In the upcoming weeks the process of selecting a new Pastor for St. Noel will begin. Priests of our diocese will be notified that the position will be available this June. Those who are interested will be able to apply for the position as Pastor. The Diocesan Clergy Personnel
Board, consisting of priests who have been elected by their fellow priests, will guide this process. They will interview all the priests who apply to determine which one would be best suited for St. Noel.
As a part of this process, parishioners will be invited to describe the qualities they would desire in the new Pastor through an internet survey. I will provide more information about this survey when it is available.
Members of the Diocesan Personnel Board will also visit St. Noel to meet with the Staff, Pastoral Council and Finance Council.
I want to emphasize that our Pastoral Council is an important way for parishioners to communicate their opinions to the Personnel Board. I have included the names of our Parish Pastoral Council members below.
Leigh Ann Kerns
In the upcoming weeks I invite you to approach a council member and express to him or her what characteristics and skills you feel are important for your new Pastor to have. Council members will then have the opportunity to express these directly to the Personnel Board when they meet.
This process of consultation has been in place for many years and generally produces great results. I ask you to co-operate with it to assist in our transition to new leadership.
And, as always, I encourage you to keep all those involved in your prayers that we might determine the best person to serve as the next Pastor of St. Noel.
Fr. George Smiga
LATIN AMERICA COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Church in Latin America. Your support provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, and other programs to share our faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For December 2018, we collected $10,803.34. Our expenses for December were:
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Thank you for your support.
NOEL COLLECTION ENVELOPES – are available for pick up on the table in the Narthex. Each boxed set of envelopes is an entire year’s worth of weekly donations. One box per family please!
For those parishioners who participate in the Catholic Education Fund (C.E.F.), please stop by the parish office to pick up your C.E.F. envelopes for the coming year.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE – is starting its winter programs.
Fr. George Smiga – The Mystery of the Cross: Exploring the Gospel of Mark.
Saturdays, through March 2, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Alan Kolp – Lincoln, Merton, Day and King: Four Americans who Impressed Pope Francis.
Mondays, January 28 and February 4 & 11, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Additional information can be found on the kiosk or online at ceirs.org.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months should call the parish office (440-946-0887) to register for a baptism preparation session.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
SENIOR MARKET – Our monthly produce giveaway is moved to the 4th Monday for January & February due to federal holidays. Our January market is scheduled for this Monday, January 28th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center.
2019 MASS INTENTIONS are available throughout the remainder of the 2019 calendar year. This is a wonderful way to remember our special intentions, while having our church community come together in prayer. Please stop by the parish office to schedule a mass intention.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – We are currently in need of peanut butter and jelly. The pantry continues to thrive because of your generosity. Thank you!
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, February 7th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together!
PARISH DAYIME RETREAT – will be February 6th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Abiding in Love”, facilitated by the Core Group. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. if you are able a donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
PARISH POTLUCK AND GAME NIGHT – Join us on Saturday, February 9th after the 5:00 Mass for this evening of fun and fellowship for ALL AGES. Join us in the Banquet Center Large Hall where Chef Randy will provide pizza and pop. You bring a favorite appetizer, salad, side dish, dessert, or snack and a favorite game to share. Please sign up on the kiosk by February 5th.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Mark your calendar for the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 10th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Tickets are not required, and a free will donation will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry program.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Teens, middle schoolers, parents, and parishioners, please consider volunteering to work a shift at the Pancake Breakfast on February 10th. Please fill out a volunteer form found in the kiosk or contact Kaitlin at (440) 946-1128 ext. 120 or [email protected].
LUNCH WITH FATHER GEORGE – High school teens are invited to attend lunch with Father George on Sunday, February 24th following the 11:00 mass. This is a great opportunity to spend time with our beloved pastor and to seek answers to questions you have about the Catholic faith. Please RSVP and submit questions by February 17th to Kaitlin at [email protected].
JAIL MINISTRY – St. Noel is part of a 5-parish team that leads Sunday night communion services in the Lake County jail. We are in need of additional ministers. We always serve in pairs and training is provided. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128).
HOLD THE DATES – Plans are being made for our Lenten series to be held on Tuesdays, March 12, 19 & 26 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The theme is wholeness/holiness. Our presenters are members of our parish. Watch the bulletin for more details.
2018 BLOOD DRIVES – This past year, we collected 86 pints at St. Noel which means the lives of up to 258 patients in need have been positively impacted! Thanks to all who donated and helped at the drives. Our first blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for February 24th.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1-9 p.m. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. We are looking for an additional person to fill in the 6-7 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – No meetings during the months of January & February. Meetings will resume on March 7, 2019.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – Will be held on February 13th, from Noon – 2:00 p.m. The topic is “It’s Never Too Late to Become What You Might Have Been” will be Michael P. Wojciechowicz’s topic. Mike is a formally trained actor, stand-up comedian and 14-year veteran member of Toastmasters International. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center. Cost is $18 per person which includes chicken noodle soup, lemon chicken tosca, oven roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables and cherry pie. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by February 8th. All are welcome!