of February 27, 2005
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I would like to share with you some reflections on the RCIA and
a new venture within the process that we will be launching this
spring. Since the inception of our parish, the RCIA (Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults) has enriched our community by bringing 185
new members into a relationship with Christ and the Catholic Church
through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation
one-(or two) year process of the RCIA is intended primarily
for non-baptized and non-catechized adults, those who have had little
or minimal exposure to the person of Jesus and to the Catholic way
of life. But what about that person who is baptized and formed in
the ways of Christian living and worshipping with us regularly,
but not a Catholic? What if he or she would like to join us through
making a profession of faith, being Confirmed and receiving Eucharist?
Is the year long process necessary in such circumstances? Probably
not. Some of you are comfortable with the main teachings of the
Church, living a good Christian life, and worshipping regularly
with us. I believe that there is a value both for you and us in
formalizing your relationship with the Church in a simplified way.
I am aware this description may fit a number of you. The good news
is that the RCIA allows for adaptation.
spring we are offering a six-week series of gatherings for those
of you who were baptized and formed in another Christian tradition,
are already a consistent part of our worshipping community and want
to explore the possibility of becoming a Catholic. We will begin
on Tuesday evening, April 12, 2005, meet from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and
meet for the following five Tuesday evenings through May 17 th .
(We will meet in the Resurrection Room.) Our gatherings will be
focused on the questions the participants bring, the scriptures
for the coming Sunday, and prayer. At the conclusion of this series
those who have discerned that God is inviting them to formalize
their relationship with the Catholic community will be received
into the Church at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Trinity Sunday, May 22,
2005. To register for this modified experience of the RCIA please
call Alice Hinkel at 440-946-0887.
closing let me suggest that we keep those who God may be calling
to this process in our prayers, knowing that our entire community
will grow in Christian love and service through those who make this
LIST UPDATING We
are aware of the valuable ministry provided by the community's prayers
for those whose names appear on our prayer list every week in this
bulletin. Because of the passing of time and also because of the
large number of names which appear on the list, we have lost touch
with the status of many people. We are asking that you notify us
by March 2, 2005 if you would like us to continue with putting your
name (or the name of your friend or loved one) on the list. As of
the weekend of March 5 th & 6 th , 2005 we will only be publishing
those names received or renewed by March 2, 2005. Please know that
we are willing to place a name on the list any time but feel it
is important that we periodically update the list so we can truly
pray for those most in need of our support.
EVENING MASS CANCELLATION -
Because our GIFT Program falls on Wednesday evening, March 2 nd
, our regular Wednesday evening Mass will be cancelled.
LITURGY- Sunday, March
6th, April Kinder will be joining us to sign the 11:00 a.m. Mass
for the hearing impaired. Reserved seating can be found in the first
two rows of chairs by the Eucharist Chapel.
DAY will be held on
Sunday, March 13, 2005 from 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents who
are planning to present a child for Baptism in the next six months,
or who already have done so and have not previously attended such
a day, are expected to attend. Please call the parish office at
440-946-0887 for more information or to register.
OF THE CROSS Pray
the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m. in the
church (after the fish fry).
and tags are available on the table in the narthex. Filled
bags can be returned to the clothing and food drop-off area in the
right hand bins. Lenten Rice Bowls are available
on the table in the narthex. When bowls are filled with change,
they can be returned to the parish office.
BOOKLETS are available
in the narthex (one per family).
NOEL FISH FRIES Fridays
of Lent (not Good Friday), from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed
for serving and cleanup. Sign up sheets are on the kiosk if you
can help. Also, Randy needs volunteers who can help set up fish
fries on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. If you can help please call the hall
office (440-946-6635) and let them know.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES ANNUAL APPEAL
is now underway. Please watch your mail for your opportunity to
make a pledge. The 2005 parish appeal will be held the first two
weekends in May (April 30 th /May 1 st and May 7 th & 8 th ).
This year's goal is to raise $9 million for 176 health and human
services programs serving 470,000 people. Your gift can make a difference.
To find out more about the people served and how you can help, visit
or call 1-800- 869-6525, ext 1910.
MINISTRY FAIR will
take place this weekend February 26 th and 27 th . After every Mass
this weekend, the ministries of our parish will be represented in
our parish hall. Coffee and donuts this weekend will not be in the
narthex but as part of the fair. Chef Randy will also offer some
additional refreshments. There will be door prizes and gifts for
the children. The purpose of the Ministry Fair is to celebrate the
generosity of our parishioners who allow these ministries to function.
Please plan to visit the Ministry Fair after Mass this weekend so
that you can appreciate what is going on at St. Noel.
PRESENCE: GETTING TO THE REAL TRUTH. That's
the topic for our next GIFT (Generations in Faith Together) session.
There will be opportunities to learn, share food, fellowship and
prayer with the whole
. . . ev eryone . . . Registration forms
are available in the narthex or use the one from your home kit.
Drop off completed forms in the GIFT box in the narthex.
SCRIPTURE STUDY We
will not meet on February 27 th . Hope to see you at the Ministry
meets every Thursday at noon in the small hall. Everyone is welcome
TO JOY a support group
for people experiencing depression or anxiety will meet Thursday,
March 10 TH at 1:00 p.m. in the Visitation Room.
TIME We're bowling
this afternoon (Sunday) with the youth group from St. Basil Church.
After bowling we'll join them for an awesome Mass at St. Basil.
We leave the Church at 2:15pm. Bring your signed permission slip.
HIGH YOUTH GROUP Our
next meeting is Tuesday, March 8 th at 7:00pm. Bring your bibles!
MOVERS We are in need
of mattress and box springs (any size), appliances as well as any
furniture in good condition. We do not pick up clothes, knick knacks
or items needing repair. Please call Anthony if you can help.
NEEDED Hey teens!!
Lector training is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 th at 10:00am.
We have 5 teens already; call Anthony if you are interested.
Our next offering
of the CDEM for engaged couples is Thursday, March 10 th at 7:00pm.
HAMS PRIME TIME is
again offering delicious, spiral-sliced hams for your Easter celebrations.
You can support youth ministry at St. Noel Church and enjoy a mouth-watering
ham of the highest quality. You can place your order by calling
Anthony at 946-1128 x20 or email at email@example.com
the price is the same as last year only $4.75/lb.
RAFTING We're planning
a rafting trip on the incredible New River in WV for late June of
2005. Call Anthony for details and keep watching for more info!!
SCHOOL RETREAT - The
PRIME TIME retreat is scheduled for March 18-20 at Cedar Hills Conference
Center in Painesville. You've Got A Friend in Me is the title
of the retreat, and all 9-12 grade students are invited. You should
have received a registration form in the mail. The retreat is truly
a highlight of the year don't miss it!!
FOOD BANK We're serving
at the Food Bank on Monday, March 7 th at 6:00pm. We leave the Church
at 5:35 or you can meet us there. Call Anthony (946-1128) if you're
interested in serving.
RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS An
eight week support group for divorced/separated Catholics will be
held at St. Gabriel Church in Concord, beginning Tuesday, March
1st, from 7-9:00 p.m. Sessions are designed to provide direction
and faith-based support along with tools for coping. For more information
or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 440-352-6191 or
ADULTS IN THE CITY :
20's and 30's
Sat. March 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., help to prepare and
serve a meal at St Augustine Hunger Center in Tremont (2486 W 14
St). To register, please call Laura Whitkofski 216-228-9516
or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. This event is sponsored by the Youth & Young Adult
Ministry and CYO Office of the Diocese of Cleveland.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2005, 1-6:00 p.m. Good
Global Citizenship, with keynote speaker Rep. Sherrod Brown. Workshops:
peace-making, martyrdom, human rights, globalization, fair trade.
Location: St. Ignatius High School, W 30 th and Lorain. Registration
fee: $10.00, ask for student rate. Contact the InterReligious Task
Force (IRTF) at 216-961-0003 or email@example.com
THE CHILDREN : Domestic
Violence Center recognizes February as Bless the Children Month
. DVC operates two safe shelters for women and children, and
the 24-hour HELP line, in Cuyahoga County, which answered 20,000
calls in 2003. Please help DVC create peace in the home by making
a tax-deductible donation. Checks can be made payable to DVC, P.O.Box
5466, Cleveland, Ohio 44101 or for more information, call Linda
Johanek 216-651-8484, Ext 301.
JOE MCNULTY HONORED
On Friday, March 4, 2005, St. Augustine Health Campus will honor
Fr. Joe McNulty for his years of dedication to the sick, elderly,
poor and disabled of the greater Cleveland Community at the 8 th
Annual Top O the Towers Benefit Night at Brennan's Party
Center. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. Tickets for the
event are $45.00 per person. For information please contact the
Development Office at 216-939-7602, fax: 216-634-7483 or e-mail:
- The Sisters of Notre Dame invite women, ages 18-40 to participate
in a five-day program of summer service with the Sisters. Experiences
will include outreach to women and children in transition, services
to refugees, GED tutoring, migrant ministry, elder care, and a Habitat
project. The volunteers will live in a Notre Dame community so they
can share prayer, meals and reflections on the experience with the
sisters. Volunteer opportunities are available in Cleveland, June
19-24; Los Angeles, July 15-21; Toledo, July 17-22; and Northern
Kentucky, August 7-12. For more information contact Sr. Kathleen
Hine at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone at 440-279-1194.
RISING: Hope & Healing Week of March 6-11 - The
Diocesan Council on Global Solidarity presents a week of awareness
on Africa. A variety of presentations will take place throughout
the diocese. For an updated schedule, consult the ETC calendar on
the web at www.catholic-action.org.
INVITED TO AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
LIVING FAITH AT WORK INITIATIVE - Forum
Conference & Education Center, 1375 E. 9 th Street (Downtown
Cleveland) Saturday, March 12, 2005 , 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.,
Cost $10.00 (includes Continental Breakfast) Parking available at
the Forum for $3.50. The yellow registration forms are in the kiosk
by the Social Concerns section.
PRENATAL CARE CENTER , 5400 Transportation
Boulevard, Garfield Heights is in urgent need of volunteers
to assist in providing support services to expectant moms.
If you are willing and able to donate some of your time, please
contact Dianna or JoAnn at 216-662-5700.
NEEDED at the Cleveland
Clinic Do you have a couple of extra hours a week? Do you care
about people and want to make a difference? You might consider becoming
a Hospice of the Cleveland Clinic volunteer. Special people are
in need to provide compassionate support to patients in your neighborhood.
The next training begins in April. For an interview, please call
Ann Catanese at 216-636-8666.
entitled We Believe in the Resurrection, by Thomas H. Groome,
is now available in the kiosk.
HILLS RECREATION COMMISSION is
sponsoring a pancake breakfast on Sundays, March 6 th & March
13 th at the Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Road,
adults $5.50, presale $5.00, children 6-12 $2.50, and children under
5 are free,
TAIZE PRAYER -
will be held Thursday March 3 rd , 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene
Catholic Church 460 East 321 St. Taize prayer services are held the
first Thursday of the month from September thru May. For further information
please call 440-943-2133. All are welcome.
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