The Baptism of the Lord
The Baptsim of the Lord, Giotto, Scrovengi Chapel, 1305

The Baptism of the Lord – Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021

The 11:00 AM mass at St. Elizabeth will be a car mass. Please see the video and diagram below to see the procedure for this type of mass.

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.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 Mass offered for Sarah Cissell and newborn son Jack Lawrence Cissell https://fb.watch/30f6q1hlAc/

Congratulations to Sarah & Zeke Cissell on the birth of their newborn son Jack Lawrence Cissell. What great joy to report mother and son are doing well! God bless you all Cissell and Poirier families.

Sees Candy Year Round

Our first car mass went off smoothly. Thank you Fr. Luis for making this possible. However, it is apparent that when the ground gets more saturated this area will not be suitable for parking, we can park on the streets around the property and hear the mass when the grounds are super saturated.

We currently offer two outdoor masses: 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth; 12:30 at St. Colman. If it is raining there is only one mass, a car mass at St. Elizabeth/ St. Hubert Hall Yard. See info below.

Exerpt from car mass this morning.

Here is the poem from America magazine Fr. Luis quoted: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/01/09/prayer-nation-us-capitol-239684

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 PayPal button below (it accepts credit cards, you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it) 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. Your giving records will be mailed for your reporting needs in mid January, 2021. Thank you!

You can now check your giving history online. 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 are currently two stores open, our Valentine’s Day Store and our Year Round Store. Click on the image to shop and thank you for supporting our parish! If you don’t shop online, Michele McDonell has kindly purchased a supply to sell after the masses starting Jan. 24. You can also place orders with her but our store closes Jan. 29. Here is the selection:

Click the image to shop!
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 Christmas masses and 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. We have not set the accounting side of this system up yet, but expect to have it done in the early spring of 2021.

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. 

Here’s a break from the tech stuff. Here’s the good news: the CRAB TEAM has emerged from their winter slumber and pondering how to pull off CRAB FEED 2021!!! Committee chair Linda Payne tells us the decision to have the 2021 event has not yet been made, so keep your fingers crossed!

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


Download the PDF from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, provided by Bishop Vasa:

New Presbyteral Memo from Bishop Vasa Dec. 22, 2020

Pray for our Bishop & Priests & Our Diocese!

Thank you also Damen Kennedy / Russian River Clearing. See our SERVICE PARTNERS page.

Parish Rosary


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


California bishops hold a “virtual” Stations of the Cross
to draw attention to the sin of racism. Visit our Diocesan Website for information and to Pray the Stations.

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.

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.

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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