Each year we approach members of our parish family asking them to contribute to the cost of our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors In Action (YNIA). This initiative, called the “20-20 Club,” is a simple idea: 20 members of the parish contribute $20 and underwrite the cost of one teenager participating in our weeklong summer service experience. Our goal is to fully fund the week for the teenagers who wish to participate and to send the powerful message to our teens that we love them, support them, and send them forth in our name.
This summer we have 9 teens, under the direction of their adult leaders, who wish to serve in Detroit, Michigan with YNIA the week of June 21st-27th. It promises to be an extraordinary week of service, learning and growing in the faith. By contributing to the funding of this trip you will take a concrete step in saying to our teens “We want you to grow in your faith.”
For the next 2 weekends, our Youth Minister, Erica Zalar, will be in the Narthex to accept your donations towards this effort. You may also drop off donations in the Parish Office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line. You are invited to a post-trip gathering on Tuesday, June 30th where you will have the opportunity to hear about the experience from the teens who attended.
Youth Ministry is the task of the entire parish. Please consider contributing to this important effort to fund a significant opportunity for our youth to come to know the joy of their faith in a deeper way.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for April thru July have been emailed. Those schedules previously mailed can be picked up in the kiosk. It is important that you check to make sure you have the new schedule. If you have any questions, please call the parish office.
ADORATION – We are in need of an additional person to come to Adoration on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please call the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are able to fill this time slot. Each holy hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases His power and graces upon you, your family and your parish. In today’s busy world, it is so meaningful to spend this precious time with our God. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you will be richly blessed. Adoration is each Monday from 1:00-9:00 p.m.
SERVERS NEEDED – We are in need of servers for all weekend masses, especially the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. Serving is open to anyone age 10 (or in 4th grade) and older: kids, teens, adults. Parents can even serve with their children. Anyone is welcome. Why not give it a try? If interested, please call the parish office, 440-946-0887.
HOSPITALITY SERVERS NEEDED – The Hospitality Committee needs more volunteers to serve coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts at all Masses. The commitment is for once every four to five weeks. If you are interested in helping, please call Betty Louis at 440-942-4009 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – Mark your calendar now for the weekend of April 25th-26th. Enviro-Recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. If it plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. Old computer monitors are welcome. Sorry, no tube TVs (flat screens are acceptable). More information is available on the St. Noel Website. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to ensure your privacy. Call Anthony for more information (440-946-1128 x122).
CHEF RANDY – has some fish to sell. There are a few cases of Lemon Pepper Cod from the fish fry. Approximately 40 – 4oz. pieces per case. The price per case is $43. They can easily be prepared in the oven. Call the Banquet Center at 440-946-6635 to purchase yours.
FISH FRY STATS – Our Lenten Fish Fries were a significant success. This year, we continued with an Ash Wednesday Fish Fry, along with our six weekly events. Our numbers this year were up from 2014. In 2014, we served 5,733 people and profited $27,819.42. This year we served 5,987 people and profited $28,318.82. We also profited $2,022.00 from the 50/50 raffle. This year we served:
2,300 lbs. of baked Cod
1,680 lbs. of fried Pollock
79 gallons of Tarter Sauce
680 lbs. of Cole Slaw
1,710 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 2015 so successful.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 9th & 16th, Bingo. On April 23rd, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon menu: chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, vegetables-broccoli/cauliflower/carrots, tossed salad, rolls & butter, cheesecake w/strawberry topping. For tickets call Terri George at 440-942-2445. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is April 20th. On April 30th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 – Save the week of July 13th-17th (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) for SonSpark Labs, where kids discover that “God’s Plan 4U = Jesus!” Volunteers are invited to sign up at the table in the narthex after Masses on the weekends of April 25th & 26th and May 2nd & 3rd. Volunteers can also register their children on these two weekends. Open registration will be after Masses on the weekends of May 30th & 31st and June 13th & 14th. Questions? Contact Michele ([email protected] or 440-946-1128 x 121).
LENTEN BAGS – The agencies we served were very grateful to receive the bags. Thank you for your generosity. These works of mercy make a tremendous difference.
ST.NOEL ADVOCACY SURVEY – Thanks to the over 170 people who completed the survey. Initial results can be found on our website, www.stnoel.org.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. This group is a place to talk about the struggles and joys in caregiving, and all caregivers are invited. The next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00pm in the Resurrection Room.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – St. Noel will again serve as a pick-up site for Geauga Family Farms beginning in June 2015. Shares are available in three sizes and can be purchased at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/. Our partnership with GFF has been quite fruitful over the years, giving us accessibility to local, high quality, organic produce throughout the summer and fall. Information is now available on the table in the narthex.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – is available in the kiosk. The theme of the April issue is “Responding to Tragedy With Hope and Love.”
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – A series of spring courses begin in April. Information for these courses is available in the flyers located in the kiosk, or call Joe or Bernadette LaGuardia at 216-283-1507 for additional information.
RETROUVAILLE – The program can help put your troubled marriage back on track. This program is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held on April 17-19th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For confidential information or to register, contact Diane or Al at 330-665-3506 or 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES WITH POPE FRANCIS – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Wickliffe is hosting a bus tour to Philadelphia from Friday, September 25 to Sunday night, September 27th to attend the Festival of Families Saturday, and Mass with the Pope on Sunday. The trip includes bus, hotel, breakfasts and dinners, all driver, hotel and tour guide tips, along with luggage handling. All inclusive adult price $599, children 12 and under travel free (limit 2 children) and ages 13-18 and additional children 12 and under $299. Contact Proximo Travel at 1-855-842-8001 or 440-457-7033 to register.
SAINT ANTHONY NOVENA – will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of St. Gregory the Great Church, 1545 S. Green Rd., South Euclid beginning Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. and continuing every Tuesday for 9 weeks. For further information, call Mario Fioritto at 440-442-5900.
NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN OPEN HOUSE – All 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families are invited to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Spring Open House on Tuesday evening, April 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us at 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, OH. For more information contact Michael Suso at 440-279-1088 or visit ndcl.org/Admissions.aspx.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY STUDENTS – to perform “Arsenic and Old Lace” on April 17-19th. Times are: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for reserved seating, $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Address is 3470 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland. Questions call 216-251-6788.
SPRING OPEN HOUSE AT SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY – On Sunday, April 19th, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. The Open House will include tours of the campus and opportunities to learn about various academic programs. Preregistration is available at www.sjal1890.org/openhouse, walk-ins are also welcome. Any questions call 216-251-4868.
BEAUMONT SCHOOL SPRING OPEN HOUSE – On Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m., 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their families are invited to tour the school at Beaumont’s Spring Open House. For more information and to pre-register, visit beaumontschool.org or call 216-325-1661.
BENEDICTINE OPEN HOUSE – On Tuesday, April 28th from 6:00-7:30 p.m., join us for a night of activities, giveaways, games and an interactive tour of the school. For more information, call Admissions Director, Joe Laffey at 216-421-2080 ext. 356 or email [email protected].
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP (Singles 40 and over) – On Friday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Book Club will meet at St. Paschal’s. The book is Zero by David Baldacci. Please bring a snack to share and RSVP to Karen at [email protected]. On Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. join us for our monthly game night at St. Pascals’ Life Center. This is one of our best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions.
BENEDICTINE HIGH SCHOOL – Will host their 25th Annual Italian Heritage Club Festa on Saturday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The cost is $40 a person, which includes antipasto, dinner, drinks and music. All proceeds got to the Piunno-Scaravelli-DiCioccio Scholarship Fund. For more information call 216-421-2080, ext. 505