Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017


Our beautiful floral arrangement is from Antiquarian and Florabunda in Duncans Mills.

Gospel Acclamation:”Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.” 

Pentecost Sunday Vigil Mass (Saturday evening 5:00 PM0 included the lighting of seven candles representing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Season and a return to Ordinary Time. We pray the fruits of the Lenten and Easter season will carry into ordinary time in your walk of faith. Fr. Luis reminded us to have grateful hearts, to be appreciative of the people in our lives whose generosity contributes to the quality of our lives. He cautioned us against the influence of individualism which is prevalent in our culture, and encouraged us to continue our efforts to grow in faith and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

He mentioned Sherilyn Parmeter’s gift, representing St. Elizabeth’s Guild, of chocolates for the mothers on Mother’s Day, and he encouraged parishioners to thank the Guild for this week end’s Rummage Sale.

Pentecost Sunday Mass 9:00 AM

Our cantor, Eric Lindenbusch singing the Psalm for Pentecost Sunday

Our parish is very blessed to have two people who were confirmed on Holy Saturday and who were given their confirmation names today. Lorna Marie chose St. Teresa of Calcutta and Carolyn chose St. Teresa of Liseux. It is such a joy to hear them tell of their RCIA experience and faith journey:

As described above, the mass for Pentecost included a candle lighting ceremony celebrating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Narration by Steve Brown

The choir ended the Easter Season as they began it, with the Hallelujah Chorus. This is a very challenging piece of music and we are so grateful to our choir for mastering it!

Celebration of Steve and Rebecca Brown’s Wedding Anniversary

Note: Outdoor Church Cleanup Dates: Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 17

Note to the Guild Volunteers: While your reward will be in heaven, on Sunday after the sale we will celebrate with chocolate truffles! See below:



Thank you to the Guild volunteers who have worked all week organizing the sale and will continue working restoring St. Hubert’s Hall to proper order. Thank you to all who supported the Rummage Sale which supports not only St. Elizabeth’s and the mission churches of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Coleman, but also the various local charities that St. Elizabeth’s Guild supports.

Dovarietyshown’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, July 27, the date of the 106th Annual Monte Rio Variety Show!

This is always an amaing show which benefits the Monte Rio School, the Fire Dept., and St. Catherine of Siena.


Ascension of the Lord – 7th Sunday of Easter

Our groovy choir rocked the house with their rendition of the African American spiritual “Over My Head there is Music in the Air.” Celebrating the Ascension of the Lord and Memorial Day weekend, the mood was joyful! Parishioners burst out in applause.

Fr. Luis gave us a philosophical homily contrasting Platonic and eastern religious views of the idea of heaven. Comparing Plato’s cave with Taoist Yin-Yang, he reminded us that we must also integrate the spiritual and material elements of our lives. A summer parishioner from St. Dominic’s in San Francisco gave the right answer to Fr. Luis’ challenge question “What is Plato’s Cave about?” while the rest of us shrank in our seats trying desperately to avoid getting chosen. Whoever you are, thank you!

Tony Madrid lead the Psalm with Eric Lindenbusch on coronet

Some important dates:



Save the date:


July 27, 2017

106th Annual Variety Show

Confirmation Mass, May 21, 2017

In a moving ceremony we watched, listened and prayed as our young teens and preteens renewed their baptism vows and received the sacrament of confirmation, administered by Bishop Vasa. While catechising the Confirmandi he mentioned the sad fact that the world has been at war every year of their young lives. He reminded them that at Fatima Our Lady asked the young children to pray the rosary for world peace. He used his time with them teaching them to love the rosary and the chronology and significance of the mysteries.

We are grateful to the students, their parents, their instructors, Fr. Luis, Fr. Allen, Bishop Vasa and our choir for a beautiful ceremony. We applaud the confirmandi and teachers for their hard preparatory work. Congratulations to the confirmandi and their families. A special thank you to the choir for the beautiful music.

IMG_0436Confirmandi process with sponsors into church

The bishop’s questions…

The Kilcullen family presented two youngsters from St. Philips parish today. Mr. Kilcullen had assisted in last week end’s retreat for the confirmandi. We are very grateful for his help.

The Bishop administers the sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmandi read the prayers

Come Holy Spirit

Panis Angelicus


Fifth Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day

Our confirmandi enjoyed a retreat today at St. Hubert’s Hall led by Bernard Ciernick, MA RCIA instructor at St. Elizabeth, Guerneville. Next Sunday they will be confirmed by Bishop Robert F. Vasa at 2:00 PM mass. Today’s retreat started at 8:00 AM and ended with the 5:00 PM mass.

Ella Rozett, Director of Religious Eduation at St. Philip the Apostle and John Kilcullen, father of confirmandi Danny and Conor attended along with the St. Elizabeth’s confirmandi. St. Elizabeth’s instructor Denise Danzart was unable to attend due to a family health emergency.

Confirmand Danny Kilcullen volunteered to place the crown of roses on the statue of Mary before mass.

Confirmand Alex Diaz did the first reading.

Confirmand Conor Kilcullen read the second reading.

Fr. Luis encouraged the young adolescent confirmandi to remain close to God and to understand their faith, to continue to study and understand their faith so that they would be able to live their faith throughout their lives.

We pray for our confirmandi that their faith will remain strong as they grow into adulthood and that God’s love will be showered upon them.

Video of 9:00 AM Mass Crowing of Mary by Josephina Robles







Thank you to St. Elizabeth’s Choir


What a joyous Christmas we shared with our community. Our little church was filled with visitors who came to enjoy the hour of carols, choral music and scripture readings on Christmas eve. The choir participated in the following mass at 5:00 pm and sang again on Christmas morning at 9:00.

The choir practices twice a week throughout the year to ensure high quality music. Please support them generously by donating to the collection can in the church entrance or by mailing a check marked “choir” to the church office.

Merry Christmas and thank you for your interest.




23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 4, 2016

Today’s gospel is a difficult one – Jesus tells us we must commit to him beyond our commitment to our families. Fr. Louis explained for the Jews of his time, this was a particularly disturbing message because of their strong family structures. But Jesus knows the human heart and he knows the frailties of human relationships. What he is saying is that love of Christ must be primary and when it is, our lives are properly ordered.

Eleanor Stump uses the example of Thomas More to illustrate this point on the St. Louis University site. She points out “More saw that Henry’s passion for Anne was moving Henry to betray his wife and bring scandal on the Church. And  More wouldn’t support him. He wouldn’t sign the Oath. ” She summarizes

“Because he maintained his integrity and did not let Henry push him into evil, More was true to the Lord he loved and to himself. He could not have loved himself or his wife or his children or his neighbors better than he did. “

Fr. Luis also celebrated today’s canonization of Mother Theresa, now St. Theresa of Kokata, by reading her famous prayer:

     People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

Thank you Fr. Luis for teaching us to understand today’s gospel.

Today the Guild members received these darling thank you notes from the Cissell family children. The cards are made from rubbings of their grandmother’s leaves in her flower garden – the source of our beautiful Sunday altar bouquets, and the children had a wonderful time making them. We just loved receiving the cards and thank the Cissells and grandmother Sue Poirier.


Thank you to Guild President Fran Korn who made olive and egg sandwiches – a retro dish from the 1950s that many of us remember fondly!

It has been our pleasure to serve the parish all summer and we have especially enjoyed making treats for the children who are such a blessing to our parish.

We also would like to thank the person who left the lovely breakfast cakes at St. Hubert’s Hall earlier in the morning. They were scooped up and enjoyed by our parishioners. Thank you so much for participating, it is wonderful to have new people and new recipes!

Blessings to all, have a wonderful week.




The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 28, 2016

In today’s gospel (Luke 14:1, 7-14), we are asked to honor the poor, the sick, the blind and the needy: those who are not on the “A List” – but rather are neglected and made to feel unwanted. Fr. Ron Rolheiser has written a wonderful insight into this gospel on the St. Luis University Sunday Website. He writes:

“Our world revolves around those who are strong, attractive and active. We see beauty and worth in the pretty, the un-sick, the young and the talented. They are the roses whose attention, affection, and autographs we court. It is they we would put on our mantel. Conversely, we find the sick, the handicapped, the aged, the unattractive, the wounded and the non-achievers a nuisance.”

Today’s mass was said by visiting Capuchin Franciscan Priest Father Bob, who is asked us for prayers supporting the Capuchin missions in Northern Mexico. These missions are a perfect opportunity to fulfill the requirements of today’s gospel. He asked us if any of us knew who Conrad Erslinger was. Nobody raised their hand. Then he asked us who knew St. Francis of Assisi? He explained that the former individual was a prominent civic leader and contemporary of St. Francis, now forgotten. St. Francis, who abandoned his wealthy family and lifestyle to serve the poor and disenfranchised, is of course, world known and loved. Fr. Bob told us that initially, Francis wanted worldly fame and recognition. He had an unsuccessful military career, participating in a war with Perugia which wound up with him in jail. Only the soldiers from wealthy families were taken hostage; the rest were slaughtered – a horrific lesson for young Francis in the ethics of the world. His adventures as a knight were equally unfulfilling. After dreams, meditation and prayer, his conversion culminated in his encounter with the leper. Fr. Bob points out the irony that after removing himself from the center and reordering his life in a Christ centered way, he found the peace and joy that the world had not offered him  –  and is remembered by the world today.

Fr. Bob told us of the needs of the community for basics – medicine, gas, food – as well as the dangers of the drug trafficking in the region. Today’s second collection was donated to the Capuchin Franciscan friars. For more information, visit the website for the Western American Province of the Capuchin Franciscans.