Any time of the year is a time to serve. Yard clean up can be challenging for some people. I am inviting all our parish to volunteer for a neighborhood clean – up day on Saturday, May 10th. We will gather in the Large Hall at 11:30 a.m. and return here at 4:00 p.m. for light refreshments. Those who would like may attend the 5:00 p.m. Mass. When you sign up to volunteer, please let us know if you have any landscape experience or equipment that would be useful. Please plan on bringing basic yard equipment, such as rakes, gloves, etc., and be sure to label them. The event will happen rain or shine, so dress for the weather.
Volunteer sign-up begins this weekend. You can find the sign up form on the kiosk in the narthex. If you are a parishioner who would like assistance with basic yard clean-up, there is an opportunity for you to sign up as well. Please let us know what simple yard work you require.
The more volunteers who sign up to assist, the more we can accomplish. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Witmer (440-946-1128, ext. 20).
Simple acts of service are an essential part of discipleship. This neighborhood clean-up opportunity is something we can do individually or with our families and friends. It is something particularly meaningful for parents to do with their children, showing them by actions and not just words, that we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Fr. George Smiga
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND SACRISTANS – Please sign up for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette in the coatroom area.
THE WORD AMONG US – Copies of this daily meditation book for the Easter season, entitled “Stories of Encounter: Meeting Jesus this Easter,” can be found in the basket in the narthex. Please help yourself.
MASS FOR NEWLY RECEIVED CATHOLICS – On Saturday, April 26th at 4:30 p.m. the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Bishop Richard G. Lennon will celebrate a special mass for those who have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and for those candidiates who have been received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, this Easter.
CALLL – There is no CALLL session this week as the Willoughby – Eastlake schools are on spring break. CALLL resumes next Wednesday, April 23rd.
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).
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 Kristen Gerber (440-684-9882) or Sue Ramming (440-579-5095).
ST. NOEL GOLF LEAGUE – Will have sign ups at St. Denis Golf Course, 10660 Chardon Rd. on April 17th and 24th between 4 and 5 p.m. League fees will be $50.00. League play is from May 1st until Sept. 4th. For more information contact Dave Frank (St. Bede) at 440-463-5022, or John Grzincic (St. Noel) at 440-520-3116.
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 nights at participating local restaurants, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Download a coupon from levelandfoodbank.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 the kiosk for more information.
SOCIAL JUSTICE – HELP OUR NEIGHBORS: assistance for the elderly is a growing need in Lake County and a small offer of assistance can make a big impact on lives. Faith in Action of Lake County is spearheaded by Senior Independence and funded by the United Way of Lake County. It is designed to meet the needs of the frail elderly and disabled of Lake County that have not been met by other means. The type of help being given includes friendly visits, shopping/errands, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation to doctors’ appointments. For more information contact Pam Lewis, Program Coordinator at 440-953-1256.
RECYCLE HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES – Do you throw away your used AA, AAA, D, C, button, coin and 9 volt household batteries? While these batteries contain much less mercury now than ever before, it is still better to recycle them. We now have a box located in the coatroom where you can drop off your used household batteries. HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES ONLY – NO RECHARGEABLES. The batteries will wind up in the Lake County hazardous chemical recycling event in June and September.
CSA SIGN-UP – St. Noel will again serve as a drop off point for Geauga Family Farms, a network of Amish farmers, producing organic vegetables in Geauga County. Pick up information in the narthex or go to www.geaugafarmers.org to register.
HUGE RECYCLING EVENT – Mark your calendar for the weekend of May 17th-18th. Enviro –recycling, a local recycling company, will be at St. Noel from 10 a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th, and Sunday, May 18th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to accept all electronic devices for recycling as well as all metals. If it was plugged into a socket or ran on batteries, they will accept it at no charge. More information is available on the St. Noel Website. All hard drives are professionally cleaned to insure your privacy. Call Anthony for more information (440-946-1128, ext. 22).
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 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: 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 our In-Session Open House from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20th. Call 440-256-1976 to schedule a tour of the facility at 8100 Eagle Rd, Kirtland.
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.
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 Joe Daprano (440-942-2361) or Kathy Benda (216-391-7557) for more information or to discuss this volunteer opportunity. http://www.projecthopeofcleveland.org.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP – (Singles 40 and over) 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.
RETROUVAILLE – Helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It provides the skills needed to reconnect and get back on track. Husbands and wives are provided with the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a positive way. This program has helped thousands of couples who are experiencing marital difficulty, disillusionments and even deep misery find new hope. The next weekend is April 25- 27, 2014. For confidential information or to register, contact Al and Diane at 800-470-2230 or email [email protected] or visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE HOLY WEEK EVENTS – There are a number of Holy Week Events to be held at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma: Holy Week April 14-18, Individually Directed Retreats. Spiritual director will be Fr. Matt Roche, S.J. Cost is $325.00, includes room and all meals. April 17th–9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Poustinia Day: Holy Thursday. Enter into a day of personal reflection. Holy Thursday prayers will include a presentation on the Eucharist followed by time for reflective prayer. April 18th-9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Poustinia Day: Good Friday. Good Friday prayers will include a presentation on the Redemption followed by Stations of the Cross. Or you may choose to take a day of silence and enjoy the comfort of our rooms as your private prayer space. April 23rd – Post Easter Celebration. Have you recently gone through RCIA or are you are you currently going through RCIA? Or are you a long-time Catholic who wants to learn more about spirituality and retreats?If so, this evening is perfect for you! Families welcome. Program begins at 6:30 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $15, light refreshments provided. To register, contact the Jesuit Retreat House at 440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org
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 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.