Weekend Update - 12/29/2021 - 1/2/2022

Posted on January 02, 2022

Due to an unexpected illness, this evening’s 5:00pm Christmas pageant has been postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
Thank you

Dear Parishioners,

Please be aware that an emergency indoor face mask mandate begins TOMORROW (December 31, 2021) AT 12 NOON in Anne Arundel County as part of County Executive Steuart Pittman’s declaration of a state of emergency in the county. 

Under this mandate, everyone 2 years of age and older must wear face coverings in indoor public areas until January 7, 2022, unless the County Council votes for an extension. This includes houses of worship.  Thus masks are again mandated at all events at Seton and on parish property. 

Please follow all signage posted regarding your health, wearing of masks and using hand sanitizers! Extra masks are available if you forget to bring one. 

Let us remember in prayer all those suffering from Covid and those caring for them.  

Fr. Paul Sparklin


Important Announcement—

In light on the ongoing pandemic, and due to the dramatic rise in the number of cases recently reported, we would strongly encourage  EVERYONE (regardless of vaccination status) to wear a MASK at Mass.  Extra masks will be available if you need one.

Although masking is neither mandated nor required in Anne Arundel County, please wear a mask out of concern and consideration for those who may not be vaccinated, or who may not be able to be vaccinated (children under 5 years old).  All Priests, deacons and Liturgical Ministers in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will continue to be masked and use hand sanitizer during Masses.

Please use the hand sanitizer stations located in the Narthex, Food Pantry entrance and the Parish Center.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Happy New Year! I pray that this new year of God’s grace will be one of peace and abundant blessings. Let us continue to pray for healing for our world and an end to the pandemic.

The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the world’s recognition of the presence of God in the person of Jesus, the newborn King. The word “epiphany” means manifestation. The Magi, by tradition, see in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecies of the scriptures and they bring gifts in adoration, acknowledging Jesus’ kingship over their own earthly wisdom and power. That is essentially what we do when we come to Mass each week... no matter what gifts, talents, authority, or power we might have, in our prayer we make ourselves subject to God’s power over us. We can do that because we also recognize his great love for us. In short, it’s safe to trust in God!

January 1, 2022, The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is not a holy day of obligation in 2022 because it falls on a Saturday. However, we will honor the Blessed Mother on Friday December 31, 2021 with a Mass at 6:00pm. Confessions at 3:30pm and the 4:30 vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany resume on Saturday, January 1. 

I am happy to announce that I have hired Laryessa Worthington, as our new VIRTUS coordinator. She and her husband, Brent and their two children have been Seton parishioners since 2015. The only position to fill is a part time Custodian. If you know of someone who would be interested, please contact the Parish Office (410-721-5770) or email Liam.Benton@seaseton.org

A reminder!! The Christmas Pageant is this Sunday, January 2 at 5pm, prior to the 5:30pm Mass. 

As you are aware, Kentucky was hit especially hard in a tornado outbreak a few weeks ago.  In particular, many towns within the Diocese of Owensboro suffered severe damage and that the Diocese is making considerable efforts to assist those affected by this natural disaster. I am designating our Poor Boxes this weekend (January 1/2) to contribute to this effort. Here’s the link on GiveCentral if you wish to contribute online. Please be generous! 

Finally, below is an invitation to participate in a research project at Loyola University in Baltimore.  This was in the bulletin prior for a while and parishioner, Gina Magyar-Russell, asked me to announce this again. Your participation in this study will not be shared with the Archdiocese of Baltimore since this is a university sanctioned project. 

Hope you all have a safe and healthy New Year’s celebration!

Fr. Paul


Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid 

A reminder....

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. 


Seeking Participants

We are looking for Catholics 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 series of questionnaires that takes approximately 30 minutes. You can either complete the questionnaires online or using paper and pencil (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 if your survey is returned directly to your church. This is an anonymous survey and no identifying information will be requested on the survey itself.  

If you are interested in volunteering as a participant in this research, please go to this link:  https://loyola.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8DqulW8rHtydnyC or scan the QR code to the left.

Please contact Gina Magyar-Russell at gmmagyarrussell@loyola.edu 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!