Seton Weekly Update 5/20/22

Posted on May 22, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace is one of the most needed things in our world today. We find ourselves desiring peace, even if it is only for a couple of minutes. Sometimes, gazing at a picture offers us a sense of peace, such as a calm lake surrounded by a forest, with snow-capped mountains in the background.

But these moments of peace last the same length of time as a lightning flash. Therefore, our quest continues for the peace our hearts desire. But our energies are wasted if we continue searching for peace in the wrong places (through material things) or in the absence of something (war, conflict, problems, etc.)

The peace our hearts seek can be obtained even amid the difficulties of the world. This peace is offered to us through Christ. He tells us in Sunday’s Gospel, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you” ( Jn. 14:27). This means that every time we have that urgent desire to experience peace, we just simply need to enter into communion with God through prayer. It is that daily personal connection with Christ that offers us true peace. Therefore, I invite you to fervently pray and ask the Lord to grant you the peace He has to offer.

In other news…

Speaking of peace, the staff has been working hard to ensure a seamless and peaceful transition as I leave and Msgr. Woy comes in.  The staff had a very nice luncheon “meet and greet” last week with Monsignor and have been communicating with him to make him aware of how our parish operates with regards to liturgy and day to day operations.  There are a lot of emotions with transition, but our goal is to make his as smooth as possible for all. I encourage you to be the welcoming parish that you are upon Msgr. Woy’s arrival.  Please keep myself, the staff and Msgr. Woy in your prayers during this transition of pastoral leadership. 

This weekend, we rejoice with former Seton summer interns, Luke Koski and Nicholas Mwai, as they will be ordained Transitional Deacons tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Together with them, seven other men are joining the ranks of the diaconate for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in preparation for their future ordination as Priests. Please join me in praying for them and all our newly ordained Deacons. Speaking of deacons, our own Deacon Ray Moreau celebrated his nineteenth anniversary of his Ordination this past Tuesday!

Heartiest congratulations to 27 teenagers will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming Monday at 5:30pm. We will be welcoming Bishop Adam Parker to Seton for the first time! Please lift them, their sponsors and family members in your prayers over the weekend. 

Finally, a happy birthday goes out to Fr. Val who turned 67 on May 16. Please pray for him and for peace in Haiti. 

May the Lord give you his peace,
Fr. Paul

 


Here is this Sunday’s 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, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions. 


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