A Respect Life Ministry has organized at St. Elizabeth's. Our first well attended meeting was on May 7. We are joining the ranks of the ever growing effort to protect life from conception to natural death. Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Youth Room or Choir Room (depending on availability). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Kathy Camilleri for questions or information at the Parish Office or 828-238-5292.
ANOTHER NEW FACE! St. Elizabeth is excited to announce that Paul Kankiewicz has accepted the newly created position of Director of Religious Education with our Parish. Paul was educated at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Kings College in Pennsylvania. He has previous experience in Youth Ministry and Catholic Religious Education. Paul's first day with us was May 7 but he and his wife, Valerie, have both previously participated as active members in various ministries at St. Elizabeth. Valerie, an AppState and CCM alumnus who is now employed with AppState, found Paul, married him, and brought him to us from Pennsylvania. Be sure to thank her if you get a chance. Valerie and Paul are expecting their first child soon. We're very excited to have this young family become a part of our Parish family and staff!
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.
The Angelic Warfare Confraternity is a supernatural fellowship of men and women bound to one another through prayer and dedicated to pursuing and promoting the virtue of chastity together under the powerful patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Confraternity is an official apostolate of the Dominican Order. Fr. Matthew conducted an enrollment following the 11 AM Mass on April 28th. For more information, go the www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org.
For information on Natural Family Planning classes, go to ccdoc.org/nfp or contact Batrice Adcock, MSN, at Catholic Charities (704) 370-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The High School Youth Group hosted the well attended last Lenten Soup Supper of the season on Friday, April 12. After the delicious supper, Fr. Matthew led the last Stations of the Cross for Lent in the Church. It, too, was very well attended.
The Parish Advisory Council served up tasty soups and breads to an enthusiastic turnout of parishioners at the Lenten Meatless Soup Supper on Friday, April 5. The supper was followed by the Stations of the Cross in the church at 7:00 PM which was also well attended.
The Parish Pastoral Advisory Council met on Monday, April 1, 2019. Members of the Parish Finance Committee joined them to assist them in their understanding the financial structure and operations of our parish. The resignation of Becky Gosky from the council was announced. Ideas for a possible updated church pictorial directory were discussed. Plans for recognizing and honoring this year's graduates were discussed. A welcome reception for new members was discussed. Parish Life ideas and the need for volunteers to make those ideas happen were discussed. Future and past Knights activities were announced. The open meeting ended at 6:45 PM and was followed by a closed planning meeting.
The Lenten Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 29 was very well attended. Delicious soups and breads at the Supper preceded the Stations of the Cross which were led by Father Matthew. Special thanks to Campus Minister Erin Leonard Kotlowski and her great group of Catholic Campus Ministry students for their culinary skills. The soups were amazing! Appreciation goes out to the other volunteers who assisted, too. And Father Matthew's leadership made the Stations of the Cross special. Thank you to all of you! It couldn't have happened without you!
A small group of parishioners turned out for the first Parish Town Hall on Thursday, March 27, at 6:00 PM. The meeting was moderated by Parish Advisory Council Moderator Paul Welsh and questions were fielded by Paul and Fr. Matthew. Issues discussed included the status of a future cover and other upgrades for the Columbarium area, Parish security at Mass concerns and suggestions, Bulletin content concerns and suggestions, finance questions, changes in liturgies and parish practices to bring the Parish into compliance with Church law and Diocesan guidelines. The meeting was scheduled for and lasted one hour and adjourned at 7:00 PM.
Several parish volunteers, responding to our "chore board", have been realigning and spacing Sanctuary seating to fire code requirements in preparation for Holy Week Masses. They also did some much needed "high altitude" cleaning and dusting in the Sanctuary and Gathering Space. Thanks to volunteers Marty Corts and Frank Agate for this time consuming but necessary service to the Parish..
The Parish Italian Pasta Dinner on March 1, 2019 was a huge success! Wonderful food was provided by Casa Rustica Restaurant, which is owned by parishioners Richard and Elizabeth Pedroni. A nice selection of wines was generously provided by Red Onion Restaurant. And our own great cooks prepared a variety of desserts to enjoy. It was a great night of Italian themed fun, food, and fellowship for all who could attend! Thanks to all of the great organizers, volunteers, and vendors who made it all possible! For those who may have missed it, pictures of the event can be seen HERE, courtesy of Amber Mellon. Stay tuned for announcements on the next upcoming event planned for the parishioners of St. Elizabeth!
Several volunteer jobs that had been posted for a while were wiped off the slate by a very talented and generous volunteer from our parish on Tuesday, March 5. They included checking and replacing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes throughout the church, replacing high ceiling light bulbs in the sanctuary, and repair of fluorescent light fixtures in the sanctuary and custodian closet upstairs. THANKS, MARTY CORTS! JOB WELL DONE!
What a night! Our parish wide pasta dinner was Friday, March 1 at 6:00 PM. Great food was provided by Ricky and Elizabeth Pedroni's Casa Rustica Restaurant and Catering with wine provided by Red Onion Restaurant. It was a great turnout and nobody left hungry. Thanks to Libby Herring for putting this together. Thanks to Rick and Liz and Red Onion for their very generous contributions. And thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make it happen by setting up, making centerpieces, making desserts, cleaning up, and breaking down the room. Also, thanks to our young talented musicians, Zack Duda and John Kathe for their impromptu piano music that completed the ambiance of an upper end fine Italian restaurant as the night went on. It was truly a memorable night.
We've got a new face in the office! Beverly Wood, our resident "Super Woman" and Administrator Extraordinaire, is taking a well deserved retirement effective May 24 after 15 years of tremendous service to St. Elizabeth. If you get a chance, stop by the office and congratulate Bev on her retirement and her new grandchild.
Kathy Camilleri has accepted the job as Bev's replacement. Kathy starts full time on May 27 after Bev's retirement. But she has been here on Wednesdays and other days, as necessary, for a while. Many of you already know Kathy (centered in picture) as a parishioner and Choir member. She organized the very successful St. Elizabeth March for Life trip to Washington, D.C. in January of this year. She's also well known (she says "better known") as the mother of Michael and Christina (left and right in picture). Michael is our seminarian at St. Joseph College Seminary in Charlotte and senior Altar Server here. Christina is a Research Assistant working on an Ectopic Pregnancy Research Project for Funding Morality. Kathy brings a wealth of experience in both business administration and Catholic Parish life to our Parish. She's a great fit!