Weekend Update - 12/4/2020

Posted on December 04, 2020

Mark your calendars!! 
Make a plan!!
Here is our Christmas Mass schedule!!

Christmas Eve, December 24
4 p.m. (live-streamed)
6 p.m. 
8 p.m. 

Christmas Day, December 25, 
11:00 a.m. 

All Masses will be in-person in the Church only, with the requirement of signing up to gain entry.

We will have a “pre-recorded” Mass with choir music on Christmas Day that will be broadcasted on Facebook at 11:00 a.m. and will also be available to view on the parish website for parishioners/visitors to watch at any time thereafter.

We will open Eventbrite to allow people to sign up for Christmas Masses on Friday, December 11th at 9:30am.  The link will be available on the morning Flocknote, as well as on our Facebook and website.  The opportunity to sign up to attend Mass will close on Saturday, December 19th at 12 noon.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

In Advent, the Church focuses our attention on the future before we look to celebrating what we have already experienced and received in the birth of our Savior. In both perspectives, though, we focus our attention on God’s great love for his people in promising us a future with him in heaven, and in the gifts he has given us to help us on the way. John the Baptist called attention to the promise of God’s saving help. Even as we bask in the love of God manifest in his Son who is present with us, we continue to look ahead for what is yet to be, and we pray it in this Sunday’s  Psalm: “Lord let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation” (Psalm 85:8). Our God desires to help us because he loves us.

We give gifts at Christmas to those we love, appreciate, and respect. This year, gift-giving might be more difficult for us because of the obstacles to shopping, financial hardship, or just coming up with ideas. Our God does the same for us... he bestows gifts on us because of his love, but God does not hold back or find it difficult to be generous toward us. This week let us give thanks for the gift of God’s love as a reason to be hopeful in these Advent days.

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the patronal feast of the Church in the United States. Masses are on Tuesday, December 8th at 9am (live-streamed) and 7:00pm. If you did not sign up through Eventbrite, we cannot guarantee you a seat.

In spite of the pandemic, the Pastoral Council continues to meet virtually. The role of the Council is consultative to me, as the Pastor, by discussing the pastoral needs of the parish and offering wisdom to me to focus on the mission of the parish.  The Council is looking to fill 7 positions in May 2021 due to term limits of those serving. Please consider serving your fellow parishioners. What gifts and talents would you bring that would contribute to the work of the parish? Please email me at Paul.Sparklin@SeaSeton.org for more information.

Over the next few weeks, we will have many opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a way to “prepare the way of the Lord.” In addition to our regular times on Saturday afternoons (3pm-4pm), we will offer the Sacrament on Tuesdays, December 9th and 16th (7pm-8pm). Reconciliation still takes place in the Conference Room in the Parish Center. The entrance will be marked by orange cones and a volunteer will greet you at the door to provide instructions. Be assured that we continue to keep social distance and sanitize the chairs for your health and well-being. Take some time in the midst of the hustle and bustle of these days to prepare your heart to welcome him anew at Christmas.

Next weekend, we will celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent with more than a rose candle this year. On this day which is for “rejoicing” (according to the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice: the Lord is nigh”), we are also adopting the Vatican tradition of blessing Nativity scene figures of the baby Jesus (“Bambinelli” in Italian). The tradition was started by Pope Paul VI in 1969 and ever since, the Bambinelli blessing has been given by the pope during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on the Third Sunday of Advent. It’s a teachable moment for families to refocus children on the true meaning of the Advent season. I ask every household in our parish, young and old, to unpack your crèche and bring the baby Jesus from your family’s Nativity scene to the Mass you attend (whether it be in person or virtual) to be blessed NEXT weekend, December 12-13!

Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid

A reminder....

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!
Fr. Paul