As we begin the season of Lent, I would like to remind you that an essential component of this season concerns those preparing for Baptism. The 40 days of Lent serve as the last period of preparation for catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil.
On the First Sunday of Lent, catechumens from parishes around the Diocese will gather with Bishop Thomas to formally begin this last stage of their preparation in the Rite of Election. This Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. Mass we will send our catechumens Dylan Allen, Abbey Baker and Christine Tanner to this Diocesan gathering. Lee Brandt, Matthew Burkholderrich, Tim Greenaway, Jeff Jasinski, Jessica Jasinski, Chelsea Mitroi and Dan Pincombe who are already baptized but preparing for full union with the Catholic Church (through confirmation & eucharist) will also be received by the bishop.
As you begin your Lenten journey, please keep our catechumens and candidates in your prayers, as we look forward to the celebration of their union with Christ and with us at the Easter Vigil on April 15th
BLACK & INDIAN MISSION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Black & Indian Mission.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Fridays in Lent (not 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.
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!!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the Narthex next weekend March 11th-12th to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our recent blood drive was a great success! 30 donors presented, and we collected 27 pints on our goal of 18. Thanks to the Repkos for coordinating and thanks to all who donated. Our next scheduled blood drive is Sunday, June 11th.
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.
URSULINE PIAZZA – You might have noticed a new Lenten Bag this year, Ursuline Piazza. A ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, the organization provides individual counseling to address client wellness issues, a monthly support group, and various forms of client assistance such as: access to county services, transportation to doctor appts. and other needs, assistance with government and agency forms, encouragement and assistance with memorial services. You can learn more at: www.ursulinepiazza.org. We’re happy to support Ursuline Piazza and encourage you to take a tag from the table in the narthex.
CRS ENCOUNTER INNOVATION – We encounter the Singh family in India, where a mother and father are using innovative farming techniques to feed their family amidst a flood. How is God inviting us to think outside the box in service to others this Lent? 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.
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.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the March issue is “The Benefits of Reconciliation.”
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 9th, Bingo. 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!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, March 12th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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.
GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – St. Gabriel’s Parish will be hosting a 6 week support series on Tuesday evenings beginning March 7th-April 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. They will be held in the Religious Education Office. For more information, call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
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.
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 – 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.
GILMOUR ACADEMY – Admission Events! Join us on Wednesday, March 8th, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. for Gilmour’s Lower School and meet with the admissions director, tour the facilities and observe students in the classroom. To RSVP, contact nadia Dreger at [email protected] or 440-473-8165. For Middle and Upper School from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on March 8th, meet the teachers, tour the facilities and talk with current students about why Gilmour is the right choice for you. To RSVP, go to www.gilmour.org/openhouse.