Each Lent, we provide an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance in a communal setting. This year it will take place on Wednesday April 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Penance is a prayer which expresses our sorrow for the failings of our lives and asks for God’s forgiveness. Since our sins hurt not only ourselves but others and lessen the witness of the Church, it is fitting to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance together with the Church community.
The official Rite of the Catholic Church outlines three possible formats for the Sacrament of Penance.
One, which is seldom used and limited to special situations, allows for absolution without individual confession of sins.
- The second option calls for individual confession within a communal setting. This option stresses our common sinfulness and how the forgiveness of God heals us as a community. This will be the option we will offer on April 2nd. The official rite is simple. After prayer, reading from the scriptures, and examination of conscience, we will recite together an Act of Contrition and the Lord’s Prayer. Then those who wish to receive the sacrament will walk forward to one of the confessors present and quietly mention any serious sins and any lesser faults they would choose to present. The priest will then absolve them from their sins. After everyone has confessed, the presider will then give those who have come forward a penance to perform. We will conclude with a prayer, a final blessing, and a closing song.
- The third option for the Sacraments is to meet in a one-on-one format with the priest. This option is possible year round to any person simply by calling me to arrange a meeting.
I hope you will join us on April 2nd to acknowledge our imperfections and God’s continuing forgiveness. Even if you are not inclined to receive the Sacrament by coming forward during the communal celebration and confessing your sins to the priest, it is still valuable to participate in this time of prayer as a recognition of the need to grow, and also as a support to those who choose to receive the Sacrament.
Fr. George Smiga
WEDNESDAY EVENING MASS ON APRIL 2ND IS CANCELLED.
OFFICE VOLUNTEER HELP needed on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You would volunteer every other week. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887 or email Carole ([email protected]) if you are interested and for more details.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette in the coatroom area.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – April copies entitled “Messengers of God’s Mercy: Saints John XXIII and John Paul” are available in the kiosk and on the table in the narthex.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, April 4th the Stations will be led by Deacon Dave Nethery.
LENTEN BAGS – Lenten bags and tags are available on the table in the Narthex. Once the bags are filled, please return them to the Food Pantry (bin on the right hand side).
FOOD PANTRY BAG – This Lent we are also beginning a new effort to support our Food Pantry. Specially designed bags are available on the table in the narthex. Use these bags when you shop for food. Simply fill the bag with items such as peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, macaroni & cheese, and paper products. This can be returned to the rolling cart in the food pantry. When you return a full bag you can take another empty one.
LENTEN RICE BOWLS – are available on the table in the narthex. Please fill these bowls with loose change and return them to the parish office.
LENTEN FISH FRIES – The Fish Fries will continue on the Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday) at the usual 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. time. Volunteers are needed. Please sign up on the kiosk if you are able to help.
ASH WEDNESDAY COLLECTION – We collected $38.00 for Birthrite Inc. Thank you for those who contributed and thanks to all who have returned their Lenten Bags already. Filled bags can be placed in the food pantry.
LIVING STATIONS – Join us on Friday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. for the Living Stations of the Cross presented by our middle school and high school youth. This event is family friendly and open to all ages.
CALLL – There is no CALLL this Wednesday, April 2nd. Instead families are invited to the Parish Communal Penance Service at 7:00 p.m.
CASTLE OF THE SOUL – Sunday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m., we would like to gather our parish community for a special contemplative prayer service entitled “Castle of the Soul.” This music consists of songs mixed with readings from the texts of St. Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Francis de Sales, St. Augustine, Thomas Merton and Cardinal Leo Josef Suenens. The evening will be filled with music, dancing, candles and meditations, and promises to be an engaging spiritual evening. The service is open to all ages and is a great opportunity for our parish family to spend some time together in the middle of the Lenten Season.
BAPTISM DAY will be held on Sunday, April 27th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and have not previously attended such a day, are expected to attend. Please call the Parish Office (440-946-0887).
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Next weekend, April 5 & 6, our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for our Social Justice Fund.
BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Our Bereavement Ministry invites anyone (participants need not be parishioners) who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a series of evenings designed to support and assist people in their grieving. The series will be held in the Nativity Room on Thursday evenings on April 10th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, and each evening will include some time for prayer. These sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887). Flyers are available in the kiosk.
DAYTIME RETREAT – The retreat will be on Wednesday, April 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The theme is “Introduction to the Mystics”. Speakers will be Fran Armbruster and Mary Ann Pecek. Sign up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440-946-0887).. A donation of $6.00 is suggested for lunch.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 3rd – Bingo; On April 10th – Bingo; On April 17th NO MEETING/Holy Thursday. On April 24th12 p.m. socializing, meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon of chicken marsala, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, and peach pie for dessert. For tickets call: Terri George 440-942-2445. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is April 21st. Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket.Everyone is welcome.
CATHOLIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL –Join us for one of our In-Session Open Houses from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8th, or May 20th. Call 440-256-1976 to schedule a tour of the facility at 8100 Eagle Rd, Kirtland.
THE TRUST 100 FIVE-STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION for high school seniors is available in the pocket on the kiosk. Applications need to be turned in to DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home by April 1, 2014.
DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP – The Lake/Geauga Divorced and Separated Catholic Ministry invites you to a Recovery Series beginning Tuesday, April 1st through Tuesday, May 20th from 7:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. at St. Noel Church. These sessions are facilitated by a trained professional and all materials are provided free of charge. To register please call 440-352-6191 or email: [email protected]. See the kiosk for details.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – invites you to visit us online atwww.ceirs.org where you can find the latest schedule of courses and workshops, new items, coming attractions and fuller descriptions, and a way to complete part of your registration online. Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D. will be presenting Genesis:The Biblical Book of Origins six Wednesdays, April 9th to May 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, 44118. Cost is $90.00. Fliers are available in the kiosk.
VOLUNTEER WITH FORBES HOUSE – Lake County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence, Forbes House, is in great need of volunteers. Training takes place in May. See the kiosk for details or contact Debbie Cordes at 440-357-7321.
RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS – “Who do you say I am?” Jesus Retreat will be held at Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon on Saturday April 12th at 9 a.m. and concludes on Palm Sunday, April 13th at Noon. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sunday Liturgy are included. Cost is $30 and covers overnight accommodations and meals. To register visit www.charisministries.org. For more information contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND ([email protected]) or call216-486-5555.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES at John Carroll University wishes to invite you to the Concert of Sacred Music “At the Name of Jesus” featuring the JCU Schola Cantorium under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Caporella, Director of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts with the Seminary Choir under the direction of Dr. Edward Kaczuk, Music Director of Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary on Saturday, April 12th at 4:00 p.m. in St. Francis Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.
PROJECT HOPE – IS PROJECT HOPE FOR YOU? – Would you enjoy sharing your talents by assisting individuals in need to access health care? Project HOPE of Cleveland (Health Outreach for Prevention and Empowerment) provides free basic health screenings, evaluations, education and referrals on Cleveland’s East-side. We are looking for a committed volunteer to spend 10-15 hours a week helping to support nursing students involved in health screenings and to assist with the Vision Program that provides free eye exams and glasses. We are located at the St. Philip Neri Family Center, 799 East 82 Street in Cleveland. No prior experience is required, just a desire to provide a caring presence to those we serve. Please call the church office (440-946-0887) for more information or to discuss this volunteer opportunity. http://www.projecthopeofcleveland.org.
LAKE CATHOLIC SPRING OPEN HOUSE is Wednesday, April 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. for students in 5th thru 8thgrades. Student ambassadors and faculty members will provide guided tours. Please contact Mrs. Mary Jo Elber in the Admissions Office (440-578-1020 ext. 234 or [email protected] with any questions.
BEUMONT SPRING OPEN HOUSE –-Wednesday, April 9th. From 5:30 – 7:00p.m. 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their families are invited to tour the school. For more information visit beaumontschool.org. To pre-register contact Stephanie Luck DeLuca or Mary Durkalski at 216-325-1661.