Dear Seton Family,
“I wonder and I wander out under the sky....”
I think we’re all familiar with that Christmas carol that has its origins in the hills of Appalachia. During these days of the lockdown, I found myself doing a lot of wandering in my daily walks around the neighborhood. And as I wandered, I wondered, mostly about you! Earlier this week, I created a short survey and posted it on my FaceBook page, as well as the parish’s page. So far, I have received over 100 responses! If you haven’t had a chance, please take minute or two and let me know how you’re dealing with the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. Here is the link.
I’d like to highlight a few questions that were asked. First, we provide the Act of Spiritual Communion in the Worship Aid and during the live-streaming of all Masses. You can download the text here and print it for your personal use at home. Perhaps put it in a frame and display it in the area where you watch Mass. Second, since the church is empty, someone asked if the camera used for live-streaming can be moved closer? The camera cannot be moved since it is in a “fixed” position on a rafter, which would be extremely difficult to move and give us less visibility of what is happening in the Sanctuary. Third, we do not live-stream Mass on YouTube, only on the parish FaceBook page. Immediately after Mass, Mitzy Deras (our Media Coordinator) begins uploading it on YouTube where you can access it an hour after live-streaming on the parish website. Depending on the device you watch Mass, the size of the text (readings, song lyrics, etc... ) in the “black box” varies as well, so that is out of our control to change the size of the text. As a reminder, everything you need for Mass is in the Worship Aid. Finally, I was asked about providing “virtual confession”. I refer you again to this FAQ from the Archdiocese of Baltimore regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid. Don’t forget to prepare your bowl of water for the Sprinkling Rite at the beginning of Mass!
Also, this is a great resource to help you understand, and perhaps explain to your children, about how we celebrate "Mass at Home" during these very unique circumstances. Just click here to access it!
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. Parishioners Jennifer O’Leary and Sarah Benton have volunteered to spearhead an effort to offer prayerful support through Adopt-A-Prayer Families. Please submit your family information (names, email) and they will randomly connect you with another family from the Seton community. Please send them your interest/questions/families information + a picture to email@example.com.
A message from John Russell—
“We have made the difficult decision to cancel Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer. We did this in consultation with Our Lady of the Fields and St. Joseph parishes and School of the Incarnation, and were informed by other child and youth serving organizations who have chosen to cancel summer events that gather a large number of children. We’re saddened by this and know that many of you will be as well, but we felt strongly that it is in the best interest of your children and all the volunteers. We will be issuing refunds to all families who have already registered and paid.”
A message from Deacon Jack—
I’m preaching for Fr. Paul this Sunday at 9:30am. In preparation for Mass, I encourage you to enrich your quest of faith and hope by partaking in an activity related to this Sunday’s gospel—The Appearance of the Resurrected Jesus on the Road to Emmaus. Click the link for the activity. Just follow the directions and take an umbrella with you!
Deacon Jack McCabe
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.
Have a good weekend!