Week of February 3, 2013
Each year our Diocese holds the annual Catholic Charities Appeal. Catholic Charities allows us to follow the teachings of both the Old & New Testament to care for those who are in need. It supports 150 programs at 60 sites in northern Ohio helping over 300,000 people in need, regardless of race, color, religion or disability.
This effort of our diocese allows us to provide immediate help to those in need in our own area. One hundred percent of the money raised stays in Northeast Ohio.
As you leave church this weekend, you will receive a flyer outlining the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Next weekend, we will ask you to make your pledge to the Catholic Charities Appeal here in church.
Over the next week I ask you read the flyer and to reflect upon the Gospel call to share with others what we have been given. This year Catholic Charities of Cleveland is celebrating 100 years of service to those in need. Give serious thought to what you are able to contribute so that this longstanding effort of assistance may continue.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – How have you responded when you or your ideas have not been accepted? What might you learn from Jesus’ in this regard?
PLEASE NOTE: Please note a change in time for the evening Mass on Ash Wednesday on your monthly calendars – the Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m.
ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 13 – Liturgical Ministers are asked to sign up on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette if you are able to minister at the 7:30 p.m. Mass for Ash Wednesday.
WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Donald & Marilyn Buynack; Shannon and Emma Barker; Sharon Barker; Colleen and Nina Insana; Scott Saber and family and Laura Soble and family. Their pictures can be found on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway.
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 – Please join us this Wednesday evening (February 6th) at our 6:45 p.m. liturgy for Eucharist and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. You need not carry heavy burdens or suffer alone. Our community is here to support you and pray for you. After Mass, prayer teams are available to pray with you if you desire.
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: There will be no Prime Time on Sunday, February 3rd. All teens are encouraged to volunteer for the Pancake Breakfast on February 10th. Set–up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Banquet Center.
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.
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.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUPwill be meeting on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Theology of the Body. We will discuss the two directions of the Spousal Analogy. Visitwww.moreyoungadults.comfor MORE information.
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]).
RAISING LAZARUS: JESUS CONFRONTS THE CULTURE OF DEATH – On Wednesday, February 27th from 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center Large Hall, Dr. George Matejka, professor at Ursuline College, will discuss the raising of Lazarus in John’s gospel as the “straw that broke the camel’s back” and directly leads to Jesus’ arrest.We will explore this story as a model of Jesus’ confrontation with the entire culture of violence and death. Its political and personal dimensions will help define discipleship today. No registration is required.
ST. NOEL FISH FRIES – Again this year there will be Fish Fries on Ash Wednesday being served 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. One time through the line for lunch on Ash Wednesday is $8.00 or all-you-can-eat is $11.00. Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday), we’ll serve from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Pricing on Fridays is $11 for adults. Children from 6-12 are $5 each and 5 and under are free on both Ash Wednesday and Fridays. Volunteers are needed for serving and cleanup for both Ash Wednesday and Fridays. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. You will not receive a phone call – just come at the time you have signed up. Also, Randy needs volunteers who can help set up Fish Fries on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center office (440-946-6635) and let them know.
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).
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 7th, bingo; on February 14th, bake sale, bingo; on February 21st, 12 Noon, meeting followed by luncheon of cavatelli w/meatballs & sausage, garlic sticks, salad and cherry pie. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440–946–0887).The cost is $6 and the deadline for tickets and payment is February 18th. On February 28th, the activities are bingo, 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 8th at 7:00 p.m., meet in St. Paschal’s Life Center for a spiritual discussion. The topic is “Problem Thinking.” Please bring a snack to share. Contact Jim (440–944–1552) if you would like to attend. On Thursday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m. there will be a general meeting at Eat–N–Park, 6035 SOM Center Rd. in Willoughby. Please contact Dan (440–223–8707) by February 12th to RSVP.
TETÉLESTAI PASSION PLAY – Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries’ musical passion play “Tetélestai” will be performed at churches throughout northeast Ohio between February 8th through Good Friday, March 29th. All performances start at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is no charge, but free–will offerings will be accepted. For locations or information, please visit www.livethepassion.org.
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] ).
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, February 10th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor, OH.
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].
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOLwill host its final placement exam for current eighth graders on Saturday, February 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Top scorers are eligible for renewable academic and leadership scholarships. Students can register online at www.ndcl.org. For more information, call the Office of Admissions( 440.279.1088).
YOUNG ADULTS IN THE CITY–Volunteer with other young adults (in their 20s and 30s) on Saturday, February 23rd. Meet at Ozanam Center at St. Philomena Church in East Cleveland to assist in the distribution of clothing and/or emergency food supplies to the area residents from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.To register, please call Laura (216-228-9516 or e-mail [email protected]). This event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Youth & Young Adult Ministry and CYO Office in the Diocese of Cleveland.
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]).
COMMEMORATIVE CONCERT – There will be a concert tocommemorate the February 27, 2012 tragedy at Chardon High School on February 26, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. atSt. Mary Catholic Church in Chardon. All are welcome.
ST. AUGUSTINE HEALTH MINISTRIES BENEFIT NIGHT – The annual Top O’ The Towers Benefit is on Friday, March 1 from 5:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m at LaCentre in Westlake. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will be used to create a hospice wing on the Health Campus – an extension of Holy Family Home. Contact 216-634-7402 or register on-line (www.StAugMinistries.org).