This Lent we will be offering an “Evening with Pope Francis.” The Holy Father is not able to be with us in person, but we will have his words upon which to reflect. Last year the Pope issued an important document which is officially called an Exhortation. Its title in Latin is Evangelii Gaudium and in English it translates “The Joy of the Gospel.” This is the most important document Francis has issued so far in his papacy; In a wonderful way, it crystalizes his view of the church and his ministry within it.
The Exhortation is quite long (288 sections). Although it is very rewarding to read, it would take over 3 hours to do so. Therefore, we have identified three important selections from the Exhortation for our Lenten reflection. You will find them on our parish website. A printable PDF file is also on the website, if you wish to make your own copy.
We will gather on Wednesday, March 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Large Hall. We ask those participating to read the chosen selections beforehand. I will lead the discussion. I will first give a brief overview of selection A of the letter. There will then be time for table discussion based upon the following questions:
Which comments of the Pope did I find noteworthy? Why?
What resonated with my own lived experience of faith?
The floor will then be open to share the results of the discussion with all present. This same format will then be repeated for selections B & C.
Because of the power of the Pope’s words, this evening promises to be a rewarding spiritual experience. Please plan to join us on March 12th.
Fr. George Smiga
WEBSITE NEWS – Our new parish website is powered by a program called WordPress. We are looking for a parishioner, conversant with WordPress, who would be willing to serve as a consultant to the website. If you have advanced skills in WordPress and would be willing to offer some limited time to make our website more effective, please contact Fr. George at the parish office (440-946-0887).
Those who wish to review homilies by Fr. George on our parish website will be happy to know that recent homilies will not only be available in written form but also as audio files. This will allow you to hear a recent homily on your computer, iPad, or smart phone. You can access recent homilies by visiting our parish website (stnoel.org). We are attempting to have each homily available by the Wednesday following the weekend on which it has been offered.
GLORIA MUSIC – Our new Gloria music and recording can be found on our website on the home page in Recent News (scroll to the right) – Music for New Gloria. You can also go to Music, click the link: This Month’s Liturgical Music.
LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION – We collected $110.00 for this collection. Thank you for your generosity.
PEACE & PRIME TIME will not gather this Sunday.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Youth Ministry will be held this Sunday, 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. Walk-ins are welcome. Thank you for your support!
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT: Our high school retreat “We Are the Body of Christ” will be held February 21st-23rd at Cedar Hills in Painesville. This weekend is open to all high school youth. Registration forms can be found in the kiosk or on the St. Noel website. The deadline for these to be returned has been extended until February 12th.
CALLING ALL YOUTH IN GRADES 3-12 – If you are interested in ministering as a lector at Children’s Liturgy of the Word, or a young person in grades 3-12 interested in ministering as a lector at Children’s Liturgy of the Word, see or contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, ext. 21).
GAME NIGHT – A second parish game nigh has been scheduled for Saturday, March 1st. Join us in the Banquet Center after the 5:00 Mass. We will provide pizza and pop. Bring your favorite game and game night treat to share. Sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
NICARAGUA 2014 – In partnership with IPM, St. Noel Church will travel to Nicaragua for 8 days from June 16th – June 23rd, 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 ext. 22).
CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – 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).
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the pocket of the kiosk. The theme of the February issue is “Finding Our Way Again, Daily Lenten Reflections.”
ST. AUGUSTINE DINNER/AUCTION – Mark your calendars, this event will take place this year on October 16, 2014. More details will follow in the coming months.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: February 13th, bingo; February 20th, 12:00 Noon, meeting followed by a luncheon of chicken soup, ham & swiss on Italian bread, and miscellaneous desserts. The cost of the luncheon is $6.00 and the deadline for tickets and payment is Monday, February 17th. For tickets, call Theresa Durik (440-585-9088). On February 27th, there will be 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.
THE TRUST 100 FIVE-STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for high school seniors is available in the pocket on the kiosk. Applications need to be turned in to DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home by April 1, 2014.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On Tuesday, February 11th, Dr. Andy Kereky will lead a daytime retreat “Learning to Pray Again – For the First Time.” Daytime retreats begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. The cost is $25. To register for either of these retreats or for further information, please contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300) or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
“THE PAPACY: ONE YEAR LATER” – In commemoration of the first anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis, the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University is pleased to present five speakers on Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The fee is $75. For information and registration, please call 216.397.1651 or visit: sites.jcu.edu/papacyconference.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, February 9th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor, OH.
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])
BIRTHRIGHT LAKE, INC. – There will be a “Silhouettes of Spring” dinner, fashion show and auction at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 at the Croatian Lodge Party Center in Eastlake. The cost is $45 per person (pre-sale only). For tickets, please contact Linda Dolce (440) 487-6599. [email protected]
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – This group is for singles 40 and over. There will be a monthly game night at St. Paschals’ Life Center on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. If you have questions or need more information, please call Dan (440-223-8707).
BENEDICTINE YOUTH SKILLS BASEBALL CAMP – All boys in grades 5 through 8 are invited to attend the Benedictine High School 2014 Youth Skills Baseball Clinic. The camp will be held Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. in our school gymnasium, with the cost of only $25! To register or for further information, call Coach Sliwinski (440-897-6713).
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY – The Christ Child Society is a non-profit organization of women dedicated to serving at-risk children in the love and spirit of the Christ Child. For more information, you are invited to an Informational Coffee on March 12th at Parmadale. To make a reservation, please call Annette Gorris (440-526-6138).
SPRING CRAFT SHOW – New for 2014 – The Willoughby Hills Spring Craft Show will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Community Center. For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit our website at www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Willoughby Hills will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sundays, March 2nd, March 9th and March 16th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Willoughby Hills Community Center. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at City Hall and the Community Center Office. Ticket prices are Adults ($6 pre-sale, $7 at the door), children ages 6 thru 12 ($3.50), under 5 are free.