You will remember that St. Noel is moving forward with three areas of Advocacy: The monthly Neighbor-to-Neighbor meal, the Prison Support & Re-Entry initiative, and the Adult-Education Resource Center. This week I would like to update you on the Adult-Education Resource Center at St. Noel.
The center opened two weeks ago in the lower level of our building. There are over 20 parishioners working as tutors, computer trainers and mentors. Computers donated by our parishioners are available to those who come. The center is open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. At present there are three people using the center. Although the program is equipped to offer training for the GED, the clients so far are coming to improve their math and spelling skills.
I am delighted that the Adult-Education Resource Center is up and running and fully staffed. We are capable of serving more people and I ask your help in spreading the word. Flyers are available in the kiosk. If you have a place of business or know of a venue where you can post information, please take one or more of the flyers and put them up.
We are convinced that there is a real need in our area for adult learning. We are also confident of the quality of our center. Help us spread the news that this valuable opportunity for education is available at St. Noel.
MATCHING GIFT – Our total for the matching gift opportunity for the roof repair now stands at $34,806 which is 116% of our goal. Thank you for making this effort such a success!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME REMINDER – Please remember to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed on Saturday night, March 12th.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, March 11th, the Stations will be led by Catholic Relief Services, Parish Ambassador; Jed Trombley.
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 by the coatroom.
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.
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.
CONCERT CHOIR AT ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHEDRAL – This Sunday, March 6th at 5:30 p.m. our St. Noel Concert Choir will be singing during Sunday Mass at St. John Evangelist Cathedral in Cleveland. Everyone is invited to join our singers at this liturgy.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the Kiosk. The theme of the March issue is “Ten Excuses For Not Praying.”
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.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER AT ST. NOEL – We’re open for business! 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.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our blood drive on 2/28 collected 33 units of blood, a high mark for St. Noel. Thanks to all who donated and to Mo Shiffler for staffing the welcome table. The next drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th. Don’t forget to try the new tool called RapidPass that allows donors to complete the pre-screen from home before they come to the donation site. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass to learn more.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS: HUNGERING TO LEARN – We journey with CRS Rice Bowl to the Central American country of Honduras, where we meet students who are learning that it’s better to help your neighbor learn and grow than to leave him or her behind. To whom are we called to extend a hand this week? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
LENTEN BAGS – It’s not too late 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.
PROJECT HOPE WISH LIST – for those filling Lenten bags for Project Hope, here are some additional ideas: pens (any color), lip balm, light bulbs, bottled water, coffee filters (small), powdered coffee creamer, men’s gloves (waterproof). Thanks for your help!
SPEAKING OF WOMEN’S HEALTH: MISSION NUTRITION – The Cleveland Clinic is sponsoring an evening devoted to women’s health and nutrition issues on Thursday, March 31st in the Banquet Center. This exciting women-only event offers: Complimentary health screenings and wellness information, a sit-down dinner, an informal Q&A discussion with a panel of experts from Cleveland Clinic who specialize in nutrition, giveaways and prizes, and a retail boutique specializing in health and wellness products. Cost is $20 and reservations are required. Pick up a flyer in the kiosk.
PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY – It’s been 12 years since our last picture directory and many parishioners have expressed a desire to create a new, updated one. The company that creates the directories does the bulk of the work; we need a committee of 4-5 people to oversee the project. Are you interested? Please contact Anthony at the parish office to learn more (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.
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 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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])
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 10th, Bingo and Bake Sale. 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, 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!
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.
TETELESTAI – Will be performed at Our Lady Chapel at Gilmour Academy on Friday, March 11th at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday March 13th at 2:00 p.m.
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM – Have you been grieving for a year or longer and still don’t feel like your coping any better? Do you feel like you are walking alone and no one understands what you are feeling? If the answer is yes, please join us! This program offers suggestions for working through the stages of grief and finding ways to continue on. It provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings in an environment of understanding and empathy. These sessions will be Tuesday evenings, starting February 23rd-March 29th. They will be held in the Religious Education Office in the school at St. Gabriel’s from 7:00-8:30 p.m. You do not have to attend all sessions. For more information, please call Eileen at 440-255-1447.
LAKE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – is proud to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” on March 10-12th at 7:30 p.m. and March 13th at 3:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are on sale in the school Spirit Store. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors & alumni and $5 for students high school and younger. For more information, call 440-578-1020.
SAINT PASCHAL LADIES GUILD SPRING CRAFT SHOW – Please join us for our highly anticipated Annual Spring Craft Show on Saturday, March 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be over 85 quality craft tables to view. Admission is $1.
“ORDINARY LIVES, EXTRAORDINARY MISSION” – Are you due for a “spring awakening” in your Catholic faith? Dr. John Woods is coming to St. Gabriel’s in Concord on March 12th from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visit dynamiccatholic.com/events or call Debbie at 259-1867 for more information.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE GIFT SHOP – Has a wide variety of beautiful First Communion and Confirmation items at very affordable prices as well as gift items for all occasions. We are open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., located at 21281 Chardon Rd.
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfasts on Sundays, March 6th, 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 6th and 13th breakfasts. The WH Lions is sponsoring March 20th.
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.
“THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES: Bishop Joseph Schrembs and the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in the 1930’s” lecture by Dr. Brenda Wirkus, Professor of Philosophy and Director of John Carroll University Humanities Program on Thursday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. at John Carroll University, D.J. Lombardo Student Center/Jardine Room.
CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC “AT THE NAME OF JESUS”, featuring the Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Caporella, Director of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts, John Carroll University and Dr. Edward Kaczuk, Music Director of Borromeo Seminary and St. Mary Seminary. The event will take place in St. Francis Chapel on John Carroll University campus at 4:00 p.m.