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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 jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org. 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 crhpmay2014@yahoo.com 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 jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org 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 gmiceli@stelizabethparish.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 gilda.cellini@verizon.net. 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 cyacc1@gmail.com. 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 (svenuti@stelizabethparish.org) 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 membership@stelizabethcouncil13141.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 rvenuti@cc-oic.org. 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 birthrightofcoatesville@verizon.net 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, dalroe@aol.com) or John Wisdo (610-742-0902, jwisdo0320@comcast.net). 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 (sr.kschipani@archphila.org or 215-587-3330).
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor The proper responsorial psalm for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Psalm 130) has this refrain: “With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.” The psalmist affirms both the extent of our human sinfulness (“If you, Lord, mark iniquities, who could stand before you?”) and the even greater extent of God’s mercy (“But with you is forgiveness... You will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.”). Yes, there is great mercy awaiting for all who come to God with a sincere heart! During these final days of Lent, I encourage all our parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance/ Reconciliation, either here at Saint Elizabeth or at a neighboring parish church. Confession times are listed below for your convenience. As Saint Paul often tells: “Now is the acceptable time: be reconciled to God!” 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 Reconciliation Opportunities during Lent A Lenten Communal Penance Service with Individual Confessions will be held this Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 PM. There will also be an extended period of confessions (9:00-11:00 AM) this coming Saturday, April 12, and a short period of confessions at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 16. Please note: There are no confessions during the Holy Week Triduum, Holy Thursday through the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. Our parishioners are welcome to attend a Recon­ciliation Service with Individual Confessions at these area parishes (all at 7:00 PM): Monday, April 7: SS. Simon & Jude Church in West Chester; Thursday, April 10: St. Patrick Church in Malvern; Monday, April 14: SS. Philip & James Church in Exton and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in West Chester; Tuesday, April 15: St. Joseph Church in Downingtown. Mass Intentions for the Week April 5-6: Fifth Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- Margaret Clark (5th Ann) Sunday, 8:00 AM- Erin Brennan Sunday, 9:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth and Marvely Rodriguez de Ostos Sunday, 11:30 AM- John Kilty Monday, 7:30 AM- Peter Pienciak Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Patricia Thompson (1st Ann) Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Richard Sylvester Friday, 7:30 AM- Dominic Nguyen Saturday, 8:30 AM- Catherine Oakes 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 Readings: Isaiah 50/4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2/6-11; Matthew 26/14 - 27/66. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Mondays, 8:00 AM-8:30 PM, in the chapel. Next Monday, April 14, Exposition will close at 6:30 PM to accommodate the RCIA session in chapel that evening. Living Stations of the Cross: The eighth graders of the parish school will present a Living Stations of the Cross this Friday, April 11, at 1:30 PM and again at 7:00 PM. All are most welcome to participate in prayer! Palm Sunday: As in past years, the ushers and greeters will distribute strands of palm to all as they come into the church for Mass next weekend. Please hold up the palm during the opening blessing and entrance procession, and then take the palm home with you after Mass. If you would like more palm for home use, you may pick up extra strands as you leave church. Liturgical Environment News Adults and teens are welcome to join the Liturgical Environment Committee and learn the craft of palm braiding this Monday, April 7, at 7:00 PM in the Holy Family Room in the rear of the church. No prior experience is necessary; please bring a pair of scissors and a stapler! For more information, please call the ministry center at 610-321-1200. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Isla Mae Allison; Dennis Barry; Allison Carcella; Huguette Gabaree; Mary Kapaun; Thomas Krug; Jerry Masse; Lori Mulhall; Elizabeth Powers; Pietro Sano; Brandon Scheidel and Barbara Smith. We also remember those who have died, including Robert Guertin, brother of Georges Guertin; Patrick Drouilhet, brother of Timothy Drouilhet, and Robert Bruce, father of Richard Bruce. May all our departed loved ones rest in peace! Baptism News Saint Elizabeth parish welcomes into the Body of Christ the following children who were baptized during March: Calli Dianne Apple; Logan Michael Dolnycky; Molly Grace Dolnycky; Abigail Leigh Lamb; Charlie Grace Lane; Jonas Magnus Lagergren; Gabriella Madison Gerhold; Isabella Scarlett Gray; Annie Elizabeth Jugan and Charlotte Louise Kelly. Congratulations to their parents and godparents! The next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held this Saturday April 12, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. The next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, May 10, also 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. Committee for the New Evangelization Pope Francis reminds us that “The Church is not an institution, it is a love story!” Who could you invite to the “love story” of the Church? And do you need a renewal of your own relationship with Christ? He is always calling us by name to “come out” to him. Why not consider participating in the next presentations of Christ renews His Parish (CRHP)? 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. 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 information about Catholics Coming Home and/or Christ Renews His Parish, please contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6535. Elementary Faith Formation 2014-2015 Registration: Re-registration packets for the children currently enrolled in the EFF program are being sent home with your child this week. 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 as soon as possible. There is a $40 discount per child for registrations received by Saturday, May 31. Registration packets for those entering first grade or kindergarten this fall will be mailed next week. 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. Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Join us for a morning of fellowship at a Lunch ‘N Learn this Wednesday, April 9, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. Learn from Bill Orr how local communities are helping wounded veterans through The Fighting Back Scholarship Program. Come out and bring a friend. To RSVP (so that we have enough soup!), call the parish service office at 610-646-6550; walk-ins are always welcome too! Pastoral Council Election News Last call for nominations to fill four vacancies on the parish pastoral council. If you or someone you know in the parish may be interested in offering stewardship service to the pastoral council, please pick up a nomination form on the table in the narthex after Mass. Self-nominations are most welcome! The deadline for nominations is this Friday, April 11, and the election will be held in mid-May. 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. Pictures from the day will be on the website in the near future. RCIA News Want to explore the Catholic Faith? Our “inquiry” process meets on Mondays at 7:00 PM. For more info about the RCIA, call Deacon Jim at 610-646-6535. Elizabeth Ministry Easter Play Date: Join other parents with infants and preschoolers this Thursday, April 10, 9:30-11:00 AM. We meet in the ministry center for snacks and fellowship. We’ll be making crafts and having an Easter egg hunt!! RSVP to amylaughlin28@gmail.com or joannabenton@comcast.net so that we have enough materials and refreshments. 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. Most people in church can be a greeter! It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, have children or not - you can do the job! For more information and to offer your stewardship as a parish greeter, contact Gen Miceli at 610-646-6550 or gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org. 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. Watch the parish bulletin for information about how to participate in this project. Casserole Collection: Next weekend is another casserole collection for Saint John’s Hospice. Thanks to all who regularly make casseroles. If you have questions about the program, please contact Jen Bauhaus (jbretz2001 @yahoo.com) or Angie Fiore (angiefiore @verizon.net). Safe Environment If you volunteer with children in any capacity you must have a PA State Police clearance and a PA Child Abuse clearance and you must attend a “Protecting God’s Children” program. Forms can be obtained at either the main office of the education center or the ministry center. A Protecting God’s Children class will be offered here at Saint Elizabeth this Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 PM in the parish ministry center. For more information and/or to register for the class, call 610-646-6550 or email gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org. Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, March 22-23, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $25,516.72 [Amount of Loose Cash: $1,213.72] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 7,817.50 Total Regular Collection: $33,334.22 Number of adult envelope contributions: 686 Auto-Giving: 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, contact Sam Venuti (svenuti@stelizabethparish.org) or call 610-646-6515. Schedule for Holy Week and Easter All are encouraged to join with the parish community 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 at Saint Elizabeth. Palm Sunday, April 12-13: regular weekend Mass schedule, with Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30 PM and Mass on Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 AM. Palm will be blessed within the Eucharistic Liturgy and distributed by the ushers and greeters. 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). Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church Insert to the Parish Bulletin for Sunday, April 6, 2014 Upcoming Events and Meetings RCIA & Inquiry: Mondays, 7:00 PM, St. John the Baptist Palm Braiding Class: Monday (4/7), 7:00 PM, Holy Family Room Joseph’s People: Monday (4/7), 7:00 PM, St. Luke Social Fellowship Committee: Monday (4/7), 7:00 PM, St. Mark High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC CRHP- Women’s Formation: Tuesday (4/8), 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist SAM Lunch ‘N Learn: Wednesday (4/9), 10:30 AM, St. Matthew Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family Lenten Communal Penance Service: Wednesday (4/9), 7:00 PM, church and chapel Elizabeth Ministry Play Date: Thursday (4/10), 9:30 AM, St. Mark & St. Luke CRHP- Men’s Formation Team: Thursday (4/10), 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment Training: Thursday (4/10), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Living Stations of the Cross: Friday (4/11), 1:30 PM & 7:00 PM, church K of C Fish Fry Dinner: Friday (4/11), 5:00-7:00 PM, social hall Lenten Confessions: Saturday (4/12), 9:00-11:00 AM, chapel Pre-Jordan I: Saturday (4/12), 10:30 AM, St. Matthew & St. Luke Casserole Collection: Sat/Sun (4/12-13), before all Masses, kitchen Teen-Adult Ensemble: Sunday (4/13) 10:30 AM, CLC Joyful Voices Choir: Tuesday (4/15), 7:00 PM, church Cub Scouts: Wednesday (4/16), 6:00 PM, CLC Adult Choir: Wednesday (4/16), 7:30 PM, chapel Other Activities of Interest 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 information, email BHendel@robertwisemanagement.com. St. Mary of the Assumption, Phoenixville: Pre-Cana Program, Saturday, April 26, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. Meets all Archdiocesan requirements. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Program concludes with Mass at 4:00 PM. For information and to register call the rectory at 610-933-2526 Mothers of Children with Disabilities Retreat: Tuesday, May 6, Malvern Retreat House. Fr. Christopher Walsh will direct a retreat for mothers who are raising children with disabilities or have adult children with disabilities. To register call Malvern Retreat House (610-644-0400 or malvernretreat.com) or Sr. Kathleen Schipani (sr.kschipani@archphila.org or 215-587-3330). Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Annual Catholic Charismatic Conference, Saturday, April 26, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA. Registration: $50 pp, youth $20 pp. For more information and/or registration, visit www.PhillySpirit.com or call 215-315-7008.
Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor For Jesus, the journey from the desert of Judea, where he fasted and was tempted, to the heights of Mount Tabor, where he was transfigured before the three disciples, must have been quite some trip! Both experiences profoundly influenced Jesus himself as he prepared for his passion, death and resurrection. During Lent we are called “into the desert” and “up the mountain” with Jesus, so that we can share more fully in Jesus’ struggle against sin and death, and ultimately share more completely in his glory. 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 Pastoral Council Election News Four elected members of the Pastoral Council are completing their terms this June. We are now accepting nominations for these four vacancies. If you or someone you know in the parish may be interested in offering stewardship service to the pastoral council, please pick up a nomination form on the table in the narthex after Mass next weekend. Self-nominations are most welcome! The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11, and the election will be held in mid-May. For more info, please contact Fr. Mullin at the ministry center. RCIA News All are asked to remember in prayer during Lent our five candi­dates as they complete their spiritual journey to full Christian Initiation. They are: Tiffany Feeley, Matthew Foust, Paul Gillam, Carrie Mengel and Harry Protzmann. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, they will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. 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 jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6535. Reconciliation Opportunities during Lent Individual confessions are heard in the daily Mass chapel at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings and at 6:30 PM on four Lenten Wednesdays: March 12, March 19, April 2 and April 16. All are welcome to either or the two celebrations of First Penance/Reconciliation at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 26, and on Monday, March 31. The Lenten Communal Penance Service with Individual Confessions will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 PM. There will also be extended period of confessions (9:00-11:00 AM) on Saturday, April 12. Mass Intentions for the Week March 15-16: Second Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- Warren Zanoni Sunday, 8:00 AM- Giovanni Filippone Sunday, 9:30 AM- Agnes & Edward McNamara Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Monday, 7:30 AM- James Grant Skilton Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Paul Karr Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Anthony & Josephine Spino Friday, 7:30 AM- Nicholas LaPalombara Saturday, 8:30 AM- Christopher Yasick March 22-23: Third Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth Sunday, 8:00 AM- Russell Clark Sunday, 9:30 AM- John & Irene Palumbo Sunday, 11:30 AM- Eric Fieo Readings: Exodus 17/3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5/1-8; John 4/5-42 Stations of the Cross & Benediction: in the main church on Fridays at 7:00 PM, March 7 thru April 11. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Mondays, 8:00 AM-8:30 PM, in the chapel. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Isla Mae Allison; Louis Bachofer; Dudley Backup; Allison Carcella; James Demech; Mary Ann Forrest; Ian Godman; Stephen Guminski; Alden Ludlow; Deidre Mecke; Florence Moulter; Lori Mulhall; Colleen Murphy; Barbara Smith and Gerald Woltman. We also remember those who have died, including Sue Marchesani, mother of Maryanne Parsons; Robert Cooke, father of Rori Oakes; and Denise Mullins, sister-in-law of Patrick Mullins. May the Lord grant all our departed loved ones eternal rest! Joseph’s People Joseph’s People will host a special meeting to honor the feast day of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, this Monday, March 17, at 7:00 PM, in the social hall. After an opening prayer by Father Mullin, Lily Linton will speak about how to create and deliver effective statements about your skills, experience and contri­butions when you are in job search mode. Fellowship at “Joseph’s Table” will follow. All are welcome! Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) There is still time to register for our Stewardship Day of Service on Saturday, April 5. Registration will remain open through next Sunday, March 23. Please check out the insert in this bulletin for more information. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) Our young parishioners need adult helpers to lead them in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sundays. For more information, check out the insert in this bulletin. To offer your stewardship service to CLOW, please contact Andrea Bell at aabcebell@gmail.com. Baptism News The next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday April 12 and the next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, May 10. Both programs are held 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. Sister Parish News Next Sunday, March 23, the Saint Elizabeth Guitar Group will travel to our sister parish, Visitation BVM in Philadelphia, to sing with the Visitation choir at the 10:00 AM Mass. All our parishioners are invited to attend this Mass. If you would like to carpool with members of the Sister Parish Planning Team who will be attending, please call Diane Hogan (610-594-2447). May God continue to bless both parish communities throughout the Lenten Season! Committee for the New Evangelization In today’s Gospel, Jesus takes us up a high mountain to reveal his divinity to us. Climbing mountains requires leaving excess baggage behind. What baggage is wearing you down? Come to our Renewal to allow Christ to reveal Himself to you, so you can be set free. Christ Renews His Parish- Women’s Renewal: a group of 30 women parishioners will participate in an overnight renewal this Friday & Saturday, March 21-22. Please remember them in prayer. Please put your name on the wait list now to ensure your spot for the next CRHP- Women’s Renewal in the Fall. Christ Renews His Parish- Men’s Renewal: Registration will begin shortly for an overnight renewal for the men of the parish on Friday-Saturday, May 16-17. For more info, contact Deacon Jim Bogdan at 610-646-6535 or jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org. Family Life Ministry Team This Wednesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM, the Family Life Ministry Team is hosting a special presentation on separation, divorce, annulment and remarriage, led by Fr. Joseph Dieckhaus, J.C.L., an official of the Tribunal and pastor at SS. Philip & James Church. The program is open to everyone, including parents, siblings and friends of those who are struggling with separation and divorce. RSVP to gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6550. Walk-ins are always welcome. Saint Elizabeth Parish School News Re-registration of current students and applications for new students in grades 1-8 for next year is now underway. For more information, please call Liz Oulton at 610-646-6540. Pastoral Care News Casserole Program: Thank you to those parishioners who made 147 casseroles for St. John’s Hospice this month! The next casserole collection will be on Palm Sunday weekend, April 12-13. If you would like to participate, pans are located in the narthex and meals are collected before weekend Masses. You can also drop off a casserole at the parish ministry center on the Friday before the collection or by 9:00 AM on the Monday morning after the collection. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Bauhaus (jbretz2001@yahoo.com) or Angie Fiore (angiefiore@verizon.net). Poor Box Program: Monies donated in the poor box during March and April will support the “Helping Hands Food Project” for Burkina Faso. Please stop by the poor box to see the poster and pick up some information. Operation Rice Bowl: All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl during Lent. Extra rice bowls and instructions are available in the narthex for those who would like to participate in this Catholic Relief Services program. Youth Ministry News Elementary Youth Group: Join us for a Family Stations of the Cross & Simple Supper on Friday, March 28. RSVP required. All are welcome! Middle School Youth Group: Next meeting is this Friday, March 21. It’s our semi-formal dance from 7:00-10:00 PM in the gym. Wear your Sunday best! $5 at the door; friends welcome. All youth must have school ID or be accompanied by a parent to sign in for admission. Light snacks will be available. High School Youth Group: Need something to do this Lent? Try youth group on Tuesday nights! The July Mission Trip is fast approaching & filling up quickly! Get more details and registration information on the youth ministry website link at stelizabethparish.org. St. Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM) Boys Baseball and Spring Track & Field: Registration is now open! All payments are accepted on line. Please register now! Coaches needed to assist with baseball & track this year. If interested contact Amy Deedy at adeedy@stelizabethparish.org. Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, March 1-2, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $23,532.18 [Amount of Loose Cash: $1,067.18] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $18,582.99 Total Regular Collection: $42,115.17 Number of adult envelope contributions: 762 The special collection to Aid the Catholic Church in Latin America will be taken up at Mass next weekend. Please use the special collection envelope for the appeal and drop your offering into the regular collection basket next weekend or send it directly to the parish ministry. 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). 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal The Catholic Charities Appeal is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s single most important fund raising initiative. The 2014 appeal, Giving Hope, has a goal of $10 million; the parish goal is $67,203. Your contributions support the Church’s ministries of pastoral care for those in need. Please consider making a contribution to the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal! Upcoming Events and Meetings SAM Planning Team: Monday (3/17), 3:00 PM, St. Luke RCIA & Inquiry: Mondays, 7:00 PM, St. John the Baptist Joseph’s People: Monday (3/17), 7:00 PM, social hall SEAM Board: Monday (3/17), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew CRHP- Women’s Formation Team: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Pastoral Council: Tuesday (3/18), 7:00 PM, St. Luke High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC Cub Scouts: Wednesday (3/19), 6:00 PM, CLC Lenten Confessions: Wednesday (3/19), 6:30 PM, chapel Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family Divorced & Separated Forum: Wednesday (3/19), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Technology Advisory Committee: Wednesday (3/19), 7:00 PM, St. Mark CRHP- Men’s Formation Team: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Middle School Youth Group Dance: Friday (3/21), 7:00 PM, gym Stations of the Cross & Benediction: Fridays (3/21 through 4/11), 7:00 PM, church Sister Parish Planning Team: Monday (3/24), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Liturgical Life Committee: Tuesday (3/25), 7:00 PM, St. Luke SAM Game Day: Wednesday (3/26), 10:30 AM, St. Matthew First Penance Liturgy: Wednesday (3/26) and Monday (3/31), 7:00 PM, church & chapel CLOW flyer Confirmation flyer SDOS flyer
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor At the heart of the Gospel account of the woman at the well (John 4) is a life-transforming encounter with Jesus. After she meets Jesus and interacts with him, the Samaritan woman’s life will never be the same. But don’t overlook the fact that the woman was looking for something more in her life even before she met Jesus. She is thirsting for something much deeper than physical water: she is looking for the Messiah who can give real meaning and purpose to her life, something that her multiple relationships with her husbands did not bring to her life. In a spiritual sense, Jesus becomes the “new man in her life!” Even today, all around us - within our own families, among our neighbors, friends and co-workers - are many people like the Samaritan woman, men and women who are looking for the deepest meaning and purpose of life. How might you and I introduce them to Jesus Christ so that their encounter with him transforms their lives as it did the life of the Samaritan woman? In the end, this is what “evangelization” is all about! 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 Pastoral Council Election News Four elected members of the Pastoral Council are completing their terms this June. We are now accepting nominations for these four vacancies. If you or someone you know in the parish may be interested in offering stewardship service to the pastoral council, please pick up a nomination form on the table in the narthex after Mass. Self-nominations are most welcome! The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11, and the election will be held in mid-May. For more info, please contact Fr. Mullin at the ministry center. Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) The senior adults of the parish (60+) are playing games again! Come out for Game Day this Wednesday, March 26, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. Bring a friend and enjoy some fun and games, snacks and good conversation. No RSVP needed; walks-ins welcome! Mass Intentions for the Week March 22-23: Third Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth Sunday, 8:00 AM- Russell Clark Sunday, 9:30 AM- John & Irene Palumbo Sunday, 11:30 AM- Eric Fieo Monday, 7:30 AM- Ann Melinchuck (1st Ann) Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Anita Carr (29th Ann) Wednesday, 7:30 AM- William Stevenson Friday, 7:30 AM- Anthony LaPenna (12th Ann) Saturday, 8:30 AM- Robert Walters March 29-30: Fourth Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- Alida Baden Sunday, 8:00 AM- Mauro & Elvira Cellini Sunday, 9:30 AM- Frank McNally Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Readings: 1 Samuel 16/1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5/8-14; John 9/1-41. Stations of the Cross & Benediction: in the main church on Fridays at 7:00 PM, now through April 11. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Mondays, 8:00 AM-8:30 PM, in the chapel. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Isla Mae Allison; Allison Carcella; James Demech; Ian Godman; Stephen Guminski; Alex Jamnicky; Alden Ludlow; Deidre Mecke; Elizabeth Mermelstein; Florence Moulter; Lori Mulhall and Gerald Woltman. We also remember those who have died, including Josephine Tornetta, mother of Maria Jacobs, and Marie Haupert, mother of Kimberly Bencker. May the Lord grant all our departed loved ones eternal rest! Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) This is the last weekend to register for our Stewardship Day of Service on Saturday, April 5. For details and to register, go to www.stelizabethparish.org and click on the link for our 2014 Stewardship Day of Service. Registrations after this weekend can be made by calling Gen Miceli (610-646-6550). All those who have registered will receive an email with more information from stelizSDOS@gmail.com. Sacramental News First Penance/Reconciliation: Congratulations to the boys and girls who are celebrating First Reconciliation at 7:00 PM this Wednesday, March 26, and next Monday, March 31. May our young children experience the forgiving love of God throughout their lives! Baptism: The next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday April 12 and the next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, May 10. Both programs are held 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). Reconciliation Opportunities during Lent Individual confessions are heard in the daily Mass chapel at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings and at 6:30 PM on Lenten Wednesdays, April 2 and April 16. All are welcome to either or the two celebrations of First Penance at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 26, and on Monday, March 31. The Lenten Communal Penance Service with Individual Confessions will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 PM. There will also be extended period of confessions (9:00-11:00 AM) on Saturday, April 12. Committee for the New Evangelization Pope Francis reminds us that the “Church is a love story, not an institution.” I need a renewal of my “love story” with Christ - how about you? Christ Renews His Parish- Women’s Renewal: A group of 30 women parishioners participated in an overnight renewal on March 21-22. Advance registration for the next women’s renewal on October 17-18 is now open. 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 Deacon Jim Bogdan at 610-646-6535 or jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org. Liturgical Environment News Adults and teens are welcome to join the Liturgical Environment Committee and learn the craft of palm braiding on Monday, April 7, at 7:00 PM in the Holy Family Room in the rear of the church. No prior experience is necessary; please bring a pair of scissors and a stapler! For more information, please call the ministry center at 610-321-1200. Adult Faith Formation Getting Ready for Holy Week: We are approaching the half way mark of Lent. How is Lent going for you? Join Father Mullin on Wednesday, April 2, at 7:00 PM in the social hall for an interactive presentation on the topic: “Getting Ready for Holy Week: A Walk through the Passion/Resurrection Narrative.” To register, contact Gen Miceli (gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6550). Walk-ins are always welcome! Children’s Liturgy of the Word Our young parishioners need adult helpers to lead them in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Mass on Sundays. The time commitment is only 1-2 times a month. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Andrea Bell, aabcebell@gmail.com. And thank you to our faithful CLOW ministers (past and present), whose gift of time and talent make this program possible, too! RCIA News All are asked to remember in prayer during Lent our five candi­dates as they complete their spiritual journey to full Christian Initiation. They are: Tiffany Feeley, Matthew Foust, Paul Gillam, Carrie Mengel and Harry Protzmann. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, they will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. 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 jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6535. Respect Life Committee Spiritual Adoption Program: The Respect Life Committee will begin the next Spiritual Adoption Program this Tuesday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. Your prayerful support can make a real difference in the life of an unborn baby and their family. Participation is easy! Simply say the following prayer each day for nine months: “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” Prayer cards are available in the Adult Spirituality Library. To receive monthly updates from the RLC, contact us at sterespectlife@gmail.com or call Karen Patterson at 610-458-8694. Saint Elizabeth Parish School News Re-registration of current students and applications for new students in grades 1-8 for next year is now underway. For more information, please call Liz Oulton at 610-646-6540. Pastoral Care News Poor Box Program: Monies donated in the poor box during March and April will support the “Helping Hands Food Project” for Burkina Faso. Please stop by the poor box to see the poster and pick up some information. Operation Rice Bowl: All are encouraged to participate in Operation Rice Bowl during Lent. Extra rice bowls and instructions are available in the narthex for those who would like to participate in this Catholic Relief Services program. Youth Ministry News Elementary Youth Group: Join us for a Family Stations of the Cross & Simple Supper this Friday, March 28. RSVP required. All are welcome! Middle School Youth Group: Next meeting is on Friday, April 4 at 7:00 PM in the social hall: see you then! High School Youth Group: Need something to do this Lent? Try youth group on Tuesday nights! Our Mission Trip is fast approaching & filling up! Get more information about registration on our website. Young Adults: Join us this Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the K of C hall in West Chester. Check out the details on Facebook or at www.cyacc.org. All are welcome! St. Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM) Boys Baseball and Spring Track & Field: Registration is now open! All payments are accepted on line. Please register now! Coaches needed to assist with baseball & track this year. If interested contact Amy Deedy at adeedy@stelizabethparish.org. Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, March 8-9, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $22,637.34 [Amount of Loose Cash: $997.34] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 4,307.50 Total Regular Collection: $26,944.84 Number of adult envelope contributions: 634 Thank you to all who have contributed to this weekend’s special collection to support the Catholic Church in Latin America. Additional contributions may be dropped into the regular collection basket at Mass next weekend or sent directly to the ministry center during the week. 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). Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinner All are invited to the K of C Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 PM in the social hall. Please see the insert in today’s bulletin for more details. 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal The Catholic Charities Appeal is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s single most important fund raising initiative. The 2014 appeal, Giving Hope, has a goal of $10 million; the parish goal is $67,203. Your contribution will strengthen the positive spiritual impact of the Church’s ministries of pastoral care for those in need. Please consider making a significant contribution to the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal! Upcoming Events and Meetings RCIA & Inquiry: Mondays, 7:00 PM, St. John the Baptist Sister Parish Committee: Monday (3/24), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew Liturgical Life Committee: Tuesday (3/25), 7:00 PM, St. Luke High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC SAM Game Day: Wednesday (3/26), 10:30 AM, St. Matthew First Penance: Wednesday (3/26) and Monday (3/31), 7:00 PM, church Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family CRHP- Men’s Formation Team: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Catholics Coming Home: Thursday (3/27), 7:00 PM, St. Luke Joyful Voices Choir: Thursday (3/27), 7:00 PM, church Elementary & Middle School Youth Ministry- Family Pizza Dinner: Friday (3/28), 5:30 PM, social hall Youth Stations of the Cross & Benediction: Friday (3/28), 7:00 PM, church K of C Fish Dinner and Living Stations of the Cross Father Mullin Holy Week Presentation
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Weekly Bulletins/Bulletins and Newsletters
A Word from the Pastor The Opening Prayer (or “Collect”) for today’s Mass begins: “ O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way...” Indeed, it is through Jesus, the Word of God, that all of us are reconciled to God, as St. Paul so often tells us. Now is the time to be reconciled with God and with the community of faith through the Sacrament of Penance. Check the insert in today’s parish bulletin for a schedule for confessions here and in area churches between this Monday and Wednesday of 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 Adult Faith Formation Are you looking for some food for thought as you travel through Lent? Join Father Mullin this Wednesday, April 2, at 7:00 PM in the social hall for an interactive presentation on the topic: “Getting Ready for Holy Week: A Walk Through the Passion/Resurrection Narratives.” RSVP to Gen Miceli (610-646-6550 or gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org). Walk-ins welcome! Pastoral Council Election News We are now accepting nominations for four vacancies on the pastoral council. If you or someone you know in the parish may be interested in offering stewardship service to the pastoral council, please pick up a nomination form on the table in the narthex after Mass. Self-nominations are most welcome! The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11, and the election will be held in mid-May. Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) A total of 277 parishioners are registered for our Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) to be held this Saturday, April 5. Please pray for those parishioners as they offer their time and talent at local community sites. If you have registered and have not received a communication from the SDOS team or have questions, please contact Gen Miceli in the parish services office (610-646-6550). Mass Intentions for the Week March 29-30: Fourth Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- Alida Baden Sunday, 8:00 AM- Mauro & Elvira Cellini Sunday, 9:30 AM- Frank McNally Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth Monday, 7:30 AM- James McLaughlin Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Kennedy & McCarry Families Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Donohue & Powers Families Friday, 7:30 AM- Dennis Cooney (8th Ann) Saturday, 8:30 AM-Parish Memorial Mass Joseph Arcara; Joseph Dunn; Marian Feeley; Corrinne Janton; James Levin; Jack Loew; Katherine Alvena Mairs; Jaime Metzker; James McKenna; Thomas Panneton; Mary Stubenvoll and Walter Tymon, Sr. April 5-6: Fifth Sunday of Lent Saturday, 5:30 PM- Margaret Clark (5th Ann) Sunday, 8:00 AM- Erin Brennan Sunday, 9:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth and Marvely Rodriguez de Ostos Sunday, 11:30 AM- John Kilty Readings: Ezekiel 37/12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8/8-11; John 11/1-45. Stations of the Cross & Benediction: in the main church on Fridays at 7:00 PM, now through April 11. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: This week Monday Exposition will close at 6:30 PM, to accommodate the First Penance liturgy at 7:00 PM. Prayer Corner Please remember those who are ill, including: Isla Mae Allison; Dennis Barry; Allison Carcella; Huguette Gabaree; Stephen Guminski; Mary Kapaun; Alden Ludlow; Lori Mulhall; Pietro Sano; Brandon Scheidel; Barbara Smith; William Taliaferro and Gerald Woltman. We also remember those who have died, including Rose Caruso, mother of Peter Caruso; Jean Richman, mother of Katherine Oates; Sr. Barbara Ann Brady, IHM, sister of Mary Dunn; Osualdo (Richard) Rosado, brother of Elliott Rosado; and Marvely Rodriguez de Ostos, mother of Linnery Pinango-Ostos. May the Lord grant all our departed loved ones eternal rest! Sacramental News First Penance/Reconciliation: Congratulations to the boys and girls who are celebrating First Reconciliation at 7:00 PM this Monday, March 31. May our young children experience the forgiving love of God throughout their lives! Baptism: The next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday April 12 and the next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, May 10. Both programs are held 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). Committee for the New Evangelization Jesus opens the eyes of the man born blind and the man sees Jesus as Lord. Who do you know that needs their eyes opened with the mercy and compassion of Jesus? What blindness, the unwillingness to be merciful, has kept us from inviting others to see Jesus at Saint Elizabeth? Is a Renewal needed? 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. 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 Deacon Jim Bogdan at 610-646-6535 or jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org. Liturgical Environment News Adults and teens are welcome to join the Liturgical Environment Committee and learn the craft of palm braiding on Monday, April 7, at 7:00 PM in the Holy Family Room in the rear of the church. No prior experience is necessary; please bring a pair of scissors and a stapler! For more information, please call the ministry center at 610-321-1200. Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) Join us for a morning of fellowship at a Lunch ‘N Learn on Wednesday, April 9, at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. Learn from Bill Orr how local communities are helping wounded veterans through The Fighting Back Scholarship Program. Come out and bring a friend. To RSVP (so that we have enough soup!), call the parish service office at 610-646-6550; walk-ins are always welcome too! Stewardship Opportunites 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. Most people in church can be a greeter! It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, have children or not - you can do the job! For more information and to offer your stewardship as a parish greeter, contact Gen Miceli (gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org, 610-646-6550). Children’s Liturgy of the Word: The young children of our parish need your help in order to celebrate weekly Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sundays. The time commitment is 1-2 times a month. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Andrea Bell, aabcebell@gmail.com. And thank you to our faithful CLOW ministers (past and present), whose gift of time and talent make this program possible! RCIA News All are asked to remember in prayer during Lent our five candi­dates as they complete their spiritual journey to full Christian Initiation. They are: Tiffany Feeley, Matthew Foust, Paul Gillam, Carrie Mengel and Harry Protzmann. At the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19, they will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. 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 jbogdan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6535. Respect Life Committee Spiritual Adoption Program: The next Spiritual Adoption Program has now begun. Your prayerful support can make a real difference in the life of an unborn baby and their family. Participation is easy! Simply say the following prayer each day for nine months: “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” Prayer cards are available in the Adult Spirituality Library. To receive monthly updates from the RLC, contact us at sterespectlife@gmail.com or call Karen Patterson at 610-458-8694. Parish School News Registration of new students is now open for the 2014-2015 school year. For information and a registration packet, call Liz at 610-646-6540. All are welcome to the Living Stations of the Cross presented by our eighth grade class on Friday, April 11, at 1:30 PM and again at 7:00 PM in church. Elizabeth Ministry Easter Play Date: Join other parents with infants and preschoolers on Thursday, April 10, 9:30-11:00 AM. We meet in the ministry center for snacks and fellowship. We’ll be making crafts and having an Easter egg hunt!! RSVP to amylaughlin28@gmail.com or joannabenton@comcast.net so that we have enough materials and refreshments. Pastoral Outreach News In cooperation with Catholic Relief Services, our parish will host a special food packing project for Burkina Faso on Saturday, June 7. Funding to purchase the food for this project is provided by poor box donations during March and April. To date, $3,045.00 has been donated to this project. Thank you for your generosity in the past and the present. Remember every $.50 that is donated feeds a family of 4 one meal. Watch the parish bulletin for info on how to participate in the food packing day on Saturday, June 7. Youth Ministry News Middle School Youth Group: Next meeting is this Friday, April 4, at 7:00 PM in the social hall: see you then! 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: Join us this Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the K of C hall in West Chester. Check out the details on Facebook or at www.cyacc.org. All are welcome! Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinner All are invited to the K of C Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 PM in the social hall. Bring your family for a great fish dinner! Take out is also available. Tickets are on sale in the ministry center after Mass through next weekend, April 5-6. Please note that no tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event. Financial Corner Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year. Regular Collection for Sunday, March 15-16, 2014 Weekend Contributions: $26,040.01 [Amount of Loose Cash: $1,294.01] Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 6,914.50 Total Regular Collection: $32,954.51 Number of adult envelope contributions: 719 Auto-Giving: 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, contact Sam Venuti (svenuti@stelizabethparish.org) or call 610-646-6515. Upcoming Events and Meetings RCIA & Inquiry: Mondays, 7:00 PM, St. John the Baptist Adult Faith Formation: Monday (3/31), 7:00 PM, St. Luke K of C: Tuesday (4/1), 7:30 PM, St. Matthew High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC Spirit Newsletter: Tuesday (4/1), 7:00 PM, St. Mark Stewardship Council: Tuesday (4/1), 7:00 PM, St. Luke CRHP- Women’s Renewal Group: Tuesday (4/1), 7:00 PM, social hall Cub Scouts: Wednesday (4/2), 6:00 PM, art room Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family AFF Lenten Presentation: Wednesday (4/2), 7:00 PM, social hall Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS) Committee: Wednesday (4/2), 7:00 PM, St. Luke CRHP- Men’s Formation Team: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, St. John the Baptist Joyful Voices Choir: Thursday (4/3), 7:00 PM, church Middle School Youth Group: Friday (4/4), 7:00 PM, social hall Stations of the Cross & Benediction: Friday (4/4), 7:00 PM, church Stewardship Day of Service (SDOS): Saturday (4/5), 8:30 AM, social hall, church, off-site Pastoral Outreach Food Collection: Sat/Sun (4/5-4/6), before all Masses, church narthex Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church Insert to the Parish Bulletin for Sunday, March 30, 2014 Reconciliation Opportunities during Lent Individual confessions are heard in the daily Mass chapel at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings and at 6:30 PM on Wednesdays, April 2, and April 16. All are welcome to the celebration of First Penance at 7:00 PM this Monday, March 31. The Lenten Communal Penance Service with Individual Confessions will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 PM. There will also be extended period of confessions (9:00-11:00 AM) on Saturday, April 12. Our parishioners are welcome to attend a Recon­ciliation Service with Individual Confessions at these area parishes (all at 7:00 PM): on Monday, April 7, at SS. Simon & Jude Church in West Chester; on Thursday, April 10, at St. Patrick Church in Malvern; on Monday, April 14, at both SS. Philip & James Church in Exton and St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in West Chester; and on Tuesday, April 15, at St. Joseph in Downingtown. Special Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross & Benediction: this Friday, April 4, at 7:00 PM, in church. Stewardship Day of Service: This Saturday, April 5, 9:00 AM. Last-minute registrations may be made by calling the parish services office (610-646-6550) by this Monday afternoon. Living Stations of the Cross: The eighth graders of the parish school will present a Living Stations of the Cross next Friday, April 11, at 1:30 PM and again at 7:00 PM. Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinner: All are welcome to the K of C Fish Fry in the parish social hall on Friday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale in the ministry center after Mass next weekend. No tickets will be sold at the door. Schedule for Holy Week and Easter All are encouraged to join with the 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 at Saint Elizabeth. Palm Sunday, April 12-13: regular weekend Mass schedule, with Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30 PM and Mass on Sunday at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 AM. Palm will be blessed within the Eucharistic Liturgy and distributed by the ushers and greeters. 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). May the Lord bring many blessings upon each of you and your loved ones in Holy Week and throughout the Easter Season!
Wednesday, 26 March 2014


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