The Easter Season, which runs from Easter to the Feast of Pentecost, is a time to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. During this time, 25 children of our parish are ending a year long process of preparation to receive the Eucharist for the first time.
It has been a long-standing tradition here at St. Noel to celebrate First Communion at our parish liturgies. This emphasizes that every sacrament is a celebration of the entire parish and indeed the entire Church. Your presence at these First Communions is important. You can pray with and for those who will receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the first time.
There are a number of families and friends of our first communicants at the liturgies, so I encourage you to provide them with a warm welcome.
The children who will be approaching the table of the Eucharist for the first time are:
Traci Allen Braden Minotas
Virginia Allen Mercedes Nardo
Samuel Biondolillo Michael Quinn
Peyton Bizjak Nolan Rigelsky
Paige Boehmer Elizabeth Savron
Luke Fullerman Ryann Schneider
Andrew Hackett Paul Scolaro
Roy Hallum Annabel Sheppard
Nathan Hay Kensington Snyder
Kaitlyn Kriessler Annalin Sullivan
Lillian Lombardo Michael Sullivan
Alexis McLaughlin Enzo Vaccariello
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them. Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
Fr. George Smiga
COMMUNION POSTURE – As we have previously announced, this weekend we will begin standing during the communion rite. After the invitation to communion (Behold the Lamb of God) all should remain standing as people receive communion – and, as always, join in the communion hymn. When the hymn ends, we will sit for a few moments of silence. Of course, anyone who feels unable to stand should feel free to sit at any time during the liturgy.
FAREWELL FOR FR. GEORGE – May 25th & 26th will be Fr. George’s last weekend as pastor of St. Noel. On that weekend he will preside at all three weekend liturgies. After the 11:00 Mass on May 26th there will be a reception in the Banquet Center until 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. At 1:00 and 2:00, Fr. George will offer a short expression of his thanks to all who are present. We hope you will be able to stop in to the reception that weekend.
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! Please call the parish office if interested at 440-946-0887.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – This week is the Home Missions Appeal. Over 40% of dioceses in the United States are considered mission territory because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work in their communities. Your donations support programs such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training.
CONCERT SERIES – St. Noel Music Ministry (Church Choir, Adult Bell Choir, Children’s Bell Choir and Instrumentalists) will present a concert on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to support our Music Ministry program. We will serve delicious refreshments right after the program. We hope to see you all.
HOMILY TRANSCRIBERS – After he leaves St. Noel, Fr. George would like to post his homilies on his website (buildingontheword.org). To do this he needs about 5 people who would be willing to transcribe homilies from an audio file he will provide. Each transcriber would be scheduled to do this about once a month. If you are willing to be a transcriber, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Our ushers will be in the Narthex next weekend to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For March 2019, we collected $3,380.57. Our expenses for March were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||383.28|
|N 2 N Meal||158.93|
Thank you for your support.
RETURN YOUR RICE BOWL – 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.
PANTRY NEEDS – The shelves are more full – thank you! We are still in need of tuna (in water), soups (Chunky & Progresso), and jelly.
HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts at the 5 p.m. & 11 a.m. Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks. Please call St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a big success. This year, at our six weekly events, we served 5,705 people and profited $29,312.61. We also earned $1,741.00 from the 50/50 raffle.
This year we served:
2,290 lbs. of baked lemon pepper cod
1,480 lbs. of fried pollock
72 gallons of tartar sauce
2,160 lbs. of cole slaw
1,530 lbs. of French fries
Our Fish Fries can be profitable only with the volunteer help which so many parishioners provided. Thank you to all who made 2019 so successful.
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!
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be this Wednesday, May 1st, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Building the Kingdom: Revisiting the Sermon on the Mount”, presented by the Retreat Core Group. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. If you are able, a $6 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
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.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser begins Mothers’ Day weekend. The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.