Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor Listening to the first reading from the Book of Sirach, Psalm 119 and today’s selection from the Gospel of Matthew, one might easily think that God is really all about “Law and Order.” We hear a whole lot about God’s decrees, precepts, commandments and statutes. Today’s scriptures affirm that God expects his precepts and commandments will be diligently kept and Jesus cautions that not the smallest part of the Mosaic Law may be ignored. There’s no room for slackers here! Yet if we read the full texts of these bible passages, we might also discover a much more positive vision. Sirach affirms that keeping God’s commandments will save us. The Psalmist prays: “Open my eyes that I may consider the wonders of your law” for “blessed are they who seek God with all their heart.” Jesus challenges us not to settle for a minimal compliance with the “Law and the Prophets,” but rather to interiorize the values codified in the law and align our attitudes and dispositions, as well as our external behavior, with the mind and heart of Jesus Himself. Some good “food for thought,” to be sure! May the Holy Spirit continue to lead us in sustaining a holy and faithful parish community at Saint Elizabeth, for unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it. Fr. Tom Mullin Exton-Lionville Ministerium News Save the Date: Join members of eight area churches for an evening of faith formation and social fellowship entitled “Living the Faith that Leads to Justice” on Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 PM, at Exton UMC on Sharp Lane. For more info, call the parish ministry center. Social Fellowship- Comedy Night Don’t miss an evening of beef & beer & lots of laughs with three professional comedians in the social hall on Saturday, February 22, 7:30 -11:00 PM. Tickets at $25 per person are currently on sale in the parish ministry center. Note that space is limited, so tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. Tables of 8 can be reserved in advance, so get a group together or come sit with some new friends! Mass Intentions for the Week February 15-16: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Saturday, 5:30 PM- Joseph Joyce Sunday, 8:00 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Sunday, 9:30 AM- Irene Palumbo (1st Ann) Sunday, 11:30 AM- Robert Mochwart Monday, 7:30 AM- Christopher Yasick Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Margaret Robison Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Helene Damato Friday, 7:30 AM- Laura Trout Saturday, 8:30 AM- Andrew Mancuso February 22-23: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Saturday, 5:30 PM- Josephine Spino (10th Ann) Sunday, 8:00 AM- Alice Nelson Sunday, 9:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Sunday, 11:30 AM- Robert Glynn & Kelsey Kramer Readings: Leviticus 19/1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 3/16-23; Matthew 5/38-48. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Mondays, 8:00 AM-8:30 PM, in the chapel. Note: on Mondays, February 24 and March 3, Exposition will close at 4:00 PM to accommodate EFF classes in chapel at 4:30 PM. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Francis Barrett; Mary Buchanan; Rebecca Engle; Jean Hofmann; Sinead Hughes; Alex Jamnicky; Joseph McDaniel; Edward Parker; Marie Placido; Richard Rosado; Pietro Sano and Karen Wardle. We also remember those who have died, including parishioners, Joseph Brennan and Patrick Tauss, and Penny Cuscak, sister of Stephen Clark. May the Lord grant all our departed loved ones eternal rest! Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) Online registration is NOW OPEN for the Stewardship Day of Service to be held Saturday, April 5. For the details and to register, go to www.stelizabethparish.org and click on the link for our 2014 Stewardship Day of Service. From there you will be able to complete an online registration form for you and any other family members. If you do not have access to the internet and online registration, contact Gen Miceli (610-646-6550). RCIA– Inquiry News Weekly sessions continue on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. For more information , contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at email@example.com or call 610-646-6535. Saint Elizabeth Parish School News Re-registration of current students and applications for new students for next year is now underway. Application packets are available in the school office during the week. For more information, please call Liz Oulton at 610-646-6540. Sacramental News Baptism: The next sessions of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism and Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. To register for Pre-Jordan or to arrange for a baptism, please call the parish ministry center at 610-321-1200. Confirmation: The second Confirmation retreat for candidates will be held this coming Saturday, February 22, beginning at 9:00 AM in church. Photo Banners: Candidates’ photos for the sacramental banners are now due. Photos and parental release forms should be returned to the Education Center, PO Box 780, Uwchlan, PA 19480-0780. Committee for the New Evangelization Christ Renews His Parish- Women’s Renewal: The women of Saint Elizabeth parish are invited to attend a unique overnight renewal experience on Friday-Saturday, March 21-22. Registration forms are now available in the church narthex; register online at http://bit.ly/CRHPW2014S. Questions? Call Corinne Murphy at 610-524-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Christ Renews His Parish- Men’s Renewal: Save the date now for an overnight renewal for the men of the parish on Friday-Saturday, May 16-17. ‘No Greater Love’ - Catholics Coming Home: If you or someone you know has been away from the Church or needs a refreshing look at our Catholic faith, please invite them to consider ‘No Greater Love’ - Catholics Coming Home. The next seven-week series on Mondays at 7:00 PM in the Holy Family Room in church begins on April 28. Walk-ins are most welcome! For more info, contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at 610-646-6535 or email@example.com. Family Life Ministry Team Are you separated, divorced or remarried? Do you know someone who is? Many people have questions about separation, divorce, annulment and remarriage, such as: Can I receive Holy Communion? Can I be a godparent? Will I go to heaven? On Wednesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM, the Family Life Ministry Team is hosting an interactive presentation with Fr. Joseph Dieckhaus, an official of the Tribunal and pastor at SS. Philip & James Church. The program is open to all, including parents, siblings and friends of those who are struggling with separation and divorce. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-646-6550. Walk-ins are always welcome. Elizabeth Ministry Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to join Elizabeth Ministry for a special program led by parishioner Jennifer Pitonyak, an occupational therapist, this Thursday, February 20, at 9:30 AM in the ministry center. Jennifer will offer an introduction to infant massage for parents and caregivers. Infant massage has benefits for the health of the infant and the caregiver. Please bring a thick blanket or yoga mat. Toddler & preschool siblings are most welcome! Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Game Day: The seniors will be playing games again! Each month the Senior Adult Ministry holds a game day: Some seniors play canasta, some play poker, some play bridge, all have some good snacks and a good time! Game day in February is Wednesday, February 26, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. Come out for fun, snacks and good conversation. Bring a friend, too! Safe Environment News Attention: Mandated Reporter Training is due now! If you volunteer with children in any capacity and have not taken the Mandated Reporter Training online module, please do so NOW. You can access the Archdiocesan requirement through our parish website www. stelizabethparish.org, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and follow the directions. “Protecting God’s Children” is also a requirement and will be offered again here at Saint Elizabeth at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 10, in the ministry center. For questions or to register for class, call 610-646-6550 or email email@example.com. Youth Ministry News Note: ALL youth events will be cancelled on same day/night that school is closed or EFF is cancelled. Check the website for the most updated information. Elementary Youth Group: Join us next Sunday, February 23, for a Family Service Day! We’ll have a simple lunch at 12:30 PM and then work together to make casseroles for St. John’s Hospice. Advanced registration is required. Check the website for info and a registration form. Middle School Youth Group: Next meeting this Friday, February 21, at Caln Roller Rink! We’ll meet at 7:15 PM at the rink and enter as a group. Chaperones are staying until 9:00 PM (skating open until 11:00 PM). Snacks are available for purchase at the snack bar. Admission & rental fees covered for all registered youth group members. Friends welcome for $8 each. High School Youth Group: Join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the CLC for our regular youth group meetings. Check out our website for details about a cool Theology of the Body Retreat and a Regional Kairos retreat! Summer mission trip information now online. Looking for more details? Check out the parent information meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 PM in the CLC! Young Adults: Join us this Wednesday at 7:30 PM for adoration and praise in St. Agnes Church, West Chester. Check out the details on Facebook or at www.cyacc.org. All are welcome! St. Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM) Help St. Elizabeth CYO develop more programs; donate through your employer via the United Way! Need help or more information- call the parish business office. Baseball and Track & Field: Registration is now open! We are looking for assistant coaches for both baseball and track this year. If you have children participating or a love for sports, please consider helping out. Contact Amy Deedy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal The annual Catholic Charities Appeal is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s single most important fund raising initiative. The appeal enhances the Archdiocese’s ability to serve the people of God throughout the Delaware Valley. The 2014 appeal, Giving Hope, has a goal of $10 million, a total surpassed in the 2013 campaign which received more than 71,00 individual and corporate donations. Your contribution to the 2014 appeal will strengthen the positive spiritual impact of the Church’s ministries of pastoral care for those in need. Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, February 1-2, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $27,259.68 [Amount of Loose Cash: $1,209.68] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $13,519.99 Total Regular Collection: $40,779.67 Number of adult envelope contributions: 775 Auto-Giving: You can arrange to make weekly or monthly direct debits or automatic withdrawals simply by calling the parish business office (610-646-6515). An FYI on Snow Removal: This winter the parish has spent more than $30,000 on snow removal and more bad weather is on the way. Your consistent weekly support is more critical than ever this year. Thanks to one and all! Upcoming Events and Meetings RCIA & Inquiry: Mondays, 7:00 PM, St. John the Baptist Catholics Coming Home: Mondays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family Room Joseph’s People: Monday (2/17), 7:00 PM, St. Luke SEAM/CYO Board: Monday (2/17), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Liturgical Music Planners: Monday (2/17), 7:15 PM, CLC CRHP- Women’s Formation Team: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, St. John Baptist Pastoral Outreach Committee: Tuesday (2/18), 7:00 PM, St. Luke High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC Cub Scout Den Meetings: Wednesday (2/19), 6:00 PM, CLC & art room Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family CRHP- Men’s Formation Team: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, St. John Baptist Joyful Voices Choir: Thursday (2/20), 7:00 PM, church Retreat for Confirmation Candidates & Parents: Saturday (2/22), 9:00 AM, church Social Fellowship- Beef & Beer Comedy Club: Saturday (2/22), 7:30 PM, social hall Other Activities of Interest Bishop Shanahan High School-Coaches Needed: BSHS has need for a Varsity Girls Soccer Coach and a Varsity Boys Tennis Coach. Please send letter of interest and resume to Bishop Shanahan High School, Attention: Ron Reidinger, Athletic Director, 220 Woodbine Road, Downingtown, PA 19335 or email to email@example.com. Bishop Shanahan High School -Financial Aid News: Act Now! Tuition assistance is available for incoming 9th graders and upperclass students from qualifying families. The PSAS Student Financial Aid Form for 2014-15, income guidelines and more information can be found on the home page of www.shanahan.org or under the Admissions page. Online applications are encouraged to receive first consideration of available funding. Applications may be filed either online or by downloading the form and mailing it to PSAS. Contact Mrs. Carol Dale at 610-343-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “Come and See” Retreat: Are you a high school student? Have you ever thought about being a priest? Does the thought interest you? HEED THE CALL! Come and join others for a weekend, February 21-23 at St. Charles Seminary to explore the call. For more info, call 610-667-5778 or visit our website at www.HeedTheCall.org. Registration is required. Adult Discernment Group: The Vocation Office is sponsoring a men’s discernment group, adults college age and up. The gatherings are for men interested in the possibility of priesthood. The group will meet every 2nd Sunday of the month at the SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral following the 6:30 PM Mass - 7:30-9:30 PM in the Neumann Room. Upcoming dates are March 9, April 13 and May 11. For more info please contact the Vocation Office at 610-667-5778. Malvern Retreat House: February Young Adult Get-Together, Sunday, February 23. Mass at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and fellowship. All men and women in their 20's and 30's are invited to join us. These get-togethers are held every 4th Sunday of each month. For more info and registration, visit www.malvernretreat.com,email@example.com or call 484-321-2534. Rachel’s Vineyard: This retreat is for anyone hurting from the spiritual and emotional pain of abortion. The weekend will help you experience the mercy and compassion of God; grieve your loss; and forgive yourself and others. Retreat Date: March 7-9 at the Spirituality Center in Frazer. Call 215-906-6337 or 610-399-0890. All contacts are strictly confidential. National website: www.rachelsvineyard.org. Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Man Up Philly will be holding it’s 6th annual Men’s Spirituality Conference on Saturday, March 15 at St. Joseph’s University Hagen Arena. Register online at www.ManUpPhilly.com. Student rate (middle school, high school, university) is $25, all others $50. Register now! MOM-Heart of the Home: The 20th Annual Spring Day of Renewal will be held Saturday, March 22, in the Meehan Center at SS. Simon & Jude Church in West Chester. The day includes times of prayer and reflection with morning and afternoon speakers. For more info and/or to register, visit mom-heartofthehome.org/events.html or contact Georgann Cindrich (610-458-7831 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Strengthen, renew and rekindle your marriage sacrament! Sign up today to attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, March 28-30, in Doylestown, PA or April 26-28 in Media, PA. Early registration is highly recommended. For more information, visit www.wwme-philly.org or contact Al & Mary Liz Heumann at 610-449-1859 or email Applications@wwme-philly.org.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014