Out of an abundance of caution with the impending storm forecasted tomorrow afternoon, I am CANCELING the Sunday 5:30pm Mass.
If you are out and about tomorrow night, please be careful driving.
The wedding at Cana in the Gospel of John, the first of Jesus’ miracles (John calls them “signs”), is a great reminder that Jesus enters into our lives to make something wondrous happen. As a metaphor for the sacrament of Marriage, this first miracle suggests that when husbands and wives invite Jesus in, great blessings will abound. The magnificence of the miracle— 6 water jars, each holding 20 to 30 gallons, are changed into wine— ought to encourage us to welcome the grace of God into our hearts, and his grace can transform us and work wonders in and through us. You could say that at Cana Jesus was the “life of the party.” On a much deeper level, we can also say that Jesus is our life, for it is his life that makes possible our eternal life, for he died and rose to save us and open the path to heaven.
These days, the combination of weather and the current state of the spread of the Omicron variant has certainly had an impact on Mass attendance. Thankfully our livestream of Mass each weekend continues to be a source of inspiration and a way to remain connected to weekday and Sunday Mass. Our viewership over the past few weekends have been the higher than usual, and I am grateful that we had this technology prior to the pandemic! The safety and health of our community are important to us, as we continue to follow the guidance from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the County government. Please continue to utilize the hand sanitizer stations in the Narthex and door by the St. Joseph statue.
While he was not a Catholic himself, we celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because his goals are completely aligned with the themes of Catholic Social Teaching: the life and dignity of all people; the call to community participation and inclusion of all Americans, regardless of their skin color, in our democracy; the duty to advocate for those who are downtrodden, putting the needs of the poor and vulnerable first; and solidarity in our one human family, regardless of racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. The national holiday is observed this Monday, January 17. The Parish Office will be closed and there will be no morning Mass.
After getting acclimated with the Parish Staff and her responsibilities, Sarah Jarzembowski, our new Director of Evangelization, will be introducing herself at all Masses this weekend. Please welcome her to Seton.
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for Winter Relief in the Narthex this weekend! If you have any questions, Matt Fritsch will be available at the tables to answer them.
In the Lord,
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.