Again this year, all Catholic Churches in our area are offering an opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance. It will happen this Wednesday, March 15th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The event is aimed at people who have been away from the Church and wish to come home.
We will be providing this opportunity here at St. Noel and we are asking for your help. If you know someone who is Catholic but has not been practicing their faith, would you reach out to them and let them know of this area-wide opportunity?
Since this Wednesday is intended for those who have been away from the church, it is not meant to replace our Parish Communal Penance Service. That service will take place March 29th at 7:00 p.m.
What I invite you to do this Wednesday is join us at our Parish GIFT session. I will be the speaker and will reflect with you on our Liturgical Celebration of Easter. Why do Catholics remember Easter on three days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday? It is much more then simply following the days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
So come to the GIFT session this Wednesday, March 15th. Invite those who may be seeking to return to the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance here the same night. And come to our Communal Penance Service yourself on March 29th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Fridays in Lent (excluding Good Friday), Fish Fries will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, children from 6-12 is $6 and 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up Fish Fries on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
USHERS NEEDED FOR 9 AM MASS – We are in need of additional ushers for the 9 AM Mass. Schedules are made for a rotational assignment. Ushers are assigned for 4 weeks on and then off for a time based on the total number of ushers. If interested contact Ed McKenna 440-944-6492 or [email protected].
NOEL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Dealing with grief is never easy. The St. Noel Bereavement Team is offering a 5-week support series beginning Tuesday, April 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Nativity Room. The series will meet 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Call the parish office to register.
YOUTH MINISTRY POSITION – The job description and qualifications for the Youth Ministry position on our staff is now posted on our parish website: https://stnoel.org/2017/02/07/youth-ministry-position/. Please spread the word to those you know who are qualified and might be interested in applying. Resumes should be turned in to our parish office by March 15th.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – How about making a commitment this lent to visit Jesus at Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays in our Chapel between 1:00-9:00 p.m. We all need to quiet ourselves in order to hear the promptings of Jesus. Come for an hour, a few minutes or whatever time you can spare…but COME. Jesus is waiting for YOU!!
LEAF – If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) at St. Noel. Sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is on Monday, March 20th. 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.
LENTEN BAGS – We will again be 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, Ursuline Piazza (ministry to those who are HIV positive) and the St. Noel Food Pantry. Plastic bags, tags with the items needed, and information on the various agencies will be available on the table in the narthex beginning in Lent. These works of mercy are a tremendous benefit to the agencies; please consider making the bags a part of your Lenten devotion.
CRS ENCOUNTER NUTRITION – We encounter Evelina in Zambia as she and other mothers in her community learn new ways to provide nutritious meals for their growing children and families. How do we ensure that those who are hungry have not only food but true nourishment? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – St. Noel, in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, is hosting a free produce market for low-income seniors in our community. The market is open on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Thanks to the many volunteers who have stepped forward to make this happen.
CAMP YAC – Registration for Camp YAC has begun and runs until May 22nd. This day-camp, hosted by St. Noel, takes place June 12th-16th and is open to all youth currently in grades 6-8. High school students are encouraged to apply to serve as Camp Counselors. Informational brochures, camper registration and counselor applications can be found in the kiosk.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Volunteers are needed to plant and maintain the “All Good Gifts Garden” for the 2017 growing season. Initially established by the youth of the parish, the “All Good Gifts Garden” seeks to be a fresh, colorful place where the work of lovingly planting, tending and harvesting food for generous sharing connects us to the beauty and wonder of the created world. Produce grown is distributed in the St. Noel Food Pantry. If you are knowledgeable about gardening and interested in coordinating this effort, please contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120).
GIRLS BOOK CLUB – will gather on Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book they are reading is, “Same Sun Here” by Silas House and Neela Vaswini.
“In this extraordinary novel in two voices, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.” This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. Sign-up on the kiosk. Contact Erica (946-1128 x120) with questions.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 16th, socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., Luncheon Menu: corn beef & cabbage, red skin potatoes, carrots, rolls and butter and apple strudel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranuskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is March 13th. On March 23rd, auction. March 30th, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
THE ROSS AND CARMELLA DEJOHN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD – This scholarship is based on more than grades or athletic achievement. It is offered to graduating high school seniors who have exemplified the FIVE STAR STANDARDS of Independence, Integrity, Excellence, Fairness and Professionalism. The scholarship winners will receive $500 that can be used toward college or technical school. The applications are available in the kiosk or online at www.dejohncares.com/scholarship. Applications must be received by April 1, 2017.
ANNUAL ST. VITUS PARISH PALM SUNDAY BENEFIT DINNER – will be Sunday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Price is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger. Call to reserve your spot… limited number of tickets available. To purchase contact St. Vitus, 216-361-1444 or Divine Word, 440-256-1412.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring, thinking about separation or divorce? Then the Retrouvaille program may help. It is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. It is a weekend experience, April 21st-23rd. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
GABRIEL SCHOOL – is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. We have open houses on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. March 14, April 11 and May 9. Call Alicia to register for an open house at 440-354-7858.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for a Lenten Day of Prayer…How Do We Get Everything to Belong? Sister mary Jeanette Brown, SND will facilitate the day. For further information and to register by March 8th, contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND at 440-279-1143 or [email protected]. Donation $20.00 includes lunch.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – The “What Next” retreat for young adults will be on Saturday, March 25th at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at noon on Sunday, March 26th. The cost is $45 and includes meals and supplies. For more information or to register, visit www.Charisministries.org or contact Sr. Kelley Rush, SND at [email protected] or 440-241-3124.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sunday, March 12th, and March 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall, 35405 Chardon Road and the Community Center Office 35400 Chardon Rd. Ticket prices are Adults, $6.50 pre-sale or $7 at the door, Children ages 5 thru 12, $4.00 and kids 4 & under are free. Breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes (plain, blueberry & French toast), sausage, juice and coffee. Call the Recreation Department for pre-sale tickets and information 440-975-3540.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES along with Liturgical Music and Musical Arts at John Carroll University will sponsor a Lenten Concert: The Seven Last Words of Christ, a work by Franz Joseph Haydn for string quartet. Performers in the quartet are members of our city’s renowned Cleveland Orchestra. This event will take place on Saturday, April 8th at 4:00 p.m. in Saint Francis Chapel, John Carroll University. The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.