Week of February 24, 2013
Every organization has its own mission, and most organizations develop a mission statement to express it. A mission statement is an attempt to identify what a particular group is about. It contains the group’s core values. It can be used to describe the group to others and suggest why they may wish to be a part of it. It can be used as a touchstone when the group is making important decisions to assure that those decisions are supportive of its primary purpose.
Church groups formulate mission statements to express the unique aspects of their communities and to guide them in their service of God. Our Parish Pastoral Council developed a temporary mission statement when it was formed in 1993. Our present Pastoral Council decided that it was time to develop a full mission statement to guide our parish. The council met over four months and worked with Mr. Rick Krivanka, who is an expert in pastoral planning, to devise a statement which would express who we are and what we value. The challenge of a mission statement is that it should be as brief and concise as possible.
After much prayer and reflection the council discerned a one sentence mission statement to serve our community. We now seek to determine whether the parish as a whole agrees with the mission statement. After all, the statement must resonate in a significant way with the community. Therefore, I am asking all of you to spend the next week reflecting on the proposed mission statement:
“St. Noel is a Catholic Community
and earnest service
all for building God’s Kingdom.”
As you can see the three values which the Pastoral Council felt were most central to St. Noel were worship, welcoming and service. We are, of course, much more than this. But the purpose of a mission statement is to capture what is at the heart of our identity.
Next week before Mass we will be conducting an in–pew survey of your response to this mission statement. We want to know how well this statement expresses what you feel is our mission and purpose. Please give this statement some prayerful thought and come to Mass next week prepared to share your response with us.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – Recall a time or moment in your life when God’s presence was very evident to you. Did you tell anyone about it? Why or why not?
PLEASE NOTE: Eucharistic Adoration will end at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25.
RAISING LAZARUS: JESUS CONFRONTS THE CULTURE OF DEATH – Our second event of the “Four Wednesdays in Lent” series will be a talk on Wednesday, February 27th from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. 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.
DAYTIME RETREAT – Plan to attend on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The theme for the retreat is “Learning to Live in the ‘What Is’: Helpful Hints from St. Therese and Other Spiritual Mentors.” Members of the community will share their experiences. Please sign-up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440–946–0887). The suggested donation for lunch and materials is $6.
ST. NOEL FISH FRIES – Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday), we’ll serve from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pricing is $11 for adults, children from 6-12 are $5 each and 5 and under are free. Volunteers are needed for serving and cleanup. 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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m. in the church (after the fish fry). On Friday, March 1st, stations will be led by the Social Justice Ministry.
CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND will perform another wonderful free concert at St. Noel Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in church. The Concert program will include Symphony No.26, K184 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet (version with string orchestra) by Karol Maria Weber with soloist Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet, and Symphony No.86 by Joseph Haydn.
ASH WEDNESDAY – We collected $548.00 on Ash Wednesday and will be sending this to Birthright.
PRIME TIME: There will be no Prime Time on Sunday, February 24th.
CALLL/PEACE meets this Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: dismissal will be at 7:00 p.m. from the Narthex. The early dismissal will allow us to clear the parking lot before cars start to arrive for the 7:30 “Wednesdays in Lent” speaker.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – 2013 will be held during the week of July 15th – 19th. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details. It’s going to be a rip-roarin’ time!
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend, March 2nd–3rd, ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for the Social Justice Fund.
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).
BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Our Bereavement Ministry invites anyone (participants need not be parishioners) who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a series of evenings designed to support and assist people in their grieving. The series will be held in the Nativity Room on Thursday evenings from April 4th through May 9th, 2013. Each evening will include some time for prayer. These sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887) by Monday, April 1 (or sooner, if possible). Fliers are available in the kiosk.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS –Our Social Justice Ministry is very pleased to be partnering with Geauga Family Farms again this year as a drop off site for their CSA. By becoming a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member, you can enjoy the tastes, smells and textures of truly fresh, pesticide free, organic vegetables and fruits throughout a 20 week season beginning in early spring. This is a great way for us to become better stewards of our bodies and our planet! If there is excess produce on any given week it goes to our food pantry. More information about purchasing a share for the 20 week season can be found on the bright yellow fliers on the table in the narthex.
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 February 28th, 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. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org):
- February 25, 2013. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lenten Luncheon: “Faith on the Line, Living Your Faith Daily” by Fr. Robert Sanson
- March 4, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Faith Becomes You” by Sr. Melanie Svoboda.
- March 6, 2013. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. “Lenten Evening Reflection: The History and Meaning of Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Suffering of God.” Presenter: Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, SC. Cost: $15. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org
2013 AQUINAS LECTURE IN PHILOSOPHY – “The Normativity of Truth – Thomas Aquinas and Some Recent Philosophers” will be presented by Dr. John P. O’Callaghan of the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Borromeo Seminary. Please contact Dr. Chad Engelland for more information (440–943–7600).
RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN THEIR TWENTIES AND THIRTIES: The “What Next” retreat will be held at Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon, OH. It starts on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00 a.m. and concludes on Palm Sunday, March 24th at noon. Mass is included in the retreat. The cost is $30 and includes meals and supplies. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visitwww.CharisMinistries.org or contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND at [email protected] or call 216-486-5555.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS PANCAKE BREAKFASTS will be on Sundays, March 3rd, March 10th and March 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Willoughby Hills Community Center. For more information call (440-975-3540).
“BE STILL” – A CONCERT FOR LENT featuring Richard Gullion (Keyboard), Heidi Albert (Cello), Martin Neubert (Oboe), Linda White (Flute) will take place on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. at River’s Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds for benefit of Women’s Outreach Center. Register for this program by calling (216–688–1111 x251).
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY – For more information, and to become better acquainted with our organization, you are invited to our Informational Coffee, March 13th at Parmadale, 6753 State Road in Parma, Cottage #14, 10:30 a.m. Call Annette Gorris (440–526–6138) or Leah Funk (440–708–2359).
11th ANNUAL BASEBALL SKILLS CAMP will be held at Lake Catholic High School March 8th and March 9th. Registration forms are available in the kiosk. For information, call Coach Dennis Woods (216–513–0374).
THE TRUST 100 FIVE-STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for high school seniors is available in the parish office. Applications need to be turned in to DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home by April 1, 2013.