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. We would like to see as many members of our congregation as possible united in this prayer. You are invited to stay for a whole hour or for 15 minutes. 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 blessing of the Easter fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. An extended selection of scripture readings recount the great events of salvation beginning from the creation of the world. At the Vigil four members of our community, James Godshall, Olivia Godshall, Sam Hodgson, and Todd O’Dell will be baptized. Four additional members of our community, Jessica Godshall, Eric Kubish, Lisa Kubish and Joseph Toth 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, April 19th 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
OFFICE VOLUNTEER HELP is needed on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You would volunteer every other week. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) or email Carole ([email protected]) if you are interested and for more details.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – Please sign up for Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette in the coatroom area.
SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL – There will be a reception for the Catechumens and Candidates in the Banquet Center after the Vigil Mass. We are in need of some volunteers to help set up before and clean up afterwards. Please call the parish office (440-946-0887) if you are able to help.
CATHOLIC UPDATE – April copies entitled “Messengers of God’s Mercy: Saints John XXIII and John Paul” are available in the kiosk and on the table in the narthex.
LIVING STATIONS – Each Friday during Lent, there is the opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. Join us on Friday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. for the Living Stations of the Cross presented by our middle school and high school youth. This event is family- friendly and open to all ages.
CALLL – Will meet this Wednesday, April 9th. from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. We will start in the Banquet Center. Please bring your binder.
ST. NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2014 – Save the week of July 14th. – 18th (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) for a trip to SonTreasure Island, “where kids discover God’s love.” Volunteers are invited to sign up at the table in the narthex after Masses on the weekends of May 10th & 11th and May 17th & 18th. Volunteers can also register their children on these two weekends. Open registration will be after Masses on the weekends of June 7th & 8th and June 14th & 15th. Questions? Contact Michele Baetzold ([email protected]) or (440-946-1128 x 18).
HEALING MINISTRY – Jesus desires for each of us to be well in body, mind and spirit. Come… be touched by His love this Wednesday at the 6:45 p.m. evening liturgy. Experience God’s healing through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during Mass. Be comforted and refreshed by Jesus in the Eucharist. Prayer teams will be available to pray with you if you wish.
LENTEN FISH FRIES – Our last fish fry is April 11th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Please sign up on the kiosk if you are able to help.
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUP – Will be meeting on Saturday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Joy of the Gospel. We will discuss the challenges for pastoral workers. Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
LOAVES and LETTERS – This past week, several U.S. bishops led by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston celebrated Mass on the border between the USA and Mexico to remember those who have lost their lives entering our country and to urge Congress to implement sensible immigration reform. On Friday, April 11th come to the Nativity Room anytime during the fish fry (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.) to write a letter to our elected officials. All material will be provided including talking points and sample letter(s) if needed. The Church is clear on the need for immigration reform; join us in this act of advocacy on April 11th.
BAPTISM DAY will be held on Sunday, April 27th 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 our parish office for information (440-946-0887.)
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 on April 10th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, and 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 (440-946-0887). Flyers are available in the kiosk.
MINDFUL MONDAYS – Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Foodbank helps to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. On Monday night at participating local restaurants, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Download a coupon from clevelandfoodbank.org/Mindful Mondays and take to a participating restaurant. 10% of your check (excluding tax and alcohol) will be donated to the Foodbank. Know a restaurant that would like to participate? You can let us know by e-mailing us at [email protected] Thanks for helping to feed our brothers and sisters in need throughout northeast Ohio.
ADDICTION SUPPORT GROUPS – The F.E.A.S.E. program is a series of educational and support groups for parents and family concerned about a loved one’s harmful use of alcohol and other drugs. This is not a 12 step program and sessions are held at Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor. See the kiosk for details or call Jim Joyner at 216-781-4444.
LEGAL HELP – The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland offers many services to people with low income including tax preparation and foreclosure advice. See kiosk for more information.
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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On April 10th – Bingo; On April 17th- – NO MEETING/Holy Thursday; On April 24th – 12 p.m. socializing, meeting; 12:30 p.m. luncheon of chicken marsala, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, rolls & butter, and peach pie for dessert. For tickets call Terri George (440-942-2445). Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets and payment is April 21st. Birthdays and anniversaries will be celebrated. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome.
CATHOLIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL – Join us for one of our In-Session Open Houses from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8th, or May 20th. Call 440-256-1976 to schedule a tour of the facility at 8100 Eagle Rd, Kirtland.
THE CLEVELAND ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – invites you to visit us online at www.ceirs.org where you can find the latest schedule of courses and workshops, new items, coming attractions and fuller descriptions, and a way to complete part of your registration online. Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D. will be presenting “Genesis: The Biblical Book of Origins” six Wednesdays, April 9th to May 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, 44118. Cost is $90.00. Fliers are available in the kiosk.
VOLUNTEER WITH FORBES HOUSE – Lake County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence, Forbes House, is in great need of volunteers. Training takes place in May. See the kiosk for details or contact Debbie Cordes at 440-357-7321.
RETREAT FOR YOUNG ADULTS – “Who do you say I am?” Jesus Retreat will be held at Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon on Saturday April 12th at 9 a.m. and concludes on Palm Sunday, April 13th at Noon. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sunday Liturgy are included. Cost is $30 and covers overnight accommodations and meals. To register visit www.charisministries.org. For more information contact Sr. Kate Hine, SND ([email protected]) or call216-486-5555.
THE INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC STUDIES at John Carroll University wishes to invite you to the Concert of Sacred Music “At the Name of Jesus,” featuring the JCU Schola Cantorium 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 on Saturday, April 12th at 4:00 p.m. in St. Francis Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 216-397-4558.
PROJECT HOPE – IS PROJECT HOPE FOR YOU? – Would you enjoy sharing your talents by assisting individuals in need to access health care? Project HOPE of Cleveland (Health Outreach for Prevention and Empowerment) provides free basic health screenings, evaluations, education and referrals on Cleveland’s East-side. We are looking for a committed volunteer to spend 10-15 hours a week helping to support nursing students involved in health screenings and to assist with the Vision Program that provides free eye exams and glasses. We are located at the St. Philip Neri Family Center, 799 East 82 Street in Cleveland. No prior experience is required, just a desire to provide a caring presence to those we serve. Please call our parish office for more information (440-946-0887.)
LAKE CATHOLIC SPRING OPEN HOUSE is Wednesday, April 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. for students in 5th thru 8th grades. Student ambassadors and faculty members will provide guided tours. Please contact Mrs. Mary Jo Elber in the Admissions Office (440-578-1020 ext. 234 or [email protected] with any questions.
BEAUMONT SPRING OPEN HOUSE – Wednesday, April 9th. From 5:30 – 7:00p.m. 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their families are invited to tour the school. For more information visit beaumontschool.org. To pre-register contact Stephanie Luck DeLuca or Mary Durkalski at 216-325-1661.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) Thursday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. Meet us at Eat –N- Park for a meeting/dinner. Eat -n- Park is located at 6035 SOM Center Road in Willoughby. Please RSVP to Dan at 440-223-8707 by April 9th. Friday, April 25th. at 7:00 p.m. Join us for our monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and a favorite game. Please call Dan at 440-223-8707 for any questions. For information on Flock of Friendship, please call 440-442-3410 or email [email protected]. Membership is free and events are social, volunteering and spiritual.
THE CHRIST CHILD of the WESTERN RESERVE – is holding their Annual Red Wagon Luncheon and raffle on Wednesday, April 30th at the Holiday Inn Express at LaMalfa Party Center at 10:30 a.m. The proceeds from this fund raiser help children of all the parishes in Lake County. For reservations call Marion at 440-975-8208.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – is hosting a Lenten Luncheon “ Our Sons’ Inner Lives: On Faith, Ignatius Loyola & Other Boys,” facilitated by Fr. William Murphy, SJ. You often wonder what is going on in the mind of your teenager. Fr. Murphy will reflect on the challenge of helping young people grow in their faith commitment. Anyone with a teenager in the family won’t want to miss this presentation. Fr. Murphy is the President of St. Ignatius High School. Luncheon will begin with prayer at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25.00. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, April 13th from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul 2 room in the old church of St. John Vianney on Bellflower Rd.in Mentor, Ohio.