18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 31, 2016

On this 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Luis reminds us that Ordinary Time is dedicated to scriptures pertaining to discipleship. He reminds us of our social/spiritual interconnections with our fellow Catholics as well as the world at large, our role in salvation history. Today’s readings address the pernicious nature of greed, how the comforts and pleasures of wealth can be a problem. He told us of a plaque he saw in a home he was asked to bless which read “The best things in life are not things.” He reminds us not to allow our things to dominate our lives, and to remain vigilant to the dangerous of materialism.

On a lighter note, Fr. Luis received a joke from his aunt which he shared with us. Three elderly sisters, who had never married, lived together all their lives in the same home. They were aged 92, 94 and 96. One day the 96 year old drew a bath and put her foot in the tub. She called out to her sisters “Was I getting in or out of the tub?” Her 94 year old sister responded by climbing upstairs to help, but midway she called out “Was I going up or down the stairs?” The youngest sister was in the kitchen having tea and overhearing this and said “I hope will never get as forgetful as you two, knock on wood.” Then she added “I will come up and help you just as soon as I answer the door!”

Then Fr. Luis topped himself by saying “I would tell you why I am telling you this joke, but I forgot!” which got a good laugh from our parishioners and visitors. Speaking of visitors, we were happy to see visitors from Arizona and members of the Robles family visiting from Guadalahara, Mexico. Josefina’s 3 sisters and their husbands are in town. Returning to the subject of discipleship, it is so important to remember our need to love one another despite our differences – be they political, economic, ethnic or just personality clashes: “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision or uncircumccion, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.”

Communion Antiphon: “You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste.”Wisdom 16:20

Special thanks to all the volunteers who produced the two important fundraisers last week, St. Colman’s Salad Luncheon on Tuesday and The Monte Rio Variety Show on Thursday. A great deal of work goes into creating these events which are a major source of financial support for the parish. Additionally, these events provide fellowship and great fun for our communities. Thank you all again.

St. Elizabeth’s Guild serves coffee, pastries and savories after the 9:00 AM mass in the outdoor church. Please join us and enjoy our angel cake pops – back by popular demand (a request made by the Gibbs children.) We have home made goodies and friendly parishioners, we hope you have time to join us!
We have faith stickers and holy cards tomorrow for our kids. Take some home for the grandkids! Our Guild Members are the “Marthas” of the parish, working hard in the kitchen.  and sincerely hope our coffee services express joy and hospitality for our parish! Thank you to Jeanine Rossi for bringing her delicious chocolate zuccini bread to enjoy with coffee.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 24, 2016

Thank you to our choir for the gift of music.


Thank you Sue Poirier for the beautiful flowers each Sunday!

Sorry to be so late publishing this post. This week was the 105th Annual Variety Show in Monte Rio which benefits St. Catherine of Siena Church. Thank you to all who work so hard to make this event so successful.


Fr. Luis invites us to remember today’s gospel in our daily lives and to make the effort to apply the values of generosity, hospitality and friendship each day.

Wishing everyone a blessed week and apologies for a late and very short post.



16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 17, 2016

An unseasonably chilly morning today contrasted with our Hawaiin theme for the parish picnic this afternoon at Northwood! By the end of mass and coffee hour the sun was peaking through and temperatures will be nice for the 12:30 picnic.

Fr. Luis spoke of the importance for Catholics to be hospitable and inclusive to visitors and new parishioners, telling a poignant story of being an immigrant family and greeted with stares at their new Catholic parish. Fr. Luis shared that two of his siblings no longer are Catholics due to this experience. The Guild provides coffee, pastries and savories after mass in order to counter the Catholic tradition of rushing off after mass, and we all still need to recognize that merely fulfilling the duty to attend Sunday mass is not adequate. Guild members ruefully smile at the Martha Mary gospel, which is all too familiar to us as we struggle to make sure our ministry is carried out in the right spirit!

We truly must be a loving, caring church to our fellow parishioners, our visitors and our newest members. So often we blame our busy schedules but need to remember to set our priorities straight, blocking out time for prayer and contemplation that in turn gives us the grace to be better representatives of Christ.

Today’s Gospel speaks well to that issue, the lament of Marathe the overtasked, resentful sister of Mary, who elected to sit at the feet of the rabbi. A classic conflict and source of friction in family and professional life, we all have both Martha and Mary issues in our lives! With humor and grace hopefully we can do better at balancing our chores and imbuing them with grace, through work in our spiritual lives.

A nice way to express this spirit of generosity could be purchasing tickets as a gift to the 100th Monte Rio Variety Show. Or purchase the wonderful souvenir sweatshirts shown below, worn by volunteers with Michelle McDonnell. Invite a shut-in neighbor, or perhaps young family who cannot afford tickets.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2519209

Website:Visit website http://www.monterioshow.org/show.php



Thank you as always to our choir. Here are two videos captured.



Thank you to SUE POIRRIER who provides the flowers every Sunday.

We wish you a blessed Sunday!


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3, 2016

We celebrated our first outdoor mass of 2016 today and enjoyed worshipping together under the trees, a much loved tradition for generations of Catholics on the Russian River. Special thanks to the volunteers who helped prepare the grounds: Frank Danzart, Brian and Denise Britton, Larry Poirier, John O’Connell, Bronson Johnson, Jesus Chavez, Barbara Seymour, Dan Bajone and Steven Johnson. The tanbark laid down has eliminated the dust from the car parking and the newly cleared areas will provide more parking spaces. This will enable St. Elizabeth’s to park more vehicles at the Jazz Festival – one of our most important fund raisers! Thank you to all who worked on this project.

Fr.Luis reminded us that during ordinary time our readings focus on discipleship.  Today’s gospel, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20, describes the appointment of the 72 disciples by Jesus and his instructions to them. Fr. Luis pointed out the number 72 is significant because it refers back to the Old Testament list of 72 nations descending from the sons of Noah. Later in this gospel Jesus warns the disciples not to be too impressed with their power to remove demons and heal, but to rejoice in the assurance that their names are written in heaven. A modern understanding of this admonition is to avoid allowing one’s ego to interfere with ministry.

As disciples at St. Elizabeth’s we have much to be joyful about – enjoying the fellowship of our summer parishioners, and participating in the fund raising and social events of the season:


  • July 17 Parish Picnic at Northwood – tickets available after mass.
  • July 28 Monte Rio Variety Show – tickets available after mass. See Monte Rio Variety Show Website
  • St. Colman’s Salad Luncheon at the Cazadero Fire Hall, Tuesday, July 26th at Noon.


Thank you to our choir for their ministry! Here are some video snippets of today’s music to enjoy. We sang “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” together to celebrate Independence Day. We are grateful to all who have defended our freedom and to God for our beautiful country.

The Summons

Come, Let Us Sing with Joy to the Lord

God Bless America