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. Sixteen children of our parish are ending a year-long process of preparation to receive the Eucharist for the first time. While most of the children will celebrate next weekend (April 14-15), some have chosen other liturgies throughout the Easter Season.
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 will be 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 this Easter Season are:
Lillian Bates Cecily Laschinger
Brylan Byers Aryel Mendez
Olive Capretta Gillian Payne
Elaina Damian Julia Petzing
Owen DeJohn Olivia Pilarczyk
Simon Gerber Elena Scott
Chase Klekar Stella Skoda
Alex Laschinger Natalie Stuart
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them after Mass in the weeks ahead. Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
Happy Easter to all!
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donation to the Social Justice Fund.
CRS RICE BOWLS – Don’t forget to bring your rice bowl to the Church office and continue bringing Easter joy to each person you meet.
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.
CONFIRMATION MEETING – Confirmation meeting will be held this Sunday, April 8th from 10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Small Hall. We will attend 11:00 a.m. Mass together. Lunch will be provided.
PEACE – We will meet Tuesday, April 10th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Please remember to bring your binder.
PRIME TIME – Prime Time is back! We will meet on Sunday, April 15th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. Please join the Remind app for updates. Enter this number: 81010 and text this message: @d9dfgb to join the group.
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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is 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
“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.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a big success. This year, at our six weekly events, we served 5,576 people and profited $26,312.61. We also earned $2,410.00 from the 50/50 raffle.
This year we served:
2,050 lbs. of baked lemon pepper cod
1,515 lbs. of fried pollock
73 gallons of tartar sauce
610 lbs. of cole slaw
1,410 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 2018 so successful.
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.
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).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On April 12th, Bingo. 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!
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).
PRE-PLANNING SEMINAR – St. Noel is hosting a Funeral Pre-Planning Seminar on April 10th in the Banquet Center. Learn about the Catholic burial tradition, cremation, funeral, estate and elder care planning. Ensure your family is fully informed to make educated decisions before the need arises. Bob DeJohn from the Catholic Cemetery Association will lead the program, and a local attorney, estate planner, financial planner, and funeral director will also be available to answer questions. Please RSVP to Anthony (440-946-1128 or [email protected]) to attend this important seminar.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – “Speak Up andStay Alive” will be presented at the April 11th luncheon by Patricia Rullo, radio personality and author from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Cost is $18 per person which includes swiss steak, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, vegetables and apple pie. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations by April 9th. All are 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/
MARCUS’ LANTERN FOUNDATION (affiliated with Deepwood Foundation) is having their annual fundraiser Friday, April 13th at St. Noel Banquet Center. There will be dinner and dancing, music by the Castaways, big board raffle, Chinese auction and open bar. Tickets are $65 a person. Call Mary Lintern at 440-477-7066 for ticket information.
SEEDS OF LITERACY – Seeds, an adult literacy program in Cleveland, is looking for volunteer tutors. See the flyer on the kiosk or call Seeds at 216-661-7950.
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.
REFUGEE RESPONSE – The Refugee Response Home Mentoring Program provides one-on-one mentoring to over fifty refugee students in Cleveland. Refugee students are matched with a volunteer mentor to provide meaningful academic and acculturation support for two hours a week over the course of a year. Mentors work closely with their student to strengthen basic literacy and math skills, develop positive habits and attitudes, and provide opportunities for community and cultural exploration. Pick up a card in the narthex to learn more.
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]
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)
ALL CHOICES MATTER – Help youth deal with difficult life choices. Join us at All Choices Matter “Party With a Purpose” fundraiser, on Saturday, April 14th, from 5:30-11:00 p.m. at the Croatian Hall in Eastlake. Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing, bid-silent auction and Chinese raffle. Tickets $50. Purchase event or 50/50 tickets at AllChoicesMatter.org or call 440-478-5640.
EASTER CONCERT – Please join the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University for an Easter Concert on Saturday, April 14th at 4 p.m. in the St. Francis Chapel at John Carroll University. Repertoire includes String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel and Members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
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.