Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 28, 2014

PASTOR’S DESK

A highway construction worker, whose job it was to direct traffic during lane closures, was more than familiar with the frustration he saw (and heard) from frazzled motorists. So one day he decided to try to relieve the tension that inevitably results from such traffic backups. Consequently, on the opposite of his STOP sign, he hung another sign for motorists traveling in the opposite direction to see. It read:
“The Road To Happiness Is Always Under Construction.”
Concerning the obedience of Faith, the road to happiness is almost always under construction. It’s not a matter of once-and-for-all professing one’s faith — a once-and-for-all difference in one’s life — and then living happily ever after. Rather, it’s a matter of continuing call and response — of continuing calls for new Acts of Faith as circumstances change — of continuing challenges to choose between obedience and rebellion. To be blest, in the Gospel sense, is to be consciously and conscientiously involved in a process of continuing growth into greater integrity, and purity of heart.
Indeed. Though we may talk, talk, talk, the Gospel Truth always remains: “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”
Once again I just want to acknowledge those who have assist in our “Jazz and Blues Parking fund raising,” for our guild and those who volunteered last weekend, many thanks. The money we raised will be assisting us during the Fall and Winter time expense in maintaining our parishes: St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Colman. It is about continuing to have churches open within this area. It is not about me; it is about you as a church to continue.
Also, a big thank you to St. Elizabeth’s Guild for the two plants for the altar. They enhance our altar with beauty.
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

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Fr. Luis Penaloza
Our pastor, Fr. Luis Penaloza with Grace Schemerhorn and Rose Chromy

We had a wonderful time at the St. Vincent de Paul HARVEST FOR HUMANITY Dinnner and Auction Saturday night. For more photos and information visit our St. Vincent de Paul Society page.

Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival Parking fund raiser earned $6,860 for the three parishes last week end. The event requires 290 manhours of volunteer time (valued at $15 hourly totalling $4,350); we are deeply grateful to all our volunteers: Rosie Bohny, Frank Danzart, Rose Chromy, Grace Schemerhorn, Francine Korn, Michele McDonell, Carlos Gonzales, John O’Connell, Jean Koutz, Ben Robles, David Gillespie, and Irene Deem. Special thanks and a warm welcome to our new volunteers: Michael Collins, RN, Vincent Umscheid, RN; Patty Johnston and Valerie Pritchard.

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 21, 2014

Pastor’s Desk
Greetings, to all! I would like to thank the families who have already contributed to our PROFESSING OUR FAITH, WALKING IN HOPE, BUILDING GOD’S KINGDOM CAMPAIGN.
Several families have already approached me to let me know that they would be making a pledge to this project. Your participation is greatly appreciated, and will help accomplish some great things in our diocese and in our parish communities. We would like to complete the campaign in the coming weeks, so now is the time to join us in this effort. If you have decided about your gift, I encourage you to turn in your pledge form as soon as possible, either by 1) Putting in the collection basket; 2) or bringing it to the office, 3) sending it by mail.
Next weekend, all families will have the opportunity to make a decision during mass at our campaign Commitment Weekend. Please pray for the continued success of our campaign.
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done and continue to do for our parishes, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine, and St. Colman.
I would like also to thank all the volunteer’s and the Guild who have been very busy for this weekends ”Jazz and Blues Festival” parking project fund raising event.
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

baseball caps for Sts. Elizabeth, Catherine and Colman
Brushed cotton twill cap with buckram lining and custom embroidery showing our 3 churches and names

We would like to thank the volunteers who have come out this week end to assist in parking cars for the Jazz and Blues Festival! Thank you to our loyal patrons from the festival – we sold out both days and earned over $6,000 (final count not in). Thank you to the new volunteers – we welcome you and thank you for your help! You hats are en route – will get them on Tuesday and distribute next week end at the masses.

Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Rosie Bohny, Vincent Umscheid, RN and Michele McDonall, parking volunteers for Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

Thank you to our Volunteers: Rose Chromy, Frank Danzart, Rosie Bohny, Fran Korn, Jean Koutz, Mary Anne Gustafson, Gail Culvert, Carlos Gonzales, Ben Robles, David Gillespie, John O’Connel, Patty Johnston, Valerie Pritchard, Vincent Umscheid, RN, Michael Collins, RN; Irene Deem and Michele McDonell. (Please let me know if I missed anyone!) We are especially grateful to our new volunteers: Michael Collins, Vincent Umscheid, John O’Connell, Virginia Pritchard and Patty Johnston. We welcome you and are so glad to have new members for this important fund raiser!

 

Irene Deem, Michele McDonell, Rosie Bohny an Jean Koutz working the parking this week end!
Irene Deem, Michele McDonell, Rosie Bohny an Jean Koutz working the parking this week end!

 

Fran Korn, Mary Anne Gustafson and Rose Chromy had to hustle to keep up with the flow of customers!
Fran Korn, Mary Anne Gustafson and Rose Chromy had to hustle to keep up with the flow of customers!

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Sept. 14, 2014

VIDEOS from 9:00 AM Mass at St. Elizabeth’s, Guerneville. 

Pastor’s Desk
Hello everyone. As all should be aware, we are in the middle of a diocesan campaign entitled Professing Our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom. I would like to thank all of the families who have taken the time to learn more about the campaign, and for your consideration in making a sacrificial gift to this project. The campaign will raise critically needed funds so future generations will have the resources they need to build upon the legacy of faith.
There are several major areas the campaign addresses. Most importantly, it will help us here at St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Colman. For every dollar we raise, our parish will receive 35% of all funds up to its minimum need and 50% of all funds raised over its minimum need for its local projects. Here at St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Colman, our goal is $135,000.
Our campaign will be coming to a close in the next few weeks. We are a blessed parish, with such a generous history and we’ve always responded to the call. Professing Our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom provides us a great opportunity to continue to strengthen our faith and come together as one CHURCH.
Finally, we ask that you please pray for the success of this campaign so that we may better meet the needs of our growing Catholic community.
The famous analyst, Dr. Karl Menninger, once asked a very wealthy patient, “What are you going to do with all your money?” The patient replied, “Just worry about it, I guess.” “In that case,” said the doctor, “do you experience pleasure from worrying about your money?” With a deep sigh, the patient said, “No, but I feel such terror when I think of giving any of it away.” Commenting on what he termed his patient’s “money sickness,” Dr. Menninger said, “Generous people are rarely mentally ill.” To which we can safely say, “A truly generous person rarely lacks for anything.”
In the words of one such person . . . “My hobby is giving something away every day — something tangible — so that I will be reminded to give away the vastly more important intangible: a smile, a word of encouragement, a healing touch, an earnest prayer.” He continued, “Every day I give away something. It may be a book or a poster or a flower or a poem or a card with an inspirational message — something that might serve to enrich the life of the person receiving the gift. I may not be a person of great wisdom,” he said, “but this I know: the more I give to others, the more I have. I have an inner-peace that comes from the assurance that truly it is better to give then to receive.”
Like that man, ordinarily we in the Church talk about the spirit of giving, and it is important to do this. But rarely do we hear any talk about the spirit of receiving. Generosity is a two-way street. It’s an openness of heart that’s just as much about graciously receiving as it is about giving. Very few people know how to receive graciously and freely. Very often our pride and our arrogance get in the way. We don’t want to be “obligated” to the person who is giving. “Oh, you shouldn’t have done this,” we say. Or, on occasions when gifts are mutually exchanged, the thought flashes through our mind, “Oh, my goodness, that’s more expensive than the gift I gave him. How will I ever make up for it?”
Consequently, while we are receiving the gift outwardly, inwardly we are rejecting it. And we turn off the flow of love that might have been present, by refusing to allow the other person to experience the joy of giving.
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
Fr. Luis

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THE GATHERING (CATHOLICISM, CHAPTER 7, WORD MADE FLESH, TRUE BREAD OF HEAVEN: THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH’S SACRAMENT AND WORSHIP /  P174 FR. ROBERT BARON) 

“In a certain sense, the Mass commences with a gathering of people. They come from all walks of life, from different social and educational backgrounds, from a variety of economic strata, with differing levels of moral excellence, and from both genders – and they all form the community gathered around the altar of Christ. The fallen world is marked by division, separation, stratification: we sinners are intensely intrested in questions of priority and exclusivity: Who is in and who is out? Who is up and who is down? But, as Paul told us, in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female.” (Gal 3:28:; all are members of the mystical body.”


 

Next weekend is the Jazz Festival. St. Elizabeth’s derives a significant income by providing parking for this event. Please call Rose Chromy if you can volunteer to help.

baseball caps for Sts. Elizabeth, Catherine and Colman
Brushed cotton twill cap with buckram lining and custom embroidery showing our 3 churches and names

We remind you that the HARVEST FOR HUMANITY Auction and Dinner benefitting St. Vincent de Paul is Sept. 27, Saturday at the Friedman Center. Call (707) 586-8121 for tickets ($100).

St. Vincent de Paul Society Fund Raiser
This fund raiser benefits the Free Dining Room operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Santa Rosa.

Please remember also the St. Elizabeth’s Guild Semiannual Rummage Sale Oct 4 & 5

St. Elizabeth's Guild Rummage Sale
St. Elizabeth’s Guild Rummage Sale

Looking further ahead, St. Elizabeth’s will be offering the Adult Faith Formation program developed by Fr. Robert Baron, CATHOLICISM (quoted above.) Here is a YouTube video by Fr. Baron in which he issues a call to arms to Catholics. Enjoy!

Thank you and have a Blessed Sunday!

White chocolate angel cake pops.
White chocolate angel cake pops.

 

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 7, 2014

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Note: the bulletin had an insert concerning the Diocesan Capital Campaign which is not available in the electronic version of the bulletin. The campaign is entitled Professing Our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom and is a five year project with an objective of raising $25,000,000.00. The goal for St. Elizabeth and the Mission Churches of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Colman is to raise $135,000 pledged over five years. 35% of the funds raised will return to the parish ($47,250) for programs and projects of the 3 churches. More information is forthcoming during the month of September.

PASTORS DESK

Throughout the world these days, we have experienced the horrors of violence and war and tremendous inhumanity. Some of us who are reading this reflection may be in the midst of this terrible violence. Others of us just read about it, but feel real pain at the suffering we read or see on the news.
God summons Ezekiel to be a prophet – to try to change the behavior of the people. So much does God want Ezekiel to take on this mission of transforming the hearts of the people, that God even says God will hold Ezekiel responsible for the people’s behavior.
In the powerful Psalm 95 – used every day in the Liturgy of the Hours – we remind ourselves that if we hear his voice today, we should not harden our hearts.
Paul tells the Romans that all the commandments are summed up in one, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus tells his disciples to be patient and helpful to our brothers and sisters who sin against us. We are to work it out – one on one – as opposed to trashing the offender before everyone else but the person himself or herself. If that doesn’t work, Jesus tells us to take two others, to still try to build a bridge of healing. Finally, Jesus says that if that doesn’t work, we should let this be a matter for the community. Only after all this effort at reconciliation should we say we had done the best we can.
Jesus clearly builds his community of followers on the notion of a community in which we care for one another, even when there is conflict and division. And, at the end of this gospel reading, Jesus assures us that whenever we are gathered together in prayer, he’ll be with us.
Our reflection on these readings and the terrible conflicts in the world can lead us to come together and pray for healing in our world. So much of the violence which is happening is the result of some injustice, some hurt and pain. Violence is never justified, but upon reflection we can often learn from terrible chain of circumstances witch ignited the violence.
Let us together pray for leaders and ordinary people everywhere, that we can come together to find the path to peace built upon some kind of reconciliation and just care for the common good, especially for those on the margins of our society.
Peace and Blessings,
Fr. Luis

Thank you to our Music Ministry. We are back indoors now in our beautiful little country church made entirely from one redwood tree. We are still enjoying visitors, people today were from Chicago and New Jersey and San Francisco. As the year continues you will see attendance drop off as winter commences our numbers get small. It is fun to have the church full, and we wish all our visitors Godspeed. Remember to sign up for the electronic copy of the bulletin if you would like to keep in touch with St. Elizabeth’s.

 

Thank you very much to NOEL FAHLON who hosted a wonderful brunch for the choir after mass! We had a wonderful time, thank you so much for your gracious hospitality!!! And thank you to all the cooks who brought delicious dishes!

St. Elizabeth's Guerneville Choir Brunch
Choir Brunch  – what a treat! Thank you Noel and all who contributed to the success of this lovely event! Lovely fruit platter contributed by Carol Kimball. Thanks Carol!
Quiche by Rebecca Brown
Quiche by Rebecca Brown
Sparkling sunshine and great conversations, delicious foods - it doesn't get better than this!
Sparkling sunshine and great conversations, delicious foods – it doesn’t get better than this!
Happy Birthday to Sean!
Happy Birthday to Sean! Best wishes for a successful 2014 and 2015 at Santa Rosa JC! Sean leaves in 2 weeks. His sister Therese also returns to school in two weeks, we wish both of these beautiful young people a wonderful year. We will miss you and keep you in our prayers!
Blueberry Muffins and amazing cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and jam filling by master baker Fran Korn
Blueberry Muffins and amazing cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and jam filling by master baker Fran Korn

FOUR EVENTS TO REMEMBER:
Sept 17 Wednesday 1:00 PM Gelatinas Workshop | St. Hubert’s Hall: Sarah Robles will teach us how to make these beautiful gelatin desserts from Mexico. Class limited to 20. Fee $10.00 RSVP Irene 707-486-9683

Gelatina Encapsulada
These beautiful desserts were made by Sara Robles. Each one is hand made, carefully forming the flowers with a syringe inside the gelatin.

Sept. 20/21 | Russian River Jazz Festival | Call for volunteers – this is a major fund raiser for St. Elizabeth’s each year. We need people to help direct the traffic in the parking lots.

baseball caps for Sts. Elizabeth, Catherine and Colman
Brushed cotton twill cap with buckram lining and custom embroidery showing our 3 churches and names

Sept. 27 Saturday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM “Harvest for Humanity” Dinner and Auction for St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul Society Fund Raiser
This fund raiser benefits the Free Dining Room operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Santa Rosa.