There are many advantages to having a picture directory for our parish. It enables you to identify people you see in church, but have not yet met. It provides a way to learn the names of all the family members for someone you know. St. Noel has not had a new directory since 2005. It is time.
We have chosen Universal Church Directories to prepare the directory for our parish. I invite every parishioner to schedule an appointment to have their picture taken. There is no cost to you. Every family will receive a complimentary 8×10 copy of the picture that will be included in the directory. Additional copies or additional pictures are available for purchase. Universal Directories will be here to take pictures in our lower level from May 24th to 28th and May 31st to June 4th. You may sign up online from Monday to Friday (www.ucdir.com; Church code oh1853; Church password stnoel2016) or you can sign up at the table in the Narthex on the weekends from April 17th to May 15th.
Because of the number of pictures which will be taken, we are also looking for some volunteers to serve as greeters during the photo sessions. If you are able to help, please call Anthony (440-946-1128, ext. 122).
Let me also take this opportunity to thank Cheryl duLaney, Leslie Barni and Anna Armstrong who have been working on the committee responsible for the directory.
We are proud to be followers of Christ and parishioners of St. Noel. Please schedule an appointment to have your picture taken for the directory so that we can grow to know each other better.
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].
NEW LITURGICAL MINISTERS SCHEDULES – have been sent via e-mail to all of our volunteers. This includes; Sacristans, Liturgical Ministers, Eucharistic Ministers, Servers, Ushers, and Cross Bearers. If you have not received your copy, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, April 24th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
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.
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 Tuesday, May 17th from 7:00-9:30pm at St. Gabriel Parish. If you are interested in being trained, please contact the parish office.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Did you know that the Social Justice Fund supports the following ministries: St. Augustine Meal, St. Noel Food Pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, New Beginnings – ReEntry Ministry, LEAF, Prison Ministry, The Adult Education Resource Center, Direct Assistance (Lodging, Rent, Utility Bills, Transportation), Signing for the deaf community, and the Chaplain for Lake Hospital System. Whenever you donate to the Social Justice fund, these 10 ministries benefit, and you can now donate to the social justice fund online at the St. Noel Social Justice page: https://stnoel.org/social-justice/. It’s easy, tax deductible, and you can designate a particular ministry, if you wish. Our ministries of advocacy and mercy only happen through your prayer and generous support. Thank you for doing your part!
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – St. Noel will again serve as a pick-up site for Geauga Family Farms beginning in June 2016. Shares are available in three sizes and can be purchased at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/. Our partnership with GFF has been quite fruitful over the years giving us accessibility to local, high quality, organic produce throughout the summer and fall. Information is now available on the table in the narthex.
RECYCLING EVENT – the market for recycled metals & electronics has declined. Therefore, the company that offers our recycling events has suspended scheduling until the Fall, at the earliest. Many municipalities offer recycling events during the spring/summer. Remember that Best Buy will recycle all TVs 32” and smaller at no cost.
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 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!
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.
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.
“THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY: REFLECTIONS OF A BISHOP PARTICIPANT” – Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan Science Center/Donahue Auditorium at John Carroll University. It is free and open to the public. Bishop George V. Murry, Diocese of Youngstown, was appointed to the synod by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. He will share his experiences and insights on that important event in the life of the Church. For more information, please contact 216-397-4558.