The 40 days of Lent, which begin this Wednesday, are a special time for prayer, charity and spiritual growth. I am listing below the opportunities which our parish is providing to celebrate this season.
- ASH WEDNESDAY – March 6th, a Service of the Word with Ashes will take place at Noon. Evening Eucharist with Ashes will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m.
- GIFT – Our Lenten GIFT session will take place on Wednesday, April 3rd. It is entitled “Why the Mass is Worth It: Giving and Receiving.” Fr. Mike Woost, Associate Professor of Liturgical- Sacramental Theology at St. Mary Seminary, will help us understand parts of the Mass so we can better recognize how we both bring something to the table and go away fortified with the Spirit.
- LENTEN SERIES – 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.” On March 12, Dr. Amy B. Sullivan presents “Can We Do It All: The Superhero Phenomenon.” On March 19, Darlene Kelbach presents “Mindful Yoga: Practicing Holiness in Everyday Life.” On March 26, Emma Krueger presents “Holy Ground: Resting in the Spirit.” To attend one session or all three, sign up on the kiosk or email Michele ([email protected]).
- COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE – On Wednesday, March 27th we will hold our Communal Penance Service at 7:30 p.m.
- STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday of Lent at 7:00 p.m., there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, March 8th, stations will be led by Deacon David Nethery.
- LENTEN BAGS & TAGS – We will be collecting items for Forbes House (the Lake County shelter for victims of domestic violence), Project Hope (the Lake County homeless shelter), Birthright, and St. Augustine Hunger Center. Tags indicating the items needed for each agency can be found in the narthex. Please use a plastic bag for your items, closing it with the yarn and tag provided. If you do not have your own plastic bags, please help yourself to the plastic bags which are on the table. Return filled bags to the right-hand bin in the food pantry.
- LENTEN REFLECTION BOOKS – Daily Reflections for Lent, “Not by Bread Alone 2019” by Mary DeTurris Poust, are available on the table in the Narthex.
- FOOD PANTRY – As always, I encourage you this Lent to support our food pantry by using the specially designed bags to take with you when you shop for food. Simply fill the bag with items, such soup, tuna fish, macaroni & cheese, and paper products. This can be returned to the rolling cart in the food pantry. When you return a full bag, you can take another one.
- CRS RICE BOWLS – provide a hands-on way for both families and individuals to experience the Lenten Season in addition to providing much-needed support for the initiatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The Rice Bowls and online resources (www- crsricebowls.org) give participants real life connections to people around the world struggling for justice and a glimpse into their lives and culture. Pick up your Rice Bowl in the Narthex.
- 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.
- CHOIR OF HOPE – On Sunday, March 10th at 4:00 p.m., The Choir of Hope, which gathers singers from different churches and organizations in Lake County, will present a concert with works by Frederic Chopin and Franz Schubert Mass No. 2 G – Major, for soloists, choir and orchestra. The 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 good condition and baby formula for the shelter residents. Donation boxes will be available at St. Noel during the weekend of March 9th & 10th and before and after the concert.
- FASTING & ABSTINENCE – Catholics 14 years and older are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, adult Catholics (18-59 years) are also asked to fast – that is, limit their food to a simple full meal and two lesser meals.
- FISH FRIES – Please support our Lenten Fish Fries. You can sign up on the kiosk to help. The first Fish Fry is this Friday, March 8th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Last year the Fish Fry provided over $26,000 to support our parish ministries.
Each Lenten season invites us to grow in our faith as we prepare to celebrate the great Feast of Easter. Please consider including one or more of the opportunities above as part of your Lenten observance.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
ASH WEDNESDAY – is Wednesday, March 6th. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers for the 7:00 p.m. Mass is on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room as we begin a new video series on the Mass by Bishop Barron. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
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!
PARISHIONERS USING ELECTRONIC DEPOSIT – We have upgraded the tool that is used behind the scenes to process the transfer of electronic donations. We don’t expect any difficulties. However, there could be a slight delay in processing payments while we transition. Please contact the parish office (440-946-0887) if you have any concerns.
BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION – Next weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations for the Black and Indian Missions.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – Parents and parents to be who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months should call the parish office (440-946-0887) to register for a baptism preparation session.
SACRISTANS – are needed to serve for our weekend liturgies. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who have received honors for the first semester at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School. First Honors: Andrew Perovsek, Antonio Vitale, Domenico Vitale, Georgina Hasrouni, Hailey Mullin, Hannah Mullin, Jenna Mullin, Mark Petzing, and Mia Krevh. Second Honors: Avery Ovens and Nola Valerian.
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!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Join us on Wednesday, March 6th (Ash Wednesday) from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for “Gathering Wisdom”. Presenters will speak about Lenten practices that may help in growing in wisdom. There will be a Liturgy of the Word with ashes at noon included as part of the retreat. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. If you are able, a donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
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.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, March 10th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – Have you been grieving for a year or longer and still don’t feel like you’re coping any better? This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief. It provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. These sessions will be Tuesday evenings, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd and 9th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, Concord Twp. For more information, please call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
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.