Please click HERE to read the text of Father Buckler's very timely October 4 Homily on Church Teachings which Catholics need to consider as they prepare to vote in the coming election.
Early voting has begun. Please prayerfully consider which candidates and party platforms best support the non-negotiables of Catholic teaching. Then vote accordingly. No matter what we would like to believe or what we are otherwise told, we cannot vote for candidates who support stands against the non-negotiable issues in Church teachings such as the killing of the unborn and be Catholics in good standing. For the sake of your soul and our nation, please prayerfully remember your Catholic teachings as you fill out your ballot.
Please Don't Forget Your Offering
Please don't forget your weekly contributions. Per Diocese guidelines, baskets are not being passed in order to limit your exposure to viruses and keep you safe. Baskets are just outside all three entrances to the Nave. Please contribute, as you are able, by dropping your envelope, check, or cash into one of these baskets as you enter or leave Mass. If you are not able to attend Mass, you can drop your contribution off at the Parish Office during office hours or mail it to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 259 Pilgrims Way, Boone, NC 28607. You can also simply and conveniently just click HERE to sign up for or sign in to use our secure online giving portal. Thank you for your continued prayers and support during these trying times.
Special Funding Needs
Flooring and Pew Fund -- You have probably noticed how worn out and unsightly our chairs and carpet have become. Both our seating and our flooring are more than 30 years old, worn out, and beyond repair. Replacement is the only option. Bids on both flooring and pews are being received and evaluated at this time. We plan on having both installed this winter. Our Flooring and Pew Fund has been given a great start by the very generous donations of some very generous parishioners. But they can't do it all. There is still more to be raised. If you can help, please designate your contribution check to Flooring and Pew Fund or go to online giving and make a contribution to this fund. Every little bit helps and is certainly needed.
Security System Fund -- We've known for a while that our security system is obsolete, outdated, and totally inadequate for our needs. Recent attacks on church properties and congregations worldwide and even in this Diocese make it imperative that we fix this problem. We cannot afford to have the safety and security of the Parish, its Staff, and our Parishioners placed in jeopardy by our failure to provide even a basic security system. Generous donors have contributed amounts to our Security System Fund which will allow us to complete two phases of a three phase installation and upgrade. We still need to fund Phase Three. If you can help with this, please designate your check to Security System Fund and drop it in the basket or bnrig it by. Or you can go online and designate a gift to the fund. Again, anything you can do is badly needed. Bids are being submitted to the Diocese for approval now. Your contribution is needed now to prevent Parish funds from having to be used to pay for this urgently needed working security system.
Donations Are Still Needed -- We are now approaching the end of the year and are still in great need of donations to meet our goal for the DSA for 2020. $23,767.50 remains to be raised in order to meet our Diocesan assessment. This must be paid by our parish if it is not raised through donations. If you have not already done so, please prayerfully consider making a contribution. Pledges can be made so that payments can be broken out over time. See this week's bulletin for more information.
Our parish has received $4,302.00 in contributions to date to the Priests’ Retirement and Benefits Fund. We are grateful for the generosity of our parishioners. Our assessment is $8,754.00. Those who can may still put a contribution in the regular collection any time. There are additional envelopes available in the narthex for those who did not receive one in the mail. You may also donate online, mail in your contribution or bring it to the parish office. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Faith Seeking Understanding
If you missed Monday night's Faith Seeking Understanding presentation, you can view a recording of it by clicking here. For more information on Faith Seeking Understanding, click here. The next Faith Seeking Understanding will be on Monday, November 16. Check back here on the website and in the bulletin for the announcement of the topic!
Schedule of Holy Masses
Saturday -- 4:30 PM Vigil Ordinary Form (English Liturgy, Homily, and Prayers with Latin Chant, Mixed Hymns)
Sunday -- 9:00 AM Ordinary Form (English Liturgy, Homily, and Prayers with Latin Chant, Mixed Hymns)
Sunday -- 11:30 AM Ordinary Form Spanish Language Mass
Sunday -- 1:00 PM Extraordinary Form Tradiotional High Latin Mass (Latin Chant, Dual Gospel, English Homily, Mixed Hymns and Prayers).
Tuesday -- 6:00 PM Traditional Latin Low Mass
Wednesday -- 12:15 PM English Language Mass
Thursday -- 9:30 AM Traditional Latin Low Mass
Friday -- 9:30 AM Traditional Latin Low Mass
1st Saturday of Month -- 10:00 AM Extraordinary
Form Traditional Latin High Mass (English Homily, Dual Gospel, Mixed Prayers and Hymns)
We do not currently offer an all English or all Latin Mass. English Masses include Latin chants and occasional Latin hymns. Latin Masses include English Homilies, Gospels, prayers, and hymns.
Pandemic Protocol -- Diocesan recommended protocol is being observed at St. Elizabeth for all Masses. Safety concerns are important. Please click on Pandemic Safety Recommended Protocol to see what is being done here.
Faith Formation classes take place from 10:15 AM until 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings and are open to all children from Pre-K through 6th Grade with preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation for 7th and 8th Graders. Programs this year are offered both online and in person. Click HERE for the latest information or call our Director of Religious Education, Paul Kankiewicz, at 828-264-8338 for more information.
High Country Catholic Weddings
St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church (Boone Campus) and Epiphany Catholic Church (Blowing Rock Campus) are now available for weddings, subject to some precautionary restrictions and measures due to the Covid pandemic. If you are a practicing Catholic and you are interested in having a wedding in the North Carolina Mountains at either location, even if you are not a member of our churches or a Catholic Campus Ministry student, you can call our Parish Office at 828-264-8338 to check availability, costs, and requirements. Additional information on Catholic weddings and requirements is available HERE, HERE, and HERE. A Wedding Information and Registration form can be seen HERE.
Google Translate is now available throughout this website. To use it, go to the top right corner area of most pages and click om the language of your choice to translate the page.
MiraVia, a Catholic, 501(c)(3) non-profit maternity and after-care program in Charlotte, invites you to join its 26th Annual Fundraising ONLINE Banquet “Path to Life” on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, this event will be held ONLINE due to the unforeseen COVID-19. This year’s virtual guest speaker is Melissa Ohden, the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion. To register to attend, visit http://miraviabanquet.lpages.co or contact Megan Whiteside at 704-525-4673 ext. 13, [email protected]. The free event will be unique, and you won’t want to miss it! For more information about MiraVia, visit www.miravia.org.
Youth Group -- The next Youth Group Meeting will be on Saturday, October 31 from 5:45 PM until 8:00 PM. If you are a student entering grades 8–12, please join us for some food, fellowship, and fun! Dinner is provided. Please click here to RSVP.
Life Chain On Sunday, November 1st from 3:00 - 4:00 PM, St. Elizabeth’s will host the Boone Life Chain at the Wells Fargo parking lot at the corner of Hwys 321 and 105. Since 1987, the Life Chain has been a public witness of prayer and repentance, uniting the Church in solidarity against abortion, while boldly standing in the hope of Christ for North America. Please join thousands of Christians nationwide in prayer for the protection of the unborn. For more information, please contact the parish office.
St. Elizabeth Home School Group will meet at 10:30 AM immediately after Mass on Friday, November 6 and continue to meet monthly after each First Friday Mass. All home school families or anyone interested in learning more about home schooling is welcome. Please contact Lisa Bott with any questions: [email protected]
The Music for the Masses for each weekend is now being posted weekly as it is decided. Go to Music Ministry News and Announcements to see what will be used in the coming weekend. Matt Mellon, Interim Music Director, has also prepared an interesting and informative Guide to following our Masses with the pew hymnals, references, and other materials that we have available. That is also posted on this week's Music Ministry News,
Mass Intentions are available at your request by calling or stopping by the parish office. It is suggested that you make your request well in advance, to ensure you have the date you prefer.