In 2017, the Christian world marked the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Over those years relations between Catholics and Protestants have changed dramatically. What was once an adversarial relationship has become more and more one of dialogue and understanding across religious differences. This growth in acceptance has happened on all levels of religious life.
About one year ago, six members of St. Noel began meeting on a monthly basis with six members of Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor. Their purpose was to appreciate the differences between Catholics and Lutherans and to pursue on-going dialogue. They have studied official church documents and theological explanations of the two denominations. Great progress has been made. To celebrate this appreciation, the committee has begun to prepare a joint prayer service in which members from both churches will be invited to participate. The service will take place on Tuesday, May 14th here at St. Noel. The pastor at Advent Lutheran, Steven Bond, will lead the prayer together with me. Details concerning the prayer service will follow.
I wanted to bring the work of this inter-faith committee to your attention and invite you to share in the celebration of their work together. Let us continue to pray for the day when all Christians will be united with each other in the mission of Jesus.
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 – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for Catholic Relief Services.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through April 12th, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, April 5th, the stations will be led by the Music Ministry.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – are needed for Holy Week! Sign-up sheets for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are posted on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal this Thursday, April 4th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For February 2019, we collected $2,652.40. Our expenses for February were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||19.98|
|Neighbor to Neighbor||39.84|
Thank you for your support.
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Pick up a card in the Narthex with instructions to access FORMED. This week, we invite you to watch the fourth video in the Into the Desert series. Using the example of St. Augustine and the Psalms, Dr. Gray teaches us how to make the most out of oratio and enjoy the fruits of an intimate conversation with our Lord.
PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN – Our parish community is grateful that you come with your children to worship with us. Please consider sitting where it is easy for your children to see what is happening at Mass, whispering explanations of what is happening at Mass, and bringing soft, quiet items to use when necessary. If your children become restless in church, our Narthex is a wonderful space to take them and continue to see, hear, and participate with us. There is also a Playroom located in our Lower Level (turn left from Narthex to find elevator and stairs). This smaller space has room for you to sit, for your children to play, and a speaker for you to adjust to hear everything that is happening in the church. We thank you for the example of faith you set for your children and the privilege to support you in your efforts as parents.
THANK YOU – A very sincere thank you for all your donations for the 20/20 club. We have raised a total of $3,206 of our $7,200 goal. Donations will continue to be collected in the parish office. Thank you for your generosity and support of the Young Neighbors in Action service trip.
MOVIE AFTER MASS – Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to lunch and a movie following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 7th. We will be watching The Greatest Showman and enjoying a pizza party. Please let Kaitlin know if you are planning to attend.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – If you are interested in participating in the youth Stations of the Cross, please reach out to Kaitlin at [email protected]. We are looking for readers and participants to take part in the Stations. Rehearsal will be on Sunday, April 7th at 2:30 p.m. Every year parishioners enjoy this opportunity to reflect on the stations in a new light.
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!
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 NEW and UNUSED soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, etc. can be dropped off at the parish office anytime. Travel sizes are great!
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be this 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.
CENTERING PRAYER ~ We invite you to experience Centering Prayer at the community level. Beginning after Easter, our parishioners Emma Krueger and Jean Ockuly will facilitate two Centering Prayer groups. Choose Tuesday evening, April 23rd (7:00-8:15 p.m.) OR Friday morning, April 26th (10:00-11:15 a.m.). Groups will meet twice a month. You can sign up on the kiosk in the narthex or by contacting Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x 121). Call Emma for more information (440-391-0045). As we come together in collective silence, we can transform ourselves, our community, and our world.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS MEET & GREET – Representatives from Geauga Family Farms will be in the Small Hall on April 25th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to introduce people to the Certified Organic Naturally Grown program they utilize as well as to offer people an opportunity to sample and purchase products. St. Noel has partnered with GFF since 2010 and is proud to serve as a drop-off site. Information is available on the table in the narthex.
SAINT PASCHAL/SAINT CLARE PARISH CLUSTER is offering a bereavement support group entitled “Walking in Hope” to provide support to anyone who has lost a significant person in their life. The six-week workshop begins Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Saint Paschal Rectory Parlor. There is no charge for the workshop and is open to both parishioners and non-parishioners.
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
USCCB & MIGRATION – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), legislation that would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. “We need a permanent legislative solution for those who have spent their lives contributing and living in the United States, the country they know as home,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “Dreamers and TPS holders are vital members of our community who are going to school, working to make our communities better and raising families. They have lived in limbo for far too long and now is the time for a solution.”