A Word from Father Stokely

"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts."

We would all love it if we could hear God's voice clearly in our daily lives. However, God's Word is of little value if we do not allow it to penetrate into the depths of our hearts - that is, to allow the Word of God to change our lives. The Psalmist reminds us that we may not hear God's voice at every moment of our lives, but when we do we better listen and be open to its transformative power.

Perhaps we can all spend a little extra time this week in prayer to listen carefully to what God might want to tell us. And if we hear Him speak, may we also have the grace to open our hearts to His Word.

Fr. John Stokely

2018 National Catholic Schools Week

Today we begin a week-long national celebration of Catholic schools. The theme of this year’s celebration is: Catholic Schools: Learn- Serve- Lead- Succeed. The theme reflects our parish school’s mission to provide for our children a sound faith formation as disciples of Jesus Christ, a quality academic education and a lifelong commitment to stewardship service for others.

This week we offer a two-fold word of appreciation and thanks: first, to our parish school principal, Dr. Diane Greco, the faculty & staff, and the many parent volunteers who provide stewardship service all year long; and second, to the parishioners of Saint Elizabeth whose financial support makes it possible for us to offer a Catholic elemen­tary school education for our families.

Open House: All are welcome to tour our school this Sunday, January 28, 12:30-2:00 PM. Come and see why Saint Elizabeth Parish School is a special place to learn. Application materials will be available for students looking to enroll for the next school year.

Blessing of Throats

For the feast of Saint Blase this coming Saturday, February 3, we will have the traditional blessing of throats within the 8:30 AM Mass in the chapel. All are welcome to the Mass & throat blessing at that time.

Exton-Lionville Ministerium News

The annual Prayer Service for Christian Unity was postponed from last Sunday to this Sunday, January 28, at 7:00 PM in the Exton Community Baptist Church. Rev. Gary Jacabella, pastor of the Exton United Methodist Church, will preach on the 2018 theme: Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power (Exodus 15:6).

All are welcome to participate in the prayer service with members of seven area Christian churches.

Mass Intentions for the Week

January 27-28: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Thomas Schutt

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Edward Linkiewicz

Sunday, 11:30 AM-Peter & Joan Reehil

Monday, 7:30 AM- Constanza Geigel

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Jason Leonard Fahmy

Wednesday, 7:30 AM- Ben Valocchi

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Joan Greco

Friday, 7:30 AM- Susan Fanella

11:00 AM- Intentions of Cecilia & Michael Colgan

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Parish Memorial Mass

Theresa Conley; Stephen Dallas; Eugene Daly; Morris Damato; Victoria DiMichael; Michael Hamilton; Lorraine Hutton; Peter Ippolito; Stephen Kalucki; John Lazarich; Regina Murphy and Gertrude Phillips.

February 3-4:Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Mitchell Batt

Sunday, 8:00 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Mary Dippold

Sunday, 11:30 AM- H. Vincent Nolan

Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1: 29-29.

Miraculous Medal Novena: All are welcome to come for novena prayers to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on Saturday mornings at 7:50 AM, followed by a Rosary for Life at 8:00 AM in the daily Mass chapel.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Exposition is held in the daily Mass chapel on Mondays between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM. All are welcome to list the names of their loved ones in the Prayer Ministry Book outside the chapel to have them remembered in prayer.

Prayer Corner

Please pray for all those who are ill, including Ryen Bethel; Laurence Brescia; Donald Capuano; JoAnn Colletti; Patrick Cooney; Carol Ernste; Sheila Flynn; Stephen Guminski; Barbara Hieber; Joanne Kovaleski; Richard Landvatter; Linda Malgieri; Daniel Pflaum; Trinh Phan; Michael Smith and Tammy Swan.

We also remember those who have died, including Rita Chambers, mother of Fr. Frank Chambers. May our departed loved ones 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 learn more about the RCIA by contacting DRE Beth Riordan at 610-646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org.

Baptism News

The next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting, will be held on Saturday, February 10, and the next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday, March 10. 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.

Confirmation News

Bishop John McIntyre will celebrate Confirmation at Saint Elizabeth on Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The Confirmation rehearsals will be held on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. The Confirmation retreats for candidates and parents will be held on Saturdays, March 10 and 17. Registra­tion forms and sponsor forms are now past due! For more info, please call the parish services office (610-646-6550).

Parish School News

CSW Closing Mass: All parishioners, friends, and neighbors are welcome to join the parish school students, faculty and staff for the Closing Mass of Catholic Schools Week this Friday, February 2, at 11:00 AM in church.

New Student Applications: The new student application process for parish families begins this Tuesday, January 30, and for non-parish families this Wednesday, January 31. For more information, please call Liz Oulton (610-646-6540).

Sneak-a-Peek: We are holding Sneak-a-Peek sessions on Tuesday, February 13, on Tuesday, February 27, and on Wednesday, March 14, 9:30-11:00 AM. This program is designed for new children entering kinder­garten or first grade in September of 2018. Discover what a school day is like at Saint Elizabeth Parish School. For more info, call 610-646-6540.

Financial Aid: Financial aid applications are currently available through FACTS Grant & Aid. Late applica­tions must be submitted by March 31. The application link is available on the parish school website, on the Archdiocesan BLOCS website and at https://online. factsmgt.com/aid.

Elementary Faith Formation

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. In January, we are praying the Our Father. Check the parish website and Facebook page for weekly posts on this prayer.

Middle School Faith Formation: It’s not too late for seventh & eighth graders to join a study series entitled: Theology of the Body for Teens, Middle School Edition in the Holy Family Room (in church) on Monday evenings, now through March 19, 6:30-7:45 PM. For more info, contact DRE Beth Riordan (610-646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org).

Adult Faith Formation

One Book-One Parish: Join us on Wednesday, February 7, at 7:00 PM in the St. Luke Conference Room for our book club discussion of Christy Wilson Beam’s work, Miracles from Heaven. For more info, please contact DRE Beth Riordan (briordan@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6545). Walk-ins are most welcome!

Family Life Ministry

Enrichment Workshop for Married & Engaged Couples: Do you and your partner speak the same love language? Check out the flyer in today's bulletin to find out how to find out if you really do!

Pre-Cana Program: Thanks to our parish Pre-Cana team for hosting seventeen engaged couples at the marriage preparation program this weekend. If you or someone you know is planning to be married, consider registering for our next Pre-Cana program on September 28-29. You can register online at the parish website.

 

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide: This program is intended for men and women who have suffered from divorce or separation. The eight-week series is led by Dr. Diane Thompson and meets in the Holy Family Room (in church), at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays, March 6- April 24. Some topics covered include shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, the kids, annulment and much more. Whether you got divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. If you or someone you know would like to attend, please register by email (parishservices@stelizabethparish.org) or by calling 610-646-6550.

Pastoral Outreach: Poor Box Program

The generosity of our parishioners is reflected in the poor box donations collected each month. Check out the insert in today's bulletin for a full report of poor box donations between 2007 and 2017. Thank you for your continued generosity to those who need help the most.

Senior Adult Ministry

SAM Lunch and Learn: He's back! On Thursday, February 8, at 10:30 AM, Tom Beccone will present Family History 1.01! You will learn about how to construct a family history/genealogy, how to use a pre-set genealogy program like Family Tree Maker, and how that program is integrated with Ancestry.com, etc. What a nice gift for your family and future generations! RSVP to Gen Miceli in the Parish Services Office.

2018 Stewardship Day of Service

The Stewardship Day of Service (April 14) is a hands-on opportunity for parishioners of all ages to live out their commitment to share their time in service to others. Plan now to volunteer for the 2018 SDOS on Saturday, April 14. Look for registration information in upcoming parish bulletins and on the parish website.

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.

Weather Notice: ALL youth groups & sports activities are cancelled on same day/night that school is closed or EFF is cancelled. Check the website for updated info.

SEAM

Think Spring and Baseball/Softball and Track & Field: CYO baseball registration is open now until February 17. Registration for the 2018 Track & Field season is also now open. The season begins on March 1. For registration information, please visit www.stelizabeth parish.org and follow the links for Saint Elizabeth Athletic Ministry (SEAM).

Interfaith Action Community

As part of our ongoing relationship with the Interfaith Action Community, which is sponsoring an ongoing series of visits to area religious groups, our parishioners are invited to a tour of the Hindu Mandir Center (348 Boot Road in Downingtown) on Thursday, February 8, 7:00-8:30 PM. To register for the program, email hinduinterfaith@gmail.com.

Join members of local Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim communities in working together to build bridges among our various faith traditions in Northern Chester County, to foster mutual understanding and open dialogue with one another, and to work together in service of the wider community of our sisters and brothers.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for January 13-14

Weekend Contributions: $20,790.85

[Amount of Loose Cash: $1,015.00]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $17,356.50

Total Regular Collection: $38,147.35

Number of adult envelope contributions: 685

Thanks to the 157 donors who have contributed a total of $4,101 to this year’s appeal in support of Catholic Relief Services. Additional contributions may be sent directly to the parish ministry center during the week.

Auto-Giving: Thanks to the 298 families now participating in Auto-Giving to ensure a consistent financial support to the parish throughout the year. To enroll in Auto-Giving, contact Sam Venuti (610-646-6515 or svenuti@stelizabethparish.org).

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.