A Word from Father Stokely

As our parish community (and Church around the world) begins the Season of Lent this Ash Wednesday, I pray that we all enter into the Paschal Mystery through

acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. May the ashes we receive this week be a reminder not only of our need for repentance, but also the renewal of our hearts and minds made possible in Christ Jesus.

Fr. John Stokely

Ash Wednesday Schedule

This Wednesday, February 14, we will have Mass with the distribution of ashes at 7:30 AM and at 7:00 PM, along with a Liturgy of the Word with distri­bution of ashes at 11:00 AM and at 4:45 PM. NB: ashes are not available at other times. Please check out the insert in this bulletin for more information about the spiritual disciplines of Lent and special Lenten devotions.

RCIA News

Rite of Sending: At the 11:30 AM Mass today, we are celebrating the Rite of Sending for four catechumens who are preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation this Easter, including: Jennifer Citrullo, Roxanne Barrett, David Gober and Isaiah Moore.

Also included in today’s prayer are six candidates baptized in other Christian communities who are now preparing for reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church & Confirmation, including: Theresa Auda, Robin Chronowski, Krista Ciarrocchi, James Colandene, Kathryn Ferro and Mia Shannon.

They will join Archbishop Chaput for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion in the Cathedral Basilica next Sunday, February 18. May God bless them all during this Lenten Season!

Workshop on 2017-2021 Pastoral Plan

All are encouraged to attend a special interactive workshop entitled: Saint Elizabeth 2021- The Pastoral Plan, Our Future on Saturday, February 24, beginning with Mass at 8:30 AM. For more information, see the insert in today's parish bulletin and/or go to the home page of the parish website. Please register by next Sunday, February 18; walk-ins are welcome, too!

Mass Intentions for the Week

February 10-11: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Deceased of Lammendola Fam

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Deceased of Batt & Mutz Fam.

Sunday, 9:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Sunday, 11:30 AM- Regina Black

Monday, 7:30 AM- Richard Snyder

Tuesday, 7:30 AM- Christine O’Malley (9th Ann)

Ash Wednesday, 7:30 AM- James Carr (15th Ann)

7:00 PM- Miles & Charlotte Hannagan (3rd Ann)

Thursday, 7:30 AM- Henry Violette

Friday, 7:30 AM- Mark Bradlee

Saturday, 8:30 AM- Samuel Venuti, Sr.

February 17-18: First Sunday of Lent

Saturday, 5:30 PM- Joan Mulherin Parker

Sunday, 8:00 AM- Margaret Robison

Sunday, 9:30 AM- Deceased of Fieo Family

Sunday, 11:30 AM- People of Saint Elizabeth

Readings: Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15.

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; Donald Capuano; JoAnn Colletti; Patrick Cooney; James Curran; Chiara Scotto Di Marco; Carol Ernste; Rosalie Hetrick; Barbara Hieber; Anne Marie Hulsteine; David Krzywicki; John Mayersk; Thomas Melvin; Eugene Minahan; Daniel Pflaum; Brad Rabold; Ed Schmitt; Michael Smith and Tammy Swan.

We also remember those who have died, including parishioner Richard Landvatter and John McGuigan, brother of Kevin McGuigan and Dolores McGonagle.

Welcome New Parishioners

Saint Elizabeth parish warmly welcome the following individuals, couples and families who registered during January: James & Josephine Hennessey; Vijay & Preetha Ignatius; James & Janet Inman III; Marvinia Keane; Andrew & Carly Kee; Marek & Jolanta Kloc; Matthew Robinson; William Santoro; Ray Sison and James & Renee Ward. Welcome one and all!

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 (610-646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org).

Baptism News

The next session of Pre-Jordan I: Preparing for Your Child’s Baptism will be held on Saturday, March 10, and the next session of Pre-Jordan II: A Call to Christian Parenting, will be held on Saturday, April 14. 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

Peacemaker Awards: Congratulations to all of our Parish School students who earned the Peacemaker Award for Self-Control at the Catholic Schools Week Closing Mass on February 2. May all of us learn from your example!

New Student Applications: The application process is now underway. For more information, please call the school office (610-646-6540).

Sneak-a-Peek: Come out this Tuesday, February 13, or on Tuesday, February 27, or 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. 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

EFF Volunteers Needed: Our program relies upon dedicated volunteers to serve as office helpers, classroom assistants, substitutes and car-line attendants. To offer your help, contact DRE Beth Riordan (610- 646-6545 or briordan@stelizabethparish.org).

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 February we are praying a simple prayer inviting Jesus into our hearts:

Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me and dying for me on the cross. Thank you for opening to me the way to heaven. I love you very much. I invite you into my heart and to fill me with your peace. Amen.

Check the parish website and Facebook page for weekly posts on this prayer.

Adult Faith Formation

Walking With Purpose: Come out for a Coffee Connect this Wednesday, February 14, at 9:00 AM in the St. Matthew conference room to meet other women seeking to connect more with Christ and the parish community. For more info, contact Ginny Swiatek (610-458-0486 or virginiamswiatek@gmail.com).

Lenten Soup Supper: Save the date for a free Lenten Soup Supper on Friday, February 23, at 5:30 PM in the social hall. Lenten activities for all ages will be offered during the supper and Stations of the Cross, led by the Youth Group, will follow at 7:00 PM in church.

Family Life Ministry

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 at (parishservices@stelizabethparish.org or 610-646-6550).

Pastoral Outreach

Operation Rice Bowl: All are invited to the Vianney Hall auditorium of St. Charles Seminary on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 PM, to hear the inspirational story of hope and transformation shared by Thomas Awiapo of Catholic Relief Services, Ghana. Some parishioners may remember Thomas' visit to Saint Elizabeth back in 2012. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jeff Wallace at CRS at Jeffrey.wallace@crs.org. Rice Bowls, which support the work of Thomas and others, will be distributed once again this Lent.

Casserole Collection: Thank you to all who prepared a casserole for Saint John's Hospice this weekend. The next collection date is on March 10-11. If you have any questions and/or would like to help with this ministry, please contact Jen Bauhaus (jbretz2001@yahoo.com) or Angie Fiore (angiefiore@verizon.net). Thank you for your support!

2018 Stewardship Day of Service

On-line registration will be OPEN beginning Saturday, February 17 for SDOS on April 14. More details and a growing list of service agencies are available NOW on the parish website. Look for the SDOS logo to check it out. With Lent approaching, why not consider this service opportunity?

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 Music Ministry: Meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00 PM in the CLC.

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

Middle School and Eighth Grade Youth Groups: Both groups will meet on Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 PM in the gym and St. John the Baptist room.

Elementary School Youth Group: The next Free Play night is on Saturday, March 10, at 6:30 PM in the gym.

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).

2018 Catholic Charities Appeal

The 2018 Appeal is being conducted now through May. This year's theme, 60 Years of Giving Hope to All, reflects the broad focus of the Catholic Charities appeal in supporting close to 180 beneficiaries in five key areas of the Church's life and ministry: education; social services; evangelization and parish spiritual life; clergy and religious; and mission activities, both locally and worldwide. Brochures and donation envelopes are now available in the church narthex.

Financial Corner

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

Regular Collection for January 27-28

Weekend Contributions: $19,700.90

[Amount of Loose Cash: $1,084.40]

Midweek & Auto-Giving: $10,382.50

Total Regular Collection: $30,083.40

Number of adult envelope contributions: 582

Special Collection: Next weekend we will have the annual collection to support the care of aged and infirm diocesan priests. You may drop the special contribution envelope into the regular collection basket at Mass or send it directly to the parish ministry center. Thank you for your support!

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.