Week of April 7, 2013
The Easter Season, which runs from Easter to the Feast of Pentecost on May 19th, is a time to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Next weekend, 23 children of our parish will end a year-long process of preparation and receive the Eucharist for the first time. We have prepared special booklets to assist you in participating in the liturgies next weekend.
It has been a long standing tradition here at St. Noel to celebrate First Communion at our parish liturgies. This emphasizes that every sacrament is a celebration of the entire parish and indeed the entire Church. Your presence at these First Communions is important. You can pray with and for those who will receive Christ’s Body & Blood for the first time.
There will be a number of families and friends of our first communicants at the liturgies, so I encourage you to provide them with a warm welcome.
The children who will be approaching the table of the Eucharist for the first time are:
|Mary Jo Baetzold
Mia Bella DeVito
Please feel free to offer your congratulations to them after Mass or in the weeks ahead. Let us pray that through their faith and example we may all grow closer to our risen Lord.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION –When your faith is shaky, who or what helps to strengthen and renew it?
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.
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 contact information (440-946-0887).
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.
NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome Diane Miska and her daughter, Jasmine, newly registered parishioners, to our community.
CALLL/PEACE do not meet this Wednesday, April 10th. Our next session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th.
PRIME TIME: We will gather again on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
YOUNG NEIGHBORS IN ACTION: All high school teens who have completed 9th grade through 12th grade are invited to join Prime Time this summer on our annual summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action. Y.N.I.A. is a week-long Catholic service-learning opportunity committed to exploring our Church’s mission in the world while connecting teens to meaningful service opportunities with other young people from across the country. This summer, we will travel to Baltimore, Maryland from June 23rd-29th. Teens will not only have the chance to physically serve, they will also spend a day at Catholic Relief Services and on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf of their neighbors around the world. If you would like more information, see the kiosk or contact Erica Witmer. Space is limited!
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.
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 or www.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: 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 by April 15th (440-946-0887). 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.
CATHOLIC ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – Rabbi Roger Klein, Ph.D. will present “How the Jews Interpret Scripture” on six Wednesdays beginning April 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights. The fee 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 23rd 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.
HELP PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM! – Your assistance is needed in helping to pass immigration reform! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Justice for Immigrants initiative have provided a very simple way to communicate with Senators and Representatives asking that they seriously consider just and much needed reform in our immigration policy. Please access the site www.justiceforimmigrants.org and click on the words: Take Action Now which appear on the home page. This is a link to the postcard campaign and will explain how to go about sending your desires concerning immigration reform to Washington, D.C., to your senators and representatives. It is an easy process but a significant investment of a few minutes of time. Please request a compassionate process for immigration reform. Now is the time!
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 28th, 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).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – Spring Scripture Study will be held for four weeks, beginning April 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This session, “Up to Jerusalem: Journey with Jesus in Luke’s Gospel” will explore selected elements of the Gospel of Luke with attention to certain readings from the current Sunday lectionary.Cost is $50.00 for the series. Beverages included. To register, contact Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org).
YOUNG ADULTS IN THE CITY (ADULTS IN THEIR 20’ AND 30’S) The Cleveland Foodbank needs volunteers to sort/repack food at their facility on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6-8 p.m. So if you’d like to participate, please register as early as possible. We can accommodate up to 15 people.To register, contact Laura Whitkofski at[email protected], or call 216-228-9516. This event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Youth & Young Adult Ministry and CYO Office in the Diocese of Cleveland.
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE invites you to attend their Annual Red Wagon Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24th. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel at LaMalfa Centre. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar and Chinese Auction. At 12:00 noon there will be a welcome followed by a Buffet Luncheon. Cost: $35/per person. Call Marion for information or reservations (440-975-8208).
NDCL SUMMER CAMPS – Registration is now open for Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School’s summer camps. Campers will be engaged, active, and energized as they participate in a variety of athletic and enrichment experiences. Choose from fourteen camps offered over six-weeks beginning June 10. Visit www.ndcl.org for the complete camp schedule and to register.
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, April 14th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor, Ohio.