Weekly Flocknote - 1/28/2022

Posted on January 30, 2022

Dear Friends, 

The virtue of love is always puzzling, for it is at the same time a welcome word (who doesn’t want to be loved?) and challenge that is not easily taken up. To receive love is wonderful; to give love requires great sacrifice. St. Paul’s eloquent reflection on love that we hear in today’s second reading (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13) is well known for its use at weddings, when most notably “love is in the air.” In our daily lives, though, love that goes beyond the romantic often eludes us. A holy love that is selfless, sacrificial, and essentially Christ-like is our call, but it is far from easy and often it is not inviting, for it can be painful and difficult.

Even those who experienced the words and deeds of Jesus in his hometown of Nazareth, which were the very expression of divine love, rejected what he had to offer because it was calling them to conversion. That must have been some homecoming in the synagogue! Throughout this year we will be hearing from the Gospel of Luke, which presents Jesus as a compassionate and merciful healer and teacher to those who needed to hear good news. His message is inviting, but it challenges us to embody the same compassion and charity. I continue to be in awe by the commitment to the charity and care demonstrated in our community in the various forms of service, pastoral care and outreach that so many offer, not just during the holiday season or during Winter Relief, but throughout the year. May we keep that strong resolve to do the Lord’s will “in season and out of season”— when it is convenient and when it is difficult, for those we love and for those we might be hesitant to love.

The Season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday March 2nd. At all Masses this weekend, members of the Adult Spiritual Enrichment Committee will be available in the narthex to further explain the Lenten Small Groups Program and to help you select a group that meets on a night (or day) convenient for you. This is a wonderful opportunity to both enrich your own faith life and to meet new parishioners. If you would like to host a small group at the parish, in your home or on Zoom please see the bulletin for more information and contact Sarah Jarzembowski (sarah.jarzembowski@sea...) or call the Parish Office (410-721-5770 x233) to volunteer or if you have any questions. Training will be provided!

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2022 is January 30 – February 5. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. My thanks go out to our young parishioners from the School of the Incarnation for their presence at all of the Masses this weekend!

Finally, I want to thank you for your generosity towards the Offertory. I have been encouraged by your giving especially at Christmas. However, attendance has dropped since Christmas due to the omicron variant and so far, we have spend about $7,800 in snow removal. Please keep these in mind and drop off your donations or, if you have not signed up for online giving through GiveCentral, please consider doing so here.

Warm regards,
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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