Mass will be Sunday at 10:00 am in the schoolyard parking lot. Come well prepared with warm clothes on.

 

MASS SCHEDULE

Sundays : 10:00 a.m. 

All MASSES ARE HELD IN SCHOOL PARKING LOT

Come well-prepared with warm clothes on!

From the Pastor’s Desktop 

A Message from Father Charles Puthota

03-07-2021

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth, 

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA) 2021---Week III: Our goal is to raise $40,000. We do not consider it a burden, but a privilege; not a problem, but an opportunity. The purpose is to assist the Archdiocese to do God’s work that they are called to do. Even as our parish runs with the offerings you give from the “pews” weekend after weekend, the Archdiocese runs from the offerings that come from all the parishes in the Archdiocese through the AAA. Let’s do this concerted AAA campaign for a month only. I know you would not appreciate my talking about AAA throughout the year. If everyone participates, this can be a success quickly. We are making progress, but we need more people to come onboard and help. Please see the names of all donors so far to AAA 2021 on the last page of the bulletin. I’d like to request everyone to participate.  I thank Ron Borg who spoke persuasively last Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on AAA. Those of you who can, please consider donating 1%, which is $400. Others, if you could donate a tax-deductible donation of at least $100 to $200, it would indeed be wonderful and highly helpful in our support for the Archdiocese. Please consider this donation prayerfully as part of our Lenten giving. I thank you humbly and joyfully for your participation and collaboration. 

Some Thoughts on Lent: As we begin the third week of Lent, it would be fruitful for us and our families to continue reflecting on the meaning of Lent. Jesus lived in the desert for forty days, prayed to his Father, felt guided by the Spirit, did penance, overcame temptation, reflected on his life, drew up plans for his public ministry, and opened his mind and heart to the possibility of opposition and suffering leading up to his crucifixion. Jesus felt the need for this desert experience. We look upon Jesus and realize that we too need the “desert” experience---to think about what is going on in our lives and reorient ourselves towards God, family, and faith. Lent is that desert experience, a time for repentance and awareness of our mortality. Our fasting, abstinence, and devotions remind us of this season and the need for some practical decisions we need to make. For example, is my life rooted in love or selfishness? Is my life marked by giving or hoarding? Is my life guided by the Spirit of God or by my own desires and passions? Do I feel connected to Jesus or not? What are the values of Jesus that I practice or don’t follow? Am I humble like Jesus or do I put myself at the center of the universe in adoration of myself? Do I understand that love means respect, kindness, forgiveness, and sharing? How am I connected with the faith community I call the Church? What do I do to others in terms of service and compassion? Do I keep in mind those who are fragile, vulnerable and on the margins of society and culture? We could examine ourselves along these lines and enter more deeply into the meaning and purpose of this Lenten season. Happy searching for meaning! Happy hunting for faith! Happy journeying to the heart of Christ!

New Sound System: As you know, our parish has contracted with Tony Belo for a brand new sound system in our church. He has been working on it. You may have noticed the tall new speakers installed on either side of the front of the church near the sanctuary area. With Tony’s vast experience in installing sound systems in our Archdiocese as well as in Europe, I’m hoping that we are going to have an excellent sound system suitable for our acoustics needs. I shall keep you posted on the progress of this project. 

Word of God: The gospel from John is about Jesus cleansing the temple. He drives out those who sell the animals and says, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” Jesus is angry. His raw emotions are on display. He uses this as an opportunity to warn people about his own death and resurrection: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Opposition to Jesus is hardening and he will move inexorably toward the cross. Our Lenten journey merges with the journey of Jesus himself toward the cross and resurrection. The cross and the accompanying humiliation and brutality may seem like failure in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of God, through those terrible realities, new life will come to the world. By dying, Jesus saves us from sin, death, and evil. We are made free for love, joy, and service. The cross becomes a plus sign; a source of life, not death. This truth is expressed succinctly in the second reading: “… the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Lenten Prayer: “O Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.” --- Henry Nouwen.

Quotable Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”---Maya Angelou

Religious Humor: When the preacher approached the boy who was fishing in the park pond, he said, “Young man, do you know the parables?” “Yes sir,” the lad quickly replied. “Which do you like best?” The boy looked up and, grinning, replied, “The one where everybody loafs and fishes.”

Be well! Stay swell! Be healthy and happy! May this Lent bring peace to our hearts and harmony with others! May everyone and the whole creation enjoy God’s blessings! 

Your Friend & Pastor,

Father Charles Puthota

 

 

                   Lent

The following regulations are in place for abstaining and fasting during Lent:

Abstinence : Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fast: Everyone eighteen years of age and older but under the age of sixty is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

On these two days, the law of fast allows one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted.  When health or the ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In doubt concerning fast or abstinence, a priest assigned to pastoral ministry or confessor should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

            Faith Formation

(formerly known as Religious Education)

Registration for 2021-2022 will be coming soon.

Registration forms will be available shortly online and in the parish office.

If you are interested in teaching Faith Formation please contact the parish office.

From the Pastor’s Desktop

A Message from Father Charles Puthota

02-28-2021

Dear Parishioners of St. Elizabeth,

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal (AAA) 2021: This is Week II of the month-long concerted campaign for reaching the goal of $40,000. I spoke in my homily last Sunday as we launched the AAA 2021. We are making steady progress in reaching our goal. During our month-long drive, the names of the donors for $25 and above will be placed in the bulletin. If you have donated and your name is not on that list, please let the office know. I’m asking Ron Bork to speak this weekend on the need to donate to AAA. If you are able to give 1% ($400), it would make it easier for us to reach the goal quickly. Thank you for all your collaboration and support.  

Luke’s Gospel for Lent: Let’s keep reading Luke as a parish Lenten spiritual project. A paragraph or half a chapter each day. We’ll encounter Jesus and come to faith in him. 

Lenten Musings: This sacred season started on a good note on Ash Wednesday. Because of COVID-19, there was a different mood this year. We had two Masses that day: at 8:00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. The ashes were sprinkled on the crown of our heads. There was no opportunity this year to wear the ashes proudly and penitentially on our foreheads. Metaphorically, we have to wear them on our hearts as God is calling us to prayer, penance, and almsgiving. The words “Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return” were uttered by the priest only once in general to the whole congregation and not to each individual. Dust and death are strong reminders on Ash Wednesday. A strong language indeed! And a wake-up call. 

The ashes and the words about our returning to dust are reminders that our lives in this world are not permanent. In fact, we do not own anything, even though we have an illusion of it. If we really owned anything, we would be able to take it into the next world. Since obviously we cannot take anything beyond this world, we are only entrusted with certain things for a time. That is why we need to be responsible stewards of God’s blessings to us, be they material or spiritual. This season of Lent, we are to gain perspective on what to do in this life, how to live and love, how to relate to people and things, what is important and what is not, what is eternal and what is not, what matters and what doesn’t, what is true happiness and what isn’t. 

When we are able to see these things a bit more clearly, when we awaken to the reality of life, it is then we will truly begin to live from the soul. Lent is a special time to figure these things out. Sometimes, we can go through decades of life or a whole lifetime, without discovering what God wants us to do and how he wants us to live. While we are engaged in all sorts of spiritual activities this season, let all these efforts converge on a deepening and maturing of our relationship with God and others where love and humility flourish. Happy hunting this season of Lent---for all those blessings money cannot buy!

Word of God this Second Sunday of Lent: In the gospel, we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. It’s a moment of the divine identity of Jesus. Upon the mountain, the apostles are privileged to glimpse into the mystical experience of the Son of God. The voice from heaven booms: “This is my chosen son; listen to him.” Remember Mary’s words at the wedding at Cana: “Do whatever he tells you.” Lent may be a good time for us to steer clear of the din of life and listen deeply to Jesus. He is the Lord of history and mystery. He’s present in the world today, in the body of believers, in the Word of God, in the Eucharist, in our prayer, penance, and almsgiving, in the poor and needy, in the signs of the times. Like those at the final judgment, we might say: When did we see you hungry, naked, stranger and help you or not help you? We could easily miss the presence of Jesus. Let’s walk with him as he journeys through his public ministry toward the cross, death, and resurrection

A Story to Ponder: In the last century, a tourist from the United States visited the famous Polish rabbi Hafez Hayyim. He was astonished to see that the rabbi's home was only a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a table and a bench. "Rabbi, where is your furniture?" asked the tourist. "Where is yours?" replied Hafez. "Mine? But I'm only a visitor here." "So am I," said the rabbi.

Quotable Quote: “You be the change you want to see in the world” --- Mahatma Gandhi. 

Religious Jokes: 1. Atheist: "Do you honestly believe that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish?" Preacher: "I don't know, sir, but when I get to heaven, I'll ask him." Atheist: "But suppose he isn't in heaven?" Preacher: "Then you ask him.

2. After the Baptism of his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys."

Wishing you health, happiness, and God’s closeness in this season of Lent,

Your Friend & Pastor,

Fr. Charles Puthota