This week we celebrate the Easter Triduum which begins with the Vigil of Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/ Easter Sunday. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum: “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us: that Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of feasts,” the “Solemnity of solemnities,” just as the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments” (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter “the Great Sunday” and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our time, until all is subjected to him.”
The Litugies of Holy Week are meant to transform us. Good Liturgy is not simply a re-enactment of something that happened over 2000 years ago but an actual participation in the events themselves through living faith.
This week before us, then, is holy not only because of what we remember but because of what it can accomplish within each one of us as we give our voluntary “Yes” to its invitation. Please plan to join us this week as we celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus.
Fr. George Smiga
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – Are needed for Easter Sunday, for both the 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. A SACRISTAN is needed for the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette in the coatroom area.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For February 2015, we collected $4,171.25. Our expenses for February were:
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).
NOEL ADVOCACY SURVEY – 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. Paper copies of the survey are available in the kiosk. The survey is available until April 5th.
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 FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: April 2nd, No Meeting/Holy Week. 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).
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 – Please return all Lenten bags to the clothing bin as soon as possible. Thank you for your generosity and your participation in this yearly act of mercy. Continue to pray for these agencies and the good work they do.
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. Information is now available on the table in the narthex.
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.
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.
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.
GETTING TO THE SPIRITUAL CORE OF HEALTHY HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS – On April 12th, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., join an interactive reflection and conversation to explore the joys and struggles of relating with others in our fast-paced, pulled-in-many directions world. Presented by Fr. Norm Douglas at the Jesuit Retreat House. Cost is $25. To register call 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org.