Each year we approach members of our parish family asking them to contribute to the cost of our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA). This initiative, called the “20-20 Club,” is a simple idea: 20 members of the parish contribute $20 and underwrite the cost of one teenager’s program fee in our weeklong summer service experience. Additional funds are needed for transportation and our adult chaperones. Our goal is to fully fund the week for the teenagers who wish to participate and to send the powerful message to our teens that we love them, support them, and send them forth in our name.
This summer we have eleven teens, under the direction of three adult leaders, who wish to serve in Buffalo, New York with YNIA the week of July 7-12th. It promises to be an extraordinary week of service, prayer, learning and growing in our faith. With eleven teens participating, our goal is to raise $7,200. By contributing to the funding of this trip you will take a concrete step in saying to our teens “We want you to grow in your faith.”
Next weekend, our Youth Minister, Kaitlin Sharp, along with some teens will be in the Narthex to accept your donations toward this effort. You may also drop off donations in the Parish Office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
Youth Ministry is the task of the entire parish. Please consider contributing to this important effort to fund a significant opportunity for our youth to come to know the joy of their faith in a deeper way.
NEW PASTOR SURVEY – As Fr. George announced previously, part of the search for a new pastor includes the opportunity for parishioners to participate in an online survey to express their preferences for the qualities of a new pastor. The following link to the survey has been sent to us by the diocese, and all parishioners are encouraged to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5FR883
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through April 12th, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, March 22nd, the stations will be led by Fr. George Smiga.
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.
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Pick up a card in the narthex with instructions to access FORMED. This week, we invite you to watch the second video in the Into the Desert series. Prayer may not always be easy, but sometimes we make it more difficult than it needs to be. In this session, Dr. Gray demonstrates how, like climbing the rungs on a ladder, following a simple order of prayer carries us from the cares of this world to intimate conversation with God.
PARISH LENTEN SERIES – Join us for the second of three Tuesdays in our Lenten Series, “Being Whole and Holy.” This Tuesday, March 19th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center, Darlene Kelbach presents “Mindful Yoga: Practicing Holiness in Everyday Life.” Please bring a mat, blanket and water bottle. Chairs will be available. On March 26, Emma Krueger presents “Holy Ground: Resting in the Spirit.” Find more details on our website (stnoel.org). To attend these sessions, sign up on the kiosk or contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND – will present a concert WIDE HORIZONS this Sunday, March 17th at 4:00 p.m. here at St. Noel. This program will feature 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for this Monday, March 18th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our February market served 145 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, March 18th 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.
TEENS WANTED TO HELP WITH FISH FRY – If you are in grades 6-12 and are interested in serving at our Fish Fry on March 22nd, please email Kaitlin at [email protected] for more details.
CLEVELAND FOOD BANK – If you are in grades 6-12 and are interested in volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank, please email Kaitlin at [email protected] to sign up. This event will take place during PEACE on April 10th. Parent drivers are needed!
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.
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.
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).
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!
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – an 8-week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. Join us on Tuesday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and weekly concluding on April 30th, 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.
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 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.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – invites you to attend Swing Time at the Red Wagon, Wednesday April 24th, at LaMalfa, 5873 Heisley Rd., Mentor. There will be basket raffle, silent auction, cash bar and luncheon. Entertainment provided by Rick & Sharona. For more information or for reservations, contact Elaine Rozic at 440-352-1172. Seating is limited. Reservations due by April 8th.