Dear Seton Family and Friends,
The great fifty days of Easter, what we call the “Easter Season,” is meant as an extension of the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, which simply cannot be contained in a single day. The Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar states: “The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one ‘great Sunday.’ These are the days above all others in which the Alleluia is sung.” St. Athanasius describes the Easter Season as the stretching forth of rays of light. There is simply too much to take in for us to limit Easter to one day! From the earliest centuries of the Church, the days of the first week (the “Octave” of Easter), up to this Second Sunday of Easter, are observed as Solemnities, so this Second Sunday of Easter is really an “echo” of Easter Sunday.
The Acts of the Apostles describes the life of the early Church in blissful terms: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind... great favor was accorded... there was no needy person among them” (see Acts 4: 32-35). Maybe that sounds like a fantasy, but the Resurrection of Jesus reminds us that with God all things are possible. Proclaiming the Resurrection makes us hopeful about a great many things, and we pray for divine grace to continue to form us as his own people.
During the Easter season, we will be celebrating First Eucharist with many of our young children at a number of weekend Masses. I ask that you pray for them as they receive the gifts of God’s grace from the table of the Lord.
Once again I want to express thanks to all who helped us celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter last week with such reverence, devotion, and joy. It takes many hands and many hours of service to put it all together, and I am always encouraged that people step up with such joy and dedication to make it all happen: liturgical ministers, musicians (thanks to the technology that Brendan used to have the choir present), the liturgy committee, our parishioners who set up and decorated and our amazing staff are all to be commended. Thanks for a job well done!
Finally, speaking of Easter Sunday, we had about 400 people attend our 11:30am outdoor Mass! Based on the positive feedback the Staff and I received last week, we will be offering an outdoor Mass at 11:30am starting next Sunday, April 18. This Mass will occur weather permitting. There will not be signups for this Mass, just as we did on Easter Sunday. Please bring your mask and chair, remember to social distance, and join us!
With the addition of this outdoor Mass we are in need of more volunteers. Please contact Heather Algiere (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in helping out as a volunteer!
Inn the Lord,
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 13 this week titled Music Part 2, 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.