On Friday, May 16th CityMusic will hold its last concert of the season here at St. Noel at 8:00 p.m.
CityMusic concerts are free and of the highest quality. On May 16th the program will be “Shubert’s Mass # 6 in E Flat Major”. Avner Dorman; conductor, Stacey Mastrian; soprano, Joshua Blue; tenor, Seth Nachimson; tenor, Joseph Trumbo; bass, Quire Cleveland, chorus.
CityMusic is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season. They are providing refreshments after the concert. Please join us for their exciting evening of music.
It is not too early to remind you that the St. Noel Music Ministry will be presenting our annual Pentecost Concert on Sunday, June 8th at 4:00 p.m. Chef Randy is offering a buffet dinner after the concert. Make plans to join us.
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.
ROOTED IN FAITH DISTRIBUTION – We have received our first quarterly distribution check for 2014 from the Rooted in Faith – Forward in Hope campaign in the amount of $15,316.00. The distribution is as follows: 10% Social Justice Ministry, 20% Maintenance Savings, 70% Endowment Fund.
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 on the kiosk or call the parish office 440-946-0887 for information. A $6.00 donation is suggested for lunch.
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 6-12 years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (440-946-6635).
CATECHETICAL MINISTRIES COLLECTION – Next week our ushers will be in the narthex after all Masses to accept your donation for this collection. A contribution to the Catechetical Ministries is an investment in the faith formation and religious education of every person of every age in the Diocese. We thank you as always for your generosity.
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 next two weekends (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).
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.
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 if you 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 believe it is all up to you. Please contact Erica Witmer for more details or pick up a flyer in the kiosk in the narthex.
CALLL – There is no CALLL this Wednesday, May 7th (GIFT). The last CALLL session of the year will be held on Wednesday, May 14th.
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).
PROJECT HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS –The only emergency shelter in Lake County, will hold its annual dinner and auction at 6:00 p.m. on May 9th at St. Noel Banquet Center. Choose from more than 200 silent and live auction items, enjoy live music and life-changing testimonies, and help restore hope and renew the lives of neighbors experiencing homelessness. Tickets are 40.00/person and $300.00/table of 8. For more information: www.projecthopeonline.org
LOOSE CHANGE FOR WOMANKIND – Help us change the lives of an expectant mom and her baby by participating in our WomanKind Baby Bottle Fund Raiser. Starting the weekend of May 10th and 11th we will have baby bottles available in the narthex. We are asking you to take one home, fill it with your loose change, and return it to the church office on or before the weekend of June 14th and 15th (Father’s Day ). The funds generated will help Womankind provide free prenatal care and a full range of support services to pregnant women in need. For more information about Womankind, check out their website at www.womankindcleveland.com
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board… If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you. We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: May 8th BINGO; 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.
FIRST STEP PROGRAM: Continuing education regarding marriage and divorce in the Catholic Church. This program is offered to help everyone, especially those who have experienced divorce, learn more about Catholic teaching in these areas. Representatives from the Ministry to the Divorced Office of the Department for Marriage and Family will also be present to explain their ministry to those who are divorced. The First Step program helps individuals navigate the path of healing and closure, of which the annulment process is an important aspect. The schedule for general meetings in 2014 is: Thursday, May 15th at St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 23rd at St. Ambrose Parish in Brunswick at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, October 14th at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls at 7 p.m. For more information check our website www.dioceseofcleveland.org/tribunal or call the Tribunal 216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525 ext 4000.
ALL SAINTS 5K AND 1 MILE FUNDRAISER – Mark your 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.
TOUCH OF LIFE: BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER – The next three sessions of volunteer classes will take place in our Mentor office on Wednesdays and Fridays, May 21, 23, 28 and 30th from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 9,11,16 and 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; or Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Saturdays, June 21, and 28th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Teens and volunteers not having patient contact only need to attend the first hour of a series while most other volunteers attend all sessions. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call 800-707-8922 ext. 6881.
HOSPICE OF THE WESTERN RESERVE WAREHOUSE SALE – Donations are needed for our next sale, Friday, May 9th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland. Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve. We are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture and other household items. To donate please contact the Warehouse Sales Team at 800-707-8922 ext. 6881. Pick up for larger items can be arranged.
GRACE HOSPICE – is seeking volunteers in your neighborhood to visit with patients and their families. No healthcare experience is necessary, just a willingness to help, and compassion for others. Grace Hospice provides medical care for patients at the end stage of life with the goal of keeping the patient comfortable in their own home or in a long term care facility. For more information, contact Irene at Grace Hospice by calling 440-942-8490or [email protected]
BEAUMONT SCHOOL CAMPS – We guarantee if you come to Beaumont for high school you will make friends for life. Why not start early? Sign up for Beaumont Summer camps to discover what the Beaumont experience is all about. There are endless opportunities to meet new friends and have fun this summer. For more information visit www.beaumontschool.org/summercamps
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.
FAIR TRADE GIFT BOUTIQUE to beneifit Ten Thousand Villages will be held on Friday, May 9th, 10:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m; Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m; Sunday, May 11th 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church (9870 Johnnycake Ridge Rd, Concord). For more information call 440-352-6002 or www.hoperidge.com
MAGGIE’S PLACE MOTHER’S DAY CARD SALE – Honor the gift of life your mother gave you while also supporting the moms of The Zechariah House (Maggie’s Place) in Cleveland. Order your cards online at www.maggiesplace.org or call The Zechariah House at 440-886-2620 to stop by and purchase a card in person. Seven cards to choose from. Thank you in advance for your support of the moms and babies of Maggie’s Place.
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]).