This year we held the annual Catholic Charities Appeal on the weekend of February 14th & 15th. Unfortunately the weather that weekend was horrendous and most of the churches in our diocese, including ours, were
practically empty. As a result, the contributions throughout our diocese were 25% below the usual amount. Therefore Catholic Charities has asked all the parishes in our diocese to hold a “special” second collection next weekend, May 16th & 17th.
Please remember the important work which Catholic Charities provides. Each year Catholic Charities assists almost 400,000 people in need by providing meals, shelter, counseling, job training, and hospice for the terminally ill. These actions of service are provided regardless of race, religion or disability. To keep these services funded, I am sincerely asking you, if you have not yet made your pledge to Catholic Charities, please do so next weekend. Cash or check donations are always accepted, but pledging allows you to extend your generosity over the year.
There will be a table with volunteers in the Narthex before and after all the Masses next weekend. Help us make up the 25% difference in this year’s appeal, so that those most in need will not suffer.
Fr. George Smiga
CONCERT SERIES – In May there will be two great concerts at St. Noel. On Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m. we will host Stow Heritage Ringers, consisting of 74 bells, 61 Choir Chimes, 28 hands and 14 accomplished musicians make up this dynamic ensemble, specializing in the artistry and teamwork of English Handbell ringing . On Sunday, May 24th at 4:00 p.m. our St. Noel Music Ministry will present Pentecost Concert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – There will be no evening Masses beginning Wednesday, May 20th, through Wednesday, September 2nd, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses on June 17th and July 8th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 9th.
PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT: CALL TO TRANSFORMATION – Will be held on Wednesday, June 10th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sister Lisa Marie Belz, O.S.U., PhD will be the speaker. She is Professor of the Religious Studies Department and Graduate Ministry Department at Ursuline College. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran Armbruster at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. A suggested donation is $6.00 for lunch.
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.
20/20 CLUB – Donations are still being accepted for the 20/20 Club. All proceeds collected will go toward funding a summer service trip for our high school youth to Detroit, Michigan through Young Neighbors in Action. Donations can be sent to the parish office. Checks should be made out to St. Noel.
CEDAR POINT – Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to Cedar Point for all youth in grades 6-12 on Monday, June 15th. We will leave from St. Noel at 8 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 a.m. Tickets are $40 and checks can be made out to St. Noel. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will eat at the park. Snacks will be available throughout the day but bring money for dinner at Cedar Point. We will need a number of drivers. Parents, if you are able to chaperon this event please let Erica know. Permission slips are available on the kiosk in the narthex. Permission slips and payment are due by Monday, June 8th.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On May 14th, Bingo. On May 21st, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, menu: breaded pork chop, mashed potatoes & gravy, spring mix vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, apple struedel. For tickets, call Rosemary Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is May 18th. On May 28th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
PARISH ADVOCACY INITIATIVE – 86 people expressed interest in a particular area of advocacy and are being contacted for involvement. We will gather these people, and any other interested parishioners, on Tuesday, June 9th in the Small Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our purpose will be to identify leaders and move forward with any of the initiatives that have sufficient energy. All those who indicated “YES” on the survey will receive an invitation to this meeting.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Serving as a caregiver is a tremendous joy and commitment. The next gathering of the Caregiver’s Support Group is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. If you are a caregiver and looking to find support from people who understand all that comes with your commitment, please consider joining us on May 19th.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE – Our next blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th from 9-1 p.m. You can register online at: www.redcrossblood.org Thanks to Tom & Kathleen Repko for coordinating this blood drive.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS – Registration deadline is May 15th. Pick up fresh, organic produce all summer long right here at St. Noel. Shares are available in three sizes and can be purchased at: http://www.geaugafamilyfarms.org/. Stop by the table in the narthex.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the May issue is “Stealing Moments of Quiet.”
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP – The ten-parish monthly group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on May 13th at St. John Vianney Church. For more information and required registration, please call Rita Demarchi at 440-942-0336.
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Bishop Lennon will celebrate the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Sunday, July 26th, at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1965). Couples who are celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 or over) or who have missed previous celebrations are welcome to register and attend. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 29, 2015. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.
FIRST STEP ANNULMENT PROGRAM – Do you have questions about an Annulment? The Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, and remarriage are often misunderstood. The First Step program is offered to help everyone, especially those who have been divorced, learn more about Catholic beliefs on marriage and how to submit an annulment case, if necessary. Join diocesan representatives on Tuesday, May 12th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord. No registration required and the program is offered free of charge. If you need further information, contact Karen at 440-352-8282.
FIRST STEPS TO FORGIVENESS – An evening to begin to let go and move on. Join Fr. Tim Plavac, Pastor at St. Bede, on Wednesday, May 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Bede Church, 9114 Lake Shore Blvd., Mentor, as he facilitates an evening dedicated to the first steps to letting go and learning to move on after separation/divorce. To register, call Karen at 440-352-8282. This evening is sponsored by the Lake/Geauga Divorced & Separated Ministry, and is offered free of charge.
MEETING JESUS IN HIS HOMELAND – Fr. Wally Hyclak and Barb Vopat are taking another group on A ‘Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land’, November 30th to December 9th. Pray for PEACE as you visit, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Mt. Tabor, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jericho, Tiberius & more! Reasonable pricing including taxes and tips…Space is limited. Contact Barb Vopat at [email protected] or call her at 440-793-6911 or 216-470-4207.
MARY, THE MODEL OF DISCIPLESHIP – On May 21st, join Fr. Timothy Kalista for a one day retreat reflecting on the role of Mary as a model of Discipleship. The last recorded words in the Gospels we have of Mary is: “Do whatever he tells you to do!” and as Christians, we are reminded to be like Christ.
This day will provide us some of the “tools” we can use to help be stronger disciples of the Lord. Brief reflections, Mass, Adoration, Rosary and lunch will be offered as part of our day. Times are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., cost is $35. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON PARISH – will hold its Spring Fling Festival May 15th-17th on the parish grounds. The fun includes rides, games, food, casino, raffle and entertainment! Hours are May 15th, 6:00-11:00 p.m., May 16th, 1:00-11:00 p.m. and May 17th, Noon-6:00 p.m. The church is located at 5384 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts. For more information call the parish office at 440-442-3410.