Weekly Bulletin 05/19/13

Week of May 19, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

The religious practice of pilgrimage is not uniquely Christian. Almost every faith tradition has its own form of making a journey to a religious site. Christians inherited the practice most directly from Judaism. The three great Jewish pilgrimage feasts were Passover, Pentecost, and Booths, celebrated each year in Jerusalem. Because Jerusalem was the city of Jesus’ death and resurrection, it became and has remained the primary destination for Christian pilgrimage. In time, other sites associated with the tombs of martyrs or an apparition of Mary or one of the saints also became the focus for pilgrimage.

As part of the Year of Faith, Bishop Lennon has designated five diocesan churches as pilgrimage sites: St. John Cathedral, St. Sebastian, Akron; and the churches of St. Mary in Painesville, Elyria and Wooster. Catholics are invited to visit these sites on pilgrimage, which is a journey to a sacred place made with devotion and reminding us of our journey to God. If you are interested in following this devotion, you can pick up a pilgrimage booklet in the narthex or check the website, www.welcomecatholics.com.

Although it is always possible for an individual to make a pilgrimage alone either as a penance or expression of faith, people usually make the journey together with other believers, often in great numbers. The first Holy Year in 1300 welcomed 200,000 pilgrims to Rome. During its centenary celebration in 1958, Lourdes hosted eight million.

This community aspect of pilgrimage, however, is more than statistics. It carries a profound theology. Pilgrimage is based on the sacramental conviction that outward material realities are the occasion of God’s grace. The physical journey of the pilgrimage mirrors our spiritual journey to God. We make that journey with others, as part of the Church. As pilgrims move toward a sacred site, they symbolize the Church journeying to the New Jerusalem. This physical action, occasioned by faith, is the opportunity for God to heal and bless us.

The Letter to the Hebrews presents the community of believers on a journey with Christ in the lead: “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed” (12:12-13). Throughout our lives we travel with Christ leading us and healing us. In pilgrimage we enact that journey. If you decide in this Year of Faith to make a pilgrimage to one of our diocesan sites, see the faith in your movement, recognize the Lord who leads you, and never forget that you do not travel alone.

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?

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES to Jena Duda & Frank Ferrato who were married on May 11, 2013. May you share a lifetime of many blessings and may your love always be a reflection of God’s love in our midst.

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD’S BLESSING to Scott & Leigh Klekar on the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Avery and to David & Laureen Mascotti on the birth of their daughter, Kenzie Marie.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday printing schedule, all articles for the May 25/26th and June 1/2nd bulletins need to be received by the parish office before Tuesday, May 21st.

SACRISTANS are 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 the parish office for more information (440-946-0887).

MONDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – 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: We will gather for our year-end meeting on Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. That night, we will acknowledge our seniors in a special way so plan on attending.

CEDAR POINT: Youth Ministry is sponsoring a trip to Cedar Point on Monday, June 10th. We will leave from St. Noel at 8:00 a.m. and return to St. Noel at 12 Midnight (it will be a long day!). All young people in grades 6-12 are invited! Tickets are $40. Checks can be made out to St. Noel and brought with you on June 10th. Be sure to pack a lunch to eat at the park. Snacks will be available throughout the day, but bring money for dinner at Cedar Point. Sign up by contacting Erica Witmer ([email protected]). We will need a number of drivers. Parents, if you are able to chaperone this event, please let Erica know. Permission slips are available in the kiosk.

GRADUATION BLESSING: There will be a special blessing on Sunday, June 9th during the 11:00 Mass to celebrate the accomplishments of the young people of our parish who are graduating from high school this year. If you are a senior, we invite you to attend this liturgy with your family and friends. Your family will receive a formal invitation in the mail. If you do not receive one, please contact Erica Witmer in the parish office.

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].

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.

LOOSE CHANGE FOR WOMANKIND – Help us change the lives of an expectant mom and her baby by participating in our Womankind Baby Bottle Fundraiser. This weekend 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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE/ST. AUGUSTINE – Our volunteers will be serving the meal at St. Augustine Hunger Center on Sunday, May 26. There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk if you are able to lend a hand.  If anyone would like to bake cookies, please bring the cookies with you when you come to volunteer at the Hunger Center or they can be dropped off at church before Mass on Saturday. Please put the cookies in the Nativity Room on the counter and mark them for St. Augustine.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For April, 2013 we collected $507.95. Our expenses for April were:

Meal at St. Augustine
Car Payment/Repair
Food Pantry
Thank you for your support.

ST. NOEL SPRING CLEANING – LOST AND FOUND ITEMS – On the weekend of June 1st and 2nd, lost and found boxes will be on the table in the coatroom hallway. See if your lost items are there. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of.

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 SPRING CLEANING – LOST AND FOUND ITEMS – On the weekend of June 1st and 2nd, lost and found boxes will be on the table in the coatroom hallway. See if your lost items are there. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of.

ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. 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.

DIVORCE RECOVERY FOR CATHOLICS, an 8-week support group program designed to meet the needs of those who are divorced or separated will begin Tuesday, June 11th and conclude on July 30th, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland.For more information or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 352-6191 or 1-800-242-9755, or email [email protected].There is no charge for this program and it is open to people of all faiths.

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).

CLEVELAND COUNCIL ON WORLD AFFAIRS EXCHANGE PROGRAM – KYEP is an exchange program for accomplished high school students from Kosovo. Join KYEP as a host family next year! The application deadline is May 25, 2013. For more information, visitwww.ccwakyep.org.

CLEVELAND CATHOLIC CEMETERIES BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY invites you to spend special time sharing your grief and receiving support from others who have experienced loss. Our Bereavement Support Groups meet at four cemetery locations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Upcoming meetings will be held on Sundays; May 19, June 23 and July 21, 2013. For further information, call Nancy Romaine (216-883-5420).

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