Weekly Bulletin 12/15/13

Dear Parishioner,

Carole Lester has served as the office manager of St. Noel Parish since 1991. In these years Carole has touched the lives of thousands of people not simply by her organization of parish mailings and reports, but through her daily personal interaction with parishioners in a helpful and welcoming manner. In her 20 plus years of ministry she has developed a comprehensive understanding of our parishioners and of what is required to keep our parish functioning smoothly. She has been an integral part of our parish staff, serving them as a colleague and friend.

This summer Carole informed me that she plans to retire at the end of June 2014. She will remain a part of St. Noel and desires to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

We wish Carole the best in her retirement, but now in consultation with our staff and Finance Council, I am beginning a search to find a new office manager for our parish. The job is full-time with benefits. We are looking for a person with strong planning and organizational skills including basic accounting and record keeping. He or she will also require well-developed interpersonal and communication skills and be a highly self-motivated individual.

Most importantly, the candidate must be a person of service who is committed to support the work of our staff and to welcome all who visit our office. A full job description can be found on our parish website www.stnoel.org. Resumes should be submitted to me by February 1st. We hope to have our new office manager in place by April 2014, so that he or she might be able to work with Carole for several months.

I have also posted the job description on our diocesan website. The position is open to all qualified persons whether they be St. Noel parishioners or not. Please spread the word that we have begun this search. I can assure whoever chooses to apply that this job is an opportunity not only to work with our talented and positive staff and serve a wonderful parish but also to make a real contribution to promoting the Gospel of Christ.

Fr. George Smiga

BULLETIN ARTICLES – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles for the December 28th & 29th bulletin and the January 2014 monthly calendar events must be in the parish office by Monday, December 16th. All articles for the January 4th & 5th bulletin must be in the parish office by Thursday, December 19th.

USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays. We welcome men and women. The commitment is one Sunday per month and you will have a schedule in advance. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for further details.

LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Sign-up sheets for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on the bulletin board in the coatroom area.  We only have a couple weeks until Christmas, so please sign up if you will be attending any of the liturgies.

CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT will be celebrated next weekend. Across the nation this campaign offers solutions by supporting the poor and low-income in acquiring affordable housing, fair wages, and access to health care and vocational training. Your continued support helps fight poverty in America and defend human dignity. Ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations. Please make checks payable to St. Noel with “Campaign for Human Development” in the memo line.

CALLL – There will be no regular session this Wednesday, December 18th. Instead, families are invited to attend the Advent Communal Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.

DRIVER NEEDED – We have a parishioner on Maplegrove Ave. who is in need of ride to Church on Saturdays for the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  If you can help, please call Anthony (440-946-1128 x22).

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY – St. Noel offers many ministries to assist people and to advocate for those in need. Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve God? Call Anthony to discuss some possibilities (440-946-1128 x22).

POSITION AVAILABLE – Project Hope, the homeless shelter in Lake County, is seeking applicants for two part-time positions.  Qualifications are BA/BS with LSW preferred.  See the kiosk for a full job description.  The deadline to apply is December 18th.

BLOOD DRIVES AT ST. NOEL – We are in need of volunteers to continue the Red Cross blood drives at the parish. Currently, we have no blood drives scheduled for 2014 but would like to offer this service to the community. If you can give 1-2 hours on a Sunday morning, please contact Anthony (440-946-1128 x22 or [email protected]).

CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the pocket of the kiosk. The theme of the December issue is “Liturgy of the Hours, Sharing Your Day with God.”

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: December 19th, celebration of birthdays and anniversaries and a Christmas Luncheon including prime rib, baked potato, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, and cheesecake w/strawberry. The cost of the luncheon is $13 and the deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, December 16th. Call the parish office for ticket information (440-946-0887). Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Please note there will be no meeting on December 26th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The next meeting is on January 9, 2014.

SHOUT AND THE LEGENDS OF SOUL will return to the Banquet Center stage on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. A dinner buffet will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be reserved by calling the Banquet Center office (440-946-6635). Hope to see you there!

DIVORCED OR SEPARATED? STRUGGLING WITH THE HOLIDAYS? Join a special program intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on December 18th and January 8th at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor. To register or for more information, please contact Karen (440-352-8282 or email:[email protected])

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – Two overnight retreats are coming soon at the Jesuit Retreat house. First, a “Calix Retreat for AA Men” will be held over the weekend of December 20th & 21st. Fr. James Schmitz will do a walk-through of the highlights from Richard Rohr’s book Breathing Under Water on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps. The cost is $155. Second, there will be an overnight New Year’s Eve retreat, “What are Your New Year’s Resolutions With Christ?” from Tuesday, December 31st to Wednesday, January 1st.  This retreat is facilitated by Fr. Matt Roche, SJ. The cost is $90.00. To register contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org

ST. JOHN VIANNEY “CHORAL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS” – You are invited to a concert on Sunday, December 15th at 3:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor. Admission is free, but donations would be greatly appreciated. Please call Marge Beatty for more information (440-257-8888).

RALLY FOR LIFE – St. Justin Martyr Church is chartering a bus to the Rally for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2014 for the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The bus will leave the St. Justin Martyr parking lot on Tuesday evening, January 21st at 10:00 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Please call Pat for more information (440-946-8154).

“CATHOLICS COMING HOME” – Divine Word Parish in Kirtland will conduct a series for non-practicing Catholics who may be seeking information about returning to the Church. Please consider mentioning it to someone you know and feel free to attend with that person if it would make them feel more comfortable. The seven sessions are on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 14th. For more information, please call Deacon Carl Varga or Mrs. Marti Smith (440-256-1412).

TOUCH A LIFE…BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER – There are many opportunities available to help patients wherever they call home. Opportunities to serve are diverse, from transportation to visits, to making phone calls, and attending health fairs, plus many more. The next education series for volunteers will take place at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2345 Lee Rd. The series will begin on Monday, January 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please see the flyer on the kiosk or call 800-707-8922, ext. 6881 for more information.

THE HOPE CHEST in Painesville wants to wish everyone “Happy Holidays” and thank you for your generous support in 2013.  As a reminder, our “store” will be closed beginning December 19th, reopening on Monday, January 6, 2014.  Please do not bring donations or leave anything on the dock during that time.  When we reopen, Hope Chest will be glad to take your new and used bedding, small housewares, and clothing, especially men’s items. Visit our website http://hopechest.yolasite.com  or email us at [email protected] for current needs.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR CHRIST is in need of gauze, tape, bandages, rubber gloves, eyeglasses, up-to-date vitamins, antibiotic creams, over-the-counter cough and allergy medicines, Tylenol, Motrin, and Aleve. Please call Judy (440-975-9028) for more information. Thank you.

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. Call 216-291-2273 for further information.

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST – On Friday, December 27, 2013 you are invited to honor St. John as the Patron Saint of our Diocese, our Cathedral Parish, and the Cathedral Church itself. Bishop Lennon will celebrate the 12:00 noon Mass with the addition of special music. At 7:00 p.m., Bishop Lennon will preside at Solemn Sung Vespers. All are welcome, especially the young and those preparing for initiation. Free secure parking is available. Come and celebrate this Feast of our Patron Saint in the beauty of the Christmas Season at St. John Cathedral.

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