Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 15, 2018

Fr. Luis’ homily stressed our responsibilities as apostles of Christ, especially in making our church a welcoming experience for strangers.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 104

Sunday Bulletin 2018-07-15

Reading 1AM 7:12-15

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

Reading 2EPH 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.orBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
that he granted us in the beloved.In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

AlleluiaCF. EPH 1:17-18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope that
belongs to our call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Ellen and Bart Strady with grandson Killian. Ellen and Bart received a blessing for their 40th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations!

Thank you for your interest and support in the Memorial Plaques effort. We will be at the 9:00 AM mass at St. Elizabeth’s to provide information and forms for ordering plaques which are shown above. You have two options: $300 for a pew plaque; $150 for a board plaque. The names on all the plaques, including the originals, are placed on the altar during the month of November to be included in the masses for the dead. Proceeds from this effort are used to repair the pews which were installed in 1965. Further enhancements of the outdoor church are planned as funds allow. Thanks again!


The 107th Monte Rio Variety Show is this coming Thursday, July 26 2018. Enjoy a fireman’s BBQ, wine and beer bar, desert and Hot Dogs and Popcorn, plus enjoy great entertainment, all at very reasonable pricing. Adult Tickets are $30, youth are $15. Our venue in downtown Monte Rio opens at 4:30 PM with local talented entertainers beginning at 6:15 PM and our main event beginning at 7:45 PM with world class entertainment. This show is produced by local volunteers and benefits St. Catherine’s, Monte Rio Fire and Monte Rio School Foundation’s. You will not be disappointed. Visit us at: for more information. Tickets available after all Masses, at local Vendors and online at www. .

What fun to have this luncheon right after the show and talk about all the great performers – join us at the St. Colman’s Annual Salad Luncheon in Cazadero! Tickets available online.


After Mass Coffee Service

Many of you have expressed disappointment that St. Elizabeth’s Guild is only doing two coffee services this summer in the outdoor church – one on July 4th and the other on Labor Day. Gail Culverwell has proposed a simpler format with juice and a few pastries on a pot luck basis. If you are interested, give speak to her after the 9:00 am mass or email her at


Delicious churros were a real treat on this chilly Sunday morning in Guerneville! Thank you Alfonso!



Thank you to all the volunteers who help out at the Outdoor mass!

Thank you Carlos Gonzales, altar server and set up manager, Jeanine Rossi, Josephina Robles, her daughter-in-law Barbie Robles, Kimmy (sorry do not have last name) our greeter, and Michele McDonell.

Today we were blessed with special visitors from the Civil War Days reenactment in Duncan’s Mills.
Our Civil War Days guests enjoying treats.
Our youngest volunteer Cruz Cissell helps bring up the collection!
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Little Killian smiling at Sue Tierney!


The coffee service after mass is an ad hoc effort! Please feel welcome to bring treats or volunteer to serve. It’s a wonderful way to meet and greet new members as well as old, and to build relationships within the church.

Fr. Luis told us of his own family’s negative experience as immigrants in California and how some of his siblings left the church because of the unfriendly reception they received in their teen years at their parish. Let’s make sure we are welcoming to visitors and new parishioners and as Fr. Luis says “Be a blessing to each other!”

Thank you Sue Poirier for another gorgeous bouquet for the altar! Sue grows these flowers in her own garden, we are so blessed! Thank you Fr. Luis for being our pastor! We love you and are listening to you!


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 8, 2018


Sunday Bulletin 2018-07-08

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 101

Reading 1EZ 2:2-5

As the LORD spoke to me, the spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.
But you shall say to them: Thus says the LORD GOD!
And whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—
they shall know that a prophet has been among them.

Responsorial PsalmPS 123:1-2, 2, 3-4

R. (2cd) Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
To you I lift up my eyes
who are enthroned in heaven —
As the eyes of servants
are on the hands of their masters.
R. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
As the eyes of a maid
are on the hands of her mistress,
So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,
till he have pity on us.
R. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
Have pity on us, O LORD, have pity on us,
for we are more than sated with contempt;
our souls are more than sated
with the mockery of the arrogant,
with the contempt of the proud.
R. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
Gorgeous Bouquet by Susan Poirier’s Garden. Thank you Susan! Susan also serves as lector.

Reading 22 COR 12:7-10

Brothers and sisters:
That I, Paul, might not become too elated,
because of the abundance of the revelations,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan,
to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me,
but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.”
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,
in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and constraints,
for the sake of Christ;
for when I am weak, then I am strong.

AlleluiaCF. LK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.


The effort to improve the Summer Church property was launched last weekend. If you didn’t get the bulletin insert, you can download it HERE. 


Ellen Strady, volunteer, with order forms. Long time parishioner Marty Tierny viewing the old plaques which have been restored and placed on a board to be located near the altar. Marty served as altar boy back in the days of the “red coats” and probably recognizes most of the names.

To order a plaque, fill out the form and mail it in with your check, or used the convenient online PayPal button on our Home page.

Update on Summer Church:

Photo taken July 6, 2018 of new electrical panel installation for Summer Church.

The former panel was over 50 years old and was recently vandalized. Proceeds from the sale of Memorial Plaques will help offset expenses improving the Outdoor Church. It is hoped improvements will increase the number of weddings and services and deter the vandals.

Peter Sagal of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” to host 107th Variety Show July 26


While most of the performers will not be announced prior to the show, we have been told that NPR’s PETER SAGAL will host the 107th Annual Show.

Only a little more than 2 weeks away, the Monte Rio Variety Show benefits St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (one of the mission churches of St. Elizabeth’s), the Monte Rio Fire Foundation and the Monte Rio School.

Peter Sagal (right) shown with the  late Carl Kasell, who enjoyed being judge and score kieeper for the show, allowing him to show his comedic talent, after a more serious career in the news industry. Source:

Kix Brooks will be back, formerly of Brooks and Dunn, who have won more Country Music Association awards and Academy of Country Music awards than any act in the history of country music.

For more information and ticket sales visit


On July 28th, the Saturday following the show you can enjoy St. Colman’s Annual Salad Luncheon at the Cazadero Firehouse. Benefitting St. Colman’s, this annual luncheon is a Caz tradition enjoyed for over 50 years.


Tickets are available at Larks Drug Store in Guerneville and online at Eventbrite.


We are blessed today to welcome a new infant member to our church in the beautiful sacrament of baptism. Listen carefully to Fr. Luis’ words and pray to renew your own baptismal vows…so joyful to be a member of our holy Catholic Church!


Part 2

Two angels (Diana and Sophia) waiting to put their money in the collection!

Baptism continued, Part 3

Let us pray for our young people and provide them love and hope in this confusing time.

As the mass ends, Fr. Luis calls the parents to the altar to give them a final blessing – much needed today in a world where so many dangers threaten our young children! And you will see our two angels step forward. May God bless this family and keep them safe, happy and healthy!



Processional Hymn: I Will Lift Up Your Name Ps. 145

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 123

Communion Hymn: 10,000 Reasons


Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 1, 2018

Thank you Susan Poirier for the gorgeous floral arrangement from your beautiful garden! Thank you Jim Breaux and Larry Love  for landscaping the altar with Geraniums and ground cover.

Jim Breaux and Larry Love have spent the last few weeks weed whacking, clearing debris and removing broken glass, cigarette butts, etc from the outdoor church. The ongoing problem of vagrants littering and making graffiti is daunting.
Thank you Larry Poirier for removing graffiti from the newly restored pews. This sadly has become a weekly chore as the abuse of the property during week days continues.


Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 98

Sunday Bulletin 2018-07-01

Reading 1WIS 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

Responsorial PsalmPS 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Reading 22 COR 8:7, 9, 13-15Brothers and sisters: As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality your abundance at the present time should supply their needs, so that their abundance may also supply your needs, that there may be equality. As it is written: Whoever had much did not have more, and whoever had little did not have less.

AlleluiaCF. 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 5:21-43 OR 5:21-24, 35B-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to Jesus,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?'”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Please join us for Coffee and Treats following mass, sponsored by St. Elizabeth’s Guild.


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Congratulations to Ben and Josephina Robles whose family is visiting from Mexico to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Names coming soon!

Please support these important fund raisers coming up:The 107th Annual Monte Rio Variety Show will be held on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at the Monte Rio Ampitheater.
Each year our church receives between $10,000 and $25,000 in net proceeds from this event. Our planning is now underway. And since our event likes to pair really good entertainment with really fine wine, we would appreciate donations of such fine wine for our no-host wine bar. If you have any questions, please contact Michele McDonell at Looking forward to seeing you at this legacy event!
Adults: $30Youth: 13-17: $15 (children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult admitted for free.)Purchase tickets online at This just in….! Peter Sagal, of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me fame, will be the MC at this year’s Monte RIo Variety Show on July 26th, 2018!!!! This will make a great show even better!!!

St. Elizabeth’s Choir

It is so important to support these fund raisers for our churches!

This is a wonderful event supporting St. Colman’s! Buy tickets online. 

Thank you St. Elizabeth’s Guild for the delicious treats and religious gifts and treats for children.

Once again thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to prepare the Outdoor Church for the summer!


Little Cruz Cissell joins us in wishing you a joyful Fourth of July!