The 40 days of Lent, which begin this Wednesday, are a special time for prayer, charity and spiritual growth. I am listing below the opportunities which our parish is providing to celebrate this season.
∙ ASH WEDNESDAY – March 1st, a Service of the Word with Ashes will take place at Noon. Evening Eucharist with Ashes will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m.
∙ GIFT – I will lead the Lenten GIFT session this Year (Wednesday, March 15th). The topic is One Liturgy, Three Sacred Days: Preparing for the Triduum. Why does the Church provide three days to celebrate Easter? Come to appreciate the significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday as we prepare to celebrate Easter as a parish community. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner. You can register at the table in the Narthex or on our parish website.
∙ LENTEN COLORING PRAYER – On Monday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m., parishioners of all ages are invited to a quiet reflective period of scripture, music, prayer and coloring.
∙ COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE – On Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m., we will hold our Communal Penance Service.
∙ STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m., there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, March 3rd, the stations will be led by our Music Ministry.
∙ LENTEN BAGS – We will be collecting items for Forbes House (the Lake County shelter for victims of domestic violence), Project Hope (the Lake County homeless shelter), Birthright and St. Augustine Hunger Center. Tags indicating the items needed for each agency can be found in the narthex. Please use a plastic bag for your items, closing it with the yarn and tag provided. If you do not have your own plastic bags, please help yourself to the plastic bags which are on the table. Return filled bags to the right hand bin in the food pantry area.
∙ FOOD PANTRY – As always I encourage you this Lent to support our food pantry by using the specially designed bags to take with you when you shop for food. Simply fill the bag with items, such as peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, macaroni & cheese, and paper products. This can be returned to the rolling cart in the food pantry. When you return a full bag you can take another one.
∙ LENTEN BOOKLETS – Entitled “God’s Abiding Love”, by Henri Nouwen, can be used to guide your personal prayer for the Lenten Season. You can pick up a booklet on the table in the Narthex.
∙ CRS RICE BOWLS – provide a hands-on way for both families and individuals to experience the Lenten Season in addition to providing much-needed support for the initiatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The Rice Bowls and online resources (www.crsricebowls.org) give participants real life connections to people around the world struggling for justice and a glimpse into their lives and culture. Pick up your Rice Bowl in the Narthex.
∙ FASTING & ABSTINENCE – Catholics 14 years and older are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent (However because of St. Patrick’s Day – abstinence is dispensed on March 17th). On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, adult Catholics (18-59 years) are also asked to fast – that is, limit their food to a simple full meal and two lesser meals.
∙ FISH FRIES – Finally, we ask your participation in our Lenten Fish Fries. The Fish Fries begin on Friday, March 3rd and will continue on the Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The price is $12 for adults, children 6-12 are $6, and 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish, and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. Please sign up on the kiosk to help.
Each Lenten season invites us to grow in our faith as we prepare to celebrate the great Feast of Easter. Please consider including one or more of the opportunities above as part of your Lenten observance.
NEW PPC MEMBERS – After a 5 week discernment process we are pleased to announce the members of our new Parish Pastoral Council:
David Barni Janet Perryman
Rick Barr Mary Rainey
Tom Elliott Ryan Schneider
Mike Hanko Calvin Schroeck
Leigh Ann Kerns Jed Trombley
Emma Krueger Melissa Vitek
Ed Mascha Marilyn Wright
The new council will be installed at the 11:00 Mass this Sunday, February 26th. We ask that you keep them in your prayers as they assume this role of service in our parish.
YOUTH MINISTRY POSITION – The job description and qualifications for the Youth Ministry position on our staff is now posted on our parish website: https://stnoel.org/2017/02/07/youth-ministry-position/.
Please spread the word to those you know who are qualified and might be interested in applying. Resumes should be turned in to our parish office by March 15th.
BLOOD DRIVE THIS WEEKEND – Our blood drive is this weekend, Sunday, February 26th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Lenten Fish Fries begin on Friday, March 3rd and will continue on Fridays in Lent (not Good Friday) from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, children from 6-12 is $6 and 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up Fish Fries On Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – The next daytime retreat, “The Spirit is Willing but the Flesh is Weak: Breaking Bad Habits and Forming Good Ones”, will be Wednesday, March 1st from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able, a $6.00 donation to cover the cost of lunch is suggested. All are welcome!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00-9:00 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 several additional people who are available on Mondays between 3:00-4:00 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m. If you are able to help with either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office – 440-946-0887.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the Narthex the weekend of March 11th-12th to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For January 2017, we collected $2,614.05. Our expenses for January were:
|Neighbor to Neighbor||517.44|
Thank you for your support!
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – The initial proof of our parish directory is due at the parish by March 3rd. Once any corrections are made, the final proof will be sent to the publisher. Stay tuned for updates.
PANTRY & MEAL DATA – 2016 statistics for both the St. Noel Food Pantry and the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal are available on the website, www.stnoel.org.
CLOTHING SHED – For over 3 years, we’ve partnered with St. Pauly Textile to provide the clothing shed located in our parking lot. In 2016, roughly 33,041 garments of clothing were donated to the shed. The clothing is used in one or more of 44 countries, including the USA. The parish received $1,686 in 2016 through hosting the shed. Thanks for supporting the shed and remember that all accepted items are clearly outlined on the signs attached to the shed. Please do not place non-accepted items in the shed.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – St. Noel, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, is hosting a free produce market for low-income seniors in our community. The market is open on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Thanks to the many volunteers who have stepped forward to make this happen.
NOEL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Dealing with grief is never easy. The St. Noel Bereavement Team is offering a 5-week support series beginning Tuesday, April 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Nativity Room. The series will meet 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Call the parish office to register.
ENCOUNTER LENT – Join our parish, and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the country, in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl in the narthex after Mass, and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors, and our God.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Volunteers are needed to plant and maintain the “All Good Gifts Garden” for the 2017 growing season. Initially established by the youth of the parish, the “All Good Gifts Garden” seeks to be a fresh, colorful place where the work of lovingly planting, tending and harvesting food for generous sharing connects us to the beauty and wonder of the created world. Produce grown is distributed in the St. Noel Food Pantry. If you are knowledgeable about gardening and interested in coordinating this effort, please contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120).
CAMP YAC – Registration for Camp YAC has begun and runs until May 22nd. This day-camp, hosted by St. Noel, takes place June 12th-16th and is open to all youth currently in grades 6-8. High school students are encouraged to apply to serve as Camp Counselors. Informational brochures, camper registration and counselor applications can be found in the kiosk.
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – will gather on Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book they are reading is, “Same Sun Here” by Silas House and Neela Vaswini.
“In this extraordinary novel in two voices, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.” This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. Sign-up on the kiosk. Contact Erica (946-1128 x120) with questions.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 2nd & 9th Bingo. On March 16th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon Menu: corn beef & cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots, rolls and butter and apple strudel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranuskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is March 13th. On March 23rd, auction. March 30th will be Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
THE ROSS AND CARMELLA DEJOHN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – This scholarship is based on more than grades or athletic achievement. It is offered to graduating high school seniors who have exemplified the FIVE STAR STANDARDS of Independence, Integrity, Excellence, Fairness and Professionalism. The scholarship winners will receive $500 that can be used toward college or technical school. The applications are available in the kiosk or online at www.dejohncares.com/scholarship. Applications must be received by April 1, 2017.
GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – St. Gabriel’s Parish will be hosting a 6 week support series on Tuesday evenings beginning March 7th-April 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. They will be held in the Religious Education Office. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.