Each year we approach members of our parish family asking them to contribute to the cost of our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA). This initiative, called the “20-20 Club,” is a simple idea: 20 members of the parish contribute $20 and underwrite the cost of one teenager participating in our weeklong summer service experience. Our goal is to fully fund the week for the teenagers who wish to participate and to send the powerful message to our teens that we love them, support them, and send them forth in our name.
This summer we have 7 teens, under the direction of their adult leaders, who wish to serve in Chicago, Illinois with YNIA the week of July 8-14th. It promises to be an extraordinary week of service, learning and growing in the faith. With seven teens participating, our goal is to raise $2,800. By contributing to the funding of this trip you will take a concrete step in saying to our teens “We want you to grow in your faith.”
This weekend and next, our Youth Minister, Kaitlin Chervenak, along with some teens will be in the Narthex to accept your donations toward this effort. You may also drop off donations in the Parish Office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
Youth Ministry is the task of the entire parish. Please consider contributing to this important effort to fund a significant opportunity for our youth to come to know the joy of their faith in a deeper way.
Fr. George Smiga
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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, April 16th 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, April 16th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our March market served 115 people.
PEACE- We will meet Tuesday, April 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Please remember to bring your binder.
PRIME TIME- We will meet on Sunday, April 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Please remember to check your Remind app for updates. To join the group, enter this number: 81010 and text this message: @d9dfgb.
MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT – Our Spring Day Retreat is taking place on Sunday, April 22nd! All middle-schoolers of the parish are welcome. Please encourage your child to attend. Taking time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life can be so nourishing at any age! I am excited to have college students from Mercyhurst’s MYRCLE Campus Ministry program joining us for this day retreat! We will meet at 10:45 a.m. in the Narthex of the Church. We will attend 11 a.m. Mass together and enjoy lunch afterwards. Pick up will be at 4 p.m. Please return registration form and payment of $10 to the church office by Monday, April 16th. Contact Kaitlin at [email protected] with any questions.
AERC – Our Adult Education Resource Center had a productive year in 2017 offering 334 adult tutoring sessions to 16 different individuals throughout the year. Preparing for and passing the GED test has proven a challenge for our friends working toward that goal but persistence will prevail. Thanks to Annie Zahradnik, Donna Fornadley, Debbie Kramer, and all those who have made the AERC a beneficial ministry at St. Noel. Please pray for all our students working hard to better their lives.
“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.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES: Let the Heavens Rejoice, Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Les Délices(Debra Nagy, artistic director) and Quire Cleveland(Ross Duffin, artistic director) join forces for an exciting program of French Baroque music. Violins, oboes, flutes, bassoon, chorus, and a thrilling team of rising-star vocal soloists will perform resplendent, rarely-heard sacred works by Rameau and Mondonville. Les Délices regular (and director of Boston’s acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron) Scott Metcalfe will serve as guest conductor, and “lovely high tenor” Owen McIntosh returns to sing the modern premiere of Lefebvre’s Conserva me, a beautifully poignant work with echos of Rameau. This is a concert not to be missed! 50% online discount is offered to members of the St. Noel congregation. When you order tickets online at lesdelices.org, enter the discount code SNFRIEND (all caps).
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – The weekend of April 28th – 29th, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal (CHMA). Your support funds programs such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training, to build vibrant faith communities in the United States.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be Wednesday, May 2nd, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Holy Mother Mary, Holy Mother Church, Holy Mother Earth,” Facilitated by the Retreat Community. There is no cost. A $6 donation is suggested to cover lunch, for those that are able. Call Fran at 440-625-1228. All are welcome!
YOUNG ADULTS – in their 20s and 30s are invited to join the MORE Young Adult group on Saturday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. We’ll finish watching Bishop Barron tell the story of Michelangelo in The Pivotal Players. Check out www.moreyoungadults.com for more information.
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).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. 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!
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering is scheduled for Monday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/.
AUCTION BASKET NEEDED – The Lake County Community Network helps people throughout the county with rent & utility assistance. St. Noel has been a part of the network for almost 20 years. The annual LCCN auction is scheduled for May 18th at St. Gabriel Church. We are looking for a creative person to put together a basket for the auction. St. Noel would pay for the contents; we’re looking for someone interested in creating the basket. Please call Anthony if you can help (946-1128 x122).
LCCN FUNDRAISER – See the flyer on the kiosk for information on the upcoming fundraiser for the Lake County Community Network on May 18th at St. Gabriel Church. The Network provides invaluable financial assistance in the county, and we refer people to LCCN regularly. Can’t go but would like to help? Donate a bottle of wine (at least $10) for the wine pull. Call Anthony to help (946-1128 x122)
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.
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.
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]
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – All 6th, 7th and 8th graders and families are invited to experience how NDCL’s academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs prepare students for lives that will transform the world. Join us on Wednesday, April 18th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at NDCL, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440-279-1088 or visit ndcl.org/admissions.aspx.
GUN VIOLENCE – the Ohio Bishops published a statement in response to the initiatives proposed by Gov. Kasich. You can access the statement on our website: www.stnoel.org.
SAFE & HEALTHY OHIO CAMPAIGN – the Ohio Organizing Collaborative is sponsoring a ballot initiative to reform prison sentencing involving drug possession. Stay tuned for more information. http://ohorganizing.org/safeandhealthy