Week of March 31,, 2013
Happy Easter! On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I wish to extend to you our prayers for God’s blessings during this joyful season. I would like to thank all of our liturgical ministers who made themselves available so that the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter could be celebrated prayerfully and well. Without the dedication of our music ministry, Eucharistic ministers, servers, lectors, ushers, sacristans, art & environment, and all those involved in the RCIA process, we would not be able to celebrate as a community the dying and rising of Jesus.
In a special way, I would like to welcome any visitors worshipping here for the first time this weekend or those who for some reason have been away. Our parish mission statement describes St. Noel as a Catholic Community committed to inspiring worship, gracious welcoming, and earnest service all for the building of God’s Kingdom. I invite you to join or rejoin our community as we strive to do God’s will, together.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION –How am I going to share the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection with others in this Easter season?
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.
WEDNESDAY 6:45 MASS – There will not be a 6:45 Wednesday evening Mass on April 3rd.
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.
WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community: Susan, Grace, Martha, Kristina, and Anna Blatt; Michael & Joan, Michael, and Nicole Dobrinic; Marylyn Frohwerk; Susan Hagen; Amber Nowakowski; Kevin & Meghan Vidmar, and Melissa Vitek-Ramsak. You can find their pictures on the bulletin board in the narthex hallway.
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).
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 the parish office (440-946-0887), or just come. We will always accommodate you. A suggested free will offering is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Red Cross Blood Drive will take place in the Banquet Center on Sunday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please consider giving the gift of life. Those attending will need to bring a photo ID orDonor Card.
CALLL/PEACE will not meet this Wednesday, April 3rd. Happy Easter!
PRIME TIME: There will be no Prime Time on Sunday, March 31st. We will resume on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES – Thank you to everyone who contributed.We collected $132.00.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend (April 6th and 7th), our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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 28th at 2:30 p.m. Registrations are now being accepted for couples married 50 years (married in 1963). Couples who are celebrating other significant anniversaries (55 or over) or who have missed previous celebrations are also welcome to register and attend. Deadline for registration is Monday, June 24, 2013. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for a registration form.
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(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. If anyone is interested in splitting a share, please call (440-256-1526).
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… If you have included St. Noel in your estate plan or would like to know how, please contact the office and leave a message for the Endowment. One of our trustees will confidentially contact you. We are making progress toward our goal of “50 Wills for the Future of St. Noel”, but we need to know of YOUR plan.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: April 4th, RSVP Players – Senior Volunteers performing short plays(will accept donations); April 11th, bingo; April 18th, meeting followed by a luncheon of chicken stir fry over rice, mixed salad, rolls & butter, and peach pie. The cost of the luncheon is $6. For ticket information please call the parish office (440-946-0887) by April 15th. On April 25th, there will be a bake sale & bingo, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry & and get an extra 50/50 ticket! Everyone is welcome to attend.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – The April issue is available in the pocket of the kiosk. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the encyclical, “Peace on Earth” by Pope John XXIII.
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.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE EVENTS – 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, and 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 6-week course, “How Jews Interpret Scripture” about life in biblical Israel on eight Wednesdays, beginning April 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fairmount Presbyterian Church. The presenter is Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D. The cost is $90. 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).
“SAINT AUGUSTINE AND THE CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL TRADITION” with Dr. John C. Cavadini, Professor of Theology from the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm – LSC Conference Room, D.J. Lombardo Student Center. The lecture is sponsored by The Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University and is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call (216-397-4558).
SERRA CLUB CLEVELAND-EAST – “Faith and Family” will be presented by Dr. Ray Guarendi on Tuesday evening, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The event is free to all adults of the diocese but tickets are required. Obtain them at the SERRA website (www.SerraClubCleveland-East.org). See the flier on the kiosk. Reminder cards are on the table in the Narthex.
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.
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).
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING – Learn a method of family planning that is marriage building, effective and morally acceptable, and is great for achieving or postponing pregnancy. The next series of NFP Classes will begin Sunday, April 28, at Holy Rosary Church. Register online (www.ccli.org).
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.
RSVP OF LAKE COUNTY AND PROJECT MORE (a successful Ohio reading program) is currently looking for members (age 55 and older) to spend a few hours a week in local schools. No experience is needed. All you need is a willingness to help young children enjoy the art of reading.If you can spare a little time to help improve childhood literacy, please call the RSVP office (440-269-3015).
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