Week of March 3, 2013
Every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist we worship God together. The Eucharist is the prayer of the entire community. But within the communal prayer there are specific roles or ministries. The ordained priest presides at the liturgy, preaches and gives voice to the Eucharistic prayer. The deacon proclaims the Gospel and assists at the altar. Lectors proclaim God’s word. Cantors and the choir lead the assembly in song. Ministers of the Eucharist offer the consecrated bread and wine to us. Sacristans prepare the altar. Ushers welcome those who come and see to the smooth flow of the service. Servers assist the priest at the altar. Another and very important role is that of gift bearers. Members of the assembly bring forward the bread and wine which will be blessed and become the body and blood of Christ.
The bringing forward of the gifts is an action which signifies the offering of ourselves to the Lord. Those who carry the gifts represent the entire community asking God to change us along with the bread and wine to become more fully Christ’s presence in our world. This ministry occurs at all of our weekend liturgies. It is the responsibility of the ushers to see that there are people prepared to perform it. It is important that over the course of the year a variety of people carry out this ministry so that it is clear that the action represents all of us.
I am writing this letter to remind you of this important ministry and to ask you to consider bringing forward the bread and wine at one of our liturgies. Sometimes the role is already assigned as in the case of baptisms, families preparing for First Communion, or when someone has requested that we remember a departed family member at the Mass. But often our ushers must find someone to carry out this ministry. Therefore, if you are open to bringing forward the gifts, please let our ushers know before Mass. They will give you simple instructions on what to do. If the ushers approach you to ask for your help, please try to respond positively.
Our liturgical prayer is always stronger when many people participate. Your willingness to serve as gift bearers will greatly assist us all to worship more deeply and provide a stronger sign of our communal prayer. Thank you for considering serving the community in this way.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – How am I helping others to produce good fruit in their lives?
“IRRITATION, IMAGINATION & TRANSFORMATION: THE PROPHET IN THE BIBLE AND TODAY” Our third event of the “Four Wednesdays in lent” series will be a talk on Wednesday, March 6th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center. Fr. Mark Hobson, pastor of Resurrection Parish in Solon, will discuss the role of the prophet in the Bible and how that role can motivate us to speak the truth of the Gospel in the midst of modern culture. No registration is required.
DAYTIME RETREAT – Plan to attend on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The theme for the retreat is “Learning to Live in the ‘What Is’: Helpful Hints from St. Therese and Other Spiritual Mentors.” Members of the community will share their experiences. Please sign-up on the kiosk or call the parish office (440–946–0887). The suggested donation for lunch and materials is $6.
ST. NOEL FISH FRIES – Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday), we’ll serve from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pricing is $11 for adults, children from 6-12 are $5 each and ages 5 and under are free. Volunteers are needed for 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 (440-946-6635) and let them know.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m. in the church (after the fish fry). On Friday, March 8th, stations will be led by the Music Ministry.
CITYMUSIC CLEVELAND will perform another wonderful free concert at St. Noel on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in church. The concert program will include Symphony No.26, K184 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet (version with string orchestra) by Karol Maria Weber with soloist Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet, and Symphony No.86 by Joseph Haydn.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the March issue is “Examine Your Conscience with the Ten Commandments.”
PRIME TIME: After a wonderful weekend on retreat, Prime Time will resume on Sunday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
CALLL/PEACE meets this Wednesday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: dismissal will be at 7:00 p.m. from the Narthex. The early dismissal will allow us to clear the parking lot before cars start to arrive for the 7:30 “Wednesdays in Lent” speaker.
GAME NIGHT is back by popular demand! Join us after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, March 16th in the Banquet Center Large Hall. We will provide pizza and pop. Bring your favorite game and game night treat to share. Sign up on the kiosk if you plan to come.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – 2013 will be held during the week of July 15th – 19th. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details. It’s going to be a rip-roarin’ time!
EMERGENCY HELP WITH GAS AND ELECTRIC BILLS: The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program (HEAP WCP) may be able to provide a one-time payment per heating season (Nov. 1 through March 31) for those who qualify. For information please contact Lifeline, Inc. Energy Assistance Office in Painesville (PH: 440-350-9160).
BEREAVEMENT SERIES – Our Bereavement Ministry invites anyone (participants need not be parishioners) who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend to attend a series of evenings designed to support and assist people in their grieving. The series will be held in the Nativity Room on Thursday evenings from April 4th through May 9th, 2013. Each evening will include some time for prayer. These sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office (440-946-0887) by Monday, April 1 (or sooner, if possible). Fliers are available in the kiosk.
GEAUGA FAMILY FARMS –Our Social Justice Ministry is very pleased to be partnering with Geauga Family Farms again this year as a drop off site for their CSA.By becoming a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member, you can enjoy the tastes, smells and textures of truly fresh, pesticide free, organic vegetables and fruits throughout a 20 week season beginning in early spring. This is a great way for us to become better stewards of our bodies and our planet! If there is excess produce on any given week it goes to our food pantry. More information about purchasing a share for the 20 week season can be found on the bright yellow fliers on the table in the narthex.
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 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On March 7th and March 14th, bingo; on March 21st, meeting at 12 Noon followed by a luncheon of beef tips w/buttered noodles, broccoli/cauliflower, tossed salad, rolls & butter and banana cake. For ticket information please call the parish office (440–946–0887). The cost is $6 and the deadline for tickets and payment is March 18th. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please note there is no meeting onMarch 28th, Holy Thursday.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE LENTEN EVENTS – The following events are held at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 orwww.jrh-cleveland.org):
- March 8th thru March 10th – Men’s Lenten Weekend Retreat: “Forgiveness, the Heart of the Gospel” The presenter is Fr. Carl Bonk.The cost is $150.
- March 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lenten Luncheon: “Faith and the Need for Learning” presented by Sr. Diana Culbertson, O.P. The cost is $25. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).
CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a workshop on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Ursuline College. The title is “Zeal for your house consumes me”: Hope and Despair as Sources of Religious Zeal and Violence. The presenters are Natalie Kertes Weaver, Ph.D. and George Matejka, Ph.D. The cost is $40 plus $10 for lunch. For more information, please call Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507). Use the registration form in the CEIRS brochure (in the kiosk pocket), or send your name, address, phone, e-mail, check made out to CEIRS, and the name of the course(s) to The Cleveland Ecumenical Institute, 2747 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106-3696. You may also check the web (www.ceirs.org).
“BE STILL” – A CONCERT FOR LENT featuring Richard Gullion (Keyboard), Heidi Albert (Cello), Martin Neubert (Oboe), Linda White (Flute) will take place on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. at River’s Edge, 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, 44111. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds for benefit of Women’s Outreach Center. Register for this program by calling (216–688–1111 x251).
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, March 10th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor, OH.
DIOCESAN LENTEN PRAYER SERVICE –The Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry invites you, your family and your friends to prayerfully prepare for Holy Week with “An Evening of Reflection: Entering into Holy Week” on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Blessed Trinity Church,14040 Puritas Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44135. Feel free to bring some snacks or baked goods for the reception afterward.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR URSULINE SISTERS Join our team of dedicated volunteers to assist with a variety of gardening tasks at the Ursuline motherhouse. Help with watering is especially needed and scheduling is flexible for your convenience. Please contact Patsy Brodie to attend an information session (440-449-1200 x409 or email[email protected]).
BIRTHRIGHT IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS –Birthright of Lake County is in need of volunteers to help in the office in Mentor. Some of the responsibilities include answering phones, computer data entry, packing clothes and other material aids for clients. Help isdesperately needed for full or half days on Mondays (can also volunteer Tuesday through Thursday).Please call (440) 975-9055) for further information.
11th ANNUAL BASEBALL SKILLS CAMP will be held at Lake Catholic High School March 8th and March 9th. Registration forms are available in the kiosk. For information, call Coach Dennis Woods (216–513–0374).
THE TRUST 100 FIVE-STAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS for high school seniors are available in the parish office and in the pocket of the kiosk. Applications need to be turned in to DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home by April 1, 2013.