Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As the end of the liturgical year draws near, the “signs of the times” around us already point us squarely toward Christmas, and I must confess a bit of frustration that commercial society just wants to rush the season . Looking ahead, proper planning and time for preparation are all important, as evidenced by our own holiday outreach programs and the message of the gospel in these last weeks of the Church year (which ends next weekend with the Solemnity of Christ the King) offers a similar message about the future and about our readiness to meet Jesus Christ. For people of faith, our readiness isn’t merely about the celebration of Christmas but it is about that great day of the coming of the Kingdom of God and our own personal readiness to welcome the Lord into our lives each and every day, particularly as he comes to us in the Mass. Let’s take some time to savor the message of the Lord each day as we move “full speed ahead” to Christmas.
The Christmas Outreach programs continue! Information about all the beneficiaries is in this weekend’s bulletin and on the parish website. Please return Thanksgiving dinners this week! As of this writing we have reached over 300 dinners. Please help us reach our goal of 566 dinners! Delivery is next Saturday November 20. Detailed information can be found in the bulletin this week and on the parish website at: seaseton.org/Resources...
In preparation for the International Synod of Bishops in 2023, Pope Francis wants your input on the topic of “For a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation, and Mission.” Please join me for 2 parish listening sessions next Thursday, November 18 at 10:00am and 7:00pm in the Parish Center. Pope Francis wants to hear from you. Please consider attending one of these sessions. Invite family, friends, neighbors - we want everyone to participate in this listening session. For more information about the Synod, go to this link.
As a reminder, if you are not feeling well, have a temperature over 100 degrees or have a persistent cough, please stay home. Please utilize the hand sanitizers when you enter the Church and the Parish Center. Masks are always available in the Narthex. Daily Mass and the 9:30am Sunday Mass are live-streamed and then archived here on the Parish Website. If you’re not comfortable attending Mass over the weekend, you can attend Daily Mass where folks are more spread out.
ON THE HORIZON—Please join us for 10:00am Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 25. As usual you may bring your food and drink items for a special blessing. The Parish Offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 26.
Look for the insert in today’s bulletin regarding the Year of the Eucharist exhibition starting Saturday, December 11 in the Parish Center. Please share it with anyone you know who might be struggling to understand or experience the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
As you start planning your holiday celebrations, here is the Mass schedule for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Sunday after Christmas:
Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve):
4:00pm in the Church—live-streamed, with overflow seating in the Parish Center,
Saturday, December 25 (Christmas Day): 11:00am
(No Confessions and 4:30pm Mass)
Sunday, December 26 (Feast of the Holy Family):
8am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 5:30pm
Have a good weekend!