A Word from Father Mullin

The tragic road rage shooting of Bianca Roberson on Route 100 two weeks ago is already being spoken of as just another tragic case of “senseless violence.” In reality, isn’t all violence ultimately senseless? May God bring consolation to Bianca’s family and friends, and may her sad death reawaken in all of us the importance of treasuring the gift of our loved ones while they are still with us.

May the Holy Spirit bring many blessings upon all in our parish community throughout the summer months and continue to lead us in sustaining a holy and faithful parish community at Saint Elizabeth, for unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.

Father Tom Mullin

Special Youth Mass & Mission Trip

Today at 9:30 AM, we are celebrating a special Youth Mass in which members of our parish youth groups are offering their stewardship service as liturgical ministers and liturgical music is being provided by the newly- formed high school music ministry. We also have a special blessing for the teens and adults going on a week-long mission trip in Jamaica, Queens, NY. After working all week, they will wrap up the trip with a weekend at Steubenville NYC Youth Conference.

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.

Job Positions on the Parish Staff

Custodial Staff: We are looking for a couple of responsible individuals to join the parish custodial staff on a full-time and/or part-time basis. Interested applicants may send a personal resume (with references) to Mr. Rey Forgione, Director of Facilities, by fax (610-646-6513); email (rforgione@stelizabethparish.org) or mail (P.O. Box 695, Uwchlan, PA 19480-0695).

Mass Intentions for the Week

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

Monday, 7:30 AM- Kathleen Fenyus

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Monica Maloney

Wednesday,7:30AM- Peter Shields

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Martha Mathis

Friday, 7:30 AM- James Fielder, Sr.

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Donald Slavin

July 22-23: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Ed & Joanne Musuras (57th Wedding Ann.)

Sunday, 8:00 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Catherine Burke

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Ben & Ann Stabinski + Rita Chapman

Readings: Wisdom 12/13-19; Psalm 86; Romans 8/26-27; Matthew 13/24-43.

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: Eleanor Angstadt; Mitchell Batt; Patricia Boardman; Patrick Cerullo; Sister Eunice Marie, IHM; Stephen Farrow; Ralph Grosso; William Lawrie; Leslie Leary; Sandra Nicoletti; Michaela Richardson; Steven Rinaldi and Matthew Ternowchek.

We also remember those who have died, including Richard Doherty, father of Jeff Doherty; Katherine Nolan, sister-in-law of Eileen Gniazdowski; Geraldine Street, step-mother of Bette Mariani; Patricia Hausdorf, sister-in-law of Florence Clark; William Hartman, Jr., brother-in-law of Dana Romich, and Ray Shin Tai, mother of Amanda Tai Sha. May God grant all our departed loved ones eternal rest!

Saint Elizabeth Parish School News

2017-2018 School Year: Have you been considering enrolling your child in our parish school? For more info and application materials, contact Liz Oulton (eoulton@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6540).

Elementary Faith Formation

NEW for 2017-2018! "Encounter" - Mark Hart’s Bible Study for 7th & 8th Graders. Through fun & engaging video and discussion sessions, participants experience God as a loving Father with a great plan for them. Join us in the education center library on Mondays, October 2–November 20, 6:30-7:45 PM. Register online at the parish website: www.stelizabethparish.org. For more info, contact DRE Beth Riordan at 610-646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org.

Stewardship Volunteers Needed: Why become an EFF Catechist? Here are a few reasons: 1) You will grow in your own faith, learn the teachings of the Church, and deepen your relationship with Jesus; 2) Children, teens, and adults in today's world, more than ever, need to hear the Good News of Jesus; and 3) Your Baptism calls you to share in the ministry of Jesus!

Answer your call to serve by joining the EFF Team! We need catechists, assistants, teen aides, office help and car-line volunteers for 2017-18. More info is available on the parish website.

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).

Adult Faith Formation

Fall Bible Study: Join us for a study of St. Paul's Letters from Prison (Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians). In these letters of encouragement, correction and instruction, St. Paul inspires us and challenges us to greater discipleship.

The weekly series runs on Tuesdays between September 12 and December 12, in two time slots: 9:30-11:00 AM or 7:00-8:30 PM. Each session consists of small group prayer & discussion and a DVD lecture. Cost: $15 for the study set. Register by September 1, either online via Google Forms: www.bit.ly/LettersFromPrisonStE or call our DRE, Beth Riordan ( 610-646-6545).

One Parish, One Book Club: The Book Club will meet to discuss Ann Patchett’s work, 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!

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.

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)

Each month the Senior Adult Ministry (60+ years old) holds a game day on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM in the parish ministry center. Some seniors play canasta, some play poker, some play bridge; all have some good snacks and a good time! Upcoming dates include July 27 and August 24. Come out for fun, air-conditioning, snacks and good conversation. You are welcome to bring some friends, too!

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).

Pastoral Outreach Projects

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@stmarysfs.org or call 610-933-3097.

Casserole Program: Thank you for the 77 casseroles that were sent down to Saint John’s Hospice. Since donations of casseroles drop off in the summer months, ours were greatly appreciated. The next casserole collection will be on August 12-13. Pans are located in the narthex. Why not pick one up and cook a meal for the clients of Saint John's Hospice? Thank you!

Collection of School Supplies: Oh no, the aisles are starting to fill up with school supplies! When you are doing your own school shopping, please consider picking up some supplies for the "Back to School" collection sponsored by the Sharing Our Bounty committee. The collection will be on August 12 & 13. Items will be given to the Lord's Pantry of Downingtown and St. Agnes Day Room of West Chester. There is nothing like brand new supplies to get the school year off to a good start. Thanks for your generosity to those who are less fortunate!

Sister Parish Planning Team

Thank you to all who remembered to bring non-perishable foods for this weekend’s collection for the food cupboard at our sister-parish, Visitation BVM church in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. And thanks to the planning team for organizing the col­lection and delivering the supplies to VBVM, too.

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.

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.

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)

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 info is available at seamcyo.com.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for Sunday, July 1-2, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $ 15,983.28

[Amount of Loose Cash: $884.78]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 21,388.50

Total Regular Collection: $ 37,371.78

Number of adult envelope contributions: 606

Thank you for your generosity to the annual Campaign for Human Development collection. To date, a total of $2,062 has been contributed to the appeal.

Auto-Giving: There are now 278 families participating in Auto-Giving to ensure a consistent financial support to the parish throughout the year. To receive an electronic copy of the authorization form, please contact Sam Venuti (svenuti@stelizabethparish.org).

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?

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Joseph’s People: Monday (7/17), 7:00 PM, St. Luke

EFF Catechists’ Training Series: Tuesdays (7/18 + 7/25) & Thursday (7/20), 6:30 PM, St. Matthew

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

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

HS Youth Group: Tuesday (7/25), 7:00 PM CLC

One Book, One Parish: Wednesday (7/26), 7:00 PM, St. Luke

CRHP-Men’s Team: Thursday (7/27), 7:00 PM, St. Matthew

Summer Hours for Parish Offices

Ministry Center Offices:

8:00 AM-4:00 PM on weekdays;

8:45 AM-12:45 PM on Sunday mornings.

Education Center Offices: 7:30 AM-3:30 PM on regular summer weekdays.