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

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Fr. Luis Peñaloza is the pastor and welcomes you!

St. Elizabeth Office (707) 869-2107

1405 Woodland Drive, Guerneville, CA 95446

email: churchelizabeth@comcast.net

MASS SCHEDULE

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 (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: 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.

St. Colman’s Outdoor Church is now open; St. Elizabeth’s Summer Church starts July 1.

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Parishioner Linda Payne shares her precious childhood memories of St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church:

We just cannot get enough of Linda ELIZABETH, so we gave her her own show!

As you will see we are kicking off a drive to refurbish and upgrade the outdoor benches and install a cement pad and small storage shed for items and equipment associated with the summer mass. In addition we are upgrading the deteriorating electrical service to the altar for the choir and outdoor events including weddings. We have close to 80 benches that are being refurbished and will be ready for the plaques. The board can hold up to 80 also.

Let’s keep the memories and tradition alive and active for our community.

This is a special place! —Jim Rossi

For your convenience, you can purchase the plaques on line using your credit card or PayPal account.


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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.

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The repaired pews at the outdoor church and cleared underbrush greatly improve the appearance of the property.

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MONTE RIO VARIETY SHOW HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who worked on the 107th Annual Monte Rio Variety Show! Patrick McDonell had wonderful news for us today at the 9:00 AM mass at St. Elizabeth:
Patrick advises us that the final count of attendance and earnings will be reported within the next few days as the committee calculates costs and determines final outcomes.
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Near capacity crowd at the pre show! Fr. Luis said an invocation and then  What a great show: Elvin Bishop, Kix Brooks, Gary Mule Deer, Shelly Berg, and others made a great night of entertainment – see the write up in the Press Democrat.

 

 

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St. Elizabeth had lots of parishioners supporting the show – here are the Poirier ladies enjoying the event!
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St. Elizabeth Parishioners Marty and Sue Tierney having a grand time at the 107th Annual Monte Rio Variety Show!

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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.

 


Update on St. Elizabeth Summer Church Renovation

 

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August 1 shows framing of new storage shed sitting on reinforced concrete pad.

The frame for the storage shed is up; the exterior measures ten x ten feet; the concrete apron measures ten by nine feet seven inches. The exterior of the shed will be stone which will complement the stone altar and  natural setting nicely. A commercial grade steel door will provide security.

We thank all the volunteers who are working on this project and those who have purchased Memorial Plaques to underwrite the cost of restoring this sacred place filled with family memories.

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Below volunteers Matt Poirier and Jeanine Rossi, working hard! Not shown are Larry Love and Jim Breaux who are our champion weed whackers and landscaping team. Gail Culverwell also volunteered. Plants are ordered for the July 1 opening of the Summer Church!

 


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Thank you to our volunteers who parked cars this week end! We had a great success!

SUMMER READING FOR YOUR SOUL

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.

 

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


Enjoy a comical tale “Duct Tape for Jesus” by Dan Demers about the thieves who broke into St. Elizabeths!


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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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.


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; we will report the progress of our Memorial Plaques and Summer Church Renovation Project to you.IMG_1743

If you are interested in helping, contact Jim at (510) 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.


New: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.

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

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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!

MUSIC MINISTRY

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.

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OutdoorChurchMap 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.

MASSES:

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

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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!

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.

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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

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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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