A Word from Father Mullin

Having spent close to a third of my life on the campus of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, eight years as a student and later, thirteen years as a faculty member, I admittedly have a special affinity for the place!

So each November, when the annual Seminary Appeal comes around, I find it important to open up my check book and make a personal contribution to the spiritual and theological formation of our future priests, deacons and the laity of the Church.

If you have not already responded to the seminary’s direct mail campaign, please consider making a personal contribution to the 2017-2018 appeal, helping to ensure the future of the Church in Philadelphia and more than a dozen other dioceses across the country.

Father Tom Mullin

Annual Appeal for St. Charles Seminary

This weekend we welcome to the parish two seminarians, John Paul Heisler and Michael Quillen, who are First Theology seminarians at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. Michael is studying for the Diocese of Raleigh, NC, while John Paul is studying for the Diocese of Arlington, VA. Both seminarians come to Saint Elizabeth for field education training on Thursdays throughout the year.

At each parish Mass this weekend, John Paul will be speaking on behalf of the annual appeal for Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Brochures, donor cards and return envelopes are available in the church narthex all during November. Thank you for your generosity to the 2017-2018 Seminary Appeal.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration

The Exton-Lionville Ministerium and the Interfaith Action Community are co-sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Celebration next Sunday, November 19, at 7:00 PM in the Grove UMC Church on Boot Road in West Chester. Please see the flyer in this bulletin for contact information and join in prayer and fellowship with fellow Christians, Jews and Muslims as we give praise and thanks to God next Sunday at 7:00 PM in the Grove United Methodist Church.

Mass Intentions for the Week

November 11-12: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Daniel Bonasoni

Sunday, 8:00 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 9:30 AM- The Laager Family

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Philomena Lobo

Monday, 7:30 AM- Grace LaPenna

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Noreen Mullin (2nd Ann)

Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Jeanne Olenik (26th Ann)

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Teresa Emma

Friday, 7:30 AM- Martha Mathis

Saturday, 8:30 AM- John Guerin

November 18-19: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Francis Barrett

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Connie Pienciak (2nd Ann)

Sunday, 9:30 AM- People of St. Elizabeth

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Barbara Smith & Barbara Mullin

Readings: Proverbs 31/10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps. 128; 1 Thessalonians 5/1-6; Matthew 25/14-30.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: All are welcome to Exposition in the daily Mass chapel on Mondays between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM.

Prayer Corner

Please remember in prayer all those who are ill, including Patrick Cerullo; Trevor Ferraro; Richard Hesser; Robert Hughes; Joseph Janzer; Ginny Klimek; Mimi Rogge; Eugenia Seybold; Nazzie Sookiasian; Leonard Szyper and Kerri Zagari.

We also remember those who have died including William Davison, brother of Nancy Gardner; Barnes McCormick, grandfather of Gerald Miceli; and Patricia Angeline, mother of Christopher Angeline. May all our departed loved ones rest in peace.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)

Last call to register for the next CRHP Women’s Renewal this coming Friday & Saturday, November 17-18. You can register online at stelizabethparish.org or pick up a registration form in the church narthex. For more info or questions, contact Kate Rafferty (610-764-1364 or tom-kate@comcast.net).

Parish School News

Fall Open House: All Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten families with children ages 3-6 are welcome to attend our Fall Open House this afternoon, 12:30-2:00 PM. Come discover why Saint Elizabeth Parish School is a special place to learn.

The next Open House is scheduled for Sunday, January 28, 2018, which marks the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Please check the parish school website, (www.stelizabethparishschool.org) and Facebook page for more information.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service: All are welcome to join in our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, in the church.

School Musical: Be our guests for Shreck - The Musical (Junior Version) on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2, at 7:00 PM in the gym. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10/adult and $7/student.

RCIA Inquiry

Do you know someone who is searching for life's meaning, for community? Or someone who has asked about the Catholic faith? Please invite them to connect with fellow seekers through the RCIA. Contact DRE Beth Riordan at briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545.

Parent Sacrament Workshops

Confirmation: A make up session will be held this Thursday, November 16, 7:00- 8:30 PM in the social hall for those who could not attend the Confirmation workshop on Saturday, November 4. For more information, contact DRE Beth Riordan (610-646-6545; briordan@stelizabethparish.org).

Elementary Faith Formation

Confessions: Parents are invited to join their children in grades 3, 4 and 5 for the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during classes on Wednesday, November 15; Monday, November 20; and Tuesday, November 21, all in the main church.

Stewardship opportunities: Join our amazing team! An adult catechist assistant is needed for a small kindergarten class on Wednesday afternoons, 4:45-6:00 PM. We also need several teaching assistants, car line attendants and office helpers for other sessions. To volunteer, please call the religious education office (610-646-6545).

2017-2018 Theme: Our theme for this year is Family Prayer. Each month families will pray and go deeper into the meaning of a Catholic prayer. Our November prayer is Grace Before Meals, to help us prepare for our celebration of Thanksgiving. Check the parish website and Facebook page for weekly posts on this prayer.

Adult Faith Formation

Women’s Advent by Candlelight: Come Prepare your Hearts for Jesus' Birth! Join us Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 PM in the social hall. Tables are filling quickly, so if you would like to be a table hostess or would like to come on your own, RSVP as soon as possible; space is limited!

Table Hostesses: Please remember that tables for 8 persons maximum are provided - do not overload your table. Because we are trying to make room for all, do not bring extra snack tables. Be sure to bring only what you can fit on your assigned table. To respond or ask questions, contact Maria Fraser at 484-888-2224 or mammamariaf@gmail.com.

Baptism News

The next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting, will be held on Saturday, December 9 and the next session of Pre-Jordan I:.Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday, January 13. Both programs begin at 10:30 AM in the ministry center. To register for a Pre-Jordan Program and/or to arrange for a baptism, call 610-321-1200.

Welcome New Parishioners

Saint Elizabeth parish warmly welcomes the following individuals and families who registered during the month of October: Vincent DiStefano & Kristina Kipp; Joshua East & Emily Fitzsimmons; Regina Holland; Timothy Lockner; Sameer & Stephanie Patel; Lisa Richmond; Thomas & Megan Rufo and James & Joyce Simons. Welcome one & all!

Sharing Our Bounty

Thanksgiving Turkey Collection: Please see the insert in today’s bulletin for information on this year’s collection. Drop off will be next Sunday, November 19, 7:30-11:30 AM, at the kitchen bay door. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Vocations Office News

Saint Andrew Dinner: Calling young men (ages 16-22) who are open to the call to the priesthood. This event is sponsored by several area parishes and will be held on Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM, at St. Joseph Church in Downingtown. The evening’s program includes Evening Prayer, dinner and conversation with priests and seminarians.

The St. Andrew Dinner is named after the apostle, who, in the Gospel according to John, brought his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. This dinner is an opportunity for young men in our area to come together to meet with one another and with area priests to discern the call to the priesthood. RSVP to frrossi@stjosephrc.org or by contacting Fr. John Stokely at the parish ministry center.

Safe Environment Program

All adults who volunteer in any activity where children are present are required to have on file at the parish services office all PA state requirements and all requirements from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the protection of youth before any service can begin.

For specific information regarding requirements, go to www.stelizabethparish.org and use the drop down "Get Involved" and then click on "Volunteers - Safe Environment Requirements.”

The Protecting God's Children training class will be offered at Saint Elizabeth on December 7, 2017, and March 15, 2018. Classes fill up quickly, so go online now to register at www.virtusonline.org.

Youth Ministry News

Register now for Saint Elizabeth Youth Ministry! Go to the front page of the parish website www.stelizabeth parish.org or email Ryan Schwalm at rschwalm @stelizabethparish.org to get involved!

High School Youth Group (Grades 9-12): Meets weekly on Tuesday nights in the CLC, 7:00-8:30 PM.

Help Needed: We are looking for an additional team leader for our High School Youth Group. We hope to find a leader 20-25 years old who feels called to help at our Tuesday night meetings by leading small groups and activities. If you or someone you know can fill this opening, contact rschwalm@stelizabethparish.org.

Eighth Grade Youth Group: Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday night each month, 5:30-7:00 PM. The next meeting is this Wednesday, November 15.

Middle School Youth Group (Grades 6-7): Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday night each month, 5:30-7:00 PM. Join the group this Wednesday evening!

Elementary Youth Group (Grades K-5): Our next Free Play Night will be on Saturday, December 16, 6:30-8:30 PM in the gym.

SEAM

CYO Volleyball: Saint Elizabeth Volleyball finished another great season. Thanks to all of the girls and their coaches! The varsity regional team finished third for the season, while the varsity blue and white teams played each other in the final game, which the blue team won. The JV A team finished second in the tournament final and continued their success the next day winning first place in a local JV tournament. The JV B team had a great season, making the semifinals in the regional tournament playing against local A and B teams. It was a great season for all! Special thanks to Craig Bauhaus for his leadership as commissioner!

Knights of Columbus

Keep Christ In Christmas! It’s not too late to place an order in the ministry center after Mass this weekend for newly-designed religious Christmas cards and car magnets. Orders may also be placed on-line and shipping is available. Cards will be delivered beginning on November 18. For more info and/or to place an order, visit www.kofc13141.org.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $19,827.93

[Amount of Loose Cash: $892.46]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $ 8,849.00

Total Regular Collection: $28,676.93

Number of adult envelope contributions: 578

Thanks to all who contributed a total of $14,600 to hurricane relief and an additional $6,001 to the special collection for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, too!

Upcoming Meetings & Activities

For a complete schedule of upcoming meetings, parish activities and other events, check out the online parish bulletin at www.stelizabethparish.org.