A Word from Father Stokely

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.

When we feel burdened, where do we look for rest? Jesus invites those who are weary and tired to find rest in Him. So often, we look elsewhere, only to discover that we remain restless.

For those times that we need refreshment, let's remember to turn first toward Jesus Christ, who alone offers lasting rest and peace.

Father John Stokely

Special Youth Mass Next Sunday

All are invited to a special Youth Mass at 9:30 AM next Sunday, July 16, in which members of our parish youth groups will offer their stewardship service as liturgical ministers and liturgical music will be provided by the newly-formed high school music ministry. We will also have a special blessing for the teens and adults going on a week-long mission trip on July 16-23. Come out to join our youth at the 9:30 AM Mass next Sunday.

Legion of Mary

Rosary on the Green: Please join the Legion of Mary for the "Rosary on the Green" this Thursday, July 13, at 6:00 PM in front of Saint Elizabeth Church as a public witness to the message of Fatima and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the third apparition. This devotion will continue on the 13th of every month until October. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

RCIA Inquiry

Weekly sessions of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will resume on Monday evenings this Fall. If you have a non-Catholic spouse, another relative, friend or neighbor who might be interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, or if you yourself are interested in participating in the RCIA at Saint Elizabeth, please contact ­DRE Beth Riordan at briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545.

Mass Intentions for the Week

July 8-9: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Thomas Froio

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Deceased of Bogush Family

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Bettina De Micco

Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Monday, 7:30 AM- Margaret Asma

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Steven Kacenjar

Wednesday,7:30AM- James Patrick Kenyon

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Marie Angelo

Friday, 7:30 AM- John Ramagano

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Joseph Pasquini & Deceased Members of Pasquini Family

July15-16: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Elizabeth Sciallo

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Karl Rau (6th Ann)

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Ermenegildo Cellini

Readings: Isaiah 55/10-11; Psalm 65; Romans 8/18-23; Matthew 13/1-23

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: David Beideman; Patrick Cerullo; Richard Doherty; Joseph Gallagher; Ralph Grosso; Sandra Nicoletti; Michaela Richardson; Steven Rinaldi; Lorraine Ruggeri; Anna Sano and Matthew Ternowchek.

We also remember those who have died, including Helen Shea, mother of Jerry Shea. May God grant all our loved ones eternal rest.

Saint Elizabeth Parish School News

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).

Welcome New Parishioners

We warmly welcome the following individuals, couples and families who registered during June: Barry and Therese Bentley; Jane Rolen; Brandon Bosque and Stephanie Walls; Christopher and Jennifer Ward.

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.

Adult Faith Formation

One Parish, One Book Club: Looking for a good book this summer? Consider reading Run by Ann Patchett. Set over a period of twenty-four hours, Run shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from each other, and how family can include people you've never even met.

The Book Club will meet to discuss Run on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:00 PM in the ministry center. All are welcome! To sign up, please contact Beth Riordan at briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545. Of course, walk-ins are most welcome, too!

Vocation Discernment Program

Young men (ages 16-22) who are open to the call to the priesthood are invited to a BBQ Gathering here at Saint Elizabeth on Monday, July 24, at 6:30 PM. The evening consists of Evening Prayer, casual dining and conversation with priests and a seminarian. RSVP to steuucc@stelizabethparish.org or call the parish office at 610-321-1200.

Family Life Ministry

Family Life Ministry Team: What can we do for your family? It doesn't matter what your family looks like - we are all members of a family. The goal of the Family Life Ministry Team at Saint Elizabeth is to coordinate activities intended to nourish and strengthen family life. Do you have some good ideas? Would you be willing to come to six meetings a year to share your ideas?

Elizabeth Ministry: This ministry is part of an inter­national movement designed to support women and their families during childbearing years. Members also plan play dates for families with young children. Elizabeth Ministry is open to all parishioners all year long. We need moms and dads to help plan events!

If you are interested or have any questions about either ministry, please contact Gen Miceli at 610-646-6550 or gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org.

Stewardship Call for Liturgical Ministers

Every year we experience a turnover of liturgical ministers. This year, we are looking for 20 parishioners to volunteer to be trained as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (18+ years old and a high school graduate). We are looking for 10 parishioners to volunteer to be trained as Readers of the Word (16+ years old). Is the Lord calling you to liturgical service?

We need many more parishioners to step up to be parish greeters or hospitality ministers, ushers or members of our Children's Liturgy of the Word team. You will be trained for the ministry you choose. Please consider this stewardship opportunity prayerfully. 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 have served in the past and have taken some time off from liturgical ministry, please consider offering your stewardship service once again. For more information contact Gen Miceli (610-646-6550 or gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org).

Sister Parish Planning Team

Next weekend the Sister Parish Planning Team is conducting a non-perishable food collection for the food cupboard at our sister-parish, Visitation BVM church in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Manna bags are available at church exits this weekend

Check out the insert in today’s bulletin for more info.

Poor Box Program

The recipient of poor box donations during July and August is the Saint Mary’s Franciscan Shelter in Phoenixville. The agency provides temporary housing for homeless families while helping them to move towards independence and self-support. For more info, go to info@stmrysfs.org or call 610-933-3097.

Youth Ministry News

Mission Trip Sunday! Are you aware that each summer a number of our high school youth group members travel to a different site and spend a week serving the local community? This year they are going to Jamaica, Queens, NY. After working all week, they wrap up the mission trip with a weekend at Steubenville NYC Youth Conference.

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.

High School Youth Group: We meet every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in the CLC.

High School Music Ministry: The high school music ministry is open to all youth of the parish and welcomes anyone interested in joining this new ministry group. Contact Ryan Schwalm for more info.

Summer Programming: While our full schedule will resume in the fall, we have some exciting summer programming. For more information, keep your eyes on your email. Not on our mailing list? Sign up by emailing Ryan at rschwalm@stelizabethparish.org.

For more info about 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)

SEAM Board: Don’t forget the board meeting this Monday, July 10, at 7:00 PM in St. Luke.

CYO Soccer: Registration remains open through this Saturday, July 15. Go to seamcyo.com to register.

CYO Volleyball: Registration for CYO Volleyball for girls in grades 4-7 remains open through this Saturday, 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. Questons may be directed to Craig Bauhaus at vballcommstes16@gmail.com.

CYO Cheerleading: Registration is open now 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.

Note for Emergency Pastoral Care Calls

Fr. John Stokely is away on vacation through next Saturday evening. Fr. Mullin will be on hand for any emergency pastoral care calls during the week.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $ 19,095.80

[Amount of Loose Cash:$995.03]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 8,800.50

Total Regular Collection: $27,896.30

Number of adult envelope contributions: 551

Thank you for your generosity to this weekend's Campaign for Human Development collection. Additional contributions may be sent directly to the parish ministry center during the week.

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.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Parish Youth Council: Monday (7/10), 6:00 PM, St. Mark

High School Music Ministry: Monday (7/10), 7:00 PM, CLC

SEAM Board: Monday (7/10), 7:00 PM, St. Luke

CRHP-Women’s Team: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, St. Luke

Legion of Mary: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, St. Matthew

CRHP Continuation Committee: Wednesday (7/12), 7:00 PM, St. Mark

CRHP-Men’s Team: Thursday (7/13), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew

Sister Parish Food Collection: Saturday/Sunday (7/15-16), before all Masses, narthex

Note for Parents of School-Age Children

If your child/children have just graduated from high school, are attending a different school in September or will be repeating the same grade for another year, please contact the parish ministry center at 610-321-1200, so we can keep accurate records on their progress. Thank you for your cooperation.