A Word from Father Stokely

This weekend's Gospel usually prompts us to reflect upon how well we share our God-given abilities with others. Another aspect we may want to consider is the magnitude of God's blessings. In the time of Jesus, a talent was a large sum of money, equal to fifteen years of wages for a day laborer. So the servants were en­trusted with seventy-five, thirty, and fifteen years' worth of wages… that's a lot! In everyday life, we sometimes magnify our troubles while diminishing God's blessings. As grateful stewards of God's gifts and graces, are we aware of the magnitude of His blessings?

Father John Stokely

Annual Appeal for St. Charles Seminary

The annual appeal in support of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is being conducted through the end of November. Appeal brochures and gift envelopes are available in the church narthex throughout the month. Thank you for your generous support of the appeal.

Sharing Our Bounty - Turkey Dinners

Today is the drop off date for Thanksgiving turkey dinners, 7:30-11:30 AM, at the kitchen bay door. Thank you for your continued generosity and Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration

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

Thanksgiving Holiday

Prayerful best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to each of you and to your loved ones. All are welcome to a Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:00 AM this Thursday morning in church. Please note that on Friday morning Mass will also be at 9:00 AM (not the usual 7:30 AM). All parish offices are closed all day on Friday, and the ministry center is closed on Sunday morning as well.

Mass Intentions for the Week

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

Monday, 7:30 AM- Elizabeth Soelistyo

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Jerome Golus

Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Phoebe Sullivan

Thursday, 9:00 AM- Saint Elizabeth Parish Staff

Friday, 9:00 AM- Eugene O’Malley

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Bernice Haggerty

November 25-26: Christ the King

Saturday, 5:30 PM- John Mullen

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Peter Caruso, Sr.

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Bernard Comber, Sr.

Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Readings: Ezekiel 34/11-12,15-17; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 15/20-26, 28; Matthew 25/31-46.

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; Sheila Flynn; James Ford; Stephen Griminski; Richard Hesser; Joseph Janzer; Ginny Klimek; Mimi Rogge; Eugenia Seybold; Jared Steczak; Leonard Szyper and Kerri Zagari.

Throughout November we also remember all our loved ones who have died, particularly those whose names are listed in the 2017 Book of Remembrance. May they rest in peace!

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.

A Call for Priestly Vocations

The parishes of Deanery 4 are sponsoring a Saint Andrew Dinner for young men (ages 16-22) who are open to the call of the priesthood. The gathering will be held this Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM, at St. Joseph Church in Downingtown. The 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.

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 this Monday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 21, 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 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.

Parish School News

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

Happy Thanksgiving: The faculty, staff, and students of our parish school wish everyone a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you all so much for all the support you give – our school would not be possible without it!

School Musical: Be our guests for Shrek - 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.

Liturgical Music Ministry

The Parish Music Ministry needs YOU! No Music experience required. All you need is the desire to support the congregation in praising the Lord through song. Minimal/convenient rehearsal times for most parish music groups. Please contact Louise Shanley (lshanley@stelizabethparish.org) to learn about the dif­ferent groups and their service schedules.

Adult Faith Formation

Advent by Candlelight: Attention women of the parish- Come prepare your hearts for Jesus' Birth! Join us on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 PM in the social hall. Experience an evening of Advent preparation focused on the true meaning of Christmas. For more information or to be a table hostess (1 table per hostess please) for 7 of your friends or for 7 new friends, contact Maria Fraser at 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.

Social Fellowship News

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast: Mark your calendars now for a special family breakfast on Sunday, December 3, 8:30-11:00 AM, in the social hall. The cost is $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child (3 to 12 years old); children under 3 eat for free! The menu will include pancakes (plain or chocolate chip), sausage, coffee, tea, and milk. Special activities will be held for children during breakfast, too. No advance tickets are needed - simply pay at the door.

Senior Adult Ministry: Pot Luck Lunch

Are you coming to the noon holy day Mass on Friday, December 8? Are you old enough to be called a senior? - That’s 60+ years old! SAM invites all seniors to join us for lunch and fellowship after the noon Mass. All it takes is your favorite side dish, salad or dessert and a phone call. Register by contacting Gen Miceli (gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6550).

Pastoral Outreach

Poor Box Program: We exceeded our goal! In addition to parishioners’ generous support of the two special appeals to assist recovery efforts from recent hurricanes and wild fires, many people have also contributed to the poor boxes in support of the people of Burkina Faso. Donations topped $7,000.00, which will allow us to make 14,000 meals!

Burkina Faso Food Packaging: We have room for 100 volunteers to prepare food packages in the social hall on Saturday, December 2, after the 8:30 AM Mass. In addition, we will need a small group of "strong" people to unload the food supply truck when it arrives at 8:00 AM. Please contact Gen Miceli if you are able to unload the truck. Sign ups for the food packing are on the parish website and are first come, first served. Thank you for your generosity!

Advent Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be going up the weekend of December 2-3. Please take a tag from the tree and buy a gift for those in need. Gifts must be returned on or before December 17. Thank you once again for your generosity!

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 Wednesday, November 29.

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 on Wednesday, November 29!

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.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $23,647.81

[Amount of Loose Cash: $1,165.35]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $25,045.50

Total Regular Collection: $48,693.31

Number of adult envelope contributions: 745

Thanks to all who contributed a total of $15,671 to hurricane relief and an additional $5,030 to the special collection for relief efforts in Puerto Rico, too!

Auto-Giving: There are now 288 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).

2016-2017 Parish Financial Report: The financial report for fiscal 2016-2017 is being mailed this week. Questions about the financial report should be directed to Fr. Mullin or Sam Venuti at 610-321-1200. Thank you for your commitment to a generous stewardship of treasure all year long!