Dear Seton Family,
The scriptures this weekend proclaim a great kernel of good news that God provides for our needs. Jesus miraculously feeds a hungry crowd, the prophet Isaiah invites all in need to come to the Lord without paying and without cost to quench our thirst and satisfy our hunger. And Saint Paul proclaims in the Letter to the Romans that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ—not anguish, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or the sword. I would go so far as to add that even a pandemic cannot separate us from the Lord!
The Psalmist has us give thanks and praise to God, for “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs” (Ps. 145:16). All of this invites us to pause to recognize that God is good to us, and to offer our best to God in return. Our best will always be less than what God does for us, and in these challenging times, we might struggle to give our best. Even in the Mass our prayers are muffled by masks; we are held back from singing our praise and inhibited by our fears and anxieties. Still, we come before the Lord with devotion and lift our hearts with thankful praise because we recognize his gentle hand guiding and protecting us.
Our collection of school supplies for St. Gregory parish continues. You may start to drop off your donations in the bins at the Main Entrance of the church on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9am-4pm or before weekend Masses until Sunday, August 16th.
I strongly encourage you to please use the Eventbrite link to request seating at Mass. We are seeing an increasing number of persons coming to Mass without registering. This increases the check-in time and makes it more difficult to maintain social distancing. There will come a point where we will run out of seats and people will be turned away.
No doubt you’ve heard the news from Gov. Hogan’s press conference on Wednesday that he has expanded the masking order to go into effect today at 5pm. As a house of worship, this is in concert with the guidelines that we are currently following locally and in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Parish Staff will continue to telework from their homes. If you need to come to the Parish Office call 410-721-5770 and make an appointment. Please continue your vigilance in making sure you are doing your part in keeping your family and fellow parishioners safe. You may read the Governor’s order here which includes a Travel Advisory and the findings of data from Contact Tracing. The results will surprise you!
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.
Have a good week!