General Parish News

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.  Seating for the two center sections was realigned with the assistance of laser measuring and alignment technology on Tuesday, May 12.  It is expected that remaining seating will be realigned on Tuesday, May 19 with a final touchup prior to Holy Week Masses.  Thanks to our volunteers 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 in June 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 her replacement.  Kathy starts full time in June after Bev's retirement.  But she has been and will be here on Wednesdays and other days, as necessary, until then.  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. 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!

 

Thanks to initial inspiration provided by one of our CCM Student Parishioners, the Knights of Columbus were able to procure 30,000 diapers for use in our community.  Clair Williams, an AppState senior, 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.

 

Catholic Campus Ministry thanks you!  Your participation in the CCM raffle this year helped raise $33,000 and that 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! 

 

For those who are not aware, as of February 1, 2019 Ellisa Hayes is no longer serving as the St. Elizabeth Faith Formation Director.  During her more than 10 years in this role, Ellisa was very involved in the lives of children from Pre-K through Grade 12.  She enjoyed watching their faith grow through their involvement in the Faith Formation program.  She also looked forward to the many special events, festivals, as well as visits from Bishop Jugis during Confirmation at St. Elizabeth.  Ellisa made St. Elizabeth shine through the youth outreach programs she directed ranging from the Souper Bowl Collection, making blankets for the orphanage, road clean-up, and community outreach during the summer.  Please keep Ellisa in your prayers as she moves forward in her next endeavor.

 

The Souper Bowl of Caring Collection raised a record setting $549.31 at St. Elizabeth.  Thanks to our generous parishioners for caring.  Our Youth, along with Youth Groups across the country, will be putting collected monies to good use assisting others less fortunate in our communities.  As of January 28, the nationwide total collected was reported to be $3,114,042.00. 

 

 Our very own parishioners Russ & Mary Cormican won the car from Sr. Carmelita’s fundraiser raffle during the summer!  Russ and Mary are part time parishioners and enjoy year round visits to St. Elizabeth and Epiphany during the summer.  Congratulations Russ & Mary!! 

 

We are thankful that the St. Elizabeth March for Life 2019 Group has returned safely.  Pray that the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Life and the prayers of millions of other people won't be in vain.

See pictures and videos of our trip and the March HERE.

 

A big "Thank You" to all who contributed and volunteered to make our Angel Tree Campaign a success!  Our Knights of Columbus have finished delivering your gifts and the Christmas Season is a little brighter for all of the selected families because of you!

Thanks to all the parishioners who have adopted a family through the Hunger Coalition’s Christmas Baskets For a Needy Family program. We adopted 50 area families or seniors in need. We are grateful that we can make their Christmas a little brighter and merrier! And special thanks to Carol Thompson and Anita Kitchens for resurrecting and organizing this program. 

AppState Students for Life have finished a hugely successful Third Annual Diaper Drive.  Their collections this year more than doubled last year.  They report more than 1300 diapers, more than 1200 wipes, and numerous other baby items were contributed for donation to the Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center.  Thank you to all who contributed or otherwise helped! 

Fr. Matthew traveled to Asheville on Saturday, December 15 to officiate at the beautiful wedding of two of our own from AppState, Olivia Maita and Joe Coffey. Joe was received into the Church through St. E's RCIA program several years ago. Olivia was his sponsor. Congratulations, Olivia and Joe! Best wishes for a wonderful future!

Some of our App State students graduated this semester at the December 15 Commencement Ceremonies.  Congratulations to all of you! We're really going to miss you! We wish you all the best and much success in life. Stay in touch, keep the Faith, and come visit when you can!

2018 Nativity Drama, Advent Concert, and Family Dinner are in the books! It was a great experience for all who could attend.  There are too many to name.  But thanks to all who worked and came together to make this night a huge and beautiful success!

St. E parishioners gathered together for a great time for the first ever Friendsgiving event in the Parish Hall on Friday, November 23! Good food, friends old and new, and fellowship were plentiful. Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to the hard working volunteers and organizers who made it happen! 

Sunday, October 21 was the date for St. E's Youth Project Cover Up.  Youth and volunteer adults gathered in the Parish Hall to construct blankets to be given to children who live at the Ebenezer Orphanage.  It was a worthwhile project and a great gathering.

The weekend of October 19-20-21 was the annual Parents' Weekend at Appalachian State.  If you were at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, October 21, you noticed that it was Parents' Weekend here, too.  An overflow crowd filled both the Sanctuary and the Gathering Space to capacity and slightly beyond.  It was great to see so many visitors. Come again soon!

Confirmation Rites for our young adults were celebrated at the Confirmation Mass on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 PM.  Charlotte Diocese Bishop Peter Jugis was here to preside over this event along with Fr. Matthew Codd.  Confirmed this year were Maggie Miranda-Castro, Sam Copenhaver, Alexander Degen, Angel Elias, Jonathan Escalera, Joseph Escalera, Kevin Fabian de la Puente, Roxy GalanGomez, Juan Guerrero, Liam Holman, Jarrett Jimenez, Leilani Kathe, Erin Lang, Samantha Lang, Abigail Leon, Abbygail Makdad, Esmeralda Mendez, Ann Mellon, Yohana Montelongo, Eric Nunez, Oliver Rupp, Kai Suyao, Everardo Rangel, August Solis, and Michael Sanchez. Congratulations to all of these fine young people on reaching this major milestone in their lives.