The Easter Season, which runs from Easter to the Feast of Pentecost, is a time to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This weekend, 22 children of our parish are ending a year-long process of preparation to receive the Eucharist for the first time. We have prepared special booklets to assist you in participating in the liturgies.
It has been a long standing tradition here at St. Noel to celebrate First Communion at our parish liturgies. This emphasizes that every sacrament is a celebration of the entire parish and indeed the entire Church. Your presence at these First Communions is important. You can pray with and for those who will receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the first time.
There will be a number of families and friends of our first communicants at the liturgies, so I encourage you to provide them with a warm welcome.
The children who will be approaching the table of the Eucharist for the first time this Easter Season are:
|Ahnna Bergant Alessio Mendez
Elliot Bizjak Cara Nejak
Avery Boehmer Lindsay Nejak
William Caryl Muna Obiefule
Olivia Daher Nicholas Reineke
Anna Dumstorff Andrew Rigelsky
Ryan Elliott Frankie Rodin
Lukas Gerber Kaeden Schneider
Stacy Hallum Samuel Scolaro
Jack Kubish Brenton Snyder
Harper Lasecki Odessa Snyder
Khloe Lester Ryan Vencius
Luke Marckel Madelyn Williams
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them after Mass or in the weeks ahead. Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
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.
NOEL CONCERT SERIES – will present the Baldwin Wallace University Singers directed by Marc Weagraff, former Music Director at St. Noel. The group will perform this 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.
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 2017, we collected $5,676.70. Our expenses for March were:
|Meal at St. Augustine||308.19|
|St. Vincent DePaul||400.00|
|Neighbor to Neighbor||540.60|
Thank you for your support!
CRS RICE BOWLS – Please return your rice bowls to the parish office ASAP. Thank you.
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.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the May issue is “Drawing Near to Our Lady.”
PICTURE DIRECTORY – We’ve been given a date of May 9th for the picture directories. Pick up 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 4th & 11th,Bingo; May 18th, socializing meeting: 12:30 p.m., Luncheon Menu: chicken marsala, salad, rolls & butter, strudel or pie. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is May 15th. On May 25th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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. RSVP to Emma Krueger at [email protected] or 440-974-4795.
A NIGHT OF HOPE – The annual fundraiser for Project Hope, the homeless shelter in Lake County, will be Friday, May 26th from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Register online at (https://projecthopeonline.givezooks.com/events/night-of-hope-2) or call Project Hope at 440-354-6417 x109. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER – The AERC is in need of volunteer tutors to start in May. We are primarily looking for those who can help our students with math. Students are here on Monday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. You can choose the evening best suited to your schedule. Weekly commitment is not necessary because we need tutors to fill in as needed. If you have questions, please call Anthony Camino at (440-946-1128 x 122) or stop by either of those nights to see what we are about. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Have you signed up to donate blood? Our next blood drive is Sunday, June 11th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Can you help staff a blood drive? St. Noel hosts 4 blood drives/year and we need additional help to continue. Please call Anthony (440-946-1128 x 122) if you can help.
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.
CEPROSI – Our partners in Nicaragua continue to grow and thrive. They recently opened a new store to market their artisan products. This past fall, IPM started a revolving loan fund with CEPROSI to generate credits for 27 women and their families that will invest in housing improvements and small businesses. Accessing traditional banking resources is a challenge for those without assets. CEPROSI continues to work very hard in the areas of improving the structure of homes in Nindiri, managing small women-led businesses, and the legalization of land in the name of women. We look forward to hosting two women from CPEROSI this Fall.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – We served 106 people at our last produce market! 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.
JUSTIN MARTYR PARISH – would like to invite you to the Joyfully Gifted Retreat presented by the Diocese of Cleveland Office of Evangelization and Office of Stewardship. It will be in the ATR on Tuesdays, May 2nd, 9th and 16th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The retreat is free. For reservations see www.stjustin.net under current events.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES – will host a Charismatic Mass on Friday, May 12th, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord. Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler will be the celebrant. Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m. Healing prayer teams will be available after mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445. Come and bring a friend! This will be a time to truly encounter the Lord.
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.
SACRED LANDMARKS OF CLEVELAND – Visit the Sacred Landmarks on Wednesday, May 17th. The tour itinerary day trip includes: Hebrew Cultural Gardens, Old Stone Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Trinity Cathedral, The Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus and Islamic Center of Cleveland. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., cost $85. For further information or reservation call 440-358-9617.