TONIGHT—Soup and Bread at 6:30pm in the Parish Center hosted by the Building and Grounds Committee and Haiti Outreach, followed by Stations of the Cross lead by Youth Ministry at 7:30pm in the church. Please join us!
We enter (Palm) Passion Sunday this weekend for our annual observance of the heart of our faith and our salvation: the celebration of our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection from the Dead. Of course, we celebrate these events each and every time we celebrate the Mass, but we pause this week to ponder, to reflect, and to stand in awe at the love of our God for us shown in what his Son did to save us. Last weekend we prayed with the Psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!” (Psalm 126:3) Those words of praise should always be in our hearts. Even as the rituals of Holy Week are marked at times by a sober silence, we are still filled with joy and have much cause to celebrate, because we recognize through the liturgy of the Sacred Triduum (“The Three Days” from Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday) what the Lord endured and suffered in his Passion and what we gain by it.
We call this week “Holy Week.” That name says that this week ought to be different for us, marked not just by time off from work or a break from school, but marked by time for prayer, reflection, devotion, and participation in the Church’s rituals and worship. Carve out some time during these days to pause, to reflect and pray, and to join the community in the primary ceremonies and liturgies. I encourage you, especially if you have struggled to know or appreciate the Lord’s love in your life, to join us to commemorate the Lord’s saving deeds by joining in the liturgies of Holy Week, which culminate in the great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. This year we will joyfully welcome five new members to the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation. Come and show your support, encouragement, and welcome to them!
Holy Week Schedule of Services
Palm (Passion) Sunday, April 10, 2022
Normal Mass Schedule—
Holy Thursday, April 14, 2022–
No 9:00am Morning Mass
7:00pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper
(Live-streamed) *with incense
Adoration after Mass in the Parish Center Conference Room until 9:00pm
Good Friday, April 15, 2022–
12 Noon, Stations of the Cross
7:00pm, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022–
11:00am Blessing of Easter Foods
8:00pm, Easter Vigil
No Confessions and 4:30pm Mass!
April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday
(Please note the time changes!)
11:30am Outdoor Mass
(Weather permitting, if raining Mass will be moved inside)
The Archdiocesan Appeal for Catholic Ministries is continuing. I am happy to report that we are 112% over our goal of $103,423 ($115,841). That means we will receive a 40% rebate on monies over goal. We will need to reach $138,000, our stretch goal, in order to receive a 75% rebate. I want to express my thanks to all who have committed to supporting the Appeal and the vital ministries that are made possible through it. Even if you can only give $10, $25 or $50, I encourage you to do so... every gift helps us to serve those in need.
Our Easter Outreach to both Spring Grove Hospital Center and St. Gregory’s was a huge success - thanks to the tremendous outpouring of generosity. Spring Grove received 22 boxes of Easter Goodies, and St. Gregory’s received 540 pairs of socks and 480 Easter baskets. The folks at Spring Grove and St. Gregory’s were so appreciative and send their heartfelt thanks and wishes for a happy Easter!
Chris Seibold asked me to inform you that she and Deacon Fred are grateful for your prayerful support. Fred is home and is enjoying being back in his own surroundings.
This will be the last opportunity to listen to our 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 (below) to access other items of interest in our Lenten E-zine.
Looking forward to celebrating with you on these sacred days,
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.