General Announcements

 

FAITH FORMATION is KICKING OFF!   If you are a current Catechist, an aspiring Catechist, or the parent of a child, and you haven't met Director of Religious Education, Paul Kankiewicz, Paul will be in the Gathering Space after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, June 16 to meet you and talk with you about plans for our Parish Religious Education Program.  Don't miss this chance to meet and talk with Paul!  Faith Formation registration will begin on the weekend of Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th.  Registration forms will be available in the Gathering Space.  Forms and payments must be completed and submitted by Sunday, August 25.  The first day of Faith Formation Classes will be Sunday, September 8.  For those students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Fall, classes will resume on Wednesday,  August 21, from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.  Please note that the class will now meet every week leading up to Confirmation. A date for Confirmation will be announced as soon as we receive word from the Diocese.  Volunteers and Catechists are needed for Faith Formation for the upcoming school year.  We want to have a class for each separate grade level rather than combining grade levels as in years past.  This will require more Catechists and Catechist Assistants.  Instructing our youth in the faith is a vitally important ministry in our parish and in the Church as a whole.  Anyone interested in becoming a Faith Formation teacher or assistant can contact Paul Kankiewicz in the Parish Religious Education Office at 828-264-8338 Ext. 22 or email stehc.formation@gmail.com.

 

Father Brendan Buckler will become Pastor of St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church in Boone and its missionary church, Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock on July 9, 2019 when Father Matthew Codd leaves for his new assignment at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, NC.  Father Buckler is 39 years old and was ordained in the Raleigh Diocese on June 4, 2011 after graduating from the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.  He served as Parochial Vicar at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Wake Forest, NC before being assigned as Administrator at Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Washington, NC.  He served in this position for two years before becoming the Parish Priest there four years ago.  

 

Father Matthew Codd announced to parishioners at Masses on June 8 and 9 that he has been given a new assignment by the Diocese.  He will be leaving St. Elizabeth and Epiphany for this assignment on July 9, his last day here.  A new priest, Father Brendan Buckler will be replacing Father Matthew on this date.  A Farewell Reception will be held in Father Matthew's honor on Sunday, July 7 immediately following the 11:00 AM bilingual Mass.  This will be Father Matthew's last Mass as Pastor of St. Elizabeth.  There will be no Hispanic Mass on Sunday, July 7. 

 

 

Parishioners and Visitors are reminded of our building-wide "NO PETS" policy. We love animals, too. And we know that this policy has been only loosely enforced until now. But several recent incidents have put us in the embarrassing position of having to enforce the "NO PETS" policy, even though, frankly, we would rather not. For your convenience, we are posting signs to remind you of the policy at building entrances. To avoid embarrassment for all, please respect the policy and leave your pet in a safe place while attending church events. And please convey our sincerest apologies for having to enforce this policy to your pet.

 

 

 

The Music Ministry is seeking parishioners who love to sing to join your voice with ours. The Sunday Mass Choir sings at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday and for other special Masses. Rehearsal is every Wednesday at 6:00 PM. If you are interested, please speak with Brandon after Mass or contact Taylor at the Parish Office during the week.

 

Unclaimed serving dishes, pots, and pans which were used to bring food to parish events can be claimed at the Parish Office.  There are also a number of miscellaneous other lost and found or abandoned items which can also be claimed at the Parish Office.  Items which are unclaimed after 4 weeks will be donated or disposed of.

 

 

The Bread of Life Committee is seeking volunteers. This wonderful mission is responsible for preparing a meal once a month on the third Thursday for the Hospitality House of Boone.  If you would like to gain more information about the details, please contact Judy Seamone at 8282656677.

 

 

Mr. Paul Kankiewicz, our Director of Religious Education has set the dates for some upcoming programs.  Confirmation classes will begin on evening of Wednesday, August 18 at a time to be announced at a later date.  Faith Formation classes will resume on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 AM.  It's not too early to register your  child for either or both programs.  Contact our Religious Education Office at 8289-264-8338 to register or get more information.

 

 

St. Elizabeth is excited to have Taylor McCulloch join our Music Ministry staff.  Taylor earned her undergraduate degree at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.  She came to Boone for grad school and earned a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.  Taylor will be using her talents for Masses and the development and expansion of our music ministries at St. Elizabeth.  Already a parishioner and participating choir member, Taylor will be working full time with Brandon to help our Music Ministry grow stronger and better.  Please welcome Taylor when you see her.  Her official start date is June 1.

 

 

The Diocese of Charlotte has assigned a Seminarian to St. Elizabeth for the summer. Aaron Huber will be with us from Tuesday, June 14 to Wednesday,  August 7. Please welcome and get to know Aaron when he arrives.

 

 

 

The Knights of Columbus have expanded their Fifth Sunday Rosary program.  They have announced that, in response to parishioner requests, they will now lead a Rosary prior to Mass on the last Sunday of every month.  If you would like to participate, please  quietly enter the Church prior to 10:40 AM and take a seat near the front of the Church.  All are welcome to join in this devotion.

 

On Tuesday, April 30, Father Matthew Codd began offering a Traditional Latin Mass (Low Mass) at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church in Boone.  This Mass will continue to be offered each Tuesday at 6:00 PM.  If you are not familiar with the Latin Mass, and you want to learn, you are welcome to come and observe.  Materials are available to assist you in following along and learning to participate.

 

 

 

Holy Hour is the Roman Catholic devotional tradition of spending an hour in Eucharistic adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  A plenary indulgence is granted for this practice.
Holy Hour, at St. Elizabeth, is observed on Wednesdays.  Join us for an hour of Prayer, Reconciliation, and Adoration beginning at 5:00 PM every Wednesday.

 

 

 

  If you are new to the Parish or you haven't previously registered with us, Parishioner Registration Forms are in the information racks in the Gathering Space and the Parish Office Hallway.   You can also register you and your family online at http://www.stehc.org/parishioner-online-registration.   Your information will be kept confidential.  It will not be shared or published without your permission and is never sold. 

St. Elizabeth New Parishioner and Visitor Guidebooks are also available in the above mentioned racks.  

 

 

Our parish is now offering Online Giving.  For additional information, or to sign up, visit http://www.stehc.org/online.

 

 

The Parish Life Committee is looking for suggestions for parish wide events that you would like to see happen throughout the year.  If you have any suggestions or interest in helping with events, please contact Libby Herring at 828-263-2725.

 

Looking for spiritual growth during Lent and beyond?  How about committing to a weekly hour with Jesus, physically present for us in the Eucharist!  Contact Sheryl Kane to sign up for your own appointment to grow in relationship with Jesus at slakane1@gmail.com or 8282621543. 

 

For  information on Natural Family Planning classes, go to ccdoc.org/nfp or contact Batrice Adcock, MSN, at Catholic Charities (704) 370-3230 or bnadcock@charlottediocese.org

 

St. Joseph’s Vanguard, The St. Joseph College Seminary Prayer Committee asks that the faithful in our Diocese pray for heaven’s blessing on the capital campaign to raise the funds for a building and residence near the Belmont Abbey campus to meet the housing and formation needs of our expanding seminarian group. Prayer cards invoking the intercession of our great patron, St. Joseph, are available on the bulletin table in the Gathering Space so that we may unite together in prayer for the success of this project, and for our future priests who will serve the faithful of this Diocese for generations to come.