Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Jesus presents himself to us as one who will go to great lengths to protect us, to heal us, and to save us. We know that as we gaze upon the cross, where he lays down his life for us. Today he calls himself the Good Shepherd, and he assures us that he has our best interests at heart. In light of Jesus’ words about shepherding, today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Jesus is always calling others to follow his example to lead and to tend the flock, and so we pray for all who are discerning their path in life and for all whom the Lord is calling. All it takes to answer God’s call is to trust because he will give us what we need to say yes. I remember the first time I was invited to consider the call to the priesthood... I found it overwhelming, but at the same time, the Lord was calming my fears just enough not to dismiss the idea but to be open to listening more. From there the Lord continued to strengthen me to take the next step and then the next step after that. I cannot believe that I will be ordained 30 years next month! Don't be afraid to ask Jesus to give you what you need to take that first step, and then to see where he leads you.
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated their guidance and determined that the risk of surface transmission of covid-19 is low, and secondary to the primary routes of virus transmission through direct contact droplets and aerosols. Therefore, we will not be sanitizing the chairs and doors after each Mass. We will continue to sanitize the ambo and the microphones after each speaker. Since the clergy at our parish are fully vaccinated, we will discontinue wearing face shields. Our cleaning service is at the church a few times during the week and will utilize the Environcleanse spray on all door handles, push bars and push plates in the church. I ask that you continue to use hand sanitizer as well as wearing your mask and keeping social distance until we are otherwise notified from the Archdiocese. I also encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can as we look at fully opening up to having on-site meetings, gatherings and social events.
If you would like to send Sister Maureen a get well card or a letter of encouragement, please mail it to:
Sr. Maureen Roe, RSM
517 Montgomery Ave
Merion, PA 19066
This weekend will be welcoming our young children to full participation in the Mass as they receive the Eucharist for the first time. I offer my congratulations to Ryan Casey, Dominick Bibeault, Gabriella Evans, Thomas Venturella, Santiago Sharp, Ruby Livesay, John Stevens, John Ruskoski, and Nicholas Gaj 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 began our new Sunday 11:30am outdoor Mass last weekend and had 150 people in attendance! This Mass will occur weather permitting. If there is a threat of inclement weather, we will make an announcement via Flocknote and our Facebook page by 9:00am that Sunday morning to alert all if the Mass will be canceled, so that you may watch the Mass online. 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 15 this week titled Liturgy and Language, 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.