Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Social Justice Opportunities at St. E's ~ Information provided by Cecilia Hull



On Tuesday, January 26th from 7-8 p.m., St. Elizabeth RISC members will meet (on Zoom) to organize for March's Nehemiah Action Rally (also on Zoom).  Links to join on the 26th and for upcoming meetings are posted here.


The Virginia Interfaith Center (St. Elizabeth is a member) is a non-partisan coalition of faith communities advocating for economic, racial, social and environmental justice.  While the General Assembly is in session, you can receive email alerts and take action:


Planning is underway for Lent and Black History Month:


Monday, January 18, 2021

Congratulations to Deacon Chris! Ten Year Anniversary as a Deacon!


Congratulations to Deacon Chris Barrett as he celebrates ten years as an Ordained Deacon! Deacon Chris is spiritual, fun-loving and supportive. We are grateful that he is with us at Saint Elizabeth.


Fr. Jim's Jots ~ Second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 17, 2021

 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Jim's Jots

A special THANK YOU to Ms. Janet Stern who has volunteered for about two years at our parish office and for so many services at our Church. Janet, thank you for your service and many acts of kindness.  We are so thankful that you will continue to help in the parish office on Tuesdays and will help with other duties should your schedule permit.

We welcome Ms. Mary Rose Purcell, who will be our parish secretary.  Please call and introduce yourself to Mary Rose.  Parish office hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Thanks to all our staff and parish volunteers during this difficult time of the Covid virus for keeping the parish going and in good shape.  We are blessed and thankful for all your kindness and hard work.


Fr. Jim

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Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Day of Service

 Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 18,  2021


Thursday, January 14, 2021

19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ~ Monday, January 18, 2021 ~ 6:00 p.m.


19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Fr. Jim will do the opening prayer at this virtual event.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fr. Jim's Jots ~ Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 10 2021

 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Fr. Jim's Jots

During this challenging and difficult time, we need your help to run the Zoom Mass from Church on Sundays.  The following help is needed:

We need someone to unlock the church at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and turn on the lights.

We need someone to help with the Zoom Mass at 10:00 a.m. This includes turning on 3 laptops, log all 3 unto Zoom and turn on the balcony camera and projector next to the piano.

During the Mass, stand by the piano laptop and unmute when Mass starts.  Shut down all equipment after Mass and turn off lights and lock Church.

This person can coordinate with Connie to determine a schedule and emergency backup plan.

Your help is needed.

Blessings and Thanks,

Fr. Jim


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Saturday, January 02, 2021

SIGN-UP for Conversations on Racism ~ January 17, 2021 ~ 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.



Fuel and Hunger Fund Grant from the Diocese of Richmond


The Society of St. Vincent DePaul, St. Teresa of Calcutta Society, of which Saint Elizabeth is a member along with Saint Bridget and Holy Rosary have received a Grant from the Diocese of Richmond in the amount of $8000.00 from the Fuel and Hunger Fund.


Fr. Jim's Jots ~ Feast of the Epiphany, January 3, 2021



Blessings and Happy New Year!!!  I am sure that everyone is glad to see the year 2020 in the rearview mirror, AMEN!!

During the next few weeks I am hoping that we will be more peaceful and prayerful.  I invite and ask you to consider both.  Jesus said: "My Peace is my Gift to YOU."  When you rise every morning, ask the Lord to direct your heart and actions to be Peaceful to things before you may say something you may later regret.  Have a prayer of thanksgiving and be patient with yourself and others.  Remember the magic words "Thank You" to those in service who keep things going:  health care workers, grocery store workers, parcel delivery people, struggling restaurant workers and all in service.  Say "Thank you for your service."

Be safe - Pray from home.  I ask you to pray the Rosary daily, or a Hail Mary often throughout your day for healing.  Consider joining our Zoom Mass on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. or Friday at 12 noon.  It's interactive and a chance to meet others and request special prayers.  You would be most welcome to join.  Turn off the news on T.V. or the radio and listen to music you like and enjoy.  Get enough sleep and exercise, go for a walk, engage in something to keep moving.

We love you and need you to stay healthy and to take care of Yourself - spiritually, mentally and physically in 2021. Please stay safe, you are in our prayers,

Fr. Jim

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Fr. Jim's Jots ~ Feast of the Holy Family, December 27, 2020


Feast of the Holy Family

December 27, 2020 

As the baby Jesus brought hope to the world over 2000 years ago, may we see signs of HOPE for 2021.

May we see medical advances for a virus vaccine...

May we recognize "essential workers" throughout our society...

May we be a country willing to confront and begin to eradicate racism...

May we show a genuine concern for the less fortunate and work to improve their lives...

May we take pride in our country and feel renewed hope with an honest president and vice-president who are good caring leaders...


Many thanks to our members and ministries, here at St. Elizabeth.  Thank you for sharing your "time, talent and treasure" especially during this time of a pandemic.  Special thanks to our parish staff: Deacon Chris, Sr. Tiberh, Liz, Janet, EJ, Scott and Roger.  Thanks also to our Parish and Finance Councils, Human Concerns, a superb Gospel Choir, Community Life, Liturgical, Evangelical, Social and Social Justice, RCIA and Health Ministries and a hardworking Buildings and Grounds Team; with your help, we continue to minister to our members, community and our neighbors during this trying time.

Welcome to the season of Advent/Christmas!

The St. Elizabeth schedule is as follows:

December 27 - Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - 8:30 a.m. in-person Mass; ZOOM Mass, 10:00 a.m.

January 1, 2021 - New Year's Day, The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - 10.00 a.m., Mass in the Church (maximum of 50 attendees) and on ZOOM video from Church.

Please stay safe; you are in our prayers.


Fr. Jim

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American Heart Association Information ~ Too Many Sugary Drinks! ~ Information provided by Rosemary Overton



~ Information provided by Rosemary Overton


Monday, December 21, 2020

A Christmas Message from Fr. Jim, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church


My Sisters and Brothers,

We are approaching the celebration of Christmas and the end of 2020 - thanks be to God!  This has been a difficult and challenging year with the COVID Virus, racial strife and economic uncertainties,  With all of this, I want to thank you for your continued generosity over the years.

Your help is still needed.

If you are able, please consider a special gift to St. Elizabeth.  You can direct your gift in one of the following ways:

You will help people who are in need of assistance with essential expenses such as rent and utilities.

You can support ALL the ministries at St. Elizabeth.  You will help cover any shortfalls in Sunday collections.

You will fund needed maintenance and repairs on our building and building projects in our future.

We give thanks!

In our parish, we are blessed with the help of Sister Tiberh and so many others who continue to welcome new members to our country and parish through our Social Ministry Fund.  This ministry continues to grow.  When you give directly to the Social Ministry Fund, you give Sister resources she needs for rent, food, clothing or utilities to families who are struggling to be self-sufficient.

We thank Liz Wiznerowicz, our education coordinator, who is learning to speak Swahili to better understand and teach our new families from the Congo and other African nations.  Liz coordinates faith formation for our growing parish.  When you give to the Religious Education Fund, Liz can pay for religious education fees and offer scholarships to students.



We are here to help.

We offer confidential support if you or a family member or friend is in need of extra help during this time of graves challenges.  Please contact myself, Fr. Jim, (cell 804-221-1508) or Sister Tiberh (804-3294599, ext. 18) or Social Outreach in the parish office (804-329-4599, ext. 19) with these needs.  We help with food, utilities, and offer some limited assistance with rent.

If you can, please make a financial gift to support the parish and our parish family.  You can give online using our secure website:

You can give one time or set up a gift every month.  You can give to any of our parish ministries.  You can mail a gift to St. Elizabeth Parish, 1301 Victor St., Richmond VA 23222. In the memo, specify if you are supporting the Religious Education Fund, Social Ministry Fund, Building Fund or General Operating Fund.

Peace and hope and love,

Fr. Jim Arsenault

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