Welcome to the Greensburg Diocese, Bishop-elect William Malesic
The Holy Father has appointed Father Edward C. Malesic, a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, as the fifth bishop of the Greensburg Diocese. Bishop-elect Malesic, 54, is pastor of Holy Infant parish. A press conference was held and can be found on the facebook page for the Diocese of Greensburg. Please pray for Bishop-elect Malesic and for the Diocese of Greensburg. He will be ordained and installed on Monday, July 13, 2015.
Birthday of the Church
Fifty days after Jesus rises from the dead, on the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descends on the disciples. The breath of God fills them in a new way. It gives them the courage to go out and preach the message of Jesus Christ. Think of it in the following way – through Christ and the Holy Spirit, God the Father gives the Church her job description; go to the ends of the earth. Spread the Good News of salvation! This job description is the Church’s mission.
The Easter Season officially ends with Pentecost. The Pentecost Vigil Mass is Saturday, May 23 at 4:00 pm and will include several extra readings to enhance the liturgy. Sunday Mass times are 8:30 and 11:00 am. Pentecost will also be the last choir Mass before their summer break.
Simple acts of kindness may not seem like a big deal. But they are actually signs of the Holy Spirit’s life within us.
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. On this day we honor our fallen men and women who made the supreme sacrifice so that we may live in a free country. Before you enjoy your cookouts & summer fun activities, take a few moments to say a prayer for them and all of our service men and women, especially those from our parish on our Military Family board who we pray for & thank for their service.
CPSL – Thank you to all of our volunteers who attended the CPSL (Child Protection Services Law) informational meeting. Reminder that the required clearances and trainings must be completed and turned into the Parish Office by May 31st. If a volunteer does not complete the trainings and clearances, you will no longer be permitted to serve in your ministry. This is a State law and Diocesan requirement. Our parish website, www.seasnh.org , and the Diocesan website, www.dioceseofgreensburg.org, have pages set up with links to each of the clearances and trainings.
UPDATE –a recent email received from the Diocese indicates that Parishes who conduct a summer festival must require their festival workers to have their appropriate clearances and trainings. With that in mind, be advised that our Fish Fry volunteers will also be subject to these same clearances and trainings. Lent is many months away, but if you will be volunteering at the fish fry dinners, you will need to have this taken care of prior to Ash Wednesday.
All regularly scheduled and substitute volunteers, including all Eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, adult & youth choirs, adult altar servers, Religious formation catechists and aides, Children’s Liturgy and anyone who has direct contact with children, are required by law to file for the required clearances and to complete the required trainings. Greeters and Fish Fry workers will also be required to complete the trainings and clearances, but were not included on the initial list.
Important Ministry Schedule info
– PLEASE NOTE – The new ministry schedule for June 2015 has been issued. (Jun 1 to Jun 30 – Greeters, Altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Cantors and Ushers). Because it had to be done prior to the CPSL deadline, this schedule allows for the completion of the clearances and trainings. However, only those ministers who have completed and turned in ALL required trainings and clearances will be scheduled on the subsequent summer schedule.
Please be sure to complete and turn in your CPSL clearances and trainings as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your continued dedication and ministry – it is truly appreciated!
With summer coming up soon, the children’s “Summer Lunch Tote” program will be starting up. During the month of May there will be donor sign up sheets on the counter in the back of church for the months of June, July and August. We are looking to have 100 tote bags for each of these 3 summer months for the children whose families receive help from the Food Bank held in our Mack Hall. Many of these children depend on the free/reduced price breakfast/lunch program during the school year. During the summer months, many go without these meals.
We are asking that you purchase a shopping tote bag (.99 in most stores) and fill it with nonperishable breakfast/lunch items such as cereal, pop tarts, peanut butter, jelly, luncheon microwavable entrees, snack crackers, fruit cups, fruit snacks, jello, pudding, drinks, or any other items that you would like to include. Please try to keep it as healthy as possible and remember that this tote is not intended to feed them for the whole month. This is just a little extra for the child in that family.
You may sign up for as many totes and as many months as you can. The Food Bank Distribution dates are June 13, July 11, and August 15. Lunch totes will need to be in Mack Hall the week prior to the distribution date.
Please be sure to use a shopping tote, and not a plastic bag as this makes it easier to distribute and for the children to carry.
Any questions, call the office and leave a message for Barb Jackson. Many thanks to Barb and her group of volunteers for share in this ministry.
With the summer lunch program, we won’t need items for the regular lunch program until the fall. Many thanks to all who donate to the lunch programs.
The children all have a ‘countdown’ number till school is out. With the end of the school year, it’s time to start planning the summer months. Be sure to include Vacation Bible School (VBS) in their schedule. This year’s theme is “Mexican Fiesta”. VBS is open to students in K-5th (Based on grade just completed). Student aides, Grades 6-12, are always needed. VBS will be held at St. Agnes Church on June 3-5, with lunch included on Weds & Thurs (9:00 am-3:00 pm), and a snack on Friday (9:00 am-12 noon). The cost is $25/participant /$50 for a family of 3 or more. Checks should be made payable to St. Agnes Church. For further information, contact Sister Charlene at 724-864-6364.
Diocesan Lenten Appeal – DLA: “One Family of Faith”
The parish is sincerely grateful to all who have responded to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. As of this past week, our total gifts is $61,995!!!!! We are most grateful! Final follow up letters should be arriving in homes this week. If you have not made your gift, please prayerfully discern your gift and return your pledge card at Mass next weekend, or return it to the parish office. In addition, your gift can be made online at DLA.dioceseofgreensburg.org. Our parish stands to receive over $12,000 to be used towards repaving the church parking lot. Last year our parish had gifts from 416 families —- we are still shy by 25 gifts from last year. Together, we can reach our goal of $75,000 and our parking lot will get some much needed attention.
Mark your calendar –
Graduates Mass – On Sunday, May 24 at the 11:00 Mass, we will honor our graduates. Letters have been sent to graduates, but in case we may have missed you, please know that you are most welcome to join us. Please plan on wearing your cap & gown and attending as a group. Contact the parish office to RSVP.
Pentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015. It’s the Birthday of the Church! Be sure to wear your ‘red’.
Ordination – A reception will be held on Saturday, June 13 to honor our parishioner Jeff Cieslewicz who will be ordained as a Deacon at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral at 10am. The reception will be held in Mack Hall for him after the 4:00 pm Mass.
Kinsey Scholarship –The Thomas Kinsey Scholarship Fund offers a grant to a 2015 high school graduate who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education. One student from our Catholic community (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Agnes, or Immaculate Conception) will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Please call the parish office of Immaculate Conception (724-863-9550) with your name, address, phone number and an application will be mailed to you. Completed applications are due by June 9.
Caring Friends Funeral Luncheon Committee – In the event of a parishioner’s death, the family may use Mack Hall to serve a luncheon after the funeral at no charge (donations are accepted). Our “Caring Friends” funeral luncheon committee assists the grieving family with the arrangements. They set tables, make coffee/tea, serve food, and clean up after the family has left. To check the availability of the hall, please contact the Parish office at 724-864-6364. If the hall is available, you will be instructed who to contact, and their committees will be able to make all the arrangements. Volunteers are needed for this committee. Time commitment is minimal. If you are able to serve on the committee, contact Julie at the office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Christian Mothers – The next regular meeting will be May 28 at 7pm in Mack Hall. For more info on the organization, click here: Christian Mothers.
Seton Men’s Group – will meet on Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 am in the church for prayer time, followed by discussion/planning. All men of the parish are invited to attend. For more information, contact Scott Benedict at 412.754.1849.
Adoration – Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month for an hour of quiet prayer and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00-8:00 pm in the church. The next scheduled date is June 8, 2015.
2015 Mass Intention Scheduling – Request forms & guideline policies are available on the counter in the back of church. For further information and/or to print the forms, see the Parish Information Page.
Faith Formation News – Click here for information regarding the Faith Formation of our youth. Faith Formation News
CATHOLIC YOUTH DAY AT CEDAR POINT
Attention all parish youth in Grades 5 – 12! You are invited to join the Diocesan Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 for an exciting Diocesan Youth trip to Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio. The cost for the day is $70 and includes admission to Cedar Point, a boxed breakfast, coach bus transportation, and a catered dinner in the park. Please note that those in grades 5-8 must be accompanied by a parent/chaperone in the park. Graduating seniors 18 and older must have all appropriate clearances. Registration deadline is June 14 or whenever the buses are filled. Contact the parish office for details or visit www.dioceseofgreensburg.org. Plan to enjoy this FUN-FILLED day!
Day of Discernment – If you know of a high school student who might be considering the priesthood, please invite him to attend a Day of Discernment on Tuesday, July 7 from 10 AM to 7 PM at Greensburg Central Catholic High School. This day will include a variety of activities and prayer opportunities that can help a person to understand better God’s call in his life. Interested parties may contact Fr. Jonathan Wisneski at email@example.com or Fr. Tyler Bandura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you been attending Mass here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and would you like to officially register as a parishioner? Our registration form can be found here: Parish Information . If you have had any changes to your family such as a mailing address, email, or phone number, changes can be made on the Parish Information page.
Queen of Angels School – click here to read more about what’s happening at our school, Queen of Angels.
Our Military Members – Due to recent ISIS threats to military members and their families, we will no longer be listing our Military members on the website. We will however, proudly display our Military member board in church and we will continue to pray for them and all service men and women. We thank them and all men and women in the military for their service, and pray for their safety. If you have a family member who is serving in the military and would like to include them on our Military board, please send their name, branch of service, rank, where they are stations and a photo to Julie at the Parish Office. Thank you to Michele Fucich, for keeping our board updated and for sharing your talents, and to all of our military families – THANK YOU!!!
Congratulations to our parishioner Jeff Cieslewicz who was called to the “Rite of Candidacy” on the next step towards permanent diaconate at a special Mass on November 30. Candidacy is a public proclamation of his intention to move towards holy orders. This Mass took place at St. Barbara’s Church in Harrison City.
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, Jeff, along with a number of other men who are preparing for Ordination to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Greensburg, received the Ministries of Lector and Acolyte at Saint Thomas More University Parish at IUP in Indiana, Pennsylvania. These steps toward Ordination are recognized Ministries within the Catholic Church.
The Ministry of Lector calls the man to be a servant of the living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read. Those who exercise the Ministry of Lector must be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that through them the faithful may develop a warm and living love of the Scriptures. This conferred Ministry is a model for all lectors and readers of the Word at Liturgy.The Ministry of Acolyte confers upon the candidate an appointment to assist the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty to attend to the service of the altar and to assist in liturgical celebrations, especially the Mass. He distributes communion as a special Eucharistic minister when appropriate. This conferred Ministry is a model for all acolytes and servers.
We congratulate Jeff, and, God willing, look forward to June 13th when he will be ordained as a Deacon for the Diocese. Our congratulations also goes out to Roseanne, his wife, and their family.
Pray for Jeff as he continues his journey.
What an awesome sight during Young Voices Choir practice.
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Parish Census Information: Please Note – Earlier this year, 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. In our ongoing process of trying to update our records, we are checking on “adult” children who are listed under their parent’s information. Letters are being sent to families who have adult children listed (some of these ‘children’ may even be in their 30’s!) We ask that if you receive a letter, please return it promptly to the parish office. Many thanks!
Stewardship – Sharing of our time, talent, and treasures
Sharing of our time & talents: Looking for a ministry that needs volunteers? Check out the newly updated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Ministry Opportunities list and sign up to share of your time and talents in one of our ministries. Click here for the Ministry list.
Sharing our treasures: Our parish has bills to be paid and a budget to keep, just as you do with your household. If you are a registered member and attending Mass, you should be receiving offertory envelopes. We depend on your donations to keep our parish bills paid. If you are not receiving envelopes, please contact Roseann at the office. For those of you who would like to make your donations electronically, consider our Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Forms are available in the back of church or you can click here for a copy of the registration form. EFT 2015 Sign Up Forms
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.
Did you know the Diocese of Greensburg is now officially on Facebook and Twitter? Check it out along with our Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Page!
If you have any suspicion about the sexual abuse (or any other type of abuse) of a minor child by anyone — please contact PA Childline immediately at 1-800-932-0313. If the alleged abuser is functioning in a parish, school or diocesan position as clergy, religious, paid staff or volunteer you are also requested to contact the Bishop’s Delegate for Matters of Sexual Misconduct after you have called the Childline number and made the report. The Bishop’s Delegate may be reached at 724-837-0901, Ext. 1221.
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.