Thank you Kristen Power for photos

Bulletin for 2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday:

Thank you to Rick DeCarly, Steve Powers, Jerry Hurley and Pablo Vital who each got a little closer to heaven today installing the new sign for the outdoor church.

Thanks so much to Rick DeCarly, Steve Powers, Jerry Hurley and Pablo Vital for installing the sign for the outdoor church. Thank you also to Von Renner Construction. Rick did a great job building the mounting frame for the sign so it matches the bell tower and is high off the ground, deterring vandalism. Signage was suggested by sheriff’s deputies to deter vandalism and drug and alcohol activity on the grounds. We know it takes more than that, but let’s all pray that people will think about God, coming to church and hopefully straighten out their lives. Our sign was made by M4-Specialties in Guerneville; laser and routing done by Hillel Posner. Funding for the sign was from anonymous donors.

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Sunday masses: St. Elizabeth, Guerneville, 10:00 AM; St. Colman, Cazadero, 11:30. Week day masses Tues. thru Fri. 9:00 AM St. Elizabeth.

Bishop Vasa publishes Presbyteral Bulletin 97, March 31, 2021. Bishop reminds Catholics of duty to participate in Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation, in anticipation of end to dispensation.

St. Joseph Novena – Plenary Indulgences for the Year of St. Joseph

STATIONS OF THE CROSS RECORDING using St. Elizabeth Stations images and text.

Friday, March 5, 20201 able to remove from paint to face of Christ. Pews will be repaired by mass Sunday. Thank you to Rick DeCarly for obtaining the permit and burning the debris pie and mowing top end of outdoor church and St. Hubert Yard. Looks great!

Supreme Court issues injunction allowing indoor worship at 25% capacity.

Please read the Presbyteral Bulletin from Bishop Vasa. The link for the PDF is below.

Our church secretary, Mila Lasser, has found 2 photo albums from the late 1960s. Enjoy them HERE.

Update January 21, 2021 from CA State: https://covid19.ca.gov/contact-tracing/ St. Eizabeth is transitioning from Eventbrite mass registration to our new stelizabeth.churchtrac.com system. After online financial contribution is enabled in early February, the domain http://www.rrchurches.com will point to this site. PLEASE check your profile to ensure your contact information is accurate. We will have email, text and voice mail capability with this new system. Visitors can register online or at mass, but every adult must provide their phone or email, not that of the host. The health officials needs to talk to the person exposed not a friend or family member. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but it is for your own safety and that of the community.

If you have tested positive within 14 days of attending one of our outdoor masses, call the Sonoma County COVID-19 Hot Line at (707) 565-4667. Be sure to give them the date you attended mass so they can get our attendance records and contact information, which is treated confidentially. More information is available at https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coron to tell them the date you attended mass so we can provide them the attendance records and contact info, which is treated confidentially. avirus/testing-and-tracing/

COVID-19 really wreaks havoc with event planning, and the Crab Team first thought it might be more affordable to have crab sandwiches, but after a little research discovered the cost was not really less. So they are back to Plan A. The menu features a huge portion of cracked crab, Chef Lori’s Famous Pasta, Caesar Salad, home made rolls and dessert. One way or the other, depending on the health dept. regulations in late March, we will have a great time being together. Price $60

Fr. Luis saying mass in the rain at St. Colman on a cold January Sunday. Photo by Mike Nichols.

Welcome to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and the Mission Churches of St. Catherine of Siena in Monte Rio and St. Colman in Cazadero. Fr. Luis Penaloza is Pastor. We are located at 14095 Woodland Ave., Guerneville, CA 95446. Office hours 10-1, Tues thru Fri. (707) 869-2107. Email churchelizabeth@gmail.com. Scroll down to end of page for maps.

Mass Tuesday, February 2, 2021 https://fb.watch/3g3fpocGXi/

Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism. Ash Wednesday is February 17, 2021
Sees Candy Year Round


Lenten Book Study: The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen. https://www.abidingtogetherpodcast.com/return-of-the-prodigal-son

Thank you Barbara Kobler for suggesting this book study. As the video explains, this is a very flexible format where you can study on your own, with a spouse or friend, parish groupor whatever works for you. Abebooks.com has several used copies of the book raning from $4 to $6. Note: Amazon orders have an error shipping the wrong book, it has the correct cover but the wrong book inside.

We must urgently ask parishioners unable to attend mass to please mail your weekly or monthly contribution to the parish so that we can pay the bills. Use the convenient DONATE feature at stelizabeth.churchtrac.com or the new electronic transfer process described below.

If you prefer, you can set up a monthly electronic transfer from your bank to the St. Elizabeth Parish Unrestricted Donations, which is a savings account. This function is available in many bank accounts under “Pay Bills.” In so doing you avoid any fees. The routing number is 121140218 and the account number is 2403204395. You can check your giving records and print it out at any time using stelizabeth.churchtrac.com

You can now check your giving history online and print it whenever you need it. Here’s how

St. Elizabeth See’s Candy Stores Now Open Year Round

We are so happy to announce that See’s has now expanded their Yum-Raising program to include year round stores. There is currently one store open, our Year Round Store. Click on the image to shop and thank you for supporting our parish!

Click the image to shop!

Introducing CHURCHTrac

As you know, the infection rate is at a high point in Sonoma County and the Bay Area. To make sure our continuing outdoor masses remain safe, we are asking parishioners to register as members on our new system at https:/stelizabeth.churchtrac.com

This request is for your own safety. If you can’t do it, don’t worry. Manual registration will continue at every mass. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

This system will allow you to check your donations, communicate with the church office and ministry teams, and to make online donations. The online payment system used is Stripe, and offers

For end of year reporting for 2021 we are planning to issue reports for contributors. This is a new system so we expect to have some hiccups and ask for your understanding. By end of year 2021 things should be smoothed out. A video is below to help you through the registration process. 

As we are in the cold and flu season here are resources:


Dr Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer, reassures public of confidentiality of contact tracing.

Another great way to support the parish! When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases St. Elizabeth. 

This link can be activated with your computer or cell phone browser, and in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

Please share with you family and friends to help St. Elizabeth Parish keep its doors open!

We are being cautious in reopening due to the ages we have in our parish. Many are over 65 and I have already asked them to stay home if their health is compromised with underlying issues. Yes, we are strict in our guidelines for knowing who attends the mass so we can say it is safe and eventually relax the protocol, based on the advice of medical authorities.

Thank you for understanding. However, if you disagree with the process, I might suggest that there are other Catholic churches around. We are not keeping you here, you do have a choice. We are not going to compromise our guidelines because you don’t agree; there is always a choice as other people choose to be here and celebrate in peace.

As you join us in thanking God for our safety and health, we pray for families affected by the pandemic and also those people around the world suffering from other calamities.

Peace and blessings,

Fr. Luis

Mass Sign Up Instructions –



  1. Remember that the Sunday obligation is still lifted.  This means any mass during the week [weekdays as well as weekend mass] is as good as a Sunday Mass.   Look for days and times that work for you and especially take advantage of the weekdays.
  2. Sign up for any Mass you want to go.  The process to sign up is given below.  There is an instructional video at the bottom and the link to sign up.
  3. Please let others who might not have heard yet that we are offering Mass, point them to the website, and explain to them how to sign up.


Who should not come:

+ Anyone  who is elderly and /or compromised in health should not come.

+ Anyone who is sick or showing any cold or flu like symptoms cannot come.

+The dispensation from Mass by Bishop Vassa is still in effect and no one is required to come.  We will also still stream the Sunday Masses and other events on our websites rrchurches.com and Facebook.

+ St. Elizabeth outside chapel, Guerneville Sunday mass @ 11:00 am

+ St. Coleman outside church, Cazadero Sunday mass @ 12:30 (no mass if rainy)

+  Confession are available by appointment only.  Email Fr. Luis 20frluisp@gmail.com

Or call 707 321 0528


+ Keep a 6 – FEET DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AT ALL TIME [Family members can sit together

+ Sit in the assigned pews that have been sanitized and arranged for social distance.

+ Do not touch your face or anything else that you don’t have to.

+ Wear a MASK !

+ Please bring your own hand sanitizers with you

+ Bring a blanket to put on the bench you are sitting

+ Plan to be at Church at least 5 minutes before Mass time to avoid traffic at the entrance.

+ Communion is offered after Mass and it is row by row and you are asked to exit after receiving the Eucharist.

Fr. Luis suggestions for movies and DVDs during the pandemic. With the rain, there’s not much you can do, so enjoy some coffee cake and these great old films and new media!

Note: this site is actually not a website but a Content Management Site (CMS) which means that heads of ministry, project leaders, etc. can post directly without going thru a webmaster or graphic designer. The software is WordPress and if you know word processing, you can learn it in one or two hours. Please contact Irene Deem for further information at 3churchesecc@gmail.com.


Resources for assistance concerning COVID-19 pandemic: www.findhelp.org.


Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.”

 At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and heal through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being

For requests for communion or confession, call the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church office at 707-869-2107.



By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us. Here is the Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


Taken from https://www.ncregister.com/blog/armstrong/if-you-cant-receive-communion-make-a-spiritual-communion


Congratulations to Bishop Robert F. Vasa, Publisher Christopher Lyford Editor and Arthur Waligora, Creative Director/Graphic Designer on the beautiful new format for the North Coast Catholic! Subscriptions are free for donors of $50 or more to the Annual Ministries Appeal. To donate go to the North Coast Catholic page

New: As of April 23, 2019 St. Elizabeth and its mission churches were verified by Paypal and our processing fee is reduced from 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction to the non-profit rate of 2.2%  + 30 cents per transaction. Our parish now participates in the Paypal Giving Fund, Go Fund Me and eBay for Charity. Click on the links below to donate.

What’s the difference?

Paypal Giving Fund charges no fee; generates more than $100 million per year for charities; lists us as a charity making us visible to millions; issues you a donation receipt; you can chose to remain anonymous. Even if you cannot donate, please visit the link and share it via email, Twitter and Facebook (see lower right hand corner of page.) There is a link on this page to the Paypal Giving Fund FAQ page as well.

eBay for Charity: eBay raised more than $10 million for families of the 9/11 victims. It provides an opportunity for eBay sellers to donate a portion of their earnings to their favorite charity, and eBay buyers can donate while shopping. Click HERE for more information on this program.


Wedding in the St. Elizabeth Outdoor Church June 23, 2018:

Music by Mariachi Torres (707) 228-0646

The beautiful team of white Percherons, Jayder and Lucky, are provided by www.WineCountryWeddingCarriages.com, Julie Vasquez (707) 971-9660.


Word Among Us now has a phone app

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) online 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 do not have a religious education program at this time. St. Philip’s in nearby Occidental offers religious education. Click here for information.

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.

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


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. 


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 Siean, Monte Rio; mass is at 4:00 PM on Saturday

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 couples are required to meet with the priest 6 months prior to the wedding date.

Confessions: By appointment. Call the office.

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Disclaimer: This WordPress 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. As a Content Management System, it offers leaders of our ministries to author their content online. This effort is dedicated to Blessed Carlo Acutis. who was beatified October 10, 2020. Carlo used technology to evangelize, focusing on the eucharistic miracles.