Catholic Church  •  Rootstown, Ohio

Mass Times

Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 am

Saturday: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am

Holy Days: 8:30 am, 7:00 pm

Confessions

2nd & 4th Saturdays: 3:15 pm, or by appointment.

Household of God

A special thanks to all who made our reverse raffle a success. We had a lot of volunteers from the Knights. The profits from the raffle were split between our parish and our Knights Council. The food was very good as well, and a special thanks goes to Mrs. Anna Koenig of the German Family Society and all the ladies who helped prepare the food. It was a fun night! The profit for both groups (parish and Knights) is $2,200 each. We thank those who supported the raffle.

Thanksgiving Mass - Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday evening, November 21st at 7:00pm. All parishioners are invited to attend this special Mass to give thanks for all what the Lord has given to us.

Anointing of the Sick Masses - Will be celebrated on the weekend of November 24th-25th at both Masses. This is also the Feast of Christ the King. All parishioners who are elderly, who have suffered illness, who have had or are facing surgery may be anointed. Also those who are suffering from depression or mental issues may wish to receive the Sacrament as well.

SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
St. Elizabeth of HungaryIn her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a life of leisure and luxury could easily have been hers. This choice endeared her in the hearts of the common people throughout Europe.

At the age of 14, Elizabeth was married to Louis of Thuringia, whom she deeply loved. She bore three children. Under the spiritual direction of a Franciscan friar, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice, and service to the poor and sick. Seeking to become one with the poor, she wore simple clothing. Daily she would take bread to hundreds of the poorest in the land who came to her gate.

After six years of marriage, her husband died in the Crusades, and Elizabeth was grief-stricken. Her husband's family looked upon her as squandering the royal purse, and mistreated her, finally throwing her out of the palace. The return of her husband's allies from the Crusades resulted in her being reinstated, since her son was legal heir to the throne.

In 1228, Elizabeth joined the Secular Franciscan Order, spending the remaining few years of her life caring for the poor in a hospital which she founded in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Elizabeth's health declined, and she died before her 24th birthday in 1231. Her great popularity resulted in her canonization four years later.

REFLECTION
Elizabeth understood well the lesson Jesus taught when he washed his disciples' feet at the Last Supper. The Christian must be one who serves the humblest needs of others, even if one serves from an exalted position. Of royal blood, Elizabeth could have lorded it over her subjects. Yet, she served them with such a loving heart that her brief life won for her a special place in the hearts of many. Elizabeth is also an example to us in her following the guidance of a spiritual director. Growth in the spiritual life is a difficult process. We can play games very easily if we don't have someone to challenge us. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary is the Patron Saint of Bakers * Catholic Charities * Secular Franciscan Order.

DEVOTION TO ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
Pray for us, blessed Elizabeth:
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Enlighten, O God of compassion, the hearts of Thy faithful servants, and through the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to despise the pleasing things of this world, and ever to delight in the consolations of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Or this):
O God of tender mercies, pour forth Thy light over the hearts of Thy faithful people: and graciously listening to the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, make us to think little of worldly prosperity and to be ever gladdened by heavenly consolation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER TO SAINT ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY
Dear Saint Elizabeth, You were always poor in spirit, most generous toward the poor, faithful to your husband. And fully consecrated To your Divine Bridegroom. Grant your help to widows and widowers and keep them faithful to their heavenly Lord. Teach them to make use of their time in the service of God our Lord. Amen

… Father David