Parish Update - 6/19/2020

Posted on June 19, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In light of almost constant stories in the news about acts of violence and terrorism, natural disasters and spikes of covid-19 infections, it is a great consolation to hear the comforting promise of Jesus in Sunday’s Gospel, “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:30—31) The prophet Jeremiah experienced constant hardship, but he persevered because he trusted that God would protect him. It is not that we are shielded from anything that might harm us, but that we have a sense of purpose that enables us to endure trials, to take on the difficult tasks of discipleship, and to offer ourselves to the Lord no matter the cost. At the same time, we do know and believe that God provides for what we truly need, and so we pray with the Psalmist, “Lord, in your great love, answer me.” (Psalm 69:14)

As we approach the end of our fiscal year on June 30, I want to express my thanks to all who so generously support the ministry and the work of our parish with your regular offertory contributions (in whatever form you participate— envelopes, loose contributions, online giving, or IRA charitable disbursements). The covid-19 Pandemic has been a challenging year for parishes, including ours. I realize that your contributions may have been difficult due to your means. Please know that what you give here at Seton Parish is essential to our daily operations to worship and celebrate the sacraments, teach the faith, provide care to those in need, console those who mourn, and witness to the good news that Jesus is Lord. Our bottom line at the end of the fiscal year is going to be tight... we have done our best to cut expenses, and thankfully we are operating below projected expenses. Our offertory income, however, is also running about 1% below last year. All of this is a challenge for me and the parish staff as we explore ways to continue to grow as a community and to expand our programming and ministries in response to the Pandemic. I hope you will join me in doing your part by continuing to help us to serve and to help one another grow in our faith by supporting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I am in awe of your generosity. Thank You!

Congratulations to the students, faculty and staffs of our area schools for completing a challenging academic year. Although proms and end of the year parties were cancelled, school administrations celebrated in creative ways. As of this writing, the School of the Incarnation 8th grade graduation will be held outdoors tomorrow under the threat of rain. I am proud of the many accomplishments of all of our students and I wish you a happy and safe summer! 

Come and Say Good Bye to Sr. Katherine!  After 19 years of service at Seton Parish, Sr. Katherine is retiring at the end of June. A “drive by” event is set up for Sunday, June 28, 11:30am—1pm. Sr. Katherine will be set up in the parking lot waiting for you to stop by and say your good-bye to her. You may bring any cards or gifts to present to her at this time

Please follow the signs for directing you to greet Sr. Katherine. Since we can’t have a public reception at this time, this is our way of letting her see your smiling faces and offer her your well wishes. 

Happy Father’s Day to all Our Fathers! Today, as we’re mindful of relationships, we celebrate our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, foster fathers and the men who teach us about life and faith, and encourage us, challenge us and help us discover the best within.  We’re also mindful of our fathers who go before us, remembering the ways they helped us, witnessed the Catholic faith to us, and formed us into the people we are.  May God always bless you and may St. Joseph continue to guide you!

The Task Force continues its work on re-opening our parish on July 4/5. We will be offering a modified Mass schedule until September. 

Masses will be held on Saturdays, 4:30pm and Sundays 9:30am (live-streamed) and 5:30pm. I will be sharing with you more information about what to expect when you come to Mass in Flocknotes and our social media platforms. 

Once we get through the kinks for weekend Mass, I will inform you when we will resume Daily Mass and Adoration on Tuesdays. If you are uncomfortable attending Mass at this time or if you are not feeling well, we will continue to live stream Masses. Archbishop Lori has dispensed all members of the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.

We will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 3:00-4:00pm in the Conference Room located in the Parish Center until further notice. Look for the orange cones. A volunteer will great you and give you instructions. Please make sure to wear a mask or face covering.

Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid

A reminder....

As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions. 

Fr. Paul