This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The word “Pentecost” means 50th day. It was originally a Jewish feast which marked the 50th day of the Passover. Christians adopted Pentecost and used it to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who according to Acts of the Apostles (the first reading for this weekend’s liturgies) descended upon the apostles as they celebrated the Jewish Feast.
Most of us understand that Pentecost is a Feast of the Holy Spirit, but there is another dimension to this day which should not be overlooked. The preface for the Feast of Pentecost expresses this dimension when it says, “Bringing Your Paschal Mystery to completion, You bestowed the Holy Spirit today.”
The celebration of Easter spans 50 days. Beginning at the Easter Vigil, it includes the Feast of the Ascension and concludes on Pentecost. This liturgical sweep reminds us that the Paschal Mystery which is the act of God’s saving action in Christ not only includes Jesus’ death and resurrection and his ascension into glory, but also the gift of the Spirit who guides us and the church until Jesus returns again on the last day. Although the events of resurrection, ascension, and spirit are celebrated on different days, they comprise one great Feast by which we mark our salvation. In recognition of this unity, at the dismissal this weekend you will hear again the double alleluia which was sung on Easter. This is just another reminder that we celebrate Easter for 50 days ̶ a great Feast that we continue to acknowledge every Sunday as we gather to break bread in memory of Jesus our Lord.
|The goal of the Endowment Fund is to provide for the future needs of St. Noel Church. Each year the fund uses a small percentage of its earnings for present purposes. To show appreciation to the parish for its support of the Endowment, the fund is covering the cost of coffee and doughnuts for the month of June.|
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
PASCHAL BAYLON – Fr. George Smiga will be speaking at our monthly Eymard Spiritual Group on June 20th, where we gather to pray, socialize, enjoy food and enrich our faith. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a social, followed by a Novena and pot luck dinner. Fr. George will speak at 7:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact St. Paschal at 440-442-3410.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – will be on Wednesday, June 7th, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Take Nothing for the Journey” will be facilitated by the Retreat Community. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. A suggested donation of $6.00 to cover lunch. All are welcome!
TAKE OUT – The summer issue of “Family Faith on the Go” magazine is available in the kiosk. It is chock-full of ways to make summertime a sacred time. Pick up a copy today.
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – MAKER FUN FACTORY, St. Noel’s 2017 VBS 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 find info and 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 (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.
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.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – The garden is beginning to grow. We need help to weed, water, and soon to begin to harvest peas, lettuce, kale and radishes. Come join us on Saturdays, June 3rd, June 10th, and June 17th at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
CEDAR POINT – Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point on Sunday, July 9th, and all young people in grades 6-12 are invited! We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. Tickets are $50 and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will eat at the park and bring money for dinner. Snacks will be available throughout the day. Sign up by contacting Sean McCafferty ([email protected]). Permission slips and payment are due by June 30th. Permission slips can be found at stnoel.org
FRESH THYME MARKET – Did you know that St. Noel picks up donated food from the Fresh Thyme Market two days a week? We’re grateful for their generosity and encourage you to stop by Golden Gate and check them out. If you’re interested in picking up food for our Food Pantry (and beyond), please call Anthony (440-946-1128, ext. 120).
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 June 8th, discussion about salad luncheon; June 15th, Bingo. On June 22nd, socializing meeting, Luncheon Menu: pork chops, red skin potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls & butter, dessert. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Cost is $6.00. deadline for tickets is June 19th. On June 29th, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
A FULL LIFE – The FEST 2017 is less than two months away! On Sunday, August 6th, 39,000+ from across our region enjoy a day of faith, family, and fun – all for FREE. Will you be one of them? Come and hear the best of the best of the national Christian artists, including Grammy Winners and Nominees for King and Country, Laura Story, Matt Maher and Crowder. It’s not just an epic concert, though the day also includes dynamic activities for all ages, opportunities for prayer and reflection AND our large outdoor Mass, followed by fireworks. We need your help to make this amazing day possible – please consider donating just two hours of your time by volunteering for The FEST. Volunteers get a FREE t-shirt and are essential to making this event possible. For more information, or to register to help, go to www.theFEST.us.
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.
HOPE CHEST TRUSTEE – The Hope Chest in Painesville provides clean clothing and new shoes, socks and underwear to school children in Lake County so that they may attend school with dignity and pride. Hope Chest is completely volunteer run and is currently looking to expand their Board of Trustees. If you’re looking to be a part of an excellent organization in the County, please consider being a part of their Board. You can contact Anthony in the parish office or email Hope Chest directly at: [email protected].
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, June 11th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd. in Mentor.
ADDICTION AWARENESS WORKSHOP – The Samaritan Ministry of St. Malachi Parish is offering a free one-day Addiction Awareness Workshop in St. Malachi Center, West 25th & Detroit, on Saturday, June 24th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information or to register: visit www.stmalachi.org/samaritan-ministry-2017 or contact Judy Stowe 440-250-9959.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – An 8 week support group designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Tuesday, June 20th and conclude on August 8th, at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd., Mentor. The group meets from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information or to register, call Catholic Charities at 800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge, all materials are provided and is open to people of all faiths.
WORLD REFUGEE DAY – June 20th is designated by the United Nations as World Refugee Day throughout the world. This designation has been in effect since June 2001. Please stay tuned to the bulletin, kiosk, and website for more information on refugees.
DRUG ABUSE & ADDICTION – The Lake County ADAMHS Board is sponsoring two programs for grandparents interested in helping their grandchildren steer clear of drug abuse and addiction. Both programs are free, but preregistration is required. See flyers on the kiosk.
MEMORY LOSS PROBLEM – RSVP of Lake County, along with the Benjamin Rose Institute, have received a grant to begin the Music & Memory program in our area. The program is designed for individuals with dementia who live in Lake County. See the kiosk for details.
HOPE OVER HEROIN – HOH is a non-profit that unites churches, business leaders and recovery agencies. They’re hosting an event at the Lake County Fairgrounds on August 25-26th and are looking for church participation. Visit hopeoverheroin.com for more information. If you’re interested in helping with this event, please contact Anthony at (440-946-1128 x122.)
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE BENEFIT DINNER Please join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening on our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs featuring produce from the farm, traditional music, story sharing and dance from members of the refugee community. You will be able to see the empowering impact of the Refugee Response in sharp relief as we aid refugee families moving from hardship to home. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.refugeeresponse.org/benefit-2017.