For the last five years, Kathy Barr has served us as office assistant in our parish office. Kathy has done an excellent job in welcoming those who contact us in person and over the phone. She facilitates those who use our Food Pantry and edits our weekly bulletin. She also provides reliable service to me in keeping track of our upcoming marriages and recording the sacraments which have been celebrated at St. Noel in our parish records.
Kathy will be retiring at the end of January. She has many ideas on how to spend her additional time together with her husband, Rick. She plans to remain a parishioner at St. Noel. I am sure you will join with me in thanking Kathy for her years of service.
Since we will be facing a major transition when Carole Lester retires this summer, we do not plan to replace Kathy until Carole’s successor is in place. Therefore, for the next few months we will be in need of assistance in our office. If there are any parishioners who are free during the day and are willing to volunteer some time to answer phones and welcome those who visit our office, please contact me or Carole Lester. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Fr. George Smiga
ST. NOEL WEBSITE – Our new parish website is up and running at http://stnoel.org. You will see a new look and much more information. All the information is divided into nine categories at the top of the homepage with scroll down menus. A complete website map can be found at the bottom of the homepage. Please take a few moments to review the site and its appearance. We are eager to receive your feedback and comments, which you can leave on the website itself.
ST. NOEL OFFICE MANAGER POSITION – A full job description for this position can be found on our parish website (www.stnoel.org). It is also posted on our diocesan website. The position is open to all qualified persons whether they be St. Noel parishioners or not. All resumes should be submitted to Fr. George Smiga by February 1st. Please spread the word that we have begun this search. We hope to have our new office manager in place by April 2014.
MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Are you looking for a closer encounter with Jesus? We have an opening for the 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. hour at our Eucharistic Adoration, or feel free to stop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Mondays. Please call Jan with any questions (440-951-5593).
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, February 1st in the Banquet Center 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 an appetizer, side dish, dessert or snack AND your favorite board game to share. Sign up on the kiosk.
DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat is on Wednesday, February 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme is “Introduction to the Mystics.” The retreat includes prayer, presentations, discussion and lunch. The suggested donation is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch. Please sign up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440-946-0887).
YOUTH MINISTRY: There will be NO PEACE or Prime Time this Sunday night. There will be a meeting for The Student Leadership Team from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit youth ministry will be held on Sunday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Large Hall. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, hash browns, coffee and juice. We will be accepting donations at the door and tickets will not be sold ahead of time. The suggested donation amount is $7.00 per person. If you plan on attending please sign-up on the kiosk after Mass. Thank you for your support!
LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION will take place next weekend. This is the only appeal made by the Diocesan Mission Office for the Cleveland Latin American Mission in El Salvador. It is the main support for three priests and one religious Sister who work in the three parishes served by our Missionaries. It also makes a contribution to the Church in Latin America and benefits projects and the formation of seminarians, religious, and lay leaders in 23 countries across Latin America.
ANNUAL ABRAHAMIC DINNER: The Niagara Foundation of Cleveland is hosting its annual Abrahamic Dinner at the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls (16349 Chillicothe Rd.) on Wednesday, February 5th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Pluralism” and presenters from each of the Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – will offer brief reflections on the topic. The dinner is free, donations will be accepted. To register, email the foundation at cleveland.niagarafoundation.org or call 440-520-2269. The evening promises to be interesting and enriching and will provide an opportunity for us to reconnect with our Muslim and Jewish friends. Please consider attending.
NICARAGUA 2014 – In partnership with IPM, St. Noel Church will travel to Nicaragua for 8 days in June 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 x22.
CLOTHES NEEDED – A male, recently released from prison, is in need of clothing, especially pants size 32×32. Contact Anthony if you can help.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, January 26th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – There are two more Winter Courses offered by the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies. The first is a four week course presented by Alan Kolp, Ph.D., “The Spirit of Thomas Merton: From Seeker to Sanctity.” It begins on January 22nd and runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. The fee is $60. The second course will run on six Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning February 19th (no class on March 5). Alison Benders, J.D., Ph.D. will present “Religions in America’s Globalized Society.” The fee is $90.
For more information, please call Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507). Use the registration form in the CEIRS brochure (in the kiosk pocket), or send your name, address, phone, e-mail, check made out to CEIRS, and the name of the course(s) to The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, 2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106-3696. You may also check the web (www.ceirs.org).
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP will begin a new series on Pope Francis’ document “The Joy of the Gospel.” We will explore the urgent need to joyfully proclaim the Gospel in our lives and we will learn more about Pope Francis. All young adults in their twenties and thirties are invited to join us on Saturday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. Each meeting begins with pizza, includes time for reading and discussing, and ends with a social outing. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: January 23rd, socializing, meeting and lunch at 12:30 p.m. The menu is scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, French toast w/syrup & butter, sausage and Danish. The cost is $6 and the deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, January 20th. For ticket information, please call the parish office (440-946-0887). On January 30th, there will be a bake sale and bingo, and the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. Receive a free 50/50 raffle ticket when you bring something for the food pantry. Everyone is welcome.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. On Friday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. join in for the monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This event is well-attended and good for old and new members. Please bring money for pizza, a snack to share, and a favorite game. Please RSVP to Karen ([email protected]).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On February 5th, Fr. Matthew Roche, SJ will discuss some different kinds of prayer with a session entitled, “Evening Prayer for Men: How to Pray.” The program runs from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and the cost is $15. To register, please contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300) or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
NOTRE DAME SKILLS LAB – We tutor students of all ages, in all subjects. The Skills Lab is located on the grounds of SS. Robert & William Parish in Euclid. Our teachers are all licensed and highly qualified. Please call for further information (216-291-2273).
DONATE THAT OLD CAR TO THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Donate your used car, van or pickup truck to the SVDP Car Donation Program, and avoid the hassles and headaches of trading it in or selling it yourself. Your vehicle will be sold and the proceeds used by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Diocese of Cleveland in their charitable programs that assist the needy and suffering. You may also be eligible for an income tax deduction. Your car can be picked up within 24 hours. Please call for further information (1-800-322-8284 or visit www.svdpusacars.com.)
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Upcoming school open house dates are Thursday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you can’t make it for these dates and times, please call to make a personal appointment (440-442-7450). Please check the flyer on the kiosk for further information.
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 Saturday, February 8th at St. Ignatius High School. For more information, please call St. Ignatius High School (216-651-0222 ext. 253) or e-mail ([email protected] or [email protected]) before the courses begin.
CATHOLIC CEMETERY WORKSHOP – Cemetery/ funeral costs have become the third largest expense most families will pay for in their lifetime. A workshop for All Souls Cemetery will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the All Souls Cemetery office, 10366 Chardon Rd. Everyone who attends receives a Catholic Personal Planning Guide. There is no fee for the workshop, but please call to register (cemetery office 440-286-7151 ext. #4, Michael Vujas 216-570-5839 or e-mail [email protected])
CONGRATULATIONS WEBELOS – Troop 306 would like to congratulate all graduating Webelos from the parish. We invite you to visit our troop at any of our upcoming meetings on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney. Please let us know you are coming and contact [email protected] for details.