Welcome and Happy Easter. It is with great joy that we gather to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Every year at Easter, we welcome you to pray with us as we thank God for all the gifts of our lives and for the promise of eternal life in Jesus. We also invite you to come again. Each week we gather at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday to praise God by sharing the meal of the Eucharist which Christ left us.
Every week, we engage in works of education and service to our neighbor. We would be richer with your presence and involvement. We are all busy and struggle to meet many commitments. But I believe life is enriched when we take time to nurture our spiritual selves and remember the presence of God in our lives. St. Noel Parish is here to walk with you as you journey toward a fuller spiritual life.
On this Easter Day, I would also like to thank our staff and all of our liturgical ministers who made themselves available so that the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter could be celebrated so well. Without the dedication of our music ministry, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, sacristans, servers, art and environment, and all those involved in the RCIA process, we would not be able to celebrate as fully the dying and rising of Jesus.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Home Missions. Your support funds programs such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training, to build vibrant faith communities in the United States.
LENTEN BAGS – Please place your filled bags in the bins across from the clothing bins near the Food Pantry. Thanks to all who supported this effort; the agencies are extremely grateful!
CRS ENCOUNTER THE RISEN CHRIST – We prayed, fasted and gave alms – and now we celebrate Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our risen Lord. We remember those with whom we have walked in India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico and Ethiopia, and we commit to bring Easter joy to each person we meet in our daily lives. Remember to bring your Rice Bowl to the Parish Office by next weekend. Thank you.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member 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, which take place on the third Monday of each month, 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 this Monday, April 17th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The Senior Produce Market is designed to give low-income seniors access to fresh produce throughout the year. St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Please spread the word.
FAMILIES PREPARING YOUTH FOR CONFIRMATION – A letter was mailed with information about Confirmation preparation. The preparation will begin this upcoming fall. When you receive the letter, please be sure to promptly reply as instructed. If you are expecting to prepare for Confirmation and did not receive this letter, please contact Erica (440-946-1128, ext.120) and leave a message with your name, your teen’s name, and your contact information.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – The final version is at the printer and should be arriving soon. Stay tuned for more details.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 14th 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.
CAMP YAC – Registration for Camp YAC has begun and runs until May 22nd. This day-camp, hosted by St. Noel, takes place June 12th-16th and is open to all youth currently in grades 6-8. High school students are encouraged to apply to serve as Camp Counselors. Informational brochures, camper registration and counselor applications can be found in the kiosk.
WINE AND PAINT PLUS – You are invited to join us on Friday, May 5th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Small Hall for an evening of art and fun! The cost of this event is $35 which includes all art supplies, a canvas, wine, soft drinks, and light appetizers. PLUS there will be the option to purchase a delicious margarita for $2. To sign up, mail payment (with the names of those attending) to St. Noel or drop it off in the parish office by Tuesday, April 25th. Act soon! Space for these events is limited and fills very quickly. To see the painting you will be doing visit stnoel.org. Contact Erica Zalar with questions (440-946-1128 x 120).
TEATIME FOR PEACE – Join us Wednesday, May 10th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center for a unique opportunity to dialogue with Muslims from our community. Conversation leads to knowledge and an increased appreciation for all we share in common. Let’s enjoy some tea and learn from each other. More details to follow.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 20th, Bingo; April 27th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
COMPUTER RECYCLING – Lake County is accepting old computers at the Lake County Fairgrounds on April 29th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Accepted Items: CPU’s, monitors, tablets, phones, keyboards, mice, printers, and modems. No other electronic devices will be accepted.
CARMEL SOCIETY’S FAMOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER – is Sunday, April 23rd from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Community Center at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Wickliffe. Carry out is available (bring container), Adults $10, Seniors 65 and over $9, Children 4-10 yrs. $5, Children 3 and under free. Tickets are sold at the door. For questions call 440-585-0700.
BETHANY RETREAT CENTER – Join us for a quiet day of prayer at the Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, on Wednesday, May 3rd from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The day begins and ends with prayer together and in between, you are free to create your own time of prayer and reflection. A $10 donation includes lunch. Please contact Sr. Jennifer Kramer, SND by Friday, April 28th to register at 440-279-1143 or [email protected].
A FULL LIFE – As we celebrate the joy of Easter and the promise of new life in Christ, mark your calendars and plan to join us this summer at The FEST – our 17th annual Catholic Family FESTival – Sunday, August 6th 2017. The theme for FEST 2017 is – A FULL LIFE. Come and hear the best of Christian artists: Laura Story, Matt Maher, Crowder, and for King & Country. There are plenty of activities and displays, along with rock walls, BMX shows, and so much more. You will also want to check out the Marc’s Mom’s Relaxation Station. It’s the perfect family day and a great opportunity to help your family celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ. It’s an exciting day as we celebrate a fullness of life in Christ. To learn more go to: www.theFEST.us.
MARRIED COUPLES WEEKEND – It’s spring gardening time! On your wedding day, you lovingly planted the seeds of a lifelong love relationship. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will give you the “gardening tools” you need to help our marriage grow and blossom. The next weekend will be May 5-7th at the Clarion Inn, Hudson. For additional information call 330-305-9963 or GreatMarriagesOhio.org.