Thank you for your generous donation to St. Elizabeth and the Mission Churches of St. Catherine of Siena in Monte Rio, and St. Colman in Cazadero. You will receive a receipt with our 501c3 number for your tax records.
Your donation will enable St. Elizabeth to continue its mission of service to the Russian River Community and is greatly appreciated.
The original St. Elizabeth’s was quickly outgrown. “The district was part of the parish of Santa Rosa. In 1904, arrangements were made to say Mass during the summer months, first in private homes, and the in the social hall of the Central Hotel. Residents were eager to have a “year round” church, so in 1904, a drive was started which raised $550 for permanent facilities. A building site on the outskirts of town was donated by Ivon and Elizabeth Clar, and with volunteer labor, the excavation was begun. Fifteen feet of hillside had to be dug out and leveled off in order to start the foundation. With the help of two young men who were vacationing in the area, Ivon Clar, Leland Boland, Walter Motts and Walter Kelly accomplished this in just two weeks! Materials were donated or bought at cost, all hauling was done for nothing. The building was enclosed and shingled before the winter rains began. Heavy doors and an ornate cross were donated by Father Cassin of Santa Rosa, and Mr. J. Sullivan secured a bell from the Santa Fe Rail Road which is the same bell in use today. Approximately four months after the foundation was poured, the church was completed. So well was the slender fund managed, and so generous the cooperation and donation of materials, labor and furniture, the church was completed at a cost of less than the $550 originally subscribed. It was late in the summer of 1906 that Mass was celebrated for the first time in the new church. It was named St. Elizabeth in honor of the patron saint of Mrs. Elizabeth Clar who was one of the prime movers in its establishment.” From “History of St. Elizabeth’s” 1998 Directory