Dear Seton Family,
We all have our own tastes and preferences at every level... whether it’s food, music, hobbies, or even relationships, each of us is unique. As they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” All that being said, there are some things in life with “assigned value” (those things that literally have a price tag) and others that are objectively good and innately valuable. We recognize the value and sanctity of human life, that each of us is created in the image of God and each of us is to be respected and cherished. The scriptures this weekend point out the value of the wisdom of God and the Word of God. From the first reading we proclaim, “I deemed riches nothing in comparison with the spirit of wisdom...” (Wisdom 7:8). And the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us: “The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword...” (Hebrews 4:12). In short, God’s Word and all that it asks of us is worth the sacrifice because we recognize the gift and blessing of his Word. Even though God asks much of us as we are invited into a relationship with him, we know that God is the source of all life and that he is our salvation. Nothing can compare to the promises of God. Let us keep fixed on his promise of eternal life, for when we do, there is nothing that we would not do for the Lord!
I reported last week that John Russell, our Director of Evangelization and Youth Ministry, will be leaving us to go back to work in the private sector. His last day is today. We will have a parish reception on Sunday, October 24th after the 11:00am Mass. Please come by to offer him your best wishes and to thank him for his nine years of dedicated service to our children, teenagers and adults.
My thanks go out to those who signed up for our Holiday Outreach programs, Winter Relief and Liturgical Ministries last weekend. The weekend yielded 8 new volunteers, 16 parishioners who currently serve in another ministry and 26 folks returning to ministry. If you would like to sign-up for these, please contact the Parish Office. No matter where you are on the stewardship path – from considering making a gift, to giving sacrificially – the Parish Staff and I are grateful you are part of our community. Over this last week, I hope you had the opportunity to pray about how you can best support our parish with your time and talent. At all Masses this weekend, I’ll be asking each of you to join me in making a new or renewed commitment to our Offertory. If you prefer to make your “contactless” commitment now, please visit www.opfaob.com or be on the lookout for a letter from me in the mail. If you are considering a legacy gift, please contact me at Paul.Sparklin@seaseton.org.
Finally, a parishioner, Gina Magyar-Russell, Ph.D. from Loyola University, is seeking volunteers for a research project—who are Catholic and former Catholics in the Baltimore area—18 years of age or older, who are willing to provide information about their religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, and experiences, particularly considering the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
Participation requires you to complete a questionnaire that takes approximately 30 minutes. You can either complete the questionnaires online or using a hard copy in a ready to be mailed envelope (available at the parish office). Upon completion of the survey, you have the option to receive $10 via the Venmo App, a $10 Target gift card, or $10 in cash. This is an anonymous survey and no identifying information will be requested on the survey itself. The results will NOT be sent to the Archdiocese of Baltimore since this is a University sponsored research project.
If you are interested in volunteering as a participant in this research, please go to this link: loyola.edu/takingrespo...
Please contact Gina Magyar-Russell at gmmagyarrussell@loyola... with any questions. Thank you in advance and please feel free to share this opportunity with other Catholics and former Catholics in the Baltimore region who may be interested in participating!
Don’t forget to use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and now, 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.