As I announced earlier this year, Erica Zalar will be leaving our staff at the end of June. For the last few months we have been interviewing candidates for the position of Parish Youth Minister. Today I am pleased to announce that we have hired Kaitlin Chervenak to lead our youth ministry. Kaitlin graduated in 2013 from Baldwin Wallace University with a major in Education and a minor in Psychology. Her home parish is St. John Neumann in Strongsville. She participated in youth ministry there and was active in Newman Campus Ministry during college. During the week she presently teaches 4th grade at Puritas Elementary School in Cleveland. She will be coordinating our youth ministry in the evenings and on weekends.
Kaitlin will guide the middle school and high school programs which have been active at St. Noel as well as develop a preparation process for Confirmation which will begin this year.
We chose Kaitlin because we saw her as energetic, flexible and reliable with a deep desire to minister with youth. She will be in contact with Erica to discuss youth ministry and will begin working here formally on June 1st. Kaitlin will be introducing herself to the parish before the Masses this weekend and be in the Narthex after Mass to meet parishioners. Please give her a warm welcome.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS – This 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.
CRS RICE BOWLS – Please return your rice bowls to the parish office ASAP. Thank you.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, April 30th, 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.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES – have been emailed to all our volunteers. If you have not received your copy, please call the parish office at 440-946-0887.
PRAYER LIST – Our prayer list in the bulletin has grown quite long and has not been updated in awhile. We are asking you to contact the parish office if you would like your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list after the weekend of May 14th. We will begin a new prayer list the following weekend. Thank you to all who faithfully pray for those on our list.
EVENING VOLUNTEER – is needed in the parish office on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You would volunteer every other week. Please call Gina in the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are interested.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – will present the Baldwin Wallace University Singers directed by Marc Weagraff, former Music Director at St. Noel. The group will perform on Sunday, April 30th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. Concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a significant success. This year we served 5,398 people and profited $27,184.79. We also earned $2,009.00 from the 50/50 raffle.
This year we served:
2,060 lbs. of lemon pepper cod
1,555 lbs. of fried Pollock
1,440 lbs. French fries
680 lbs. cole slaw
71 gallons of tartar sauce
Our Fish Fries can be profitable only with the volunteer help which so many parishioners provided. Thank you to all who made 2017 so successful.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – We’ve been given a date of May 9th for the picture directories. Pickup will happen after all the Masses.
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Will be on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Giving and Receiving Life: Living in God’s Grace” will be facilitated by Fran Armbruster. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. No charge. A donation of $6.00 is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 27th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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 this 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. Information is on the kiosk and on the website.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – We served 106 people at our produce market last week! Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, May 15th 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.
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.
SPRING BEREAVEMENT SERIES – DeJohn Funeral Home & Crematory is offering a 6 week support group for those working through their grief. The sessions will be Monday evenings May 1, 8, 15, 22 & June 5 and 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at DeJohn Funeral Home, 28890 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. For more information or to register, contact 440-516-5555.
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].
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.