Weekend Update - 3/5/2021

Posted on March 05, 2021

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION
FRIDAYS OF LENT, 7:30PM

Stations and Benediction will be in-person and you do not need to sign up. Enter at the Main Entrance and the Usher will help you find a seat. Station booklets will NOT be handed out. Please download the Worship Aid here to participate on your electronic device or print the Stations and bring it with you each week! Unfortunately, Stations will NOT be live-streamed. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING REGISTERING FOR IN-PERSON MASS

We want to provide seats for as many people as possible at each Mass.  Therefore, if you have reservations but are not checked in FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MASS IS TO START, your seats may be made available to any standbys.

Please Help us Help You—

1)      If you want to come to Mass, sign up on Eventbrite. Please do not just show up at the door.

2)      Arrive at least FIVE MINUTES before the start of Mass. We recognize that this shatters long standing Catholic tradition of last-minute arrival.

3)      If your plans change after you receive a seat confirmation email, please let us know by sending a reply to your seat confirmation email. Do not call the church office.

We all want this to be over.  We have come this far without a virus-spreading event. We need to continue to care for each other by being disciplined regarding mask-wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing. If we can all be patient and caring a while longer we can be very proud of what we have accomplished.

Dear Seton Family,

The account of the cleansing of the temple by Jesus challenges many of our assumptions about him. We see his frustration—even anger—on display as the disciples recall the words of scripture,“Zeal for your house will consume me.” The images that are evoked in describing the event are scenes of chaos and even violence. This event contributed to the escalation of the tension between Jesus and the temple authorities. Jesus presents himself as having authority and the power to bring about change. This is actually good news for us because we need Jesus to be strong enough to face the powers of evil in our own lives, and powerful enough to cleanse us of our faults. I need Jesus to be unrelenting in his work to save me... to heal and cleanse my heart, to pardon my offenses, and form me for his work, and that is really the point of the encounter in the temple. Jesus comes to purify us and to cleanse us. We need to trust that even when that process is painful because we sometimes don’t want to let go of unhealthy desires, but Jesus will not give up on us.

As we look to Easter and to spring, we hope for a time of healing. We are busy preparing for our celebrations of Holy Week and the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. While we have to make a few adjustments in light of protocols for health and safety, we anticipate that our celebrations will be filled with devotion and joy, and we look forward to gathering in person to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. We will be livestreaming our celebrations so that others can participate virtually. Look for the complete schedule in the coming weeks.

It has been a couple weeks since I provided an update on our progress for the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. We are just 60% on the way of reaching our goal of $98,000 with 9% of parish families participating. If you haven’t yet made your commitment, make this Lent a time to offer your charitable gift to the Appeal as a means of supporting a variety of charitable needs throughout the Archdiocese and here at Seton Parish. Consider giving online to www.archbalt.org/appeal/give/. When making a pledge or gift online, you will need to designate “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Crofton” as your parish. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Due to the pandemic, we will not be offering a communal penance service during the season of Lent. In addition to regular date for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoons from 3-4pm, I will also be available on Monday & Wednesday of this week, March 8 & 10 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Come to the Parish Center entrance (left side of the campus and look for orange cones) and a volunteer will greet you at the door and provide instructions. Look for the full slate of dates for Reconciliation in the bulletin.

We are beginning week eight of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 8 this week titled The Purpose of the Mass, and reflect on how this might help you in your faith. Here is the link to the episodes page.

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.  

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

 


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