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.
Father Matthew Codd offered his last Masses as Pastor of St. Elizabeth and Epiphany on the weekend of July 6 and 7. These Masses were heavily attended with overflow crowds. Parishioners, many overcome with emotion and with tears in their eyes, broke tradition to offer rounds of applause and even a standing ovation after Father's very moving and heartfelt homilies. There was a packed Farewell Reception held in Father Matthew's honor in the Pat Jones Hall after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, July 7. Crowds overflowed to surrounding halls, rooms, and the outside deck areas as people came to say their goodbyes and thanks to a much loved Pastor. Several gifts of remembrance were presented to Father by parishioners and staff at the reception. We are very grateful for the approximately four years of dedicated and inspirational ministerial service he has given to the St. Elizabeth Parish during his assignment here. We also recognize and deeply appreciate the stewardship and management of our facilities which he so quietly and efficiently managed. He was able to initiate and complete many, many badly needed and long past due refurbishments and repairs to our campuses during his tenure here. Father Matthew is an extremely dedicated priest with many talents. Having him with us as our priest, shepherd, and leader was a tremendous blessing. Our prayers and best wishes go with Father Matthew as he begins his next assignment.
Our very popular seminarian, Aaron Huber, has left us after an abbreviated stay. He was transferred to a new parish with Father Matthew. We'll miss his quick wit, friendly smile, and outgoing personality. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
The St. Elizabeth Pentecost Covered Dish Dinner on Sunday, July 9 following the bi-lingual Mass was a huge success, despite having to be held indoors because of severe weather and flooding in the area. The Parish Hall was filled to overflowing and all food provided by parishioners was quickly consumed. Everyone seemed to have a great time as it was around 2:30 PM or later before everyone had left to make room for the Hispanic gathering which followed.
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 with Brandon Winbush to help our Music Ministry grow stronger and better. Please welcome Taylor when you see her. Her official start date is June 1.
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. 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.
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.
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 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!