We must always be conscious of those who are sick among us. We know of those who are suffering in our own families and neighborhoods, but there are many with whom we interact each day who are carrying the burden of physical or emotional illness. This is why it is important for us, as a community, to remind ourselves regularly of those who are sick. Most especially, it is important to remember that our faith can provide a context in which suffering is eased by God’s love.
The Anointing of the Sick is a powerful sacrament of our Catholic tradition which asks for God’s healing. Next weekend, April 16th & 17th, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all our weekend liturgies. Remembering the sick among us in this way recalls our own frailty and the need for God’s love.
I am inviting any parishioners and family or friends of our parishioners who are coping with illness or the discomfort of aging to receive this sacrament at our liturgies. Also, please remember that I am always available to offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to those who are unable to leave home.
Even if you are not ill, your presence at next weekend’s liturgies is important. It is a powerful sign to see members of our congregation come forward in their need.
Your prayers for the sick among us are a concrete witness of Christian love and compassion. Please come next weekend, ready to lift up those who seek God’s help and to open your hearts to God’s healing presence.
NEW VIDEO – Fr. George has produced a new 9 minute video on Jesus which is entitled “Victory.” You can view it on his website: buildingontheword.org/victory/. The video was filmed in St. Noel Church and there are many beautiful shots of our worship space. If you watch the video and like it, please leave a comment on the website. It will help Fr. George gauge the range and effectiveness of the video project.
USHERS NEEDED – We are in need of additional ushers for the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Schedules are made for a rotational assignment. Ushers are assigned for 4 weeks on and then off for a time based on the total number of ushers. If interested please contact Ed McKenna at 440-944-6492 or [email protected].
CRS RICE BOWLS – Rice Bowls are due at the parish office. Please return yours ASAP. Thank you!
PHOTO TIME!! – Our PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY is underway. Our photography dates are Tuesday, May 24th through Saturday, June 4th. Sign up online at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. You can also sign up after Mass. Stop by the table in the narthex. We need volunteers to help with the sign-up process. Please contact Anthony to be a part of the project. Posters are in the narthex. Let’s make this directory great!!
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 8th. There will be two seatings: (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). The brunch includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, carved ham, French toast, cheese blintzes, waffles with toppings, fresh fruit, Danish and muffins, assorted cereals, and coffee, tea, milk, and juices. The cost is $18.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 6-12 years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).
NOEL VBS 2016 – We’ll be “Following Jesus: the Light of the World” at Cave Quest, the week of July 11th-15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Find more information and a printable registration form online at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. You can sign up in person when you come to Mass on the weekend of April 23 & 24.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER at ST. NOEL – The AERC is currently working with 6 individuals. Four are preparing for the GED and 2 are looking to improve their math/English skills. Working with these people has been a gift to all involved. Please continue to promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interest in obtaining a GED or who needs extra help in Math or English (reading). Pick up a flyer on the table in the narthex. The AERC is open on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LEAF – Do you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated? If you are feeling overwhelmed, LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. here at St Noel. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship in a safe and welcoming environment. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887. The next LEAF meeting is on Monday, April 18th.
NEW BEGINNINGS – Our re-entry ministry continues to work with two individuals looking to re-build their lives. It is a challenging road filled with successes, setbacks and obstacles. The faithful support of the St. Noel team has been invaluable and we’ve gained much from each other. Your prayer and support for this, and all our ministries, is crucial. You can donate to the social justice fund online at the St. Noel Social Justice page: https://stnoel.org/social-justice/.
SPRING CLEAN-UP – The youth of the parish are providing basic yard clean-up for parishioners on Saturday, April 30th. If you or someone you know could use assistance, contact Erica Zalar by April 22nd (440-946-1128 x121).
KALAHARI – In collaboration with Divine Word Church, all youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Kalahari on Sunday, April 24th. Participants will gather for Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Divine Word and return at 6:00 p.m. The price is $55. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and are due back April 17th. Contact Erica Zalar with questions.
CEDAR POINT TRIP – All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Cedar Point on Monday, June 20th. Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. We will arrive at St. Noel at 7:30 a.m. to load vehicles and depart at 8:00 a.m. All teens must pack a lunch. Snacks and water will be available at the park throughout the day. The price for the trip is $45.00 and due by Monday, June 13th. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and can be dropped off in the parish office. The contact person for this event is Sean McCafferty ([email protected]).
XLT (an abbreviation for the word “Exalt”) is a night for the high school youth and young adult community of our Diocese. This monthly event, taking place again on April 28th, begins with praise and worship at 7 p.m., followed by a talk, then the main point of the night – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – and wraps up with a pizza social and optional night prayer with the seminarians. The evening takes place at Sacred Heart Chapel, on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Contact Sean McCafferty if you are interested in attending ([email protected])
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 14th, bingo. On April 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon meeting: cavatelli & meatballs, salad, rolls and butter, apple pie. For tickets call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is April 18th. On April 24th, bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
BREADTH OF LIFE – “Feed My Lambs…Tend My Sheep” presented by Maureen Dowd, a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She has ministered in the Diocese for 39 years. She currently serves as Pastoral Associate for St. Gabriel Parish. This will be held in the Banquet Center on Wednesday, April 13th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The luncheon is $18. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by April 6th.
SAINT ANTHONY NOVENA – will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of St. Gregory the Great Church, 1545 S. Green, South Euclid. This will be every Tuesday for 9 weeks beginning April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
LAKE CATHOLIC OPEN HOUSE – Lake Catholic will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, April 24th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Be sure to join us for an opportunity to win a $500 tuition grant.
YOU ARE JOYFULLY GIFTED! – Spend a day coming to know the gifts you already have. St Mary’s Evangelization Team in partnership with the Cleveland Diocese Office of Evangelization will be offering “Joyfully Gifted” retreat on Saturday, April 30th in the Banquet Room at St. Mary Church in Chardon. All (ages18 and up) are invited to attend this no cost, daylong event. Registrations are available on the St. Mary website. Look for the ‘Evangelization’ tab to find the registration to print out and complete.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY- RED WAGON LUNCHEON Will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at LaMalfa Party Center, 5783 Heisley Road in Mentor on Wednesday, April 27th. Tickets, which include complimentary valet parking, are $45. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for the Chinese auction and cash bar, with the luncheon being at noon. Reservations must be placed by Tuesday, April 12th. The Society is dedicated to child welfare, supporting and assisting local programs and parishes that serve the children of the Western Reserve. For details and reservations, call 440-975-8208.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL – Spring Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their families. Come and discover the Beaumont experience! For more information visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN OPEN HOUSE – All 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families are invited to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Spring Open on Wednesday, April 13th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440-279-1088 or visit ndcl.org/Admissions.aspx.
PRESENTATION AND PRAYER AT BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us on Sunday, April 24th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Bethany Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd. (across from NDCL). Martha Campbell, from the Jesuit Retreat House, will facilitate the afternoon: Living in the Presence: Teresa of Avila’s Prayer of Recollection. A $20.00 donation includes the presentation, handouts and refreshments. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND by Wednesday, April 20th, to register: [email protected] or 440-279-1143.