Catholics are always called to support issues of justice in our world which conform to the teaching of Jesus. In a landmark letter written jointly by the United States and Mexican bishops, the Catholic leaders of both countries acknowledge that the current immigration system is badly in need of reform and that a comprehensive approach to fixing it is required.
The bishops have outlined an approach to reform that
– Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented
persons in the country;
– Preserves family unity as a corner-stone of our
national immigration system;
– Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant
workers to come and work in the United States;
– Restores due process protections to our immigration
– Addresses the root causes (push factors) of
migration, such as persecution and economic
Even though there is not, at the present time, any immigration legislation pending in Congress, the bishops believe that now is the time to raise the issue, educate Catholics, and influence our senators and representatives.
Therefore, next weekend we will have postcards in the narthex which you can sign. We will mail them to your legislators in Washington. Any cards addressed to David Joyce, who represents Lake County, will be sent to St. Mary’s Parish in Painesville so that representatives there can deliver them to him in person. We want as many Lake County residents to participate as possible, so that Representative Joyce can clearly see that there are members of his district who support a just immigration policy.
We will have further information on the bishops initiative in the narthex next weekend. Following Christ does not only involve prayer and worship, it also impels us to change those things in our society which oppress others. This immigration initiative is a clear, grass-roots opportunity to fix an unjust policy in our country.
Fr. George Smiga
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 Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. A $6.00 donation is suggested for lunch.
MASS WITH ANOINTING OF THE SICK – This Wednesday, we will again be celebrating the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick as part of our 6:45 p.m. evening liturgy. For those dealing with a significant physical or emotional struggle, come and receive this beautiful Sacrament of Anointing. For those carrying burdens of hurt, anxiety, fear, disappointment or doubt, be healed by His touch through the Eucharist. After the liturgy, prayer teams will be available to pray with you for individual needs.
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).
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 this weekend and next (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).
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.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Those who attended the caregiver retreat in March expressed a strong desire to create a support group for Caregivers. We will hold our first meeting on Thursday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room and warmly invite anyone who is a caregiver. We all need a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving. Having others who understand the depth of our commitment and toll it can take, provides great comfort as we look for solutions and accept the many times when solutions are not apparent. All caregivers are welcome regardless of whether you attended the retreat. Please contact the parishi office to confirm your attendance (440-946-0887)
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 – Thursday, May 15th is the deadline for purchasing a share in Geauga Family Farms for the summer growing season. Pick up information in the narthex or go to www.geaugafarmers.org to register. Support local growers and eat organic healthy produce all summer long!
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org or use the sign up on the kiosk.Thanks to Tom and Kathleen Repko for coordinating this drive! If you would like to help on this day, please call Anthony at the parish (440-946-1128 x 22).
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).
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…. 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: 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.
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP will be meeting on Saturday, May 17th at 7 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion on the Joy of the Gospel. This week, we will begin discussing the proclamation of the Gospel. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
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.
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 440-942-8490 or [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.
THE FEST – Mark your summer calendar and plan to join us on Sunday, August 3rd for the FEST – our 14th annual Catholic Family FESTival held on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.