Twenty-eighth Sunday – October 14, 2018

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 143

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-14

Reading 1WIS 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

Responsorial Psalm PS 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

R. (14) Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Make us glad, for the days when you afflicted us,
for the years when we saw evil.
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children;
and may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!

Reading 2HEB 4:12-13

Brothers and sisters:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:17-30

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,
knelt down before him, and asked him,
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
you shall not defraud;
honor your father and your mother.” 

He replied and said to him,
“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it is for those who have wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at his words.
So Jesus again said to them in reply,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves,
“Then who can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said,
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.
All things are possible for God.”
Peter began to say to him,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”

We welcome our new lector, Sara Flores who did a fine job today on her first time!

Thank you St. Elizabeth’s choir for your beautiful voices and instrumentalists, you are coping so well after the departure of Eric Lindenbusch, whom we miss of course. Love the new Alleluja!


The St. Elizabeth Memorial Plaque Campaign has reached more than $13,000.00 in plaque purchases and donations. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have participated, and encourage others to consider honoring their families and loved ones with a memorial plaque. There is still time to place an order, we are continuing this campaign thru next summer. SponsorForm of the form to download.
Work continues on the Outdoor Church with further clearing of underbrush and completion of a charming storage shed, covered with hand done stone and decorated with angel plaques and a statue of St. Francis.
We have 3 angel musicians, a flautist, a lutist and a violinist (photo above). We have two angels representing summer and fall.


The angels and statue were purchased at Absolute Statuary in Sebastopol. They have wire hooks on the back which are in turn wired with a coat hanger to the rebar behind the stones.


Jim Rossi is building these picnic benches which are available for use now. Take advantage of the remaining warm fall days and come down and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the outdoor church. The picnic benches will be useful for wedding receptions or family reunions, and can be lined up end to end as seen in the photo below, take and Kenilworth Woods in Sebastopol. We are hoping to bring water down to the outdoor church, it is on our wish list!
A friend’s Wedding in the Woods – Kennilworth Woods in Sebastopol




Weddings in the woods have a magical charm and even though very beautiful are also light hearted and fun. There is an air about them similar to Midsummer’s Night Dream. We hope to enhance our outdoor church and have more beautiful Catholic weddings!

Wedding cake made by yours truly as well as sugar flowers. If you wish to learn how to do it, or wish to borrow the molds for making lace fondant, contact me via the site.


Please welcome visiting priest Fr. Kevin Scalf from the Chicago Diocese who is leading a retreat for the Young Adults Group from Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco. Fr. Luis is away on retreat in Menlo Park at the Vallambrosa Center. The retreatants met on Saturday in St. Hubert’s Hall, and held a Reconciliation Service in the Outdoor Church Saturday night. They had mass at 10:30 AM at St. Elizabeth and coffee and cake afterward. Very nice to meet these very dynamic young people.


The guitarist for the group only learned this song “Come as You Are” 3 days before! She did a terrific job!

Thank you to volunteers Valerie Pritchard, Irene Deem, Gail Culverwell and Barbara Kobler for putting on our coffee after the 9:00 am mass. The menu so far includes these wonderful “Canele” (pronounced Kan-lay) which are French patisserie from the Bordeaux region. They are flavored with rum and vanilla, and have a soft custard interior and a dark carmelized crust. (Information and photo from Wikipedia.)


Jeanine is bringing chocolate chip pumpkin cake, Valerie is bringing bagels with cream cheese and ham, and we will have our signature salmon sandwiches and salads. A new addition to our menu is cocoa topped with freshly made whipped cream.

Our altar server Ryan keeping warm on a chilly fall morning! Inflatable altar servers – what a concept!





Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 7, 2018

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 140

Sunday Bulletin 2018-10-07[136]

Reading 1GN 2:18-24

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

R. (cf. 5) May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
May you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Reading 2HEB 2:9-11

Brothers and sisters:
He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, ”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated
all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

Alleluia1 JN 4:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If we love one another, God remains in us
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 10:2-16

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
They replied,
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.

Coffee Service will be offered for the first time in the winter Church today! Space is limited, bear with us!

Thank you Valerie Pritchard and Barbara Kobbler for stepping up to help with the coffee service! We are continuing the service throughout the winter on a trial basis, to see if space permits and people want it. Valeries will introduced her fabulous Chicken Tostitos this week end and next week end Barbara will bring something wonderful!

Mini blackberry pies made with a French pie crust. It’s a mid point between puff paste and American pie dough – hope you like it! Recipe from Gesine Bullock-Prado, Pastry Chef on Craftsy and King Arthur Flour.



Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 30, 2018

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 137

Sunday Bulletin 2018-09-30

Reading 1NM 11:25-29

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.
Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,
the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;
and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,
were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.
They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;
yet the spirit came to rest on them also,
and they prophesied in the camp.
So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
“Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp, ”
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said,
“Moses, my lord, stop them.”
But Moses answered him,
“Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!”

Responsorial PsalmPS 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14

R. (9a) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
the decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Though your servant is careful of them,
very diligent in keeping them,
yet who can detect failings?
Cleanse me from my unknown faults!
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant;
let it not rule over me.
Then shall I be blameless and innocent
of serious sin.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Reading 2JAS 5:1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
your gold and silver have corroded,
and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days.
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned;
you have murdered the righteous one;
he offers you no resistance.

AlleluiaCF. JN 17:17B, 17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.”
Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.”Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'”

Join us for cakes, cookies and coffee in St. Hubert’s Hall for a farewell party for Eric Lindenbusch, our beloved and talented cantor.



Be sure to read Fr. Luis’ tribute to Eric in today’s bulletin!

My personal favorite Eric performance:

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We have great news! Fr. Luis has approved continuing the coffee service after the 9:00 AM mass on Sunday at St. Elizabeth. Thank you to Valerie Pritchard who came forward and volunteered and suggested we continue the coffee service thru the winter. Thank you Fr. Luis for giving approval!

This ministry is an important gesture of hospitality to newcomers and an opportunity for parishioners to get to know each other. It’s fun and easy to do – just bring a plate of cookies, pastries, or whatever you like. Serving size should be “finger food” as we have very limited space. What works for us is cutting our coffee cakes into bite size pieces and serving in cupcake papers.

Suggestions for improving the service are welcome. The winter service will be substantially smaller due to limited space, but still a warm and welcoming experience for all!

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 23, 2018

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 134

Sunday Bulletin 2018-09-23[89]

Reading 1WIS 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

Responsorial Psalm PS 54:3-4, 5, 6 AND 8

R. (6b) The Lord upholds my life.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
For the haughty men have risen up against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they set not God before their eyes.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. The Lord upholds my life.

Reading 2JAS 3:16—4:3

Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.Where do the wars
and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions
that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive,
because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

AlleluiaCF. 2 THES 2:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”


Be sure to say goodbye and wish Godspeed to Eric today. Eric and his wife Cecilia are moving to Idaho. Eric has served as cantor, with his fine tenor voice and his cornet and keyboard have provided a unique character to our choir. We thank Eric for his wonderful gifts of talent and faith, and he leaves us with many beautiful memories of moving Holy Week and Christmas liturgies, and uplifting Sundays. We will miss him and wish him good luck in his new home!

Here is one of my favorite Eric performances, a soulful rendition of the beautiful old spiritual Wade in the Water.


Thank You to All Who Have Purchased Plaques

We are very grateful for the response by parishioners as far away as Pennsylvania who have responded to the Memorial Plaque Campaign. The campaign will continue through 2019 so that we can can continue working on the outdoor church.

We understand that this decision might take time and that payment up front might not be possible for some people, so please understand we offer payment plans without any interest and are eager to include as many members of our community as possible.

Participating in this campaign has been very rewarding and is a beautiful reminder of the Mystical Body to which we all belong. During the year, and especially on All Souls Day and throughout the month of November, we will all pray for each other for faith and strength to sustain us through our losses, always remembering the hope of eternal life, and the loving memory of those gone before us.

Please note you may designate a pew for your pew plaque. Here is the current seating plan:


It’s a bit confusing so we suggest that you use this format: Section 1 or 2, Row ____. Please include your contact info so we can communicate with you if we have any questions or difficulties reading handwriting, etc.

There is a change in plans for the board plaques. They will be permanently displayed on the large wooden cross on the face of the new little stone building facing the altar. This decision was made so that people can see the plaques during the week or at any time they wish. You will soon see a very nice statue of St. Francis on the side of the building facing the pews, and a small angel playing a violin over the door, in recognition of our choir.


St. Francis is 30 inches tall and will sit on a niche on the wall facing the pews. Purchased at Absolute Statuary on Gravenstein Hwy in Sebastopol.



Your purchases have allowed us to put an electrical line out to the coffee service area which makes our coffee service better able to serve you, and will be a help to caterers who are working with Catholic weddings performed in the outdoor church.

Thank you Dan Demers and Jim Rossi  for these wonderful improvements.

Our Wish List for St. Hubert’s Hall, Yard and Outdoor Church and surrounding areas:

  • A water line which makes the venue nicer for weddings and other events where beverages and food are served. Estimated cost $7500.00
  • $10,000 Property Development including:
    • Development of a drainage ditch running along Armstrong Woods Road edge to meet existing ditch at end of property feeding into Fife Creek.
    • Further clearing of the underbrush at the far end of the property which would enable use of the property in June. It also makes the property more beautiful and allows better surveillance of illegal activities.
    • Road grade gravel on drive way to reduce dust
    • Landscaping, repairing and brightening up appearance of upper and lower areas

We are in the process of applying for a grant from PG&E Community Relations for dog waste stations and concrete waste containers for St. Hubert’s Yard area. We are hoping to receive $1300.00 thanks to help from the Friends and Residents of Guerneville (FROG.)

We hope to use the hall and outdoor church area for outreach to the community, encouraging activities which benefit both our parish and the community at large.

Please feel free to send in your suggestions for improving the outdoor church.

Thank you again!



24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 16, 2018

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 131

Sunday Bulletin 2018-09-16

Reading 1IS 50:5-9A

The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.
Who disputes my right?
Let that man confront me.
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?

Responsorial PsalmPS 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

R. (9) I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
R. Alleluia.
I love the LORD because he has heard
my voice in supplication,
because he has inclined his ear to me
the day I called.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
R. Alleluia.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the snares of the netherworld seized upon me;
I fell into distress and sorrow,
and I called upon the name of the LORD,
“O LORD, save my life!”
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
R. Alleluia.
Gracious is the LORD and just;
yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD keeps the little ones;
I was brought low, and he saved me.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
R. Alleluia.
For he has freed my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
R. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2JAS 2:14-18

What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ”
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?
So also faith of itself,
if it does not have works, is dead.Indeed someone might say,
“You have faith and I have works.”
Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

AlleluiaGAL 6:14

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord
through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 8:27-35

Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
Along the way he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that I am?”
They said in reply,
“John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.”
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.
He spoke this openly.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.”




Our little shed is looking so beautiful with the hand done rock exterior and wooden cross. Memorial plaques will be on the cross.

Thank you all for your generous support of our Memorial Plaque Program. We have brought in $8000.00 so far and still anticipating more purchases as we go through All Souls Day, and the holidays. We do accept payments so please don’t let monetary concerns get in the way if you feel it in your heart you want to get a plaque for a loved one!

Something special to celebrate the end of the season…
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, drizzled with caramel and topped with chocolate squares decorated with transfers.

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 9, 2018

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 128

Sunday Bulletin 2018-09-09

Reading 1IS 35:4-7A

Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

Responsorial PsalmPS 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2JAS 2:1-5

My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, “Sit here, please, ”
while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, ” or “Sit at my feet, ”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?

AlleluiaCF. MT 4:23

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 7:31-37Again Jesus left the district of Tyreand went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,into the district of the Decapolis.And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impedimentand begged him to lay his hand on him.He took him off by himself away from the crowd.He put his finger into the man’s earsand, spitting, touched his tongue;then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —And immediately the man’s ears were opened,his speech impediment was removed,and he spoke plainly.He ordered them not to tell anyone.But the more he ordered them not to,the more they proclaimed it.They were exceedingly astonished and they said,“He has done all things well.He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”MEMORIAL PLAQUESOur dear Linda ELIZABETH Payne continues to make us laugh and bring much needed humor to our lives, while supporting the Memorial Plaque campaign.


Please join us for coffee after the 9:00 AM mass at the Outdoor Church. It is a wonderful time to enjoy the fellowship of our parish! We have delicious stone fruit from Merced, provided by the Certified Santa Rosa Farmer”s Market which takes place on Thursdays in St. Hubert’s Hall Yard.

This Thursday was the last day for the Guerneville Farmers Market, but the vendors can be found at the Luther Burbank Center on Saturdays and at the Windsor Town Square on Sunday from 10 to 1.

Participants in the Farmer’s Market celebrated the end of the season with dinner together. We are hoping to find a way to provide the products during the weekend so a greater audience can be found to support the Guerneville Farmer’s Market.


Having shopped at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, we had a gorgeous display of stone fruit on our menu for coffee service Sunday!


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Pumpkin Bread Pudding topped with whipped cream and chocolates with colorful fall transfers!
Cannoli and Espresso this morning to ward off the chill!
Poached salmon on Focaccia – yum! 

Have a Blessed Sunday! Love to all!




Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept. 2, 2018

We are blessed to have such a good and kind pastor as Fr. Luis!


Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 125

Sunday Bulletin 2018-09-02

Reading 1DT 4:1-2, 6-8

Moses said to the people:
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land
which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin upon you,
you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it.
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?”

Responsorial PsalmPS 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5

R. (1a) The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
by whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Reading 2JAS 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27

Dearest brothers and sisters:
All good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Thank you Sue Poirier for the beautiful floral arrangement from your wonderful garden. All summer long you have made our masses more beautiful and we are so grateful!


AlleluiaJAS 1:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
—For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
And on coming from the marketplace
they do not eat without purifying themselves.
And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed,
the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. —
So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him,
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders
but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines human precepts.

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”


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This is a building Dan Demers built previously, showing the stone work in a completed state.
Thank you to St. Elizabeth’s Guild who hosted the Coffee Service this morning!
Thank you Linda Payne for donating this darling table and bench seats where children can quietly read the age appropriate books on the mass! We welcome young children at St. Elizabeth’s and try to make our children’s area inviting!
We provide free rosaries and booklets teaching how to say the rosary. We also have literature from EWTN’s children programing. The magnet play set of a church is excellent for a 5 or 6 year old and a good preparation for becoming an altar server!
We say goodbye to summer and our summer residents, wishing you Godspeed.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to make another summer at St. Elizabeth one filled with blessings and the joy of fellowship!


Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 26, 2018

Sunday Bulletin 2018-08-26


Thank you Sue Poirier for another beautiful bouquet!


Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 122

We welcome Fr. Shane Degblor of The Comboni Missionaries who serve the poorest and most forgotten people of the world. Videos of Fr. Shane’s homily are below.

Reading 1JOS 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges, and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God,
Joshua addressed all the people:
“If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling.
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”But the people answered,
“Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
for the service of other gods.
For it was the LORD, our God,
who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
out of a state of slavery.
He performed those great miracles before our very eyes
and protected us along our entire journey
and among the peoples through whom we passed.
Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.”

Responsorial PsalmPS 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Many are the troubles of the just one,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him;
he watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2EPH 5:21-32 OR 5:2A, 25-32

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the church,
he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.orBrothers and sisters:
Live in love, as Christ loved us.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

AlleluiaJN 6:63C, 68C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:60-69

Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said,
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this,
he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending
to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life,
while the flesh is of no avail.
The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe
and the one who would betray him.
And he said,
“For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father.”As a result of this,
many of his disciples returned to their former way of life
and no longer accompanied him.
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”


“How beautiful it is when people share with one another.”

3 videos of Fr. Shane’s homily:


Pumpkin Patch Princess Riley Cissell in Grammy Sue Poirier’s garden!

Thank you Fr. Luis for extending the outdoor masses two more weeks into September! We know it’s extra work for you and we sincerely appreciate it!

Please Join Us

Memorial Plaques Program Update

As you can see, progress is moving along in the repair of the pews and grooming of the grounds. Our team has been working very hard and we have received generous support through the purchase of plaques. The stonework for the shed will start next week and that will be an exciting change! Dan Demers will do the work and it will be very attractive and complimentary to the existing stonework on the altar.

Thank you all for your generous support. It is lovely to read the heartfelt inscriptions for the plaque orders, and we hope our Outdoor Church will continue to be a holy place where you can pray and remember your loved ones in a serene and beautiful environment.


We are calling for sponsors in addition to Memorial Plaques in order to cover our costs. Here is a copy of the letter being sent out, with a form:




Sponsors will be recognized by signage placed along Fourth Street for maximum public display. Please feel free to print out the letter and form and send to people you think might be inclined to participate.

You will see 4 benches have been placed in St. Hubert’s Hall Yard, and people are enjoying them, workers taking their lunch breaks and visitors to the Farmer’s Market enjoying treats.


Each bench will have this 4 x 8 inch enamel sign reminding them to clean up after themselves.

Take a stroll through the outdoor church in the late afternoon when shafts of sunlight pierce the trees, it is very pretty!

Thank you all again.

2018 Parish Picnic at the Highland Dell

Thank you Ingrid and Herb for a delicious lunch / picnic of chicken and ribs, salad, fresh vegetables roasted with herbs and creme brulee dessert! Gracious ambiance and old world feeling of hospitality so appreciated!




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Thank you Fr. Luis for organizing the picnic! It was a wonderful day!



Santa Rosa Religious Education Congress – August 17 & 18, 2018


Cardinal Newman High School

The focus of the Congress this year family holiness. The Friday session was for catholic school teachers, religious educators and deacons of the diocese. The Saturday session was a general audience session.


The morning session started with mass said by Bishop Robert Vassa, with the St. Eugene’s Choir singing. With the heavy burden of the recent priest scandal, Bishop Vasa started the morning with a statement. Rather than paraphrasing him, his thoughts can be found on the diocesan website.

The Bishop pointed out the error in the understanding the scripture “wherever two or three are gathered…” to imply some sort of inherent virtue in mere gathering. He stressed we must remember “IN MY NAME” and that in our gossip, in our daily communications and our thoughts, we must struggle to be Christ-like. Bishop Vasa then encouraged educators to not only teach knowledge but to somehow give students an experience of Christ.

Deacon Dennis Purificacion, Diocesan Director of Religious Education, then spoke about the good news that there has been a three fold increase in certification among the Diocesan Catholic School teachers. He assured the audience that each school has a director of religious education in communication with his office. He also told us there will be a special Day of Prayer on October 7th, remembering the victims of the fires last fall. He proceeded to introduce the first speaker of the day, in a general session.

As we arrived in the morning we were greeted with the gorgeous singing by St. Eugene’s Choir practicing for the mass. In this video you see the offerings from St. Eugene’s Workshop, The Passion Play from Lake County booth and a wonderful religious gift business from Sacramento who raised money to send 6 youths to World Youth Day.

The general session was lead by Mark Brumley, M.A., President of St. Ignatius Press and author of The Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics. A convert to Catholicism from the Evangelical tradition, he spoke of his faith journey and understanding of Catholic devotion to Mary. He stressed the importance of students receiving thorough training in apologetics so they can answer challenges to their faith from others as well as in their own minds. Then we split into the following sessions:

  • Deacon Dance Farrell, for Secondary Level “Virtues: A Language for Sharing Human Dignity with High School Students.”
  • Marie Mullen, for Elementary: “The Virtues in Practice Session.”
  • Lou Judd, for Coaches and Open for all: “The Four Pillars of Sports Leader: Virtue, Mentoring, Ceremony and Catholic Identity and How This Program Can Transform the Culture of Sports.”
  • Carlin and Deacon Dave Gould, “Human Love According to the Divine Plan.”
  • Fr. John Boettcher, S.T.D., “A Biblical Spirituality for Parish Catechetical Leaders and Catechists.”

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Vendor booths were in the gym and therefore blessed to hear Marie Mullen’s presentation of “The Virtues in Practice” program developed by Nashville Dominican Sisters for a whole school or whole family focus, covering 27 virtues over a 3 year cycle and 81 saints held up; as models of virtues. This is a wonderful program with strong methods for blending virtue into play and study experiences for children of all ages. Children are taught a code of ethics and to be observant of their own behavior and others, always remembering to bring virtue into daily situations. Much love and thoughtfulness is in this program and is an affordable, practical way to imbue Catholic values into a school or home setting.




Thank you to all the people involved in organizing the Congress. It was a wonderful experience and a true blessing to be with the devoted people in our diocese, meeting the staff from the diocese and schools, and learning about their needs.

California Marketing Director for EWTN, Monica Marin flew up from Orange County to attend. Monica will be having a webinar to discuss how teachers, home schoolers and parents can utilize EWTN as a resource.