Week of June 2, 2013
When you look at the front of the bulletin next week it will read the Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. What is Ordinary Time and how did we get to the Tenth Sunday? To answer these questions we must examine the cycle of our Liturgical Year. There are two great seasons in our yearly worship: Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter. All the rest of the weeks are called “Ordinary Time.”
This phase is a translation of the Latin term tempus per annum, which means literally “time throughout the year.” This time is marked by numbering the Sundays from 1-34. The liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green.
Ordinary Time begins on the Monday following the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in early January. By the next Sunday we have already had a full week of Ordinary Time; therefore, that Sunday is the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time. (There is never a First Sunday in Ordinary Time.) Sundays of Ordinary Time are numbered consecutively and are suspended on Ash Wednesday which begins the Lent-Easter period.
Pentecost ends the Easter season and Ordinary Time resumes, but the time of Easter varies each year. The Church, therefore, drops out some of the Sundays so that the year will always end on the Feast of Christ the King. This is why we are resuming Ordinary Time next Sunday as the Tenth Sunday.
During Ordinary Time, there are no prescribed customs such as Advent wreaths or ashes. This gives us the freedom to create our own celebrations. Our family rituals might more clearly focus on keeping Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Without the pressure of holidays or holy days, we could choose to undertake a relaxing walk or drive together or celebrate a special meal with those we love.
Ordinary Time gives us the freedom to create our own personal rituals which open us to God’s grace; and of course, God will always be faithful. God will use whatever efforts we make to guide us and bless us. This truth reminds us that every time is a holy time, and even Ordinary Time is not ordinary.
Fr. George Smiga
YEAR OF FAITH REFLECTION QUESTION– What does the presence of Christ in the Eucharist mean for community life?
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 on July 10th and August 14th. The Wednesday evening Masses will resume on September 4th.
SACRISTANS are needed for the 11:00 a.m. 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.
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 Kristen Gerber (440-684-9882) or Sue Ramming (440-579-5095).
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 for 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).
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – Next weekend (June 8 & 9), our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
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 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 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 fun 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 this weekend (June 1&2) and next weekend (June 8&9). Or you can download a registration form at www.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 – Remember to return the baby bottles for Womankind 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 atwww.womankindcleveland.com.
ST. NOEL SPRING CLEANING – LOST AND FOUND ITEMS – This weekend, 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…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.
ST. NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center. Activities are: Thursday, June 6th, bingo; Thursday, June 13th, horse racing. 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 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland.For more information, or to register, please call Catholic Charities at 440-352-6191 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.
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, June 23 and July 21, 2013. For further information, call Nancy Romaine (216-883-5420).
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parent support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join our next meeting, Sunday, June 9th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the John Paul II room in the old church of St. John Vianney parish on Bellflower Road in Mentor.
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 presenters are Mary Bastedo and Fr. Jacques Pelletier. The cost is $160 for adults, which includes all meals, snacks, supplies and lodging. For further information, please call 216-566-0531.