Parish Life

Parish Pastoral Council
Finance Council
Senior Fellowship Group
Endowment Fund

Parish Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council of St. Noel Parish is the primary consultative group of the community. its role is to assess and envision the spiritual direction of the parish and its effectiveness in proclaiming the gospel of Christ. The pastor consults the Pastoral Council concerning any major decision which will affect the direction of the parish.

The Council is composed of 13-15 parishioners of St. Noel who are selected through a five week process of discernment. The Council members serve for a term of three years. The pastor also serves on the Council.

The decisions of the Pastoral Council are reached by a process of discernment which attempts to reach a consensus of all members. This process requires patience on the part of the Council as well as the conviction that God speaks through both the majority and minority perspectives.
It is the responsibility of the Parish Staff to direct the day-to-day ministries of the Parish. It is the responsibility of the Finance Council to advise the Pastor on the proper use of the parish’s financial resources and buildings. The Parish Pastoral Council must work in conjunction with the Staff and Finance Council to serve the parish effectively.

For more information:
Guidelines of Parish Pastoral Council
Minutes of the Parish Pastoral Council
Members of the Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council advises the pastor in the wise use of the parish’s financial resources and buildings. The members of the Council serve at the invitation of the Pastor. They are chosen because of their expertise in finance, law, administration and other needed areas.

The Pastor will consult the Finance Council on every major decision which involves parish assets.

The Finance Council is responsible for compiling and publishing an annual account of the parish’s financial situation.

Members of the Finance Council

– Father Terry Grachanin
– Fred Botek
– Mary Hanko
– Rose Fini
– Joe Myers
– Tom Smith
– Laura Sobel
– Frank Vitale
– Bob Wilcox
– Vickie Wildeman

Senior Fellowship Group

The St. Noel Senior Fellowship Club has disbanded for the foreseeable future.  Hopefully, a new group of dedicated seniors can work together to create a new organization.

St. Noel Endowment Fund

Our Mission Statement: The St Noel Endowment Fund invests donations to support current parish ministries and to secure the future of the parish community.

The St. Noel Endowment Fund is an investment in the enrichment and well-being of St. Noel community.  The Endowment Fund helps to support parish ministries that meet social, youth, religious and surrounding area needs related to parishoners and the community in general.

Annually,  board members determine how earnings from the Fund will be allocated. Bequests can be made to the Fund under direction of a will,  in memory of a loved one, or as a direct transfer from an IRA distribution.  Donations also can be made in the form of cash or highly appreciated securities, which may result in a tax deduction for the donor.


Endowment Funding for 2019:

Neighbor-to-Neighbor meals–$6,000

Parish Spaghetti Dinner–$5,500

Liturgy Expenses-Father Terry’s Installation–$3,000

CEPROSI Visit–$2,500

Parish Farewell – Father George’s Retirement–$1,500

After-Mass Social Gathering coffee/pastries–$1,250

GIFT Speaker Honorarium–$1,000


Current Trustees are:

Kathleen Penko, Chair
Janice Cackowski
Ross DeJohn Jr.
Kristen Kraus
Scott Andrew Mills
William Pattie
James Penko
Judith Schrefler
Frank Vitale

For further information contact the parish office at 440-946-0887, or a trustee



Remember St. Noel in your will or estate plan! Your gift can help grow the Fund so that the earnings continue to provide funding for St. Noel Parish programs. As a non-profit corporation, the St. Noel Endowment Fund has 100% control over investments and disbursements. .

Check with your tax advisor about your potential benefits in transferring your IRA distribution to the St. Noel Endowment Fund.  To qualify: you must be age 70 ½ or older at the time of transfer; gifts must not exceed $100,000; funds must be transferred directly from a traditional IRA. This gift counts toward tax-payers required minimum distribution.  Contact parish office at 440-946-0887 if your financial planner or attorney requires the tax ID number.

 Learn more about the St. Noel “50 Wills” campaign by clicking here.


50 Wills Campaign Information

IRA Information

Tools for Making a Gift to the St. Noel Endowment Fund