Happy Easter! On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I wish to extend to you our prayers for God’s blessings during this joyful season. I would like to thank all of our liturgical ministers who made themselves available so that the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter could be celebrated prayerfully and well. Without the dedication of our music ministry, Eucharistic ministers, servers, lectors, ushers, sacristans, art and environment, all those involved in the RCIA process, and our entire assembly, we would not be able to celebrate as a community the dying and rising of Jesus.
In a special way, I would like to welcome any visitors worshipping here for the first time this weekend or those who for some reason have been away. Our parish mission statement describes St. Noel as a Catholic Community committed to inspiring worship, gracious welcoming, and earnest service all for the building of God’s Kingdom. I invite you to join or rejoin our community as we strive to do God’s will together.
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.
MASS FOR NEWLY RECEIVED CATHOLICS – On Saturday, April 26th at 4:30 p.m. the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Bishop Richard G. Lennon will celebrate a special mass for those who have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and for those candidates who have been received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, this Easter.
ST. NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 – Save the week of July 14th- 18th (Monday-Friday, 9:30 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).
CALLL – Meets this Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. beginning in the Banquet Center. Bring your binder.
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).
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.
ST. NOEL GOLF LEAGUE – Will have sign ups at St. Denis Golf Course, 10660 Chardon Rd. on April 24th between 4 and 5 p.m. League fees will be $50.00. League play is from May 1st until Sept. 4th. For more information contact Dave Frank (St. Bede) at 440-463-5022, or John Grzincic (St. Noel) at 440-520-3116.
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 blitzes, 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).
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 levelandfoodbank.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.
ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUPS – The F.E.A.S.E. program is a series of educational and support groups for parents and family concerned about a loved one’s harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. This is not a 12-step program and sessions are held at Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor. See the kiosk for details or call Jim Joyner at 216-781-4444.
LEGAL HELP – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland offers many services to people with low income, including tax preparation and foreclosure advice. See the kiosk for more information.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For March 2014, we collected $ 609.14. Our expenses for March were:
|Cleveland Food Bank||22.93|
Thank you for your support.
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 towww.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 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.
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 atwww.greaterclevelandxc.com. All proceeds for this event support All Saints School and Fr. Kline’s and Mrs. Wilson’s vision for Catholic Education.
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. 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.
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.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Friday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any 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.
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.
RETROUVAILLE – Helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It provides the skills needed to reconnect and get back on track. Husbands and wives are provided with the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a positive way. This program has helped thousands of couples who are experiencing marital difficulty, disillusionments and even deep misery find new hope. The next weekend is April 25 – 27, 2014. For confidential information or to register, contact Al and Diane at 800-470-2230 or email[email protected] or visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE- April 23rd Post Easter Celebration. Have you recently gone through RCIA or are you are you currently going through RCIA? Or are you a long-time Catholic who wants to learn more about Spirituality and retreats? If so, this evening is perfect for you! Families welcome. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $15, light refreshments provided. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visitwww.jrh-cleveland.org