Next weekend you are welcome to stop in our Lower Level where two events will be taking place.
The first will be our “Sharing the Mystery” event. During the Easter Season, twenty-two children celebrated the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. Over the course of a year, along with their families, they explored the ideas of belonging, loving and serving, believing, forgiving, listening and remembering. Now these children and their families would like to share what they have learned about their faith with you!
At all Masses next weekend 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.
The second event on the Lower Level will be a green one. You may have noticed a new structure on our property as you come up the driveway. It is our “All Good Gifts Garden” established by young people in our parish. This garden was a result of the Young Neighbors in Action trip to Detroit last summer. The teens there worked on an urban farm and were inspired to bring home what they learned. Next weekend we would like you to come and see the garden. There will be some seasonal refreshments, and you will be able to see the progress of what has been planted and hear about the plans for the harvest. Although this was an effort dreamed up by our youth, it is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners of all ages to lend a hand. Each week there will be “Weeding Wednesday” at 9:00 a.m. Anyone who would like to help maintain the garden beds can signup on the kiosk. The weeding and watering will not take long and many hands make light work! The first “Weeding Wednesday” will be on June 1st.
Stop down to the Lower Level after Masses next weekend to share the mystery and enjoy the All Good Gifts Garden.
I have just placed a new video on my website. It is on the Holy Spirit, and is called “AIR”, because it uses the image of wind to discuss the closeness of God to us. You can find it buildingontheword.org/air-2/. I would be grateful if you would leave a comment on the website concerning your response to the video.
PHOTO TIME!! – PICTURES BEGIN May 24th. Sign up online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. Spaces are filling up so sign up after Mass. Stop by the table in the narthex. Let’s make this directory great!!
OUTDOOR CHAPEL CLEAN-UP SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH – Once again, we are looking for a crew of volunteers to assist with the clean-up of our Outdoor Chapel. If you or your family are interested in helping, grab your rakes and leaf blowers, and call the Parish Office 440-946-0887 to sign up.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – CAVE QUEST, St. Noel’s VBS 2016 adventure, takes place July 11th – 15th 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 14 & 15) or June 4 & 5. Young people entering grades 7-12 and adults can volunteer. Contact Michele (440-946-1128 x121 or [email protected]) for more information.
VBS NEEDS 2-LITER PLASTIC BOTTLES – Recycle your bottles with us! Vacation Bible School needs a good number of two-liter plastic bottles. You may drop off empty bottles at the parish office. You get bonus points if you rinse them and remove the labels!!
SENIOR BLESSING – If you are a graduating high school senior and did not receive a formal invitation in the mail for our Senior Blessing, extras can be found on the table in the narthex. Contact Erica Zalar with questions.
GIRLS’ BOOK CLUB – will gather for the first time on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The book being discussed is “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park. Girls in grades 6-12, sign up on the kiosk if you would like to attend. For more information about this title visit www.commonsensemedia.org or contact Erica Zalar.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help on the day, please call Anthony at the parish office (946-1128 x122).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Did you know that the Social Justice Fund supports the following ministries: St. Augustine Meal, St. Noel Food Pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor Meal, New Beginnings – ReEntry Ministry, LEAF, Prison Ministry, The Adult Education Resource Center, Direct Assistance (Lodging, Rent, Utility Bills, Transportation), Signing for the deaf community, and the Chaplain for Lake Hospital System. Whenever you donate to the Social Justice fund, these 10 ministries benefit, and you can now donate to the social justice fund online at the St. Noel Social Justice page: https://stnoel.org/social-justice/. It’s easy, tax deductible, and you can designate a particular ministry, if you wish. Our ministries of advocacy and mercy only happen through your prayer and generous support. Thank you for doing your part!
LEAF – Do you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated? If you are feeling overwhelmed, LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) sessions take place on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. here at St Noel. LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship in a safe and welcoming environment. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887. The next LEAF meeting is this Monday, May 16th.
BABY BOTTLES CHANGE LIVES – Our annual baby bottle fundraiser begins this weekend and runs through Father’s Day. Pick up 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.
THANK YOU – to all who offered support to our food pantry client expecting a child this weekend. She is deeply grateful for all the love offered through St. Noel.
CRS INFO ON ST. NOEL WEBSITE – Go to www.stnoel.org to learn about recent efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ecuador – your rice bowl money in action. Thanks to Martie Matuska, our CRS parish ambassador, for updating the website.
WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION – SAVE THE DATE – our annual collection is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th in the parking lot. More to come…
PASCHAL BAYLON PARISH – Will hold its Spring Fling Festival May 19-22 on the parish grounds. Fun, rides, games, food, casino, and entertainment! For more information call the parish office at 440-442-3410.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 19th, at 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: Chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower, rolls & butter, apple strudel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is May 16th. On May 26th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
CEDAR POINT TRIP – All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to spend the day at Cedar Point on Monday, June 20th. Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. We will arrive at St. Noel at 7:30 a.m. to load vehicles and depart at 8:00 a.m. All teens must pack a lunch. Snacks and water will be available at the park throughout the day. The price for the trip is $45.00 and due by Monday, June 13th. Permission slips are available at stnoel.org and can be dropped off in the parish office. The contact person for this event is Sean McCafferty ([email protected]).
CLEVELAND FURNITURE BANK – provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers to provide to over 3000 people referred to them each year. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a furniture pickup. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick those up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 31st, at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1966). For your convenience you can register online at www.ccdocle.org/mfm or pick up a registration form in the parish office. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 27th.
CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS OF LAKE COUNTY – Is offering flags to be placed on the graves of family veterans this Memorial Day. CWV veterans, along with other organizations, place flags at veterans’ burial sites at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, but there are many veterans buried elsewhere. If you need a flag for a deceased veteran in your family, they are available free at the parish office.
FIRST STEP ANNULMENT PROGRAM – The Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, and remarriage are often misunderstood. Learn more about Catholic beliefs on marriage and how to submit an annulment if necessary. Representatives of the Department for Marriage and Family Ministry will be present to explain their ministry on Thursday, May 19th at St. Noel, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. The seminar is open to all without registration. For further information contact Karen Jubeck at 440-354-7853 or 440-352-8282.