The Gospel of Mark contains a lot of challenges for the person who wants to follow Jesus. There are days that I hear the gospel and think that the Lord’s call is not the most inviting or encouraging offer. The standard of the gospel is set high, and we might feel discouraged by expectations beyond our reach. As is always the case, there is a grace and a blessing given with every challenging call. The Lord knows our limitations, our faults, and our limited capacity to sacrifice, to love, and to serve, and he calls us anyway. This past week we celebrated the Feast of St. Matthew, the tax collector who became an apostle and evangelist. Jesus works with our imperfections and makes something of us beyond what we might be able to envision. At first glance we might find God’s Word difficult or uninviting, but once we let that Word penetrate our hearts we find ourselves praying with the Psalmist, “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart” (Psalm 19:9) because we know that his Word sets us on the path to heaven, and that brings immense joy!
In other news….
Starting this Monday September 27th, we will be installing updates to our fire system in the Church and will need to move chairs to give the workers access, therefore we will not be having live-streamed Morning Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the week due to the disruptive nature of the work. The Parish Office will be open for business and the Staff will be available for emails and phone calls during the week while this work is going on.
Next Saturday, October 2nd, in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will celebrate a Blessing of Animals. The blessing will be celebrated at 11:00am at the Main Entrance (rain or shine). All parishioners are welcome to join us; bring along your pets or small animals (on leashes or in appropriate cages, of course). Please plan to join us as we give thanks for all God's creation, and celebrate His gift of creatures, great and small. See you there! If you have lost a beloved pet, feel free to bring a picture of your pet for the blessing as well.
What a fantastic day we had for our Parish Picnic last Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came to help us celebrate our church community! Close to 200 attended, there was tons of fun and it was so good to be together on a beautiful day! Special thanks to Sarah Benton, Jennifer O'Leary, Judy D'Ambrosi and Laryessa Worthington for the fantastic job in planning and organizing our volunteers. Thank you Team Surlis of RE/MAX Leading Edge, Beall Funeral Home, Lighthouse Insurance, & John Olson - Financial Advisor & Owner at 2250 Financial Services, Inc. for once again sponsoring our picnic! Thank you to all our volunteers who set up, monitored the moon bounce, face painted, cooked, cake walked, got dunked or made sure others did, played music, called bingo and broke everything down and cleaned up. It was an immense undertaking to have a COVID sensitive but community supporting event. Thank you God for the perfect weather and the Ravens win over the Kansas City Chiefs!
Finally, this Monday into Tuesday I will be with my Priest Support Group at St. Mary’s Seminary. This is the first time will be staying there since February 24, 2020, just a few weeks before we were shut down due to the pandemic! Please remember us in your prayers, especially Msgr. Marty Feild who is recovering from a car accident.
Don’t forget to use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance.
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.