General Announcements

 

We're excited to welcome our newest parishioner, Benedict Paul Kankiewicz, who was born on August 12, 10:15 PM.  He came in at 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 18 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well. Please pray for Valerie, Paul, and baby Benedict as they embark on life's great journey as a family.

 

 

 

A DRESS CODE is in effect for Worship Assistants (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians, and Ushers).  You are requested to observe it to the best of your ability by dressing neatly and modestly in clean clothes to code suggestions or requirements.  Please help us avoid embarrassment for our Mass Coordinators and yourself by dressing to code when you are assigned to a Mass.  Click on DRESS CODE for more information on suggestions and requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

By request, we are starting a group for Catholic Car Collectors and Enthusiasts.  Members of other parishes, near and far, are also invited to participate.  We anticipate periodic meetings, get-togethers, showings, and group rides as possibilities for group activities as we share common interests and Catholic fellowship.  Our Parish Oktoberfest has been mentioned as a time for us to debut our first show of our cars.  Depending on response, we’ll schedule a planning meeting prior to that.  If you own a classic car (or truck or motorcycle), contact Cathy McClure at mcclurefamily01@gmail.com or see her at Mass or Second Wednesday and let her know you’re interested.

 

 

The First Saturday Mass custom comes from a specific request made by Our Blessed Mother herself during one of her apparitions at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. She asked that people attend Mass on the first Saturday of the month in order to make reparation for the many sins of the world, a need that continues in our own day and time.

St. Elizabeth initiated a First Saturday Mass custom on Saturday, August 3 at 10:00 AM.  This was a Traditional Latin Mass.  The First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass will continue to be offered on each first Saturday of each month. 

  

 

Adorers are needed for our Tuesday and Thursday Adoration. Please look at the times where adorers are needed below and prayerfully consider committing to one hour a week to spend with Our Lord. If you can fill an hour, please email Kathy Camilleri at kathy.stehc@gmail.com or call her at the Parish Office 828-264-8338.  Please volunteer so that we do not have to reduce Adoration hours.  Thank you for your consideration!

 

 

FAITH FORMATION is KICKING OFF!   forms are available in the Gathering Space and Religious Education Office.  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 it is received from the Diocese.  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 became 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 left 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.  

  

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.  She becomes Director of Music Ministries as of June 1.  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 the further development and expansion of our music ministries at St. Elizabeth.  Taylor was already a parishioner and participating choir member,  We feel fortunate that she has decided to begin her career at St. Elizabeth.

 

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.

  

 

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.

 

 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.