When you visit other churches for Mass in our diocese, you may have noticed that there is a variety of postures for the assembly during communion. In some parishes people kneel; in others, people stand. Here at St. Noel, we sit. Bishop Perez has noted this diversity as well. He has asked that all parishes adopt a consistent posture for communion throughout the diocese. He has done this for two reasons. First, a single posture will be a sign of unity within our diocese. Second, it will avoid confusion when people visit other parishes. The posture to be adopted is standing. Standing is the ancient posture of dignity and praise. Whereas kneeling is a sign of adoration and humility, standing indicates our status of adopted daughters and sons of God and professes our belief in the power of Jesus’ resurrection. Therefore, beginning on April 28th, the Sunday after Easter, congregations in all the parishes of our diocese will stand after the invitation to communion (Behold the Lamb of God) and remain standing until the last person receives communion. At that time the communion hymn will end, and the assembly will sit for a few moments of personal reflection.
Because we at St. Noel already stand during the Eucharistic Prayer, standing during communion will result in a lot of standing. It is therefore important to say that if any parishioner finds it difficult to stand at any point of the liturgy, he or she should feel free to sit. Nevertheless, I believe that standing as a community during communion will be a powerful sign of our free and open acceptance of the risen Jesus who offers his Body and Blood to us in the gift of the Eucharist.
Fr. George Smiga
BISHOP PEREZ has appointed Fr. George as Senior Parochial Vicar at Holy Angels Parish in Bainbridge. Fr. George will live at Holy Angels and assist with weekend Masses. He will continue to teach at St. Mary Seminary. The appointment takes effect June 1st.
NEW PASTOR SURVEY – As Fr. George announced previously, part of the search for a new pastor includes the opportunity for parishioners to participate in an online survey created by the Diocese to express their preferences for the qualities of a new pastor. The following link to the survey is available thru April 15th. All parishioners are encouraged to participate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5FR883
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – are every Friday through April 12th, at 7:30 p.m. This Friday, April 12th, the stations will be led by the Youth Ministry.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – are needed for Holy Week! Sign-up sheets for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are posted on the bulletin board by the kitchenette.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Pick up a card in the narthex with instructions to access FORMED. This week, we invite you to watch the fifth video in the Into the Desert series. The desire of the Christian’s heart is to see God. In contemplatio we rest at the pinnacle of the ladder of prayer, gazing upon God in love.
PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN – Our parish community is grateful that you come with your children to worship with us. Please consider sitting where it is easy for your children to see what is happening at Mass, whispering explanations of what is happening at Mass, and bringing soft, quiet items to use when necessary. If your children become restless in church, our Narthex is a wonderful space to take them and continue to see, hear, and participate with us. There is also a Playroom located in our Lower Level (turn left from Narthex to find elevator and stairs). This smaller space has room for you to sit, for your children to play, and a speaker for you to adjust to hear everything that is happening in the church. We thank you for the example of faith you set for your children and the privilege to support you in your efforts as parents.
CLEVELAND FOOD BANK – If you are in grades 6-12 and are interested in volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank, please email Kaitlin at [email protected] to sign up. This event will take place during PEACE on April 10th. Parent drivers are needed!
TOILETRIES FOR N2N – As part of our Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, we will be distributing toiletries in the Resource Room during the meal. Your donations of NEW and UNUSED soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, etc. can be dropped off at the parish office anytime. Travel sizes are great!
NOEL FISH FRIES – Join us for our last Fish Fry of the season this Friday, April 12th, in the Banquet Center from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for 2 adults or $13 for 1 adult, $6 for children ages 6-12, and no cost for children 5 and under. These Fish Fries are an important fundraiser for our parish, and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and clean-up. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up on Friday at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635.
CENTERING PRAYER ~ We invite you to experience Centering Prayer at the community level. Beginning after Easter, our parishioners Emma Krueger and Jean Ockuly will facilitate two Centering Prayer groups. Choose Tuesday evening, April 23rd (7:00-8:15 p.m.) OR Friday morning, April 26th (10:00-11:15 a.m.). Groups will meet twice a month. You can sign up on the kiosk in the narthex or by contacting Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128, x 121). Call Emma for more information (440-391-0045). As we come together in collective silence, we can transform ourselves, our community, and our world.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking to train additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. This is a great way to serve the parish! Call the parish office if interested.
LENTEN BAG DELIVERY – Thanks to all who’ve been dropping off Lenten Bags. Some generous parishioners are delivering the bags to Forbes House, Birthright, and St. Augustine. I’m looking for someone to deliver bags to Project Hope in Painesville. Please call Anthony if you can help. Thanks!
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, April 15th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our March market served 129 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
AERC – The AERC program is growing. We have increased the numbers of students coming on Mondays, and we are in need of tutors in math, language arts and social studies. We provide all the materials you need to work with the students. All the lessons are in the GED test prep book. You do not have to be a teacher. If you feel you can help someone achieve their goal of getting a GED, please contact Anthony Camino at 946-0887.
BORN-ALIVE BILL – The United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging action to force a vote on H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Bill, which is currently blocked in the House of Representatives. H.R. 962 provides additional protections for children who survive an abortion attempt and are born alive. Though rare, these cases are a reality, and the children deserve every protection. See the St. Noel website for further information.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND, will present “Hanging onto Hope in Today’s World” at the luncheon on Wednesday, April 10th. She will explore the virtue of hope and its relation to faith, courage and love. She will suggest ways we can nourish hope in our daily lives. The luncheon will be at St. Noel Banquet Center from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 which includes swiss steak, tossed salad, mashed potatoes, vegetables and apple pie. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932. All are welcome!
YOUNG ADULTS in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room as we continue the video series on the Mass by Bishop Barron. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS MEET & GREET – Representatives from Geauga Family Farms will be in the Small Hall on April 25th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. to introduce people to the Certified Organic Naturally Grown program they utilize as well as to offer people an opportunity to sample and purchase products. St. Noel has partnered with GFF since 2010 and is proud to serve as a drop-off site. Information is available on the table in the narthex.
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 7th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Wednesday, May 1st and conclude on June 19th at Immaculate Conception Church, 37935 Wright Street, Willoughby. The group meets from 7- 9 p.m. Sessions are designed to offer direction, support, and the tools for coping and moving on. Each group is tailored to meet the needs of the participants. 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.
JOIN RESURRECTION PARISH – on an 11-day journey of the Pews and Pubs of the Emerald Isle! October 15-25, 2019. The friendly people…hearty Irish breakfasts…the magical secrets and songs in the heart of Ireland. $3399.00 per person includes airfare, hotel, most breakfast and dinner, tours. Visiting Waterford, Killarney, Galway, Connemara, Knock, Sligo, Dublin. For more information, email: Fr. Tom Dragga at [email protected]
URSULINE SISTERS – are tutoring in their new residence: 29777 Fairmount Blvd. in Pepper Pike for those from kindergarten to adults in most subjects, including ACT/SAT/GED preparation. For more information, contact Sister Susan Mary Rathbun, OSU([email protected]) or call 440-229-5730.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – invites you to attend Swing Time at the Red Wagon, Wednesday April 24th, at LaMalfa, 5873 Heisley Rd., Mentor. There will be basket raffle, silent auction, cash bar and luncheon. Entertainment provided by Rick & Sharona. For more information or for reservations, contact Elaine Rozic at 440-352-1172. Seating is limited. Reservations due by April 8th.
RETIRE OLD GLORY – Do you have a worn, tattered, or faded American Flag? The Catholic Cemeteries Association is now accepting flags in need of retirement. Flags will be accepted year-round at all eight of our cemetery offices during normal business hours. To find an office near you call 216-539-7943 or visit www.clecem.org.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF GEAUGA COUNTY – invites you to attend their 29th Red Wagon Spring Luncheon on Saturday, April 27th at St. Noel Banquet Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jen Harcher, Channel 8 meteorologist will be the guest emcee. The Chinese Auction and Luncheon raffles support the many programs and activities in its mission to help and serve at-risk children in Geauga County. Tickets for the event are $45 per person. Contact Jeannette Bussoletti at 216-401-8190 or [email protected] for further information and reservations.
USCCB & MIGRATION – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), legislation that would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. “We need a permanent legislative solution for those who have spent their lives contributing and living in the United States, the country they know as home,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “Dreamers and TPS holders are vital members of our community who are going to school, working to make our communities better and raising families. They have lived in limbo for far too long and now is the time for a solution.”