Part of the Christian life is to admit our failures and our need to grow. This Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. we will hold our Lenten Communal Penance Service, which will provide an opportunity to ask for God’s help and forgiveness. The Sacrament of Penance is a powerful way to experience the forgiving love of God in the midst of our community. As we gather together, we remind ourselves that our weaknesses and faults do not simply hinder our relationship to God, but also our relationship to each other. Since we together are the Body of Christ, our individual failures at love, justice and peace lessen the life of Christ’s Body.
Coming together to admit our faults is then a time of healing, not only for our personal lives, but also for the life of the whole Church.
Remember, even if you do not desire to receive the Sacrament of Penance by coming forward to confess your sins, you may still wish to join in the penance service. Joining in the music and prayer of the evening is valuable as a reminder of our own need to grow and as a support to those who choose to confess their sins.
Please consider joining us this Wednesday to celebrate the generous forgiveness of our God.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – This Friday, March 18th, at 7:30 p.m., the Living Stations will be led by the Youth Ministry.
MATCHING GIFT OPPORTUNITY – Out total donations for the Matching Gift Opportunity has exceeded all expectations! Out total now stands at $35,111. That is 117% of our goal! Thank you to all who contributed!
BULLETIN ARTICLES EASTER SCHEDULE – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles or events to be included in the Easter bulletin (March 26 and 27) need to be in the parish office by Tuesday, March 15th.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, SACRISTANS & SERVERS – 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.
TREND TO ELIMINATE LAND LINES – Many of our parishioners are opting to eliminate their home phone numbers. We ask that if you are no longer using your land line, or prefer to use a cell number, that you contact the parish office. Equally as important, please let us know if you have moved so that we can keep the parish records up to date. Feel free to stop in or call to notify the office of any changes, 440-946-0887.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2016 – Save the date! VBS will be held during the week of July 11th – 15th. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.
LENTEN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – Join parishioner Emma Krueger as she leads us on a walk through Lent to greater intimacy with Jesus. On Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. through March 29th, we will gather in the Resurrection Room and immerse ourselves in the Scriptures, using meditation, Lectio Divina, imagery and music. We will conclude welcoming the Risen Jesus, the Christ. If this opportunity interests you, please sign up on the kiosk. You can come to any or all of the sessions.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER (AERC) AT ST. NOEL – Please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interest in obtaining a GED or who needs extra help in Math or English (reading). Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex. The AERC is open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS: HUNGERING TO GROW A NEW TOMORROW – This week’s CRS Rice Bowl country is the island nation of Madagascar, where we’re reminded of the important role farmers’ play in caring for God’s creation. As we prepare our meals throughout the week, let us reflect on where our food comes from—and what role we can play in caring for our environment. Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
LENTEN BAGS – This is the final week to take a Lenten bag and support a local agency making a difference in the community. Information is available on the table in the narthex. Please return your filled bags to bins across from the clothing bins near the food pantry door.
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – We have enlisted the services of Universal Church Directories to handle the creation of our new Parish Directory, and are excited to get the process underway. We could still use 1-2 people to serve on the directory committee. Are you interested? Please contact Anthony at the parish office to learn more (440-946-0887). All talents are welcome!
PAYPAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE – you can now donate to the Social Justice Fund directly from the St. Noel website. Go to the Social Justice page (https://stnoel.org/social-justice/) and click on the yellow donate button. It’s a simple & secure way to support the outreach efforts of St. Noel. All money is tax deductible, and donors receive an electronic receipt for all transactions. In addition to help with rent, utility bills, and other expenses, the Social Justice Fund also supports the Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, Adult Education Resource Center, New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry, LEAF, and more. Visit the St. Noel website to learn more.
LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) – LEAF meets Monday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry for relatives and friends of those incarcerated. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony Camino. LEAF meets on the third Monday of each month.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 17th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: corned beef, cabbage, carrots, redskin potatoes, rye bread w/butter, and apple pie. For tickets call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is March 14th. NO meeting on March 24th (Holy Thursday). On March 31st, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
XLT (an abbreviation for the word “Exalt”) is a night for the high school youth and young adult community of our Diocese. This monthly event, taking place again on April 28th, begins with praise and worship at 7 p.m., followed by a talk, then the main point of the night – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – and wraps up with a pizza social and optional night prayer with the seminarians. The evening takes place at Sacred Heart Chapel, on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Contact Sean McCafferty if you are interested in attending ([email protected])
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. Applications are available in the kiosk. For further information call 440-516-5555.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (in Willoughby) – is hosting a program called Catholics Returning Home to help non-practicing Catholics return to the Church. The six week series begins Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. To register or for questions, please call Lee Jarocki at 440-728-6640 or email [email protected].
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sundays, March 13th and March 20th from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Willoughby Hills City Hall and the Community Center Office. Ticket prices are Adults $6.50 pre-sale or $7.00 at the door, Children ages 5-12, $4.00 and kids 4 & under are free. WH Recreation is sponsoring the March 13th breakfast. The WH Lions is sponsoring March 20th.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – An eight week support group is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. It will begin Thursday, March 31st, and conclude on May 19th, at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. in the Religious Education Office of the school building. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping with this life-changing experience. 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.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS’ SPRING CRAFT SHOW – will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd. Free Addmission! For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov.
GILMOUR ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS – With 20 new offerings, including web design, entrepreneurship, leadership, fly fishing, CSI Glmour and more, Gilmour camps have something for everyone. Camps are offered from June 6th through August 12th. For additional information visit www.gilmour.org/summercamp or call 440-684-2733 to learn more.