Week of April 14, 2013
From the beginning of St. Noel, we have enjoyed the outdoor chapel. Built and maintained by parishioners, this area of our property provides an outdoor setting for the Eucharist at selected Masses during the week and on holidays.
Over the past four years, Ron and Mary Lee Ryan have carried the responsibility of maintaining the chapel. We owe them a debt of gratitude. They are now stepping down from that role. Therefore, we need a parishioner to become the coordinator for the outdoor chapel. Ron is willing to advise whoever steps forward on what needs to be done. The majority of the work happens in the spring when the chapel is cleaned after the winter months. The coordinator is not expected to perform the clean-up him or herself, but only to coordinate and direct the work of other parishioners who volunteer.
From the beginning, the outdoor chapel has been a volunteer effort on the part of our parishioners. This is a tradition I support. Therefore, we will need a coordinator to step forward if the use of the chapel is to continue. If you feel you can serve our parish in this capacity or if you have any questions, please contact the office (440-946-0887).
The outdoor chapel depends upon the generosity of our parishioners. It is my hope that through your cooperation we will again be able this summer to praise God in the midst of nature.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – When your faith is shaky, who or what helps to strengthen and renew it?
FISH FRY STATS: Our Lenten Fish Fries were a significant success. This year, we continued an Ash Wednesday Fish Fry along with our six weekly events. Our numbers this year were up from 2012. In 2012 we served 5,346 people and profited $25,422.66. This year we served 5,435 people and profited $26,612.27. We also profited $1,617.00 from the 50-50 raffle. This year we served:
2,060 lbs. of baked haddock
1,570 lbs. of fried pollock
63 gal. of tartar sauce
730 lbs. of cole slaw
1,275 lbs. of french fries
Our Fish Fries can be profitable only with the volunteer help which so many parishioners provided. Thanks to all who made 2013 so successful.
THANK YOU! Your generosity in purchasing items for many, many Lenten bags is very much appreciated. The agencies who benefited (St. Augustine, Birthright, Forbes House, Project Hope and Independence Place) were all very thankful for your contributions. You can read some of their thank you letters on the Social Justice section of the kiosk.
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).
BLOOD DRIVE – The Red Cross Blood Drive will take place in the Banquet Center on Sunday, April 21st 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 and PEACE do not meet this Wednesday, April 17th. Come to GIFT instead. Our next CALLL/PEACE session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Howdy, Partners! Saddle up your horses and get on over to SonWest Roundup VBS, where kids will have a rip-roarin’ good time with Jesus. Join us for a fun-packed week July 15 – 19 (9:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. daily). You can help St. Noel buckaroos travel down the trail through the Old Testament stories of Moses to discover God’s ultimate plan of salvation. For two weekends (April 20/21 and April 27/28) we invite volunteers to stop at the table in the narthex after Mass and sign up. Volunteers can also register their own children on these two weekends.
PRIME TIME: We will gather again on Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Teen Center.
MOVIE NIGHT: On Sunday, April 28th, middle school and high school families are invited to attend a viewing of Disney’s “Brave.” This film is about a headstrong daughter determined to carve her own path in life who ultimately discovers the meaning of true bravery. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m., conclude by 8:30 p.m., and will be held in the large hall at St. Noel Banquet Center. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Erica if you plan to attend with your teen(s) ([email protected]). This will be a night geared toward middle school and high school youth and their parents, but young siblings are welcome to attend.
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 June 23rd-29th. Teens will have the chance not only 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).
MORE (Young Adult Group) will resume meetings on Saturday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of Theology of the Body. Join us as we catch up after our hiatus and dive back in to JPII’s theology! Visit www.moreyoungadults.com for MORE information.
Something to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…You are never too young to begin thinking about your estate plan. A simple Will, which names your executor and may dispense with a bond and waive appraisal of your personal effects, if you so choose, can make the probate process much easier for your family. Contact your attorney or local bar association to begin the process.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Activities are: 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). 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 ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES – “The Church after the New Testament” will be presented by Joseph F. Kelly, Ph.D. on five Mondays beginning April 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. The fee is $75. “A Quaker Looks at Thomas Merton,” presented by Alan Kolp, Ph.D., will be presented on four Wednesdays beginning on April 17th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Lakewood United Methodist Church. The fee is $60. For more information, please call Bernadette LaGuardia (216-283-1507). You may also check the web (www.ceirs.org).
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.
“FAITH, SECULARITY AND ETHICS: DEEP MEANINGS, BROAD QUESTIONS” will be presented by Patricia M. Bombard, BVM on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at River’s Edge in Rocky River. The fee is $50(includes morning coffee and lunch). Register by contacting (www.RiversEdgeCleveland.com or phone at 216-688-1111 x251).
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 appears 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!
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).
GOLF LEAGUE – Sign-ups for the St. Noel Golf League will take place at St. Denis Golf Course on April 18th and April 25th during the practice rounds at 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. League play begins on Thursdays from May 2nd through September 12th. The fee is $50.00. For more information please call John Grzincic (440-585-4727).
IS GOD CALLING YOU? – Do you believe in the healing love of Jesus Christ? Eucharistic Ministers are needed to volunteer for ministry at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. The schedule is very flexible and complete training is provided. For more information, please call Barb (440-946-7875).
THE FEST – When making your summer plans, please save the date for the FEST on Sunday, August 4, 2013 on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe. The highlight of the FEST is the closing Mass which starts at 8:00 p.m. followed by a great fireworks display. The day is free and you can get more information (online www.theFEST.us or by calling 440-943-7662).