This week is Holy Week. When I was in the seventh grade, my teacher was Sr. Philomena. She spent several religion classes preparing us for Holy Week. She obviously encouraged us to participate in the Liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. But she went further than that. Sr. Philomena told us that this week we not only worship God in church, we also carry God into our daily living. She wanted us to “take Jesus with us” during this special time. She encouraged us to change our schedules during the days of the Triduum. Instead of watching television (or today surfing the internet), she thought we might take a walk in the park and reflect upon what Jesus did for us. Instead of running errands or housework, she asked us to think of a friend who was grieving or in need, and pay that person a visit. Her line was, “Jesus gave his life for us. Can’t we change our schedule this week in thanks to to him?” I remember taking her advice – walking in the woods, visiting a classmate who had lost her father. I can assure you, I was greatly blessed by doing so.
Now I know that most of us do not have the schedules of 7th graders. Many of us have responsibilities and preparations for Easter celebrations. Yet I want to pass on to you Sr. Philomena’s advice. Insert a change in your schedule this week for some reflection, prayer, or service. I am confident that you too will be blessed. Jesus gave his life for us. Let us use this week to give thanks.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – We are still in need of Eucharistic Ministers for Easter Sunday. Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette.
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.
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].
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.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – The final version is at the printer and should be arriving soon. Stay tuned for more details.
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 – Please place your filled bags in the bins across from the clothing bins near the Food Pantry. Thanks to all who supported this effort; the agencies are extremely grateful!
CRS ENCOUNTER OUR NEIGHBORS – We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a city he knew well. We prayerfully enter into our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty, and others who need our help. How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives? Visit crsricebowl.org for more. Rice Bowls can be returned to the Parish Office anytime. Thank you.
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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings, which take place on the third Monday of each month, are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, April 17th 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.
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.
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.
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: No meeting on Holy Thursday, April 13th. On April 20th, Bingo; April 27th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
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.
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.
THE FEST – Mark your summer calendar…and plan to join us on Sunday, August 6th for The FEST – our 17th Annual Catholic Family FESTival held on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The FEST is the perfect family day. It includes great Christian artists: Laura Story, Matt Maher, Crowder, and for King & Country. The FEST also has great activities and displays for the entire family. The FEST is FREE and open to all, and concludes with an inspiring outdoor Mass. It’s the highlight of summer for thousands from across our region. Join us! For more information, go online to: www.theFEST.us.
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.
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]
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.