Seton Weekly Update 4/1/22

Posted on April 03, 2022

TONIGHT—Soup and Bread at 6:30pm in the Parish Center hosted by the Adult Spiritual Enrichment Committee, followed by Stations of the Cross with Benediction at 7:30pm in the church. Please join us! (My apologies for not mentioning that the Seton Stitchers hosted Soup and Bread last Friday.)

Dear Friends,

Progressing on our Lenten pilgrimage we encounter bumps along the way. Sometimes there are distractions from our resolve, temptations to turn away from the Lord even as we have committed to “turn away from sin.” It can be downright discouraging to feel so torn when we know in our hearts what is right and good. Human weakness mixes with the divine grace, however, and power of God makes more of us than we would otherwise be. We are more than the sum of our actions because God has created us and is always renewing us. This weekend’s gospel encounter with the woman caught in sin is a case in point. She is not identified by name but only by her faults, but Jesus calls her to become something more and sends her forth free from sin. We don’t know who this person was, but we can wonder what that encounter and the gift of forgiveness did for her. Conversion is about change, and most of the followers of Jesus had some past that they left behind. Maybe this woman would become a faithful or pivotal member of the early Church mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. The same possibility is laid before each of us as we encounter the Lord who comes to save us. What might the Lord be calling you to leave behind? What might he be calling you to do as you go forth?

This weekend, our High School Youth Ministry will be on retreat. Please keep them in your prayers.

Also this weekend, Deacon Kenneth and Seminarian John Enemuo finish their pastoral placement for St. Mary’s Seminary. John will be ordained to the Diaconate in May for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE. Deacon Kenneth will be with us until he is ordained a priest on June 18.

As you know, our parish sponsors Clinton Fanka, a seminarian who left his family in Cameroon to continue his seminary studies in preparation for service here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Clinton took the Maryland driver’s test and got his license last summer but he does not have a vehicle to drive. Knowing that he will go to another parish in June for a summer internship and then resume his studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in the fall, he will need a reliable car. If you know of or have a used but mechanically sound vehicle that you would be willing to give or sell to Clinton so that he will have a vehicle to drive, please call the Parish Office (410-721-5770).

It’s not too late to listen to our Lenten Playlist! Listen to selected songs while you work out or take a walk in our beautiful community.  Let us know what your favorite song is by emailing 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.

We had a great turnout for the Tri-Parish Lenten Mission earlier this week with parishioners from St. Joseph and Our Lady of the Fields both in person and virtually. Thanks to Sarah Jarzembowski, Dr. Tom Little and Fr. Jim Kiesel for their planning efforts and to members of the Adult Spiritual Enrichment for providing hospitality afterwards. 

Finally, Fr. Vince Cushing, OFM will be celebrating his 88th birthday this Wednesday, April 6! If you would like to remember him, his address is:
Hill Haven Nursing Center 
3210 Powder Mill Rd
Adelphi, Md. 20783

God’s peace as we prepare to walk with the Lord to his Cross!
Fr. Paul


Here is this Sunday’s Worship Aid 

Here is this Sunday’s 5:30pm Worship Aid


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, If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.