PARISH UPDATE ON COVID 19 - 4/3/2020

Posted on April 03, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this message finds you and your family well as we weather this unparalleled crisis. You continue to be in my thoughts and daily prayer. With the absence of public Masses and celebration of the sacraments, Seton Parish has become a “virtual” parish – using the technology at our disposal to stay connected with you and provide opportunities for spiritual nourishment.  On a personal note, I miss tremendously the daily interaction with members of the parish!

The decision to close churches and make other changes to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has left many of the faithful with questions. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions to the Archdiocese, for example, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Baptisms and Weddings, closure of churches and Offertory Giving. The Archdiocese will update this page as more questions arise.

Holy Week and Easter will be celebrated very differently than any of us could have imagined. Though different, I encourage you not to miss the opportunity to celebrate those events in Jesus’ life that help us make sense and live through difficult times. Let’s not forget, our faith is based on a dead man coming back to life! Let’s celebrate that great event and gain the strength to weather this pandemic.

As a reminder, ALL OF OUR SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED, as well as Daily and Sunday Masses on the parish Facebook (link) and YouTube (link), and the Angelus every day at 12 noon, except on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. (If you do not have a facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here). Please mark your calendars and follow the schedule below:

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION, APRIL 5
Palm will be available for distribution once Governor Hogan lifts the “Stay-at-Home” executive order.


9:30am Mass with Blessing of Palms— Hey families, here’s a way for you and your children to participate in the Palm Sunday Liturgy after Fr. Paul blesses the Palm. He will tell you what to do during Mass but there’s some preparation you’ll need to do ahead of time. Click here for the link.

MONDAY, APRIL 6
9:00am Daily Mass

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 
9:00am Daily Mass

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
9:00am Daily Mass

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 9
NO Daily Mass
7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION, APRIL 10
12:00 Noon  Stations of the Cross
7:00pm  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 11
We are not able to provide the Annual Blessing of Easter Foods
this year.

8:00pm Easter Vigil

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12
11:00am Mass

Mass intentions are available for many daily masses in May and upcoming months. Please leave a voicemail at 410-721-5770 or e-mail michelle.nguyen@seaseton.org to coordinate a Mass intention.


The Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for 4/11/20 is full. We have arranged for another blood drive on 4/25/20. To sign up to donate please click here.


As a parish family, we continue to pray together for an end to the pandemic and do everything in our power to stop its spread.

And we give thanks to God for all of those who are keeping life going for us in these days:

Doctors, nurses, technicians and therapists
Law enforcement officers
Lab technicians
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Assistants
Scientists and researchers
Manufacturers
Delivery drivers
Soldiers and airmen
First responders
Grocery store employees
Civil servants
Small business owners
Community volunteers
Educators
Sanitation workers
Farmers
Restaurant staff

Please keep praying and remember:

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,' declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:13-14)

May God bless us all.

Peace, 

Fr. Paul
 


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