St. Elizabeth’s Guild

St Elizabeth’s Guild will not be holding our monthly Guild meetings until it is safe to do so during the pandemic. As soon as it is safe we will be announcing the new date for our annual Rummage Sale. We continue our prayers for all our parishioner’s health and safety during this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Francine Korn at

St. Elizabeth’s Guild regrets to have to postpone our annual Rummage Sale on June 6 and 7 due to our current situation. Many folks have inquired about the sale as Spring cleaning is in full swing. As soon as it is safe to do so a new date will be announced. Thank you for your support in prior years and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe and healthy.

Hard working leprauchans in the kitchen making corned beef for the St. Paddy’s Day Luncheon on Sunday.

Thank you all for joining us for St. Paddy’s Day Corned Beef Sandwiches on Sunday!

outdoo mass at St. Elizabeth's Guerneville
The outdoor mass is greatly enjoyed by the St. Elizabeth’s community from July 4th thru Labor Day.

St. Elizabeth’s Guild serves coffee, savories and pastries after the 9:00 AM outdoor mass at St. Elizabeth’s, Guerneville. Please say hello and enjoy our free coffee meet & greet!


Thank you to the chefs and servers at Northwood Restaurant for providing us with a delicious luncheon for the installation of our officers. Missing in the photos is Mary Anne Gustafson, I apologize for missing her. Special thanks to Fran Korn, President, who backed the delicious cookies we enjoyed for dessert. Wishing everyone a blessed and happy New Year!

Fran's cookie
Thank you Fran for the delicious cookies!

Installation of Guild Officers
Patsy Reese officiating at the Installation of Officers. Patsy told us her vision is failing but she read the ceremony text well with a lighted magnifier. Great job Patsy!

Another shot of Patsy officiating. That's Mary Ann Gustafson in lower right corner, I missed her in shooting the table shots.
Another shot of Patsy officiating. That’s Mary Ann Gustafson in lower right corner, I missed her in shooting the table shots.

Santa's Elves worked hard in the kitchen!
Santa’s Elves worked hard in the kitchen!

We had the best Christmas Dinner ever!!! Dec. 13 we served 80 roast beef, mashed potatoes, beans, salad and cheese cake dinners in St. Hubert’s Hall. Freshly painted, the hall sparkled with decorations done by Janis Brown.



MerryChristmasfromGuildThere are so many people to thank, please let me know if I forget anyone! We encourage you to consider participating next year as a volunteer! Huge thanks to

  • Fr. Luis Penaloza, Pastor
  • Joe Torres & Rich Busalacchi, chefs
  • Guild Members Fran Korn, Pres., Janis Brown, VP, Sherilyn Parmeter, Secretary, Jean Koutz, Treasurer, Eleanor Gerhig, Irene Deem, Gina Busalacchi, who organized, setup, served and cleaned up
  • St. Elizabeth’s Choir with Director Rebecca Brown for a spectacular performance that lit up the room with Christmas carols and joy
  • Volunteer Denise Britten who doubled as bartender and dish dryer! Denise is one of our CCD instructors.

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Once again, please comment to add any people I have left out. Thank you everyone who attended and made this such a joyous Christmas dinner!

St. Elizabeth’s Guild offers fellowship and service to the church and community. We invite you to join us! Our meetings are open to the public; members’ dues are $12.00 per year. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 at St. Hubert’s Hall. The meetings are open to the public, you are welcome to attend and check us out!

St. Elizabeth's Guild Rummage Sale
St. Elizabeth’s Guild Rummage Sale

The Guild hosts two rummage sales per year, in June and October. The sales provide gently used clothing at an affordable price for the local community. Small furniture, household items and working electronics are also popular items. If you have items to donate, contact Jan Brown or Joe Torres at (707) 604-7386 to make an appointment to unlock the hall basement and store your items. Proceeds from the rummage sales are used to support the church and the community.
UPDATE OCT 5, 2014: We are so happy to report we earned nearly $2,900 at our Rummage Sale this week end. A huge than you to our volunteers, donors, and buyers: Volunteers and donors included Fran Korn, Guild President, Joe Torres, Janis Brown, Guild Vice President, Ken and Jean Koutz, Guild Treasurer, Mary Ann Gustafson, Patty Mannick, Zoe Manzo, Vera Bohan, Carlos Gonzales, Charlie Arata, Anna Maria Cabrina, Gina Asaro Busalicchi, Margaret McAtee, Irene Deem, and Joan Brown. Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone.

We would also like to stress that the fund raising isn’t the only purpose of the sale; over the years we have built a large customer base, some of whom are needy, and we take great care to find the right items for them – nice warm winter jackets and jammies, new baby clothes, etc. It is a fun event and we get lots of complements on our merchandise. We are very selective and provide only clean, functional items.

Guys having fun with hats
Guys having fun with hats

Saturday Morning of our Rummage Sale. Proceeds help defray operating costs of the church.
Saturday Morning of our Rummage Sale. Proceeds help defray operating costs of the church.

Again, we encourage parishioners to join the Guild or volunteer for one of our fund raisers, or service projects! Call the office and leave a message (707) 869-2107 and we will return your call!

St. Elizabeth’s Guild also works with St. Vincent de Paul’s Society and the Salvation Army at the Russian River Food Pantry, a service agency of the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Food is distributed at the Guerneville Community Church. Collection baskets are in the foyers of St. Elizabeth’s and the mission churches of St. Catherine of Siena in Monte Rio and St. Colman’s in Cazadero.

Irene Deem, Michele McDonell, Rosie Bohny an Jean Koutz working the parking this week end!
Irene Deem, Michele McDonell, Rosie Bohny an Jean Koutz working the parking this week end!

Thank you to all the volunteers: Rose Chromy, Grace Schemerhorn, Rosie Bohny, Frank Danzart, Jean Koutz, Mary Anne Gustafson, Michele McDonell, Carlos Gonzales, Irene Deem, John O’Connell, David Gillespie, Ben Robles. And thanks and welcome to new volunteers Michael Collins RN, Vincent Umscheid, RN; Patty Johnston and Valorie Pritchard! So nice to have new  people involved!!! We made $6,860!

Each month one member serves as “Sunshine Lady” and sends encouragement cards to members who have illness or challenges. Another member hosts the meeting with a dessert and coffee served after the meeting. For new parishioners, the Guild is a great volunteer group to help get to know the parish and to help out with parish and community projects.

St. Elizabeth’s Guild invites you to join us after the 9:00 AM Outdoor Mass at St. Elizabeth’s in Guerneville. We serve coffee, savories and pastries at no charge. We welcome you to St. Elizabeth’s Parish!

St. Elizabeth's Guild Aprons
Join the Guild

Many of you have asked to buy our cute aprons which are cotton twill and one size fits all. They are $20.00 plus tax, shipping and handling. You can purchase them from Irene Deem at her site or by phone – call Irene at 707-486-9683.

Our most popular dish this summer has been poached salmon salad on puff paste.
Our most popular dish this summer has been poached salmon salad on puff paste.


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