Easter Sunday 2022
It is a joy to wish you a Happy Easter!
Of all the times we gather as Christian believers, none is more important than Easter — the greatest of all our feasts. Easter celebrates the Mystery that is the very foundation of our Christian faith, for, as St. Paul wrote, “If Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). But Christ has risen, and your presence here in the Cathedral today both affirms and celebrates that most amazing and enduring of all realities! While we do not see him, we know he lives, and we know that he is in our midst breathing life and hope into us, walking alongside us on our pilgrimage of faith, our journey toward the Kingdom of God.
I have no way of knowing what is in your heart as you come here on this Easter Sunday. For some, I am sure, there is joy and a keen sense of hope for the future as Spring with its promise of new life is bursting forth all around us. For others, there may be the burden of pain and sadness that comes from a serious illness, a family crisis, the loss of a job, or the death of a loved one. And there is not one of us who is not keenly and painfully aware of the war being waged against Ukraine, and of the unspeakable atrocities taking place there at this very moment. How much we, and our world, are in need of Easter peace and hope, and our celebration of Christ risen from the dead offers us just that.
My hope and my prayer is that you will find here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish something that will comfort you, challenge you, and lift you up. We live in a world that, while incredibly beautiful, is also seriously flawed. Death and life are never very far away from us, are they? But Easter boldly proclaims that death is not the end of the story. Easter proclaims for all to hear that Life will get the last word, not death!
If you are a visitor to Seton, please know that we warmly welcome you and hope that you will return soon — maybe even to become part of this amazing and vibrant community of faith. The doors are open! And if you are already part of the parish family, I take this opportunity to thank you for all the ways in which you make the Risen Jesus present in this parish and in this community day after day: through your prayer, your faith, and your love that overflow in unselfish service to the poor and in generous advocacy on their behalf.
Thank you to those who helped make this year’s Lenten Inter-Parish Mission a success, all who opened their hearts and homes by facilitating faith sharing groups, provided soup and bread on Friday evenings before Stations of the Cross, donated Easter bags for Spring Grove Hospital Center and candy for St. Gregory’s Parish, put together our Easter mailing, were involved in Holy Week and Easter Liturgies and the RCIA team who prepared Alie Nguyen and Brittany Ryznar for full initiation into the Catholic Church and Andrew Hubley, James Meyers and Alex Williams for Eucharist and Confirmation. Your generous gifts of time, talent and treasure have helped others grow in their faith and grow closer to God this Lenten Season!
May the blessings of the Risen Lord Jesus be yours in abundance!
Fr. Paul Sparklin,
Schedule for the Holy Triduum and EASTER SUNDAY
Dear Seton Family,
Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week in Christianity, the pinnacle of the liturgical year. It’s more sacred than Christmas! This is because Holy Week commemorates the final week of Our Lord’s life, the very purpose for which Christmas happened. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday (when Jesus made his final entrance into Jerusalem) and culminates with Easter Sunday. As Holy Week progresses to its final days, the solemnity heightens!
The Triduum (“three days”) is somewhat like a three-day continuous prayer service, and if you never attended, this article walks you through the liturgies and will help you pray and participate in theTriduum.
THE HOLY TRIDUUM
+ 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 9:30pm
+ 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)
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.