Weekly Bulletin 2/23/14

Dear Parishioner,

We have all experienced The St. Noel Concert Choir in a variety of musical settings. Now, get ready for something different! On Sunday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. we would like to gather our parish community for a special contemplative prayer service entitled “Castle of the Soul.” St.Teresa of Avila told her sisters that “the soul is like a castle made of precious jewels, containing many interesting rooms, yet we can live our whole lives and never discover what it’s like inside.”

Written by Liam Lawton, Tony Alsonso and Chris deSilwa, “Castle of the Soul” leads us through this exciting journey. This music consists of songs mixed with readings from the texts of  St. Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Francis de Sales, St. Augustine, Thomas Merton and Cardinal Leo Josef Suenens. They provoke us to ask the questions: Who are we? Where are we going? They remind us that “We can do no great thing, only small things with great love” and that “Christ has no body now but ours.”

The evening will be filled with music, dancing, candles, and meditations. We are convinced that it will be an engaging spiritual experience.  This service is open to all ages and is a great opportunity for our parish family to spend some time together in the middle of the Lenten Season.

Agnieszka Bieniek

WEBSITE NEWS – Those who wish to review homilies by Fr. George on our parish website will be happy to know that recent homilies will not only be available in written form but also as audio files. This will allow you to hear a recent homily on your computer, iPad, or smart phone. You can access recent homilies by visiting our parish website (stnoel.org). We are attempting to have each homily available by the Wednesday following the weekend on which it has been offered.

EVENING WITH POPE FRANCIS – On Wednesday, March 12th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. we will gather in the Large Hall to discuss the document “The Joy of the Gospel” issued by Pope Francis.  We have chosen three sections from the Exhortation for our Lenten reflection.  You will find them on our parish website.  A printable PDF file is also on the website.

GLORIA MUSIC – Our new Gloria music and recording can be found on our website on the home page in Recent News (scroll to the right – Music for New Gloria.)  You can also go to Music, click the link: This Month’s Liturgical Music.

WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would  like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Harry & Aimee Bergant, Natalya and Ahnna; Richard & Carol Bozak, Philip, Jonathan; Bill Dobbins; Nicole Jares; Christopher MacNab; Jacqueline O’Donnell; Phillip & Dana Schneeberger; & Mary Ann Sulc. Their pictures can be found on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway.

YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION: All high school teens completing 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action.  Y.N.I.A. is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer we will travel to Buffalo, New York, July 13th-20th. If you would like more information, please check the kiosk or contact Erica Witmer [email protected] or call 440-946-1128 x20. Space is limited and deposits are due by March 31st.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – If you are an adult interested in assisting at Children’s Liturgy of the Word, or a young person in grades 3-12 interested in ministering as a lector at Children’s Liturgy of the Word, please see Michele or contact her ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext.21)

GAME NIGHT – A second parish game night has been scheduled for Saturday, March 1st. Join us in the Banquet Center Large Hall after the 5:00 Mass. We will provide pizza and pop. Bring your favorite game and game night treat to share. Sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.

NICARAGUA 2014 – In partnership with IPM, St. Noel Church will travel to Nicaragua for 8 days from June 16th – June 23rd, 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 ext. 22).

DAYTIME RETREAT – The next Daytime Retreat will be on Wednesday, February 26th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The theme is “Caring for Caregivers.” The discussion will include resources and learning to care for ourselves in order to care for others and will be facilitated by Eleanor Reilly. Please sign up on the kiosk. The suggested donation is $6.00.  Further details can be found on the St. Noel website.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Next weekend, March 1st & 2nd, our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for our Social Justice Ministry.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For January 2014 we collected $1,101.57. Our expenses for February were:

Rent $1,070.00
Food Pantry 106.92
Meal at St. Augustine 330.00
Utilities 147.21
Lodging 123.97
Gas Cards 102.99
Donation to IRTF 100.00
Total: $1,981.09


endowment-tSomething 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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On February 27th, there will be bingo and the celebration of birthdays, and anniversaries. On March 6th, there will be bingo. On March 13th there will be bingo. On March 20th there will be socializing, meeting and luncheon of Cavetelli w/sausage & meatballs, salad, rolls & butter, dessert.  For tickets call Theresa Durik, 440-585-9088. The cost is $6 and deadline for tickets & payment is March 17th. On March 27th there will be bingo, and the celebration of  birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and receive a 50/50 ticket.  Everyone is welcome.

THE TRUST 100 FIVE-STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for high school seniors is available in the pocket on the kiosk.  Applications need to be turned in to DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home by April 1, 2014.

“THE PAPACY: ONE YEAR LATER” – In commemoration of the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University is pleased to present five speakers on Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fee is $75. For information and registration, please call 216.397.1651 or visit: sites.jcu.edu/papacyconference

FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – This group is for singles 40 and over. There will be a monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. If you have questions or need more information, please call Dan (440-223-8707).

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. To make a reservation, please call Annette Gorris (440-526-6138).

SPRING CRAFT SHOW – New for 2014 – The Willoughby Hills Spring Craft Show will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Community Center.  For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit our website at www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Willoughby Hills will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sundays, March 2nd, March 9th and March 16th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Willoughby Hills Community Center.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at City Hall and the Community Center Office. Ticket prices are Adults ($6 pre-sale, $7 at the door), children ages 6 thru 12 ($3.50), under 5 are free.

TUTORS NEEDED – Seeds of Literacy, a non-profit 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.

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – February 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm come quench your thirst and “Tap” into Jesuit Retreat House.  This is a Jesuit Retreat House fundraiser held at Great Lakes Brewing Company Tasting Room.  Guest speaker is Coach Tom Arth.  Register online at www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300.

GROWING THROUGH GRIEF – a bereavement support series being held at St. Gabriel Parish on Tuesday evenings beginning February 25th and going through April 1st from 7 to 8:30 pm. For additional information please call Eileen 440-255-1447.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS – Three weekends are set for the Cleveland area for 2014: March 7-9, June 27-29 or October 10-12.  Now is the time to sign up.  For more information please call:Theresa or Eric Charmley (440-533-5943) or www.WWME.org.  Weekends are held at the Clarion Inn, Hudson OH.

DIOCESAN GAY-LESBIAN FAMILY MINISTRY Is sponsoring a Lenten Day of Reflection on Saturday, March 8th at our Lady of Victory Parish in Tallmadge, OH.  The day will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with 5 p.m. Mass.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Please check the kiosk for registration information and directions.  Registration due by March 3rd.

CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES’ traveling Charismatic Mass will be held at St. John Vianney Parish on Friday, February 28th.  Praise and worship will begin at 7 pm and the liturgy will begin at 7:30 pm.  For more information, please contact Fr. Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445.

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