General Announcements

We have returned to a full schedule of weekday and weekend Masses. Current formats are based on recent responses to Masses which were offered in English and Latin. If and as response and demand changes, we will respond accordingly. See the Home Page of the web site for the latest schedules and announcements. The web site is your primary and most up to date source for Parish news and announcements.

Weekday meetings and classes remain suspended. Announcements will post on the website as they resume.

saint_joseph_pb.jpgAt the Eucharist Congress in September, Bishop Peter Jugis announced that the year of 2020 in the Charlotte diocese would be dedicated to St. Joseph. All across the diocese, celebrations, feasts, events, Masses and pilgrimages will be held in honor of the head of the Holy Family. St. Joseph is the patron of The Church,The family, The unborn, Fathers, Immigrants, Workers (Employment), Carpenters, A Happy Death, And more! St. Joseph obtains favors of any kind, but particularly in family problems, financial needs, purity, dangers, work, housing and a happy death. He is the universal patron---whatever your petition is, you can pray to St. Joseph with confidence. He was the foster father of Jesus Christ on earth, and Jesus still obeys his requests in heaven! God chose St. Joseph over all other men to represent the fatherhood of God Himself in the Holy Family.

This St. Joseph Prayer Book contains all the famous prayers: Novena for a Special Favor, Litany, 30 Days’ Prayer, Memorare, for Purity, Conversion, a Happy Death, etc. Priced for wide distribution at TAN books for $12.95, it is available in our Narthex or Gift Shop free, however we do request you consider a nominal donation of at least $5.00 to help offset our cost!

St. Joseph is seen as the protector of the Church and the patron of the family. Now more than ever we need his protection and guidance, in both the Church and in the home. In this prayer book, you'll find a treasury of prayers that draw you closer to the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, including a Novena for a Special Favor, 30 Days' Prayer, Memorare to St. Joseph, and other prayers for Purity, Conversion, a Happy Death, and more. Includes over fifty prayers, litanies and novenas with a deluxe cover & binding.

 

Diocesan Support Appeal 2020

The purpose of the Diocesan Support Appeal (DSA) is to help provide the annual funding necessary to carry out the mission of our diocese – namely to fulfill our call to “grow ever more perfectly into a community of praise, worship, and witness, and to become a leaven of service and sign of peace through love in the Piedmont and western North Carolina.” The DSA provides funding for 50 ministries and programs.

When we make our annual contribution to the DSA, we join with all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the diocese to do the Lord’s work – works of love and service that no one individual or parish can do alone.

Envelopes for contributions and instructions for giving online are available between the outer doors in the Narthex on the table with the weekly bulletins.  Please consider, prayerfully, your ability to help.  The need is great and a portion of the money does return to local ministries in this area.

 

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!

 

 

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 enroll in the 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 annual Easter Vigil Service, although there is no requirement to do so.  Classes are held weekly from September 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.

 

Unclaimed serving dishes, pots, and pans which were used to bring food to parish events and other items can be claimed at the Parish Office.  There are a number of lost and found or abandoned items which have been turned in.  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.

Diocese of Charlotte Hotline

If you know of, suspect, or have information about possible sexual or physical abuse of children or vulnerable adults or misconduct by any clergy, employee of, or volunteer within the Diocese of Charlotte or within its Parishes, report concerns safely, securely and anonymously 24/7 over the phone using the diocese’s new hotline,    888-630-5929 toll-free or report online at www.RedFlagReporting.com/RCDOC

If you suspect a child or adult is in danger, please contact 911 or your nearest local law enforcement agency.