Weekend Update - 12/18/2020

Posted on December 18, 2020


If you have not signed up to attend Christmas Mass in person, the 4:00PM Mass on Christmas Eve will be live-streamed on Facebook and will be available after in the Media section of our website for viewing. 

In addition, 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.

The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses are full. If you have signed up to attend but your plans change, please contact the Parish Office (410-721-5770) or email SetonParish@seaseton.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

We will not be able to seat you if you did not sign up for Mass, nor will we accept “walk-ins” who show up at the Main Entrance.

Dispensation from the Sunday Mass, Christmas Mass (and Holy Days) obligation by Archbishop Lori continues until further notice.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

On Monday, December 21 we will experience the winter solstice, the day with the shortest amount of daylight for us. As we come to the final days of Advent, the lights of the Advent Wreath are complete, and we are reminded that the promises of God bring light to our darkness. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our attention is focused on the path to Christmas, with our final planning, shopping (or at least awaiting the arrival of the last shipments from online shopping!), and preparing our homes. Even the scriptures of the Mass today move us forward, as we hear of the events leading to the birth of the Savior.

The angel Gabriel announces God’s plan to Mary, who, though confused, offers her acceptance and full cooperation with God’s will. Her whole life will become an offering to God because of her words, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Hers was not a begrudging ‘yes, but in her prayer of praise later in the same chapter of the Gospel— her Magnificat— she prays, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Luke 1:46). She willingly and joyfully serves and follows the Lord because of her great faith and love. We honor and celebrate Mary’s role as an example for us to follow as we strive to be as accepting of God’s will for us and as devoted to our response.

As we are all making adjustments to our Christmas celebrations with families and friends, we are also having to make adjustments to our

plans to gather to worship at Masses on Christmas. With our limits on attendance and the requirement to register to reserve a spot in advance, many people might not get the opportunity to attend Mass at their preferred time. Please be patient with one another and with our Ushers and volunteers when you come to Mass, as we will be checking everyone in. If you do not register in advance online please know that you will not be admitted into the church as we anticipate that every Mass is fully registered. I am aware that there might be visitors who are unaware of this, and we will do our best to be kind and charitable!

In lieu of attending Mass in person, you are invited to participate virtually via the livestream broadcast (the link is at the bottom of this Flocknote), or I encourage you to attend Mass at another time during the Christmas season: weekday Masses (Monday—Thursday, 9am), the Feast of the Holy Family on December 27, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God on January 1 or the Solemnity of the Epiphany on January 3. The whole season of Christmas is a time to give thanks for the wonder of the Birth of the Savior.

I am grateful for your response towards our Christmas Outreach in spite of the pandemic. Here is a snapshot of the results of your contributions so far. I want to thank the volunteers who give of their time in making sure all of these gifts are delivered before Christmas. Special thanks go out to Willis and Susan Bixby, Jen and Donna Bulvin, Barbara Groont, Larry and Marianne Cernesak, Bruce and Angela Myer, Mo and Bill Sapero and Deacons Tim and Jack for leading these efforts.

MARIAN HOUSE  $2000 plus $645 in various gift cards were sent to the Director of Marian House to buy gifts for approximately 100 women and children in their shelter.

ST GREGORY’S  ADOPT-A-FAMILY   77 families (217 children) received gifts for children and Giant gift cards for a Christmas meal.

ST. GREGORY’s SENIOR CITIZENS  68 Seniors received gifts.

GIFT CARDS FOR KIDS   44 local Food Pantry families (91 children) received $50 Target gift cards to buy gifts for children

HOLIDAY DINNERS  138 meals plus $20 Giant gift cards were given to 68 St. Gregory’s Senior Citizens and 70 local Food Pantry families. 

HOUSEHOLD OF ANGELS  Gift bags for the 15 residents and Target gift cards for the 8 staff members who take great care of them. 

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, you will not be admitted. There is no walk-in seating through the end of January due to the intensity of the Covid-19. 

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. 

Know of our thoughts, prayers, and good wishes for a blessed Christmas!

Fr. Paul