General Parish News


Sunday, September 8 was long time Organist and Music Director Brandon Winbush's last Sunday with us.  Brandon's education, background in Sacred Music, and talent took our program to a whole new level of excellence.  We are grateful for what he has done for our program and wish him much success in his future endeavors.




Bishop Peter Jugis formally installed Father Brendan Buckler as Pastor of St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Parish at the 11:00 AM  bilingual Mass on Sunday, September 1.  A reception followed the Installation Mass in the Pat Jones Hall.



Move-In Weekend at App State was August 16-18.  Mass was offered at 9:30 AM on Friday, August 16.  A Vigil Mass was offered at 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 17.  The English language Mass was offered at 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 18.   A Spanish language Mass followed at 1:00 PM.  Students and their families were invited to come to Mass, get acquainted with each other, and meet members and staff of our Parish.  There was a great turnout of both returning and new students in the Masses and getting acquainted in the Gathering Space after the Masses.




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 is a Traditional Latin Mass.  The First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass will continue to be offered on each first Saturday of each month. 



March for Life 2020 will be January 22-25, 2020 in Washington, D.C.  St. Elizabeth parishioners will again be joining with surrounding parishes and Catholic Campus Ministry students to organize a trip to Washington in support of the March.  Formal planning started at the monthly Respect Life meeting in the Youth Room at St. Elizabeth on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 PM.  All are invited to attend future meetings and help plan the best trip to the best and most successful March for Life ever!




Father Brendan Buckler celebrated our first ever Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Latin Mass) in lieu of the Low Mass on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 PM. The beauty of this traditional Mass was augmented by participation of our newly formed Latin Mass Choir and Cantor. This was a wonderful opportunity to see the richness of the Tradition of our Church. The Mass was well attended by an appreciative group of people who came not only from our Parish, but from surrounding parishes as far away as Jefferson, Lenoir, Linville, and Charlotte to see this Mass and learn more about Church tradition. Father Buckler has indicated an intent to continue to offer this Mass on a schedule yet to be determined. So, if you missed it, check our web news and schedules often to see when your next opportunity to witness the beauty of the Sung Mass will be available again.


Father Brendan Buckler's first weekend Masses at St. Elizabeth and Epiphany went really well.  All Masses were very well attended with near capacity crowds.  Father Buckler seems to have been well received by those who attended his first weekend Masses as he has been by staff who began working with him this week and parishioners who were at weekday Masses and functions at the Church.   If you didn't make these Masses, join us this coming week or weekend for Mass and meet our great new Priest!

 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 Tuesday, 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.  Join us in making Father Buckler welcome as he begins his ministry at St. Elizabeth and Epiphany this week.


On Sunday, May 26, Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock opened for the summer.  Masses at Epiphany are each Sunday at 9:00 AM through Sunday, October 8 when the church closes for the season.  There is no Early Mass at 8:00 AM at St. Elizabeth while Epiphany is open.  Welcome back, Epiphaneers!.




   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.