After an extensive interview process, I am happy to announce that we have found a very qualified person to serve as our new Office Manager. Gina Luberger is the unanimous choice of our search committee and parish staff to serve in that capacity.
Gina and her husband Jeff have been parishioners at St. Noel since 2010. Gina has worked as a receptionist and administrator at WKYC TV 3 and an assistant to Human Resources at Lubrizol. For the last three years she has worked at the Cleveland Clinic where her most recent position was to serve as the surgical coordinator of the Cole Eye Institute. We are impressed with Gina’s outgoing personality and inter-personal skills, as well as her abilities in organization and time management.These gifts position her well to assume a role which oversees the daily running of our parish office and interacting regularly with both parishioners and staff.
Gina will begin working at St. Noel this Monday, March 24th. Carole Lester, our present office manager, will help transition Gina to her new responsibilities. Carole and Gina will work together until Carole’s retirement at the end of June.
Our staff is pleased to welcome Gina as our new office manager. The next time you are in our office, I encourage you to welcome her as well.
Fr. George Smiga
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES FOR APRIL THRU JUNE have been mailed and emailed to all ministers. Please call the church office if you have not received your schedule.
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.
THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE – The ushers will be in the narthex after Mass to accept donations for this collection that supports Catholic organizations that provide affordable shelter and training for seminarians in a region that still struggles with the effects of Soviet rule. Flyers are available on the table in the narthex.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Every Friday during Lent at 7:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. This Friday, March 28th the Stations will be led by families from our Faith Formation Program.
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.
CASTLE OF THE SOUL – On 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 times together in the middle of the Lenten Season.
NICARAGUA IN JUNE – This is the final call for participants in our immersion experience to Nicaragua. The wonderful trip is scheduled for June 16th-23rd. Deadline for registration is March 28th. Please contact Anthony ASAP if you are interested in going.
LOAVES & LETTERS – Join us for an evening of advocacy on Wednesday, March 26th from 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the Small Hall. We’ll share a simple meal of soup and bread, briefly discuss the social justice issues surrounding the death penalty in Ohio, and take an opportunity to contact our elected officials via letter. All food and materials are provided, including sample letters and addresses. This is the perfect opportunity for parents of children in the CALLL program – drop off your kids and stay for Loaves and Letters. We’ll be done right when your kids are finished. Try something new and make a difference.
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 Kristen Gerber (440-684-9882) or Sue Ramming (440-579-5095).
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, March 30th, our volunteers will be serving the meal at the St. Augustine Hunger Center. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For February, 2014 we collected $4,195.43. Our expenses for February were:
Thank you for your support.
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.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 27th there will be bingo, and the celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and receive a 50/50 ticket. On April 3rd – Bingo; On April 10th – Bingo; On April 17thNO MEETING/Holy Thursday. On April 24th 12 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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles: 40 and over) Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Parish Life Center on Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for questions. For information on Flock of Friendship, please call 440-442-3410 or email:[email protected]. Membership is free and events are social, volunteering and spiritual.
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 incuded. 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.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On Tuesday, March 25th there will be a Lenten Luncheon: Liturgy as Mystical Prayer, facilitated by Fr. Michael Woost. Luncheons begin with prayer at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25. Please call or email Jesuit Retreat House to register. Tuesday, March 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will be a Lenten Evening of the Arts. Philip Metres, Ph.D. will lead us in an evening of how poetry speaks to peace. Cost is $15. MARCH 28TH-30TH Women’s Lenten Weekend Retreat – Forgiveness and the Penitent Woman:Her Legacy of Love, presented by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery and Fr. Matt Roche. Cost is $155. MARCH 30TH – Lenten Concert:Featuring Mary Beth Ions & the Amethyst String Ensemble from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost is $10. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org