Next weekend is Mother’s Day. I would like to suggest a way to remember your mothers that would be appropriate and also benefit St. Noel.
In the back of your box of donation envelopes you will find an envelope for Mother’s Day. By dropping this envelope in the collection basket next weekend, we will remember your mothers, whether they are alive or deceased, in prayer. A monetary donation is not required in the envelope, but if you choose to include one, it will be used to defray the cost of flowers which we place on the altar during the special feasts and seasons of the year.
Additional Mother’s Day envelopes are available on the table in the Narthex after Mass this week and next. Please consider remembering your mothers in prayer and contributing to the fresh flowers to be used in our church.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend, our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
CONCERT SERIES – St. Noel Music Ministry (Church Choir, Concert Choir, Adult Bell Choir, Children’s Bell Choir and Instrumentalists) will present a concert this Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. in the Church. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to support our Music Ministry program. We will serve delicious refreshments right after the program. We hope to see you all.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 13th 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.
2018 MASS BOOK – There are times remaining for Mass Intentions for 2018. Stop in the Parish Office to schedule your Mass Intentions.
INTERFAITH OPPORTUNITY- 2017 was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor, Ohio has approached St. Noel to join with them in an interfaith dialogue to understand the history that unites and divides us as a faith community, to promote Christian unity, and to join in joint service for God’s Kingdom. Our Parish Pastoral Council has affirmed this effort. We are presently forming a steering committee with representatives from both communities to discern a way forward. If you would be interested in serving on the committee to advance understanding between Catholics and Lutherans, please call Emma Krueger (440-391-0045). Let us all pray that the work of the steering committee will be successful.
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 print a registration form at https://stnoel.org/faith-formation/vacation-bible-school/. Mail your form or register at the table in the narthex after all Masses on May 5&6. Registration ends 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.
PEACE – On Tuesday, May 8th we will have our final Family Faith Formation session of the year. We’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Small Hall and be finished at 8:00 p.m. We will also have our end of the year PEACE celebration on May 15th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. Please mark your calendars!
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.
“HOME IMPROVEMENT” SERIES – You can still view the live presentation about faith in our families and be part of the online discussion throughout the Easter season. Go to stnoel.org, click Faith Formation, and then click Home Improvement. See the poster on the kiosk for more details.
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – On May 9th, Patty DeJohn, a Grief and Bereavement Educator from DeJohn Funeral Homes, will speak on The Grieving Disciples at the Breadth of Life Luncheon. As a grief therapist, DeJohn has taught courses on death and dying at Ursuline College and has facilitated grief support groups since 1989.
The luncheon will be held at St. Noel’s Banquet Center in Willoughby Hills from Noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes tossed salad, chicken parmesan, cavatelli w/marinara sauce, green beans almondine, bread sticks and spumoni. All are welcome. Call Joan Bruening at 440-946-6932 for reservations.
TRAINING FOR MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – the diocese has scheduled numerous training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The closest to St. Noel is Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Immaculate Conception Parish in Willoughby. If you are interested in being trained, please contact Anthony (946-1128 x122).
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN– We are in need of garden enthusiasts to assist with this year’s garden. If you are able to help, please contact Susan Kiss 440-975-6195.
BAGELS – To date, we have picked up 6,081 pounds of donated bagels from Brueggers – that’s 3 tons!! Thanks to Carole Lester, Ingrid Andrusaitis, Karin Ostroske, and Rich Beckwith for their dedicated service. Thanks, also, to Steve Cesar who delivers many of those bagels to the Euclid Senior Center where they are enjoyed by many.
HOSPICE INFO EVENING – Mark Muzzillo, our parishioner and a chaplain at Absolute Hospice, will lead an informative evening on Tuesday, May 15th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Small Hall. Along with 2 members of the Absolute Hospice staff, Mark will address current issues surrounding hospice including who can qualify, what treatments are available, and what costs are involved. Mark and the team will offer accurate information that will give all who attend a thorough understanding of hospice and available services in our area. Interested in volunteering at a hospice? Necessary volunteer information will be presented, too. Please join us on May 15th.
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).
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. On May 3rd & 10th, Bingo. On May 17th, Bingo & Luncheon. Menu: Breaded Pork Chop, Red Skin Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, and Dessert. Cost is $6.00. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Deadline for tickets is May 14th. 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!
LCCN FUNDRAISER – See the flyer on the kiosk for information on the upcoming fundraiser for the Lake County Community Network on May 18th at St. Gabriel Church. The Network provides invaluable financial assistance in the county, and we refer people to LCCN regularly.
NEW LEGOS NEEDED – Two awesome parishioners are putting together auction baskets for the upcoming Lake County Community Network fundraiser. One basket is a kids’ themed LEGO basket. If you can contribute a new LEGO set for the basket, please contact Anthony ASAP (946-1128 x122). Thanks!
PASCHAL BAYLON PARISH – will hold its Spring Fling Festival May 17-20 on the parish grounds. The festival features fun, rides, games, food, casino, $10,000 raffle and entertainment! Hours are Thursday, May 17th, 5–10 p.m., Family Night, featuring a school band concert and discounted food, beverages and rides; Friday, May 18th, 5–11 p.m., featuring live music by City Heat at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 19th, 4–11 p.m. featuring live music by The Pop Tarts at 5:15 p.m. and Disco Inferno at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 20th, Noon – 6 p.m. with an outdoor Mass at Noon, live music by Light of Two Moons at 1p.m. The church is located at 5384 Wilson Mills Road in Highland Heights. For more information call 440-442-3410.
SAFE & HEALTHY OHIO CAMPAIGN – Please consider signing the petition to place the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment on the November ballot. Signatures will be accepted this weekend and next weekend. More information is available at http://ohorganizing.org/safeandhealthy or on the St. Noel webpage (www.stnoel.org). We have plenty of books and a book for Geauga County.
STATE ISSUE 1 – The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports passage of Issue 1 on the May ballot. This issue deals with the process of drawing Ohio congressional districts. Information is available on the St. Noel webpage and in the narthex. Please remember to vote on May 8th.