General Parish News

St. Elizabeth’s Eucharistic Congress 2020 went on, as scheduled, with adjustments for the inclement weather.  It was the first Eucharistic Congress at St. Elizabeth.  It was held the  weekend, September 11 and 12.  Festivities included Overnight Adoration from 8:00 PM Friday, September 11 through 9:00 AM Saturday, September 12, and a Traditional Latin Missa Cantata.  Weather, unfortunately, interfered with plans for the Eucharistic Procession after the Mass.  However, the delicious Brunch in Pat Jones Hall went on as scheduled.  

The gratitude and sincere thanks of the Parish are extended to those volunteers and staff members who came together, put this event together, and made it all possible.  It took a lot of planning and preparation on many levels for trhis to be the success it was.  You folks all did a wonderful job! 

Our Catholic Store

Catholic Store | St.Gregory the GreatMary's Market, our Catholic Store and Gift Shop, is open weekdays during office hours from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on Fridays.  The store is also open after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday.  New items are arriving daily.  Inventories were low because of Covid caused shortages but new items have arrived and the store is again nicely stocked.  The store is located just across the hall from the downstairs Administrative Office.  We now accept cash, check, or credit cards.  Come in and check it out soon!

 
 

Back to School

Fairfield Community School District - Home School Assistance ProgramSt. Elizabeth Home School Group had its first meeting on Friday, September 4th.  The Group will continue to meet monthly after the 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]

Tutoring - Miles Community CollegeTutoring Is Now Available  With the current situation with our schools, some parents may find their children needing help with their school work.  Andrea Geiger is offering Tutoring Services.  Andrea is a certified catechist and is also a certified teacher who is currently teaching at Lower Creek Elementary School in Lenoir.  Tutoring will take place at St. Elizabeth. Watch the bulletin and our website for further updates.  You can call the Parish Office to get in touch with Andrea or get more information.

New Parish Directory -- The new Online Parish Directory is now live.  Watch the bulletin and website for more information.  You can CLICK to register, enter, and maintain your family information and pictures.  You have control over what is visible to other parishioners.  You also can keep track of your contributions.  You can volunteer for ministries.  You can sign up for events and much, much more!  Exciting things are happening! 

 

Worship Assistants Needed

As we return to normal, volunteers are needed to assist with Masses.  If you can assist as a Lector, Usher, or with the Music Ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

 

Diocesan Priest Assignments for 2020 have been announced.  Click on the link to see who is going where.

 

Eucharistic Congress Revised and Rescheduled Locally

The Charlotte Diocese has announced that Diocesan Eucharistic Congress 2020 has been cancelled due to Pandemic concerns.  St. Elizabeth, however, is planning a local celebration in keeping with Diocesan recommendations.  We will have Overnight Adoration from 8:00 PM on Friday, September 11 until 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 12 with a Missa Cantata Traditional Latin Mass immediately following.  A Procession will end the Mass.  A Brunch in the Parish Hall will follow the Procession.  Stay tuned for more.

 

 

 

 

Safety Protocols for Communion

The Diocese, has recommended protocols for Holy
Communion. The following guidelines have been put in place:

  • If you are in the high risk group, have any symptoms, or have been sick, please stay home
    at this time.
  • Every other row has been roped off to help people keep the 6 feet distance at Mass.
  • Those disposed to receive Holy Communion should approach as a family group. Family groups
    can form 6 feet apart in the center aisle. Those in the side sections should exit to the narthex
    and approach from the center aisle.
  • Father will be wearing a mask during Holy Communion and will purify his fingers in between family
    groups.

Thank you for your attention to this. Fr. Winslow, the vicar general and chancellor of the diocese, expressed his appreciation to the Pastors for their commitment and dedication in navigating these difficult times as we desire to return to normal. Please continue to pray for the Bishop, Fr. Winslow, and all your priests. May the love of the Sacred Heart fill your hearts and the Immaculate Heart protect you.

 

 

Congratulations to the eight children who received their First Holy Communion at St. Elizabeth this past Saturday, June 13. Please pray for them, that they may always remain close to Our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist.