I will be on vacation from May 18th – June 3rd. I will be traveling to Rome and Tuscany with Fr. Dale Staysniak, a classmate of mine, and his brother and wife. During my time away, Fr. Andy Turner will cover the weekend Masses. Our excellent staff will be available to handle any pastoral issues that might arise.
I am also in the process of finding priests to cover our weekday Masses on Tuesday and Friday. But because relatively few people attend our 6:45 p.m. Mass on Wednesdays, it seems best to suspend it while I am away. We usually suspend the Wednesday evening Mass during the summer – except fo the monthly mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. So this year we will simply start a bit earlier. Beginning May 20th, there will be no Wednesday evening Mass until the June Mass with Anointing, which this year will take place on Wednesday, June 17th. During the summer we will also have Masses with the Anointing of the Sick on July 8th and August 12th. The Wednesday Mass will resume its normal schedule on Wednesday, September 9th.
I hope all of you will have a restful summer. And if you are able to take vacation time away – enjoy yourself.
That is what I plan to do. Bon Viaggio!
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This Sunday, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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).
CONCERT SERIES – In May there will be two great concerts at St. Noel. On Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m. we will host Stow Heritage Ringers, consisting of 74 bells, 61 Choir Chimes, 28 hands and 14 accomplished musicians make up this dynamic ensemble, specializing in the artistry and teamwork of English Handbell ringing . On Sunday, May 24th at 4:00 p.m. our St. Noel Music Ministry will present Pentecost Concert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the May issue is “Stealing Moments of Quiet.”
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.
ROOTED IN FAITH DISTRIBUTION – We have received our quarterly distribution check from the Rooted in Faith Campaign in the amount of $16,599.00. The distribution will be as follows: 70% Endowment Fund, 20% Maintenance Savings, 10% Social Justice Ministry.
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.
20/20 CLUB – Donations are still being accepted for the 20/20 Club. All proceeds collected will go toward 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.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 7th, Bake Sale & Bingo. On May 14th, Bingo. On May 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, menu: breaded pork chop, mashed potatoes & gravy, spring mix vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, apple struedel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is May 18th. On May 28th, 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 (May 2nd & 3rd). Volunteers can also register their children on this weekend. 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.
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.
FIRST STEPS TO FORGIVENESS – An evening to begin to let go and move on. Join Fr. Tim Plavac, Pastor at St. Bede, on Wednesday, May 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor, as he facilitates an evening dedicated to the first steps to letting go and learning to move on after separation/divorce. To register, call Karen at 440-352-8282. This evening is sponsored by the Lake/Geauga Divorced & Separated Ministry, and is offered free of charge.
MEETING JESUS IN HIS HOMELAND – Fr. Wally Hyclak and Barb Vopat are taking another group on A ‘Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land’, November 30th to December 9th. Pray for PEACE as you visit, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Tiberius & more! Reasonable pricing including taxes and tips…Space is limited. Contact Barb Vopat at [email protected] or call her at 440-793-6911 or 216-470-4207.
MARY, THE MODEL OF DISCIPLESHIP – On May 21st, join Fr. Timothy Kalista for a one day retreat reflecting on the role of Mary as a model of Discipleship. The last recorded words in the Gospels we have of Mary is: “Do whatever he tells you to do!” and as Christians, we are reminded to be like Christ.
This day will provide us some of the “tools” we can use to help be stronger disciples of the Lord. Brief reflections, Mass, Adoration, Rosary and lunch will be offered as part of our day. Times are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org