Holy Week begins next Sunday, beginning with Palm Sunday. Each of our Masses begins with a procession with palms. At 5 p.m. the blessing of palms will take place in the Narthex. On Sunday at the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses, the blessing will take place in the Large Hall and we will process outdoors, weather permitting. The heart of Holy Week is the Sacred Triduum. These three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are the most important celebration of the Church year. I invite you to join us for these three days.
On Holy Thursday, we gather to celebrate the Lord ’s Supper on the evening before his death. Members of our community will have their feet washed, because Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. The liturgy concludes with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to a place of reposition in the Large Hall.
Because Good Friday commemorates the day on which Jesus died, it is the only day of the year on which the Eucharist is not celebrated. On this day, we gather to reflect on the Passion of John, venerate the cross and receive Communion that was consecrated the day before.
The liturgy on Holy Saturday is the most solemn liturgy of the entire year. It is the premier Easter celebration. It begins in darkness with the lighting of the Easter fire. An extended selection of Scripture readings recounts the great events of salvation beginning from the creation of the world. The liturgy focuses on the initiation of adults into our Church. At the Vigil, Christine Tanner, Abigail Baker and Dylan Allen will be baptized, confirmed and shall receive eucharist for the first time. Dylan’s sisters Traci and Virginia will also be baptized. Lee Brandt, Matthew Burkholderrich, Timothy Greenaway, Jeffrey Jasinski, Jessica Jasinski, Chelsea Mitroi and Daniel Pincombe will be confirmed and brought into full union with the Catholic Church.
Our liturgies on Thursday and Friday will begin at 8 p.m. The Vigil will begin at 9 p.m. I extend a special invitation to any of you who have never shared in the Triduum before; our best access to the Easter mystery is to pray the Triduum in our parish community.
It is also important during this Holy Week to remember the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the historical responsibility for Jesus’ death. Although one might gain the impression from the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday that the Jewish people are to be blamed for Jesus’ crucifixion, our Church clearly teaches that such a conclusion is erroneous. The Romans under Pontius Pilate were historically responsible for Jesus’ death. Although Jewish temple authorities were likely involved in this process, Jesus’ death cannot be held against the Jewish people as a whole, either Jesus’ time or ours.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette.
FAMILIES PREPARING YOUTH FOR CONFIRMATION – A letter was mailed last week with information about Confirmation preparation for those youth currently in 8th grade. 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 teens name, and your contact information.
NOEL FISH FRIES – Fridays in Lent (excluding Good Friday), Fish Fries will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, children from 6-12 are $6 and those 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of volunteers willing to help with serving and cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. Randy also needs volunteers to help set up Fish Fries each Friday at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
USHERS NEEDED FOR 9 AM MASS – We are in need of additional ushers for the 9 AM 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 contact Ed McKenna 440-944-6492 or [email protected].
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our monthly meal continues to grow, and we’re thankful for all who attend and all who help to make it happen. If you haven’t been to a Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) meal, please join us Thursday, April 6th in the Banquet Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6:00 p.m. Interested in helping? Contact Sharon Waltermire at [email protected] or call Anthony at the parish office.
TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME – Our ushers collect the bulletins as a courtesy, but we really want you take the bulletin home with you. There’s information on the upcoming readings and parish meetings as well as important announcements you might want to look at later. We have plenty of bulletins for everyone; please take one home.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the April issue is “God’s Gift to Us: Amoris Laetitia and Theology of the Body.”
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, April 5th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The retreat themes is “Still Lent. The Spirit is Still Willing. The Flesh is Still Weak: Preparing Ourselves for Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter.” Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00 to cover lunch. All are welcome!
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – How about making a commitment this Lent to visit Jesus at Eucharistic Adoration on Mondays in our Chapel between 1:00-9:00 p.m. We all need to quiet ourselves in order to hear the promptings of Jesus. Come for an hour, a few minutes or whatever time you can spare…but COME. Jesus is waiting for YOU!!
LENTEN BAGS – It’s not too late to grab a Lenten bag and support a local organization ministering to those in need. Stop by the table in the narthex and pick up a tag. Please place your filled bags in the bins on the right side of the Food Pantry.
NOEL BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Dealing with grief is never easy. The St. Noel Bereavement Team is offering a 5-week support series beginning Tuesday, April 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Nativity Room. The series will meet 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Call the parish office (946-0887) to register.
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.
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.
CRS ENCOUNTER RESILIENCE – We encounter Dita in Ethiopia and see how her newfound entrepreneurial skills are providing three meals a day for her children – even during a devastating drought. What skills have you discovered this Lent that can be put to good use in building God’s kingdom? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE BOUTIQUE – Mark the weekend of November 11/12 of this year and plan to attend this wonderful boutique featuring fair trade clothing, crafts, cards, food and more. Included in the vendors are 2 representatives from CEPROSI, our partners in Nicaragua, who are very excited to be traveling to St. Noel.
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.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Volunteers are needed to plant and maintain the “All Good Gifts Garden” for the 2017 growing season. Initially established by the youth of the parish, the “All Good Gifts Garden” seeks to be a fresh, colorful place where the work of lovingly planting, tending and harvesting food for generous sharing connects us to the beauty and wonder of the created world. Produce grown is distributed in the St. Noel Food Pantry. If you are knowledgeable about gardening and interested in coordinating this effort, please contact Erica Zalar (946-1128 x120).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On, April 6th & 14th, Bingo. No meeting on Holy Thursday, April 21st. On April 28th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, April 9th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
BREADTH OF LIFE – Join us on Wednesday, April 12th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Fr. Denk will be the guest speaker and his topic is: “The Most Important Prayer of Your Day.” For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706. Luncheon cost $18.00.
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.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring? Are you thinking about separation or divorce? Then the Retrouvaille program may help. It is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. It is a weekend experience, April 21st-23rd. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES – along with Liturgical Music and Musical Arts at John Carroll University will sponsor a Lenten Concert: The Seven Last Words of Christ, a work by Franz Joseph Haydn for string quartet. Performers in the quartet are members of our city’s renowned Cleveland Orchestra. This event will take place on Saturday, April 8th at 4:00 p.m. in Saint Francis Chapel, at John Carroll University. The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.
CHRIST CHILD OF WESTERN RESERVE – It’s the 33rd year for the Red Wagon Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the American Croatian Hall in Eastlake. We will have baskets, raffles and silent auction items. It will be a family style dinner and our guest speaker is news anchor Todd Meany from Channel 8. The Red Wagon event helps support donations to many different programs that help enrich the lives of children in Lake County. Reservation deadline is April 12th. For tickets, $45 each, call Sue DeRespiris at 440-853-0157 or [email protected]
WILLOUGHBY HILLS EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The City of Willoughby Hills and many of the churches in Willoughby Hills are working together to host the 2nd Annual Willoughby Hills Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 8th. The event, for children 12 and under, will take place at Calvary Assembly of God, 28870 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills. No parking is permitted at the church – FREE bussing to and from the Shoppes at Willoughby Hills (old Loehmann’s Plaza) and Calvary will be provided starting around 9:15 a.m. The activities will take place from 10:00–11:30 a.m., and include inflatables, contests, CJ the Clown, meet the Easter Bunny, popcorn, face and hair painting, and more. The 10,000 egg hunt will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m. This is a FREE event, but you must be pre-registered to participate (no walk-ins accepted). Register at eggwhills.com. Call the Recreation Department for information at 440-975-3540.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL SPRING OPEN HOUSE – All 6th, 7th, & 8th graders and their families are invited to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Spring Open House on Wednesday, April 5th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tour our beautiful 75-acre campus and experience how NDCL’s academic, spiritual, and extracurricular programs prepare students for lives that will transform the world. Please join us at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440.279.1088, or visit ndcl.org/Admissions.aspx.
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.