Thank you for visiting our parish website! St. Elizabeth is a active Roman Catholic parish serving the Catholic community of Mill Creek/Bothell, Washington.I hope you find this site very useful and that you have the opportunity to participate in our parish life. If you need information that you can’t find on this website, don’t hesitate to call or email the parish office.
Yours in Christ, Fr. Roberto Saldivar, M.Sp.S., Pastor
A Retreat with Elizabeth Ann Seton
"God is my friend and supporter, with such a guide can I fear, with such a friend shall I not be satisfied, with such a supporter can I fail?"
-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Saturday - September 20th - 6 to 9 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday - September 24th - 6 to 9 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Thursday - September 25th - 10 AM to 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday - September 27th - 10 AM to 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday - October 4th - 6 to 9 PM in the Fellowship Hall
22nd Sunday of ordinary time / August 31, 2014 (year A)
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
To deny oneself? Why? So as not to lose one’s life? In this case, what Jesus is saying is that if we don’t deny ourselves then we will approach death. To deny ourselves is to approach life!
What leads us to life is faith in Jesus who said: "Whoever believes in me, though he dies, will live forever." What Jesus is inviting us to, is not about denying oneself as in forgetting that we exist… His invitation is to have audacity in our actions. In other words He is inviting us to risk everything with the guarantee that we will win. The use of our intellect at its best!
Just for clarity… Jesus is not asking us to deny who we are, but to deny what we have become, what does not belong in us. We were created in God’s image… are we still the image of Him? Or have we replaced that image with the “Self”? Undoubtedly much of that self is selfishness.
To deny oneself represents not death but life, beauty and joy. One simple example: If you love someone who does not speak your language, the only way that you will be able to communicate is by learning her/his language. For that to happen you must deny your own language when speaking to her/him. Right?
In our relationship with God… we are stubborn, we insist on speaking our own language, which is the language of the flesh. Denying oneself is to learn God’s language. Can we begin to express our love for God by saying YES to Him and NO to ourselves?
In the upcoming retreats “Meeting our Grace”, we will learn through the writings of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to percieve what Paul writes in today’s second reading: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect”.
Fr. Roberto Saldívar, M.Sp.S.
Go to our calendar for additional events
September 2nd at 7pm - Summer book group
September 4th at 10am - Summer bookgroup
September 5th - First Friday Mass 9am & 7pm
September 13th 6:15pm-The Steve Dellino Memorial Italian Dinner in the Fellowship Hall For Tickets call Jack Wilson 206-459-9766.
September 20th, 6pm-9pm in the Fellowship Hall- Meeting Our Grace, a Retreat with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, presented by Fr. Roberto.
September 24th, 6pm-9pm in the Fellowship Hall- Meeting Our Grace, a Retreat with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, presented by Fr. Roberto.
September 25th, 10am-1pm in the Fellowship Hall- Meeting Our Grace, a Retreat with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, presented by Fr. Roberto.
September 27th 10am-Safe Environment "Called to Protect for Ministries" training Station 5.
Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness.
In an interview published Sunday in part in the Argentine weekly Viva, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life:
1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same."
2. "Be giving of yourself to others." People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."
3. "Proceed calmly" in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist -- gaucho Don Segundo Sombra -- looks back on how he lived his life.
"He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool" of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water -- to have "the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life."
4. "A healthy sense of leisure." The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.
"Consumerism has brought us anxiety" and stress, causing people to lose a "healthy culture of leisure." Their time is "swallowed up" so people can't share it with anyone.
Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it "complicated, but you must do it," he said.
Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime "doesn't let you communicate" with each other, the pope said.
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because "Sunday is for family," he said.
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs" and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.
"It's not enough to give them food," he said. "Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home" from one's own labor.
7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have," he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?' "
8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" the pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy."
9. Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," the pope said.
10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars," he said, and "the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive" and dynamic.
Pope Francis also talked about the importance of helping immigrants, praising Sweden's generosity in opening its doors to so many people, while noting anti-immigration policies show the rest of Europe "is afraid."
He also fondly recalled the woman who helped his mother with the housework when he was growing up in Buenos Aires.
Concepcion Maria Minuto was a Sicilian immigrant, a widow and mother of two boys, who went three times a week to help the pope's mother do laundry, since in those days it was all done by hand.
He said this hard-working, dignified woman made a big impression on the 10-year-old future pope, as she would talk to him about World War II in Italy and how they farmed in Sicily.
"She was as clever as a fox, she had every penny accounted for, she wouldn't be cheated. She had many great qualities," he said.
Even though his family lost touch with her when they moved, the then-Jesuit Fr. Jorge Bergoglio later sought her out and visited her for the last 10 years of her life.
"A few days before she died, she took this small medal out of her pocket, gave it to me and said: 'I want you to have it!' So every night, when I take it off and kiss it, and every morning when I put it back on, this woman comes to my mind."
"She died happy, with a smile on her face and with the dignity of someone who worked. For that reason I am very sympathetic toward housecleaners and domestic workers, whose rights, all of them, should be recognized" and protected, he said. "They must never be exploited or mistreated."
Pope Francis' concern was underlined in his @Pontifex Twitter feed Tuesday , with the message: "May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregivers; theirs is a precious service."