The series of Jesus’ parables about seeds, planting, and harvesting is always proclaimed during the summer months (at least for us in the northern hemisphere), when we might see these metaphors come to life in tangible ways. Perhaps more people than ever are taking to gardening as something productive to do around the house in the midst of the pandemic. Right now you might be seeing the infiltration of weeds among your tomato plants or flower beds. You know the frustration and you understand the diligence of working hard to weed out the bad to preserve the good. All the more powerful, then, is the patience of God for allowing the weeds and the wheat to grow together... to give every opportunity for healthy growth. It also means that the harvesting will require all the more delicate touch to reap the fruits of the good seed. God’s gentle touch is always offered as tender mercy, to pardon our offenses, to heal our wounds, to prune, and strengthen us so as to save us.
We bid farewell to Mickey Carroll, our summer seminarian, this weekend. Although our summer programs are not occurring this year, Mickey was successful in learning skills in how a Parish Staff works with the Pastor, how to be an effective pastoral care visitor to the sick and those grieving the loss of a loved one, especially during this time of pandemic and how to be a liturgical minister in proclaiming the Word of God and to set up the items used in the celebration of the Mass. He is to be commended for his learning in this, his first parish assignment! He returns to Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary next month for his first year of pre-theology. Please keep him and the seminarians in the Archdiocese of Baltimore in your prayers.
We are in great need of parishioners to step up for service for our current Mass schedule. We will provide training in the procedures as an Usher and Eucharistic Minister. I am also asking you to go through our Child Protection protocol called VIRTUS. Please contact Heather Algiere from the Parish Staff if you are willing to serve and she will guide you through that process.
In spite of the pandemic, our parish will once again collect school supplies for our local sister parish, St. Gregory the Great in west Baltimore City. Please refer to the parish website for specific needs. You may start to drop off your donations starting July 26. Thank you for your generosity for the effort!
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid
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.
Peace and Blessings!