Each year we choose to suspend the 6:45 Wednesday evening Mass, as vacations and other summer activities reduce attendance. Since I will be away on vacation during May, we will not have Wednesday evening liturgies beginning May 10th and continuing through September 6th.
However, the monthly Mass with Anointing of the Sick will take place during the summer at 6:45 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: June 21st, July 12th and August 9th and September 13th.
We will also schedule some summer Masses in the outdoor chapel.This schedule includes the 9:00 a.m. holiday Masses on July 4th and on Labor Day, September 4th; and these weekday Masses: 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1st and noon on Friday, June 16th, July 14th and August 18th.
Please note these changes to our Mass schedule and enjoy the rest and blessings that the days of summer bring.
PRAYER LIST – Our prayer list in the bulletin has grown quite long and has not been updated in a while. We are asking you to contact the parish office if you would like your name or the name of a loved one to remain on the list after the weekend of May 14th. We will begin a new prayer list the following weekend. Thank you to all who faithfully pray for those on our list.
CATECHETICAL MINISTRIES COLLECTION – 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.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is this Monday, May 15th 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 this Monday, May 15th 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. Please spread the word.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – MAKER FUN FACTORY, St. Noel’s VBS 2017 adventure, takes place July 10th – 14th 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 THIS WEEKEND (May 13 & 14) or June 3 & 4. Registration ends 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.
SHARING THE MYSTERY WEEKEND – Next weekend, May 20 & 21, we celebrate “Sharing the Mystery” weekend. At all Masses, our First Communion children are invited to wear their communion attire and be part of the opening and closing processions. After Mass, they invite you to join them in the Lower Level so that they can share their story 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.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – The picture directories are here and available in the narthex. Directories are available for current parishioners only. PLEASE…one directory per household.
HELP WITH BAGELS – Since December 2016, we’ve picked up and distributed 1,950 lbs of bagels. That’s a ton!! Thanks to Rich Beckwith, Carole Lester, Ingrid Andrusaitis, and Bonita Krivacic for their dedication. We’re looking for one more person to pick up bagels from Brueggers in Willoughby (near Heinens) on Friday mornings. Please call Anthony (440-946-1128 x 122) if you’re interested.
THE MUSIC MINISTRY SPRING CONCERT – (formerly known as the Pentecost Concert) will be held Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy our Youth and Adult Bell Choirs, Concert Choir, and the St. Noel Choir. Concert is free and open to the public. Please come and bring your friends and family. We invite you to celebrate these wonderful festivities of music and prayer.
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.
FROM ST. NOEL TO CARNEGIE HALL – Four members of our Music Ministry Choir (Gregory Eastridge, Paul Hubbard, Raymond Prendergast and David Revay) and Director of Music Ministry (Agnieszka Bieniek) will perform Requiem by Gabriel Faure` at Carnegie Hall, New York, Friday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. with members of the Hudson Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Thomas More Scott. You can hear this choir during a free farewell concert on Friday, May 19th at 8:00 p.m. in Hudson High School. Please keep our singers in your prayers during this exciting event.
JULY 2017 HOSPITALITY SERVERS NEEDED! The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, punch and doughnuts at the 11:00 Mass. The commitment is for once every four or five weeks beginning in July 2017. Please call Betty Louis 440-942-4009 or St. Noel office 440-946-0887 if you are interested in serving.
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.
ADULT EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER – The AERC is in need of volunteer tutors to start in May. We are primarily looking for those who can help our students with math. Students are here on Monday and Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Lower Level. You can choose the evening best suited to your schedule. Weekly commitment is not necessary because we need tutors to fill in as needed. If you have questions, please call Anthony Camino at (440-946-1128 x 122) or stop by either of those nights to see what we are about. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 18th, socializing meeting: 12:30 p.m., Luncheon Menu: chicken marsala, salad, rolls & butter, strudel or pie. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is May 15th. On May 25th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
METAL/ELECTRONIC COLLECTION & RECYCLING – Divine Word Parish, in conjunction with the annual Rummage Sale, will hold a metal/electronics collection and recycling drive on July 14th, 15th & 16th. Mark the date; more details to follow.
A NIGHT OF HOPE – The annual fundraiser for Project Hope, the homeless shelter in Lake County, will be Friday, May 26th from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Register online at (https://projecthopeonline.givezooks.com/events/night-of-hope-2) or call Project Hope at 440-354-6417 x109. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Have you signed up to donate blood? Our next blood drive is Sunday, June 11th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. Can you help staff a blood drive? St. Noel hosts 4 blood drives/year and we need additional help to continue. Please call Anthony (440-946-1128 x 122) if you can help.
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Mass will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years. Forms are available in the kiosk or the parish office. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 19th. Please return the completed form to the parish office.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS IN HEALTH AND HEALING – Fr. Tim Plavac, Pastor, St. Bede the Venerable Church, will facilitate an evening dedicated to seeing forgiveness as an important aspect for moving on after separation and divorce. We will be meeting on Wednesday, May 17th from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor. To register or for more information, contact Karen at 440-352-8282, or email [email protected].
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – is looking for “Caring Christian Women” to attend an Informational Coffee on Friday, September 8th at 1:00 p.m. in St. Gabriel’s Church community room. If you are a woman of faith and want an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the children of Lake County, you will want to attend. To receive an invitation and answer any questions, please call Patty O’Reilly at 440-231-4912 or Joyce Buchanan at 216-486-2176.