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 HOLY WEEK BEGINS

Our Sacred Journey through Holy Week began on Palm Sunday. This is the most sacred time of the year. We recalled the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He was greeted with acclamations which soon turned to cries of condemnation.

On Thursday morning the Bishop gathers with his priests and people to bless the Holy Oils and renew priestly commitment at the Chrism Mass. You are invited to gather at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 10:00 am for this Chrism Mass.

On Thursday evening, we begin the Sacred Triduum, the three sacred days. We celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm, followed by adoration until Midnight. A pilgrimage of Faith to Mt. Pleasant Churches and a stop at Eat ‘n Park will follow Mass.

On Friday, the Good Friday service begins at 1:30 pm.  Our last fish dinner is from 3:00 until 7:00 pm, with Tenebrae at 9:00 pm.  No Stations on Friday.

On Saturday, the Blessing of Easter Foods is at Noon, and the Solemn Easter Vigil begins at 9:00 pm.  The two Masses on Easter Sunday are 8:30 and 11:00 am.  Make this week truly Holy……Enter into the Celebrations.

Coming up this week 

FISH FRY DINNER – This week, Good Friday, the fish fry starts at 3:00. Please plan on joining us for the last dinner.    Fish Fry information.   Baked goods are needed. Please drop off you donations in Mack Hall anytime on Friday.  Thank you for your help!

Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence.  No meat and only 1 meal.

Complete calendar of April Events

Holy Week Schedule
Holy Thursday, April 17 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  7:00 pm Adoration after Mass until midnight.
Good Friday, April 18 – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 1:30 pm
 Good Friday - Tenebrae: 9:00 pm
Holy Saturday, April 19 – Blessing of the Easter Baskets: 12 noon
Holy Saturday, April 19, Easter Vigil:  9:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 20 – Masses at 8:30 am and 11:00 am
Click here for 2014 Regional Easter Schedule   (Please note that IC has changed their time for Tenebrae to 8:30 pm)
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Please note that the Parish office will be closed on Holy Thursday (Apr 17) , Good Friday (Apr 18), and Easter Monday (April 21). The office will reopen on Tuesday, April 22. 
There will NOT be Morning Mass the week of April 21-25.  Father Len will be away this week.
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blessing of the easter basketBlessing of the Easter Basket – start a new family tradition this Easter Season.  The Blessing of Easter Foods takes place on Holy Saturday at noon in the church.  Not sure what to put in your basket?  Click here for more info: Blessing of the Easter Basket

 

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Daily Readings        Saint of the Day

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  THERE WILL NOT BE CONFESSION ON HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH.  Regular Confessions resume on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 am. 
Also, due to First Communion, there will NOT be any confession on Saturday, May 3 and May 10.  Please make a note of these dates.  
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Holy Thursday pic
HOLY THURSDAY PILGRIMAGE
A tradition here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Holy Thursday (April 17) after evening Mass is to visit area churches. A bus will be provided. If you are interested in going this year, please sign your name on the sheet on the back counter.  Everyone is welcome to join us!
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Altar Server Training has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm in church. If you are in the 4th grade or up, and have made your First Communion, please consider assisting with the Ministry. Scheduling is done based on your Mass preference and availability.  In order to ensure that we have enough handouts, there is a sign up sheet in the back of church on the counter, or contact Julie at the office (jhenry2@dioceseofgreensburg.org), by Tuesday, April 22nd.  If you are unable to attend the training but are interested in signing up, contact Julie and we will make arrangements for training.  Won’t you consider sharing of your time and talent for this very important ministry?
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spring cleaningIT’S SPRING CLEANING TIME!!!!!!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 for a much needed spring cleaning of our church. We will begin at 9:00 am (after morning Mass/rosary) and work until 2:00 pm each day.  Lunch will be provided. Bring your bucket and some cleaning rags.  We will supply the Murphy’s Oil Soap.  In the event of a funeral, we will need to reschedule.  A sign up sheet is available in the back of church or you may notify Julie by email at jhenry2@dioceseofgreensburg.org.  Be sure to leave a phone number of email address so that you can be notified in the event of rescheduling due to a funeral.  Won’t you come out and lend a hand?   Many hands make a light load.
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Parish Lenten Retreat
 Renewal of Mind and Heart: Scriptural Spirituality Today
We thank our team for inspiring us with wonderful topics and we thank all of you who have taken time out of your busy lives to join us.   Photos of the retreat are now posted on both the Lenten Retreat Page  Retreat Photos and the Photo Gallery.  Lenten Retreat Photos
retreat signsReminder to all who placed signs announcing the retreat, please be sure to gather them and return them to Mack Hall. Thank you for your help!
 
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Diocesan Lenten Appeal (DLA) - has begun. A sincere thank you goes out to all who have responded to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. To date, (April 14, 2014) the total of pledges and gifts is $51,717 with only 30.58% of our parish responding!  That means we only need $3,283 to reach our parish goal of $55,000.  WE CAN DO IT!   With 69.42% of our parish or 788 families left to respond, our parish goal is within reach. If you haven’t already done so, please make time this week to make your gift. You may return your pledge card at Mass next weekend or return it to the Parish Office this week. If you would like to make your donation by debit or credit card, the Diocese has set up a secured page on their website. Click here for the link to the site:  DLA Campaign Pledge.   Help us be successful in the 2014 DLA.
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Adult Lenten Series – You are invited to the Monday Adult Lenten Series “Living our Faith: The Catechism of the Catholic Church”.  Each topic covered in the DVD series focuses on one important aspect of the Catholic faith in the presentation and will follow with a group discussion.  The final date is April 14.  All sessions are held in the Seton Center on Mondays from 1-3 pm and repeated from 7-9 pm. 
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Deepen your faith this Lenten Season.  Check out these movies that the Diocese recommends.  click here for movies
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Christian Mothers News:  Did you know…..the Cover of Many Colors is beginning at SEAS?  This project consists of making lap blankets for nearby residents in senior care homes, home bound friends, and veterans. We are looking for #4 or medium yarn to begin this undertaking. We are also looking for volunteers to crochet granny patches that are 4×4 inches or 3 rows of granny stitches.  Samples of these will be available in the Christian Mothers basket  located in the back of church. The squares can be returned to the basket, which are then stitched together to form a 36×40 inch throw blanket trimmed with a lovely edge. These covers will then be blessed by Father Len and given to the recipients.  If you are interested in helping, contact Tammy Holleran at 412-638-4296 or Anita Poetain at 412-888-6908.

 

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Mark your calendar – The 3rd annual “Blessing of the Bikes” will be held on Sunday, May 4.  The event takes place in the rear church parking lot, and will begin at 2:00 pm.  Father Len will offer a Blessing service at 2:30 pm.  Enjoy indoor refreshments, live music by “Good News Blues” with Diana Mikash, prizes and a whole lot more! For more information, contact Diana at 724-989-4325.  Come and be blessed as you “Ride with God by your Side!” bike blessing

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Announcement — Mrs. Linda Holsopple, Principal of Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in North Huntingdon, has announced her retirement at the end of the academic school year.  In our efforts to provide the very best in continued leadership for the school, the Board of Trust Administrators (the five local pastors responsible for the school) have issued the following statement for application for the leadership position.  If interested, or in knowledge of someone who may be interested, please feel free to share this info:

Upon the retirement of our Principal Linda Holsopple, at the end of this academic year QUEEN OF ANGELS Elementary/Middle School is accepting applications for an Elementary School Principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  We are a Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade school with 32 faculty/staff members and an enrollment of 274.  The successful candidate must be a Catholic in good standing, with a strong vision for religious and academic leadership.  A  BA, MA degrees in education and principal certificate along with a mixture of teaching and administrative experience is desired, ideally in a Catholic school system.  To receive an application, qualified candidates are invited to send a resume, cover letter, and credential file to:  Rev. John A Moinaeu, Chairperson of Quuen of Angels Board of Trust Administers, c/o Immaculate Conception Parish, 305 Second Street, Irwin, PA 15642.

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Parish Census Information:  Please Note – Within the past month we sent by postal mail (Bulk Rate) two mailings regarding our upcoming parish mission.  IF YOU HAVE NOT received either of 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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That Man is You! The spring semester of “That Man is You” continues on Sundays at 6:45 pm in the Seton Center.  Take this opportunity to make this a part of your Lenten Journey.  For more information, Contact Scott Benedict at 412-754-1849.

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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 Mar 1 to May 30 2014 – Complete ministry schedule is now available.

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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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