St. Elizabeth Seton Parish has vibrant programs and groups that work to support the parish and the mission of the Church as a whole. Each of these serves a critical purpose for our parish and community. As such, each group deserves a facility that will accommodate the programs and functions that they offer. As we look forward to future expansion, the needs of these groups, among other parish activities, like music and liturgy, facilities management and the needs off office staff have been considered. Our entire parish family and the broader community will benefit from the expanded and renovated facility.
The Faith Formation program provides our students with knowledge of the faith and the meaning of the
Liturgy and the Sacraments and provides them with a moral formation in Jesus Christ. Through the program we teach students how to pray with Christ and prepare them to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church. And we promote a missionary spirit that prepares our students to be present as Christians in society.
Impact: For parishioners of all ages, the new parish hall affords great ability to expand all Faith Formation programs.
The Ladies Guild supports the parish and works to foster a sense of community among its parishioners, practice social work and charity, and promote the Catholic faith and the parish’s presence to the greater community. The group organizes and assists with parish receptions and functions; develops activities focused on bringing parishioners together in a social setting; encourages younger families to actively participate in parish activities; provides service awards to graduating seniors furthering their education and makes charitable donations and engage in social work within the surrounding community.
Impact: The parish hall would be a multi-purpose space. The new hall would alleviate the limits now imposed for function set up such as funerals and activities after Mass. With a more functional kitchen sized to meet the needs of our parish and community, the opportunities are endless.
The Knights of Columbus is a world-wide Catholic fraternal organization of over 1.8 million members. Every year the Knights of Columbus raise millions of dollars for various charities while promoting the unity of Catholic men and their families. Knights strive to practice those values in which they believe: faith, hope, charity and patriotism. The St. Elizabeth Seton Council of the Knights works to support the parish through annual Lenten Fish Fries, monthly pancake breakfasts and a host of other activities.
Impact: With a parish hall sized to meet the current and future needs of the parish and community, we now have the opportunity to expand programs such as the Fish Fries, Pancake Breakfasts and so much more. The new space would also offer the capability of offering more functions and additional activities.
The mission of the Social Concerns Committee is to provide an opportunity for the spiritual growth of the parishioners of the St. Elizabeth Parish by developing opportunities for our parishioners to participate in fulfilling the Social Mission of the Church. The group seeks to contribute to the Church’s Social Mission by providing assistance to the poor; outreach to our local multi-cultural community in concert with the broader civic and religious community; supports respect for life activities and organizations; and works to raises awareness, advocate and act to protect the environment.
Impact: By adding an oversized commercial refrigerator and freezer, our ability to produce and collect meals for the homeless will bring their needs and our capability closer together. The new parish will also allow an increase in community outreach activities and seminars.
The mission of the Stewardship Committee is to use its enthusiasm and Catholic faith to inspire and unify the parish in order to build a stronger community of “life and love” in which all parishioners recognize our blessings and diverse creativity and our responsibility to share our God given talents. The committee discusses and implements plans to engage parishioners in time, talent and treasure opportunities.
Impact: The use of our gifts can now be expanded to benefit the greater parish and community through this added space.
We are called as Christians to help those in need. It is the mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Elizabeth Seton to give assistance to individuals and families in the community by providing resources which will help relieve specific needs and/or to assist them in need in finding additional community resources. Additionally, the committee advocates for the poor in the community.
Impact: The new parish hall opens up avenues to share our blessings in a larger way. Those would include space to prepare food, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets; locked storage for food pantry and other items and storage in the kitchen area for items needed when preparing items for the poor. It would also provide a quiet and confidential space for meeting.