Dear Seton Family and Friends,
I have spent a lot of time these past couple of weeks thinking and praying about what the message of the Resurrection means for us in this second year of the covid-19 pandemic. While we need “good news,” we might still feel a bit separated or out of step with the mood of Easter. Some might say that they are not in the mood to celebrate, or wouldn’t be comfortable gathering in a large group or with family members. Our apprehension, hesitation, and resistance, though, are all part of the reason we NEED to celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death!
On that Easter morning, no one expected to discover what they found at the tomb, and they certainly weren’t “in the mood” for a celebration. At daily Mass next Wednesday, we will hear the gospel story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. You may recall that the disciples were walking to Emmaus (located seven miles from Jerusalem) and were looking downcast as they walked. Jesus appears and converses with them about what happened three days before, but they did not recognize Jesus because of their sadness. Herein lies the reason that Jesus conquered the grave... to raise us up from all that weighs us down. In this moment, we need all the help we can get to turn sorrow to joy and despair to hope.
I see many signs of hope in the midst of this global crisis, many right here in our own community. We look around and see the dedication and selfless work of all in healthcare, risking their own health to provide healing, care, testing, vaccinations and support. So many others who work in essential industries are working extra hard to maintain the basics such as food, security, public safety, and public works. And in our families and in our community there have been countless expressions of devotion, charity, and love for one another. I am grateful for the ongoing dedication and support of parishioners to help us keep operating during the pandemic. We will continue to do our best to help and serve, in person and virtually, for as long as we keep wearing our masks, sanitize our hands and be aware of how close we are to one another... for we are physically and spiritually united!
If you are not joining us in-person for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tomorrow night at 7:00pm and Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion also at 7pm, you can watch us live on the parish FaceBook page. Here is for the worship aid.
On Good Friday at 12:00 Noon, we will broadcast pre-recorded Stations of the Cross on the Parish FaceBook page. You will also find a link to them here. We regret that the church building will not be open for private prayer during the Triduum due to the ongoing pandemic.
On Saturday night, we celebrate the Easter Vigil during which Jason Maenza will be received into Full Communion in the Church. A reminder that Confessions will not be held and there is no 4:30pm Mass.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. The 9:30am Mass is FULL. Bring a chair with you for our outdoor Mass at 11:30am. Don’t forget to bring your mask and please keep your social distance.
To all who are visiting with us in person or virtually, welcome to Seton Parish! I hope you will join us often to bask in the joy of the Risen Lord and to find hope in the midst of the challenges of daily life. A special welcome home to our college and graduate students here on Easter break! May our prayer together this Easter morning inspire you to seek the Lord in all things.
Finally, please note— on Easter Monday, April 5th, the Parish Office will be closed and there is no 9:00am morning Mass.
Wishing you the peace of the Risen Christ,
P.S.—Go O’s!! Tomorrow is Opening Day!
ELEMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC MASS VIDEO SERIES:
We are beginning week nine of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 12 this week titled Music Part 1, 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.