A Word from Father Stokely

What do you think about after receiving Holy Communion at Mass? This is one of my favorite questions to ask (especially of myself)!

Whenever I am not focused, this precious time gets wasted with making mental to-do lists, daydreaming, or simply watching what everyone else in church is doing.

On this Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ, may we use that special moment after receiving Holy Communion to acknowledge the incredible gift we are receiving - to thank Jesus for being a part of our lives and for enabling us to become more like him.

Father John Stokely

Interfaith Dialogue & Iftar Supper

Last Tuesday our parish hosted a wonderful interfaith dialogue for more than 160 people, including members of Saint Elizabeth Church, Beth Israel Congregation, the Islamic Society of West Chester and a number of area Christian churches. Special thanks to the STE hospitality team for all their work in preparing for and hosting the event. May men and women of all faith traditions continue to pray together and collaborate in service to the wider community of Northern Chester County!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Between this Sunday, June 18, and Sunday, August 27, CLOW will be conducted for both age groups (pre-K & K and grades 1-4) during the 9:30 AM Mass only (not at the 11:30 AM Mass). Thanks to all who offer their service to CLOW throughout the year!

Parishioners Active in the Armed Services

Parishioners and the family members of parishioners who are currently serving in the Armed Forces will be acknowledged in a Book of Prayer at the 9:00 AM Mass on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. Forms are available in the narthex to list the names of loved ones who are serving in the military. Please return the form to the ministry center by Monday, June 26, to have your loved ones remembered on the roll call at Mass on Independence Day.

Mass Intentions for the Week

June 17-18: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Philomena & Hugo Ficca

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Gerald Woltman (3rd Ann)

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Philip Carson

Monday, 7:30 AM- Sr. Loretta Joseph

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Deceased of Wynne, Hanrahan, Cantwell, Kankel & Walsh Families

Wednesday,7:30AM- Grace LaPenna

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Joseph & Dolores Cavanaugh

Friday, 7:30 AM- Joseph Pepe

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Paul W. Stokely

June 24-25: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 AM- Deceased of Paul Mullin Fam.

Sunday, 8:00 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Elizabeth Roller (1st Ann)

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Michael Ardoline

Readings: Jeremiah 20/10-13; Psalm 69; Romans 5/12-15; Matthew 10/26-33

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Now through August 28, Exposition is normally held in chapel on Mondays after the 7:30 AM Mass and concludes at 4:30 PM. Please note that there is no Exposition on Labor Day, September 4.

Prayer Corner

Please remember in prayer all those who are ill, including: Rodney Chaney; Joseph Gallagher; Ralph Grosso; Father Kevin Kelly; Laura Melvin; Thomas Melvin; Katherine Nolan; Lorraine Ruggeri; Anna Sano; Matthew Ternowchek; Catherine & Frank Tyas and Elizabeth Young.

We also remember those who have died, including James Patterson, the father of Steven Patterson, and Gaspare “Gamp” Pellegrini, father of Tara McNulty. May all our departed loved ones rest in peace!

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)

SAM Game Day: Come out this Thursday at 10:30 AM in the ministry center; upcoming dates include July 27, August 24 and September 28. Join us for fun, snacks and good conversation. Friends are welcome, too!

Elementary Faith Formation

EFF Registration: The registration of returning and new students for the 2017-2018 EFF year is underway. Forms are available at www.stelizabethparish.org under “Education, Elementary Faith Formation.” If you are new to the parish or have children that will be new to the EFF program, please contact DRE Beth Riordan (briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545).

Stewardship: Join our EFF team! Catechists and teaching assistants, teen aides and car-line volunteers are needed for 2017-2018. To volunteer, contact DRE Beth Riordan. You can find more info on the website.

Saint Elizabeth Parish School News

Class of 2017: Congratulations to the forty-two boys and girls who graduated this past Wednesday. Since 2009, a total of 261 students have graduated from our parish school. May God continue to bless all our alumni and their families in the years ahead!

2017-2018 School Year: Have you been considering enrolling your child in our parish school? There are openings for new students on all grade levels. For more info and application materials, contact Liz Oulton (eoulton@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6540).

Family Life Ministry

Chosen Fathers: A group for fathers, grandfathers and others who have children of all ages with special needs in all their many shapes, forms and sizes will meet this Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 PM in the Saint Mark Conference Room. For more information, contact Joe Howard at HSGJHoward@aol.com.

A Widow’s Walk: Are you aware that we have a parish group for widows? The next meeting is on Wednes­day, June 28, at 7:00 PM in St. Matthew Conference Room. All are welcome to attend, no matter what your age, nor how long you have been a widow.

Elizabeth Ministry: This ministry is part of an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, trials and sorrows of the childbearing years. Members also plan play dates for families with young children. Elizabeth Ministry is open to all parishioners all year long. We need some moms and dads to help plan events! If interested or if you have questions, please contact Gen Miceli (gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6550).

Stewardship Call for Liturgical Ministers

Have you prayerfully considered becoming more actively involved at weekend Mass? What better way to become a witness to the presence of Jesus than by becoming a liturgical minister at Mass!

Every year as many current minsters complete their terms of service, we invite other parishioners to come forward and answer the call. Please consider becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a Reader of the Word, a parish greeter or hospitality minister, usher or member of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word team. You will be trained for the ministry you choose. Our scheduling program is family friendly and allows for vacation or away times, families being scheduled at the same Mass and even one parent scheduled at a time.

If you are already serving in a liturgical ministry, please consider inviting someone you know and explaining what you do! If you have served in the past and taken a break, please consider signing up again! For more information or to be considered as a liturgical minister, contact Gen Miceli (610-646-6550 or gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org).

Pastoral Outreach

Casserole Collection: Thank you for the 84 casseroles prepared for St. John's Hospice this month. Upcoming collection dates are July 8-9, August 12-13 and September 9-10. Pans and recipes are available in the narthex. The meals are collected before all Masses. You can also drop off a casserole at the parish office on the Friday before the collection or Monday morning after the collection before 9 AM. If you have any questions about the program or would like to volunteer to help collect the casseroles, please contact Jen Bauhaus (jbretz2001@yahoo.com) or Angie Fiore (angiefiore@verizon.net).

Sharing Our Bounty: We received the following note from the Director of Aquinas Center. "Thank you for your generous donation of art supplies and hospitality support. We appreciate the support that comes in quiet and faith-filled ways." Thanks for your generosity and thanks to the Sharing Our Bounty committee for handling the collection and delivery of donated goods.

RCIA Inquiry

Those interested in exploring the Catholic Faith are invited to ­contact DRE Beth Riordan at briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545.

Baptism News

The next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting will be held on Saturday, July 8, and the next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday, August 12. To register for the Pre-Jordan Program and/or to arrange for a baptism, please call 610-321-1200.

Youth Ministry News

Sports and Spirituality Summer Camp: Don’t miss the all-new morning summer camp during the week of July 31-August 4 for all children entering grades 3 through 6. For more info & registrtaion, contact Ryan Schwalm at rschwalm@stelizabethparish.org.

Elementary School Youth Group: Thanks to all the families who took part in our free-play nights, helping to make them the wild success that they were. We look forward to continuing the events next year!

High School Youth Group: We meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the CLC next to the social hall. Stay tuned for summer event announcements.

High School Music Ministry: Weekly practices are held on Mondays at 7:00 PM in the CLC.

For more info on St. Elizabeth Parish Youth Ministry opportunities, contact Ryan Schwalm or follow us at St. Elizabeth Youth-Ministry on Facebook and @st.es_youthgroup on Instagram.

Saint Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM)

CYO Soccer: Our first summer training session will be this Wednesday, June 21, with a parent meeting following the practice. Registration remains open through July 15. Go to seamcyo.com to register.

CYO Cheerleading: Registration is now open through August 31 for boys and girls in grades 3 through 8. This is a two season sport running from September to March. Detailed information is available at seamcyo.com.

CYO Volleyball: Registration for CYO Volleyball for girls in grades 4-7 is open through July 15. The season begins early in August. To register, go online to the Athletic Ministry website http://seamcyo. leag1.com/Registration/Default. asp?org=SEAMCYO.

Coaches and parent assistants are needed for this year’s program. Volleyball knowledge preferred, but not necessary. Safe environment clearances required. If you are interested, contact Craig Bauhaus at vballcommstes16@gmail.com.

Financial Corner

Thank you for your consistent financial support of our parish community throughout the year.

Regular Collection for Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $22,386.30

[Amount of Loose Cash:$1,108.85]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $24,666.00

Total Regular Collection: $47,052.30

Number of adult envelope contributions: 693

The annual Peter's Pence Collection to support the charitable works of the Holy Father around the world will be taken up at all parish Masses next weekend. Those who will be away are most welcome to send their contributions directly to the parish ministry center. Thank you for your generosity

We encourage parishioners who are out of town on vacation weekends to continue their financial support of Saint Elizabeth during the summer months. Why not consider Auto-Giving all year long? For info, call Sam Venuti at 610-646-6515.

Summer Hours for Church & Offices

Beginning this Monday, June 19, and continuing through Friday, September 1, the church will be open for personal prayer between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Mondays thru Saturdays, and between 7:30 AM and 1:30 PM (after Baptisms) on Sundays.

Now through Friday, September 1, the parish ministry center offices will be open between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on regular weekdays, and between 8:45 AM and 12:45 PM on Sunday mornings. The education center offices will be open between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM on regular weekdays during the summer.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Joseph’s People: Monday (6/19), 7:00 PM, St. Luke

High School Music Ministry: Mondays (6/19 & 6/26), 7:00 PM, CLC

Catechist Workshop: Tuesday (6/20), 7:00 PM, St Matthew

Chosen Father’s: Tuesday (6/20), 7:00 PM, St. Mark

High School Youth Group: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, CLC

Cub Scouts Pack 61 Parent Meeting: Wednesday (6/21), 6:00 PM, CLC

Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Holy Family Room