Week of March 17, 2013
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week – the high point of our liturgical year. At the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses on Palm Sunday we will gather in the Large Hall and process to the church (outside, weather permitting). On Saturday night, we will begin the 5:00 p.m. Mass by gathering in the Narthex. Holy Week concludes with the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. I invite you to join us for these High Holy Days. These days are the most important celebrations of the Church year.
On Holy Thursday, we gather at 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the evening before His death. Members of our community will have their feet washed, just as Jesus washed the feet of His disciples at the Last Supper. After the liturgy, the Blessed Sacrament will remain in the Large Hall for personal prayer until 11:00 p.m. Please sign up on the kiosk if you are able to participate in the personal prayer.
Good Friday is the only day of the year on which the Eucharist is not celebrated. On this day, we gather at 8:00 p.m. to reflect on the Passion according to John, venerate the cross, and receive communion that was consecrated the day before.
The liturgy on Holy Saturday is the most solemn liturgy of the entire year. It begins in darkness with the lighting of the Paschal Candle. An extended selection of scripture readings recounts the great events of salvation beginning from the creation of the world. At the Vigil, three members of our community, Jennifer Marie Gurley, Nyomi Lynn Gurley, and Cassie Renee Fellows will be baptized, and George Robert Rozic will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The Easter Vigil is the premier liturgy in our calendar – displaying the full glory of Easter in symbol and song. I assure you that your Easter will be fuller and richer if you choose to join us on Saturday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m. Also remember that the two Easter Sunday liturgies at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will be unusually crowded. Please come early so that you can find a seat.
It is also important during this Holy Week to remember 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 next weekend and on Good Friday that Jewish people are to be blamed for Jesus’ crucifixion, our Church clearly teaches that such a conclusion is erroneous. The Romans under Pontius Pilate were historically responsible for Jesus’ death. Although Jewish temple authorities were likely involved in this process, Jesus’ death cannot be held against the Jewish people as a whole, either in Jesus’ time or our own.
Let us keep this truth in our hearts as we hear the Passion so that the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice for us will not be marred by a false understanding and prejudice against others.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – When have I been guilty of “casting stones?” Is there a way to repair the damage I have caused?
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.
LITURGICAL MINISTERS – The new schedules for April through June have either been emailed or mailed to all ministers. If you DID NOT receive yours, please notify the parish office.
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).
HEALING MINISTRY – Please join us this Wednesday evening (March 20th) at our 6:45 p.m. liturgy for Eucharist and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. You need not carry heavy burdens or suffer alone. Our community is here to support you and pray for you. After Mass, prayer teams are available to pray with you if you desire.
ST. NOEL FISH FRIES – This Friday, March 22 is the last Fish Fry of the Lenten season. 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 this fish fry on Friday 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 22nd, stations will be led by Fr. George.
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.
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 – Prime Time: 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). We will meet at Regal Willoughby Commons at 6:45 p.m. The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. and is 2 hours long. Parents can drop-off and pick-up teens by the front door. Permission slips are required and are available in the kiosk. Please e-mail Erica if you plan to attend ([email protected]). There will be NO Prime Time on Sunday, March 24th.
CALLL/PEACE will meet from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 27th.
SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION: Because of their concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio are urging our elected officials in the Ohio General Assembly to support the Medicaid Expansion proposed in Gov. Kasich’s budget.The expansion will extend health care coverage to people who arebelow 138% of the poverty level and provide reimbursement to Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, mental health, and developmental disabilities programs. Copies of the press release issued on March 5, 2013 by the Ohio Bishops, as well as sample letters and addresses for your Ohio senators and representatives can be found on the table in the narthex. Please contact your Ohio legislators and ask them to support Medicaid expansion in our state. Thank you!
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 or www.projecthopeonline.org).
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. Is there a favorite ministry or outreach program at St. Noel that you would like to sponsor on a permanent basis by making a gift of an endowment? Contact the St. Noel Parish office (440-946-0887) and ask to speak with someone from the Endowment Committee.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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, “The Land of the Bible” about life in biblical Israel on eight Wednesdays, beginning April 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights. The presenter is Cynthia Chapman, Ph.D. The cost is $120. 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).
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.)
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB OF CLEVELAND –“The Action of Grace Across Time: How Did This Army Man Become a Physician‐Jesuit?” presented by Fr. William V. Blazek, S.J. on Thursday, April 4 at the City Club of Cleveland. Buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $20. Reservations must be received by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Call 440-390-0172 for information.
DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS – an 8-week support group program designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Wednesday, April 3, and conclude on May 22nd, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 32114 Vine Street, Willowick, from 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. We will meet in the multi-purpose room. Please enter through the Activity Center doors and turn right. For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected]. There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.
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.