July 27 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


What a joy to celebrate the outdoor mass with music. We so appreciate the Music Ministry at St. Elizabeth’s which includes our choir and our guest musicians: Sopranos Misty North, Carol Kimbal and Sue Tierney; Tony Madrid, 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; Steve Dunne, singer, comes in from Penngrove; Eric Lindenbusch, tenor is cantor and plays cornet; Sean and Therese Brown play cello and violin respectively. If you would like to show your appreciation, send a donation to St. Elizabeth’s marked for the music ministry. Mailing address is St. Elizabeth’s Church Music Ministry 14095 Woodland Drive Guerneville, CA 95446 Your donations will be greatly appreciated and help offset our expenses.

Since many of you are too busy to open the bulletin, here is the message from our Pastor, Fr. Luis Penaloza.

Pastor’s Desk

Like all great discoveries, legend has it that the scientific “Archimedean Principle” was hatched by the famous Greek mathematician while he was taking a bath! It seems that Archimedes had been given a problem to solve by King Hiero. The King had ordered a solid gold crown, but he had reason to believe that the person commissioned to fashion the crown was cheating him. He had paid for pure gold, but he suspected that the crown had been partially filled with something of lesser value.

Archimedes struggled unsuccessfully with the problem of how to verify the king’s suspicions until one day, as he was bathing, he came to realize that an object would displace its own weight in water. This discovery enabled him to conduct a test later in which, by immersing the crown in a vessel of water, it was established that the king was right: the crown had not been fashioned out of pure gold. The legend goes on to say that when Archimedes made the discovery, he shot out of his tub, and without even stopping to put on his clothes, went running down the streets of ancient Syracuse shouting, “Eureka! Eureka! I’ve found the answer!” We can only imagine the shock and surprise of those who witnessed this triumphant spectacle!

We are constantly reminded that man does not invent everything — not by a long shot. Like Archimedes’ revelation, so many things simply exist — only waiting to be discovered. Take for example mathematics. I may not be a genius when it comes to algorithms and geometric proofs, but even I can tell that 5×5 would equal 25, whether or not human beings came into existence. Stop and think about this for a minute. What this means is that an extremely large, accurate sub-system of can figure out, not only certain physical laws, but also project data well beyond our own sphere of understanding. The point is, mathematics existed before we did. So did fire, the mechanics of the wheel, even the fundamental principles of our most powerful computers. Humankind did not create themwe only discovered them. How amazing it is to stumble onto things so powerful and ordered as DNA, and the physical laws of the universe—and to contemplate the discoveries yet to made, both large and small—from the tiniest quantum particles, to the incompressible vastness of our universe.

In today’s Gospel Lesson, the “Parable of the Treasure” and the “Parable of the Pearl” are twin stories with the same message. In both cases, the discovery of something of immense value comes as a surprise—a complete shock. In both parables we detect the joy of an exciting discovery. In both parables, when the discovery is made it fulfills all of the finder’s hopes and dreams, so much so that compared to the new-found treasure, everything else is without real value and can be let go with a feeling of contentment. The Lesson is clear: the Kingdom or Rule of God is the all-embracing, totally-absorbing, ultimate Treasure in life. The value and the importance of this discovery takes precedence over everything else in life. Whether it comes as an unexpected find or as the sudden realization of a life-long search, the Kingdom is the supreme Treasure that eclipses all else. “Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?” the rich young man asked Jesus. “If you wish to be perfect,” Jesus answered. “go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow Me” (Mt. 20:16,21). “For where your treasure is,” Jesus said, “there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:21). He’s tells us, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found,” and “like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it” (Mt. 13:44,45).

When Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is like a hidden treasure, He is not saying that it is beyond our reach or hard to find. Rather, He is telling us that it is there for us to discover. We know, after all — and for certain — the Gospel Truth that the Rule of God is the Rule of Love; that our rule of life is to love; that doing well is to love well. And we learn to treasure it; we learn to treasure it enough to live it. And the more we learn about it, the more we realize the urgency of it.

Our fulfillment as human persons—our happiness, if you will—depends absolutely on our willingness to position ourselves right here and right now under the Rule of God—God’s Kingdom of Love!

Peace and Blessings!

Fr. Luis,

  1. S. People have been asking me how I’ve been. Each day I thank God for letting me have a chance to have taken care of my Mom for as long as I did. I know many who were not nearly as blessed as I, and I think of those who have survived a far greater tragedy losing their parents in an early age but most of all losing their children.

Each day I find solace to see the blessing and grace of God working in our parish, Mr. Bill Aguirre has fixed the broken stain glass window without charging us for his labor and parts,

The other day a homeless man came to the rectory and handed me the missing “Thurifer,” and he said he found it in the trash can, so we have the cruxifix and the thurifer back, we are only missing one item. I guess two out of three is not bad. Monday morning a young man introduce himself as ‘Nick,’ and reassured me that people are looking for the other missing item. God is good!

We apologize for the mispelling of the mass intentions for this Sunday: Correct spelling is

Fred, Lavern & Ruth Calonico + , requested Lucy Flaherty; Happy 90th Birthday Peggy Mylett, requested by Lucy Flaherty


video capture sent by Larry Ku today. Thank you Larry! And thank you to our musicians and choir for enhancing our mass.

Recipes from St. Elizabeth’s Guild

Thank you for your nice compliments on our pastries and savories served at the 9:00 AM outdoor mass at St. Elizabeth’s. The salmon salad served on puff paste was a big hit and people asked for the recipe. It’s very easy and here it is!

Salmon Salad on Puff Paste is the favorite each Sunday after 9:00 AM outdoor mass!

Fresh salmon about a pound and a half (Atlantic Salmon is fine, works well in this recipe)

1 cup mayonnaise (add more or less to your preference)

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce to taste (3 or 4 good shakes is what I used)

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 large white onion, chopped

Fresh dill chopped to taste

Optional: chopped celery, hard boiled egg


Poach salmon until done (til pale pink through out flesh; do not overcook as it gets too dry!) About 6 minutes for thin piece, longer for thicker pieces

Peel skin off, flake salmon and remove any bones, mix with all other ingredients and chill. If you want to make this as a mold, dissolve a package of gelatin in a 1/2 cup warm water, add to mix, put into oiled mold and chill. Julia Child used to do this and cut cucumbers and lay them on like fish scales, with olive slices for the eyes.

Puff Paste: I use Pepperidge Farm Puff Paste sheets. (Look in the frozen pie section of Safeway.) Thye come two to a package; I cut them into 3 inch squares, and bake them at 400F. Then I cool them, cut them in half and serve the salmon on the halves. So I get about 48 servings from one package of Pepperidge Farm Puff Paste. You have to thaw them for 40 minutes – not more, not less, so the dough is the right consistency to handle. Be sure to preheat the oven to 400F so they puff nicely. Watch the timing, they burn easily. 10 – 15 minutes bake time. They freeze very well, so you can do this in advance. The salmon salad does NOT freeze well.

Options: If you don’t want to bother with puff paste, use french bread, crackers or we love Rosemary Focaccia from Nightengale Bakery in Sebastopol. Again, we slice the bread in half to get more servings and to make the bite size easier for our setting. It would also work well on bruschetta! The salmon stands up well to seasoned breads, we have also made sandwiches with it using onion dill bread. Or you can cheat and mix some fresh dill into a Bisquick batter and make drop biscuits. Seriously, it’s good on anything!!!

If you would like to participate in the after mass serving of coffees, pastries and savories, contact Irene Deem at 707-486-9683 or irenedeem@comcast.net so we can coordinate our menu. We serve about 120 people.

July 20th Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, July 19, 2014. 6:30 PM:

Today’ gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ preferred mode of teaching, the parable. In Matt 13:1-23 Jesus teaches the parables of the mustard seed and the weeds and the wheat. Fr. Luis gave a thought provoking sermon on one of the most difficult issues in theology: the presence of evil, presented in the metaphor of the weeds among the wheat. Come to the 9:00 AM Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church, Guerneville or the 11:00 AM Mass at St. Colman’s Outdoor Church in Cazadero! It’s one of his best sermons!


We have a few reminders:

The St. Colman’s Salad Luncheon is Tuesday at noon at the Volunteer Fire House in Cazadero. Tickets are $15.00 and the food is delicious!


AND the fabulous MONTE RIO VARIETY SHOW is Thursday night starting at six o’clock. This is always an outstanding evening which benefits St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Monte Rio School and Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation. Contact Michelle McDonnell for tickets at 707-486-1739. This year they are selling wonderful warm fleece vests with the original date of this event – 1911 – and the name MONTE RIO VARIETY SHOW on the left side – priced at $25.00.  They also have a wonderful Fender 60th Anniversary Classic Player Statocaster Guitar raffle. Tickets are $5.00. It’s a wonderful event and we are so grateful for the Bohemians and all who put it on!

Monte Rio Variety Show
July 24 the big event!
St. Colman’s Guild Annual Salad Luncheon Tuesday, July 22 at noon




Valencay (a French style of goat cheese) and figs from Mike’s Fruit Garden and Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove on grape tomatoes are our savories. Our pastries include puff paste with Bavarian Cream, topped with fresh local blackberries, a dab of chocolate truffle and a square of dark chocolate with a decorative transfer! AND our standard apple walnut cakes with buttercream frosting, German chocolate donoughts; assorted coffee cakes, coffee and juices! Come and say hello and enjoy a treat with us!
St. Elizabeth’s Guild offers coffee, savories and pasteries after the 9:00 AM mass! Free of charge – please join us!
Our figs come from Mike’s Fruit Garden on River Road in Fulton. Mike’s donates so generously to the Russian River Food Pantry which provides food for need families in the area.
At 9:00 AM Mass at St. Elizabeth’s this morning we were treated with a young family wearing historical costumes. They are participants in the Civil War Days in Duncans Mills this week end. They had to rush back to their camp, but gave us permission to photograph them! Thank you and Godspeed to you in your travels home! Here is the link to the Civil War Days site.





July 13 Outdoor Mass St. Elizabeth’s

Thank you to the Poirier Family. Welcome home!
Thank you to the Poirier Family. Welcome home!

Today we mourn the passing of Fr. Luis’s mom, Luttie Penaloza, our parishioner Cathy Gilligan, and Larry Poirier Sr.  Heaven has gained three first class citizens who will be greatly missed here on earth. Fr. Luis said a beautiful funeral mass at St. Elizabeth Seton in Rhonert Park on Friday with wonderful music, loving testimonials from family members and a gracious reception after mass.

Today Fr. Luis delivered an inspiring homily on the gospel, inviting us to consider the parable of the sower of the seed. He asked us why do we think God casts the seed on both good and bad, on all circumstances on earth and all likelihoods of success and failure. He asked us to think about this and to nurture our faith carefully.

In times of loss, it is comforting to be together, thank you all for attending mass today.


Bavarian Cream Pastry
Puff Paste with Bavarian Cream, fresh Rasberries and Blackberries, topped with a square of dark chocolate decorated with a floral transfer!
Music Ministry
We thank our Music Ministry for enhancing the mass each Sunday.


Denise Britton
Bread Pudding topped with blackberries – the hit of the morning!





And thank you to our CCD teacher, Denise Britton for the most popular treat today: bread pudding topped with black berries! It vanished in seconds!!! Thank you so much – you do so much for our parish!


14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 4th Week End


Outdoor Church at St. Elizabeths
Our First Outdoor Mass in 2014
St. Elizabeth’s Outdoor Church

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings: Zech 9:9-10 / Ps 245 / Rom 8:9, 11-13 / Matt 11:25-30 TODAYS GOSPEL Matt 11:25-30 At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Fr Luis explained in his homily that Jesus is not saying he will make your life easy, because Christian faith is not magic. Rather Jesus invites us to join his yoke, to share our burden, and become stronger.



What a joy to celebrate the outdoor mass with wonderful music. We so appreciate the Music Ministry at St. Elizabeth’s which includes our choir and our guest musicians: 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 trumpet;Doris Belluomini sings alto; Sean and Therese Brown play cello and violin respectively.

If you would like to show your appreciation, send a donation to St. Elizabeth’s marked for the music ministry. Mailing address is St. Elizabeth’s Church Music Ministry 14095 Woodland Drive Guerneville, CA 95446 Your donations will be greatly appreciated and help offset our expenses.


St. Elizabeth's Choir and Guest Musicians
Music MinistryOnce again we must express our thanks to the volunteers who did a wonderful job of preparing the grove. It is flooded during the winter and requires substantial work to clear and clean. Thank you Frank Danzart, Larry and Susan Poirier, Chris Diner, Sue Eckberg, Gail, Lyle and Kathy, the Fiesers (Sandy, Maria, Matthew), Sean Brown, Jose Robles, John Janet, the Christian Family (Tom, Peggy Tommy, Robert), Morgan and Malcolm Raynal.  We would also like to thank Jane Kohling for the beautiful floral arrangement for the altar. Jane is shown below with her husband and brother and sister-in-law, Marty and Sue Tierney, with our hard working volunteer Gail Culver.
St. Elizabeth's Church, Guerneville July 6, 2014
Kohlings and Tierneys with hard working volunteer Gail Culver. Thank you Jane Kohling for the beautiful floral arrangement for the altar.







Coffee and Pastries served after mass by St. Elizabeth’s Guild

After mass we all enjoyed pastries and coffee provided by St. Elizabeth’s Guild. Thank you to all who donated!