Happy Easter! On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I wish to extend to you our prayers for God’s blessings during this joyful season. I would like to thank all of our liturgical ministers who made themselves available so that the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter could be celebrated so well. Without the dedication of our music ministry, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, sacristans, servers, art & environment, and all those involved in the RCIA process, we would not be able to celebrate as a community the dying and rising of Jesus.
In a special way, I would like to welcome any visitors worshiping here for the first time this weekend. We invite you to come back. We are an active and committed Catholic Christian Community and we invite you to journey with us as we promote the Good News of God’s love.
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 2016, we collected $3,280.03. Our expenses for February were:
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Follow Jesus, the Light of the World at “Cave Quest,” St. Noel’s VBS 2016, July 11th – 15th. For more information, see the back of the April calendar in today’s bulletin or go to https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – On Wednesday, April 6th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., we will discuss “Transformed by God’s Amazing Grace.” Call Fran for more information at 440-625-1228. There is no charge, but for those who are able we suggest a donation of $6 to cover lunch. All are welcome!
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – Our series comes to an end this Tuesday, March 29th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. We will welcome the Risen Jesus, the Christ. All are welcome.
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 FOR CELEBRATION – We prayed, fasted and gave alms—and now we celebrate! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends in our own hearts, where Jesus reigns forever. Let us rejoice in our risen Lord—and in the lives we’ve changed this Lent in Colombia, Laos, Rwanda, Honduras, Madagascar and all over the world! Don’t forget to turn in your rice bowls to the parish office ASAP. Thank you!
LENTEN BAGS – Please return your filled bags to the bins across from the clothing bins near the food pantry door. Thank you for your generosity; each of the agencies is extremely grateful.
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – Our last directory was 12 years ago and much has changed. We’re excited to be working with Universal Church Directories and to be kicking off photography at the end of May. Our new directory will be beautiful, with your help. Stay tuned.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next meal is Thursday, April 7th. Thanks to all who came and shared a meal with our neighbors. If you would like to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, please email Sharon at [email protected]. This time of year a number of our hard working volunteers are down south and others will be taking vacations. Don’t be shy! Come and eat; come and serve; do both!
MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga District is sponsoring a conference designed to benefit anyone involved parish ministry as a volunteer or professional. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th from 8:30-1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Chardon. The district offered the same conference in Fall of 2015 and over 175 attended with very favorable reviews. Get energized. Be inspired. Contact Anthony for more information.
SPRING CLEAN-UP – The youth of the parish are providing basic yard clean-up for parishioners on Saturday, April 30th. If you or someone you know could use assistance, contact Erica Zalar by April 22nd (440-946-1128 x121)
CEDAR POINT TRIP – All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Cedar Point on Monday, June 20th. Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. We will arrive at St. Noel at 7:30 a.m. to load vehicles and depart at 8:00 a.m. All teens must pack a lunch. Snacks and water will be available at the park throughout the day. The price for the trip is $45.00 and due by Monday, June 13th. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and can be dropped off in the parish office. The contact person for this event is Sean McCafferty ([email protected]).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 31st, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BREADTH OF LIFE – “Feed My Lambs…Tend My Sheep” presented by Maureen Dowd , a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She has ministered in the Diocese for 39 years. She currently serves as Pastoral Associate for St. Gabriel Parish. This will be held in the Banquet Center on Wednesday, April 13th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The luncheon is $18. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by April 6th.
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])
YOU ARE JOYFULLY GIFTED! – Spend a day coming to know the gifts you already have. St Mary’s (Chardon) Evangelization Team in partnership with the Cleveland Diocese Office of Evangelization will be offering a “Joyfully Gifted” retreat on Saturday, April 30th in the Banquet Center. All ages (18 and up) are invited to attend this no cost, daylong event. Registrations are available on the St. Mary website. Look for the ‘Evangelization’ tab to find the registration to print out and complete.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY- RED WAGON LUNCHEON Will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at LaMalfa Party Center, 5783 Heisley Road in Mentor on Wednesday, April 27th. Tickets, which include complimentary valet parking, are $45. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for the Chinese auction and cash bar, with the luncheon being at noon. Reservations must be placed by Tuesday, April 12th. The Society is dedicated to child welfare, supporting and assisting local programs and parishes that serve the children of the Western Reserve. For details and reservations, call 440-975-8208.
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].
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.
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.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – Challenge! Inspire! Grow! Saint Joseph Academy’s Summer Enrichment program is a fun, educational opportunity for girls entering the 7th or 8th grade. This three-week program helps students prepare for the challenges of high school. Please visit www.sja1890.org/summercamps for more information or to register. Questions? Email [email protected] or call 216-251-4868.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “Someone once said marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic diocese of Cleveland, but is open to couples of all faiths. The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on April 8-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Diane or Al Miskinis at 330-665-3506 or 800-470-2230 or online at www.helpourmarriage.org