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The month of May at St Elizabeth’s was a celebration of God’s gift of womanhood through
whom He replenishes His creation through the outpouring of compassionate love.
On Mother’s Day, we baptized five babies as testimony of God’s promise to renew
His creation through women. We also honored three women of purpose :
Sis Elizabeth “Betty” Crawley and Sis Paulette Hill for outstanding service and
ministry to our Sunday School through the pandemic. Through their ministry the
Sunday School not only survived but flourished to such an extent that many of
them were quite prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and have now
gone on to form a youth ministry as part of their ministry.

We also honored Ms. Tanya Rainey, the Diocesan Comptroller, who is the only full-
time member of staff of color. Tanya has been extremely passionate in her
willingness to support urban churches to ensure there is equity in the distribution of
Diocesan resources.

The ECW of St Elizabeth’s, in coordination with a local sorority, were able to
provide fifty care bags to Homeless teenage mothers living in a local shelter called
Raphael House. These young mothers were overwhelmed by the amount and
quality of both the gifts and the accompanied prayers they received.

Then on The Feast of the Visitation, May 31st, a transient migrant mother with a three-month-old
baby and her father came desperately seeking assistance. They were able to secure
an interview in Texas and needed a place to rest and refresh themselves before
boarding a flight to Texas. We were able to provide access to showers, rest, food
and transportation to the airport. In all these things, we believe in our heart we are
meeting the goals set by Blessed Elizabeth as she welcomed a frightened and
overwhelmed Blessed Mary.

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town
in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted
Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.    In a loud voice she exclaimed:
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!    But why
am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?    As soon as the
sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for
joy.Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to
her!” Luke 1: 39-45

May Blessed Elizabeth continue to be our example to share in the joys of
welcoming those who are overwhelmed by life’s burden and so be honored by our
Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

Join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation this Sunday, June 4th, 2023.

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