Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. Every Mass will begin in the Large Hall and we will process with palms to the church. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. It is called this because it contains the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. These three days are the summit of our liturgical year – celebrating the death and resurrection of Christ. I strongly encourage you to consult the schedule you have received in the mail and participate with us in the evening services on those days. The evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the Solemn Commemoration of our Lord’s Passion on Good Friday both begin at 8:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday will begin at 8:30 p.m. At the Easter Vigil, we will celebrate the baptism of Anna Blatt and Kristina Blatt; and welcome Grace Blatt, Martha Blatt and Eric Butcher into full communion with the Catholic Church. Although we have two Liturgies scheduled on Easter Sunday, it is the Easter Vigil which is the primary celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
I also wish to being to your attention, as I have done in the past, the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the historical responsibility for Jesus’ death. Although one might gain the impression from the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday that the Jewish people are to be blamed for Jesus’ crucifixion, our Church clearly teaches that such a conclusion is erroneous. Certain Jewish leaders, together with the Roman authorities, were involved in sending Jesus to the Cross. This action, however, cannot be held against the Jewish people as a whole, either in Jesus’ time or today.
As Christians, we firmly believe that God has saved us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Please consider worshipping with us during the Sacred Triduum. It is during these holy days that we stand together professing our commitment to Christ and what He has done and continues to do for and through us.
Fr. George Smiga
BULLETIN ARTICLES EASTER SCHEDULE – Due to the holiday printing schedule, all articles or events to be included in the Easter bulletin (April 4 & 5) need to be in the parish office by Tuesday, March 24th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – On Sunday, March 29th, 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.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette in the coatroom area.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations for Catholic Relief Services.
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 27th, the Stations will be led by Erica Zalar and members of our Youth Ministry.
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 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.
NOEL FISH FRIES – This Friday, March 27th from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. is our last fish fry of the Lenten season. (There is no fish fry on Good Friday.) The cost is $11 for adults, children from 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free. These Fish Fries are an important fund raiser for our parish and they are possible only through the generosity of parishioners willing to help with serving and cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the kiosk. You will not receive a phone call – just come at the time you have signed up. Also, Randy needs volunteers who can help set up Fish Fries on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If you can help, please call the Banquet Center Office at 440-946-6635.
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.
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 (946-1128 x122).
ST.NOEL ADVOCACY SURVEY – The tradition of Catholic Social Teaching recognizes two distinct, but related forms of service. The US Bishops refer to these as the “Two Feet of Love in Action” because we need both to continue moving forward in our mission of building the Kingdom of God. If you did not have the opportunity last weekend, please attend a brief session after any Mass this weekend to understand these “two feet” and to help determine the future direction of our social justice efforts at St. Noel. Sessions are in the lower level, and coffee and donuts are welcome! Also, don’t forget to complete the survey on our website (https://stnoel.org/2015/03/04/parish-survey-and-meetings-on-mercy-advocacy/) and express your preference for the particular area of advocacy St. Noel should begin.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERIES – Our St. Noel Bereavement Ministry invites anyone coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a 6-week support series beginning Thursday, April 9th. The series will assist people in their grieving and offer opportunities for discussion and prayer. Sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Please register by calling the parish office (946-0887); flyers are available in the kiosk.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: “Call to Discipleship: Empowered by the Resurrection” – Daytime retreat is on Wednesday, April 8th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Speakers are Anney Brandt Roach and Patricia Mihalcik. Call Fran for more information at 440-625-1228 or sign up on the kiosk. A suggested donation of $6.00. All are welcome!
NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 – Save the week of July 13th-17th (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) for a 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).
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION – All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Detroit, MI June 21st-27th. If you would like more information, see the kiosk or visit stnoel.org. Space is limited and deposits are due back by March 30th.
LENTEN BAGS – Thanks to all who have returned their bags already. Bags can be returned to the right side of the clothing bin. It’s not too late to participate! Pick up your tag at the table in the narthex and get to work.
BIRTHRIGHT DONATIONS – If you’re filling a Lenten bag for Birthright, the Director has informed us that they are in real need of clothes sizes 2-5, especially boys pants size 3T. Clothes can be new or gently used.
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. Members can also purchase grass-fed beef, eggs, cheese and baked goods delivered directly to St. Noel for pick-up. Hundreds of parishioners have benefited from this partnership as well as the Amish farmers who are able to maintain their traditional way of life. See if partnering with GFF is right for you and your family.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 26th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Friday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. Meet us in the Life Center at St. Paschal Baylon Church for our monthly game night. 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 with any questions.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY – Is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk children, in the love and spirit of the Christ Child. For more information, and to become better acquainted, you are invited to attend our Informal Coffee, April 15th at Parmadale. To make a reservation call Annette Gorris at 440-526-6138 or Carol Janas at 440-526-5972
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.
VITUS BENEFIT DINNER – will be held on March 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at St. Vitus Auditorium, 6111 Lausche Ave., Cleveland. Cost is $14 for adults, $7 for children 12 or younger. Proceeds will help the parish continue its mission work and provide help for food banks and hot meals. For tickets or additional information contact the parish house at 216-361-1444 or evenings call Joe Hocevar at 216-881-9586. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
CITY OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS – is hosting an Easter Party on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 p.m. Location is at the Willoughby Hills Community Center, all proceeds benefit the Recreation Dept. For more information, contact the Recreation Dept. at 440-975-3540 or www.willoughbyhills-oh.gov.
MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT: Meeting Jesus on the Journey into Holy Week – This weekend will provide a time to turn towards a deeper encounter with God. Our prayer and reflection will be based on the Spiritual Excercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in this profound time of remembering Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. The weekend begins on Friday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. and ends on Sunday, March 29th by 11:00 a.m. Cost is $155. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.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.