The Easter Season, which runs from Easter to the Feast of Pentecost, is a time to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Next weekend, 21 children of our parish are ending a year long process of preparation to receive the Eucharist for the first time. We have prepared special booklets to assist you in participating in the liturgies next weekend.
It has been a long standing tradition here at St. Noel to celebrate First Communion at our parish liturgies. This emphasizes that every sacrament is a celebration of the entire parish and indeed the entire Church. Your presence at these First Communions is important.You can pray with and for those who will receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the first time.
There are a number of families and friends of our first communicants at the liturgies, so I encourage you to provide them with a warm welcome.
The children who will be approaching the table of the Eucharist for the first time are:
Jaden Attinato Paxon Laschinger
Olivia Bickel Madison Minotas
Claire Dumstorff Colin Monroe
Matthew Elliott Ryan Rainey
Vincent Eveland Luka Selar
Aaron Fortuna Nicholas Selar
Rebecca Fullerman Grace Sheppard
Alexander Hudock Myla Snyder
Daniel Ivan Ella Whitticar
Rhianna Kubish Aidan Williams
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them after Mass or in the weeks ahead. Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
Fr. George Smiga
THE WORD AMONG US – Copies of this daily meditation book for the Easter season, entitled “Stories of Encounter: Meeting Jesus this Easter”, can be found in the basket in the narthex. Please help yourself.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Next weekend. May 3rd & 4th , our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for our Social Justice Ministry.
ST. NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 – Save the week of July 14th- 18th (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) for a trip to SonTreasure Island, “where kids discover God’s love.” Volunteers are invited to sign up at the table in the narthex after Masses on the weekends of May 10th & 11th and May 17th & 18th. Volunteers can also register their children on these two weekends. Open registration will be after Masses on the weekends of June 7th & 8th and June 14th & 15th. Questions? Contact Michele Baetzold ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 18).
HELP NEEDED – Nostalgic, “crafty” people to help prepare the many First Communion banners to hang in the narthex on First Communion weekend. Come to the Resurrection Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st. Bring an iron, and some large old towels. Glue will be provided. Contact Michele ([email protected] or call 440-946-1128 x 21) if you can help.
CALLL – There is no CALLL this Wednesday, April 30th (First Communion Practice) or next Wednesday, May 7th (GIFT). The last CALLL session of the year will be held on Wednesday, May 14th.
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP – Will meet on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Joy of the Gospel. We will continue discussing challenges for pastoral workers. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
ST. NOEL’S PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT “Living in the Garden of God; Further Reflection on the Mystics” Will be held on Wednesday, May 14th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (please note new date and time). Sign up in the kiosk or call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. A $6.00 donation suggested for lunch.
NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP: Sign up on the kiosk after mass to volunteer for our Neighborhood Clean-Up happening on Saturday, May 10th from 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. If you need assistance with basic yard clean-up, please sign up on the kiosk as well.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a significant success. This year, we continued an Ash Wednesday Fish Fry, along with our six weekly events. Our numbers this year were up from 2013. In 2013 we served 5435 people and profited $ 26,612.27 This year we served 5738 people and profited $27,819.42; We also profited $2,015.00 from the 50/50 rafffle This year we served :
2320 lbs. of baked Cod
1440 lbs. of fried Pollock
70 Gallons of Tartar Sauce
695 lbs. of Cole Slaw
1695 lbs. of French Fries
Our Fish Fries can be profitable only with the volunteer help which so many parishioners provided. Thanks to all who made 2014 so successful.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 11th. 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 blintzes, 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 6-12years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).
ATTENTION 18 – 25 YEAR OLD MEN – Would you like to learn some lessons about life as a man from other men who have already been where you are now? Do you sometimes feel that you grew up a long time ago but are still seen as a boy (as ifyou haven’t yet “arrived”)? Would you like to be formally recognized as a man by other men? Would you like to become the man you were meant to be? If you relate to any of these questions and your gut is saying “yes”, you are invited to to think about attending Crossings – Ohio from June 19 – 22 (Thursday night through Sunday afternoon). It is a rite of passage event taking place almost entirely outdoors. It is designed to set you on the path to achieving the goals of manhood by providing experiences that will help you do that. It is about your individual spirit, but it is not about church. If you are interested we would love to informally talk to or meet with you to tell you more. Know that there will be no pressure for you to attend because we believ it is all up to you. Please contact Erica Witmer for more details or pick up a flyer in the kiosk in the narthex.
ST. NOEL MEN’S SOFTBALL TEAM – is looking for additional players. The league is open to men age 21 and over. Teams play on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting May 7th through August. If interested contact Jason Zaczyk (216-334-7946, or email [email protected]).
MINDFUL MONDAYS – Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Foodbank helps to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. On Monday nights at participating local restaurants, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Download a coupon from clevelandfoodbank.org/Mindful Mondays and take to a participating restaurant. 10% of your check (excluding tax and alcohol) will be donated to the Foodbank. Know a restaurant that would like to participate? You can let us know by e-mailing us at [email protected] Thanks for helping to feed our brothers and sisters in need throughout northeast Ohio.
SOCIAL JUSTICE – HELP OUR NEIGHBORS: Assistance for the elderly is a growing need in Lake County and a small offer of assistance can make a big impact on lives. Faith in Action of Lake County is spearheaded by Senior Independence and funded by the United Way of Lake County. It is designed to meet the needs of the frail, elderly and disabled of Lake County that have not been met by other means. The type of help being given includes friendly visits, shopping/errands, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation to doctors’ appointments. For more information contact Pam Lewis, Program Coordinator at 440-953-1256.
RECYCLE HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES – Do you throw away your used AA, AAA, D, C, button, coin and 9 volt household batteries? While these batteries contain much less mercury now than ever before, it is still better to recycle them. We now have a box located in the coatroom where you can drop off your used household batteries. HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES ONLY – NO RECHARGEABLES. The batteries will wind up in the Lake County hazardous chemical recycling event in June and September.
CSA SIGN-UP – St. Noel will again serve as a drop off point for Geauga Family Farms, a network of Amish farmers producing organic vegetables in Geauga County. Pick up information in the narthex or go to www.geaugafarmers.org to register.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – Mark your calendar for the weekend of May 17th-18th. Enviro–recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th, and Sunday, May 18th from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. If it was plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. More information is available on the St. Noel Website. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to insure your privacy. Call Anthony for more information (440-946-1128, ext. 22).
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 1st and May 8th BINGO. On May 15th at 12 p.m. socializing, meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon of breaded pork chops, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, and apple pie for dessert. For tickets call Helene Lawroski, (216-261-0010). Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is May 12th. May 22nd Horse Racing. Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated on May 29th. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
ALL SAINTS 5K AND 1 MILE FUNDRAISER – Mark you calendars and save the date for this year’s Fr. Kline 5K and Rose Wilson 1 Mile Walk. This year’s race will be Saturday, May 24th at Veteran’s Park in Mentor at 8:00 a.m. The cost is $18.00 for pre-registered runners and $20.00 the day of the event. Runners that register by May 15th receive a t-shirt. The cost for the walkers is $10.00 per person or $25.00 per family, with children under 5 free. We again are teaming up with Second Sole in Mentor and registration and sponsorship forms can be found online at www.greaterclevelandxc.com. All proceeds for this event support All Saints School and Fr. Kline’s and Mrs. Wilson’s vision for Catholic Education.
THE FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND – Presents Brian Adams, MD (Chairman of the Advisory Board of Holy Name High School) “100 YEARS OF HOLY NAME HISTORY” on Thursday May 1st at The City Club of Cleveland (850 Euclid Ave, 2nd floor, Cleveland, OH 44114). Buffet at 11:30 am . Tickets are $20.00, cash or check made payable to First Friday Club of Cleveland. To reserve your seat call 440-390-0172 or e-mail [email protected]
CATHOLIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL – Join us for our In-Session Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20th. Call 440-256-1976 to schedule a tour of the facility at 8100 Eagle Rd, Kirtland.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Spring Courses: “Probing the Depths of Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward” presented by Joe LaGuardia, M.A. on five Thursdays May 1st to May 29th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church 25200 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted. Cost is $75.00. On Saturday, May 3rd, Wayne Simsic , M.A. will present “A Journey to the True Self”, a retreat workshop from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 2230 Euclid Ave. (parking is off of 22nd and Prospect Ave. in Cleveland). The cost is $40.00 plus $10.00 for lunch. On Sunday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m., The Reverend Katie G. Cannon, Ph.D. will present “Through Fire and Brimstone: Black Women’s Literature as Embodied Mediated Wisdom”. This will be held at the Church of the Covenant Sanctuary at 11205 Euclid Ave. (in Cleveland). This event is free. No registration needed. Flyers 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.
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 Joe Daprano (440-942-2361) or Kathy Benda (216-391-7557) for more information or to discuss this volunteer opportunity. http://www.projecthopeofcleveland.org.
THE CHRIST CHILD of the WESTERN RESERVE – is holding their Annual Red Wagon Luncheon and raffle on Wednesday, April 30th at the Holiday Inn Express at LaMalfa Party Center at 10:30 a.m. The proceeds from this fund raiser help children of all the parishes in Lake County. For reservations call Marion at 440-975-8208.