Dear Sisters and Brothers,
You are at the eye doctor and it’s time for the peripheral vision test. You know the one. It’s where you put your head up to a contraption and have to click a switch every time you see a squiggly line. If you don’t concentrate and maintain optimal focus, you will miss them and skew the outcome of the test. You can easily find yourself with a diagnosis that really isn’t accurate! Concentration and focus are key to succeeding with this evaluation. They are also key to developing a healthy, vibrant spiritual life. If we do not bring our full consciousness to the task, concentrate with all our might, be watchful and vigilant, we are not going to see God’s loving presence flashing before our eyes!
That’s why we need Advent. Let’s face it. We can easily get distracted, focus on nonessential and superficial things and lose touch with what really matters. Our attentions wander. We daydream and even become a bit overwhelmed and tired. All of the stresses and demands of life consume us and we find ourselves constantly trying to play catch up rather than relishing the moment of the now. “Now” moments are so fleeting. They flash before us like those squiggly lines on a screen. Present moments go as quickly as they come but it is important to discover them and rest in them as often as we can. Though gone in a flash, these now moments of encounter with God teach powerful lessons and offer a grounding in truth that can be found nowhere else. It’s the grace of Advent to become watchful and attentive because we are never sure when God will surprise us.
God loves surprises and love thrives on them! God’s now moments of surprises come as tender instants of intimate connection where I find profound peace, experience joy, and rest in love. These are Advent times reflective of the now moments when Christ first was born, when God surprises us during every time we care to watch and when the great surprise of Christ’s second coming dawns upon us all. But, to discover the grandeur and experience the awe of these now times, we have to be ready. We have to want to be there. We have to believe. And, we have to have the desire to soak in as much as we can in the time we have before us.
For Advent this year we have prepared a small electronic magazine, or zine for short, that you can view on our website under our Seasonal Events page (under the “About Us” tab). The zine will be up on the first day of Advent! We hope you will enjoy our effort with the whole family!! Click here to view https://www.seaseton.org/About-Us/Seasonal-Events.
Mass signups for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will coincide with signups for next weekend’s Masses. Please be on the look out for a separate sign up for the Immaculate Conception Masses.
Mark your calendars!!
Here is our Christmas Mass schedule!!
Christmas Eve, December 24
4 p.m. (live-streamed),
Christmas Day, December 25, Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m.
All Masses will be in-person in the Church only, with the requirement of signing up to gain entry. Signups for Christmas Mass will open online at NOON on Wednesday 12/16/20 and will close on Saturday 12/19/20 at NOON. Please make a plan and sign up!
We will have a “pre-recorded” Mass with choir music either broadcasted on Facebook at 11:00 a.m. or available to view on the parish website for parishioners/visitors to watch at any time.
Here is the Thanksgiving Day Mass Worship Aid
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.