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Weekend Update - 3/19/2021

Posted on March 19, 2021

Dear Friends,

“Sir, we would like to see Jesus” (John 12:21). That statement by the Greeks in today’s gospel, perhaps motivated by mere curiosity, still expresses a hunger and a longing to experience the Lord’s divine power. We express that every time we make the sign of the cross to begin prayer, every time we enter the church for Mass, and every time we think about God’s mercy and the promise of eternal life in heaven. We do want to see Jesus, and Jesus desires to see us! His response to the inquiry 

of the Greeks was to speak about his coming death: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Jn. 12:24). He reveals the sacrificial nature of his mission; his surrendering of his life on the cross will be fruitful for all who believe, for his death brings about eternal life. This is ultimately why we want to see Jesus, to know him, to love him, and to serve him, so that, in the words of the old Baltimore Catechism, “we can live with him forever in the next life.” This is what brings us to celebrate his death and to cherish the cross rather than shun it, for we know that it is the source of life for us.

As we are finalizing our plans for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum, I am very encouraged that our regularly-scheduled celebrations are in person (instead of last year’s strict 10 person limit!), and most of what we are doing has needed some adaptation during the pandemic. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday and Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion will be live-streamed. I am hopeful that our worship and our rituals will look and feel “normal” and will be a time of inspiration and devotion for all of us who are able to participate whether in person or virtually. I look forward to praying with you on these holiest of days.

SPRING GROVE HOSPITAL EASTER OUTREACH:

Deadline extended!!

Once again, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church parishioners are invited to put our faith into action by participating in the Spring Grove Hospital Center Easter Outreach. The hospital has requested donations of the following items in which they will package.

  • Items they are looking for:
  • T-shirts (outerwear, L, XL, 2X, 3X) GENDER NEUTRAL
  • Baseball caps (No metal clips) Velcro or elastic is acceptable.
  • Individually wrapped candy (i.e. a bag of Snickers)
  • Activity books

There will be bins in the Narthex to put your donations in on Mondays and Wednesdays or during weekend Masses. Please return items to the Church as soon as you can!! 

St. Gregory’s Easter Eggs/Box-o-Socks: 

Consider participating in Seton’s Easter Donation for St. Gregory’s, our sister parish in Baltimore. Stop by the table in the Narthex for more information or read about it in this weekend’s bulletin here!

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.

FR. VINCE CUSHING’S CORRECTED ADDRESS:

Fr. Vince, our weekend Mass Presider for over 30 years, has moved to an assisted living facility earlier this week. Here is his address:

Hillhaven Nursing Center
3210 Powder Mill Rd.
Adelphi, MD 20783
Email: vinccush@aol.com

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2021

The schedule of Masses for Palm Sunday, the Holy Triduum, and Easter is posted on the website here. Please note that you would need to sign up to attend in-person services:

Palm Sunday March 28, 2021
Eventbrite opens on Sunday 3/21 at 9:30am and closes at 10pm on Wednesday 3/24  (Normal weekend scheduling)

Holy Thursday and Good Friday  April 1 & 2, 2021
Eventbrite opens  Thursday 3/25 at 9:30am and closes at 9:30 am on Sunday 3/28

Easter Weekend April 3 & 4, 2021–
Eventbrite opens Sunday 3/28 at 9:30 am and closes at 10pm on Wednesday 3/31 (Normal weekend scheduling)

We are waiting for our delivery of Palm for next weekend. If you plan to watch our live-streamed Mass at 9:30am, we will have Palm available for you to pick up and the Presider will bless it virtually. Stay tuned!!

GOOD NEWS! We will be offering an outdoor Easter Sunday Mass at 11:30am (weather permitting).You don’t need to sign-up. Just bring a chair, wear your mask and please remember to keep your social distance!

ANNUAL APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC MINISTRIES—So close to our goal!!

We are just 99% on the way of reaching our goal of $98,000 with 12% of parish families participating. If you haven’t yet made your gift, please take this opportunity to support the charitable needs throughout the Archdiocese and here at Seton Parish. Consider giving online to https://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. We will receive a rebate of 25% up to the parish goal and 50% for every dollar over our goal. Thank you for your support!

RECONCILIATION DURING LENT:

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 of this week, March 22 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. If it has been a while since your last Confession, I’ll guide you through it!

ELEMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC MASS VIDEO SERIES:

We are beginning week eight of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 10 this week titled Who Says the Mass is Boring?, 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. 

In Christ,
Fr. Paul

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