Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor Once again this Holy Week we walk together with Jesus through His Passion, Death and Resurrection, in the sure and certain hope that we who have been baptized into His death will one day share in His Resurrection. Holy Week is a special time of prayerful reflection upon the profound mystery of Christ’s sacrificial death for our sake, so that we might live more fully for Him. So let us celebrate the Paschal Mystery with minds and hearts renewed and boldly proclaim His Resurrection! Please check out the full schedule of Holy Week services in the Easter Letter included in today’s parish bulletin. Come and pray with us this Holy Week! 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 Special Calendar Notes Elementary Faith Formation: There are sessions this Monday (4/14) as usual, but no sessions this Tuesday & Wednesday (4/15 & 4/16), nor on Easter Monday (4/21). Regular sessions resume on Tuesday (4/22). Parish School: The school children and staff will have a retreat day this Wednesday, April 16, with Mass in church at 11:00 AM and dismissal at Noon. There are no classes on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Regular classes resume on Easter Monday, April 21. Parish Offices: All parish offices are closed on Good Friday, April 18. In a pastoral emergency, please leave a message at the rectory (610-321-9616). RCIA News All are asked to remember in prayer this week the five candidates who are completing their spiritual journey to full Christian Initiation: Tiffany Feeley, Matthew Foust, Paul Gillam, Carrie Mengel and Harry Protzmann. At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, they will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. May they and their sponsors be inspiring witnesses of the Catholic Faith to others in the coming months and years! Mass Intentions for the Week April 12-13: Palm Sundayof the Passion of the Lord Saturday, 5:30 PM- Guerino Warren Zanoni Sunday, 8:00 AM- Jody Ferris Sunday, 9:30 AM- Antoinette Maiorana Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Monday, 7:30 AM- Helena Mitchell (4th Ann) Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Deceased Members of McNally-Holland Families Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Genevieve Rzucidlo (4th Ann) 11:00 AM- Marion Dugan Holy Thursday, 7:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth No Mass on Good Friday & Holy Saturday mornings April 19-20: Easter Sunday Saturday, 8:00 PM- People of St. Elizabeth Sunday, 8:00 AM- Deceased of Mullin Family Sunday, 9:30 AM- Deceased of Heath Family Sunday, 11:30 AM- Deceased of Chambers Family Readings: Acts of the Apostles 10/34-43; Psalm 118; Colossians 3/1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5/6-8; John 20/1-9 or Matthew 28/1-10. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Mondays, 8:00 AM-8:30 PM, in the chapel. This Monday, April 14, Exposition will close at 6:30 PM to accommodate the RCIA session in chapel. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Allison Carcella; Huguette Gabaree; Mary Kapaun; Jerry Masse; Lori Mulhall; Pietro Sano and Brandon Scheidel. We also remember those who have died, including parishioner Barbara Smith, wife of William Smith, and Daniel Robinson, brother-in-law of Holly Ippolito. May all our departed loved ones rest in peace! Baptism News 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, May 10 at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. To register for Pre-Jordan or to arrange for a baptism, please call the ministry center (610-321-1200). First Holy Communion News Congratulations to Rory Biggers who will be receiving his First Holy Communion at the 11:30 Mass on Easter Sunday. Parish School News Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 school year, with openings in grades 1-8. For information and a registration packet, call Liz at 610-646-6540. Committee for the New Evangelization Our Mission: Jesus asks others to move the stone that keeps Lazarus entombed and asks others to untie him. Who could you help set free? Invite them or come yourself to Catholics Coming Home or to the CRHP-Men’s Renewal. Catholics Coming Home is an opportunity to help others see Christ in our midst. Invite someone! The next series of sessions begins on Monday, April 28. For more info, contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at 610-646-6535 or email@example.com. Christ Renews His Parish- Men’s Renewal: Registration is now open for an overnight renewal for the men of the parish on Friday-Saturday, May 16-17. For more info contact Liam Dempsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-390-9076. Elementary Faith Formation 2014-2015 Registration: Registration packets for both children currently enrolled in the EFF program and those entering kindergarten or first grade this September have now been distributed. Registration requests for a certain day and time will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please fill out and return the registration forms ASAP. There is a $40 discount per child for registrations received by Saturday, May 31. Archdiocesan directives call for two years of faith formation before a child is eligible to receive First Penance and First Holy Communion. Parents who wish their child to receive First Holy Communion in second grade need to enroll their child for first grade faith formation. Questions may be directed to 610-646-6545. RCIA News Want to explore the Catholic Faith? Our “inquiry” process meets on Mondays at 7:00 PM. For more info about the RCIA, please contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at email@example.com or 610-646-6535. Stewardship Day of Service Thank you to the 300+ parishioners who participated in the 2014 SDOS. You served as God’s hands in helping over 20 local community organizations achieve their goals. SDOS photos will be posted on the website. Stewardship Opportunity Parish Greeters: Many people comment on the warm greeting they receive when they come into church for Mass. It is a very welcoming sight! Greeting requires arriving 15 minutes early, smiling, offering a welcome hello before Mass and handing out parish bulletins at the end of Mass. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, have children or not - you can do the job! For more info and to offer your stewardship as a parish greeter, contact Gen Miceli at firstname.lastname@example.org. Legion of Mary The Legion of Mary is sponsoring a traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima. We would like to bring the statue to your home for a one-week period or any number of days that works for you. The primary purpose of this ministry is to encourage families to pray the Rosary for Peace. Drop-off and pick-up at your convenience. For more information contact Gilda Cellini at 610-321-1991 or email@example.com. Pastoral Outreach News Poor Box Program: Monies donated in the poor box during April provides funding for the Catholic Relief Services “Helping Hands Food Project” for Burkina Faso in the social hall on Saturday, June 7. Sign-ups will be announced in an upcoming bulletin. Operation Rice Bowl: Thanks to all who have participated in Operation Rice Bowl during Lent. Please return your contributions to church or to the ministry center this week or next week. Thank you on behalf of all who are served by Catholic Relief Services. Welcome New Parishioners Saint Elizabeth parish warmly welcomes the following individuals and couples who registered during March: Robert & Rebecca Davidson; Alex & Patricia Kovach; William & Pamela Kriesand; Erick & Ashley Leiss; Laura Lenzi; Drew & Nadia Nielands; Rosemary Petrucelli & Douglas Bergeron; Gerarld & Dana Schwartz and Donald & Keri Ann Tracy II. Welcome one and all! Youth Ministry News High School Youth Group: Don’t forget weekly youth group meetings on Tuesday nights! The Mission Trip is fast approaching & filling up! Get more information about registration on our website. Young Adults: Are you in your 20s and 30s and looking for other Catholics your age? CYACC exists to offer social, spiritual and service opportunities to young adult Catholics in the local area. This week we’re gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Chester, as Sr. Rose Mulligan guides us through the holiest part of the year-the Easter Triduum! If you want to experience Easter in a deeper way this year, this is the event for you! Check us out on Facebook (www.cyacc.org) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on Wednesday! Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, March 29-30, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $23,131.61 [Amount of Loose Cash: $1,278.61] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 7,824.50 Total Regular Collection: $30,956.11 Number of adult envelope contributions: 683 Thank you for the 160 donors who contributed a total of $2,875.00 to the special collection in support of the Church in Latin America. The annual Good Friday collection is used to support Catholic churches and shrines in the Holy Land. Those not attending the Good Friday service may drop their special contribution envelope into the regular collection basket at Mass. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you to the growing number of parishioners who are responding to the Stewardship Council’s invitation to use Auto-Giving in making regular collection contributions to the parish. To receive an electronic copy of the authorization form and/or if you have questions about Auto-Giving, please email Sam Venuti (email@example.com) or call 610-646-6515. Saint Elizabeth Council, K of C Membership in the St. Elizabeth Council, K of C, is open to practicing male Catholics who are at least 18 years old. If you are interested in joining the Council, visit www.stelizabethcouncil13141.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the date of Friday, June 13, for the K of C golf outing, too! Update on the Parish Property During the past year and more, a number of parishioners have expressed their concern about the poor condition of the driveways and parking lots around the parish property. And this was before the pot holes caused by the winter’s extreme bad weather! For your information, the needed repairs have been delayed because of a four-year legal dispute with the original construction company over faulty sub-base and asphalt installation. The lawsuit was finally resolved last week and after we have received the agreed upon financial settlement, we will begin addressing the worst areas, once the reconstruction plans have been approved. The repairs will entail closing down sections of the driveways at different times during reconstruction. Thank you for your patience and for careful attention in driving around the parish property. Upcoming Events and Meetings RCIA Holy Week Class: Monday (4/14), 7:00 PM, chapel & church High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC CRHP- Women’s Team Formation: Tuesday (4/15), 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Joyful Voices: Tuesday (4/15), 7:00 PM, church Guitar Group: Tuesday (4/15), 7:30 PM, St. Matthew Cub Scouts: Wednesday (4/16), 6:00 PM, CLC Lenten Confessions: Wednesday (4/16), 6:30-7:00 PM, chapel Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family CRHP-Women’s Team 1: Wednesday (4/16), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Adult Choir: Wednesday (4/16), 7:30 PM, chapel Joseph’s People: Monday (4/21), 7:00 PM, St. Luke SEAM-CYO Board: Monday (4/21), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Finance Council: Tuesday (4/22), 7:00 PM, St. Luke Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Game Day: Wednesday (4/23), 10:30 AM, St. Matthew Orientation Meeting for Pastoral Council Nominees: Wednesday (4/23), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew CRHP- Men’s Formation: Thursday (4/24), 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Joyful Voices: Thursday (4/24), 7:00 PM, church Holy Week, 2014 Dear Parishioners of Saint Elizabeth: Greetings for Holy Week and Easter from all our parish staff! I am happy to invite you to join with our parish community and the Universal Church in celebrating the Paschal Mystery of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection. Your active participation in the liturgies of Holy Week will enrich your faith, deepen your personal commitment to Jesus Christ and strengthen your sense of belonging to our parish community here at Saint Elizabeth. The schedule of liturgical services at Saint Elizabeth during Holy Week is as follows: Holy Thursday, April 17: Mass of the Lord’s Supper in church at 7:30 PM with Solemn Procession & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel between 9:00 PM and Midnight. Good Friday, April 18: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 PM; Holy Communion is distributed only at this service. Holy Saturday, April 19: Blessing of Easter Food in the social hall at 11:00 AM. Easter Vigil, April 19: Mass at 8:00 PM with Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church and Sacramental Initiation (Confirmation and First Holy Communion). Easter Sunday, April 20: regular Sunday morning Mass schedule (8:00, 9:30 & 11:30 AM). I encourage you to share your faith in the Risen Lord by talking about the profound spiritual meaning of these holy days with your family members and friends. As Saint Paul reminds us: “If Christ has not been raised from the dead, our faith is in vain, and we who hope in Christ are the most pitiable people of all!” (1 Cor 15/17). I also remind you that your generous financial support at Easter complements your regular stewardship contributions to Saint Elizabeth during the year and reflects our shared commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ to care for one another’s needs. Thank you for your continued generosity to our parish community and your practice of a stewardship of treasure all year long! I look forward to having your family join us at Easter. And I pray with you and for you, that the Risen Lord may bring many blessings upon each of you and upon all your loved ones throughout the Easter Season! Sincerely yours, (Reverend) Thomas M. Mullin, Pastor Other Activities of Interest Employment Opportunity: Chester County OIC, a West Chester-based non-profit, is seeking to fill the Fiscal Officer position. The position is part-time, 20-25 per week. Minimum requirements are Bachelor’s Degree, public accounting background, six years progressive experience preparing budgets, financial statements and reports. Interested applicants should view the full job description and requirements on the website: www.ccoic.org. Please email cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Adult Discernment Group: The Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood is sponsoring a men’s discernment group for adults, college age and older. The gatherings are for men interested in the possibility of pursuing the priesthood. The group will meet every second Sunday of the month, 7:30-9:30 PM, in the Neumann Room of the Cathedral Basilica in Center City. Upcoming dates are April 13 and May 11. For more info please call 610-667-5778. Birthright of Coatesville: Second Annual Be A Life Saver Benefit on Friday, April 25, 6:00-11:00 PM, at The Wyndham Garden in Exton. $50 pp includes Italian dinner buffet, silent auction and dancing. Music provided by Chris and Ascendance. RSVP by April 15. For more info contact 610-384-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org or mail reservation to Birthright of Coatesville, 529 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320. Beth Israel Comedy Cabaret: Saturday, April 26, 7:00 PM. All are welcome. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Includes plenty of great food, silent auction and raffles. For more info email Bhendel@robertwisemanagement.com. Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown: Dine & Donate event on Wednesday, May 7, at Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub. Special Happy Hour (upstairs), 5:00-7:00 PM, with music provided by TAP. Bring a flyer anytime during the day and 15% of the food bill will by donated to the Lord’s Pantry. To obtain a flyer and for more info visit the website at www.lordspantryofdowningtown.org. West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys & Girls: Combined 50th Year Reunion on Friday, April 25, at the Springfield Country Club. For more info, contact Roe (Weir) Daley (610-754-0577, email@example.com) or John Wisdo (610-742-0902, firstname.lastname@example.org). Saint Joseph-in-the-Hills Retreat House Programs: Young Adult Get-Together: Join us on Sunday, April 27, for Mass at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and Quizzo. RSVP by Friday, April 25, to BHarrison@MalvernRetreat.com. Cost is $10 and will be collected at dinner. Young Adult Retreat: Reserve your spot for our Young Adult Retreat “The New Evangelization–I Believe and Therefore, Speak...”, May 30-31. Register by April 25 and receive a discounted price, after April 25, the cost of the retreat is full price. For more info and to register, call 610-644-0400, visit online at MalvernRetreat.com, or email Bharrison@MalvernRetreat.com. Retrouvaille Marriage Program: Rediscover the Love in Your Marriage! This program offers help for struggling marriages and is a way to rediscover and rekindle the loving relationship in your marriage. The next program will be held on April 25-27 in the Family Life Center. For more information and/or to register for this weekend, call 1-800-470-2230, or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential. Mothers of Children with Disabilities Retreat: Join Fr. Christopher Walsh on Tuesday, May 4, on a retreat for mothers who are raising children with disabilities or have adult children with disabilities. For more info and/or to register call 610-644-0400 or go to malvernretreat.com, or contact Sr. Kathleen Schipani (email@example.com or 215-587-3330).
Thursday, 10 April 2014