Dear Parishioners - August 12th marked the one year anniversary of the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, VA and the counter protest. We remember those who died on that day. Over the year I asked the Parish Staff and the Pastoral Council (in concert with the standing committees) to honestly talk about the sin of racism and to provide their input to the Pastoral Council, who then summarized their thoughts to be shared with our parish community. The Council’s response is now available. I urge you to commit not only to praying, but also listening, learning, thinking and working for peace, justice and an end to racism. Our faith calls us to be witnesses of the Gospel. Be that witness in working to eliminate racism and discrimination within our culture!   ~ Fr. Paul

Please pdf click here (257 KB) to read the Pastoral Council response to racism.

Dear St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishioner and Friends of Seton,

It has been a very difficult summer for the Church with the revelation of misconduct and abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the shocking grand jury report released by the attorney general of Pennsylvania.  Seldom have I felt so discouraged.  I do not know what the future holds for the Church.  But it is clear that our past cannot be our future and radical reform is needed.  I took a couple of days to read the Report and the details of the abuse and the cover-up by the bishops were heart-wrenching and sickening.  There is no defense of the indefensible.  Nor do I have any desire to try to defend any of it. 

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