HolyWeekHomePageLent: Stations of the Cross are said on Fridays following the 9:00 AM mass. Adoration and Reconicilation are offered after the Stations.

Please pick up the Lenten books Fr. Luis has placed at the entrance to the church. From the Feb. 25th bulletin they are described:

“What gives you hope? What are your hopes and
dreams — for yourself, your children, your church,
your community, your nation? What sustains that hope
and turns those dreams into reality? What are some of
the unique ways you bring hope to people in your life?
The contributors featured in ‘Beautiful Hope” offer
intensely personal answers to these questions. Some of
them are well-known authors and speakers, but many
are ordinary Catholics dealing with everyday life with
all its challenges and problems, just like you. Their
stories are meant to spark your own exploration of hope
and increase its abundance in your life.” [Excerpts
from the book “Beautiful Hope,”]
Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of
us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time
knowing that we could be happier —maybe even a lot
happier. Ordinary people and the finest philosophers
have been exploring the question of happiness for the
thousands of years, and theories abound. But this is not
a book of theory, “RESISTING HAPPINESS” is a
deeply personal, disarmingly transparent look at why
we sabotage our own happiness and what to do about

 Fr. Luis encourages us to make a sincere effort to achieve “metanoia” or interior change, emerging this Easter with the best version of ourselves. Fr. Luis also suggests signing up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE email service from Matthew Kelly. Visit www.DynamicCatholic.com. 

Welcome to St. Elizabeth, Guerneville and the Mission Churches of St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio and St. Colman, Cazadero.

Fr. Luis Peñaloza is the pastor and welcomes you!

St. Elizabeth (707) 869-2107

1405 Woodland Drive, Guerneville, CA 95446

email: churchelizabeth@comcast.net


4:00 PM Vigil Mass at St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio

5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth

9:00 AM Sunday St. Elizabeth, Guerneville (choir and instrumentalists) 

11:00 AM Sunday St. Colman, Cazadero 

9:00 AM Mass Tues thru Friday St. Elizabeth, Guerneville

Outdoor church from July through Labor Day at St. Elizabeth and St. Colman.

The rosary is recited before week day mass at 8:40.

  • Tuesday: Adoration following Mass
  • Wednesday: Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help following mass
  • Thursday: No mass or services third Thursday of the month
  • Friday: Following mass there is Anointing of the Sick, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (for one hour); Confessions are heard during the latter part of the Exposition at about 9:30 AM.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) on line at https://www.catechismclass.com/about.php. Catechismclass.com also offers classes for adults and children, as well as a series of talks by Bishop

We regret that we do not have a religious education program for children at this time. St. Philip’s in nearby Occidental offers religious education. Click here for information.

Three Night Lenten Mission


with Theologian, John Galten

St. Sebastian Catholic Church

7983 Covert Lane

Sebastopol Ca

March 6, 7 & 8

(Tues., Wed. & Thurs)

7:00 – 8:15 PM

We will explore:

  • The devotion to the Sacred Heart
  • The ichness of the Sacred Heart in our Catholic spiritual life
  • The Sacred Heart and the family

St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma Annual Dinner and Report

Executive Director Jack Tibbets presenting. For complete video see the St. Vincent de Paul page.

Don’t miss the TV series on the St. Vincent de Paul Society on EWTN!


Here’s a poster to share svdp-ewtn-series-flier

We had a very festive pasta feed on Saturday night! Thank you all for joining us and special thanks to Katrina and John Angeli for organizing it and doing a great job in the kitchen! The original date in October was cancelled due to the fires, and ticket revenues were donated to the Redwood Empire Fire Victims Fund.  Last night’s dinner was free of charge, but donations more than covered our expenses. Thank you for your generosity!


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Charity Room EWTN Media Missionaries Meeting. EWTN Media Missionary Director Jim Pinto and EWTN Marketing Director for California Monica Marin will lead us in a meeting to plan how to integrate EWTN with our local ministries, including the development of EWTN radio for our region, and what the EWTN Media Missionary program offers the Diocese of Santa Rosa. To sign up for the program visit http://www.EWTNmissionaries.com.



restoration of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Monte Rio, CA
St. Catherine’s Church was dedicated in August of 1912. San Francisco Archbishop Edward J. Hanna presided at the ceremonies. The cozy little structure was built at a cost of $3,000 [$75,000 in 2017 values]. The church, constructed entirely of redwood, was not wired for electricity until 1948. -From Daniel J. Demers “The Church the Bohemians Built.” The church was damaged by a fire in 2015, here is the story.




Simply Sacred Books & Gifts http://www.simplysacredbooksandgifts.net (707) 528-7749
1791 Marlowe Rd., #111 (at Guerneville Road)
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA now open for 4:00 PM vigil mass on Saturdays

Heartfelt thanks to all those involved in getting the necessary permitting to allow use of the church, Fr. Luis, Michele McDonell, Dan Demers, Margaret McAtee. What a blessing to once again have mass at St. Catherine’s, which has been closed following the fire in 2015! (For story of the fire click HERE.) Thank you to the Monte Rio Variety Show for 106 years of support!

Note: The renovations are not complete so please check back on this site to see the mass schedule for St. Catherine of Siena.

Please note the St. Catherine’s church is open only temporarily as more work needs to be done. It will then be rededicated and resume its normal schedule. Please check this website for mass schedule at St. Catherine’s.


 Monte Rio Variety Show website: monterioshow.org 


Enjoy Dan Demer’s history of St. Catherine of Siena: The Church the Bohemians Built


It is more than a year since the fire at St. Catherine of Siena and Dan Demers has sent us recent photos the pews which have been sanded and refinished, now in place.  Thank you to Dan and all other those involved in the restoration.







Photo of newly renovated St. Catherine of Siena taken July 22, 2017. Thank you Dan Demers and all others involved in restoring the church following the fire.

There is a contact form below if you would like to join or are moving, or want to subscribe to the email version of the newsletter. This website is a volunteer effort for the convenience of our parishioners and visitors;  is not an official publication of the Catholic church.

Thank you to all who assisted in the annual cleanup of the outdoor church. Click HERE for details.

Looking forward to summer church 2018, special thanks to Jim Rossi who has been repairing the pews of the outdoor church. There are 100 pews in the outdoor church and about half of them are in need of repair. There has been great progress in beautifying and cleaning up this beloved property, and there are discussions underway for improving the property.  IMG_1743

If you are interested in helping, contact Jim at (10) 798-921 or email him at jockorossi@gmail.com.

Feb. 11 update: A “Name a Pew” project is getting organized which will offer bronze plates to be put on the pews honoring loved ones. We will provide more information as the project is developed. Thank you for your patience.



Catholic nuns as nurses in US Civil War
Sisters of Charity, Gettysburg 1863

Plesase enjoy reading parishioner/writer Daniel J. Demer’s latest publication, a fascinating story about Catholic nuns working with Florence Nightengale during the Civil War. We also congratulate Dan on the nice review of his new book, OLD WINE & FOOD STORIES, available on Amazon.

Enjoy North Coast Ecumenicist #3 , Dan Demer’s profile of the early California Russian Orthodox priest who shared warm friendships with Roman Catholic priests in Northern CA.  Ioann (John) Veniaminov would later become St. Innocent of Alaska.

St. Innocent of Alaska, Fr. Ioann (John) Vianiminov

Catholic Charities Alzheimer’s Respite Center

We are looking for volunteer to ork in our Alzheimer’s Senior Respite Center. This is an innovative day actiity program for people with dementia that provide music, art, and other appropriate activitie while allowing family members much-needed time off from full time caregiving. Open M-F 9 am to 3 pm.

The Catholic Charities Family Support Center is seeking front dek reception volunteers! FSC is the largest shelter for familie in Northern CA, serving up to 138 homele people daily. Program include case management,, employment and housing counseling, health and wellness and other supportive services.

If you’re interetested in either of these volunteer opportunititie or to hear more about the other programs that volunteer serve in through Catholic Charities, please contact Maureen Mendoa at 707-528-8712 ext 160 or email nmendoza@srcharities.org.

SEBrochurev4 (use this version of parish brochure for printing)

SEBrochureWEB (low resolution of parish brochure for email/web viewing)

Pope Francis Encyclical LUMEN FIDEI  papa-francesco_20130629_enciclica-lumen-fidei_en

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/stelizabethguerneville

Retreats: Our region is world famous for tourism, offering spectacular scenery and world class wineries.  Majestic redwoods, invigorating coastal hiking, delicious artisan cheeses, fresh salmon and crab (in season), kayaking on the Russian River, are just some of the attractions in our vacation environment that lend themselves to a restorative spiritual retreat. Here is a list of hotels and resorts. One of our favorites is the Raford Inn which is about 10 minutes from St. Elizabeth’s.  We also encourage you to visit the other charming churches in our region. Here are two: St. Teresa of Avila and St. Philips in Occidental. We hope you plan a visit soon!

St. Colman’s Outdoor Church – a beautiful redwood grove, perfect for weddings!


Fr. Luis reminds us that singing is praying twice – a statement made by St. Augustine which is cited in the Catholic Catechism. We so appreciate the Music Ministry at St. Elizabeth’s which includes our choir and our guest instrumentalists and singers: Sopranos Misty North, Carol Kimbal and Sue Tierney; Tony Madrid, piano, John O’Connell and Noel Fahlen. Rebecca Brown, who taught Fr. Luis guitar years ago, travels from Rhonert Park; Winnie Myers (keyboard) comes all the way from Cotati; Stella Dunne, singer, comes in from Penngrove; Eric Lindenbusch, tenor, is cantor and plays cornet;Doris Belluomini sings alto; Sean and Therese Brown play cello and violin respectively.

Our choir also serves the broader community by performing in the Parade of Lights in December and appearing at an Alzheimer’s care center. Here is a video of the choir singing in the local Christmas parade 

JesusIsComing from Irene Deem on Vimeo.


If you would like to show your appreciation, send a donation to St. Elizabeth’s marked for the music ministry. Mailing address is St. Elizabeth’s Church Music Ministry 14095 Woodland Drive Guerneville, CA 95446.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

Outdoor mass is said from July 4th thru Labor Day at 9:00 AM. The outdoor church is located in the wooded area across Armstrong Woods Road and is wheelchair accessible.

Here is a map showing the location of the St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church (Sunday 9:00 AM July 4th thru Labor Day.) You can drive cars down the dirt path for wheelchair access. Restrooms are in St. Hubert’s Hall. Here is a link to map of Guerneville area.


St. Elizabeth’s, Guerneville: Sat. 5:00 PM & Sun 9:00 AM. Enjoy the choir and instrumentalists at the 9:00 AM mass.

St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio, CA
St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio; no services at this time due to fire.

St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio: Sat 4:00 PM

St. Colman's Church, Cazadero.
St. Colman’s Church, Cazadero. The outdoor church is about a half mile before you get to the church. Watch for the sign on the right, after crossing the second bridge.

St. Colman’s, Cazadero: Sun 11:00 AM

Information on St. Colman’s Outdoor Church Weddings

For other masses in the area visit the Santa Rosa Diocese website.

Office: (707) 869-2107

Email: CHURCHELIZABETH@comcast.net

Baptisms: By appointment. Preparation classes are required.

Marriages: Engaged couple are required to meet with the priest 6 months prior to the wedding date.

Confessions: By appointment. Call the office.

Enjoy this little boy named Augustine who played his imaginary violin during mass last Sunday!

St. Elizabeths Guerneville St. Catherine Monte Rio St Colman Cazadero
Mass schedules for St. Elizabeth, Guerneville,St. Catherine, Monte Rio and St. Colman’s, Cazadero.

Click image for larger views.

Note: Enjoy the outdoor masses at St. Elizabeth’s and St. Colmans. Join us for coffee after the 9:00 am Mass at St. Elizabeth’s.

If you would like to join one of the parishes or subscribe to the email version of the bulletin, please fill out this form.








Thank you to our Russian River Food Pantry and fellow St. Vincent de Paul member, Mike's Fruit Garden (on River Road right after you leave Hwy 101.) Mikes has generously donated beautiful baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables for years!
Thank you to our Russian River Food Pantry and fellow St. Vincent de Paul member, Mike’s Fruit Garden (on River Road right after you leave Hwy 101.) Mikes has generously donated beautiful baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables for years!
Mike's Fruit Garden, Fultonn
Beautiful fresh fruit for needy families donated by Mikes Fruit Garden


St.ColmansOutdoorChurch SEChristmasOutsideWEB  StCatherinesWEB

Left: St. Colmans’s Outdoor Church, Cazadero

Center: St. Elizabeth’s, Guerneville

Right: St. Catherine of Siena, Monte Rio

Disclaimer: This blog is maintained by volunteer Irene Deem for St. Elizabeth’s Church and is not an official publication of the Catholic Church or the Diocese of  Santa Rosa.


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  1. Irene, what a great job I was impressed by all these wonderful things that you did. keep it up!
    hopefully, people will take advantage of this. I will announce this this weekend for all to see and share.
    Fr. Luis


  2. Irene:

    One very slight puncutation correction — The Church in Cazadero is St. Colman, not pluralized. Other than that very minor correction, you should be commended for the website development and hosting.



    • Thanks Michael. It’s a funny thing how we speak of the three churches in the possesive. I even did it on the logo! Thanks for drawing it to my attention, and I will make corrections.


  3. Hello Fr and Choir,
    We were wonderfully treated to one of the most beautiful Christmas music during mass this Sunday, 12/27/2015. My family are really thankful!

    Keep up your joyful ministry to reach more for Christ!

    Chris, Gina and Hu Family


  4. Is there a handicap entrance to St. Elizabeth’s? I had hip surgery and there are too many slippery steps for me to feel safe.


    • I apologize for answering so late. Unfortunately there is not a handicap entrance, but starting July 3 the 9:00 AM Sunday mass is held at the outdoor church, which is handicap accessible. St. Philips in Occidental and St. Sebastians in Sebastopol have easier access.


    • St Elizabeths does not have wheelchair access but between July 4th and Labor Day mass is said in the outdoor church which does have wheelchair access. St. Catherine of Siena, a mission church belonging to St. Elizabeths Parish, does have wheelchair access. Mass is at 4:00 PM on Saturdays year round.


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