Fr. Luis Peñaloza is the pastor and welcomes you!

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church

14095 Woodland Ave

Guerneville, CA 95446

(707) 869-2107

A second baptism at St. Colman outdoor church in Cazadero! Note, we are sorry we cannot provide names of children due to internet safety concerns. Thank you for your understanding.
Sept. 1, 2019 Last mass in Summer Church. In the bulletin Fr. Luis expresses gratitude to the volunteers who make the summer church possible. We are short of volunteers, please consider getting involved in helping set up the altar, helping to clean and remove rubbish, or helping with the hospitality service or fellowship gathering.


Note: No mass on Tuesday, Sept. 10 or Friday, Sept. 13

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) Note: Sept 1 is last mass in outdoor church.

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.

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

Elizabeth’s Guild is hosting this year’s annual parish picnic
fundraiser. We will gather at Odd Fellows Park Sunday
September 15 at 1pm. Cost is $10 adults and $5 kids which will
includes burgers, dogs, salads refreshments and dessert. Please
join us for some Summer fun and help us continue fundraising for
all our churches projects. Sign up will be after the masses or by
calling Francine 869-9341 or Katrina 869-0622. Hope to see you

The 2019 Santa Rosa Religious Education Congress is SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 2019 on the Cardinal Newman high school campus. Registration is at 8:00 AM in the gym, followed by Mass at 9:00 AM. The Keynote speaker is Dr. James Pauley, Professor of Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Session One, with 4 speakers, follows from 11:30 to 12:30, then lunch. Session 2 picks up at 1:30 to 2:30, followed with a Plenary Session from 2:45 to 3:45. The day ends at 4:00 after closing prayer and raffle.

The Thomistic Institute presents “AQUINAS 101”, an introductory level video series which is designed for people who are interested in learning about St. Thomas Aquinas and his place in philosophy and Catholic intellectual thought. The videos are formatted in black and white (the colors of the Dominican order) and are very brief – 5 to 7 minutes – to provide an easy introduction to St. Thomas. Start date is September 3, 2019. Designed for college students who participate in the Thomistic Institute campus programs, “Aquinas 101” is appropriate for any post middle school age or educational level. The course is free of charge, sign up online at https://aquinas101.thomisticinstitute.org/

Upon sign up you receive this free 41 page PDF with selections from SUMMA THEOLOGIAE with Introduction by Fr. Dominic Legge. It will give you a taste of the thinking of St. Thomas and familiarize you with the format of his style of argument which stands as a fundamental format in debate.
Thank you to our sponsors, donors, golfers, dinner guests and volunteers who helped make this new fund raiser a great success. We had a lot of fun, met new people, and cleared $9000 to contribute to the restoration of the various buildings of St. Elizabeth Parish. We had 16 golfers and a total of 55 people for dinner.
108th Annual Variety Show is in the books! One of the greatest, featuring Jimmy Buffet! Michelle McDonell reports on great outcomes in 2019, future date July 23, 2020.
First Communion, Divine Mercy Sunday
First communion in our tiny parish is a great joy!

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! 


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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. 

Holy Bricks (1)


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

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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

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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