General Parish News

Be Not Afraid is an organization in Charlotte that   assists parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis.  These are parents who have bravely decided to carry their baby to term, rather than abort.    We have been told that they have enough funds to continue into 2021, but they need to be sure they can continue well beyond that.

From their website:

“Our staff and peers strive to develop a relationship of trust while providing for the emotional and tangible needs of parents at diagnosis, during pregnancy, at birth, and during the post postpartum period for up to one year. We believe that every baby is a gift, and we support parents not only in advocating for basic care but also in obtaining the treatment they deem appropriate for their child after birth no matter the diagnosis.  We follow the ethical teaching of the Catholic Church, but serve parents of all denominations. “

For more information, and to make a donation, please visit their website - benotafraid.net

 

St. Elizabeth had an Epiphany Mass at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6 at the Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock.  This Mass was a Traditional Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  This may have been the first Traditional Latin Epiphany Mass in the Church's history.  And it was the first Mass celebrated at the Church of the Epiphany since it was closed for the winter season in 2019.

We have become aware that certain persons or groups who may or may not have, at some time in the past, been affiliated with St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church, recently conducted unauthorized solicitations for donations from past and present parishioners for certain "charities".  These persons allowed donors and recipients to believe that donations were made for the Church or on behalf of the Church.  These solicitations were not authorized, approved, or sanctioned in any way by St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church.  Please be careful.  If a charitable fundraiser or other solicitation is sanctioned or approved by the Church, you will see it announced on this website and in the Church bulletin.  If you have questions about the validity of any alleged charity or fundraiser which is being represented as sanctioned by the Church, please don't hesitate to call the Parish Office.

2020 Diocese Fund Reports

Diocesan Support Appeal Fund 2020

     Assigned Goal -- $46,638.00

     Donations Received -- $25,295.50

     Paid from Offertory -- $21,242.50

Priest Retirement & Benefits Fund 2020

     Assigned Goal -- $8,754.00

     Donations Received -- $7.997.00

     Paid from Offertory --  $757.00

Thank you for your support.  We are now beginning to collect for 2021 funds so that we will, hopefully, not have to supplement these funds with offertory funds in 2021.  If you would like to contribute to either fund for 2021, use your regular or special envelopes, designate your check for the fund of your choice, and drop it in the collection basket or mail to or bring the office.  You can also go online and donate.

Year-End Contribution Statements are available.  Register or login HERE and print off your own copy.  If you have trouble doing that, just call the Parish Office.  We'll be glad to print one for you.

The St. Elizabeth Epiphany Mass was at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6 at the Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock.  This Mass was a Traditional Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form. 

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 the Music Ministry News,

Prayer Candles are available in the Prayer Chapel before and after Masses.  A small donation is suggested to cover the costs of the candles.

New Items are available in our Gift Shop.  There are also many other beautiful items in stock that would make wonderful gifts.  Crucifixes, Holy Water Containers, Rosaries, plaques, artwork, and hand made chapel veils are now available. The Gift Shop is open during office hours.  Call the office for more information. or stop in between Sunday Masses and visit.

Mass Intentions are available at your request by calling, emailing, or stopping by the Parish Office.  Make your request in advance to ensure you have the date you prefer.

St. Elizabeth Home School Group meets at 10:30 AM immediately after each First Friday Mass.  All home school families or anyone interested in learning more about homeschooling is welcome.  Please contact Lisa Bott with any questions:  [email protected]

Thank you to all who donated to our Christmas Flower Fund this year.  Your generosity helped to fund the beautiful poinsettias which are decorating our Church during the Christmas season.  Donations were given by, in honor of, or in memory of the following persons:  Bill Hughes, Skippy Greene, Jean Rock, Danny Licata, Mable Hughes, The Borkowski Family, Kristin Lawton, James Bradford, Margeret Clevenger, Kenneth Poe, Philip and Rose DeCrosta, Suzanne Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. E. Bert Reicher, The Corrales Family, The Sox Family, The Ellis Family, Elmer and Russell White, John and Mary Botsea, Elmer St. and Viola Wnite, Ramona and Charles Blanton.  

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception which was celebrated on December 8 celebrated the sinless lifespan and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. It is one of the most important Marian feasts in the liturgical calendar of the Church and is celebrated worldwide.  There was an English Mass at 12:00 Noon and a Traditional Latin Mass at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, December 8 in celebration of this Solemnity.  This was a Holy Day of Obligation and many of the Faithful braved the extreme cold and Covid to attend. 

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 --Mary'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.  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!

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.

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.