We celebrate the beginning of Holy Week next weekend on Palm Sunday. Each of our Masses next weekend begins in the Large Hall with a procession with palms and we will process outdoors, weather permitting. The heart of Holy Week is the Sacred Triduum. These three days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – are the most important celebrations of the Church year. I invite you to join us for these three days.
On Holy Thursday, we gather to celebrate the Lord ’s Supper on the evening before his death. Members of our community will have their feet washed, because Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. The liturgy concludes with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to a place of reposition in the Large Hall.
Good Friday commemorates the day on which Jesus died, and it is the only day of the year on which the Eucharist is not celebrated. On this day, we gather to reflect on the Passion of John, venerate the cross, and receive Communion that was consecrated the day before.
The liturgy on Holy Saturday is the most solemn liturgy of the entire year. It is the premier Easter celebration. It begins in darkness with the lighting of the Easter fire. An extended selection of Scripture readings recounts the great events of salvation beginning from the creation of the world. It is also a time when all present come to the baptismal font to renew their baptismal commitment.
Our liturgies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:00 p.m.
It is also important during this Holy Week to remember the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the historical responsibility for Jesus’ death. Although one might gain the impression from the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday that the Jewish people are to be blamed for Jesus’ crucifixion, our Church clearly teaches that such a conclusion is erroneous. The Romans under Pontius Pilate were historically responsible for Jesus’ death. Although Jewish temple authorities were likely involved in this process, Jesus’ death cannot be held against the Jewish people as a whole, either in Jesus’ time or our own.
Fr. George Smiga
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 – This Friday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m., the stations will be led by Kaitlin Chervenak and our Youth Group.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, March 25th, 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.
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 Wednesday, March 28th.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Join us for our last Fish Fry on Friday, 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.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 13th in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Reservations are required. There will be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). Adults are $18, Children 6-12 years are $8, and Children 5 years and younger are free. For additional information visit stnoelbanquetcenter.com. For reservations, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. We’ll finish watching Bishop Barron tell the story of GK Chesterton in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES – As of February 28th, the Annual Appeal has raised nearly $5,800,000. Thank you for your generous donations from St. Noel and across the diocese.
CONFIRMATION MEETINGS – Confirmation meetings will be held, 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.
LENTEN MUSIC, REFLECTION AND PRAYER – On Wednesday, March 21st, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, join the Daytime Retreat Community for a morning of reflection and prayer.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, March 19th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our February market served 141 people.
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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this 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
ENCOUNTER ALEFA – We encounter Alefa in Malawi where seeds are helping her family survive an uncertain climate. How can you care for God’s creation this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, April 4th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Celebrating Easter “Turning Sorrows into Alleluia,” facilitated by the Retreat Community. There is no cost. A $6 donation is suggested to cover lunch, if you are able. Call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
PAPILLION ENRICHMENT CENTER – Many thanks to the PEC for their recent donation to the St. Noel Clothing Bin. Located in Willoughby Hills, the PEC is always looking for dedicated teachers. See the flyer on the kiosk for details.
SAINT PASCHAL/SAINT CLARE PARISH CLUSTER – is offering a bereavement support group entitled “Walking in Hope.” The six-week program begins Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Saint Paschal Baylon Parish Parlor. There is no charge and it is open to all. If you have any questions, please call Corky Mondello at 440-449-3584 or the parish office at 440-442-3410.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The eight-week support group will begin, Thursday, April 5th and conclude on May 24th, at St. Gabriel Parish, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge, Concord. The group meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Religious Education Office. For more information or to register, call 1-800-242-9755 or email [email protected]. There is no charge, materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – at John Carroll University will be hosting an evening with Bishop Nelson J. Perez on Sunday April 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room in the DJ Lombardo Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University. For additional information, please call the Institute of Catholic Studies at 216-397-4558.
PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – St. Noel is hosting a Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar on April 10th in the Banquet Center. Learn about the Catholic burial tradition, cremation, funeral, estate and elder care planning. Ensure your family is fully informed to make educated decisions before the need arises. Bob DeJohn from the Catholic Cemetery Association will lead the program, and a local attorney, estate planner, financial planner, and funeral director will also be available to answer questions. Please RSVP to Anthony (440-946-1128 or [email protected]) to attend this important seminar.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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/
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.
MARCUS’ LANTERN FOUNDATION (affiliated with Deepwood Foundation) is having their annual fundraiser Friday, April 13th at St. Noel Banquet Center. There will be dinner and dancing, music by the Castaways, big board raffle, Chinese auction and open bar. Tickets are $65 a person. Call Mary Lintern at 440-477-7066 for ticket information.
LENTEN FOOD SALES – St. Stephen Byzantine Church, 532 Lloyd Road in Euclid, offers a variety of homemade food during the Lenten season. Pirohi $7/dozen (potato and cheese & various flavors each week); Kielbasa, Mild Italian Sausage $4/lb; pastry (kolachi and nut horns) $9/lb. It’s not too late to order. Call St. Stephen at 216-732-7292. Food is available at the parish from 12-3 p.m. on Fri & Sat through March 24th (no sales on Good Friday).