Weekly Flocknote - 1/21/2022

Posted on January 23, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

“Today is holy to the Lord our God!” Ezra, the scribe, announces to the assembly in Sunday’s first reading from the prophet Nehemiah. He invites the people— and us— to be joyful in the Lord as we recognize him and receive his blessings. In the gospel, Jesus announces in the synagogue that the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, as he himself is that fulfillment because he came to bring glad tidings to the poor and release to captives. The challenge, of course, is our own perception of the working of God’s grace and mercy in our own lives, for us to find fulfillment of God’s Word and answer to our prayers and petitions. Oftentimes that means we have to remove the barriers in order to see beyond our own expectations and desires and to appreciate God’s response as a gift and a blessing even if it isn’t the answer we might have been hoping for.

Let us continue to pray for all who are suffering in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. The recent surge has been difficult for all of us as we have had to adjust our activities and plans, but many are suffering from serious illness, or are grieving the loss of loved ones. Let us also be mindful of those who have become unemployed, whose marriages and relationships have ended, those who struggled with addictions and those who have taken their own lives over the nearly two years of the pandemic! We must pray, too, for those who continue to work so hard on the frontlines of healthcare. Staffing in hospitals is stretched thin amid staffing shortages. May God’s healing come upon us all, literally to “renew the face of the earth!”  

I am sad to announce the passing of our “oldest” parishioner, June Auer who passed away on January 19th, a few months shy of her 101st birthday. June and her son Michael were mainstays at daily Mass and the Sunday 9:30am Mass. Her funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 26 at 12 Noon. Family and friends will gather in the church starting at 11am. You can read about her life in her obituary. Please pray for the repose of her soul and for the consolation of her family. The photo below is from last May when she attended an Orioles game and received a standing ovation! 

The season of Lent will be here before you know it!  The Adult Spiritual Enrichment Committee is looking for two additional Facilitators for our Lenten small groups. Training and guidance will be provided. These meetings would take place weekly, at the parish, in your home, or on Zoom. Please see the bulletin for more information and contact Sarah Jarzembowski (sarah.jarzembowski@seaseton.org) or call the Parish Office (410-721-5770 x233) to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for Winter Relief in the Narthex this weekend! If you have any questions, a member from the Winter Relief Committee will be available to answer them. 

Sincerely,
Fr. Paul

 

Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid 

 

A reminder....the mask mandate is still in effect meaning, masks are required inside our buildings and please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and 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. 

 

 

 

 


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