As we have announced, there are no sign-ups for Masses through Eventbrite this weekend. There will be First Communions at all Masses, so it may be challenging to get a seat. PLEASE BE PATIENT and MERCIFUL with our Ushers who will be doing their best to accommodate everyone. This is the first time we will be doing this. It will not be perfect, nor will it be pretty! Hopefully the weather for Sunday will be nice for the 11:30am Outdoor Mass, may we suggest that you attend that Mass or the 5:30pm on Sunday since that Mass has a history of lower attendance.
Join us NEXT SUNDAY from 1pm-4:30pm as we celebrate Fr. Paul’s 30th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination. Due to covid restrictions we cannot have a large gathering in the Parish Center. However, there will be a drive-thru reception on our campus! Please come by and offer him your well wishes.
In light of Governor Larry Hogan’s recent Executive Order lifting capacity restrictions in houses of worship along with lifting the remaining capacity restrictions for all other venues, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking an incremental approach to increasing the capacity of our churches. Parishes may move forward with reducing social distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet between congregants from different households. Due to the notice of this announcement, we will need to adjust the seating in our church and be ready to welcome more people for in person Masses next weekend. The requirement to wear face masks while indoors and use hand sanitizer remains in effect. I know this will be a welcome change but parishioners may be hesitant to adapt to this news. I encourage you to get yourself and your family members vaccinated as soon as possible. The available vaccines are effective against serious illness, hospitalizations and death.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This weekend we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into heaven, where he takes his place at the right hand of the Father. We need for Jesus to be in heaven where he reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and because he is God, we can also rejoice that he is here with us... he is present in the Church, in the Eucharist, and dwelling in our hearts as he has given us his Holy Spirit. Confusing as that might sound, we stand before the mystery in wonder and awe. That sense of mystery also permeates the Church, which St. Paul points out in the letter to the Ephesians today (4:1-13). The Church itself is being formed into “the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God,” and that formation happens not through our own works, but by the work of God, which we call “grace.” Grace is the very gift of God’s presence, and grace is what enables our faith and our salvation.
As announced earlier this year, Seton Parish was asked to sponsor a seminarian from Cameroon. Please welcome Clinton Fanka! Clinton finished his first semester of theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He will stay at the rectory, his home away from home, while on breaks. Next month, he will start his first summer internship at St. Joseph, Odenton. If you see him around, please say hello and offer him a word of encouragement as he continues his seminary career.
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.
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 18 this week titled, Vestments 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.