Dear Sisters and Brothers,
"Master, I want to see." The prayerful request of blind Bartimeus in Today's gospel (Mark 10:46-52) is not only a plea to heal his ailment but to give him what he needs to be a disciple. Once healed, bartimeus immediately followed Jesus on the way. When we identify what is holding us back from following Jesus more completely, maybe we should bring that to our prayer and ask the Lord's help. As the Lord calls us to follow him, so he also gives us what we need to get up and do so.
After the 11am Mass this Sunday, there will be a parish reception for John Russell as he returns to the private sector. I am grateful for his nine years of ministry to our young people, teenagers, and adults in his role as Director of Evangelization. Please stop by the Parish Center to wish him well! If you wish to send him a card please send to: 110 Tarks Lane Severna Park MD 21146
On the horizon- next weekend you may place photos of deceased loved ones in front of the altar as we commemorate the faithful departed during the month of November. The Book of the Dead will be displayed at the east window for you to submit the names of the deceased as well as All Souls envelopes.
Next Monday, November 1 is All Saints Day. Although it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a holy day of obligation. However, will celebrate this feast day at our usual 9am Morning Mass. Tuesday, November 2 is All Souls Day. Our Mass of Remembrance will be held at 7:00pm. During Mass, the names of those who were buried over the last two years will be read.
Our Thanksgiving dinner program begins this week! Detailed information can be found in the bulletin this week and on the parish website at: https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/News/ID/6378
I am seeking volunteers for one hour a month, from 6-7pm, during Tuesday's Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Volunteers are needed to repose the Blessed Sacrament, turn off the lights and make sure our Church is secure when Adoration ends at 7:00p.m. Training will be provided. For more information, please contact Jennifer Lukas in the parish office at 410-721-5770 ext. 230 or Jennifer.Lukas@seaseton.org. All volunteers must complete Child & Youth Protection screening through VIRTUS.
As announced in the bulletin last week, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has kicked off the local process of consultation for the Synof of Bishops to be held in Rome in 2023. In the lead-up to this Synod - a word which, by the way, means "to journey together" Pope Francis wants to hear from the people in the pews, as many of us as possible. So, he has asked the bishops of the world to find ways to gather their people together, to listen to them. I think I can say without qualification that never before in the history of the Church has a consultation on this scale taken place. It has the potential to revolutionize the way decisions are made in the Church. When the bishops gather in Rome two years from now- the hope is that they will bring with them the hopes and dreams as well as the challenges and frustrations that are on people's hearts and minds, including people who are often on the sidelines.
What an opportunity for each one of us to exercise our baptismal birthright! Or, to quote the words of the synodal document: "The purpose of this Synod is to listen, as the entire People of God, to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church." Those in Church leadership- bishops, priests, lay leaders - clearly have our work cut out for us. Please save the date for our Listening Session - Thursday, November 18th at 7:00pm in the Parish Center. Details will be shared about signing up to attend.
Peace be with you!
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.