Dear Seton Family,
As the season of Easter continues on (we are just past the halfway point!), I sometimes feel the strain of sustaining the joy of the Resurrection! As if 40 days of Lent weren’t difficult enough, the Church gives 50 days to carry on the celebration of the Risen Lord!! The Church, however, is ALWAYS living the joy of Easter, because it is the Good News of the empty tomb that helps us confront and overcome every difficulty. It is true that not every day will feel so joyous, but the deeply rooted sense that “all will be well” should always be in our minds and hearts. Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles presents Paul and Barnabas very much on the move. In the context of six verses of scripture, they are in eight different towns, enduring hardships, making disciples, praying and fasting, preaching and teaching. They show no signs of fatigue, but they simply continue to give themselves over to the grace of God. This is a great lesson for us during this busy time of year. In all that demands our time and energy, the Lord simply calls us to love one another... a great reminder of what is truly important for us.
This Sunday, May 15, we honor the Blessed Mother with our May Procession. We will process to the Mary statue in the grotto behind the church after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. I invite everyone to join me for this special devotion to the Mother of our Lord. Those families who are registered in the Root program are especially encouraged to participate as part of their faith formation journey.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to “meet and greet” the staff of St. Michael’s (https://www.smpschurch.org). I am looking forward to getting to know them and the parish community as I begin my assignment on July 1. It is with sadness to announce that my last Mass at Seton will be Sunday, June 26 at 11:00am. Afterwards, I will begin the process of moving so that the Staff can be ready to receive Msgr. Woy.
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.