Weekly Flocknote - 5/28/2021

Posted on May 28, 2021

STARTING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 30—

We will continue to offer the Outdoor Mass on Sundays at 11:30am until further notice. However, if there is inclement weather on Sunday morning, we will send a Flocknote and post on the Parish FaceBook page at 9:00am to inform you that Mass will be held in the Church. If you are not ready to attend this in-person Mass, you may watch the 9:30am live-streamed Mass on FaceBook or later on the parish website. 


Dear Friends, 

Celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (“Trinity Sunday”) sounds like a daunting task, asking us to ponder the mystery of our God who is beyond our understanding. Some might say that it would be pointless to try to explain such a mystery, and there is something to be said for remaining at a distance, for it inspires our wonder and our sense of reverence. In contemplating the Holy Trinity, we can appreciate the nature of God as relational, with the persons of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—in perfect relationship and communion with one another. Today’s second reading, however, takes things a step further. St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (8:14-17) points out that by extension we are drawn into that relationship. We stand in communion as sons and daughters of the Father, and, prompted by the Holy Spirit, we cry out to Him “Abba, Father!” Every relationship contains elements of mystery, for we don’t know exactly what a person is thinking or precisely how they feel, but we still share in the relationship. The same goes for our connection to Jesus Christ. We share the grace that he gives us even as we might not fully understand how that grace works.

Congratulations to 26 of our teenagers who were Confirmed by Bishop Bruce A. Lewandowski, C.Ss.R. last Monday and Wednesday evenings. I’m grateful to John Russell, the peer ministers and the adult leaders who supported our teens in their two years of preparation, especially when they met over Zoom during this pandemic, for this last sacrament of initiation.

Parish offices will be closed this Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and we will not have morning Mass. Please be safe and keep in your prayers those who died while serving our country.

Also, on Monday, Clinton Fanka our resident seminarian will be starting his summer internship at St. Joseph, Odenton. On Tuesday, June 1, newly ordained Deacon Kenneth Lukong, will be moving in to start his summer placement here at Seton.

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Archbishop Lori invites you to Encounter Christ in the upcoming Year of the Eucharist! Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has created for many a painful separation from the Body and Blood of Christ - the one who truly can heal us mind, body, and spirit. On this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, we are reminded that Christ wants nothing more than to be united with us and invite us into the mystery that his passion, death, and resurrection have revealed: that God gave His only Son for our salvation, so that we might have eternal life with Him. Come, renew your encounter with the Risen Lord!

If you have been away from Mass for a while, welcome back – Jesus has been waiting patiently for you and his Church is more complete when you are here. If you have been worshipping with us since the churches reopened, we have been blessed by your presence. Whether you have been receiving Christ sacramentally in the Eucharist or offering a spiritual communion from home, Christ has been with you and the witness to this encounter that is expressed by your lives has made a difference in this world.

Over the course of the next year, we encourage you to Encounter Christ in all the ways he is present in the Mass: the sacrament of the Eucharist, the assembly of God’s people, the sacred Word proclaimed, and the priest-celebrant. Keep an eye out for the many ways during this Year of the Eucharist that you can deepen your relationship with Christ, be encouraged to grow in faith with each other, bear witness to the Risen Lord, and be strengthened to serve him wherever you find yourself.

To stay up to date with Year of the Eucharist events and celebrations in our parish and throughout the Archdiocese:

  • Text CHRIST2021 to 84576
  • Visit https://www.archbalt.org/year-of-the-eucharist/
  • Check the parish bulletin, Flocknotes and the parish FaceBook page for updates.

At the conclusion of the 11:30am Outdoor Mass next Sunday, will will have a Eucharistic procession back into the Church. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will then occur until 5:00pm. As a reminder, Adoration is held on Tuesdays from 9:30am until 4pm.

Have a good week!
Fr. Paul 

 

ELEMENTS OF THE CATHOLIC MASS VIDEO SERIES:

We are beginning week 20 of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 20 this week titled, Incense in the Mass 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 

A reminder....

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. 

 

 


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