I would like to bring to your attention several changes in our weekday Mass schedule this summer. During the summer the attendance at the 6:45 p.m. Wednesday Masses drops significantly. Therefore during the summer we will not have Wednesday evening Mass from May 18th – September 7th. The exception to this is the monthly Mass with the Anointing of the Sick, which will take place on the following Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ̶ June 8th, July 20th, August 10th and Septembr 14th.
At the founding of our parish community, members built an outdoor chapel on our grounds in which Mass could be celebrated.
Since the chapel is not large enough to accommodate our weekend assemblies, we use it on weekdays and holidays. We will be celebrating weekday masses in the chapel on the following days this summer (weather permitting):
Friday, June 17th
Friday, July 1st
Tuesday, July 19th
Friday, August 5th
Tuesday, August 23rd
Monday, September 5th – Labor Day
There will be a day to clean the outdoor chapel on Saturday, June 4th beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you are willing to help, please call Gina in the office.
I invite all of you to join us for liturgy on these days. If you have a problem with steps, you may reach the chapel more easily through the church. You can also use the chapel for private prayer at any time.
There is a real beauty in worshipping God in the midst of God’s creation. Mark your calendars and join us for worship this summer in our outdoor chapel.
DIOCESE OF CLEVELAND – Each year in the diocese a special collection is taken up in all parishes to support the Catechetical Ministries of the Office of Catechetical Formation & Education. Funding from this collection supports Newman Campus Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, Media Literacy, Parish Catechetical Leadership training, and Catechist Certification. This year the collection will be held on the weekend of May 7th-8th. A contribution to the Catechetical Ministries is an investment in the faith formation and religious education of every person of every age in the diocese. Please consider giving a gift to this very special collection.
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.
THE MUSIC MINISTRY SPRING CONCERT – (formerly known as the Pentecost Concert) will be held Friday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. Please note the new day and time of this concert. Come enjoy our Youth and Adult Bell Choirs, Concert Choir, and the St. Noel Choir. The St. Noel Choir is also participating in the Jubilation Festival, which will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland on Thursday, May 12th. This event will also be live-streamed on WCLV 104.9 FM starting at 8:00 p.m. We invite you to celebrate these wonderful festivities of music and prayer.
PHOTO TIME!! – Our PARISH PICTURE DIRECTORY is underway. Our photography dates are Tuesday, May 24th through Saturday, June 4th. Sign up online Monday-Friday at www.ucdir.com using the code: oh1853 and the password: stnoel2016. You can also sign up after Mass. Stop by the table in the narthex. Let’s make this directory great!!
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 on 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!!
GIRL’S 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).
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – St. Noel will again serve as a pick-up site for Geauga Family Farms beginning in June 2016. Shares are available in three sizes and can be purchased at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/. Our partnership with GFF has been quite fruitful over the years giving us accessibility to local, high quality, organic produce throughout the summer and fall. Information is now available on the table in the narthex.
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 on 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 12th, Blind Auction. 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!
NEW-BORN BABY ITEMS – A patron of our food pantry is expecting a baby boy on May 15th. She has been working hard to gather needed items. Birthright will help as well. We are looking for a car seat, rock-n-play, and diapers. Contact Anthony if you can help and thank you!
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]).
BREADTH OF LIFE LUNCHEON – Michelle Spansel, President of the Board of Directors at Hannah’s Home, will speak at the May 11th luncheon. Her topic, “A Ministry of Grace,” will highlight how Hannah’s maternity home for single pregnant teens offers a safe and structured environment that allows a young woman to make a positive life plan for herself and her unborn child. The luncheon is held in the St. Noel Banquet Center from Noon-2:00 p.m. Cost is $18 per person which includes tossed salad, chicken parmesan, cavatelli with marinara sauce, green beans, breadsticks and spumoni ice cream. Call Elaine Newman for reservations, 440-0679-0203 or [email protected] by May 9th. All are welcome!
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.
CHANGING HABITS: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Save time on Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m., to attend this presentation by Dr. Scott Bea in the Father Kline Social Center at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. Dr. Bea is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. His clinical practice focuses on mood and anxiety disorders. For more information call Kathryn Bea at 440-974-2743. Free, all are welcome.
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.
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. at St. Noel Banquet Center. The seminar is open to all without registration. For further information contact Karen Jubeck at 440-354-7853 or 440-352-8282.