A Word from the Priests of Saint Elizabeth

On this Christmas weekend, the three of us would like to express our grati­tude and appreciation to all the people of our wonderful parish community. Your active involvement, generous support and prayerful example remain a great inspiration to us and to so many others! In Saint Paul’s words: “We give thanks to our God every time we think of you.”

May the Lord Jesus bring gifts of good health, deep faith and family peace to all the faithful of Saint Elizabeth Church throughout the New Year 2018!

And may the Holy Spirit continue to lead us in sus­taining a holy and faithful parish community here at Saint Elizabeth, for unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build it.

Fr. Mullin, Fr. Stokely & Fr. Chambers

Advent Giving Tree

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Advent Giving Tree. More than 1,800 gifts and gift cards have been donated to area social service agencies for their client families. Thanks to Kim Slattery and her team of “elves” from the Sharing our Bounty Committee for their stewardship service on this project.

Catholics Coming Home

A special six-week program, No Greater Love - Catholics Coming Home, begins on Monday, January 8, at 7:00 PM in church. Please consider extending an invitation to a family member, friend or neighbor who has been estranged from the Church for any reason whatever and might be open to a gentle re-entry into a more active practice of their Catholic Faith. It just might be the best Christmas gift you have ever given!

Parish Interfaith Action Committee

Please see the insert in today’s parish bulletin for information about our church tour and social event on Thursday, January 11, as part of our ongoing relationship with the Interfaith Action Community. If you would like to help with the evening, contact Gen Miceli (610-646-6550).

Mass Intentions for the Week

December 23-24: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Albert & Nellie Riviezzo

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Charles & Regina Eppehimer

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Constanza Geigel (29th Ann)

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Liem Nguyen

December 24-25: Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

Sunday, 4:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 7:30 PM- Stokely Family

Monday, 8:00 AM- Mullin-Heath Family

Monday, 9:30 AM- Chambers Family

Monday, 11:30 AM- Intentions of Fr. Stokely

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Geraldine Eppehimer

Wednesday, 7:30 AM- John & Mary Ramagno

Thursday, 7:30 AM- William Pettigrove

Friday, 7:30 AM- Thomas Hoy

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Marie Rafalowski

December 30-31: Feast of the Holy Family

Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Raymond Boncek

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Lynn Cugini (1st Ann)

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Dorothy Bergeron

Readings: Genesis 15/1-6; 21/1-3; Psalm 105; Hebrews 11/8-19; Luke 2/22-40.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: There is no Exposition on Christmas Day nor New Year’s Day. On Monday, January 8, Exposition will close at 4:30 PM to accommodate EFF classes in the chapel that Monday.

Prayer Corner

Please pray for all those who are ill, including Louise Ardoline; Sylvia Blust; Patrick Cerullo; Doris Cullen; Robert Fitch; John Lazarich; Francisco Martinez; Shirley O’Brien; Ngoc Phan and Lurita Soprano.

We also remember those who have died, including parishioner Catherine (Ginny) Klimek and Michael Hamilton, brother of Stephen Hamilton.

Baptism News

To register for Level I or Level II of the Pre-Jordan Program and/or to arrange for a baptism, please call Kathy Keating at the ministry center at 610-321-1200.

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 learn more about the RCIA by contacting DRE Beth Riordan at 610-646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Bible Study: All are invited to a special 8-week series entitled Mary, A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary's earthly life. The series begins on Tuesday, January 23, either at 9:30-11 AM or at 7:00-8:30 PM. Each session includes small group prayer & discussion and a DVD lecture with Dr. Edward Sri from Ascension Press. The cost is $23 for the study guide. To register, go online at goo.gl/4ZcwZY by Tuesday, January 16, or call Donna Skinner (610-873-0508).

Parish School News

The faculty, staff, and students wish all the parishioners of Saint Elizabeth a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for all the support that the parish community provides to the parish school. Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3.

Sneak-a-Peek: Curious about a Catholic education for your children? Stop by on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, between 9:30-11:00 AM to get a sneak peek of our teachers and students in action!

Open House for Catholic Schools Week: All are welcome to tour the parish school on Sunday, January 28, 12:30-2:00 PM. Stop by with a friend and take a look around. Application materials will be available for those who are considering the enrollment of their children for the 2018-2019 school year.

Registration of New Students: The re-registration of current students and the advanced application for incoming siblings begin on Monday, January 8. New student application for parish families begins on Tuesday, January 30, and for non-parish families on Wednesday, January 31. For more information, please call Liz Oulton (610-646-6540).

Financial Aid: Financial aid applications are currently available through FACTS Grant & Aid and due by December 31, 2017. The link is on our website, on the Archdiocesan BLOCS website and also at https:// online.factsmgt.com/aid.

Elementary Faith Formation

Holiday Class Schedule: There are no EFF classes on December 25, 26, 27, nor on January 1 and 2. Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3.

Reminder: Parents of children preparing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion this spring are reminded to turn in the required registration form, photo banner permission and sponsor form no later than Friday, January 5, 2018.

Presentation of Sacramental Candidates: Families with candidates for Confirmation and/or First Holy Com­munion are invited to attend the 9:30 AM or 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday, January 7, for a special blessing of candidates, followed by a simple reception in the social hall after Mass.

Sacramental Prayer Tree: All parishioners are invited to stop in the church narthex on the weekend of January 6-7, to take an ornament and pray for the sacramental candidate whose name is on the ornament.

Middle School Faith Formation: For information about the next study series for 7th & 8th graders entitled: Theology of the Body for Teens, Middle School Edition, go to the faith formation link on parish website or contact Beth Riordan (briordan@stelizabethparish.org; 610-646-6545).

Family Life Ministry

March for Life: This year’s annual March for Life will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, not on Monday, January 22, the actual anniversary of Roe v Wade court decision. Details to follow in the upcoming bulletins. Mark your calendars and let’s fill the bus!

Enrichment Workshop for Married Couples: Husbands and wives – Mark your calendar now and treat your­selves to a special program entitled: The Five Languages of Love on Saturday, February 10, with Mass at 8:30 AM followed by an interactive workshop, 9:00 AM- Noon, in the social hall. More info to follow.

Pastoral Outreach News

Looking for a New Year's resolution? Here’s two good opportunities for stewardship service:

Casserole Collection: Thanks to those who prepared a total of 106 casseroles for Saint John's Hospice this month. We need more volunteers to help collect casseroles before weekend Masses each month. To volunteer, contact Angie Fiore (angiefiore@verizon.net) or Jen Bauhaus (jbretz2001@yahoo.com).

 

Transportation Committee: This team drives people to Mass on Sundays and to MD appointments during the week. If you are going to Mass and have room in your car, please consider picking up someone who otherwise would not be able to make it to church. Contact Gerry Caggiano (gml.caggs1@gmail.com or 610-458-7154).

Senior Adult Ministry

Lunch and Learn: Plan now to join us on Thursday, January 11, at 10:30 AM for a presentation by Bruce Mowday, a local author who will speak about the Johnston Brothers, the gang who stole millions of dollars and eventually murdered four teenagers and how the gang was brought to justice! The next Game Day will be on Thursday, January 25.

Liturgical Life Note

Low Gluten Communion Hosts: To accommodate the health needs of some parishioners and guests, low gluten Communion hosts are available at weekend & daily Mass. For more info, please contact Gen Miceli (gmiceli@stelizabethparish.org; 610-646-6550).

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!

Elementary Youth Group (Grades K-5): Our next Group Freeplay Night is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM in the parish gym.

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 + Middle School Youth Group (Grades 6-7): We will begin the new year with meetings on Wednesday, January 3 at 5:30-7:00 PM in the St. John the Baptist Room.

St. Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM):

Basketball: All practices and games are subject to cancellation due to weather. If school or EFF is closed for bad weather, all practices are cancelled. Coaches will contact teams if weekend games or practices are cancelled. Please use your best judgment in bad weather before coming out to the gym!

Exton-Lionville Ministerium News

All are invited to participate in the annual Prayer Service for Christian Unity on Sunday, January 21, at 7:00 PM at the Exton Community Baptist Church. Rev.

Gary Jacabella, pastor of the Exton United Methodist Church, will be the guest preacher and the 2018 theme is: Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power (Exodus 15:6). Mark your calendars now!

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for December 9-10, 2017

Weekend Contributions: $21,025.10

[Amount of Loose Cash: $1,179.10]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $19,697,00

Total Regular Collection: $40,722.10

Number of adult envelope contributions: 681

2016-2017 Parish Financial Report: By now, you should have received the financial report for fiscal 2016-2017 in the mail. 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!

Tax Statements for 2017: Because so many people now keep their own computer banking records, the parish does not automatically mail out tax statements each year. Parishioners who would like a tax statement for their 2017 donations are welcome to contact the parish office (610-321-1200) sometime after the new year and a statement will be mailed out to you promptly. Thank you for your generosity to Saint Elizabeth Church!

Words from the Pastor

Even though you are out of town or away on vacation, you can still listen to the pastor’s weekend homilies. Go right to the home page of the parish website (stelizabethparish.org). Why not check out the parish website today!

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.