Dear Seton Family and Friends,
The joy of Easter overflows into 50 days of celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. One day, even one week, is not enough to contain the fullness of the mystery. I think the 50 days enables us to gain some sense of “comfort” not only with the idea of the Resurrection (recall that it took the disciples some time to “figure it out”), but to allow its effects to take root in us. We can’t simply conclude Eastertime and go back to “business as usual,” because for the Christian the Resurrection of Jesus changes everything.
A few years Pope Francis issued a new teaching document for the church (officially called an “apostolic exhortation”) entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.” He stated that his intention was to offer an encouragement for each of us to take up the call to holiness and to give us some practical help. He also reminded us that there is more than one “path to holiness”:
The important thing is that each believer discerns his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts (cf. 1 Cor 12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them. We are all called to be witnesses, but there are many actual ways of bearing witness. Indeed, when the great mystic, Saint John of the Cross, wrote his Spiritual Canticle, he preferred to avoid hard and fast rules for all. He explained that his verses were composed so that everyone could benefit from them ‘in his or her own way.’ For God’s life is communicated “to some in one way and to others in another.” (no. 11)
Earlier this week, Sr. Maureen Roe was admitted to the hospital and underwent testing. She is doing better and is expected to be discharged today and go back to her convent in the Philadelphia area for further convalescence. In consultation with her leadership team, I’m sad to inform you that this will effectively end Sister’s employment here at Seton and she will not be returning. The Parish Staff is assuming Sister’s present responsibilities. Please pray for her continued recovery, as well as her community.
Over the next several weeks, we will be welcoming our young children to full participation in the Mass as they receive the Eucharist for the first time. This weekend I offer my congratulations to Hannah Wilson, Hayden Pozerski, Josephine Harbaugh, Zachary Neal, Kendall Wuenschell, Christian Semelsberger, Ethan Emmerich, Chase Emmerich, Jack Wilson and Jacob Carey for their hard work in preparing for this special day! Please keep our young people in prayer as they prepare to meet Jesus, who is present to us Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist, and if you are present at Mass when any of them are celebrating their First Communion, please show your support and encouragement for them.
We continue to build our participation in the 2021 Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. As of April 14, we have $107,342 in pledges and gifts and are 109% over our goal with 14% of parish families participating. At this point over our initial goal, 50% of every gift remains here at Seton to support our maintenance reserves and tuition assistance for parents wishing to send their children to a Catholic school. Thank you for your participation and generous support of the charitable works of the Archdiocese.
Have you heard?? We will be offering an outdoor Mass at 11:30am starting this 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!
In 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 14 this week titled The Collect, 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.