Dear Seton Family,
We enter today into our annual observance of the heart of our faith and our salvation: the celebration of our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection from the Dead. Of course, we celebrate these events each and every time we celebrate the Mass, but we pause this week to ponder, to reflect, and to stand in awe at the love of our God for his Son did to save us. Last weekend we heard Jesus speak with great resolve about his offering of himself for our salvation. We enter these days filled with joy because of the depth of God’s love for us. Even as the rituals of Holy Week are marked at times by a sober silence, we are still filled with joy and have much cause to celebrate, because we recognize through the liturgy of the Sacred Triduum (“The Three Days” from Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday) what the Lord endured and suffered in his Passion and what we gain by it.
We call this week “Holy Week.” That name says that this week ought to be different for us, marked not just by time off from work or a break from school, but marked by time for prayer, reflection, devotion, and participation in the Church’s rituals and worship. Carve out some time during these days to pause, reflect and pray, and join the community in the primary ceremonies and liturgies. I encourage you, especially if you have struggled to know or appreciate the Lord’s love in your life, to join us in-person or virtually to commemorate the Lord’s saving deeds by joining in the liturgies of Holy Week, which culminate in the great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
Next weekend as we celebrate the joy of Easter! We have much reason to rejoice as the Lord’s victory over death becomes our victory! On Easter Sunday, we typically welcome a large number of visitors and extended family members who are returning home to celebrate the feast with us, though this year we are still facing limits on our capacity due to physical distancing requirements. We have modified our Mass schedule for Easter Sunday: 7:30am and 9:30am (live-streamed) in Church, these Masses will be open for signups beginning Sunday at 9:30am. You must sign-up for these in person Masses and the Triduum. Click here for the link to sign up for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm and Good Friday’s Passion service at 7:00pm
In addition, we will have outdoor Easter Sunday Mass at 11:30am (weather permitting, pray for fine weather and put your statue of the Blessed Mother on the window sill, facing outside!! Bring a chair, wear your mask, please keep your social distance, and you don’t have to sign up to attend this Mass.
LAST STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION OF LENT, TONIGHT AT 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.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2021
The schedule of Masses for Palm Sunday, the Holy Triduum, and Easter is posted on the website here.
Sign up here to attend Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Thursday and Good Friday April 1 & 2, 2021–
Eventbrite opened 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
ANNUAL APPEAL FOR CATHOLIC MINISTRIES—
The Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries is continuing, and I want to express my thanks to all who have committed to supporting the appeal and the vital ministries that are made possible through it. We have passed our goal of $98,260! As of this writing, we have raised more than $103,000 with 14% of our parish families participating. Even if you can only give $25 or $50 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. We will now receive a rebate a 50% for every dollar over our goal. Thank you for your support!
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 11 this week titled Unity and Diversity in 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
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.
Best wishes for a blessed Holy Week!