This week we celebrate the Easter Triduum which marks the end of the forty days of Lent. The Triduum is the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil. Each day we will begin our Liturgy at
8:00 p.m. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum: “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us: that Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of feasts,” the “Solemnity of solemnities,” just as the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments” (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter “the Great Sunday” and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our time, until all is subjected to him.”
The liturgies of Holy Week are meant to transform us. Good Liturgy is not simply a re-enactment of something that happened over 2000 years ago, but an actual participation in the events themselves through living faith.
This week before us, then, is holy not only because of what we remember but because of what it can accomplish within each one of us as we give our voluntary “Yes” to its invitation. Please plan to join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week as we celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus.
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.
20/20 CLUB UPDATE – Thank you for your generous donations! So far we have raised $4,406 of the $7,200 for our Young Neighbors in Action service trip. Donations for the 20/20 club fundraiser will still be collected in the parish office. Please write YNIA in the memo line. Thank you for your support!
LENTEN BAG DELIVERY – Thanks to all who’ve been dropping off Lenten Bags; all bags should be returned before Easter. 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!
ENCOUNTER THE RISEN CHRIST – We prayed, fasted and gave alms, and now we look forward to 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 celebrate Holy Week with vigor.
FORMED VIDEO SERIES – Pick up a card in the narthex with instructions to access FORMED. This week, we invite you to watch the final video in the Into the Desert series. Prayer that does not lead to action is empty. Dr. Gray demonstrates how, at the end of lectio divina, we take the step of resolutio and resolve to live out God’s love as we put our prayer into action.
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.
KEMPER HOUSE – Students in grades 6-12 are invited to volunteer at the Kemper House on Wednesday, April 24th from 6-7 p.m. Kemper House is a facility for adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We will be interacting with residents and brightening their day! Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] to sign up.
PIZZA AND GAME DAY – Teens in grades 6-8 are invited to Pizza and Game Day on Sunday, April 28th from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Teen Center. Join us for foosball, ping pong, board games and fun! Feel free to invite a friend or bring along a favorite game from home! Please email Kaitlin at [email protected] if you are attending.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is this 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 this 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.
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. Begin on 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.
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.
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!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – An organizational gathering open to all will take place on Monday, April 29th at 6 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. The Cleveland community has grown from 15 members in its first year to over 30 members in this its second year. It now plans to have multiple sites in addition to St. Noel and is looking for new members who will provide leadership in developing the Commonweal local community in our region. You do not have to be a subscriber to join the community. Come share your interests and help shape a Commonweal community that meets your hopes. Pick up a flyer and some sample issues of Commonweal at the kiosk. E-mail Jack Rakosky ([email protected]) for more information and/or visit the local community website http://clcnetcleveland.blogspot.com/
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 12th 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 $20, children 6-12 years are $10, 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.
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.
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]
POPE FRANCIS & ARMS SALES – “Nations that actively engage in arms dealing and help foment war in other countries should not expect to find peace in their own lands.” These powerful words of Pope Francis came in a recent interview in Spain that covered many topics. Search the keywords Pope, Interview, Spain to locate the entire interview. See the kiosk for the full text.
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.