Easter Sunday

Posted on April 12, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


 

While the Pandemic is still with us, we have arrived at Easter. In the face of present difficulties, we can rejoice that Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Risen, indeed, Alleluia! The joy of the first Easter came from the discovery of the Risen Lord present in his disciples’ lives. He came where they were locked away because of fear and gave them the courage to fulfill their mission as his disciples, to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. He came to feed their hungers and set their hearts on fire with the truth and wisdom of God’s Word. He was there to redirect their lives and help them to believe that he was risen from the dead. He is here with us. Doing the same things for us today. This is the true joy of Easter: Nothing keeps Jesus from being with us. 

 

While we are cloistered because of Covid-19, we can live our faith in our homes. We can cook meals together, eat together and, yes, do dishes together because the Lord is with us. We can be patient, understanding, forgiving, and attentive to one another because the Lord is with us. We can pray, read God’s Word and discuss it together because the Lord is with us. We can call family members, friends, and neighbors because the Lord is with us. We can do our best to provide for those without homes, families, or food because the Lord is with us. This Easter Season is a time of great discovery for us. Not only can we discover the Risen Lord in our midst, but we can also discover what kind of church, what kind of witnesses, he calls us to be. Let the testimony of our lives be: Christ is risen as he said Alleluia! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

 

Just a few announcements:

 

I am grateful for your generosity, especially towards the Offertory. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to sign up for our online giving platform, GiveCentral, you may do so by clicking here. When it is safe, we will deliver all those Easter bags you donated for the patients at Spring Grove Hospital Center.

 

The Parish Office will be “closed” on Monday. There will be no Morning Mass and the Staff will answer emails and voicemails on Tuesday. On behalf of our entire parish staff, Happy and Blessed Easter to you, your family, and your friends.

 

Adopt-A-Prayer Family (from Jennifer O’Leary and Sarah Benton)

During this time of distance and physical isolation we yearn for a way to remain connected.   We turn to our Faith for comfort and strength, especially during this Easter season. We wanted to find a way to bring back our connection to our Seton Family and share our gift of prayer with each other. Adopt-A-Prayer Family is a way for you to get involved from home! Please submit your family information (names, email) and we will randomly connect you with another family from the Seton community. We then ask that you pray for them, connect with them, do acts of kindness for each other, share your struggles and your triumphs, whatever you decide! 

 

We plan to check in with you and your prayer partners whenever we are able, perhaps we can rearrange and connect to new families as time goes on and grow the prayer circle to keep our community connections new and engaging.  Please send your interest/questions/families information + a picture to adoptaprayer@gmail.com.  This is a learning experience for all of us as we navigate the world in a different way.  Let’s help each other by sharing our Faith!

Happy Easter! - Jennifer O'Leary and Sarah Benton

 

CLICK HERE for the Worship Aid for Easter Sunday Mass at 11am TODAY! As advertised, Mass will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.


 

In lieu of the daily 12 Noon Angelus on FaceBook, I will be leading its counterpart, the Regina Caelis (Queen of Heaven) during the Easter season, starting at the conclusion of Easter Sunday Mass today:

 

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. 

R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. 

V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia. 

R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. 

R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

 

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

Easter Blessings,

 

Fr. Paul

 

 


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