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 29th, at 7:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Penance is a prayer which expresses our sorrow for the failings of our lives and asks for God’s forgiveness. Since our sins hurt not only ourselves but others and lessen the witness of the Church, it is fitting to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance together with the Church community.
The official Rite of the Catholic Church outlines three possible formats for the Sacrament of Penance.
- One, which is seldom used and limited to special situations, allows for absolution without individual confession of sins.
- The second option calls for individual confession within a communal setting. This option stresses our common sinfulness and how the forgiveness of God heals us as a community. This will be the option we will offer on March 29th. The procedure is simple and outlined in the Official Rite: after prayer and reading from the scriptures and an examination of conscience, we will then recite together an Act of Contrition and the Lord’s Prayer. Then those who wish to receive the sacrament will walk forward to one of the confessors present and quietly mention any serious sins and whatever lesser faults they would choose to present. The priest will then absolve them from their sins. After everyone has confessed, the presider will then give those who have come forward a penance to perform. We will conclude with a prayer, a final blessing, and a closing song.
- The third option for the sacrament is to meet in a one-on-one format with the priest. This option is possible year round to any person simply by calling the parish office to arrange a meeting time.
I hope you will join us on March 29th to acknowledge our imperfections and God’s continuing forgiveness. Even if you are not inclined to receive the Sacrament by coming forward during the communal celebration and confessing your sins to the priest, it is still valuable to participate in this time of prayer as a recognition of the need to grow, and also as a support to those who choose to receive the Sacrament.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE – Our ushers will be in the Narthex this weekend to accept your donations for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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.
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. Our first market is this Monday, March 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. We will distribute 2,500 lbs of food to needy seniors. Thanks to all our volunteers and to Chef Randy.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, March 26th, 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.
LENT COLORING PRAYER – Are you looking for some time for quiet reflection during Lent? Do you like to color? Join us on Monday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the Small Hall to color and pray. Materials will be provided, but if you have a favorite set of colored pencils you can bring them along. All ages are welcome. Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x121) to reserve your space.
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.
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!!
LENTEN BAGS – It’s not too late to grab a Lenten bag and support a local organization ministering to those in need. Stop by the table in the narthex and pick up a tag. Please place your filled bags in the bins across from the clothing bins near the Food Pantry.
CRS ENCOUNTER OPPORTUNITY – We encounter Fernando in El Salvador where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, youth are pursuing their dreams of building businesses to better the lives of their families. How have you worked to better the lives of others this Lent? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
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).
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, April 5th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Still Lent. The Spirit is Still Willing. The Flesh is Still Weak: Preparing ourselves for Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00 to cover lunch. All are welcome!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WILLOUGHBY HILLS EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The City of Willoughby Hills and many of the churches in Willoughby Hills are working together to host the 2nd Annual Willoughby Hills Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 8th. The event, for children 12 and under, will take place at Calvary Assembly of God, 28870 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills. No parking is permitted at the church – FREE bussing to and from the Shoppes at Willoughby Hills (old Loehmann’s Plaza) and Calvary will be provided starting around 9:15 a.m. The activities will take place from 10:00–11:30 a.m., and include inflatables, contests, CJ the Clown, meet the Easter Bunny, popcorn, face and hair painting, and more. The 10,000 egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. This is a FREE event, but you must be pre-registered to participate (no walk-ins accepted). Register at eggwhills.com. Call the Recreation Department for information at 440-975-3540.
ANNUAL WILLOUGHBY HILLS SPRING CRAFT SHOW – will be held on Saturday, April 1st, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Community Center, 35400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills. The show is featured on both levels of the building! Spaces are sold out! Lots of handmade gifts and ideas for your home! FREE ADDMISSION!! Raffles will be held throughout the sale for crafter’s items. Refreshments are available at the Concession stand. For details, contact Willoughby Hills Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or visit our website at www.WilloughbyHills-OH.gov
ALL CHOICES MATTER – helps children build self-confidence, become more resilient, and understand their self-worth which enables them to stand up to bullying, say no to drugs, and reject thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Our signature program, G.R.I.T.T. (Gratitude, Resilience, Integrity, Tolerance, Teamwork) connects students, parents, and teachers to local experts through educational videos focusing on character development, critical thinking, leadership, perseverance, bullying, suicide prevention, career readiness, and other important life lessons. Join us our fundraiser “Party with a Purpose” on March 25th from 6-10 p.m. Tickets include meal, drinks & music. Cost $60 each. Over 150 gifts at silent auction and Chinese raffle. Tickets available at AllChoicesmatter.org or call 440-478-5640.