As I announced in March, this Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. we will hold an inter-faith prayer service at St. Noel in conjunction with Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor. A group of parishioners from both communities have been meeting for about a year pursuing on-going dialogue between the Catholic and Lutheran churches. I will preside at the service together with Reverend Steven Bond who is pastor at Advent Lutheran. Reverend Rod Funk, retired assistant pastor at Advent Lutheran who was instrumental in initiating the dialogue process, will also be present. The service will last about an hour and will include readings, songs supported by choirs from both churches, and a youth band. There will be a reception in the narthex following the service.
Unity between Christians is an expressed desire of Jesus (John 17:20-21). It is a goal towards which all of us should strive. Please consider joining us this Tuesday to give prayerful expression to our faith in Jesus which both Catholics and Lutherans share.
Fr. George Smiga
CATECHETICAL MINISTRIES COLLECTION (NEWMAN CAMPUS) – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations. A donation to Catechetical Services is for the faith formation and religious education of people of every age in the diocese.
COMMUNION POSTURE – As we have previously announced, we will stand during the communion rite. After the invitation to communion (Behold the Lamb of God) all should remain standing as people receive communion – and, as always, join in the communion hymn. When the hymn ends, we will sit for a few moments of silence. Of course, anyone who feels unable to stand should feel free to sit at any time during the liturgy.
FAREWELL FOR FR. GEORGE – May 25th & 26th will be Fr. George’s last weekend as pastor of St. Noel. On that weekend he will preside at all three weekend liturgies. After the 11:00 Mass on May 26th there will be a reception in the Banquet Center until 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. At 1:00 and 2:00, Fr. George will offer a short expression of his thanks to all who are present. We hope you will be able to stop in to the reception that weekend.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS – is Monday, May 27th at 9:00 a.m. The sign-up sheet for Liturgical Ministers is on the bulletin board by the coatroom. Please sign up if you are able to minister.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking to train additional ushers for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. This is a great way to serve the parish! Please call the parish office if interested at 440-946-0887.
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – Families can look in the kiosk to find the May issue of Take Out: Family Faith on the Go entitled “Embrace the Beauty.”
HOSPITALITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs volunteers to serve coffee and doughnuts at the 5 p.m. & 11 a.m. Masses. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks. Please call St. Noel parish office, 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
ST. NOEL CONCERT SERIES – Please join us for a free concert by CityMusic Cleveland on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m. This time we will hear: Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C Major, Saint-Saëns Symphony in A Minor, Op.55, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.33 and Kodály Dances of Galánta wonderful program called “Hidden Gems.”
Fanny Mendelssohn inherited the same musical gifts as a composer and pianist as her famous brother, Felix, but the social conventions and lack of professional opportunities for women in the early 19th century greatly limited her fully utilizing them. Her Overture in C major was composed when she was only 25 years old for one of the Mendelssohn family’s elaborate Sunday concerts. Fanny’s music is complemented on this CityMusic program by lesser-known works by well-known composers: Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony in A minor, composed soon after his graduation from the Paris Conservatoire, as well as his formally adventurous Cello Concerto No. 1, with Israeli-American soloist Amit Peled; and Zoltán Kodály’s rousing Dances of Galanta, based on the Gypsy music of his Hungarian homeland.
SHARING THE MYSTERY WEEKEND – Next weekend (May 18 & 19), we celebrate “Sharing the Mystery.” Our First Communion children are invited to wear their communion attire to Mass and be part of the opening and closing processions. After Mass, they invite you to join them in the Small Hall of the Banquet Center so that they can share their stories with you. Visit their tables, meet them and their families, view their scrapbooks, taste their traditional family breads, ask them questions, and even share a memory of your own first communion with them. Please take a few moments of your busy weekend to stop and talk to them…the children will appreciate the gift of your presence.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser begins Mother’s Day weekend. The loose change you’re putting in your baby bottle for Womankind allows them to offer pregnant women in need free prenatal care and a full range of support services. For more information about Womankind, please visit www.womankindcleveland.com.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Registration is now open for “ROAR: LIFE IS WILD, GOD IS GOOD,” our St. Noel VBS 2019 adventure that takes place July 15th – 19th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade are invited to attend. You can find a registration form in the kiosk, in the parish office, or print it from the parish website (https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/). Mail your form or drop it off to the parish office by June 28th. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER SOON. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected] ) for more information.
PANTRY NEEDS – The shelves are more full – thank you! We are still in need of tuna (in water), soups (Chunky & Progresso), and jelly.
AERC – The AERC program is growing. We have increased the numbers of students coming on Mondays, and we are in need of tutors in math, language arts and social studies. We provide all the materials you need to work with the students. All the lessons are in the GED test prep book. You do not have to be a teacher. If you feel you can help someone achieve their goal of getting a GED, please contact Anthony Camino at 946-0887.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, May 20th from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our April market served 120 people.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one 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 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.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Be the presence of Christ to your neighbor; we have a wonderful time together! There will be no N2N meal in July.
GO APE! If you are in grades 6-12, you are invited to attend Go Ape, which is a high ropes course with zipline. We will be meeting at the Strongsville location on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. The cost for youth ages 10-15 is $33 and for ages 16 or older is $50. Please contact our youth minister, Kaitlin, at [email protected] if you are interested in attending. If you’ve never heard of Go Ape, check out their website at www.goape.com for more details. Adult chaperones are needed!
DEATH PENALTY FILM SCREENING – Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 18th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Small Hall. We will view the film, “In the Executioner’s Shadow”, and follow with a discussion on capital punishment.
BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive in 2019 is scheduled for June 23rd. Schedule online at redcrossblood.org.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 19th from Noon-4:00 p.m. at the headquarters (17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland). Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor/outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items. To donate items please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 216-255-9090 or email [email protected].
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, AN 8 EEK SUPPORT GROUP – designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated is meeting at Immaculate Conception Church, 37935 Wright Street, Willoughby, on Wednesdays from 7- 9 p.m. Our group will meet weekly and conclude on June 19th. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the participants and offer support and encouragement along with the tools for coping and moving on. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected] There is no charge for this program, all materials are provided, and it is open to people of all faiths.