Dear Seton Family,
St. Paul’s words about being ready for the unexpected might sound like “old news” right now... we have come to expect the unexpected and we can just add it to the tally of life in 2020. At this point in the liturgical cycle, the next to last Sunday of the liturgical year, our attention is turned toward the end times, to our readiness to meet the Lord, and what we are doing for the Lord. The parable of the talents begs the question, “What are you doing with what you have been given?” The parable presumes that there are times when our resources might be limited, but we can still do something. It has to do with making the most of what you have and being open to God’s call.
From the parish perspective, I am very excited to see what we are doing with our resources—our treasure and our talented leaders and parishioners—to serve the Lord. We approach every ministry during these challenging times by looking at creative ways to minister—to pray, to teach, and to serve in limited circumstances. As we approach the Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas cycle, we have many opportunities to be generous with our time, talent, and treasure to assist those in need. So far we have received 292 bags for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Christmas giving programs are in full swing. Details and important dates for Gift Cards for Kids, Marian House, Adopt-A-Family, Saint Gregory’s and Christmas Dinners are in the bulletin and on the Parish website. Click on the link here for more information.
This past Tuesday, the Vatican released the long-awaited report on the history of Mr. Theodore McCarrick and his rise through church leadership despite years of rumors and eventual allegations about his history of inappropriate activity and sexual misconduct. As you know, he was removed from the clerical state in early 2019 after a canonical trial. The report itself is a long and painful read as it sheds light on a lack of attentiveness to accusations made in the 1990s and what I would call deference to McCarrick’s rank and position, giving him the benefit of the doubt because of his successes in other areas. Much has been learned in the years since, and the Church’s response to accusations and allegations in more recent years has improved greatly, but there is always more that can be done, and we must never tire of working to assure that the Church is a safe place for all who come to take refuge in the Lord.
As I write this letter, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, especially in Anne Arundel County. Here at Seton Parish, we continue to remain vigilant in our work to keep our campus safe and our gathering in church for the celebration of the Mass as healthy as possible. Please remember that masks are required at all times on campus and physical distancing is to be observed at all times. When you arrive for Mass, please be respectful of those around you by keeping social distance (6 feet) from one another. Now that we have entered the flu season, please take your temperature before you come to Mass. If you have a temperature over 100 degrees, sore throat, persistent cough, muscle or body aches, new loss taste and smell or are not feeling well PLEASE STAY HOME! Older adults, those with underlying health conditions or if you are not comfortable to return to Mass are encouraged to watch the live-stream Mass from the safety of their homes. Dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation by Archbishop Lori continues until further notice.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 26. Mass will be held at 10am. You will need to sign up for this Mass and I give you more information next week.
The Season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 29. In addition to the Saturday afternoon Reconciliation times (3pm-4pm), I have scheduled additional opportunities on Wednesdays, December 9 & 16 7:00pm in the Parish Center. A volunteer will greet you at the door.
The Holy Days of Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) and Mary, Mother of God (Jan 1, 2021) will also utilize the Eventbright sign-up service. More information on these Masses will be shared at a later time. We are also finalizing our plans for Masses on Christmas. Stay tuned for more information in the next couple of weeks.
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 UNTIL Wednesday evenings at 10:00pm. We are seeing an increase in walk-ins to Masses as of late. If you come to Mass without signing up, we cannot guarantee 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 at 9:00am and Sunday at 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!