Servers carry the cross in the entrance procession for Mass. Servers hold the liturgical books for the celebrant . Beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist: Servers arrange the corporal, the purificator(s), the chalice(s), the pall, and the Missal on the altar, and then assist the celebrant in receiving the bread and wine and perhaps other gifts that are presented to him. They present the cruets of wine and water for the celebrant to pour some into the chalice. When the celebrant then washes his hands standing at the side of the altar, a server pours the water over them. Recessional: The servers lead the celebrant and any concelebrants as at the entrance procession. For additional information on becoming an altar server please contact Fr. Lorenzo at the Parish Office.
As we endeavor to live in the image of Jesus Christ who wept with those who mourned, we believe that in our faith community, no one should grieve alone. Was someone there to help you when you lost a loved one? Do you wish someone had been? You can be that special person for someone else. The Bereavement Ministry is looking for compassionate people to help with our families who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Members may assist families with funeral or memorial planning and pray for and with our families in mourning to lovingly bring comfort and consolation. Please call Joanne Mahoney at 239-455-9236 or the church office for infomation.
It is an opportunity for those that wish to assist the Priest in administering the Eucharistic body and blood of Christ during our Church’s services. The action of ministering the Eucharist is, above all, a service of love performed in faith for the good of the community. The minister’s action is an invitation to share in the Eucharistic feast.
Faith Formation is a free Sunday School Program for children Pre-K through 8th grade. Please consider becoming a Catechist and sharing your faith, your time and talents with the children of St. Elizabeth Seton. Will also need assistance once a year in the summer for a week for our Vacation Bible School.
The General Meeting is the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm. The KOC Hall is located at 6120 Golden Gate Parkway. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus.
A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. This ministry in the Church requires a person who is of excellent character and serious about the practice of their faith. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God´s presence in that Word. If you are interested in becoming a Lector please contact the Parish Office.
St. Elizabeth Seton has a very active and vital Music Ministry. A pastoral musician is one who has answered the call to serve the parish community by sharing their gift of music. At St. Elizabeth Seton, there is an Adult Choir, Contemporary Choir and the opportunity to be a cantor or an instumentalist. If you are interested in joining any of these choirs or in being a cantor, or an instrumentalist, please contact the Parish Office.
Ushers greet and welcome mass attendees at the church entrance ways. Also, they assist attendees as needed with finding a seat, paying particular attention to those with special needs. During crowded services, assisting with seating is especially important. When late-comers arrive, ushers help minimize disruptions by asking them to momentarily stand by during the readings and the priest’s homily. Ushers are also responsible for passing around the collection baskets. During communion, they assist the Eucharistic ministers by pointing out those who cannot proceed through the communion line and therefore need communion brought to them. Please contact Parish Office for additional information on becoming an Usher.
The love of talk distracts all the powers of our soul from God, and fills them with earthly objects and impressions, like a vessel of water that cannot be settled while you are continualy stirring the earthly particles from the bottom.
-St. Elizabeth Seton
Let’s remember that we
are Stewards of God’s Creation.
“Each of us has a personal responsibility to care for creation, this precious gift which God has entrusted to us. This means, on the one hand, that nature is at our disposal, to enjoy and use properly. Yet it also means that we are not its masters. Stewards, but not masters,” Pope Francis’ speech to members of the European Union.
The green environments of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church- the flower beds, plants, and landscaping- are creative responses by committed parishioners who believe in our stewardship to God’s creation. In our care for the earth, we also care for its beauty, since all of God’s creation gives glory and honor to God and is provided by God for our enjoyment. Our volunteers and garden ministers contribute in several ways by planting, pruning, weeding, and/or watering the garden areas of St. Elizabeth Seton. God may be inviting and calling you to participate in this ministry. It is another opportunity to contribute your time and talent and partake in community and fellowship.
St. Elizabeth Seton’s
St. Vincent DePaul SES Conference
The St. Elizabeth Seton Conference of St. Vincent de Paul of Naples, has as its mission to serve God through helping the poor in Collier County, and especially here in Golden Gate. Census totals show that within the parish boundaries of St. Elizabeth Seton, live the highest levels of poverty in Naples. Our conference members devote themselves, through work and prayer, to bringing respect and help to those living in poverty within our area. To us it is a call from God to do his work.
Joining the St. Elizabeth Seton Conference of St. Vincent de Paul and becoming a Vincentian is so much more than volunteering or collecting food. It a commitment to seek a closer relationship to God, by helping the poor through the teachings of Jesus Christ.