St. Elizabeth was honored to have His Eminence, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, celebrate the closing Mass of our 100th Jubilee celebration. Cardinal Gregory is the United States first African American cardinal. The Mass closed a year of monthly centennial activities. Bishop Knestout opened the parish centennial celebration last year.

In his homily, Cardinal Gregory referenced the Gospel reading about the frightful servant and his fear, which made him unwilling to take risks. He told the congregation that risk is part of life and a foundation of growth. He said,
“Faith challenges us to risk doing the right thing. Fear of the Lord assures us that we need not worry that God will ever withdraw his love, which is everlasting. Like a parent’s love for a child, God’s love for all his children is never in doubt. Indeed, it is only our love for God that is too often called into question.”
Cardinal Gregory noted he was honored to be among them to congratulate them on this ‘noteworthy moment in Catholic life.’ He said,
You are a multi-cultural, multi-racial family of faith, and you are understandably proud of that reality…It takes courage and determination to live together in peace and deep harmony and St. Elizabeth has managed to achieve that goal for which you should be enormously proud.”
To watch Cardinal Gregory’s entire homily, visit St. Elizabeth’s Facebook page: (You don’t need a Facebook account to watch the Mass)
Special thanks to Connie and the Centennial Committee. They planned a full year of events to celebrate St. Elizabeth’s 100th anniversary. They worked immensely hard to make all of the celebrations so wonderful.