Welcome to the Saint Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church website. At St. Elizabeth, we give glory to God by living the message of Christ, practicing unconditional love and building community. We continually work to nurture the spiritual, educational, and social development of God’s people. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we strive to respond to the needs of our community, remain a close and vibrant Parish family, and grow in Faith and numbers.
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Our PARISH WIDE PASTA DINNER will be on FRIDAY, MARCH 1 at 6:00 PM! Join us for a catered pasta dinner in St. Elizabeth’s parish hall. Tickets will be available February 17th & 24th after Masses. Tickets are priced as follows: Adults $5.00, Children $3.00, Family $20.00 maximum. All are invited for this time of wonderful family fun and fellowship. Get your tickets early! Our last catered dinner sold out early! Hope to see you there!
Thanks to initial inspiration provided by one of our CCM Student Parishioners, the Knights of Columbus were recently able to procure 30,000 diapers for use in our community. Clair Williams, a senior in Appalachian State's Hayes School of Music, and active leader in AppState CCM, AppState Students for Life, and the NC Right to Life movement, as well as a Lector volunteer at St. Elizabeth, was presenting the AppState Students for Life Diaper Drive for Hope Pregnancy Center to St. Elizabeth parishioners before the Christmas break. She was describing why her organization does this and why it is so important and very much needed in our county. A member of our Knights of Columbus council, Jack Ryan, was listening to her and realized that he might have a connection that could help. Before it was over, his connection at a diaper manufacturing plant in Macon, Georgia had caused the donation and shipment, free of charge, of 30,000 brand new diapers to Watauga County for distribution, as needed, by The Children's Council of Watauga County. If you haven't met Clair and Jack, please make an effort to do so. They are both very special people who have made a huge difference in the lives of a lot of people in this county.
Lent is quickly coming. Each Friday of Lent, a different group from the Parish will host a meatless soup supper. The suppers will start at 6:00 PM and end with Stations of the Cross in the Sanctuary at 7:00 PM.
The latest updated Schedules for Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers are now available online. Just click to see them. Paper copies will be available in the Stairwell Hallway Bookcase just off of the Gathering Space. They will no longer be listed in the bulletin.
If you would like to train or serve as a worship assistant, let us know. Please call the Church Office for information or to register. You can also register online HERE to become an Altar Server, Usher, Lector, or Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist.
If you are a local college or university student, and you haven't registered with our Parish, please do so. Doing so will allow us to serve you better and keep you informed about what is here for you. Registration Forms are available in the Gathering Space rack beside the restrooms or beside the office door inside the downstairs entrance. You can also register online just by clicking HERE. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you.
College Students, Heads Up!!! Your AppState Catholic Campus Ministry has a lot going on and you're invited. Nothing special is required. Just come and join us. The CCM House is located on Faculty Street behind IHOP and just down the street from the Holmes Convocation Center. All area college students are welcome.
Ana Mae Engeman has scheduled a Fellowship Committee Interest Meeting on Monday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at the CCM House on Faculty Street! Come check it out if you're interested in helping plan and set up future events for CCM. CCM would love to utilize your gifts and ideas to help bring the community closer together! If you are interested but can't make it at that time, please click to let Ana Mae know.
CCM Men's and Women's Small Groups meet at the CCM House on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM except during holidays. Come on by and join us.
Students are invited to get together for dinner, reflection, and prayers on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM except during holidays. Meet at the CCM House on Faculty Street. Rumor has it that the meal on Wednesday, February 20 will be courtesy of the St. E Knights of Columbus and will feature their famous Mac and Cheese! Yummm!
Mass Rides for Students
Go to the CCM Facebook Group to sign up for Sunday 11:00 AM rides to Mass from the Appstate campus area. If you have a problem getting a ride to other Masses or Church events, call or text 828-266-8553 for carpool or rideshare availability and assistance.
Join the Appstate Catholic Campus Ministry Facebook Group to keep up with the latest on what's happening with our group.
There are several items in the lost and found box (underneath the publication rack in the Gathering Space). Please take a look if you are missing any items. If you have lost an expensive item, please call the church office. We will not leave anything known to be of value upstairs.
Closings, cancellations, and schedule changes due to inclement weather will be posted HERE and on High Country Catholics Facebook Group as they are made. As always, please use your own best judgment when making travel decisions during bad weather or when road conditions are questionable and travel at your own risk.
Faith Formation K-12 -- 9:15 AM Sundays
Wednesdays -- 11:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Thursdays and Fridays -- 9:00 AM
Saturdays -- 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday -- 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday -- 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday - Thursday -- 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday -- 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Contribution Statements were mailed out Friday, February 1st. If you did not receive one please let our church office know. If you use online gift giving, the church office does not have access to your personal account. There are instructions how you can print your contributions on the site. Outreach contributions for 2nd Collections and local charitable organizations are not included in your financial statements. FFHL & DSA contribution statements will be sent to you from the Diocese. If you have any questions, please call Beverly at 264-8338 Ext. 11.
All are invited to participate in the 2019 Parish Mission study taking place at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lenoir from February 18 to 23. The presenters are Cielo Abierto and the Emmanuel Group from Mexico. As of January, 2018, Cielo Abierto has served eight years of mission visiting almost all the Mexican Republic and 13 countries of America, reaching up to now more than 1,400,000 people. The evening sessions begin at 6:00 PM and consist of talks about Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mass, Adoration, and music. The 6:00 PM sessions are in English, with the 7:00 PM sessions in Spanish. The Mass and Adoration are bilingual. The mission concludes on Saturday, February 23. Please see the website stfrancislenoir.com for a complete schedule of events. Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-754-5281. We hope you can join us for all or part of the mission. It’s a beautiful way to prepare for Lent.
All ladies of the parish are invited to join the monthly St. Elizabeth Ladies Night Out. February's event will be Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 PM at Hokkaido Restaurant in the Watauga Village Shopping Center. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00 PM. For questions or to RSVP, email Amber Mellon at email@example.com or call or text 828-406-7740.
Catholic Campus Ministry thanks you! Your participation in the CCM raffle this year helped raise $33,000 and is quickly being translated into weekly suppers, supportive Catholic community bible studies, retreats, and other enrichment activities for students at universities across the diocese. Thank you for your great generosity! We at CCM pray that our generous God will bless you in return!