Weekly Bulletin 03/10/13

Week of March 10, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

There are many opportunities at St. Noel to serve the needs of others both near and far. Before all Masses this weekend, our parishioner Sean Manning, a student at Lake Catholic High School, will be speaking about an opportunity to serve the needs of our neighbors in Lake County through the G.A.P. Project.

The G.A.P. Project, which stands for Growing Awareness of Poverty, is a youth-led service project of the Leadership Lake County Junior Leadership Class. The 33 high school juniors who serve as leaders have identified poverty in Lake County as a priority issue for the community to address. Currently, 1 in 12 residents of Lake County are living in poverty. The mission of the G.A.P. Project is to raise awareness of this situation as well as collect taxable goods which will be donated to agencies that serve low-income families.

Next weekend (March 16th and 17th) Sean will be collecting taxable items for this effort. Taxable goods are non-food items that cannot be purchased with food cards (formally known as food stamps). Taxable items include soaps, paper products and personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. All collected items will be donated to programs which distribute the goods to those most in need. Sean will also be selling G.A.P. wristbands for $2. All money collected will go to the Project.

As a parish, we always want to support efforts of service, especially when our young people take an active role.  We encourage you to participate in Sean’s effort by bringing these items with you to Mass next weekend.

Erica Witmer
Coordinator of Youth Ministry

YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – When have I given or received unmerited forgiveness?

COMMUNAL PENANCE – Gather with our parish community on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate God’s forgiveness of sins and to recommit ourselves to service in our families and in the world.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS –Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the coatroom area outside of the kitchenette.

HOLY THURSDAY ADORATION – There will be a period of personal prayer time before the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday evening until 11:00 p.m. in the Banquet Center Large Hall. We encourage parishioners to sign up on the kiosk for a time slot.

EASTER VIGIL RECEPTION – We need volunteers to help before and after the Easter Vigil Liturgy to setup and clean up after the reception for the Catechumens and Candidates in the small hall. Please call Carole Lester in the parish office if you are willing to help (440–946–0887).

CATHOLIC RELIEF COLLECTION – Ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations for the Catholic Relief Collection after the Masses next weekend.

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 to let them know (440-946-6635).

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 15th, stations will be led by CALLL & PEACE.

EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH AT ST. NOEL BANQUET CENTER – Join us between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 31st (Easter Sunday) for a brunch buffet. The menu includes scrambled eggs, lyonnaise potatoes, bacon, french toast, carved ham, carved top round of beef au jus, chicken marsala, sausage and meatballs, cavatelli with marinara sauce, green beans and carrots, fresh fruit, muffins and Danish, assorted dinner rolls, assorted cakes, strudel and cheesecake, coffee, tea, milk, apple juice and orange juice. The cost is $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for children 6-12, and no charge for 5 and under. Reservations are suggested by Tuesday, March 26th by calling 440–946–6635.

CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the March issue is “Examine Your Conscience with the Ten Commandments.”

BAPTISM DAY – will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and have not previously attended such a day, are expected to attend. Please call the parish office for more information (440–946–0887).

PRIME TIME continues on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center. On Sunday, March 17th Prime Time will be heading out for a night at the movies! We will see “OZ: The Great and Powerful.” The price is $5 (bring money for snacks if you would like). The time and location of the movie will be determined as we get closer, but if you would like to attend, e-mail Erica and she will keep you posted on the details ([email protected]).  There is NO Prime Time onSunday, March 24th.

CALLL/PEACE meets this Wednesday, March 13th 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 p.m. Communal Penance Service.

GAME NIGHT is back by popular demand! Join us after the 5:00 p.m. Mass next 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.

IMMIGRATION EVENT – A cross cultural, bi-lingual reflection on the struggle of local immigrants will be held at St. Mary’s, Painesville on Friday, March 22rd from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  A panel discussion, led by Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, Secretary for Parish Life and Development for the Cleveland Diocese, will be followed by a simple supper and the Way of the Cross.  Call 440-354-6200 for information.

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. If you would like to attend, please register by calling the parish office by Monday, April 1 (or sooner, if possible) (440-946-0887). 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.

PROJECT HOPE BENEFIT: The homeless shelter of Lake County, Project Hope, will have their annual benefit here in our Banquet Center on Friday, April 19, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Call or check the web for further information (440-354-6417 orwww.projecthopeonline.org).

Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board….There are no small gifts in the eyes of our Lord.  A bequest of any size is the ultimate expression of stewardship and appreciation for all you have been given.  Please consider a bequest to the St. Noel Endowment Fund in your Will.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On 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 and 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 on March 28th, Holy Thursday.

CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES will present a workshop on Saturday, March 16th, 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).

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE LENTEN EVENTS – On March 19th at 9:00 a.m., there is a Lenten Day Retreat: “The Present Moment and Ignatian Spirituality.” Andy Kereky, Ph.D.will lead a day of reflection and the use of imagination in prayer and scriptural meditation. Day Retreats begin with coffee and pastry at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.  Celebration of Mass and a home-cooked lunch are included.The cost is $25.

On March 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., there is a Lenten Literary Evening: Poems of Lent & Easter. Thisgathering is a mini-retreat of prayer and reflection on poems with Lent and Easter themes, presented by Kim Langley. The cost is $15. To register for these events, contact Jesuit Retreat House in Parma (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).

CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC “AT THE NAME OF JESUS” – Saturday, March 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in St. Francis Chapel on John Carroll University’s campus. The concert will feature the JCU Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Caporella, Director of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts with the seminary choir under the direction of Dr. Edward Kaczuk, Music Director of Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary. The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Institute of Catholic Studies with Liturgical Music and Musical Arts at John Carroll University. For additional information, please call(216-397-4558.)

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 protected]).

BIRTHRIGHT IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS Birthright of Lake County is in need of volunteers to help in the office in Mentor. Help is desperately needed for full or half days on Mondays (can also volunteer Tuesday through Thursday).Please call (440-975-9055) for further information.

ABLE PROGRAM – We believe in second chances. Getting your GED through the Auburn ABLE Program is yours. Please call 1–800–544–9750, ext. 8237 for more information about these free classes.

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.

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