In the summer of 2014, several teens from our parish participated in a service trip to Detroit. They worked together in an urban garden and when they returned to St. Noel they began a garden here on our property that has become the All Good Gifts Garden. The young people who began the garden have now moved on to college, but I feel it is valuable to continue the garden in a new form.
A continuing garden here at St. Noel would serve two purposes. First it would be a witness to our connection to the environment. Pope Francis, in his encyclical “Laudato Si” (#66), states “Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself.” The garden can be a small reminder that we are connected to the earth and the bounty the earth provides. We must cherish the goodness of the earth and care for it. The second purpose for the garden would be to provide some fresh produce for the clients in our parish food pantry.
With those purposes in mind, Susan Kiss, a parishioner here at St. Noel, has agreed to coordinate the garden. Susan has already planted kale, peas, lettuce, tomatoes and green beans and is now looking for some other parishioners to help her water, weed, and harvest the garden. If you have an interest and time this summer to help, please contact Susan at [email protected] or text her at 440-975-6195. We will notify you of the times when parishioners will be working. Feel free to stop by, ask questions, or give advice. I wish to thank our parish Endowment Fund for providing assistance for the maintenance of the garden.
I hope some of you will be able to work in the garden and all of us will watch this garden grow as a sign of our commitment to the earth – our common home.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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 for people of every age in the Diocese.
TEATIME FOR PEACE – Join us Wednesday, May 10th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center for a unique opportunity to dialogue with Muslims from our community. Conversation leads to knowledge and an increased appreciation for all we share in common. Let’s enjoy some tea and learn from each other. Information is on the kiosk and on the website. RSVP to Emma Krueger at [email protected] or 440-974-4795.
PICTURE DIRECTORY – We’ve been given a date of May 9th for the picture directories. Pick-up will happen after all the Masses.
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is 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.
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.
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` with the Hudson Festival Chorus under direction of Dr. Thomas More Scott at Carnegie Hall, New York, Friday, May 28th at 8:00 p.m. 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.
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.
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.
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/ BEGINNING May 10. Mail your form or register at the table in the narthex after all Masses on 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
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 14th 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.
FREE FRESH PRODUCE – We served 106 people at our last produce market! Our next senior market is scheduled for 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. St. Noel is happy to partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Please spread the word.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 11th, Bingo; 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!
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.
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!
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.
CATHOLIC RENEWAL MINISTRIES – will host a Charismatic Mass on Friday, May 12th, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord. Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler will be the celebrant. Praise and worship will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the liturgy will start at 7:30 p.m. Healing prayer teams will be available after mass for individual prayer. For more information, please contact Fr. Bob Franco at 440-327-2201 or CRM at 440-944-9445. Come and bring a friend! This will be a time to truly encounter the Lord.
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].
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB – presents “Dorothy in Wonderland” at the Lake Catholic High School Auditorium on May 12th and 13th at 7:00 p.m. The play is a cross between “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.” To purchase tickets, go to www.allsaintssjv.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Don’t be late for a very important date!
FUNDRAISER AT TAVERN 6 – Haley Krocker, granddaughter of Mary Krocker, recently spent 3 weeks in Kenya working with special needs children at Ongata Rongai Special Home Care. Haley is organizing a fundraiser on May 13th to benefit the organization. If you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Haley at 216-509-1708. See the flyer on the kiosk.
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.
IMMIGRATION BLITZ – HOLA is a grassroots organization based in Northeast Ohio that works to empower the Latino community through community organizing, advocacy, civic engagement and leadership development. HOLA is mobilizing concerned constituents to visit their representatives’ local offices May 15 -19 and express their concern regarding recent efforts to deport parents (and others) who pose no threat to national security. The United States Bishops support engaging our elected officials and promoting a more just immigration system. Information on scheduling a visit is available on the HOLA flyer. Please pick one up on the table in the narthex along with statements from the Holy Father and our Bishops.
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.