At all three Masses each weekend we have an average of 770 people present. It is an important safety concern that those in church know how to evacuate the building if that became necessary. A fire could be the reason to evacuate. It could also be necessary if an active shooter were to threaten our assembly. In that case, law enforcement officials inform us that the most effective defense response is to leave the building as quickly as possible.
Because of these concerns it is prudent for us as an assembly to familiarize ourselves with an exit procedure for our weekend Masses. I have spoken to the fire chief in Willoughby Hills and he fully supports such an activity. Therefore, next weekend
(March 16th-17th) before all Masses we will sound the church fire alarm. We will not actually leave the church, but we will identify all the exits of the church building. We are all aware of the exits through the Narthex. We should also be aware that there are two additional exits – one by the music area and another in the nave of the baptismal font. Of course it is important that during an actual emergency we leave the church from the exits that are away from the fire or shooter. In case we need to evacuate the church, our ushers will assist us by directing us to the best exit.
Come next weekend ready to hear the alarm and remember the location of the exits. We of course hope that we will never need to evacuate our building. But it is better to be pro-active today than to be confused or in doubt tomorrow.
Fr. George Smiga
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations for the Black and Indian Missions.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through April 12th, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, March 15th, the stations will be led by families of the parish.
PARISH LENTEN SERIES BEGINS – Join us on three Tuesdays in Lent, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center, as three members of our parish address the topic “Being Whole and Holy.” This Tuesday, March 12th, Dr. Amy B. Sullivan presents “Can We Do It All: The Superhero Phenomenon.” On March 19th, Darlene Kelbach presents “Mindful Yoga: Practicing Holiness in Everyday Life.” On March 26, Emma Krueger presents “Holy Ground: Resting in the Spirit.” Find more details on our website (stnoel.org). To attend one session or all three, sign up on the kiosk or contact Michele (mbaetzold[email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
PARISH SUBSCRIPTION TO FORMED – Through a grant from the Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope campaign, we have access to a website which provides a myriad of Catholic videos, audio recordings, and e-books completely free. We recommend two resources for Lent. The first is a six-week video series called Into the Desert about a method of prayer called Lectio Divina. The second is short daily video reflections sent to your email. You can find both by registering at stnoel.formed.org and clicking on “Community.” You can pick up a card with these instructions on the table in the Narthex.
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Once you have set up your FORMED account (see above), you can check out the first video of the series Into the Desert. Prayer is one of the most basic elements of a life of faith, but it isn’t always easy to do. Though we’re taught that prayer is a “conversation,” we often feel as if the conversation is completely one-sided. In this first session, Dr. Tim Gray shows how the solution to the problem of prayer can be found in the Scriptures.
OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR AGNIESZKA (AGA) BIENIEK – started a new musical initiative to support charitable organizations in Lake County. She organized a Choir of Hope which gathers singers from different churches and organizations in Lake County. This choir will perform this Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. In the first part, the concert program will include a variety of compositions of Frederic Chopin and Franz Schubert (including the well-known and so-loved Ave Maria). In the second part, Mass G-Major by Franz Schubert, for soloists, choir and orchestra. This concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to support Forbes House – the only Lake County shelter for victims of domestic abuse. You can also donate women’s clothing and shoes in a good condition and baby formula for the shelter residents. Donation boxes will be available in the Narthex this weekend and before and after the concert. This initiative is a great opportunity to spend your Sunday afternoon listening to beautiful music and supporting others in their needs. For more information, you can contact Agnieszka Bieniek at [email protected].
CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND – will present a concert WIDE HORIZONS March 17th at 4:00 p.m. here at St. Noel. In this program featuring the World Premiere of Avner Dorman Violin Concerto No. 3 with soloist Sayaka Shoji, the first Japanese and youngest winner of the prestigious Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy. The concert begins with a Waltz from a film score by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Japanese in birth and sensibility but Western in his compositional techniques and instrumental sonorities and closes with the Sinfonietta by 20th-century French master Francis Poulenc, which ranges from recollections of Mozart and Haydn to imitations of Parisian cabaret tunes. Concert is free and open to the public.
COMMUNAL PENANCE – Each Lent we provide an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in a communal setting. This year it will take place on Wednesday, March 27th, at 7:00 p.m. There will be no evening Mass.
EUCHARISTC MINISTERS NEEDED – Have you considered distributing communion at any of our Masses? Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist the presider in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at our Masses. We use nine extraordinary ministers at each of our weekend Masses and schedules are made every four months. All ministers are trained and fully prepared to exercise this important role at our liturgies. Spring training sessions have been announced so now is the perfect time to answer the call. Contact Anthony in the Church office (946-1128 x122).
NOEL FISH FRIES – Join us for our Fish Fries every Friday, through April 12th, in the Banquet Center from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for 2 adults or $13 for 1 adult, $6 for children ages 6-12, and no cost for children 5 and under. These Fish Fries are an important fundraiser for our parish, and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and clean-up. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
CRS RICE BOWL TASTING – Please join us for a Rice Bowl Encounter sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services ambassadors. Discover some of the foods from the countries aided by CRS. Come to the Small Hall on Sunday, March 24th following the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses to sample a few of the meatless recipes featured in the Rice Bowl Lenten pamphlet. The event is free and voluntary donations for the Rice Bowl campaign will be accepted.
JAIL MINISTRY – St. Noel is part of a 5-parish team that leads Sunday night communion services in the Lake County jail. We are in need of additional ministers. We always serve in pairs and training is provided. Please contact Anthony if interested (440-946-1128).
COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND – We are in need of more trained Eucharistic Ministers to bring communion to those in their homes. If you are currently a Eucharistic Minister and would like to serve in this capacity, please call Anthony. Training of new ministers will happen in the spring; call the parish office to be added to the list. We are always looking for more Ministers.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – We are currently in need of condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc), and baking items (jello, pudding, flour, sugar, oil, etc). The pantry continues to thrive because of your generosity. Thank you!
BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS – Our recent drive collected 30 pints of blood and registered 30 total donors. We also recruited 2 first-time donors! Thanks to all who participated; the next blood drive is June 23rd.
CLOTHING SHED – Thanks to all those who support our clothing shed and partnership with St. Pauly Textile. In 2018, roughly 37,611 garments of clothing were donated to the shed; that’s enough to clothe an estimated 4559 people in one or more of the 44 countries (including the USA) where the clothing is distributed. In addition, the shed raised $2,286.39 for the Social Justice Fund. Thank you!
TOILETRIES FOR N2N – As part of our Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, we will be distributing toiletries in the Resource Room during the meal. Your donations of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, etc. can be dropped off at the parish office anytime. Travel sizes are great!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1-9 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 an additional person to fill in the 6-7 p.m. time slot. If you are free and would like to experience this, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the church office. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – A live multi-media drama of the life and times of Mother Angelica will be presented at the Breadth of Life Luncheon on Wednesday, March 13th. Joan Kuczek as Mother Angelica will portray how a cloistered nun with health problems and a disadvantaged childhood founded and became CEO of EWTN, the largest religious network in the world. The luncheon will be held at St. Noel Banquet Center from 12–2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes lemon pepper cod, tossed salad, parsley buttered red potatoes, vegetables and cheesecake. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 by March 8th for reservations.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – an 8-week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The group will begin Tuesday, March 12th and conclude on April 30th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at St. Mary Church in Chardon.
Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping and moving on. Each group is tailored to meet the needs of the participants. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTERS LENTEN PROGRAMS – On March 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Day of Prayer for Women … “Icons: Encounter the Divine”, facilitated by Shari Jamieson.
On March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Lenten Day of Reflection…” Receive and be the Tenderness of God”, CD presentations by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, facilitated by Sister Jeanette Brown, SND. For further information contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND at [email protected].
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sunday, March 10th and 17th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center. Pre-sale tickets for adults are $6.50 and can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall. Tickets at the door are $7.00 for adults, children 5 thru 12, $4.00 and kids 4 & under are free. Call the Recreation Department for pre-sale tickets and information at 440-975-3540.