Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Our practice of faith is motivated by God’s love for us. We call on the Lord in prayer in times of need because we know that God has both the power and the desire to help us and answer our prayers. The prophet Isaiah encourages us to do so: “Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6), and we confess our trust in that relationship as we pray in this Sunday’s Psalm: “The Lord is near to all who call upon him” (Ps. 145:18). This sounds easy enough, but Jesus’ teaching today about God’s generosity in the parable of the laborers in the vineyard challenges our expectations and reminds us that we don’t know everything there is to know about God. Our human understanding of fairness would see the landowner’s extravagance to those who arrived late in the day as unfair, but the point of the parable is that God’s love often exceeds expectations. We simply have to be thankful when we see signs of God’s goodness when there is an answer to prayer even if we ourselves aren’t the recipients of that particular manifestation of God’s love. Of course, that is easier said than done, because envy and jealousy can get in the way of our praise and thanksgiving. In those moments, try to appreciate God’s goodness rather than question it.
I am happy to announce that I have hired Sr. Maureen Roe to fill the position that Sr. Katherine held for 19 years until she retired in June. Like Sr. Katherine, Sr. Maureen is also a Sister of Mercy. Please join me in welcoming her to Seton Parish!
ALLELUIA!! The Easter bags for Spring Grove Hospital Center were delivered today! Because Spring Grove still does not allow visitors due to the pandemic, their staff was able to pick them up from a nearby parking lot. I am grateful for your generosity! Thanks to Amy Jenkins, Carol and Joe Narcavage and Aida Penafiel for their efforts to ensure the residents have an enjoyable extended Easter surprise!
We have had success in folks attending Daily Mass this past week. On average, 12 people have been attending. You do not need to sign up. A parishioner will meet you at the door and help find you a seat. I continue to exercise our safety protocols and dismissal is done in the same manner for weekend Masses, from the back of the church to the front. If you are still not comfortable coming to weekend Masses, might Daily Mass (Mon—Thurs) be an option for you? You may bring your Offertory and drop it off in the basket in the Narthex.
Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid
I encourage you to sign up for weekend Masses through the parish website or FaceBook page. The link is available after the 9:30 Mass each Sunday. If you come to Mass without signing up, we will do our best to find you a seat. Don’t forget to wear your mask, use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and keep your social distance as you approach the Main Entrance of the Church!
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass(Mon—Thurs and Sunday, 9:30am) 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!