Dear Seton Family,
We seek Jesus, who is the "way, and the truth, and the life," so that we may come to follow his way, to know his truth, and to experience the fullness of life. That fullness is not just some incrementally better version of our day-to-day lives in this world, but something altogether different, something which we cannot fully comprehend or articulate. HOPE is our openness to all of these gifts. As we encounter the Risen Lord in our lives, he fashions us as his people. We are transformed – when we allow ourselves to be changed – and we find ourselves more fit for that life he offers us. St. Peter tells us today in the second reading, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises' of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9). There are times when we might not feel that we live up to that, but God is merciful, and we should embrace this dignity as the gift it is. As God's own people, we are together a "royal priesthood." The Church teaches that all the baptized share in this identity. Living as "priests" means that we serve, that we offer ourselves as a sacrifice to God, and that we help each other to grow in holiness. In a particular way this is the call of the parish... this is our mission TOGETHER!
Happy Mothers’ Day to all our Moms, grandmothers, and all who share the joy of motherhood. Mothers do many things for their children, but we should always remember the first and most important thing they did for us: they said “Yes” when God called them to be our mothers. Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, they all had the experience of an Annunciation. They probably wondered what this might mean for them and us. But like Mary, they said, in their own way, “Let it be done to me according to your Will.” For that act of faith that made it possible for us to be their sons and daughters we honor them and thank God for them today and every day.
This year I think of the women who are preparing to give birth or who have welcomed their newly born children into the world during this time of pandemic. In the face of this great challenge, they witness to the hope and joy that comes to all who accept God’s Will and trust in God’s love for them even in challenging times. My prayer for them and the fathers of their children is that the joy and hope of the new life they bring into the world will sustain them in our present challenges and enrich their lives for all eternity. May they experience great joy as they witness their children grow in wisdom and grace before their eyes and God’s.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid. I want to thank you for sending me so many flower bouquets that you and your children colored over the past week. We crown her with blossoms on Sunday as Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May. Thanks to Kenzie Garino for presenting these to the Blessed Mother images that are in front of the Ambo at the beginning of Mass.
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.
Feel free to forward this email to friends, family members and neighbors and let them know of the good things we continue to do here at Seton Parish!
Have a good week!