Christmas is this Wednesday. Our Mass schedule will be 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass (Christmas music begins at 11:00 p.m.) and 11:00 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.
Please remember that we have no 9:00 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day. With the additional seats we will add to the church, we are able to seat 800 people. Each year at the 4:30 p.m. Liturgy, we have over 900 people present. So you will clearly need to arrive early if you desire to be seated. At all the remaining Masses attendance runs between 400-500 so you will not have problems finding a seat at these liturgies.
The holidays are a busy time and many dates are being filled with family and workplace celebrations. But there is one date you should reserve in your calendar today. On Sunday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m. our Music Ministry will present their annual Epiphany Concert. The entire forces of our Music Ministry will reprise their Christmas program. This will include an 80-voice choir, the 17-voice Chamber Singers, 11-member Youth Bell Choir, our handbell choir which rings 5 octaves of bells and chimes, and our excellent instrumentalists.
The Epiphany Concert provides an opportunity for those of you who were not able to attend the Midnight Liturgy to enjoy the Christmas songs of our Music Ministry. Those who did attend Midnight Mass can re-live the experience!
After the concert we invite you to join us for cookies and beverages served in the Narthex. You will also have an opportunity to talk to the Music Ministry members. Please invite your family and friends to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music.
Fr. George Smiga
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 – A sign-up sheet for New Year’s Day is on the bulletin board in the coatroom area. Please sign up if you will be attending this liturgy.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY THRU MARCH has been emailed and mailed. Please let us know if you did NOT receive your schedule. The schedule has also been put on the St. Noel web page.
GOOD SHEPHERD – No session next Sunday, December 29th. Enjoy the holidays!
CALLL – No session this Wednesday, December 25th. Merry Christmas!
YOUTH GROUP will gather again on January 5, 2014. Have a wonderful Christmas!
CHRISTMAS PROJECT UPDATE – This year, thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise $6,800 and both fill and deliver 100 baskets to those in need. With the assistance of the choir, who gave the gift of music by caroling, we also delivered fruit, poinsettia plants and cards to 48 of our homebound parishioners. Thank you for your support!
ST. AUGUSTINE HUNGER CENTER – Please note our volunteers will NOT be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center in December.
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).
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.”
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Fr. George Smiga will present “Angels and Demons in the Bible” on eight Saturdays beginning January 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. The discussions will begin with the exposition of particular biblical texts, but will ultimately seek to discover what the belief in angels and demons reveals about the nature of God and how that belief might have relevance to everyday life. The fee is $120. 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).
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Please note there will be no meetings on December 26th or January 2nd. 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 on Wednesday evening January 8th, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor. This special evening is intended to offer practical advice, support, and the skills to move forward in the new year. To register or for more information, please contact Karen (440-352-8282 or email:[email protected].)
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.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE –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
“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).
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).
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.
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. To donate your vehicle and have it picked up within 24 hours, call 1-800-322-8284 or visit www.svdpusacars.com.