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years ago St. Noel, together with several other parishes in our
diocese, moved the celebration of Confirmation to coincide with
First Communion. In this way, The Sacraments of Confirmation and
Eucharist, which mark initiation into the Church, can be celebrated
weekend 57 young people of our community were confirmed in conjunction
with First Communion. Yet even as we celebrate Confirmation with
those in the second grade, there will always be a need in our community
to offer the sacraments to older children or those adults who have
not yet received it. Therefore, this weekend at our 11:00 a.m. liturgy
Bishop Martin Amos will confirm ten members of St. Noel who seek
James (Antonio) Duda
Elizabeth (Helen) Gebler
Cecilia (Anne) Kucmanic
James (Isaac) McInnis
Elizabeth Anne (Cecelia) Miller
Victoria (Elizabeth) Perdan
Lynn (Anne) Schlotzer
am thankful that the number of candidates allows us to celebrate
Confirmation as part of our weekend liturgies. Every sacrament is
a parish celebration. We should be grateful to be able to participate
by supporting the candidates as they complete their initiation into
the Church and grow from their example of faith in Christ. Please
keep these Confirmation candidates in your prayers and take time
to congratulate them personally
Mass or in the weeks to come.
& TRANSCENDANCE On
Sunday, April 17 th from 2-4:00 p.m. Fr. George will be offering
an educational program through the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute
at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The day will begin with a one-hour
lecture on the crucifixion scenes in the Gospels and continue by
viewing four artworks in the museum's collection which represent
Christ on the Cross. The day is meant to show how both the scriptures
and great art are able to express both life and death simultaneously.
The cost for the program is $20. Registration can be made by filling
out a form from the kiosk or by calling Mary Thomas at the institute
DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS is
Today, Sunday, April 17 th . The Easter season continues with the
celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday. Each member in the family of
God has a personal call to follow the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
Jesus calls each of us to holiness and to lives of service. In a
special way on this day we are asked to pray for vocations, and
pray that many of our young people will open their hearts to hear
the call to priesthood and consecrated life.
25 TH ANNIVERSARY NOTE This
weekend our parish celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation. Over
the past twenty-five years, 423 people have
the Sacrament of Confirmation. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide
all of us on our journey closer to God.
- No Social Concerns Collection was taken up in March because of
Easter. We are counting on your generosity this month to help
us make up for the shortfall. The collection will be taken
up next week after all the Masses. The fund supports not only
the meal at St. Augustine but also the needs of individuals in our
parish and community who need emergency assistance with rent, utilities,
medicine or other urgent needs. One hundred percent of what
you give benefits these causes as there are no overhead or administrative
expenses. Please continue to pray for all those we serve.
CONCERNS/ST. AUGUSTINE- On
April 24th our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine
Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are
able to lend a hand. After all the Masses on April 23rd and April
24th, we will be collecting for our Social Concerns fund. Also,
if anyone would like to bake cookies please bring the cookies with
you when you come to volunteer at the Hunger Center or they can
be dropped off at church before Mass on Saturday. Please put the
cookies in the Nativity Room (formerly the nursery) on the counter
and mark them St. Augustine.
CONCERNS FUND In
March donations totaled $3259.78. Most of this was profits from
the Mardi Gras. Our expenses were:
|St. Augustine Meal
& Refugee Service
thank you for your support.
HONOR AND A CHALLENGE
- Because of our many involvements with Social Justice Ministries,
both within and beyond the parish, the Lake and Geauga Catholic
Commission presented its annual Parish Social Justice Award to St.
Noel. This is certainly an honor but also something to challenge
us to increase our efforts to foster peace and justice. Please
pray especially for those who have been a part of the JustFaith
course this year. As our experience draws to a close we are
praying for an openness to God's call about how to apply all we
have learned, personally and communally.
GIVER SUPPORT AND EDUCATION MEETING will
be held here at St. Noel on Wednesday, April 20 TH . It will be
presented by Lake County Catholic Charities to
provide information for those feeling the stress of care-giving
and how they can find local help for themselves and those they care
for. Discussions revolve around stress management, communication
strategies, how to find the help you need, etc. Please consider
joining us for an evening of valuable information, support and sharing.
There is no cost for the program . Pre-registration
is required. Please call 440-352-6191 or 440-946-7264 to register.
CRAFT PEOPLE Catechesis
of the Good Shepard is looking for a few good craft people! Do you
have a knack for woodworking, painting, drawing, sculpting or sewing?
If interested please contact Marianne Slattery at 440-946-1128 X
-- Bring your
household's completed yellow page (from the 3rd session's home kit)
anytime and put it in the yellow folder in the narthex.
Please join us at our springtime celebration breakfast on Saturday,
May 14 th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the small hall. Our guest
speaker is St. Noel's parishioner, Jane Richmond, who will be speaking
on Living in the Now. As always, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast,
and share a time of conversation and prayer together. The suggested
donation is $3.50. Please sign up on the kiosk if you plan to attend.
If you have any questions please call Joyce Rodriguez at 440-286-3060
before May 10 th .
DAY BRUNCH will be
held on Sunday, May 8, 2005. Reservations are required. There will
be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). Adults are $15, Children
6-12 years are $7, and children 5 years and younger are free. Please
check the back of the April calendar for details. For more information
please call the hall at 440-946-6635.
- Children at St. Augustine will be preparing to receive First Holy
Communion on April 24 th . They are in need of clothing, prayer
books, rosaries, and a luncheon after Mass to celebrate their special
day. If you can help with a donation of any kind please call the
parish office at 440-946-0887.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP Activities
for the month of April are as follows: April
14 th Horse Racing April 21 st -
12:00 p.m. meeting and social then at 12:30 p.m. we will
have our luncheon consisting of salisbury steak/gravy, vegetable,
mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and peach pie. The cost of the luncheon
is $6.00 per person. . April 28 th - we will be
celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. Please remember to bring
your food donation for the food bank to this meeting. Everyone is
welcome to attend the Senior Fellowship on Thursday.
Join us Tuesday,
April 19 th , from 7-7:45 p.m. in the chapel as we pray the Rosary.
All are welcome to this quiet, reflective time in honor of Mary
and her Son, Jesus.
TIME Springtime is
PRIME TIME!! Drop by tonight (Sunday) at 7:30pm.
HIGH YOUTH GROUP Our
next meeting is this Tuesday, April 19 th at 7:00pm. Bring your
MOVERS We are in need
of baby cribs, mattress and box springs (any size), dressers 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
RAFTING The dates
are set!! The trip will be June 29-July1st. We'll travel on the
29 th and camp on the grounds of North American River Runners. We'll
raft all day on June 30 th and head home July 1 st . Total cost
is only $100/person which includes all fees and all meals. The trip
is open to all parishioners!! Minimum age is 12. Sign up on the
kiosk. Call Anthony with questions.
We welcome Brittany
Shrefler, Andrew Marusic, Becky Roman, Ann Klements & Megan
Fraley to the lector ministry. Our teens are a tremendous witness!!
YAC Our junior high
summer camp is scheduled for the week of June 20-24. The camp is
open to current 6-8 grade students and is a great time. Registration
forms will available in May.
COUNSELORS - Camp
YAC is in need of high school counselors! Earn service hours, have
a great time, make a difference the week of June 20-24. Counselors
must have completed 9 th grade and be available for training. Call
Anthony (946-1128) if interested.
LAKE group tickets
are available for only $23/person. Minimum order is 20 tickets.
Let's pick a date a get a group together. Call Anthony to help organize
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
- Bishop Pilla will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary
Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
on Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Registrations are now being
accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1955). Deadline
for registration is June 17, 2005. Please call the parish office
at 440-946-0887 to register.
NOEL MEN'S SOFTBALL TEAM
invites any men of the parish over the age of 30 to join our team.
If interested please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS- The
experience of separation and divorce is never easy. You must deal
with the shock of realizing your marriage has ended and your life
is going in a different direction. To help those in this process,
the Catholic parishes in Lake and Geauga counties have developed
an 8-week program that promotes emotional and sacramental healing,
fosters support, independence and empowerment. This 8-week support
group will begin on Wednesday, April 27 th at St. Mary Magdalene
Church 460 East 321 st Street, Willowick, from 7-9:00 p.m. Sessions
are designed to provide direction and support, along with tools
for coping, in a caring, confidential setting. For more information
or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 440-352-6191 or
SEEKING HOST FAMILIES FOR THE 2005/2006 SCHOOL YEAR
The Mentor Chapter of AFS (American Field Service), the oldest existing
exchange student program in the U.S., is looking for host families
in the Willoughby and Willoughby Hills Area for the next school
year. This school year, Willoughby South is hosting a girl from
Switzerland and a girl from Chile. New Students will arrive in August
from many different countries; these students are eager to learn
and share their cultures. Support is given to the student and families
by area volunteers. Call Sandy at 1-800-237-4636 and find out how
opening your home to an exchange student can change your world.
presented by Stephen A. Baum, M.D., Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
in the St. John Vianney Social Center. Dr. Baum is a
specialist in geriatric medicine and on the board of the Alzheimer's
Association. His presentation will cover common types of dementia,
how is it diagnosed, and what treatments are available. The presentation
is free. For more information call Barb at 440-256-3922.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST Any
child who received their First Holy Communion this year is invited
to join in a diocesan Corpus Christi celebration with Bishop Anthony
Pilla on Saturday evening, May 28 th at
4:30 p.m. Mass at St. John Cathedral
. There will be a procession of the children, pictures
with the Bishop, and free parking in our Rockwell Avenue garage.
No reservations are necessary; simply arrive at 4:15 p.m. dressed
in your communion outfits.
Anyone interested in learning about International Adoption is
invited to an information meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00
p.m. here at St. Noel in the Resurrection Room #1.
IN HONOR OF POPE JOHN PAUL II DIOCESE In
response to the immense outpouring of sympathy in honor of the late
Pope John Paul II, The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has created
the Pope John Paul II Fund for Poor and Disadvantage
Childre n. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation
(CDCF) set up the fund after receiving a number of inquiries about
how to make a gift in the Pope's memory. The fund was created to
carry on Pope John Paul's legacy in Northeast Ohio. Donations will
be used to provide education,
food, shelter, and basic assistance for poor and disadvantaged children
in the community. Those interested may make a donation to the CDCF-Pope
John Paul II Fund , at any local branch of National
City Bank .
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