Dear Seton Family,
Whom do you trust? I imagine for most of us there are degrees of trust,
and the list of those we trust completely with our whole lives is a short one, because trust comes with love. The prophet Jeremiah suggests that we look at the balance between trusting in ourselves (in “human beings”) and trusting in God. “Trust in the Lord” is often suggested as a challenge when one is faltering in faith, and it is easier said than done.
The beatitudes, as recounted in Luke’s gospel, describe the balance between trust in the Lord and trust in other things as they offer the opposite— “blessings” (for those who look to the Lord first) and “woes” (for those who look to themselves first). This is not easy to hear, but we often need to be confronted with such realities in order to have the right perspective to lead us to truth and toward the love of God. See the consolation offered as the choice is presented, and “trust in the Lord.”
Many thanks to 177 parishioners who provided support during our turn of Winter Relief. Of this number, 15 are new volunteers. This number doesn’t include the folks who made donations of food and drink items, gift cards, poor box contributions, etc. My heartfelt thanks go out to Matt Fritsch and the Winter Relief Committee for coordinating this ecumenical effort with four partnering churches in our area and to the many volunteers who gave of their time, talent and treasure. On Monday our guests will be going to Harundale Presbyterian Church, Glen Burnie and St Ann’s, Annapolis. Please continue to offer your prayerful support especially as the cold temps return on Sunday.
Next weekend, I will be speaking at all Masses, presenting to you the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. This fundraising effort is one of the primary sources of support for the most basic works of the church, providing necessary funds for various works of Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, tuition assistance for Catholic schools, and programming in a variety of ministries for children, youth, the elderly, and those with special needs. Seton parishioners have always been extraordinarily generous when it comes to charity and outreach, and I ask you to consider the Lord’s blessings in your own life as you are invited to make a contribution or a pledge here.
Happy Valentine’s Day on Monday!
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.