Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 27, 2017

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 121

Reading 1IS 22:19-23

Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
“I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

R. (8bc) Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to your name,
because of your kindness and your truth:
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

Reading 2ROM 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

AlleluiaMT 16:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 16:13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.


On behalf of St. Elizabeth’s Guild, may we welcome you to our Parish. The 9:00 AM mass is held outdoors in the summer church. Mass is accompanied by our choir and instrumentalists and after mass we serve coffee, sweets, and savories at no charge. Please join us and introduce yourselves. We welcome you to St. Elizabeth’s parish!

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 20, 2017

O'Leary Wedding Anniversary
Today’s mass intentions were to celebrate the sixth wedding anniversary of Collen & Ben O”Leary (shown above) and for the health of John Tivenna.


Is 56:1. 6-7

Ps 67:2-3,5, 6, 8

Rom 11:13-15, 29-32

Mt 15:21-28

Processional Hymn: All the Ends of the Earth

Preparation of Gifts: Lead Me Lord

Communion: There Are Many Rooms

Recessional; A Rightful place

St. Elizabeth’s Guild request prayers for Vicki Gonzales and her family and loved ones coping with the critical illness of her son.

From the bulletin:

“The woman who was sick took a risk when she furtively touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak: she risked being ridiculed. But she risked: because she wanted to be cued, she wanted to reach Jesus. Remember the Canaanite woman: women risk more than men do! That’s true: they are better at it! We have to admit that…

Do I take risks, or do I follow Jesus according to the rules of my insurance company?…Do I put my faith in Jesus/ Do I entrust my life to Jesus? Am i walking behind Jesus even if sometimes i seem ridiculous? Or am I sitting still, watching what others are doing?

Pope Francis

Homily, Mass in Chapel of Santa Maria

January 13, 2017

Floral arrangement by Sue Poirier, seen above with her grandchildren.


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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 13, 2017

Floral arrangement by Sue Poirier
Another beautiful arrangement from the garden of Sue Poirier. Thank you so much Sue, your flowers, your readings and your wonderful family are such a blessing to our parish!

Today’s gospel tells us the story of Peter’s attempt to walk on water and illustrates the role that faith plays in determining whether we sink or swim (Matt:14:22-33). Fr. Luis’ prefaced his homily with a cute joke, then encouraged parishioners to ponder the level of faith they have and to understand that even though one is a life-long Catholic, one is tasked with studying and praying to keep their faith strong.

This writer missed the rest of the homily because she happened to look back and notice smoke rising from a pile of wood chips at the back of the property, and she notified Bob Dunne, a retired SF fireman, who called 911. As the sister of a fireman, she felt obligated to walk over to the fire station, since cell reception is usually poor in the summer church location. However, the truck was already headed out the door so the call was successfully transmitted. Once again we thank our firefighters for protecting our lives and our property.

“YOU AGAIN!” The ubiquitous Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman appeared soon after the Guerneville Fire Dept rig arrived. Steve saved St. Catherine of Siena Church in Monte Rio by spotting the smoke early and calling in the alarm before the all wood structure burned to the ground.
Spontaneous combustion was the cause of the fire. Firemen spread the chips and successfully stopped the spread of combustion. Christina Gibbs of the SF Fire Dept was on hand with her children attending mass. Our parish is blessed with many fire dept. personnel.

After the excitement, people headed out to attend the annual picnic at Northwood scheduled for 1:00 PM. We enjoyed a good turnout of 65, which is about the same as last year. The menu featured two salads, succulent slow cooked ribs and perfectly cooked tri tip steak with lemon tarts topped with berries, courtesy of Francine Korn.

Perfect weather of low 80s and soft breeze made outdoor dining pleasant at Northwood.
Thank you to Chris at Northwood Restaurant for a delicious lunch!
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Special thanks to Francine Korn for the delicious lemon curd tarts! Francine hosted a birthday party on Saturday for 85 guests at the PeeWee Golf & Arcade in Guerneville! Meanwhile, she is fighting a cold and we wish her a speedy recovery.