Week of February 10, 2013
The 40 days of Lent which begin this Wednesday are a special time for prayer, charity and spiritual growth. I am listing below the opportunities which our parish is providing to celebrate this season well.
- This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday; a Service of the Word with ashes will take place at Noon. Evening Eucharist with ashes will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m.
- We will have 3 speakers during Lent to deepen the appreciation of our faith: On Wednesday, February 20, Fr. Joseph Koopman will speak on “Virtues for Lent: Disrupting the Roots of Sin.” Fr. Koopman will speak as part of ourGIFT program. Register for the entire program which includes a meal (beginning at 6:00 p.m. by phoning 440–946–1128, ext. 18) or simply come to the talk at 6:55 p.m. On Wednesday, February 27th, Dr. George Matejka will speak on“Raising Lazarus: Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death” at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, March 6th, Fr. Mark Hobson will speak on “Irritation, Imagination and Transformation: the Prophet in the Bible and Today” at 7:30 p.m.
- On Wednesday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. we will hold our Communal Penance Service.
- Every Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, February 15th, the Stations will be led by Deacon Dave Nethery.
- We will be collecting bags of items for Forbes House (the Lake County women’s shelter), Project Hope (the Lake County homeless shelter), Birthright and St. Augustine Hunger Center. This year we will also be collecting for YWCA’s Independence Place, which offers housing, GED preparation, career assessments and job placements to young women between the ages of 18–24 who have aged–out of foster care. Tags indicating the items needed for each agency can be found in the narthex. Please use a plastic bag for your items, closing it with the yarn and tag provided. If you do not have your own plastic bags, please help yourself to the plastic bags which are also on the table. Return filled bags to the right-hand bin in the food pantry area.
- Lenten “Rice Bowls” are also available. Placing change into these bowls on a regular basis during Lent will help feed many in developing countries and support projects promoting agricultural, nutritional, and educational programs to encourage self-sufficiency. When the bowls are filled, they can be returned to the parish office.
- Catholics 14 years and older are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, adult Catholics (18-59 yr.) are also asked to fast – that is, limit their food to a simple full meal and two lesser meals.
- Finally, we ask your participation in our Lenten Fish Fries. This year we will begin the Fish Fries on Ash Wednesday, February 13th, with a day seating from 11:00 to 1:30 p.m. and an evening seating 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The day session will offer a reduced price option. The Fish Fries will continue on the Fridays of Lent at the usual 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. time. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish, and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
Each Lenten season invites us to grow in our faith as we prepare to celebrate the great Feast of Easter. Please consider including one or more of the opportunities above as part of your Lenten observance.
Fr. George Smiga
FR. TOM DRAGGA who has served St. Noel as a weekend presider since 1995 will be assuming a new assignment beginning July 1, 2013. Fr. Tom will be joining the staff of St. Luke’s Institute in Silver Springs, Maryland. St. Luke’s provides service to priests and to men and women religious who are dealing with a wide variety of psychological and spiritual problems. Fr. Tom will continue to preside here until he leaves the diocese this summer. We are presently exploring whether there is a way he can continue to preside at our liturgies when he visits his family in Cleveland in the years ahead. He is excited about this new opportunity to serve the Church. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – What do you need to “leave behind” in order to follow Jesus more closely?
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.
SERVERS NEEDED: We are in need of servers for all weekend masses, especially the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. Serving is open to anyone age 10 (or in 4th grade) and older: kids, teens, adults. Parents can even serve with their children. Anyone interested is welcome. Why not give it a try? If interested, please call the parish office, 440-946-0887.
CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Clemente, Kayleigh Cook, Jonah Cook, Regina Iafelice, Rachel Krevh, Michael Mandac, Ann Melinz, and Alicia Perovsek who completed the first semester of the 2012–2013 school year at Notre Dame–Cathedral Latin with honors.
NO CALLL/PEACE – On Wednesday, February 13th (Ash Wednesday) and Wednesday, February 20th (GIFT).
PRIME TIME: There will be no Prime Time on Sunday, February 10th. There will be a student leadership meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
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]).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For January, 2013 we collected $13,504.46. Our expenses for January were:
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We thank you for your support.
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… 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: On February 14th, bake sale, bingo and 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
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. 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 until 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.
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 SCHOOL will 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. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chardon. All are welcome.
“HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE & DISCERN HIS WILL” – Participate in a Lenten series led by John Paul II Apostolate’s widely-acclaimed and solidly-Catholic director, Greg Miller. The series runs on Sundays, February 24th-March 17th from 5-7 p.m. at Lourdes Shrine,21281 Chardon Rd. inEuclid.The cost is $35/single, $60/married couple.Registeron–line (JPIIA.org) or mail a check to “JPII Apostolate”, P.O. Box 32186, Euclid, OH 44132).
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).