NEXT WEEKEND MAY 15/16—We will not have sign-ups through Eventbrite for Masses. There will be First Communions at the indoor Masses, so without sign-ups it may be challenging to get a seat. PLEASE BE PATIENT with our Ushers who will be doing their best to accommodate everyone.
Our Fr. Paul will be celebrating 30 YEARS of Priestly ministry this Tuesday, almost nine of those years as our Pastor. A small group of parishioners are planning a “drive-by” reception for him on Sunday, May 23 at 1:00pm. Please come by to wish him well!
As the parish reopening moves forward, it has been determined that liturgical volunteers and volunteers serving with various parish committees will need to complete screening and training requirements in VIRTUS. This process will ensure that all of our volunteers are vetted fairly and equally for the ministries they serve, and assist staff and clergy in maintaining a safe environment for our parish family and the community we serve. If you need assistance with VIRTUS, please contact Heather Algiere (heather.Algiere@seaseton.org) and she will be most happy to help you in person or over the phone.
Dear Seton Family,
Love always embodies sacrifice in some way... we will go out of our way for the ones we love. Jesus speaks to the disciples about sacrificial love: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). He was alluding, of course, to what he was about to do in laying down his life on the cross, but he was calling the disciples, gathered around him at the Last Supper, to prepare to offer themselves. Love, St. John tells us in the second reading, is “of God.” God’s very nature is love, and we know God by experiencing true love.
Happy Mothers’ Day to all our Moms, grandmothers, and all who share the joy of motherhood. We give thanks for your love and care, and we pray for God’s blessings upon you. We turn to Mary, our Blessed Mother, who teaches us how to love and to be loved by God, and ask her intercession for all mothers, especially to watch over all mothers who have gone before us to heaven.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore has allowed parishes to utilize Holy Water in churches and will be available when you enter our church starting this weekend. After you sanitize your hands, dip your finger into the one of the water fonts, make the sign of the cross and recall your baptismal promises!
Sunday 11:30am Outdoor Mass: Keep an eye on the sky this weekend! 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 Sunday morning to alert you if the Mass will be canceled, so that you may watch the Mass online. There will not be signups for this Mass. Recently Governor Hogan and County Executive Pittman have lifted the requirement to wear face coverings outdoors. The CDC recommends that people who have not been fully vaccinated continue to wear masks in outdoor settings where there are crowds. Please bring a chair, remember to social distance and join us! We also will place marked Offertory Boxes for your contribution towards the Offertory. Thank you for your generosity!
Have a good week!
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 17 this week titled, Vestments Part I 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.