Our Youth Minister, Kaitlin Sharp, has informed us that she will be leaving St. Noel this summer. Her decision has been occasioned by changes in her personal life: her marriage and relocation to Medina. Kaitlin has served on our staff for two years and has ministered to our youth and their families with competence and enthusiasm. She has put in place an effective program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We thank Kaitlin for her service and will miss her joy and sense of humor.
Youth Ministry is an important aspect of our parish life. The future of the church resides in the young. Therefore, it is important to find a qualified person to assume Kaitlin’s responsibilities. However, in light of the transition to a new pastor, the staff and I have decided to postpone the selection of a new youth minister until the new pastor arrives. In this way he will have direct input into the vision and staffing of our Youth Ministry program. Until the new youth minister is in place, our staff will work together to see that our youth ministry programs continue to serve our young people.
Please take time in the upcoming months to thank Kaitlin for her service. We should always be grateful for those who have helped us in the work of Christ.
Fr. George Smiga
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 created by the Diocese, to express their preferences for the qualities of a new pastor. The following link to the survey is available thru April 15th. All parishioners are encouraged to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5FR883
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for Catholic Relief Services.
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 this 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.
YNIA 20/20 FUNDRAISER – Teens from our Youth Ministry will be in the Narthex after all Masses this weekend to accept your donations for this summer’s service trip to Buffalo.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, March 31st, 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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through April 12th, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, March 29th, the stations will be led by CRS Ambassadors.
THANK YOU – Members of the Choir of Hope and its director Agnieszka Bieniek would like thank all who attended and supported their concert on March 10th. This concert raised money and collected items for those served by Forbes House. We received $1586 in monetary donations and 96 pairs of shoes, 120 pairs of pants (including jeans, dress pants and shorts), 65 coats and jackets, 287 shirts, blouses and tops, 90 sweaters and cardigans, and 92 skirts and dresses, along with jewelry, purses and hats. The money and brand new clothing and shoes went to Forbes House. All used clothing and other items were gratefully and enthusiastically accepted by The Hope Chest, an organization that offers free clothing, shoes and household items to the clients of Forbes House, Project Hope, and anyone in need referred to them by social agencies, churches or schools. Thank you so much for your generous support of this project.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
PARISH LENTEN SERIES – Join us for the last of three Tuesdays in our Lenten Series, “Being Whole and Holy.” This Tuesday, March 26th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center, Emma Krueger presents “Holy Ground: Resting in the Spirit.” Find more details on our website (stnoel.org). To attend this session, sign up on the kiosk or contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x121).
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Pick up a card in the narthex with instructions to access FORMED. This week, we invite you to watch the third video in the Into the Desert series. In reading and meditating on Sacred Scripture, we begin to ascend the ladder of Lectio Divina as we open our hearts and minds to hear and understand God’s words to us.
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!
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.
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!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be Wednesday, April 3rd, from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. “Wounded Healer: Reflections on the Life of Henri Nouwen.” Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. If you are able, a $6.00 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
LAKE/GEAUGA PEACE & JUSTICE DINNER – Tickets are available for the Peace and Justice Dinner, scheduled for Friday, April 5th, at the Center for Pastoral Leadership Founders Room in Wickliffe. The Catholic Commission hosts the annual event, which includes a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, and the presentation of the Bishop Pevec Sower of Justice Awards. The 2019 recipients of the Awards are Camilla D’Andrea for her work coordinating the Mentor Cluster Social Justice Committee, and Mike Sears, founding member and organizer of the Lake and Geauga Furniture Bank. Tickets are $40.00 per person and can be reserved by calling (440) 943-7612 or e-mailing your request to [email protected] Online registration can be found at www.Eventbrite.com by searching CCLG. Social hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is served at 7 p.m.
JOIN RESURRECTION PARISH – on an 11-day journey of the Pews and Pubs of the Emerald Isle! October 15-25, 2019. The friendly people…hearty Irish breakfasts…the magical secrets and songs in the heart of Ireland. $3399.00 per person includes airfare, hotel, most breakfast and dinner, tours. Visiting Waterford, Killarney, Galway, Connemara, Knock, Sligo, Dublin. For more information, email: Fr. Tom Dragga at [email protected]
URSULINE SISTERS – are tutoring in their new residence: 29777 Fairmount Blvd. in Pepper Pike for those from kindergarten to adults in most subjects, including ACT/SAT/GED preparation. For more information, contact Sister Susan Mary Rathbun, OSU([email protected]) or call 440-229-5730.
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.
RETIRE OLD GLORY – Do you have a worn, tattered, or faded American Flag? The Catholic Cemeteries Association is now accepting flags in need of retirement. Flags will be accepted year-round at all eight of our cemetery offices during normal business hours. To find an office near you call 216-539-7943 or visit www.clecem.org.
ALL SOULS CEMETERY – PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – SPECIAL PRICING – The Catholic Cemeteries Association invites you to attend a 1-hour pre-planning seminar on Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. Learn in a group or discuss one-on-one with a Family Service Representative and receive a free Personal Reference Guide. Light refreshments will be served. All Souls Cemetery – 10366 Chardon Road, Chardon RSVP 216/641-7575 ext. 4