Jesus said, ‘The greatest commandment is this, to love God … and to love your neighbor’. It is not enough to simply have faith in Him; we must also obey His commandments and live our faith – live it out in the public eye – and there are many ways to do this. Our faith is not something we live just on Sunday when we come to church; it needs to accompany us once we leave the parking lot too!
To that end, we outline some suggestions and resources below to help you in living your Catholic faith through your own personal prayer and sacraments, as well as ideas to carry this out in your daily life. Join with us here at St. Elizabeth’s as we work together to serve God, one another and the greater community.
As the earth cycles annually through its seasons, just so the Church celebrates with quiet, deliberate rhythm the seasons of the liturgical year – always the same, yet ever new and renewing. At the heart of this yearly cycle is the Sacred Liturgy, especially the celebration of the Mass, which is the source and summit of the Church's life. We are encouraged, therefore, to participate fully and actively in the liturgical sacrifice: by coming to it with proper dispositions; by offering our lives with the sacrifice of Christ; by growing in our knowledge and appreciation of the Mass; and by leading our children, through instruction and example, to a deeper understanding and love of the faith and the liturgy.
St. Elizabeth Parish has a long-held reputation for liturgies that are strong in music, preaching, presiding and participation. The assembly is as much a part of our gathering as is the priest and the various liturgical ministers. All are welcome to join with us as we gather in community to pray and thank God for His presence in our lives! Click here for daily and Sunday Mass times.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of verbal prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. Their is a Centering Prayer group that meets monthly here at St. Elizabeth. Check the parish calendar for upcoming sessions. For more information please call Eileen (301-438-0422).
The Archdiocese of Washington presents a short foundational Year of Faith course designed to reach Catholics looking to learn or re-learn the beautiful truths of the Catholic faith which we are all called to share as part of the new evangelization. This course is a response to the Holy Father's call for the Year of Faith. Based on the Four Pillars of the Catechism, Living Catholic combines themes of prayer, parish life and evangelization to provide a quick walk through the catechism. This course can be used parish wide, individually or in a small group setting. The online program is fully accessible with subtitles and voice-overs. Learn more.
At Home with our Faith is an award-winning family spirituality newsletter, awarded a First Place in General Excellence from the Catholic Press Association each year since 2010. The newsletter also received a Best in Class award in 2012 from the Associated Church Press. A source for everyday wisdom from real Catholic parents, the newsletter offers down-to-earth, creative ideas and tested strategies for parents to hand on a living faith to their children, while deepening their own faith in the process.You can access the At Home with our Faith blog at http://homefaith.wordpress.com/
'Love your neighbor' was an oft-repeated phrase of Jesus and his apostles. As Catholics we take that to heart in our day-to-day lives as we strive to give of our time and talent in helping others. The parish offers a variety of ways in which to do this, whether you are looking for something short term or long, in the parish or out. Some examples (and resources) include: