Week of May 26, 2013
One of our goals as a parish community is to support one another in understanding and articulating what our faith is all about. None of us can do this adequately all on our own. However, when we share our experiences, we strengthen our chance to fully proclaim the mystery of our faith.
Every sacramental celebration gives us the opportunity to do this. During the Easter Season, twenty-three children celebrated the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. Over the course of a year, along with their families, they explored the ideas of belonging, serving, believing, reconciling, story-telling and celebrating. They spent many hours learning about their faith, participating in ministry experiences and paying special attention when they gathered with the parish community for liturgy. Now these children and their families would like to share what they have learned about their faith with you!
Next weekend, the Church observes the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At St. Noel, we will celebrate with “Sharing the Mystery Weekend.” At all Masses, our First Communion children will wear their communion attire and be part of the opening and closing processions. After Mass, they invite you to join them in the Banquet Center Small Hall so that they can share their story with you. Visit their tables, meet them and their families, view their scrapbooks, taste their traditional family breads, ask them questions, and even share a memory of your own first communion with them. Please take a few moments of your busy weekend to stop and talk to them…the children will appreciate the gift of your presence.
At St. Noel, we are inspired by these words: One Lord, One Faith, One Family. Let’s celebrate this next weekend when we join as the Body of Christ and proclaim together the mystery of our faith!
TORNADO RELIEF – All of us have been touched by the terrible tornado devastation in Oklahoma. For the next two weekends we will be collecting donations for those affected. Please make out your checks to “St. Noel” and mark “Oklahoma” in the memo line. Cash may be placed in an envelope marked “Oklahoma.” Then turn your donation into our office or place it in the collection basket. Your offerings will be directed to our diocese which will forward them directly to the affected dioceses in Oklahoma. Along with your financial support, please keep all those impacted in your prayers.
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– How does the Holy Spirit help you to discern what is true when you are hearing different things from different people?
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Please note there will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).
SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE – Beginning Wednesday, June 19th and going through Wednesday, August 28th there will be no evening Masses, except for the Anointing of the Sick Masses (July 10th and August 14th). The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.
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 for further details (440-946-0887).
PILGRIMAGE – YEAR OF FAITH – 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.
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 further 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 the parish office 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 (440-946-0887).
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.
CEDAR POINT: Youth Ministry is sponsoring a trip to Cedar Point on Monday, June 10th. We will leave from St. Noel at 8am 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 and checks can be made out to St. Noel and brought with you on June 10th. Be sure to pack a lunch that we will 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 and are due back by June 3rd.
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 (440-946-1128 x18 or email [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 for a registration form (440-946-0887).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend, June 1st-June 2nd, our ushers will be in the Narthex after Mass to accept your donations for the Social Justice Fund.
LOOSE CHANGE FOR WOMANKIND – Help us change the lives of an expectant mom and her baby by participating in our Womankind Baby Bottle Fundraiser.Baby bottles are on the table in the Narthex. 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).For more information about Womankind, check out their website at www.womankindcleveland.com.
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… 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. On May 30th, there will be salad tastings and celebration of birthdays and anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry. Everyone is welcome to attend senior fellowship.
MT. CARMEL MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – There will be a free produce distribution to families in need on the first Saturday of June, July, August and September from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Wickliffe. Produce will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, rain or shine. Bring your own bags. To volunteer to help, please call Charlene (440-585-7791).
FLOCK OF FRIENDSHIP is a group of Catholic singles over 40. Meet for a monthly game night at St. Paschal’s Life Center on Friday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. This is one of the best-attended events and is good for old and new members. Please bring a snack to share, money for pizza, and your favorite game. Call Dan for directions or more information (440-223-8707).
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 Sunday, June 23 and Sunday, July 21, 2013. For further information, call Nancy Romaine (216-883-5420).
LAKE VIEW CEMETERY MEMORIAL MASS – There will be a Memorial Mass at the Community Mausoleum of Lake View Cemetery (just inside the Mayfield Gate) on Friday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. to allow time for personal visitation. Fr. Joseph Previte, Pastor of Holy Rosary Church, will officiate. For more information, please call 216-421-2665.
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 for more information (440-255-0600).
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.
URSULINE COLLEGE “FAITH AND SHARING” RETREAT – There will be a retreat at Ursuline College on Lander Road in Pepper Pike from Thursday, June 27th – Sunday, June 30th. The cost is $160 for adults, which includes all meals, snacks, supplies and lodging. For further information, please call (216-566-0531).