Dear Seton Family,
Happy New Year! On this Epiphany Sunday, we celebrate the ways in which God’s presence is revealed, manifest, and recognized in our midst. The telling of the account of the magi’s worship of the Christ child inspires and encourages us to give worship and express our devotion to Jesus in our own lives. The magi found themselves in the midst of political intrigue with Herod and ultimately they were at risk. For us, worship and devotion often require going out of our way, though it is a blessing that we live in a society that supports the free practice of our faith (though even that seems more and more threatened at times). Let us pray for those who are willing to risk their very lives for the name of Jesus.
While on the subject of worship, we will have a number of opportunities in this New Year to learn more about our practices of worship and the Mass. Starting Friday, January 15, keep an eye out for articles and short videos in the Flocknote and bulletin throughout the year. I encourage you to take time to learn more about the meaning of the Mass and its various parts as a way to grow in your own faith and immerse yourself more deeply and participate more fully in the “work” of our worship whether in-person or virtually. We will be utilizing a program called “Elements of the Catholic Mass”. Please click here to see their website.
Next week also includes the feast days of two saints dear to our hearts in Baltimore. Monday, January 4 is the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who made her religious vows at the St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel on Paca Street, and then established the first Catholic school in Emmitsburg. She was the first native-born American to be canonized a saint. Tuesday, January 5 is the Memorial of St. John Neumann. Born in what is now the Czech Republic, he studied for the priesthood in Prague, but eventually came to the United States and was ordained a priest in New York. He became a Redemptorist, and among his various assignments, he served as Pastor at St. Augustine in Elkridge and as parish priest at St. Alphonsus in Baltimore City. For both of these examples of perseverance and holiness, we give thanks, especially for their part in the growth of the church of Baltimore.
We are moving into the heart of the winter season. With our changing world we have revised our inclement weather policy slightly. Here is the link to the resource page of our website that has the full policy: https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Inclement-Weather-Policy
Here is the New Year’s Eve/Day 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, 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.
As the new year approaches, let us pray God’s blessing: “The Lord Bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shone upon you. The Lord look on you kindly and give you peace.”