The tragic school shooting in Florida has sparked a national movement to address the issue of gun violence in our country. The Church has not and cannot remain silent in the face of such evil, and it is our responsibility to understand the Church’s teaching on matters of social justice.
Recently, the Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops participated in a consultative process with Governor Kasich and others to identify recommendations to reduce gun violence. The resulting six recommendations, supported by the Bishops, can be found on the St. Noel webpage (stnoel.org) and include: closing gaps in the background check system, banning bump stocks, and limiting access to firearms for those deemed potentially dangerous. I encourage you to visit our webpage and to read the entire document. Copies are also available in the kiosk.
In addition to the Ohio Bishops, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has offered a consistent message for the last 25 years. After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, the USCCB wrote the following:
“Violence in our society will not be solved by a single piece of legislation, and many factors contribute to what we see going on all around us. Even so, our leaders must engage in a real debate about needed measures to save lives and make our communities safer. The USCCB continues to urge a total ban on assault weapons, which we supported when the ban passed in 1994 and when Congress failed to renew it in 2004.”
The letter goes on to list other measures the Bishops support to try and reduce gun violence in our nation. This document, too, is available on our website.
Catholic Social Teaching places a high value on individual rights, freedoms, and responsibilities. These rights, however, are not absolute, and when the Common Good is threatened for any reason, the needs of the Common Good must prevail.
We proclaim the words of our Bishops, “A Culture of Life cannot tolerate, and must prevent, gun violence in all its forms,” and we share the hope of Pope Francis that “such senseless acts of violence may cease.”
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through March 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, March 16th, the stations will be led by Jed Trombley, our Catholic Relief Services Parish Ambassador.
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 14th, at 7:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Penance is a prayer which expresses our sorrow for the failings of our lives and asks for God’s forgiveness. Since our sins hurt not only ourselves but others and lessen the witness of the Church, it is fitting to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance together with the Church community.
NOEL’S VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER -will be held on Friday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include: appetizer, dinner, dessert, beer & wine, and live music! All St. Noel volunteers are invited to attend. Reservations are necessary, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) before Thursday, March 28th.
NOEL FISH FRIES – will be held on Fridays through March 23rd in the Banquet Center from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $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.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Wednesday evenings. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you would be interested in volunteering every other Wednesday evening from 6:00–8:30 p.m.
PEACE – Family Faith Formation will take place this Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Small Hall.
CONFIRMATION MEETINGS – Confirmation meetings will be held, March 11, March 18, and April 8th. The program will take place from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. either in the Small Hall or Resurrection Room. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together. Lunch will be provided.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – I’m looking for teens who are interested in helping with the Stations of the Cross on March 23rd. Please email me at [email protected] if you want to help lead.
ONLINE LENTEN SERIES – All parishioners are invited to reflect on faith in our families as part of our Lenten series. To watch the video of the live presentation or join the ongoing online discussion, go to stnoel.org, click Faith Formation, and then click Home Improvement. See the poster on the kiosk for more detailed instructions.
LENTEN BAGS & TAGS – We are collecting bags of items for Forbes House (the Lake County Women’s Shelter), Project Hope (the Lake County homeless shelter), Birthright, St Augustine Hunger Center, and the St. Noel Food Pantry. Tags with the items needed, and information on the various agencies are available on the table in the narthex. Please return your filled bags to the bin on the right side of the Food Pantry.
ENCOUNTER ANDRISE – We encounter Andrise, a teacher in Haiti who knows the importance of forming young people who will give back to the community – and their country. Reflect on the role teachers have played in bringing you closer to God and your community. How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous, and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information
PAYPAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE – You can now donate to the Social Justice Fund directly from the St. Noel website. Go to the social justice page (https://stnoel.org/social-justice/) and click on the yellow donate button. It’s a simple & secure way to support the outreach efforts of St. Noel. All money is tax deductible, and donors receive an electronic receipt for all transactions. In addition to help with rent, utility bills, and other expenses, the Social Justice Fund also supports the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, Adult Education Resource Center, New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry, LEAF, and more. Visit the St. Noel website to learn more.
N2N RESOURCE ROOM – The Neighbor to Neighbor Meal is now staffing a resource room at each meal. Professionals from the community are available to consult with neighbors, free of charge. We are looking for nurses, doctors, lawyers, social workers, financial advisors, mental health & healthcare professionals, etc. to volunteer their time occasionally in the Resource Room. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440-946-1128 x122).
PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – St. Noel is hosting a Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar on April 10th in the Banquet Center. Bob DeJohn from the Catholic Cemetery Association will lead the program, and a local attorney, estate planner, financial planner, and funeral director have also been invited to participate. If you are a professional in one of these areas and would like to participate, please call Anthony (440-946-1128).
LCCN – The Lake County Community Network provides financial assistance to Lake County residents. St. Noel is a member of the network and refers people each month. Their annual dinner and Chinese auction is scheduled for May 18th. If you or your company would like to donate to the auction, please contact LCCN at 440-946-9029. Also, the LCCN is looking for new board members to continue their mission of service in our county. Please contact Anthony to learn more about the board.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On March 15th, Socializing Meeting at noon. At 12:30 p.m., luncheon and Bingo. Menu: corn beef & cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots, rolls & butter, apple pie. Cost is $6.00. For tickets call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is March 12th. On March 22nd, Bingo and Bake Sale. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Holy Thursday, March 29th, NO MEETING. Everyone is welcome!
NOEL GOLF LEAGUE – is accepting a limited number of new members this year. You may sign up as a single, two, three or four golfers. We play at St. Denis Golf Club on Thursdays with tee times between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information please call Mel Troha at 216-789-6152.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathered is scheduled for Monday, March 19th at 6:00pm in the Resurrection Room. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – A nostalgic look at Cleveland, presented by Dennis Sutcliffe, a self-published author. He will talk on “Lost Cleveland,” reminiscing Cleveland history and many celebrities from the past. The luncheon will be at St. Noel Banquet Center on Wednesday, March 14th from noon – 2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932.
INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – Join us at John Carroll University at the Augustine Lecture: “Naming God: St. Augustine’s Rhetoric of Love”, presented by Dr. Andrew Staron, Ph.D. On Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Lombardo Student Center. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Institute at 216-397-4558.