REMINDER—THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 

Fr. Paul will be saying his Final Weekend Mass at 11:00am. 

A reception will follow in the Parish Center. 

All are welcome to come by and offer your well wishes to Fr. Paul!

 

This Mass will be LIVE-STREAMED, instead of 9:30am.


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since March 2020 (Covid-19 shutdown) I have written my weekly message for our Flocknotes – always seeking to write something about the faith which would both instruct and inspire (you be the judge to what degree I succeeded!). As I write this article – my last as your pastor – my heart is filled with many memories and emotions.

The past nine years as your Pastor have allowed me to enter into the mystery of the Church in a new way after hospital ministry at Johns Hopkins. It is the Church of Christ of which we are all members and the same Church that brings together. This community is blessed, and I have been blessed by being a part of it.

I have had such joy as a priest to have participated in the Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations and Marriages of your families, mentoring seminarians and deacon candidates and being present and serving on the school board of the School of the Incarnation. It has also been a privilege to accompany you at times of crisis, sadness and the death of your loved ones. The life of a priest is a call to share the joy of the gospel in preaching God’s Word, celebrating Christ’s life in the Mass and Sacraments and serving God’s people in the happy times as well as the sad. God has blessed me with this opportunity as your parish priest for these many years.

A priest does not work on his own. I would like to thank the talented and hardworking staff of our parish, those who serve in our Liturgical Ministries, the many dedicated parishioners who serve in our various Faith Formation programs for adults, children and teenagers, the outreach programs to our senior citizens and homebound, clients who come to our Food Pantry, the homeless through our efforts with Winter Relief and to our sister parishes: St. Gregory the Great in West Baltimore City and Fr. Val’s parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haiti. Thanks also to those who have shared their wisdom and advised me on the parish’s Covid-19 Task Force, Pastoral and Financial councils and the Pastorate Planning committee over these years.

Know that you will always hold a special place in my heart and that no matter where the Lord might call me to serve in the years ahead, I will always consider myself a son of Seton Parish. You formed and taught me how to be a pastor and I will be forever grateful for your patience, understanding, faith and above all...love. I also want to say I’m sorry. Jesus is perfect but we are not yet perfect – myself definitely included. Please forgive me for any time that I might have treated you with less than the dignity and respect you are owed.

Even as I go forth to my new flock, I will always hold you all in my heart, especially at the altar of God. I will always remember and pray for you. Please pray for me and for my new community at St. Michael’s. If you wish to keep in touch my address is:

St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 Saint Michael's Road
Mount Airy, MD 21771
or email me at psparklin@archbalt.org
or check out their website— www.smpschurch.org

Finally, please welcome Msgr. Woy and love him the way those of you who were here nine years ago when I arrived, loved and welcomed me because that made all the difference in the world! When you see him simply to tell him "I am so happy you're here and I look forward to following the Lord with you and walking with you."

With my deepest gratitude to God and to you,
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, 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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