Dear Seton Family,
Part of the motivation to be a follower of Jesus is his promise of heaven. Nothing or no one else can promise such a thing as life for eternity! We are all looking for that gift whether we talk about it or not. In short, we all want something from the Lord, and he wants to share that gift with us. Today’s gospel presents us with James and John, two disciples who were also brothers, who express their desire to have places of honor in heaven. In some respects, I can’t blame them for their boldness or their desire... they simply want to remain close to Jesus, and who wouldn’t want that?
Last Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis inaugurated a process for the Church’s work known as a Synod. “Synod” is an ancient word in the Tradition of the Church whose meaning indicates the path along which the People of God walk together. It also refers to the Lord Jesus and to the fact that Christians, His followers, were originally called “followers of the way” (cf. Acts 9,2; 19, 9:23; 22,4; 24, 14.22). The pope convenes a Synod of Bishops once every five to ten years. The next Synod will take place in Rome in October 2023 with the title “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Pope Francis has called for an extensive process of conversation, listening, and discernment at every level of the Church leading up to that gathering of Bishops in Rome. This weekend Archbishop Lori kicks off the local phase of the Synod with a Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Over the next several months we will have opportunities to discern and discuss how we are “living the faith” and how, we as a Church, are achieving this together. A fundamental aspect of the Synodal Process is to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church and by answering one fundamental question: “How does this ‘journeying together’ take place today on different levels, allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel and what steps are the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?” (Synod Preparatory Document, 2). In responding to this question, we are invited to recall our experiences, re-read these experiences in greater depth, and gather the fruits to share. The Synodal Process aims at fostering a lived experience of discernment, participation, and co-responsibility, where diversity of gifts is brought together for the Church’s mission in the world. The Synod is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission (Preparatory Document, 32). Stay tuned for more information about opportunities for us to discuss these significant questions here at Seton Parish and share that information with the larger Church.
Have a good weekend!
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.