All exterior and most interior door locks have been rekeyed. YOUR OLD KEY NO LONGER WORKS! Those who have a legitimate need for access to the church after hours can apply at the Parish Office for appropriate new keys. EVERYONE applying for a new key is required to pass a background check, complete the Protecting God's Children safety program, and sign a Key Holder Agreement. Prospective key holders also need the approval of Parish Security, Facility Scheduling, and the Pastor before being approved to sign out keys. Those with a legitimate need for after hours access who haven't completed the approval process need to make arrangements for an approved key holder to both let them in the building and secure the building when they leave. The Parish Office can assist Parish approved programs with those arrangements.
Totus Tuus will return for the Summer of 2020. The dates this coming year will be June 21-27. Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program are dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. The week long program assists parents and parishes in the evangelizing and catechizing of their youth. Mark your calendars and watch for information on signing up for this great program!
Our New Website Address is www.saintecc.org. Bookmark this address as it has replaced the old address. This new address allows us to get around some issues with the old address and make our website live again after being down for nearly a week. We apologize for the downtime. We will have all pages, events, schedules, and calendars back up to date as soon as possible. We anticipate bringing on some exciting new features and being able to do things which we were not able to make happen under the previous domain name. Stay tuned for more!
I’d like to extend a personal “thank you” to all who assisted with
time or money in the completion of my Eagle Scout project, a
renovation of the St. Elizabeth playground. Your support has
helped me to achieve the pinnacle of what the Scouts BSA has
to offer, and to create a lasting positive impact on the church
community, as well as creating a lifetime achievement for
myself personally. I would like to express my gratitude for the
church community as a whole, all donors, and especially the
Knights of Columbus. I am greatly indebted to your generosity,
and am forever thankful for your support. I received my Eagle
Scout award on Tuesday, December 17th at Boone United
If you are parking in a Handicapped Space and you are not mobility impaired, please consider parking in a regular space. We are seeing too many cases of people taking advantage of their Handicap Placard to park closer to the building when they have no apparent impairment. If we didn't have folks with real mobility impairments who are being forced to travel farther than they are able from out in the parking lot, this wouldn't be an issue. But it's becoming a real issue which we must address. Please consider your abilities before taking up a handicapped space which you may not need and someone who is actually mobility impaired could use. Thank you for your consideration.
After a recent incident during which the Boone Fire Department encountered difficulty in getting their truck to our building and hydrant because of improperly parked vehicles, the Boone Police Department and a local towing company will be monitoring our parking during Masses and other events. Tickets with fines may be issued for illegal parking. Improperly parked vehicles that could impede the access of emergency vehicles and personnel or are otherwise improperly parked on our grounds and property may be removed at the owner's expense by the towing company. Please protect yourself from embarrassment and unnecessary expense by parking ONLY IN DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES.
We have ministries that are in need of volunteers. No special skill or talent is required. Willingness is the only requirement. If you are willing to assist with our Maintenance, Bereavement, Parish Life, Flower, or other ministries, please call Kathy Camilleri in the Parish Office or signup online at our Online Volunteer Signup Form.
All who want to learn more about the Catholic Faith are invited to attend this year’s Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes. RCIA is open to anyone with an interest, regardless of your religious background. These sessions are an opportunity to both learn and to ask questions about Catholicism. Non Catholics who complete the course will be eligible to be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at the 2020 Easter Vigil Service, although there is no requirement to do so. This year’s first session will be held on Thursday, September 5th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Youth Room off the Gathering Space. Classes will be held weekly at this time (except holidays) until the Easter Vigil. For more information, come by or call the Parish Office at 828-264-8338.
A DRESS CODE is in effect for Worship Assistants (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians, and Ushers). You are requested to observe it to the best of your ability by dressing neatly and modestly in clean clothes to code suggestions or requirements. Please help us avoid embarrassment for our Mass Coordinators and yourself by dressing to code when you are assigned to a Mass. Click on DRESS CODE for more information on suggestions and requirements.
Parishioners and Visitors are reminded of our building-wide "NO PETS" policy. We love animals, too. And we know that this policy has been only loosely enforced until now. But several recent incidents have put us in the embarrassing position of having to enforce the "NO PETS" policy, even though, frankly, we would rather not. For your convenience, we are posting signs to remind you of the policy at building entrances. To avoid embarrassment for all, please respect the policy and leave your pet in a safe place while attending church events. And please convey our sincerest apologies for having to enforce this policy to your pet.
The Music Ministry is seeking parishioners who love to sing to join your voice with ours. The Sunday Mass Choir sings at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday and for other special Masses. Rehearsal is every Thursday at 6:00 PM. If you are interested, please speak with Brandon after Mass or contact Taylor at the Parish Office during the week.
Unclaimed serving dishes, pots, and pans which were used to bring food to parish events can be claimed at the Parish Office. There are also a number of miscellaneous other lost and found or abandoned items which can also be claimed at the Parish Office. Items which are unclaimed after 4 weeks will be donated or disposed of.
The Knights of Columbus have expanded their Fifth Sunday Rosary program. They have announced that, in response to parishioner requests, they will now lead a Rosary prior to Mass on the last Sunday of every month. If you would like to participate, please quietly enter the Church prior to 10:40 AM and take a seat near the front of the Church. All are welcome to join in this devotion.
Holy Hour is the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. A plenary indulgence is granted for this practice.
Holy Hour, at St. Elizabeth, is observed on Wednesdays. Join us for an hour of Prayer, Reconciliation, and Adoration beginning at 5:00 PM every Wednesday.
If you are new to the Parish or you haven't previously registered with us, Parishioner Registration Forms are in the information racks in the Gathering Space and the Parish Office Hallway. You can also register you and your family online at http://www.stehc.org/parishioner-online-registration. Your information will be kept confidential. It will not be shared or published without your permission and is never sold.
St. Elizabeth New Parishioner and Visitor Guidebooks are also available in the above mentioned racks.
Our parish is now offering Online Giving. For additional information, or to sign up, visit http://www.stehc.org/online.
St. Joseph’s Vanguard, The St. Joseph College Seminary Prayer Committee asks that the faithful in our Diocese pray for heaven’s blessing on the capital campaign to raise the funds for a building and residence near the Belmont Abbey campus to meet the housing and formation needs of our expanding seminarian group. Prayer cards invoking the intercession of our great patron, St. Joseph, are available on the bulletin table in the Gathering Space so that we may unite together in prayer for the success of this project, and for our future priests who will serve the faithful of this Diocese for generations to come.