April 12, 2020
Pope Francis in his homily said: “Today, in the tragedy of pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you.’”
The Paschal Mystery is our encouragement and is at the very heart of our Christian faith. The fact that Jesus has not only died for us but has risen from the dead is a sure sign of the truth of His message of God’s love and forgiveness. He never abandons us.
Although we are caught off guard by an unexpected pandemic, the invisible enemy, Covid 19, and become fearful and disoriented, let us not lose hope. Have faith in the Risen Lord who conquers every worldly evil including sin and death.
In the midst of this global pandemic, it is my ardent prayer that this feast of Easter will bring us courage and hope.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Charito Suan
St. Elizabeth Church, San Francisco
Offertory 2020 During Closure
March 30, 2020
Dear St. Elizabeth Parishioners,
I hope you are healthy and safe!
I am very encouraged by how our parish continues to live our faith and celebrate the Holy Spirit during this unique time. I hope you have been able to participate in EWTN or in live stream masses by Bishop Robert Barron of LA or by other priests in various parishes.
COVID-19 has posed many challenges to our parish including offertory funds lost due to the suspension of Mass. Your offertory gifts support salaries of parish staff members, programs and ministries, maintenance of our buildings and grounds and many other vital components of our parish life.
I ask you to continue supporting our parish financially during this difficult and uncertain time.
Donations can be done online by visiting the San Francisco Archdiocese web site: https://sfarchdiocese.org/lifeline - (select St. Elizabeth Parish under “designation”).
You can also mail them to the Parish Office or drop them into the mail slot, also at the Parish Office.
If possible, please consider giving an amount that equals your regular offertory contribution. It will be an inspiration to me, as your Pastor, to know that I can depend on receiving your continued offertory support. All gifts, regardless of amount, are greatly appreciated and very beneficial.
We will emerge from this situation even stronger as a faith community, and we pray for the day that we can again share the Holy Sacrifice of the Sunday Mass as a family!
On behalf of our Parish Staff and all who benefit from your ongoing generosity, I thank you for your kind consideration of this request and for all you do for our parish family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Charito Suan
May 6, 2018
Regarding the Ascension of the Lord, the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia have retained its celebration on the proper Thursday (May 10th, 2018). Our Metropolitan Province and all other Provinces have transferred this Solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This was approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and confirmed by the congregation for Bishops. Where the Ascension is transferred to Sunday, May 13, the readings of the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be read on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. May 13 is also a Mother’s Day (USA). We celebrate the Mother’s Day without diminishing the primary focus of that Sunday as the celebration of the paschal mystery.
(See ORDO 2018)