On February 17th and 18th of this year, members of our Parish Pastoral Council spoke before the Masses to encourage your participation in our Neighbor to Neighbor meal. As you will recall, the Neighbor to Neighbor meal takes place the first Thursday of every month. Usually about 300 people come, both parishioners and non-parishioners to share the meal together. Because the number of non-parishioners was growing proportionately larger then members of St. Noel, the Parish Pastoral Council has been encouraging more of our parishioners to become involved. Although we can use help for set-up, serving, and clean-up, we especially want parishioners simply to come and eat the meal with our neighbors, serving to welcome all who come to our parish.
This weekend members of our Parish Pastoral Council will again speak before the Masses to invite your participation. After Mass they will be in the narthex to answer questions and to assist you in signing up to help in the upcoming months.
Please consider joining many of our parishioners in welcoming all who come to share the Neighbor to Neighbor meal.
Fr. George Smiga
CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND – will give a free concert at St. Noel on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. The orchestra will close our St. Noel Concert Series 2017-2018 season with an energetic “All Beethoven” concert, featuring superstar violinist and CityMusic favorite, Tessa Lark. Lark will perform Beethoven’s one and only violin concerto, while the orchestra will also perform the expressive Coriolan Overture and Beethoven’s much-beloved Symphony no. 8. CityMusic Cleveland will be led by conductor Avner Dorman. We hope to see you all.
SHARING THE MYSTERY WEEKEND – This weekend, 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.
COMMONWEAL LOCAL COMMUNITIES – The next Commonweal gathering is scheduled for Monday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. You do not need to be a subscriber to attend, but you must pre-register. If interested, email your name and parish to Jack Rakosky ([email protected]). Learn more at: https://pages.commonwealmagazine.org/clc/
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, May 21st 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
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – Our next senior market is scheduled for Monday, May 21st from 2-4 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Please spread the word. Our April market served 128 people.
CATECHETICAL MINISTRIES COLLECTION (NEWMAN CAMPUS) – Next weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donation for this collection. A donation to Catechetical Services is for the faith formation and religious education of people of every age in the diocese.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, May 27th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
MEMORIAL DAY MASS is Monday, May 28th 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 in need of additional ushers for the 5 p.m. Mass. Schedules are made on a rotational assignment. If interested contact Jim Klements at 440-442-2744.
CRS RICE BOWLS – We hope your Lenten journey was enriched by your participation with the rice bowls. We collected $1034.50 for Catholic Relief Services, the international outreach arm of the Catholic Church.
PARISH AFTERNOON RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, June 6th, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., in the Nativity Room. “Honoring the Son Shine of Our Lives” will be facilitated by the Retreat community. For any questions call Fran at 440-625-1228.
NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR MEAL – Join us at the next N2N meal on Thursday, June 7th. If you signed up to attend, please remember to come. In 2017, the N2N meal served 7,998 meals to 3,542 people. We have a wonderful time together!
TAKE OUT MAGAZINE – Families can look in the kiosk to find the May and June issues of Take Out magazine, along with a list of opportunities to EXPLORE this summer.
2018 MASS BOOK – There are dates remaining for Mass Intentions for 2018. Stop in the Parish Office to schedule your Mass Intentions.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – SHIPWRECKED: RESCUED BY JESUS, St. Noel’s VBS 2018 adventure, takes place July 16th – 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily. Children ages 3 to entering 6th grade can 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 27th. 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.
SUMMER TEEN BOOK CLUB – Do you enjoy reading? Are you interested in discussing a novel with a group of peers? Contact Kaitlin at [email protected] if you are in middle school or high school and would be interested in participating in a summer book club. Also, if you are an adult parishioner who would be interested in participating or helping to lead, please email me.
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS – The St. Noel Pantry is in need of condiments! We could use mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, pickles/relish, Manwich, etc. The pantry is located off the hallway between the church and the main office. Donations can be dropped off anytime. Our pantry distributed 28,195 pounds of food in 2017 through your generosity.
FREE VOICE LESSONS – This summer our Director of the Music Ministry, Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek is offering free voice lessons to all adults from our parish 16 years old and older. For more information and to schedule your appointment please contact Agnieszka (Aga) Bieniek at [email protected] or at 440-946-1128 x119. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Did you pick up a baby bottle? Our annual baby bottle fundraiser has begun and runs through Father’s Day. Get your bottle at the table in the narthex. 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.
BIKE BLESSING – Rev up your motorcycle and ride over to St. Noel on Saturday, June 2nd. After the 5:00 p.m. Mass, Fr. George will offer a blessing for all riders as the cycling season begins. Please RSVP to Scott Andrew Mills if you plan to attend (440-477-5883 or www.MaverickInsurance1.com).
POPE FRANCIS MOVIE – “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” opens across the nation this week. It’s at the Atlas theatre in Mentor, beginning May 25th. See our parish website for more information.
THE 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The 50th wedding anniversary celebration Mass will be held on Sunday, July 30th at 2:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Couples are to register online at www.ccdocle.org/mfm, on the main web page, click on the link “Register for the 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration-Click Here” in a bright blue box. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 25th. For any questions contact Katie at 216-334-2978 or Jason at 216-334-2974.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On May 24th, Blind Auction and Bingo. On May 31st, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is Sunday, June 10th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. See the website for details. Thanks to the Repkos for coordinating the drive!
U.S. BISHOPS & ADVOCACY – The U.S. Bishops have released statements on a number of issues including Immigration (HR4796 & HR3440) and the Farm Bill. Please see www.stnoel.org for more information and contact your elected representative to promote a more just world.
The FEST 2018 – is about two months away! On Sunday, August 5th, 40,000+ from across our region gather for a day of faith, family, and fun – all for FREE. Come and hear the best of the best national Christian artists, including Grammy Winners and Nominees, Mandisa, We are Messengers, Big Daddy Weave, and TobyMac. It’s not just a great concert; the day also includes dynamic activities for all ages, opportunities for prayer and reflection AND our large outdoor Mass, followed by fireworks. We need your help to make this amazing day possible – please consider donating just two hours of your time by volunteering for The FEST. Volunteers get a FREE t-shirt and are essential to making this event possible. For more information, or to register to help, go to www.theFEST.us.
HOLA FUNDRAISING DINNER – Join us for an enchanted evening with Grammy-nominated Sones De Mexico as they take us on a musical tour of Mexico. Friends of HOLA is sponsoring “A Taste of Old Mexico” on Saturday, June 16th from 6-9 p.m. at the Family Life Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at: holaohio.eventbrite.com. Questions? Contact Kelsey at 216-767-3442 or [email protected]. HOLA is a grassroots Latino organization based in NE Ohio.