Week of April 28, 2013
For the last six months I have been working with some close friends to produce a video which promotes the Gospel. My hope is that it will be the first of a series which will relate scripture and spirituality to questions of modern life. It is becoming clear to many in the Catholic Church that more and more people do not attend Mass regularly. Therefore the praise and preaching which occur every weekend does not reach them.
It is therefore more important than ever that we reach out to them using modern media. The video I have made and those which I envision will be short (10 minutes) and freely available on the internet so that the maximum number of people can see them. The first video is called “A Hint.” It explores a personal way to recognize God’s presence in our lives. You can view the video on my new website which I launched last week. I encourage you to view or download the video in high definition.
You will also find on the website other materials I have written over the years: Bible study, homilies, articles on Jewish-Christian relations, past essays which I have written for “Living with Christ,” and the books I have published. Explore the site at your leisure. The video is finished and cannot be changed, but improvements to the website are on-going. So, I welcome your suggestions.
If you find the resources valuable I encourage you to spread the news. Tell your kids at school or your family and friends out of town about it. If you like any part of the website I encourage you to leave a comment. You can do this in the form on the website itself. You can also “Like” me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.
The website is http://buildingontheword.org I am eager to hear of your reaction to it.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION – When loving is difficult, what helps you to love anyway?
BANQUET CENTER NEWS – Last week we installed new carpeting in the Large Hall of the Banquet Center. We are confident it will add to the attractiveness of the Center for weddings and other events. The cost of the carpeting is being covered by the proceeds from the fish fries this year. Thanks to all who made them such a success. Stop by the Banquet Center when you have a chance and walk on the new carpet.
SACRISTANSare needed for the 11:00 Mass on Sundays. If you think you might be interested, please call the parish office. We would like to have at least two more volunteers in order to be able to schedule each once a month.
DAYTIME RETREAT – The last daytime retreat of the season will be on Wednesday, May 1. The theme is”Diversity: Learning to Love All God’s Children.”As usual it will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Beginning with the Blessed Mother and extending “gentleness” to address the world, we will look at some documents from Vatican II and see how they apply to extending scriptural gentleness in our attitudes toward those who have a different faith and world view. Sign up on the kiosk, call Fran Armbruster (440-625-1228), or just come. We will always accommodate you. A suggested free will offering is $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch.
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).
MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – Have you experienced personal prayer time yet at our Monday Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel? If not, you are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Worshipping before the Blessed Sacrament is not a one way prayer. Spending one hour with our God, in our beautiful chapel surrounded by a lovely view of nature, brings serenity and peace to those who take the time to pray in this way. We have an opening for the 6 to 7 p.m. hour. If this time conflicts with your schedule, we do have openings on the substitute list. If you are unable to make a commitment at this time, remember that you are always welcome to stop in anytime on Mondays between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. Please call Jan (440-951-5593) if you are available to fill the 6 to 7 p.m. hour or would like to be put on the substitute list to help when someone is not available to fill their hour.
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).
CATHOLIC CHARITIES for 2013 is winding down. This is a reminder for those who made a pledge to please send this in. If you have not given as yet and would be able to do so now, Catholic Charities would appreciate your donation.
CALLL and PEACE meet this Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m.
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. We invite volunteers to stop at the table in the narthex this weekend after Mass to sign up. Volunteers can also register their own children at this time.
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 Banquet Center large hall. Pizza and drinks will be provided. This will be a night geared toward middle school and high school youth and their parents, but younger 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.
MEDICAID EXPANSION – There is still a possibility that Ohio will accept Medicaid Expansion in a slightly modified form from the original proposal. Please see the green sheets on the table in the narthex for contact information for our Ohio legislators and let them know of your concern for those in need of health care and unable to afford it currently. We suggest this at the urging of our Ohio Bishops who remind us of our Gospel concern for those who are in need.
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!
MORE YOUNG ADULT GROUPwill be meeting on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Theology of the Body. We will discuss how to find the middle ground between idolatry and iconoclasm. Visitwww.moreyoungadults.com 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 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. May 2nd is our 25th Anniversary Celebration. We’ll play bingo. Everyone is welcome to attend.
CORNERSTONE OF HOPE – On Thursday, May 2nd, Cornerstone of Hope, a nonprofit bereavement center, will host Sandra Joseph, Broadway’s longest-running Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera, for a free talk at Independence High School. For more information, please contact Ilia Estremera (216-524-4673 or [email protected]).
“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 call 216-688-1111 x251).
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – On May 5th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. there will be a retreat, “Father & Son Retreat: The Masculine Spirit.” Join Fr. Carl Bonk, S.J. at the Jesuit Retreat House for an afternoon of quality time between a father and son (no adolescents younger than 14, please). The retreat will include presentations, time for personal reflection, Mass, and even a chance to get outside for some fresh air together. Cost is $25. To register contact Jesuit Retreat House 440-884-9300 or www.jrh-cleveland.org
BREADTH OF LIFE – Timothy Misny will present “Tim Misny the ‘Make Them Pay’ Lawyer, His Life and Catholic Upbringing and His Dedication to Charitable Works” on Wednesday, May 8th from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at St. Noel Banquet Center. For reservations, call 216-289-0384, 216-486-3706, or 440-946-6932 by May 1st.
MASS & CAPTAINS GAME – Parishes from around the diocese are invited to join together for a great day at the Captains Park in Eastlake on Sunday, April 28th. Mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. followed by the ballgame, a home run derby, and much more. Check the kiosk for more details and for information on purchasing tickets.
THE CLOTHING COTTAGE sponsored by the Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve is moving to its new location beginning on May 8. It is just around the corner, at 1509 Mentor Avenue (in the front of the Painesville Commons Shopping Center – next to the Arcade). The Clothing Cottage is always in need of donations of gently used clean clothing (men, women & children), accessories such as shoes, purses, jewelry, belts, hats, etc. New business hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 440-350-9836.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON SPRING FLING FESTIVAL will be held May 17th-19th on the parish grounds. The fun includes rides, games, food, casino, a $10,000 raffle and entertainment! The church is located at 5384 Wilson Mills Road in Highland Heights. For more information call the parish office (440-442-3410).
INTEGRATIONS TREATMENT CENTER (ITC) is a clinic for children with special needs, located in Wickliffe on the Borromeo Seminary campus. This unique treatment center specializes in treating children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ITC uses a specialized, trans disciplinary intervention model known as “The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach.” Learn how to reach, and then teach children living with ASD utilizing “The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Approach” training course: an informal class designed for anyone who is interested, overwhelmed, confused or seeking answers to help a struggling child make sense of their world. The course begins June 18th and concludes August 6, 2013, and meets every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information regarding Integrations Treatment Center, registering for the 8-week summer course, and the services provided, please call Gina (440-943-7607).