TONIGHT—Soup and Bread at 6:30pm in the Parish Center hosted by our Music Ministry, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm in the church. Tonight’s Stations are the Living Stations led by the Children’s Choir. Please join us!
I have always been moved by the account of Moses’ encounter with the burning bush. Moses was curious at what he saw and he was drawn to the site; he didn’t appear to falter in fear. God called to him and Moses did not doubt, and he was not afraid to ask questions: “What am I to tell them?” (in other words, “Who are you?”). God gave him the answers he sought.
We have a lot we can learn from Moses about trust and boldness. Too often our fears and our questions prevent us from stepping forward in response to the promptings of God’s grace. How often do you let a moment pass you by for one reason or another? The unknown can be an opportunity to learn, to know, and to grow, but timidity creates missed opportunities. The psalm we are singing this Sunday is meant to be an encouragement so that fear need not win out: “The Lord is kind and merciful” (Ps. 103).
The Maryland General Assembly has proposed several bills this legislative session to expand abortion. Most serious among them is a constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion in Maryland’s Constitution. Please make your voice heard. Sign up with the Catholic Advocacy Network (www.mdcatholic.org/joincan) of the Maryland Catholic Conference. This is the best way to let our elected officials know that you oppose their efforts to expand abortion services in Maryland.
As a society we are broken when a response to any pregnancy is fear rather than joy. Our society must do better to walk with mothers in need and to help break down economic, social, racial, employment and emotional barriers that lead mothers into thinking abortion is the only option. As Pope Francis reminds us, “All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor….they deserve the utmost reverence and respect.”
Please join Catholics from across Maryland to oppose enshrining abortion in our state Constitution and encouraging our elected officials to uplift and support women and their children. Go to https://www.mdcatholic.org/petition-stopabortion to oppose enshrining abortion in Maryland's Constitution.
The Poor Box this weekend will go towards Catholic Relief Services where there is great risk of suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety. Your support will help with relief to this monumental refugee crisis that intensifies every day. Please prayerfully consider giving when you come to Mass this weekend or through GiveCentral.
Seton Parish Easter Outreach to St. Gregory’s and Spring Grove is underway. This year we will donate 480 Easter baskets with candy and socks to St. Gregory’s, and will donate candy and clothes and assorted items to the 375 residents at Spring Grove. Information can be found at the Hospitality Center in the Narthex and on the Parish website for the Spring Grove outreach needs. For St. Gregory’s charitable outreach, a $5 dollar donation for each Easter basket is requested, or you can donate also on GiveCentral.
Next weekend, our High School Youth Ministry will be asking for your prayerful support by inviting you to sign-up to pray for them when they go on retreat on April 1-3 (their first time doing so in two years due to the pandemic!)
Did you know that we have a Lenten Playlist? Listen to selected songs while you workout or take a walk in our beautiful community. Click here and let us know what your favorite song is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Open your camera app on your smartphone and aim it at the QR Code (left) to access other items of interest in our Lenten E-zine.
Finally, I am aware that a number of parishioners are getting emails and texts from me asking for a “favor” or “a request that I need you to handle discreetly” or “gift cards”. Please know that I do not send out these emails. Just delete them and don’t open up any links associated in these emails or reply by providing personal information.
A reminder....although masking is now optional, I encourage all parishioners to use your best judgement about wearing a mask especially if you are not vaccinated or immunocompromised. Please use the hand sanitizers in the Narthex and when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance. As always, if you are not feeling well, have a fever or persistent cough, please stay home and watch our live-streamed Mass online.
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.