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!

EWTN Presents History of US Catholicism July 2 thru 13 featuring Fr. Charles Connor

NEW Catholic Beginnings: New York

By Frances Dolores
Start spreading the news because Fr. Charles Connor is back with more insights into the Catholic history of the United States in a brand-new season of his EWTN Original Series! This time, he’s taking a bite out of The Big Apple to get to the core of New York’s Catholic Beginnings, all while exploring cathedrals, catacombs, and the impact Catholic immigrants had in transforming the city. Watch a new episode of Catholic Beginnings: New York at 5:30 p.m. ET every night from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 13—only on EWTN!   

Called “the capital city of the world” by St. Pope John Paul II, it’s no wonder Fr. Charles Connor chose to focus the next installment of his continuing “Catholic Beginnings” series on New York. “You’ll find the Catholic Church in the United States in microcosm here,” says Fr. Connor, who notes that the state’s faith history begins  before the revolutionary war, and that’s the setting he dives into in the first installment of his twelve-part series. It is, after all, the historical background for one of New York’s most beloved saints, Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Those who love Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” have a kindred soul in Elizabeth Ann Seton, because it was her favorite as well. It was likely a source of comfort for her as the eventual Catholic convert was born into an Episcopal family during a tumultuous time for the Christian faith, and Episcopalians in particular. After all, the colonies were in the process of declaring independence from England, which left many who were loyal to the Church of England wondering what their place was and would be in their new country. The years of warfare that followed affected both morale and morality in big cities. All of this played a role in the road to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s conversion, and Fr. Connor’s insights light the way for us to follow it.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life and conversion is only one of the many facets of New York’s deep Catholic history. Fr. Charles Connor also visits the magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral: a symbol of the triumphs and lasting mark Catholic immigrants made in the face of tremendous hostility. As Catholic history affects not only the past, but the present and the future, let’s continue to learn from our roots by watching Catholic Beginnings: New York when it airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every night from Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 13—only on EWTN!   

Craving more Catholic American history?  Look for Catholic Beginnings: Maryland and Catholic Beginnings: Philadelphia on!

Two more exciting programs at the end of the month:

  • July 25: EWTN LIVE & the premiere of Discovering James – Saint of the Way
  • July 28: Ignatius of Loyola – Soldier, Sinner, Saint

Look for the Summer EWTN Program Guides which will be at the Outdoor Church next week.

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Solemnity of The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – June 24, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-06-24

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – Mass during the Day
Lectionary: 587

Reading 1IS 49:1-6

Hear me, O coastlands,
listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
that Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Responsorial PsalmPS 139:1B-3, 13-14AB, 14C-15

R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. I praise you for I am wonderfully made.
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works.
R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.
My soul also you knew full well;
nor was my frame unknown to you
When I was made in secret,
when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

Reading 2ACTS 13:22-26

In those days, Paul said:
“God raised up David as king;
of him God testified,
I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.

From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’

“My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham,
and those others among you who are God-fearing,
to us this word of salvation has been sent.”

AlleluiaSEE LK 1:76

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:57-66, 80

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 17, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-06-17

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 92

Reading 1EZ 17:22-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.

Responsorial PsalmPS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16

R. (cf. 2a) Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
To proclaim your kindness at dawn
and your faithfulness throughout the night.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
The just one shall flourish like the palm tree,
like a cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.
They that are planted in the house of the LORD
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.
They shall bear fruit even in old age;
vigorous and sturdy shall they be,
Declaring how just is the LORD,
my rock, in whom there is no wrong.
R. Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Reading 2 2 COR 5:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower.
All who come to him will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 4:26-34

Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.



Please Help Us Prepare
We all enjoy the outdoor mass in the summer time but many of us do not realize the work required to prepare the grounds after a long wet winter. The low lying area is under a foot of water for several months, and there is a significant accumulation of debris.
This week end we had the first volunteer group and we definitely need more people and equipment for next weekend, Saturday, June 23, starting at 9:30. Please wear work clothes and bring rakes, shovels, prunning sheers, weed wackers, etc.
Thank you to Matt Poirier, Larry Love, Gail Culverwell and Jeanine Rossi for helping today. There were some other people helping, but I did not get their names.
Matthew Poirier helping clean up the deep accumulation of leaves.
Matt is interested in serving our parishioners with his computer and network business. 
Larry Love weed wacking.


Jeanine Rossi, rake in hand, reporting for duty!

Please lend a hand next week end!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Be sure to get one of the nice pens St. Elizabeth’s Guild will be giving out for Father’s Day!

Blues Festival Parking – June 10, 2018



The second day of St. Elizabeth’s Parish Parking Fund Raising was blessed with a clear blue sky, pleasant breeze, and temperature of 78 degrees for most of the day, making our work so much easier! We had a great turn out of festive customers, many of whom return year after year and are a joy to serve! Jean Kootz and Linda Payne are our top sales staff, with a lively banter and laying on the personal charm to keep our customers returning! Today we added Bob Dunne, Carlos Gonzalez and Brian Britten to the staff parking cars (see photos!)

Newbie Parking Attendant Brian Britten was a star!

Our fund raisers are essential to the support of our three churches and we so appreciate the support of our volunteers. Special thanks to St. Elizabeth Guild President Francine Korn, Katrina and John Angeli, Vicki Gonzalez, Mary Ann Gustafson, Linda Payne, Jean Kootz, Rosie Bohny, Frank Danzart, Dave Gillespie, Fr. Luis, Jim Rossi, Denise Britten, Kenny Smith and Irene Deem. We didn’t see Sammy today as he played himself out yesterday teaching us old folks basketball! It’s pretty much an ad hoc effort and lots of fun, we hope you will consider participating.

The hardest working parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s, Carlos Gonzalez!

The next parking fund raiser will be September 8th & 9th for the Jazz Festival and we hope you will save the date and join us in parking cars and enjoying a free lunch!

Dave Gillespie is a long time volunteer and veteran parking director.
Bob Dunne making sure cars are parked correctly.

For photos from the parking event yesterday visit Parking Fund Raising Saturday June 9

Use the convenient contact form on the home page to let us know if you would like to volunteer for this event or email

Parking Fund Raising Saturday June 9


St. Elizabeth pays the parish insurance from the funds raised by parking cars for the Blues and Jazz Festival.

Our pastor pitched in bright and early and directed the first cars to arrive!

This year a new event is added, the 100th Anniversary of Johnson’s Beach, Saturday, June 9th. Attendance filled the top lot only, so the volunteers had time to enjoy playing basketball with young Sammy, Denise’s grandson.

IMG_2518Fr. Luis shooting baskets with Sammy.


Thank you to our volunteers Dave Gillespie, Kenny Smith, Frank Danzart, Rosie Bohnie and Jeanne Kootz. Not shown: St. Elizabeth’s Guild President Fran Korn, Mary Anne Gustafson, John and Katrina Angeli, Irene Deem, Lynda Payne, Michele McDonell (who also heads up the Annual Variety Show in Monte Rio), Brian and Denise Britten, and grandson Sammy;



Luis directing cars!

Lynda Payne challenging Sammy:


Heartfelt thanks once again to our volunteers!!!

That’s all for today folks! See you tomorrow for the Blues Festival!


Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 10, 2018


In this Sunday’s Bulletin Fr. Luis calls for volunteers to help park cars – a major fund raiser for our parish! We have sandwiches for lunch, and a special whipped cream and strawberry cake for desert! Can we tempt you??? PLEASE!?!

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Sunday Bulletin 2018-06-10

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 89

Reading 1GN 3:9-15

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R. (7bc) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the LORD.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption
and he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.
R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Reading 22 COR 4:13—5:1

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,
we too believe and therefore we speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
Therefore, we are not discouraged;
rather, although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this momentary light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison,
as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen;
for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
should be destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

AlleluiaJN 12:31B-32

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Now the ruler of the world will be driven out, says the Lord;
and when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 3:20-35

Jesus came home with his disciples.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,”
and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”

Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself
and is divided, he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you,
all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be
forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – June 3, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-06-03

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Lectionary: 168

Reading 1EX 24:3-8

When Moses came to the people
and related all the words and ordinances of the LORD,
they all answered with one voice,
“We will do everything that the LORD has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the LORD and,
rising early the next day,
he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar
and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites
to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls
as peace offerings to the LORD,
Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls;
the other half he splashed on the altar.
Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people,
who answered, “All that the LORD has said, we will heed and do.”
Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,
“This is the blood of the covenant
that the LORD has made with you
in accordance with all these words of his.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18

R. (13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2HEB 9:11-15

Brothers and sisters:
When Christ came as high priest
of the good things that have come to be,
passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle
not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation,
he entered once for all into the sanctuary,
not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls
and the sprinkling of a heifer’s ashes
can sanctify those who are defiled
so that their flesh is cleansed,
how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God,
cleanse our consciences from dead works
to worship the living God.

For this reason he is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place for deliverance
from transgressions under the first covenant,
those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.


Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
Never can you reach his due.

Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick’ning and the living
Bread today before you set:

From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
Where the Twelve at supper met.

Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
From your heart let praises burst:

For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
Of that supper was rehearsed.

Here the new law’s new oblation,
By the new king’s revelation,
Ends the form of ancient rite:

Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
Light dispels the gloom of night.

What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne’er to cease:

And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:

Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
Resting on a pow’r divine.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.

Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste:

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Eats of him who cannot waste.

Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
Endless death, or endless life.

Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
Is with unlike issues rife.

When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
That each sever’d outward token
doth the very whole contain.

Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
Jesus still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.

The shorter form of the sequence begins here.

Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children’s bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:51

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven,
says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 14:12-16, 22-26

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Follow him.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.




Veronica and Jennifer are Missionaries who sang at the 5:00 PM Mass at St. Elizabeth’s, and spoke about their movement. This movement is a lay evangelist movement, with emphasis on youth. Currently they are offering a series of vocational retreats at Christ of the Desert, a formation house in Palmdale, CA. in August and December. Visit, or phone (661) 733-6075.