Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Fr. Jim's Jots - Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 14, 2022

 Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 14, 2022

Fr. Jim's Jots


Your help is needed to celebrate and be part of our Parish Centennial Book!  We are asking you and your household to consider an Ad.

Ad Size Options:

Full Page (8 1/2 x 11) .......... $1,000.00
Half Page (5.5 x 8.5) ........... $500.00
Quarter Page (3.75 x 5) ...... $250.00
Two-line donor message (two lines up to 85 characters) ... $100.00
Single-line donor name listing (one line) ...$25.00

If you would like to sponsor an ad, please contact our Parish Secretary, Eva Wiznerowicz at evabalkarli@stelizcc.org

I am asking every family or household to consider a one-line Ad at the cost of $25.00 a line.  We would like you to join in and be part of this historical Centennial book.  You can remember a deceased loved one, parents or past Religious Sister or Priest.  Please put your one-line Ad in an envelope with your check and mail it to the parish office or drop it in the Offertory.  Thank you for being part of this Parish Centennial Book.

I am sorry to inform you that Katrinia Bledsoe will no longer be working at St. Elizabeth as our parish Office Manager. We wish her the best.

I am thankful for your kindness and support.  Please keep all in your prayers.


Fr. Jim

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Cathy Woodson's Commissioning as an Ambassador of Peace - Pax Christi 50th Anniversary - August 5-7, 2022 ~ Photos and Commentary by Anne Gibbons and Deacon Chris Barrett

 Cathy Woodson's Commissioning as an Ambassador of Peace

Pax Christi 50th Anniversary

August 5-7, 2022

Cathy addressing the gathering of 350 Catholic peace activists from all across the country.

Cathy and the other honorees being blessed and commissioned by Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, KY, OFM, Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA

Cathy's certificate for "preaching and practicing the gospel of non-violence, peacemaking, reconciliation and justice.."

Cathy, with some of her fans, parishioners Anne Gibbons and Chris Barrett, before the Mass at which Cathy was honored.

~ Photos by Anne Gibbons

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Monday, August 08, 2022

Fr. Jim's jots - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 7, 2022

 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2022

Fr. Jim's Jots


For the last two weeks, Deacon Chris has given me special info about the Revival of Eucharistic devotion.  We, as Catholics, are called to spend some quiet time before the Blessed Sacrament.  Out attendance and participation at Mass is our highest form of worship.  I invite and challenge more parishioners to attend daily Mass.  We have Mass on Wednesday and Friday at 12 Noon; we need more folks to join us.  We also need to pray for ourselves, our loved ones, our Nation and our World during this difficult time.  Your prayers and attendance at Mass does make a difference.

Special thanks to all for the wonderful celebration last Sunday as we kick off our new "Catholic Women's and Catholic Men's Associations."  I can't wait to see how these two new groups add to the life and spirit of our parish.

Special thanks to all who are helping with the parish 100 Anniversary, our Centennial.  We need your help in the next few weeks.  Please sign up to help during one of the events.  If we each do one event, it's sure to be a success.  Also you will have an opportunity to purchase an AD for the Centennial booklet.  I hope everyone's name will be in this historical book, a once in a lifetime event.  Any questions, call the parish office.

+ Fr. Jim Arsenault, Pastor

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Friday, August 05, 2022

Umoja Appreciation Presentation to Fr. Jim - August 7, 2022 - Photo by Connie Hom

 Umoja Presentation to Fr. Jim

August 7, 2022

Scholastica presenting Fr. Jim with the plaque.

~ Photo by Connie Hom

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Monday, August 01, 2022

Fr. Jim's Jots - Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31,2022

 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

July 31, 2022

Father Jim's Jots


Last week I shared with you that we as Catholics in the United States are in a special Three-Year National Eucharistic Revival.  At Saint Elizabeth, we are reviving our efforts to bring Holy Communion to the homebound.  If you would like to either receive Communion or join our team of ministers who bring the Blessed Sacrament to those wishing to receive, please contact me or Deacon Chris.

Other ways we might experience a personal revival of the Eucharist is to attend our weekday Masses on occasion or even with frequency.  We celebrate Mass on Wednesday and Fridays at 12 noon.  It's the best way to turn to God in the middle of the day.

Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, Peg Baker was able to purchase almost 30 packs of water and Gatorade, along with sandwich meat and apples.  She and a team of volunteers from RVA for the Homeless assembled 60 lunches.  These lunches were distributed on July 25th.  Still, there are many continuing needs.  To learn how you can help, call Peg at 540-226-1828 or see her after Mass.

+ Fr. Jim Arsenault, Pastor

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Monday, July 25, 2022

The Opening of the Catholic Women's and Men's Association - July 31, 2022 - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Opening of the Catholic Women's and Men's Association 



Fr. Jim's Jots - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 24, 2022

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 24, 2022

Fr. Jim's Jots


Every Sunday Mass at St. Elizabeth is like a revival with our joyful and loving spirit, our talented and dedicated choir, and your participation, together with the Real Presence in Word and the Blessed Sacrament "Holy Communion".

The Church is starting a newly initiated three-year National Eucharistic Revival announced by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that began last month on the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ).

We need your help to have St. Elizabeth be part of this special revival.  Please be faithful to your attendance at Mass, Eucharistic participation, prayerful devotion before the Blessed Sacrament.

Our parish is reviving our ministry of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound after a two-year lapse for the sake of public health.  Your help is needed.

If you are homebound and would like to have one of our ministers of Communion visit your home once or twice a month, then please let me or Deacon Chris know.  Also let one of us know if you might feel called to serve as Eucharistic minister to bring Holy Communion to the Sick at the hospital or their home.  We are reviving this ministry and are looking for volunteers.

To contact Deacon Chris, please call him at (804) 266-3596 or call the Parish Office at (804) 329-4599.

+ Fr. Jim Arsenault, Pastor


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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Schooler Family Returns! - July 17, 2022 ~ Photo by Lula Lamb


We are so happy to welcome Hannah and the Schooler Family back to St. Elizabeth Church after a 2 1/2 year absence because of Covid!  You know we love you!

~ Photo by Lula Lamb