As I announced a few weeks ago we are collecting your donations to support our youth who plan to visit Detroit this summer to work in the city with those in need. The youth will not only serve, but have time to reflect upon their experience and to pray. They will also be able to meet other young people from around the country and learn from them.
We have nine young people in high school who have committed to participate. We need to raise $4,500 to cover transportation and program costs. Through your generosity we have already collected $2,996. We still have a way to go. So I am asking you, if you have not yet participated in supporting our youth by donating $20 or more, please consider doing so.
You can place your donation in the collection basket or drop it off in the parish office.
Thank you for supporting this worthwhile project!
Fr. George Smiga
CONCERT SERIES – This Sunday, April 26th at 4:00 p.m. Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire will present Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Rediscovered. Apollo’s Fire shakes the dust off these pieces by the hit pop composer of the 18th century. Violinist Olivier Brault takes on the Four Seasons, while Julie Andrijeski, Johanna Novom & Rene’ Schiffer set sparks flying in double-concertos. Tickets are available at 216-320-0012, toll-free 800-314-2535 or email [email protected].
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 10th. There will be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). The brunch includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, carved ham, French toast, cheese blitzes, waffles with toppings, fresh fruit, Danish and muffins, assorted cereals, and coffee, tea, milk, and juices. The cost Is $16.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 6-12 years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).
CHEF RANDY has some fish to sell. There are a few cases of Lemon Pepper Cod from the fish fry. Approximately 40 – 4oz. pieces per case. The price per case is $43. They can easily be prepared in the oven. Call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 to purchase yours.
ADORATION – We are in need of an additional person to come to Adoration on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are able to fill this time slot. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases His power and graces upon you, your family and your parish. In today’s busy world, it is so meaningful to spend this precious time with our God. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed. Adoration is each onday from 1:00-9:00 p.m.
SERVERS NEEDED – We are in need of servers for all weekend masses, especially the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. Serving is open to anyone age 10 (or in 4th grade) and older: kids, teens, adults. Parents can even serve with their children. Anyone is welcome. Why not give it a try? If interested, please call the parish office, 440-946-0887.
HOSPITALITY SERVERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at all Masses. The commitment is for once every four to five weeks. If you are interested in helping, please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For March 2015, we collected $930.25. Our expenses for March were:
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20/20 CLUB – Donations are still being accepted for the 20/20 Club. All proceeds collected will go towards funding a summer service trip for our high school youth to Detroit, Michigan through Young Neighbors in Action. Donations can be given to a representative in the narthex after mass this weekend or sent to the parish office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – Recycle your electronics and metals THIS weekend, April 25-26th! Enviro-Recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 10-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9-4 p.m. on Sunday to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. If it plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. Old computer monitors are welcome. Sorry, no tube TVs (flat screens are acceptable). Click here for more information. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to ensure your privacy.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 – Save the week of July 13th-17th (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) for SonSpark Labs, where kids discover that “God’s Plan 4U = Jesus!” Volunteers are invited to sign up at the table in the narthex after Masses this weekend (April 25th & 26th) and next weekend (May 2nd & 3rd). Volunteers can also register their children on these two weekends. Open registration will be after Masses on the weekends of May 30th & 31st and June 13th & 14th. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
ST.NOEL ADVOCACY SURVEY – Thanks to the over 170 people who completed the survey. Initial results can be found on our website, www.stnoel.org.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org. If you would like to help, please call Anthony at the parish office (946-1128 x122). Thanks to Tom & Kathleen Repko for coordinating this blood drive.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – St. Noel will again serve as a pick-up site for Geauga Family Farms beginning in June 2015. 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.
THE CHRIST CHILD OF THE WESTERN RESERVE – Invites you to attend our annual Red Wagon Luncheon on Wednesday, April 29th. It is being held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at LaMalfa Center, 5783 Heisley Rd., Mentor. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Chinese Auction and cash bar. Buffet luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Luncheon admission is $40.00 Complimentary valet parking. Regina Brett will be the speaker as well as holding a book signing of her newest book: God is Always Hiring. For more information call Marion at 440-975-8208.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES WITH POPE FRANCIS – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Wickliffe is hosting a bus tour to Philadelphia from Friday, September 25 to Sunday night, September 27th to attend the Festival of Families Saturday, and Mass with the Pope on Sunday. The trip includes bus, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, all driver, hotel and tour guide tips, along with luggage handling. All inclusive adult price $599, children 12 and under travel free (limit 2 children) and ages 13-18 and additional children 12 and under $299. Contact Proximo Travel at 1-855-842-8001 or 440-457-7033 to register.
BENEDICTINE OPEN HOUSE – On Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00-7:30 p.m., join us for a night of activities, giveaways, games and an interactive tour of the school. For more information, call Admissions Director, Joe Laffey at 216-421-2080 ext. 356 or email [email protected].
MARRIAGES OF GRACE: SUNDAY AFTERNOON RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES – In the course you will gather with other married couples for an excellent opportunity to enrich and strengthen your relationship. The theme for this retreat is Keeping Marriage Strong Through Adversity. Cost is $40/couple. Light refreshments will be provided. Mass is not a part of this mini-retreat experience. Date is May 3rd from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
FIRST STEP ANNULMENT PROGRAM – Do you have questions about an Annulment? The Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, and remarriage are often misunderstood. The First Step program is offered to help everyone, especially those who have been divorced, learn more about Catholic beliefs on marriage and how to submit an annulment case, if necessary. Join diocesan representatives on Tuesday, May 12th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord. No registration required and the program is offered free of charge. If you need further information, contact Karen at 440-352-8282.