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, and art & environment, we would not be able to celebrate as a community the dying and rising of Jesus. A special thanks to Connie and Larry Carr, as well as John and Majda Kucmanic who worked diligently to see that our church hangings for Lent and Easter were suitable for use.
Happy Easter to all!
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donation to the Social Justice Fund.
ENCOUNTER THE RISEN CHRIST – We prayed, fasted and gave alms, and now we encounter Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowls ends as we encounter our risen Lord. Don’t forget to bring your rice bowl to the Church office and continue bringing Easter joy to each person you meet.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 13th in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Reservations are required. There will be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). Adults are $18, children 6-12 years are $8, and children 5 years and younger are free. For additional information visit stnoelbanquetcenter.com. For reservations, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
CONFIRMATION MEETING – Confirmation meeting will be held on April 8th from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together. Lunch will be provided.
PEACE– There will be no PEACE on April 3rd.. We will resume on April 10th. I hope your family has a blessed Easter celebration.
MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT – Mark your calendars for our upcoming Middle School Retreat on Sunday, April 22nd from 11-4. The Mercyhurst Retreat team will be hosting our daylong retreat. Registration and details to come.
LENTEN BAGS & TAGS – Please return your filled bags to the bin outside the Food Pantry. Thank you for supporting these excellent agencies.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, April 5th. If you signed up to attend, please remember to come. We have a wonderful time together!
“HOME IMPROVEMENT” SERIES – You can still view the live presentation about faith in our families and be part of the online discussion throughout the Easter season. Go to stnoel.org, click Faith Formation, and then click Home Improvement. See the poster on the kiosk for more details.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, April 4th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Celebrating Easter “Turning Sorrows into Alleluia,” facilitated by the Retreat Community. There is no cost. A $6 donation is suggested to cover lunch, if you are able. Call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – St. Noel is hosting a Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar on April 10th in the Banquet Center. The seminar will run from 7-8:30 pm. Learn about the Catholic burial tradition, cremation, funeral, estate and elder care planning. Ensure your family is fully informed to make educated decisions before the need arises. Bob DeJohn from the Catholic Cemetery Association will lead the program, and a local attorney, estate planner, financial planner, and funeral director will also be available to answer questions. Please RSVP to Anthony (440-946-1128 or [email protected]) to attend this important seminar.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On April 5th and 12th, Bingo. On April 19th, Luncheon and Bingo. Menu: chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls & butter, and dessert. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranaskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is April 16th. On April 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BIKE BLESSING – Rev up your motorcycle and ride over to St. Noel on Saturday, June 2nd after the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Fr. George will offer a blessing for all riders as the cycling season begins. Please RSVP to Scott Andrew Mills if you plan to attend (440-477-5883 or www.MaverickInsurance1.com).
SAINT PASCHAL/SAINT CLARE PARISH CLUSTER – is offering a bereavement support group entitled “Walking in Hope.” The six-week program begins Tuesday, April 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Saint Paschal Baylon Parish Parlor. There is no charge and it is open to all. If you have any questions, please call Corky Mondello at 440-449-3584 or the parish office at 440-442-3410.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – is designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated. The eight-week support group will begin, Thursday, April 5th and conclude on May 24th, at St. Gabriel Parish, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge, Concord. The group meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Religious Education Office. For more information or to register, call 1-800-242-9755 or email [email protected]. There is no charge, materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – at John Carroll University will be hosting an evening with Bishop Nelson J. Perez on Sunday, April 8th, at 7:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room in the DJ Lombardo Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University. For additional information, please call the Institute of Catholic Studies at 216-397-4558.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – “Speak Up and Stay Alive” will be presented at the April 11th luncheon by Patricia Rullo, radio personality and author from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Cost is $18 per person which includes swiss steak, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, vegetables and apple pie. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by April 9th. All are welcome!
MARCUS’ LANTERN FOUNDATION (affiliated with Deepwood Foundation) is having their annual fundraiser Friday, April 13th at St. Noel Banquet Center. There will be dinner and dancing, music by the Castaways, big board raffle, Chinese auction and open bar. Tickets are $65 a person. Call Mary Lintern at 440-477-7066 for ticket information.
THE FEST – Mark your summer calendar…and plan to join us on Sunday, August 5th for The FEST – our 18th Annual Catholic Family FESTival held in Wickliffe. The FEST is the perfect family day. It includes great national Christian artists: TobyMac, Big Daddy Weave, Mandisa, and We are Messengers. The FEST also has great activities and displays for the entire family. The FEST is a day of faith, family and fun all for FREE. The FEST concludes with an inspiring outdoor Mass with Bishop Nelson Perez. It’s the highlight of summer for thousands from across our region. For more information, go online to: www.theFEST.us.
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, April 8th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m., join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. RSVP Jim at 440-227-9189 to let him know you are coming.
SEEDS OF LITERACY – Seeds, an adult literacy program in Cleveland, is looking for volunteer tutors. See the flyer on the kiosk or call Seeds at 216-661-7950.
REFUGEE RESPONSE – The Refugee Response Home Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentoring to over fifty refugee students in Cleveland. Refugee students are matched with a volunteer mentor to provide meaningful academic and acculturation support for two hours a week over the course of a year. Mentors work closely with their student to strengthen basic literacy and math skills, develop positive habits and attitudes, and provide opportunities for community and cultural exploration. Pick up a card in the narthex to learn more.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF GEAUGA COUNTY – invites you to attend their 28th Red Wagon Spring Luncheon on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. The Chinese Auction and Luncheon raffles support the many programs and activities of the Society in its mission to help and serve children at risk in Geauga County. Tickets are $45 per person. Contact Jeannette Bussoletti at 216-401-8190 or [email protected]