Our first mass in the Outdoor Church will be July 7 at 9:00 AM. If you would like to volunteer for the coffee service, please contact Irene Deem at (707) 486-9683 or email 3churchesecc@gmail.com. Sign up for St. Elizabeth’s Guild – the sign up sheet is in the vestibule. Note: due to illness our volunteers have not completed the monument displaying the board plaques. The plaques will be displayed on a board, but the permanent display will be stone and concrete monument on the path to the altar. Coffee will be served after mass.
108th Annual Variety Show is one week away! Ticket and Info: http://www.monterioshow.org.
Thank you to Guittard Chocolate Company for donating chocolate for our candies! Thank you also to Paxton and Tatum who not only helped make and bag the candies, but who will be at the preshow 4 to 7 selling them! Look for the chef hats!
Congratulations to Tatum Jane Cissell on her First Communion, Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday Bulletin 2019-07-21[666]

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

The DONATE button below will take you to PayPal where you can make a donation in the amount you designate using a credit card or your PayPal account. You don’t need a PayPal account to use your credit card. Thank you for your generous support.

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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.

GoFundMe is free and is the No. 1 free fund raising platform (no platform fee, but there are the usual Paypal charity rate fees charged per transaction.) Paypal verification is the gateway to GoFundMe,

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.

As we are new to these programs, if you have experience using them and wish to suggest better ways to use them, please contact irenedeem@comcast.net (volunteer webmaster.) 

Thank you to everyone who helps our parish through prayer, service, financial support or other support! We are blessed! 

Fr. Luis Peñaloza is the pastor and welcomes you!


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

5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth, Guerneville

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

11:00 AM Sunday St. Colman, Cazadero (Outdoor Church)

9:00 AM Mass Tues thru Friday St. Elizabeth, Guerneville; the rosary is recited before weekday mass at 8:30.

  • Tuesday: Adoration following Mass
  • Wednesday: Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help following mass.
  • Thursday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after 9:00 AM mass. No mass or services third Thursday of the month;
  • Friday: Healing Service follows 9:00 AM mass. Sacrament of Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follow.


With the loss of parking revenue from the cancelled Jazz and Blues Festival, we have organized this exciting fundraiser – which will be an annual event! Our goal is to raise funds for the repair/replacement of roofs and foundations for St. Colman and St. Elizabeth. Dinner will sell out quickly due to limited seating, be sure to book early!

Information and Tickets: www.MacKenzieClassic.com



SAVE THE DATE – JULY 25, 2019 

Now’s the time to plan your fabulous evening with world class music, comedy, and great entertainment surrounded by magnificent redwood trees in the heart of Monte Rio Vacation Wonderland. Plan your July vacation now. Buy your tickets today to enjoy an amazing Show on Thursday, July 25, 2019! 

Join us for the 108th annual Monte Rio Variety Show on July 25, 2019. Our Venue opens at 4:30 PM with a “no host” Fireman’s BBQ, Wine & Beer concessions, and an incredible dessert bar. You can also enjoy old fashion Hot Dogs and Popcorn for sale throughout the evening. Our pre-show featuring local talent begins at 6:30 PM. The main show starts at 8:00 PM featuring world class entertainers.

Our event supports three beneficiaries – St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Monte Rio School Foundation, and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation. 

Purchase Tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com 

Please contact us:  info@monterioshow.org

Visit Website at: www.monterioshow.org

Facebook: monteriovarietyshow



Michele M. McDonell
Cell:  707-486-1739
Below: Thank you to Riley, Tatum and Paxton for helping to make our delicious candies with chocolate donated by Guittard Chocolate Company for the Variety Show! Tatum and Paxton will be selling them at the show between 4 & 7, be sure to get some – they’re delicious! They will also be selling them after the 9:00 AM mass on Sunday.
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Souvenir Coasters – four for $5.00


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We have expanded this fund raising effort by adding a sponsorship portion. Sponsors will be recognized with signage on the property bordering 4th Street. Here is the letter and accompanying form being sent:





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We have installed 26 of the 34 pew plaques and are continuing work on cleaning up the area. Grass is mowed, debris removed, finishing touches on the little rock shed and looking forward to a great July 7th mass. Thank you all for supporting this program. 

Flooding of St. Elizabeth Outdoor Church
St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church Feb. 27, 2019. The pews and altar are completely submerged, with only the altar cross visible.

Update: With the flood this winter and rains extending into late May, we are struggling to have the grounds ready and the plaques installed for the July 7th opening of the Outdoor Church. Please help if you can. We are still pressure washing and have considerable debris to remove. Some of us are working during the week in the mornings and there is a call for volunteers for June 22 and June 29. 

Dan Demers has found bricks from St. Mary’s Cathedral and used them to make crosses on the exterior walls of the stone shed. For many of us, this is a very special memory! The stone work also features angels, a gargoyle and a statue of St. Francis – be sure to take time to walk around it and enjoy its charm. The entertaining story of the bricks is below. 

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St.Mary's STory


IMG_0937IMG_0943Here is the current pew assignment plan:


Note: We are not able to honor some of the pew location requests due to the repair of the pews prior to the receipt of the plaques. Display of the board plaques will be completed this summer.

PayPal tech support suggest that visitors having issues with any online purchases use the PayPal Customer Service number 888-221-1161.

If you prefer to pay by check, download MemorialPlaqueBulletinInsertV2 and fill it out, return it to the church with your check. St. Elizabeth Church, 1405 Woodland Drive, Guerneville, CA 95446.

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

Music by Mariachi Torres (707) 228-0646

Special thank you to Larry Poirier who sanded off the graffiti on our benches before the wedding. Thank  you also to Jim Breaux and Larry Love who weed whacked for two week ends, Carlos Gonzalez and Ben Robles who have been working for weeks on this annual project, and for the people listed below who helped prepare the property for the summer season. Here is another video showing the beauty of the outdoor church – what a precious heritage our faith is!

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


Fr. Luis has very kindly provided these books FOR FREE to assist us in becoming more holy. Please take them home and read them, they are located  on the tables with the hymnals.


Recommended Spiritual Reading
These books are offered FREE of charge at the back of the church, courtesy of Fr. Luis.


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.


NEW! From Dan Demers: The Missing Cross

Story of SF Phone Book Cover
Dan Demer’s Story of early political correctness overcome in SF.

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

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.


Support the parish another way by buying these great aprons from Port Authority! Stain resistant and sturdy, you will LOVE the big pockets! Adjustable straps ensure proper fit, extra length protects cloths from stains. The parish earns $7.00 on each purchase. Limited supply, no shipping at this time, must pick up at church. 


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

Please 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

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; 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; Doris Belluomini sings alto; Sean and Terese Brown play cello and violin respectively. Eric Lindenbusch, tenor, our former cantor and cornet player has moved to St. Ann’s Parish in Bonners Ferry, Idaho – we miss him but are happy for him in his beautiful new home.


Fr. Luis often explains the importance of singing at mass by saying “Imagine if you just said the words of the song “Happy Birthday to You.” That is the difference that singing makes. St. Augustine writes:

So, then, my brothers, let us sing now, not in order to enjoy a life of leisure, but in order to lighten our labors. You should sing as wayfarers do – sing, but continue your journey. Do not be lazy, but sing to make your journey more enjoyable. Sing, but keep going. What do I mean by keep going? Keep on making progress. This progress, however, must be in virtue; for there are some, the Apostle warns, whose only progress is in vice. If you make progress, you will be continuing your journey, but be sure that your progress is in virtue, true faith and right living. Sing then, but keep going.

outdoorchurchmap3 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. 


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.

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

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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