Spirit Articles

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This fall, Saint Elizabeth Parish School is implementing a unique, new program focusing on social and emotional skills that will help students succeed in both school and life.

Read more: School Spirits: New Program Enhances Social and Emotional Learning


CAPTION: Father John Stokely celebrated his first year as our Parochial Vicar.

This past June 20th marked Father John Stokely’s one-year anniversary as Parochial Vicar at Saint Elizabeth Parish.

Read more: Father Stokely’s Reflection on His First Year at Saint Elizabeth

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CAPTION: Odyssey of the Mind Teams from 6th Grade (Top left), 7th Grade (Top right), and 8th Grade (Bottom).

Three Middle School teams from Saint Elizabeth Parish School successfully competed this year in Odyssey of the Mind, the largest problem-solving competition in the world. A 25 year-old international education program, Odyssey of the Mind consists of complex, open-ended problems which students must collaborate, brainstorm and work creatively to solve.

Read more: Parish School Students Compete on World Stage

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Making a Joyful Noise for The Lord

CAPTION: Making music for the Lord is at the heart of the Valentino-McBride family. From left, Karen and Dave Valentino, Victoria (holding Avery), Jeff and Mason McBride.

Dave Valentino, also known affectionately at Saint Elizabeth Parish as, ‘the musician in the white shirt,’ started his stewardship service as an usher at Saint Joseph Parish in Downingtown many years ago. He was musically talented, but no one there knew it. All that changed when the director of music for the Lumen Christi Teen Ministry, Paul Wojcik, asked for and received a new keyboard for the parish. Paul played guitar and didn’t know anyone who could play the keyboard, but the Parochial Vicar, Father Thomas Gillin did. So, he invited Dave to join the music ministry.  Lucky day for Saint Joseph Parish and for the future of music at Saint Elizabeth, too!

Read more: Family Spirits: Meet the Valentino/McBride Family

IftarCAPTION: From left, Imam Ejaz Sabir from the Islamic Society of Chester County, Father Mullin, Rabbi Jon Cutler from Beth Israel Congregation, and Rev. Tina Mackie from Saint Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, who participated in an interfaith dialogue and Iftar supper on June 13.

On June 13th Saint Elizabeth Parish warmly welcomed and hosted an interfaith dialogue and Iftar supper to build bridges across three of the faith traditions in northern Chester County.

Read more: Communities Coming Together – An Interfaith Dialogue

Iftar Children

CAPTION: 15 children enjoyed the program’s youth activities.

Activities and dialogue at the Iftar event weren’t for adults only – about 15 children also enjoyed special programming that contributed to the success of the evening.

Read more: Fun Activities for Youth at Iftar Program

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Saint Elizabeth High School Youth Group Hits the Big Apple!

Taking a page out of the New York Times bestselling novel and blockbuster movie series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, here is a day-by-day account of the Saint Elizabeth Parish High School Youth Group’s busy mission trip to New York. This summer, five adult leaders accompanied 24 parish teenagers to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in Jamaica, Queens, where they joined forces with eight other high school youth groups to refurbish a 100-year-old church.

Read more: Diary of a Busy Mission Trip