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. During this time 22 children of our parish are ending a year long process of preparation to receive the Eucharist for the first time.
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 are 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 are:
Alex Ayala Hannah Kasprisin
Charles Capretta Benjamin Keyerleber
Sophia Cicerini Blake Klekar
Lauren Damian Aidan Kriessler
Trey DeVito Xavier Lasecki
Michael Dumstorff Ava Lunney
Madelyne Faber Molly Monroe
Nicole Gambino Teresa Ostroske
Michael Gregory Annabelle Sieger
Jackson Hay Carmella Somich
Alyssa Jerson Cameron Yirava
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them.
Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – On Wednesday, April 6th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., we will discuss “Transformed by God’s Amazing Grace.” Call Fran for more information at 440-625-1228. There is no charge, but for those who are able we suggest a donation of $6 to cover lunch. All are welcome!
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the Kiosk. The theme of the April issue is “Praying With Icons.”
APOLLO’S FIRE – will be performing at St. Noel Church on Friday, April 8th at 8:00 p.m. For additional information or to purchase tickets call 216-320-0012 or visit apollosfire.org.
NOEL CHOIR – will participate in the Festival of Choirs Concert on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church in Concord. The choir will be preforming with other choirs to celebrate St. Gabriel’s 50th Jubilee. All are welcome!
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER (AERC) AT ST. NOEL – Please promote the AERC to anyone you know who might be interested 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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Our next meal is Thursday, April 7th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Thanks to all who came and shared a meal with our neighbors. If you would like to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, please email Sharon at [email protected]. This time of year a number of our hard working volunteers are down south and others will be taking vacations. Don’t be shy! Come and eat; come and serve; do both!
THANK YOU – Our community changed lives this Lent, and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU!! Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to the parish office this week.
LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) Do you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated? If you are feeling overwhelmed, LEAF sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 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.
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).
MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – The Lake/Geauga District is sponsoring a conference designed to benefit anyone involved parish ministry as a volunteer or professional. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th from 8:30-1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Chardon. The district offered the same conference in fall of 2015 and over 175 attended with very favorable reviews. Get energized. Be inspired. Contact Anthony at (440-946-0887, Ext. 122) for more information.
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.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a significant success. This year, we continued with an Ash Wednesday Fish Fry, along with our six weekly events. This year we served 5,578 people and profited $27,632.15. We also earned $2,029.00 from the 50/50 raffle.
This year we served:
2,190 lbs. of baked lemon pepper cod
1,560 lbs. of fried Pollock
67 gallons of tartar sauce
600 lbs. of cole slaw
1,665 of French fries
Our Fish Fries can be profitable only with the volunteer help which so many parishioners provided. Thank you to all who made 2016 so successful.
EXCITING NEWS!! – Our PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY is underway. Our photography dates are Tuesday, May 24th through Saturday, June 4th. We need volunteers to help with the sign-up process. Please contact Anthony at (440-946-0887, Ext. 122) this week to be a part of the project. We’ll be signing up online or in person. Posters are in the narthex. Let’s make this directory great!!
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall.
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 10th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St John Vianney parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
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]).
BREADTH OF LIFE – “Feed My Lambs…Tend My Sheep” presented by Maureen Dowd, a certified Lay Ecclesial Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland with a B.A. in Religious Studies. She has ministered in the Diocese for 39 years. She currently serves as Pastoral Associate for St. Gabriel Parish. This will be held in the Banquet Center on Wednesday, April 13th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The luncheon is $18. For reservations call Joan at 440-946-6932 or John at 216-486-3706 by April 6th.
SAINT ANTHONY NOVENA – will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of St. Gregory the Great Church, 1545 S. Green, South Euclid. This will be every Tuesday for 9 weeks beginning April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
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])
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.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY- RED WAGON LUNCHEON Will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at LaMalfa Party Center, 5783 Heisley Road in Mentor on Wednesday, April 27th. Tickets, which include complimentary valet parking, are $45. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for the Chinese auction and cash bar, with the luncheon being at noon. Reservations must be placed by Tuesday, April 12th. The Society is dedicated to child welfare, supporting and assisting local programs and parishes that serve the children of the Western Reserve. For details and reservations, call 440-975-8208.
AUGUSTINE LECTURE – “Augustine and the Irish” by Dr. Joseph F. Kelly, Professor of Theology. This lecture will be on Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. on John Carroll’s Campus. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 216-397-4558.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “Someone once said marriages may be made in heaven, but they sure take a lot of work on earth.” Have you become so distracted by outside pressure that you neglect your spouse? The retrouvaille program can help you put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic diocese of Cleveland, but is open to couples of all faiths. The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on April 8-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information or to register, call Diane or Al Miskinis at 330-665-3506 or 800-470-2230 or online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL – Spring Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their families. Come and discover the Beaumont experience! For more information visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.