Weekly Flocknote - 11/24/2021

Posted on November 29, 2021

Dear Seton Family,

Best wishes to all for a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. With the year we have had, this time to pause to remember God's blessings and give thanks together is all the more important. I hope you can join us to start the day with Mass tomorrow morning at 10:00am as together we lift our hearts to the Lord to give thanks and praise. Bring your food and drink items for a special blessing. Typical food and drink you might wish to bring include: wine, breads, pastries, cheeses, cakes, side dishes, or any other food you wish to bbring. For those who are traveling this holiday weekend, the Parish Staff and I wish you safe- and hassle-free- travels!

"The days are coming..." As we begin a new year in the life of the Church with the beginning of Advent this weekend, we focus our attention on the whole reason for our practice of the faith: to be with Jesus who wants to be with us. He is Emmanuel, the name which means "God is with us." During Advent we express in Scripture and Music our desire for God's presence. In the midst of pain, heartbreak, frustration, or fear, we can come to embrace the sense of longing and yearning for something better.

All around us, the world has jumped immediately into Christmas. In the Church, we do something altogether different. Before we celebrate Christmas, these days of Advent help us to align our hearts with the Church's longing for the Savior. We can only celebrate that Christ is born for us when we recognize our need and our desire to be with him. I invite you, in the rush of preparations for Christmas, to find some rare quiet moments to reawaken that sense of longing, desire, and expectation for the Lord. Attend Daily Mass at 9:00am (Monday-Thursday), sit before the Lord for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays, 9:30am-7:00pm, or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a means of preparing our hearts on Saturdays, 3:30pm-4pm or extended hours on Thursday, December 16, 9:30am-12Noone and 5:00pm-7pm

Please pay close attention to when all gifts and dinners for our Christmas Outreach are due. Information about all of them is on the Parish Website. Thank you for your immense generosity!

Please monitor your health! If you are not feeling well, have a temperature over 100 degrees, sore throat, have a persistent cough or generally not feeling well, 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 and our YouTube Channel.

For the past couple of weeks, we have bbeen publishing the Mass schedule for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Sunday after Christmas. You will receive a mailing from me soon, so please be on the lookout.

Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve):
4:00pm in the Church- Live-streamed, with overflow seating in the Parish Center

Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day):
(No Confessions and 4:30pm Mass)

Sunday, Decembber 26th (Feast of the Holy Family):
9:30am Live-streamed

Congratulations to John & Joyce Maloney and Dr. Paul & Paula Moratto who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversaries by renewing their vows at the 4:30pm Mass on Saturday! If you wish to mark the anniversary of your marriage, please call the Parish Office at 410-721-5770 to schedule a Mass.

Congratulations to Sophora Trancucci who is receiving her First Holy Communion at the 11:00am Mass this Sunday.

Congratulations to MacKenzie Garino who is receiving the Eagle of the Cross Award at Sunday's 5:30pm Mass. This award is given by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and is the highest award a diocese can confer on a young person. Those nominated must have modeled outstanding Christian Leadership, exemplified Apostolic Mission and have integrated Catholic moral values into their daily lives. Not just when they're here; but also in their schools, their workplaces, their homes, and when they're just hanging out with friends.

Finally, just in time for Advent here is an E-Zine created by Mitzy Deras, our Media Coordinator. Included in this edition is information on the Year of the Eucharist, an Advent to-do list and Staff recommendations for holiday movies. Enjoy!

Warm regards!
Fr. Paul

Here is the Worship Aid for Thanksgiving Day

Here is this Sunday's Worship Aid

Here is the 5:30pm Worship Aid


A Special Note from Fr. Paul

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends! I am writing to bittersweetly inform you of a couple Staff changes.

First, Archbishop Lori has reassigned Deacon Tim Mikules to serve at his home parish, Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Edgewater, effective January 1, 2022. Tim interned with us five years ago and was assigned to Seton in May 2017. During that time Tim was added to the Baptism and preaching rotation and contributed as a member of the Liturgy Committee. He witnessed Marriage ceremonies and provided valuable input for our Covid-19 Task Force before we fully reopened for public Masses. If you see Tim, his wife Kelly and their daughter Rebecca, please offer them your well wishes. And second, Heather Algiere, our VIRTUS coordinator, recently resigned from this position. I want to thank Heather for her hard work in ensuring the safety of children, young people and the vulnerable in our community. She also "pitched-in" when needed on special events and is currently involved with our Year of the Eucharist exhibition that will be taking place on December 11-19 in the Parish Center. Please offer her your well wishes too when you see her!

Have a good weekend~
Fr. Paul