Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Thank you for your messages, texts, emails and Facebook comments regarding our Holy Week liturgies. After receiving guidance from the Archdiocese on what to do for the Triduum services of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, I had to learn “how” to implement these in such a small space due to the live stream camera view. I’m grateful to the Staff, especially Brendan Walls-Director of Music, Mitzy Deras-Media Coordinator, Deacons Jack McCabe and Tim Michaels, lectors, cantors, altar servers and a couple volunteers who helped decorate, for pulling off our beautiful liturgies without a hitch!
The coronavirus hasn't stopped our parish from ministering and bringing the Gospel out to the world! We continue to find new ways to connect with you and share the Gospel. As we do that, I am grateful for your financial support that has made it possible.
I am so grateful for your generosity over the last few weeks and the numbers of parishioners who have begun giving electronically through GiveCentral. Thank you!
When we began Lent on Ash Wednesday, the Collect (Opening Prayer) of Mass reminded us that we were beginning a campaign against spiritual evils that would lead us to the joy and hope of the empty tomb and the Resurrection of Jesus. As we received our Lenten ashes and anticipated forty days of prayer, fasting, penance, and good works, none of us could have imagined what this Lent would require of us. After Lent’s normal first three weeks, the Coronavirus Pandemic and the need for public safety imposed the hardest fast upon us: a fast from the Eucharist and the sacraments, a separation from our community of faith, and a shaken sense of security and normalcy. I am sure this is the most difficult fast that any of us have experienced. Unlike our annual Lenten fast that is complete at Easter, we do not know when this fast will end; but it will end. When it ends, what kind of church, what kind of people, will we be?
In the meantime, our live-streaming of Daily Mass (Mon-Thurs) at 9am, Sundays at 9:30am, the daily Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven antiphon) at 12 Noon continues. The Parish Staff is working remotely to serve your needs.
Next Sunday, a parishioner has volunteered to do a short Children’s Liturgy of the Word video that will be posted on the parish Facebook page. We also announced on Easter Sunday that a pair of wonderful volunteers has created a new way to connect at Seton. Adopt-a-Prayer Family is a way to keep our parish family connected during this difficult time. For quick reference, click here for more information on how to signup to keep another Seton family in your prayers!
Easter Blessings to each and every one of you!