Special Announcement—covid edition
It has been hectic week since Governor Hogan announced lessening social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet (last Wednesday) and then, lifting the indoor mask mandate (Friday). On Saturday, the Archdiocese of Baltimore went along with the lifting of the mask mandate on parish campuses in the Archdiocese. Because our county executive supports Governor Hogan’s decision, the directives above apply to our parish. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask for the time being, we welcome you to continue to do so. In particular, those who have specific health concerns and those who are not vaccinated are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask, but wearing masks is no longer mandated at Seton Parish.
Fr. Paul and the Parish Staff wish to thank a group of parishioners and Scout Troop 758 for moving the chairs that were stored in the Parish Center, as well as the hymnal racks, back into the church. It’s wonderful to see a church filled with seating prior to closing down some 15 months ago!
Now that we have all the chairs back in the church, there are a number of items we are asking for your cooperation as you consider attending in-person Masses.
1. Registration for Mass is no longer required. The Ushers will greet you at the door and ask that you continue to please sanitize your hands. They will not be assigning seats HOWEVER, they will inform you to leave a 2 CHAIR separation (3 feet) in between households sitting in the same row of chairs.
2. We are bringing back the Communion Procession. At the direction of the Ushers and due to social distancing, everyone will leave their row and approach the altar by the center aisle. If you are not receiving Holy Communion, simply cross your arms to receive a blessing from either the priest or the deacon. Please note: out of an abundance of caution and love of neighbor, please continue to receive the host on the palm of your hand and not on the tongue. Until further notice, the Precious Blood will not be offered until it is safe to do so.
3. We continue to utilize the Worship Aids by accessing them on our website or you may print a copy and bring with you. The link for the worship aid is always included in Flocknotes. We are not ready for congregational singing yet so the hymnals remain in storage.
4. We are now allowed to offer the Sign of Peace. When the deacon makes the invitation, households can exchange the sign of peace however they like. Outside of households, please exchange the sign of peace in a safe way.
5. Please continue to drop off your Offertory in the large basket as soon as you enter the Narthex.
6. At the conclusion of Mass, you will be instructed to be seated. The Ushers will continue to dismiss you from the back to the front of the church after the Clergy has processed out into the Narthex to greet you. You may exit the church through the Main Entrance and now, through the Food Pantry, Exit through the door at the St. Joseph statue.
7. We will continue to livestream Mass for those who are not ready or unable to return to Mass in person.
Let us continue to pray for one another as we emerge from this time of pandemic.
As we celebrate with Fr. Paul this Sunday at 1pm, a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO OUR DEACONS ordained this month!
Deacon Ray – May 17, 2003 (18 years)
Deacon Tim – May 7, 2017 (4 years)
Deacon Jack – May 25, 2019 (2 years)
Thank you! May God bless you for your years of devoted service and ministry to Seton Parish!
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
“Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!” (Psalm 104:30). We say this refrain as part of our Psalm this weekend, and I think it has never been more meaningful than this Pentecost when we see signs of new life and renewal all around us even in church... smiling (unmasked) faces, gathering in larger numbers and sharing the Sign of Peace. The Holy Spirit moved the disciples to leave the upper room, and it transformed them from being followers to being witnesses and apostles. The Spirit transforms us as well. With the outpouring of the Spirit’s gifts in the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are equipped with particular blessings to put our faith into action: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Reverence, and Fear of the Lord (“Holy Fear”). At the 5:30pm Mass this Sunday, due to illness during Holy Week, Heather and Michael Cococelli will finally be confirmed after their preparation during the RCIA process earlier this year. This week we will welcome Bishop Bruce A. Lewandowski, C.Ss.R. who will confirm our teenagers on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Please remember them in your prayers . All of these gifts will help us in some way to live the way the Lord calls us to live. He gives us these gifts because he needs us!
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 19 of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 19 this week titled, The Church Doors 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
Don’t forget to use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and keep your social distance (3 feet) as you approach the Main Entrance and you sit in 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.