St. E's Update

Liturgy, Religious Ed & Sacramental Prep News -Nov 2016

Who We Are and What We Do

This newsletter contains important information about our Liturgical, Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation programs for parishioners. Theresa Cox is the Liturgy Coordinator (, Anne Gaspers is the Religious Education Coordinator ( and Mary McManus is the Sacramental Preparation Coordinator (

November is the Month of Remembrance - Don't forget to bring pictures for our altar!

Centering Prayer - All are Welcome!

For several months we have been meeting twice a month as a small community at St Elizabeth’s to pray. Our prayer together is known as Centering Prayer. You may not be familiar with this prayer yet. We would like to invite you to share this prayer with us.

Centering Prayer is an opportunity to connect to the presence of the Spirit dwelling within your very self. It is a time to intentionally consent to this Presence and simply rest in God’s love. This is a simple prayer and it can profoundly touch your very being.

We invite you to join our little community either on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM (That's TODAY!) or on the 3rd Sunday before Mass, at 8:00 – 8:30 AM. The prayer time is 20 minutes. If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer we are happy to meet with you fifteen minutes before the designated time to provide a brief introduction to the method of Centering Prayer. Or we can arrange a meeting at a time more convenient for you.

Please call Rose Meyler (303-514-8231) or Alec Tsoucatos (303-335-6810) if you would like to know more about Centering Prayer or to arrange a meeting. Do feel welcome to join us!

Confirmation for Grades 6-9 - Important Update!

We've had a change in plans and are now offering the opportunity for youth in Grades 6-9 to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Fall, with preparation beginning in January. Our Confirmation prep focuses on creating a strong sense of community among our youth so they can deepen their faith, learn about Catholicism, grow in God’s Spirit, and have fun together. This includes an overnight retreat, written reflections, service on our sandwich line, and meeting 1-2 times per month.

Meetings will begin in January, with a parent meeting (date TBA) soon. Please let us know if your child would like to participate this year. And if you know of others who may be interested, please help us spread the word! Contact

Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 27th, the First Sunday of Advent our new liturgical year begins.

This year we begin Cycle A in our Lectionary which primarily focuses on the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew’s Gospel is the first Gospel in the New Testament, but was written sometime after Mark’s Gospel account and is strongly Jewish in tone. It begins with the genealogy of Jesus, and places Jesus firmly within the history of Israel through David. Later Jesus’ Sermon on Mount, which is at the heart of Matthew’s Gospel, and central to Matthew’s overall presentation of the teachings of Jesus, takes place on a mountain which brings the reader back to the Old Testament recalling the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt Sinai.

Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus, not only do we celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus as an infant long ago, but also his ongoing presence with us now, and his return in glory in the future.

Advent is also a time of repentance, John the Baptist calls us to “repent for Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Please attend our Advent Reconciliation Service on Monday December 12 at 6:30pm)

“Ours is the mission to prepare the way of the Lord. Our Advent task is to accept the charge to stay awake, to prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming. We do not know when that will be; however, we can rest assured that God calls us to respond to all those who seek healing, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and justice in ways befitting our faith in Jesus. God desires that God’s people call out, for God has an endless, eternal font of grace to share with us.” (Taken from the Sourcebook, 2017)