Baptism is a unique and powerful way of calling each one of us to be disciples of Christ. We are called to spread the Gospel message to all … not just on Sundays, and not just in the way we speak, but also in the way we act and the way we treat one another. We need to share our love of Christ within our families, our neighborhoods, our towns, our country, our world… But how can we do that? St. Elizabeth’s provides you with a variety of opportunities to foster gospel values in today’s society. Won’t you join us?
During the six weeks of Lent, small groups meet in various homes throughout the area to read the scriptures for the coming weekend and to talk about what those readings mean to them. The groups gather weekly through Holy Week and through this experience gain not only new friends but a better understanding of how the scriptures form and guide us, and a comfort level in sharing our own faith experiences. Contact the parish office for more details
New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization. The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
Learn more about the New Evangalization from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.
After Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast in November 2012, forty-five Saint Elizabeth parishioners, many of whom were high school students,climbed onto a bus at 4:30am and travelled to New Jersey to help with the clean-up. The underside of the bus was packed full with donations from parishoners that were sent with the volunteers. And, two parishioners wrote checks to pay for the bus.
As these types of crisis events unfold, St. E's parishoners regularly put together some effort to share their time and/or treasure to help neighbors in need. Keep your eyes open for opportunities posted in the bulletin or website, and help if you can. Other ongoing programs include:.
St. Elizabeth’s serves the economically disadvantaged Catholic Community of Langley Park, MD through substantial provision of food and other needed items and services such as English as a Second Language classes. St. Elizabeth recently has joined a “partnership” with St. Camillus and Our Lady of Mercy to strengthen service outreach to Langley Park. This collaboration is expected to increase service opportunities for the parishioners of all three parishes and to build relationships with this Catholic community. Current opportunities include:
• Parishioners donate food on the first Sunday of every month for St. Camillus Food Pantries to help feed poor families. (Contact: Brian Crowe Brian.Crowe@worldnet.att.net)
• Parishioners staff the Pantry in Langley Park once a month to distribute donated food. (Contacts: Larry Tremonti: email@example.com; Tim Beaty: firstname.lastname@example.org; & Maureen Feroli: email@example.com )
Parishioners provide a monthly meal for 300 men, women and children at SOME in Washington, D.C. on the second Saturday of every month. Food (cooked chicken, canned green beans, bagged or boxed rice, and applesauce) is collected at St. Elizabeth parking lot (in front of the school) between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Contact Brian Crowe Brian.Crowe@worldnet.att.net.
Contact Agnes Saenz at 301-637-0730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Elizabeth is one of 21 churches/temples who are members of CMR and support its extensive service network for the poor of Rockville. There will be a collection of new bed linen for the new Chase Partnership House Shelter in February.
CNVS connects people and transforms lives by facilitating a wide range of faith-based volunteer opportunities. Their detailed website provides details of opportunities for all ages with a broad range of activities and periods of service.
If you would more information, or are available to help out, please contact the parish office (301.881.1380 or email@example.com), and someone will contact you.