Week of May 12, 2013
Each year our Music Ministry holds a Pentecost concert to celebrate the end of the Easter season. The concert will take place next Sunday, May 19th at 4:00 p.m. in our church. During the performance you will be able to hear St. Noel Music Ministry Choir, St. Noel Concert Choir, Youth Bell Choir and Adult Bell Choir and Instrumentalists. The program will include 23 pieces from different composers, styles and eras. The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be collected for the benefit of St. Noel Music Ministry.
We are blessed at St. Noel to have so many dedicated parishioners who comprise our Music Ministry. We are also blessed to have the dedication and skill of our Music Director, Agnieszka Bieniek to lead them.
Come next Sunday to celebrate the gift of music which is ours at St. Noel.
Fr. George Smiga
BUILDING THE WORD WEBSITE – For the last six months Fr. George has been building a website which includes a video that promotes the Gospel. This video 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. If you find the website and video valuable, please 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, please leave a comment. You can do this in the form on the website itself. You can also “Like” Fr. George on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. The website ishttp://buildingontheword.org.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION- In what ways can you share the continuing presence of Christ with others this week?
WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS – We would like to welcome the following newly registered parishioners and their families to our community:
Jennifer, David and Madelyne Faber; Rosemary Garriga; Andrew & Jane, Anthony, Jacob, John, and Paul Leksan; David & Laureen and Kensie Mascotti; Maureen Sweeney; Ann Tavcar; and Joseph Toth. You can find their pictures on the bulletin board in the narthex hallway.
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.
USHERS NEEDED – We are looking for ushers for the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening mass. We welcome men and women. The commitment is one Saturday per month and you will have a schedule in advance. If you are interested, please call the parish office (440-946-0887) for further details.
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 Kristen Gerber (440-684-9882) or Sue Ramming (440-579-5095).
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.
PRIME TIME: There will be no Prime Time on May 12th for Mother’s Day. We will gather for our final session on May 19th.
20/20 DONATIONS: If you would like to contribute to the “20/20 Club” which funds our high school summer service trip through Young Neighbors in Action, you can drop a check off in the parish office during the week or put it in the collection basket. Checks can be made out to St. Noel with “YNIA” in the memo line.
ST. NOEL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Get ready for SonWest Roundup VBS! Join us from July 15-19 (9:00 a.m-12:30 p.m. daily) for a rip-roarin’ good time with Jesus. We will travel down the trail to hear exciting Bible stories, make and eat delicious snacks, sing and dance to toe-tappin’ music, create cool crafts, play fun games, and much more. An optional field trip to Lake Metroparks Farmpark is planned for Wednesday afternoon, July 17 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. We’ll end the week on Friday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. with a picnic dinner and musical program, where all VBS children will perform. Sign up at the table in the narthex after Masses on June 1&2 and 8&9. Or you can download a registration form atwww.stnoel.org. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, JULY 11 (or when groups are full). Register early…don’t miss out!
VBS VOLUNTEERS – WE NEED YOU!! If you missed the VBS volunteer sign-up weekends, call Michele at 440-946-1128 x18 or email at [email protected].
“MORE” YOUNG ADULT GROUP will meet on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Resurrection Room to continue our discussion of the Theology of the Body. We will discuss the New Evangelization. Visitwww.moreyoungadults.comfor MORE information.
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.
RITE OF ORDINATION – The Diocese of Cleveland will broadcast the Rite of Ordination of Priests live online on Saturday, May 18th beginning at 9:45 a.m. Visitors can watch the stream via computer, tablet, and mobile phone! Go to www.dioceseofcleveland.org to watch as Bishop Lennon ordains five men to the priesthood.
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!
LOOSE CHANGE FOR WOMANKIND – Help us change the lives of an expectant mom and her baby by participating in our Womankind Baby Bottle Fundraiser. The weekend of May 11th and 12th (Mother’s Day) we will have baby bottles available in the Narthex.We’re asking you to take one home, fill it with your loose change, and return it to the church office on or before the weekend of June 18th and 19th (Father’s Day).The funds generated will help Womankind provide free prenatal care and a full range of support services to pregnant women in need.For more information about Womankind, check out their website atwww.womankindcleveland.com.
CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the current issue is “Four Faces of Jesus.”
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. Activities are: May 16th, the meeting is followed by a luncheon of cavatelli, meatballs, sausage, mixed salad, rolls & butter, and peach pie. The cost of the luncheon is $6. For ticket information, please call the parish office by Monday, May 13th. On May 23rd, there will be a reverse raffle, and on May 30th, salad tastings, birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry. Everyone is welcome to attend.
JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE will present a program of two retreats entitled “Ignatian Currents: The Christian at Work in the World, Our Calling.” The first retreat will be held on Friday, May 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The topic to be discussed will be “Vatican II on the Life of Laity in the World.” The second retreat will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The topic to be discussed will be “Living Out Our Many Callings.” The facilitator for both programs is Edward P. Hahnenberg Ph.D. To register or for more information, contact the Jesuit Retreat House (440-884-9300 or visit www.jrh-cleveland.org).
TRIBUNAL FIRST STEP PROGRAM FOR ANNULMENTS – Please see the flyer on the kiosk concerning a simplified method for the initial presentation of an annulment case to the Tribunal. The next presentation about the Church’s teaching on marriage, the annulment process, and a path to healing after divorce will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor. Please call 440-255-0600.
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 St. Paschal Baylon parish office (440-442-3410).
WEEKEND HEALING RETREAT for women who are suffering after an abortion will be held at Loyola of the Lakes in Akron, May 31 to June 2. For more information please call The Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy (1-800-482-4100) or email[email protected].
“TOUCH OUR WORLD ONE CHILD AT A TIME” Today more and more children find themselves homeless. Blessing House, a crisis care center for children in the Cleveland area, provides children a safe and loving environment until they can go home. The Sisters of Notre Dame invite single women ages 18-35 to volunteer at Blessing House from June 23-June 28, 2013. For more information, contact Sr. Kathleen Hine, SND at 216-486-5555 or e-mail [email protected]. Online pre-registration is available at www.sndchardon.org.
CHRIST CHILD OF THE WESTERN RESERVE (LAKE COUNTY) is looking for a ‘Few Good Women’ to attend an Informational Coffee, to be held on September 5th. If you are a woman of faith, married, widowed, or single and want an opportunity to broaden your friendships while serving the needs of children you will want to attend. To receive an invitation, please call Beth, our membership chairperson (440-352-8773). We would love to see you there.
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. At 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24th and Friday, May 31, there will be monthly game nights at the St. Paschal Baylon Life Center in Highland Heights. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. Call Dan for any questions (440-223-8707).