Dear Seton Family,
This weekend the Church (in many places, anyway) celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension, that moment when the Lord was taken up to heaven in the sight of his disciples. There is a spot atop the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem that has been honored as the site of the Ascension. I was there last March! Look for posts on the parish FaceBook page this weekend! It is marked by footprints in the stone pavement, allegedly (and according to tradition) those of Jesus himself as he stood before the disciples in the account we hear at the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. That moment left the disciples confused even in their Easter joy, for they still did not yet fully comprehend the fullness of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery.
There is something oddly consoling for us about the Ascension this year, for it represents something of “unfinished business” or incompleteness of the Lord’s work. The promised gift of the Holy Spirit had not yet come, so the disciples were living in a sort of “in-between” time. They did not yet know or understand all that they needed, and there was much more to come in the outpouring of the Spirit, which we will celebrate next weekend in the Solemnity of Pentecost. We, too, are very much in an “in-between time” with lots of unknowns, especially in when we will reopen our parish church as we make preparations. Perhaps we can learn something and find some consolation in sharing that experience with the disciples. Find some assurance and reason to hope that the Lord keeps his word... the Spirit comes to us and we are fortified by that seven-fold gift of the abiding presence of God in our hearts.
On Monday our country pauses to remember all who
died in service of our nation, for the cause of peace and freedom. Though the day will not be marked by the typical celebrations in honor of our fallen heroes, or the weekend’s celebrations as the unofficial start of summer, may this day be one to appreciate the sacrifices that others have made for our good.
Also on Memorial Day, the Parish Staff will respond to emails and return voicemails on Tuesday. There is no Morning Mass and the Marian Devotion (Regina Caeli) will not be recited on FaceBook live. Memorial Day is the start of our “summer hours”. The Staff will continue to work remotely Monday through Thursdays, 9am—4pm. Daily Mass and the 9:30am Mass will continue to be streamed. I will be intentional to taking Friday’s off, so there will be no Marian devotion at 12 noon.
I want to thank Jennifer O’Leary for producing outstanding videos for our young children to better understand our Sunday scripture readings. This Sunday will be the last one until we figure out how to do CLOW in September.
While we are waiting for more cleaning supplies to be delivered, I would like to start offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday May 30, 1-pm and Sunday May 31, 1-3pm. This will take place in the Parish Center Conference Room. More details will follow next week. The Task Force continues to work on the complicated details of re-opening the church for private prayer and adoration during Phase 1.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid
John Russell, our Director of Evangelization, is working on a special project for parishioners graduating from high school and college. We want to honor them in a special way at our live-streamed 9:30am Mass on Sunday, June 7. The deadline is June 3. Click here for more information.
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass 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!