Entries for April 2020

Parish Update - 4/30/2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

Dear Seton Family, This week I’m giving up my keyboard by posting two messages from Msgr. Jeff Burrill and Fr. Vince Cushing (our weekend Presiders) who write to inform you how they are doing during this pandemic: Hello Parishioners of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton!  Last Sunday I briefly panicked when a notice popped up on my cell phone reminding me that I had the 8:00 am Mass in 15 ...

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Parish Update - 4/24/2020

Posted on April 24, 2020

Dear Seton Family, “I wonder and I wander out under the sky....”  I think we’re all familiar with that Christmas carol that has its origins in the hills of Appalachia. During these days of the lockdown, I found myself doing a lot of wandering in my daily walks around the neighborhood. And as I wandered, I wondered, mostly about you! Earlier this week, I created a short...

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Parish Update - 4/18/2020

Posted on April 18, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Christ is Risen!  Indeed, He is risen! During these first eight days (the Octave) of the Easter season, the gospels from daily Mass are stories of Jesus appearing to his disciples after the Resurrection. As the disciples are huddled behind locked doors, the Risen Jesus is suddenly standing there and says, “Peace be with you.” They were scared an...

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Parish Update - 4/14/2020

Posted on April 14, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Thank you for your messages, texts, emails and Facebook comments regarding our Holy Week liturgies. After receiving guidance from the Archdiocese on what to do for the Triduum services of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, I had  to learn “how” to implement these in such a small space due to the live stream camera view.&nb...

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Easter Sunday

Posted on April 12, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   While the Pandemic is still with us, we have arrived at Easter. In the face of present difficulties, we can rejoice that Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Risen, indeed, Alleluia! The joy of the first Easter came from the discovery of the Risen Lord present in his disciples’ lives. He came where they were locked away because of fear and gave them the courag...

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Easter Vigil

Posted on April 11, 2020

Dear Seton Family, Tonight is the “Mother of all vigils”, the pinnacle of the Church year, and the highpoint of Christian liturgy. We celebrate this solemn, yet joyful liturgy in the expectation of Christ’s resurrection in Easter. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, there is no lighting and blessing of the new fire, no outdoor procession, no one holding lit tapers in a dark churc...

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Good Friday

Posted on April 10, 2020

Dear Friends, Today we commemorate Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion with two liturgies: 12:00 Noon  Stations of the Cross: The Stations that I will be leading come from the mother of priest from the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan. She composed a set of prayers by connecting Jesus’ Passion and the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read about her story here. I came across these around...

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Dear Seton Family, Even though we are not together for the events and celebrations of Holy Week, we are still able to be united with each other and with the Lord in prayer and walk with him during these holy days.  The aim of Holy Week is to be in union with Christ, to share as fully as we can in his last days that led to his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. While the tangible thing...

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Parish Update - 4/7/2020

Posted on April 07, 2020

Dear Seton Family,   As we continue our journey with Jesus during Holy Week, we are facing immense challenges this year. With increased isolation from family and friends, from work and school, and even from our parish community, it could prove difficult to express our love and devotion, or to mark this week as different from any other days right now. I encourage you to carve out time to...

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Posted on April 03, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this message finds you and your family well as we weather this unparalleled crisis. You continue to be in my thoughts and daily prayer. With the absence of public Masses and celebration of the sacraments, Seton Parish has become a “virtual” parish – using the technology at our disposal to stay connected with you and provide opportunities ...

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