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Anointing of the Sick following morning Mass on Wednesday, September 3.

Sacred Heart Novena on Friday, September 5 following 8:00 am Mass.

Baptism Preparatory Session -All parents expecting their first baby or who just had their first child are invited to attend the Baptism Preparatory Session at the Seton Center on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm.  For more information, contact Sister Charlene.

walkathon

Queen of Angels – 2014 WALKATHON will take place on Friday, September 19 at St. Edwards in Herminie. This is a major fundraiser for the school. Please help Father Len by donating in his name. Envelopes are located on the back counter in the church. Checks can be made payable to “Queen of Angels Schools”. Thanks for your support!

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catechist needed

 Registration forms for Religious Formation classes have been mailed out for grades 1-4.  If you have not received a form in the mail, there are forms available on the back counter in church or click here: Faith Formation Elementary Registration 2014.2015.  Forms may be returned to the office by dropping in the collection basket or mailing them to the office.  Faith Formation schedule 2014.15.   Classes begin on Sunday, September 14.

important information

Kindergarten – Since the inception of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish there has been a kindergarten class for the children of the parish who are not enrolled in Catholic School.  The Diocese considers Kindergarten a crucial step in preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The Diocese of Greensburg wants the children to have two FULL years of preparation for these Sacraments. Kindergarten is the first year.  If your child is entering kindergarten in August, please pick up a registration form in the back of church or click the above “Faith Formation Elementary Registration 2014.2015″ link above.  Fill it out and either mail it to Sister Charlene, or put it in an envelope labeled CCD Registration and drop it in the collection basket.  We begin sessions for children in Grades K-4 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 9:20 am.

Catechists/Aides are needed for first Grade.  We need three to work with two small groups of children. There are manuals and direction will be provided. We are also in need of one or two teenagers to be Prayer Angels for the Second Graders. Prayer Angels make sure that the children know all their formal prayers, form for Confession, and Parts of the Mass. This would be a great service project for teens. Sessions run from September to April.  Please call Sister Charlene if you are able to help.  724-864-6364.

Junior Youth Ministry registration forms are available in the back of church also or you can click here:  JYM Registration form 2014.2015.  Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) is for students in grades 5-8.  They meet from 6:00-8:00 pm on Sunday evenings at the Bishop Bosco Center. Registration forms may be returned to the office by dropping in the collection basket or mailing them to the office.  JYM schedule 2014.15.  The next session is September 7. All students who missed the Kick-Off are to come with their parents to the cafeteria (Queen of Angels School – please enter by Exit #4) by 5:50 pm.  There is a MANDATORY MEETING for all parents NOT PRESENT at the Kick-off beginning at 6:00 pm.  Students who were at the Kick-Off, please report to your assigned classes no later than 5:55 pm.

SYM (Senior Youth Ministry)   Our Kick Off meeting for the school year will be Sunday September 7th from 6-8 pm.  All students, grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.  The Parent Meeting will be at 7:15 in the Auditorium.  It is not necessary for youth to attend every event that is offered if their schedule does not permit them to do so.  Instead, plan their schedule so as to allow them to be as much a part of our youth program as is plausible.  SYM Schedule 2014_15       SYM Registration Form 2014-15

 Young Adult Ministry (NEW!!!!!) –   parishioners who are in their 20’s or 30’s and would like to learn more about their faith in addition to social time with others their age, are invited to participate.  Contact John McCulloch at jmculloch@dioceseofgreensburg.org for more information. Upcoming Young Adult Summer events for August include

  • Cookout – Saturday, September 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm at St. Agnes. We will have food and play outdoor games in the grass between the two parking lots.  Please bring a covered dish to share, and, of course, a friend!

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MINISTRY HELP NEEDED

Listed below are several Ministries in need of more volunteers. Contact Julie at the office if you are able to help out.

 

baptism celebrate lifeCelebrate Life Ministry - We are in need of 1 or 2 volunteers who will coordinate our new ministry, “Celebrate Life”. When a baptism is scheduled, the coordinators will be contacted by the office. The office will take care of ordering a red rose with greens at Belak Florist in Irwin.  The coordinators will make sure that the flower(s) are at church for the baptism.  One of the coordinators will need to be at each baptism to present the mother with the flower in thanksgiving of their gift of life.  This ministry is a beautiful way to “Celebrate Life” and welcome our newest members to our parish. If you are able to help, please contact Julie at the office (jhenry2@dioceseofgreensburg.org or 724-864-6364).

children's liturgy

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – With the start of the new school year, we would like to resume the “Children’s Liturgy of the Word” (CLOW). The children in grades K-4 are called forth from Mass to the Francis Room, where they will hear the Word of God in words they can understand.  Volunteers are needed to help as a liturgist and as a helper.  We need at least 2 volunteers per Mass. Time involvement is minimal. All materials are supplied. Scheduling will be done based on availability. Virtus training will be required (Diocesan requirements).

usher and greeters

Our “Welcoming” ministry of Ushers and Greeters are in need of new members, especially at the 11:00 am Mass.  Greeters play an important role simply by saying a cheery “Good morning” to those who attend Mass.  Ushers assist with seating, taking up the offertory collection,  monitoring the communion procession, and distributing bulletins. Greeters are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to Mass, stand at the entrance door and greet parishioners.   Training is provided for Usher duties. Both of these jobs include short working hours, (you’re gonna be at Mass anyway!), great working conditions (in front of our Lord and Savior), flexible schedule and unbeatable pay (Eternal Rewards).

choir practice

Choir -It’s here!!! Come One, Come all to the first Parish Choir rehearsal for the 2014-2015 season this coming Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm in the church! We need everyone who enjoys music and singing to the Lord to come to rehearsal. For more information, Contact Marion Siebert at 412-751-0214 and prayerfully consider lending your singing voice in worship to our God for the benefit of others gathered here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

lunch bag donationsOperation Lunch Bag – Now that school has started, we will resume our “Lunch Bag” program. We are very grateful to all who helped during the summer months, and we ask your help once again as we fill our pantry with lunch items. This program involves providing a brown lunch bag with healthy items. Donations of healthy, nonperishable items are being accepted in the tote containers in the back of church. Remember that these items MUST fit in a brown lunch bag and MUST be in their original unopened package.
Looking for a ministry to help others??? Sign up to help with the lunch bags. Workers are needed to shop for items and also for putting the bags together. It requires a minimal amount of time, generally only an hour to put the bags together.  Contact Debby Pazehoski if interested at d.pazehoski@outlook.com.

 

Blanket 2Christian Mothers – The “Cover of Many Colors” news:  Christian Mothers is continuing to work on making lap blankets to be gifted at Christmas time The blankets may either be knitted or crocheted and we welcome anyone to assist us. This shared activity is a way to strengthen ties within our community and family.  We are asking for volunteers to help us by donating yarn, crocheted patches, or a finished throw. Thanks to those in our parish family who have been helping us. Your generosity makes a difference in many ways.  For more information, contact Tammy at 724-863-4580.

Christian Mothers & Ladies Guild will celebrate their 35th Anniversary on Sunday, September 7. Fathers Len and Angelus will concelebrate the Mass at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon in Mack Hall at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and may be obtained by calling Fran at 724-864-4692. All current and inactive members are encouraged to attend.

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New Page on our Website – New to our website is the page “Did you know?…..Learning our Faith”.  Each month a topic will be posted to help us grow in our faith.  Be sure to check it out.  Learning our Faith.  Also, check out some photos of our beautiful parish grounds.  Mary’s Garden

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queen of angels school

Queen of Angels School started August 25 and they are in need of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white paper. If you would like to donate a ream, or a case, please call the school office at 724-978-0144. Thank you for your support!

Back to school picnic will be held at Oak Hollow Park on Thursday, September 11 from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Please join us!  As part of our on-going mission to guide each child to reach their full academic, spiritual, social, emotional and physical potential, a Walkathon will be held on Friday, September 19. Family and friends are encouraged to join us for this fundraising event at the St. Edward’s Church campus during regular school hours. An Open House will be held on Thursday, September 18 in which everyone will have an opportunity to see their child’s room and meet their teacher.

Wouldn’t you love to divert your state taxes to a really good cause for Catholic education in your community? PA Education Improvement Tax Credit  (EITC) Program provides a tax credit of up to 90% for companies that donate to approved non-profit scholarship organizations in the Commonwealth. For more information, call Christina Bortak at 724-978-0144. Help needy families attend quality schools at little or no cost to you.

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Our Military Members – Please keep the following family members who are currently serving in the military in your prayers:  CE3 Petty Officer Jason Turner (US Navy),2LT Trevor Anselmino (US Army), Pvt Sean Boatright (Marines), Bill Bellis (US Navy, E-3), Msgt Eric Swerock (USAF), Staff Sgt Ryan Boehm (US Air Force), Sgt Matthew Boehm (US Army), Lt Mark Sajowitz (USAF), and 1st LT George Carpenter II (US Marine Core Naval Aviator).  We thank them and all men and women in the military for their service, and pray for their safety.
Special thanks to Michele Fucich for updating our Military Family board. It is on display in the entrance of the church.  The board can be updated as needed and if you have a family member who is serving in the military and would like to include them, please send their name, branch of service, rank, where they are stations and a photo to Julie at the Parish Office.  Thank you, Michele, for sharing your talents, and to all of our military families – THANK YOU!!!
 

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Calendar of Events September 2014

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Diocesan Lenten Appeal (DLA) – The parish is sincerely grateful to all who have responded to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. The total of pledges and gifts is $56,894 with 35.42% of our parish responding.  We have received our 1st check in the amount of $1,040.62, which represents money returned from the diocese from the DLA campaign.
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What an awesome sight during Young Voices Choir practice.

What an awesome sight during Young Voices Choir practice.

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Parish Census Information:  Please Note – Within the past few months, we sent by postal mail (Bulk Rate) several mailings.  IF YOU HAVE NOT received  these mailings and are a member of the SEAS parish family, please contact the parish office to rectify the situation.  You may not be listed as an active member, and if you are, we want to correct our records so that you receive our correspondence.   Also, as we work to update our records, anyone over the age of 18 should be registered as an adult, even if you are still living at home with your parents.  If you have an adult child who is no longer living in the area and has already registered at their new parish, please let us know.   Many thanks!

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Looking for a ministry that needs volunteers?  Check out the newly updated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Ministry Opportunities list.  Click here for the  Ministry list.

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The new Ministry Schedule for Sep 6 to Nov 30 – Greeters, Altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Cantors    – Complete ministry schedule is now available.  For those who do not have internet, the schedules have been mailed out.  Please remember to request a sub if you are going to be away on vacation.  All sub requests should be made through the online system as early in the week as possible so it can be processed in a timely manner. If you are attending a Mass that is in need of an Altar Server and Lector, please offer your talent by asking an usher or Father Len if you are needed.  Thank you!

 

Traveling ? Mass Times: a Ministry for traveling Catholics – find a Catholic Church wherever you travel.  Don’t forget that while you are away, your home parish is still having to pay it’s bills.  Sign up for EFT so that your contribution will be made even when you’re not here.

 

Daily Readings        Saint of the Day

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish was born to serve the needs of our ever-growing faith community. We are spirit-filled, hardworking people, baptized into the Family of God and called to ministry. We gather together to worship, to spread the Gospel Message of Peace, to respond to the needs of all and to love one another. We pledge to become more spiritually alive as a parish, Inspired, Motivated and Challenged by the love of Jesus Christ.

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