Spring brings with it many beautiful things: chirping birds, shining sun and sprouting plants. Spring also brings with it stress, since it is the time when our high school students are busy preparing for their final exams. For many of them, the days and weeks leading up to these tests are difficult. It can feel overwhelming when a semester grade or place in a class ranking can be impacted by the results of these finals.
We at St. Noel want our young people to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers as they study for and take their final exams. After all masses on May 7th and 8th, high school teens are invited to stop in the Narthex and pickup a Finals Survival Kit, complete with pencils, highlighters, pop tarts and chocolates.
Our high school students are an important part of our community. This is just a small way to show them we care. You are all in our prayers ~ enjoy the chocolates!
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, Lectors, 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 COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For March 2016, we collected $2,312.25. Our expenses for March were:
Thank you for your support.
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).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – CAVE QUEST, St. Noel’s VBS 2016 adventure, takes place July 11th – 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can attend. You can register your children or sign up to volunteer at the table in the narthex after all Masses on April 23 & 24, May 14 & 15, or June 4 & 5. Printable registration forms can be found at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected]) for more information.
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, May 16th.
The goal of the Endowment Fund is to provide for the future needs of St. Noel Church. Each year the fund uses a small percentage of its earnings for present purposes. To show appreciation to the parish for its support of the Endowment, the fund is covering the cost of coffee and doughnuts for the month of May.
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 7:00-9:30 p.m. at St. Gabriel Parish. If you are interested in being trained, please contact the parish office 440-946-0887.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Will be held on Wednesday, May 4th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Planted in the Garden of God is the theme of this month’s retreat. Call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228 or sign up on the kiosk. There is no charge. If you are able, a $6.00 donation is suggested to cover lunch. All are welcome!
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish office (946-1128 x122).
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!
RECYCLING EVENT – The market for recycled metals & electronics has declined. Therefore, the company that offers our recycling events has suspended scheduling until 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.
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.
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 28th, bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
“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.
BETHANY RETREAT – Join us for a Quiet Day of Prayer at Bethany Retreat Center, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon on Thursday, May 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The day begins and ends with prayer. A $10.00 donation includes lunch. Please contact Sister Jennifer Kramer, SND by Monday, May 2nd to register at 440-279-1143 or [email protected].