The heating and air conditioning in our church is original to the building, which was constructed in 1983. It has provided us with many years of service. Recently however, leaks in the cooling pipes of the unit have necessitated costly repairs. The cooling agent used by the system is no longer available on the market and must be obtained from third party dealers at heightened prices. With the approval of the Finance Council, we have decided to replace the system. The cost for a new air conditioning unit and air handler will be $45,000. This item was not anticipated in this year’s budget. But, those of you who carefully read our annual report are aware that we have a Facilities Maintenance Fund which was created to cover such unanticipated expenses. The new system for the church will be paid from this fund.
On Monday, April 23rd, the old air conditioning unit was removed and replaced with a new one. On Monday, April 30th, the old air handler will be disassembled in the basement under the Narthex and the new unit installed. This process is expected to take ten days of work.
Here is how this construction will affect us. This weekend April 28th-29th we will not have air conditioning, but we will be able to draw outside air and circulate it in the church. For the weekend of May 5-6th, we will have no ability to circulate air in the church. We consciously scheduled the construction work in the spring when heating and air conditioning are less needed. But you know Cleveland weather. If the weekend is cloudy and cool, it should be comfortable enough. If it is sunny and hot, the church will become very warm. If this is the case, we plan to rent fans and shorten our weekend liturgies to reduce time in the church.
I promise we will do all that we can to move us through this situation as smoothly as possible. Thank you for your patience during this important improvement to our church building.
Fr. George Smiga
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept 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.
VINE AND BRANCHES – Upon their preview of this Sunday’s gospel, the CALLL kids committed to staying connected to the vine and bearing good fruit. You can see their commitment in the narthex near the statue of St. Noel.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For March 2018, we collected $2,187.43. Our expenses for March were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||246.96|
|Neighbor to Neighbor Meal||150.21|
Thank you for your support.
INTERFAITH OPPORTUNITY- 2017 was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor, Ohio has approached St. Noel to join with them in an interfaith dialogue to understand the history that unites and divides us as a faith community, to promote Christian unity, and to join in joint service for God’s Kingdom. Our Parish Pastoral Council has affirmed this effort. We are presently forming a steering committee with representatives from both communities to discern a way forward. If you would be interested in serving on the committee to advance understanding between Catholics and Lutherans, please call Emma Krueger (440-391-0045). Let us all pray that the work of the steering committee will be successful.
20-20 CLUB – Thanks to our generous parish community, we were able to raise $2,173 for our Young Neighbors in Action Chicago trip. Since we are blessed with 9 teens on this trip we are still working on raising donations to reach $3,600. Donations can be dropped off at the parish office. Checks can be made to St. Noel with YNIA in the memo line. Thank you for your support and prayers for a successful service trip!
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES – have been sent via e-mail to all Liturgical Ministers. If you have not received your schedule, extra copies are available in the Kiosk.
PRIME TIME – Join us for an end of the year celebration, this Sunday, April 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. All teens are welcome! Hope to see you there!
CONCERT SERIES – St. Noel Music Ministry (Church Choir, Concert Choir, Adult Bell Choir, Children’s Bell Choir and Instrumentalists) will present a concert on Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. in the Church. 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.
PEACE- The end of the school year is approaching, and PEACE is winding down as well. We have three more opportunities for our middle schoolers. We will have a PEACE session on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. The following week we will have a Family Faith Formation session on May 8th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. Lastly, we will have our end of the year celebration on May 15th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Please mark your calendars!
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.
“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 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!
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, May 3, 2018. If you signed up to attend, please remember to come. We have a wonderful time together!
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On May 9th, Patty DeJohn, a Grief and Bereavement Educator from DeJohn Funeral Homes, will speak on The Grieving Disciples at the Breadth of Life Luncheon. As a grief therapist, DeJohn has taught courses on death and dying at Ursuline College and has facilitated grief support groups since 1989.
The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes tossed salad, chicken parmesan, cavatelli w/marinara sauce, green beans almondine, bread sticks and spumoni. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by May 4th.
TRAINING FOR MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – the diocese has scheduled numerous training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The closest to St. Noel is Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Immaculate Conception Parish in Willoughby. If you are interested in being trained, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – SHIPWRECKED: RESCUED BY JESUS, St. Noel’s VBS 2018 adventure, takes place July 16th – 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. You can print a registration form at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Mail your form or register at the table in the narthex after all Masses on April 28&29 or May 5&6. Registration ends June 27th. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER SOON. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected] ) for more information.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN– We are in need of garden enthusiasts to assist with this year’s garden. If you are able to help, please contact Susan Kiss 440-975-6195.
HOSPICE INFO EVENING – Mark Muzzillo, our parishioner and a chaplain at Absolute Hospice, will lead an informative evening on Tuesday, May 15th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Small Hall. Along with 2 members of the Absolute Hospice staff, Mark will address current issues surrounding hospice including who can qualify, what treatments are available, and what costs are involved. Mark and the team will offer accurate information that will give all who attend a thorough understanding of hospice and available services in our area. Interested in volunteering at a hospice? Necessary volunteer information will be presented, too. Please join us on May 15th.
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. Everyone is welcome!
JOB OPPORTUNITY – Stonehill Hotel in Eastlake (the former Radisson) has an immediate need for the Housekeeping Department. Housekeepers, Laundry, Public Area Attendants. Apply in person. 35000 Curtis Blvd. Eastlake, OH 44095.
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).
NEW LEGOS NEEDED – Two awesome parishioners are putting together auction baskets for the upcoming Lake County Community Network fundraiser. One basket is a kids’ themed LEGO basket. If you can contribute a new LEGO set for the basket, please contact Anthony ASAP (946-1128 x122). Thanks!
PASCHAL BAYLON PARISH – will hold its Spring Fling Festival May 17-20 on the parish grounds. The festival features fun, rides, games, food, casino, $10,000 raffle and entertainment! Hours are Thursday, May 17th, 5–10 p.m., Family Night, featuring a school band concert and discounted food, beverages and rides; Friday, May 18th, 5–11 p.m., featuring live music by City Heat at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 19th, 4–11 p.m. featuring live music by The Pop Tarts at 5:15 p.m. and Disco Inferno at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 20th, Noon – 6 p.m. with an outdoor Mass at Noon, live music by Light of Two Moons at 1p.m. The church is located at 5384 Wilson Mills Road in Highland Heights. For more information call 440-442-3410.
SAFE & HEALTHY OHIO CAMPAIGN – Please consider signing the petition to place the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment on the November ballot. Signatures will be accepted this weekend and next weekend. More information is available at http://ohorganizing.org/safeandhealthy or on the St. Noel webpage (www.stnoel.org).
STATE ISSUE 1 – The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports passage of Issue 1 on the May ballot. This issue deals with the process of drawing Ohio congressional districts. Information is available on the St. Noel webpage and in the narthex. Please remember to vote on May 8th.