Dear Seton Family,
Two of the readings this Sunday carry the theme of a calling or vocation. For us, as Christians, these two words are important -- important because they should be part of our entire life. We are called by God to enter into a personal relationship with Him. We are called by Christ to know Him and to follow Him. Moreover, we are called by Christ to go out and make Him known to others.
We all share the calling of being disciples of Christ. We all share a calling to be Saints. But we are also called to something unique. We are called to our own vocation in life. This word scares many people, just as Isaiah and Peter became afraid when God asked them to do something specific.
This word “vocation” should not scare us. As disciples, we are all called to do something unique to make Christ known. We are called to use our gifts and our talents to help others encounter the person WE have encountered. I define the word vocation as a Voice Or Call [from the] Almighty To Individuals Or Nations.
Your vocation in life has already been given to you. Your responsibility is to ask the Lord to reveal it to you, and for you to accept it. Our responsibility is also to acknowledge that, even through our brokenness, the Lord brings us and others to salvation.
Isaiah was called to be a prophet. Peter, James and John were called to be Apostles. Others have been called to be martyrs, priests, consecrated religious sisters and brothers, teachers, postal workers, linguists, physicians, nurses, accountants and many others here. And many have discerned their vocation to the single life or to the married life.
What is your vocation? Will you accept it? Are you willing to find out what true happiness is?
The Pastoral Council is seeking 4 new members before their terms end at the June meeting. Please consider servingour parish in this capacity. If you would like more information about the work of the Council, please contact me at Paul.Sparklin@seaseton.org
Speaking of the Pastoral Council, I shared with them that I decided to roll back the requirements for substantial and non substantial contact. Meaning, we will not be requiring substantial contact for allvolunteers. Only those who have substantial contact with children. We will no longer focus on vulnerable populations in our updated policy. Our staff person for virtus, Laryessa Worthington, has completed her training with the Archdiocese and is ready to help you with the process.
The repair of the tall light posts in the parking lot is completed. It is certainly noticeable when you are on our campus at night! There are 4 ballards (smaller light posts) that are needing repair. I am also looking into adding a few more ballards on the walkway leading up to the Main Entrance.
For long time parishioners, there is a project going on to re-install in the Narthex, a new board displaying the original donor plates.
On Monday afternoon, we will welcome our Winter Relief guests for the eleventh year of hosting them! Thank you for the overwhelming generosity and response to the need for volunteers these past few weeks. Your kindness and willingness to serve others is a constant reminder of Christ’s presence in our lives!
Finally, here is the link to read the responses submitted so far on the parish, the Archdiocese, and the Universal Church in preparation for the 2023 Synod. I want to thank Jack O’Malley and Dan Gretz for facilitating the Listening Sessions held in November and then compiling them to be sent to the Archdiocese. Stay tuned to how you can be involved in the Synodal process in the next couple of months!
A reminder.... although the mask mandate has ended, we strongly encourage all parishioners to wear a mask 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.