will again begin the fish fries on Ash Wednesday this year with a mid-day seating from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and an evening seating from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please spread the word about the Ash Wednesday fish fries since this is only the second year we will be offering them. Also, please sign up on the kiosk to help if you are able. Our fish fries can only be successful with your cooperation. Please consider volunteering to help and please come regularly to eat.

Fr. George Smiga

In a time of blindness (physical, spiritual, emotional), who or what has restored your sight?

A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW CATECHUMENS – Last weekend, Jennifer Gurley and her daughters, Cassie and Nyomi, celebrated the Rite of Acceptance at the 11:00 Mass. This began their journey to the Sacraments of Initiation, which they will celebrate at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 29th. Please keep Jennifer, Cassie, and Nyomi in prayer as they continue their preparation throughout the Lenten season.

WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Kate, Jerome & Evan Comella; Brian DiCillo; Joe & Martha Doran; Matt & Amanda Kidd; Frank & Svetlana, Lidia, Mario, Ivana and Frankie Rodin; and Manuel Santiago.Their pictures can be found on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway.

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.

CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the February issue is “St. Thérese’s Little Way: Our Guide Through Lent.”

PRIME TIME: We will gather at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center on Sunday evening January 27th. The Student Leadership team will meet from 6:00-7:00 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 be 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 on attending.

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.

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. Please 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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend, Feb. 2nd–3rd, ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for the Social Justice Fund.

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. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, January 29 because of the weather conditions last week. For more information call Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-0887 ext.19 or e-mail[email protected]).

WEDDING ORIENTATION MEETING will be on Sunday, February 10 at 3:30 p.m. in church. If you plan to get married this year, please come and meet with our Music Director Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek, cantors and instrumentalists to receive information, instructions and music selections for your wedding ceremony. To confirm your participation, please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek (440-946-0887 ext.19 or e–mail[email protected]).

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…You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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.

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).

RIVER’S EDGE TALK – “Spirituality And Work: Strengthening The Connections” will be presented by Rev. Norm Douglas & Larry Vuillemin on Wednesday, February 6th from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at River’s Edge in Rocky River. Call Sarah (216-688-1111 x251) for fee information and to register.

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]).

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 February 9th. For more information, please call St. Ignatius High School (216-651-0222 ext. 253) or e-mail ([email protected] or[email protected] ).

CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME – St. Paschal Baylon Church will conduct a seven week series beginning at 7:30 p.m. on February 13th for non-practicing Catholics who are seeking information about returning to the Church. Please call (440-442-3410) for more information.

PROVIDE A RIDE FOR AN URSULINE SISTER – The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland are facing a growing need for volunteer drivers to take sisters to medical appointments.  Minimum commitment is one trip per month and scheduling is flexible based on your availability.  Attend an information session at the Ursuline Educational Center on Wednesday, February 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Thursday, February 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Register or inquire by contacting Patsy Brodie at 440-449-1200 x409 or email [email protected].

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