Week of March 24,, 2013
Change is a part of life. Today I want to share with you two significant changes which will occur in our staff this summer.
The first is that our Pastoral Associate, Alice Hinkel, has decided to take full retirement beginning July 1. Alice joined our staff in 1991. For twenty-two years she has served our community faithfully and effectively. To me personally she has been a trusted collaborator in ministry and a colleague I would always consult in important parish decisions.
I know I speak for our entire staff and our parish in thanking Alice for her service and admitting that we will miss her deeply. Alice intends to remain a parishioner and to assume some volunteer responsibilities which will bless us all. We will hold a reception for Alice on Sunday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide an opportunity for all of you to thank her for her ministry.
For the last three years, Alice has been working part-time on the staff with responsibilities for social justice and the care of the sick. Finding someone to assume her responsibilities was a real challenge. But God is good. I am happy to announce that Anthony Camino, who was a part of our staff from 1995-2008, will be returning to our staff this summer. Many of us know Anthony, and those of you who do not will soon be able to experience his gifts and love of ministry. It will be good to have him back.
The second change concerns Erica Witmer who for the last three years has served as the coordinator of our Cluster Youth Ministry with Divine Word. Despite sincere efforts of all involved, it has become clear that the position bridging two distinct parishes is too difficult to maintain. As of this summer, St. Noel and Divine Word intend to offer youth ministry through individual programs operating in our respective parishes. In this regard I am happy to announce that Erica will be joining our staff in a full-time capacity. Half of her responsibilities will be to coordinate the St. Noel Youth Ministry Program. The rest of her work will be done in conjunction with Michele Baetzold in the area of religious formation. I have been very impressed with Erica’s maturity and abilities over the last three years. I am grateful that she will be able to continue serving in our parish, and to provide continuity to our youth ministry programs.
I am excited about the new configuration of our staff and am confident we will be able to continue working with you to build an active and informed parish. During this Holy Week let us pray for our community that we might effectively and humbly build God’s Kingdom. I look forward to praying with you at the Holy Triduum on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – As I enter this Holy Week, where in my life is God’s saving and healing love most needed?
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – There are still openings for Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. Please consider signing up for the times that are open. The sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the coatroom hallway.
LITURGICAL MINISTER SCHEDULES have been sent out, either by email or regular mail to all Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Sacristans and Servers. If you have not received your schedule, or you have changed your email or address, please notify the parish office as soon as possible. This new schedule begins April 6th & 7th.
LENTEN BAGS AND RICE BOWLS – Please remember to return your Lenten bags to the right-hand bin in the food pantry area. Also, Rice Bowls should be returned to the parish office.
PLEASE NOTE – We will not be serving a meal at St. Augustine on Sunday, March 31st (Easter Sunday).
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.
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH – will be held on Sunday, May 12. There will be two seatings (10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.). The brunch includes scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, carved ham, French toast, cheese blintzes, waffles with toppings, fresh fruit, Danish & muffins, assorted cereals, and coffee, tea, milk, and juices. The cost is $16 for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years, and no charge for children 5 years and younger. For more information or reservations, please call the Banquet Center (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).
CONGRATULATIONS to Victoria Blake, Erin Guban, Meghan Guban, Christina Hansen, Elizabeth Hansen, Andrew Loiczly, Sean Manning, Leah Myers, Caroline Repko, and Madeline Repko, who received honors in the second quarter of the school year at Lake Catholic High School.
DAYTIME EASTER RETREAT – A special and unique retreat will be offered in the spirit of Easter joy on Wednesday, April 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room. As Jesus said to his future apostles, “Come and See.” The title is: “Living, Dying, and Rising: A Celebration of Life.” Sign up on the kiosk, call Fran Armbruster (440-625-1228) or just come. We will always accommodate you. A suggested free will offering is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch.
PRIME TIME: There will be no Prime Time on Sunday, March 24th or Sunday, March 31st. We will resume on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
CALLL/PEACE will meet from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For February, 2013 we collected $667.00. Our expenses for February were:
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Thank you for your support.
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!
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…. 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. Please note there is no meeting on March 28th, Holy Thursday.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE LENTEN EVENTS – Wednesday, March 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., “Lenten Literary Evening: Poems of Lent & Easter” The cost is $15. Sunday, April 7th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Married Couples Day of Recollection. Cost is $25 per couple. Mondays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. “Up to Jerusalem: Journey with Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.” Cost is $50 for the series. To register for the events, contact Jesuit Retreat House in Parma (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).
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).
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.
MARRIAGE HELP – Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) has helped tens of thousands of couples at all stages of disillusionment or misery in their marriage. This program can help you too. For confidential information about or to register for the Cleveland April program beginning with a weekend on April 5-7 at the Hilton Hotel in Beachwood call 800-470-2230 or visit the web site (www.HelpOurMarriage.com).
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.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.