As the Feast of Easter approaches, you will notice that beginning last weekend and continuing this weekend and next at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, there are special prayers over the three catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil on April 15th. This rite, which is called “scrutiny” and takes place after the homily, is ancient in origin. The Easter Vigil is the most important feast of our Church year because it is the yearly celebration of the Paschal Mystery which is Jesus’ death & resurrection and the promise of the establishment of God’s Kingdom in our world. Very early in the history of the Church, the Vigil was seen as the most appropriate time to initiate new members into the faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The process was a long one sometimes lasting for several years. But as the Vigil approached there was a period of immediate preparation for those who would be initiated. This period was eventually called “Lent.” Although Lent is today a time of spirited preparation for all Christians, it was originally only for catechumens. In the scrutinies we as a community pray for our brothers and sisters who will soon join us in the Body of Christ. We ask that God will strengthen the candidates’ faith and give them the power to live the Christian life, and we trust that our prayers will be heard.
So as we pray the scrutinies in the next weeks, we ask that God’s grace will fill our catechumens, Dylan Allen, Abbey Baker and Christine Tanner as they prepare to enter the waters of new life in Christ.
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 no later than Sunday evening, March 26th.
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 2017, we collected $1,198.99. Our expenses for February were:
|Neighbor to Neighbor||379.60|
Thank you for your support.
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 are $6 and those 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 volunteers willing to help with serving and cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up Fish Fries each Friday 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].
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 on the right side of the Food Pantry.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our first senior market went well! We served 38 people and transported all remaining food to the hot meal program at St. Mary Church in Painesville. Thanks to all our volunteers and to Chef Randy. The Senior Market will continue on the 3rd Monday of every month. Please spread the word.
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 (946-0887) to register.
CRS ENCOUNTER COMMUNITY – We encounter Maria in Mexico where a community of hardworking women share joys, sorrows, and fellowship while growing economic opportunity at a greenhouse. How have your communities helped you encounter Christ anew this Lent? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
AUCTION BASKET NEEDED – The Lake County Community Network helps people throughout the county with rent & utility assistance. St. Noel has been a part of the network for almost 20 years. The annual LCCN auction is scheduled for May 19th at St. Gabriel Church. We are looking for a creative person to put together a basket for the auction. St. Noel would pay for the contents. Please call Anthony if you can help (946-1128 x122).
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our monthly meal continues to grow, and we’re thankful for all who attend and all who help to make it happen. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us Thursday, April 6th in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the parish office.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Mark the weekend of November 11/12 of this year and plan to attend this wonderful boutique featuring fair trade clothing, crafts, cards, food and more. Included in the vendors are 2 representatives from CEPROSI, our partners in Nicaragua, who are very excited to be traveling to St. Noel.
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, April 5th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The retreat themes is “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!
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).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On 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.
BREADTH OF LIFE – Join us on Wednesday, April 12th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Fr. Denk will be the guest speaker and his topic is: “The Most Important Prayer of Your Day.” For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706. Luncheon cost $18.00.
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? Are you 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 register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
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, at John Carroll University. The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.
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 and 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
CHRIST CHILD OF WESTERN RESERVE – It’s the 33rd year for the Red Wagon Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the American Croatian Hall in Eastlake. We will have baskets, raffles and silent auction items. It will be a family style dinner and our guest speaker is news anchor Todd Meany from Channel 8. The Red Wagon event helps support donations to many different programs that help enrich the lives of children in Lake County. Reservation deadline is April 12th. For tickets, $45 each, call Sue DeRespiris at 440-853-0157 or [email protected]
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.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL SPRING OPEN HOUSE – All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders and their families are invited to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 5th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tour our beautiful 75-acre campus and experience how NDCL’s academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs prepare students for lives that will transform the world. Please join us at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440.279.1088, or visit ndcl.org/Admissions.aspx.