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Lent began on  Ash Wednesday, February 18.  Abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent for those 14 years of age and older. Fasting is required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for those 18 to 59 years of age (in good health) to one large meal or one main meal with 2 smaller meals. For a complete schedule of activities here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, click here: Lent 2015 Schedule.  Please note that due to scheduling conflicts, the Senior Youth Ministry will not be sponsoring the “Mime Passion”.

fish dinnerWith the start of Lent, it’s time for our annual Lenten Fish Dinners.  Many thanks to all who have signed up to help and to all those who patronize our dinners.  It’s a great time to come out and socialize and enjoy a delicious meal.  For more info, including the menu and workers schedule, click here: Lenten Fish Dinner

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“Lent at the Movies”

This year’s Lenten Series is entitled “Lent at the Movies” and focuses exclusively on Saints and Holy Ones—those who have recently been canonized saints or those who are on the “fast track” toward canonization.  Our sessions will begin on Monday, February 23, 2015 and conclude on Monday of Holy Week—March 30, 2015.

For a week by week listing, click here: Lent at the Movies 2015

The Afternoon sessions begin at 1:00-3:00 PM and Evening sessions go from 7-9 PM.  But because many of these films are full movie length–there are a number of times when participants will be asked to come in earlier then these posted times to begin the movies.
Come, join us for the Adult Lenten Series and be prepared to be inspired and encouraged as these saints and holy ones show us how they followed the call of the Lord in their lives and times.

PenanceLenten Regional Penance Services – All services begin at 7:00 pm.  Mark your calendars and plan on attending.

Sun, Mar 22 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Mon, Mar 23- St. Edward, Herminie
Tues, Mar 24 – Immaculate Conception, Irwin
Thurs, Mar 26 – St. Agnes, NH

Diocesan Lenten Appeal – DLA:  “One Family of Faith”

DLA 2015This year’s Diocesan Lenten Campaign focuses on caring for one another and celebrating the family. This theme is especially appropriate as we eagerly await the visit of Pope Francis to the “World Meeting of Families” in September.   A letter from the Bishop kicking off the campaign will be sent to families and is scheduled to arrive in homes during the week of February 23. This letter will outline and explain our case statement.  All funds raised over the parish target are returned to the parish. We are most grateful for everyone who contributed to the 2014 campaign and helped us achieve our goal which resulted in funds returned to our parish.  Every gift DOES count and helps achieve our goal.  We ask that when you receive your pledge card, that you give it prayerful thought and consideration.

Good News Blues concert – The Greater Norwin Area Catholic Youth Ministries (GNAC) presents live in concert the “Good News Blues” band, featuring our own Diana Mikash, along with George Weaver and George D’Amato.  The concert features original Contemporary Christian Blues Music with a message.  It will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 6-7:00 pm in the Bishop Bosco Center Auditorium.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Concert benefits the local “Meals on Wheels”. Attendees are asked to bring items that will be used to create “Blizzard Bags” for their recipients….instant oatmeal, hot chocolate, ramen noodle soups, fruit cups, individual cheese cracker packets.  Goodwill offerings will be accepted as well.  All ages are welcome! For more info:  click here Good News Blues Concert

Nut Roll Fundraiser – The Senior Youth Ministry (SYM) will be having a Nut Roll Sale at St. Agnes Resurrection Hall on March 28 & 29 after all Masses.  Nut Rolls are $13 each and 15 inches long.  Order forms are available on the counter in the back of church or click here:  Nut Roll Sale order sheet Easter 2015.   All orders are due Monday, March 23 and can be dropped in the collection basket, or dropped off at the parish office during regular business hours, or call Mary Frankhauser at 724-863-2724 or Eileen Paul at 412-952-3885.  Checks should be made payable to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.


 

 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 jhenry2@dioceseofgreensburg.org.

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Bowl Painting – Thank you to all of our talented artists who came out Sunday, Feb 22 to paint bowls for the Empty Bowl Event. Our parish is indeed blessed with such artistic talent in our painters, ranging in age from3 and 8p, who created 23 beautifully painted bowls.  As noted in the Catholic Accent, our parish is the only one that has painted bowls for the event every year since the project began.  The Empty Bowl event is 2 parts – first is painting of the bowls which are then donated to the event.  Then, on March 8, from noon to 5 pm at WCCC (Westmoreland County Community College) (please note change of location), the fundraiser has their ‘luncheon’ which consists of a bowl of soup and bread, to remind us of those who have nothing but an empty bowl.  Proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank.  To order tickets for the Empty Bowl Event, contact Jennifer at the Westmoreland County Food Bank at 724-468-8660, Ext 15.


Washington DC Bus trip – please note that all seats have been reserved for the bus trip on Saturday, April 25. The trip includes lunch at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and gratuities. Bus leaves promptly at 6:00 am SHARP!  Final payments deadline is Monday, March 2.  Send payments to Sister Charlene.   Wash DC Bus trip April 2015Bus trip

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CM Banner1Christian Mothers –   The next regular meeting will be March 26 at 7pm in Mack Hall.  For more info on the organization, click here:  Christian Mothers.  Our gratitude goes out to ALL of those who donated yarn, knitted or crocheted a blanket, engaged relatives or friends to help, or gave money for supplies.  We surpassed our goal of 50 by Christmas, and on Sunday, December 14th, Father Len blessed the blankets at the 11:00 Mass.

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Seton Men’s Group – will meet on Saturday, March 14 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.

SETON MEN’S GROUP-STUDY PROGRAM
The Seton’s Men’s Group invites all men to join us as we deepen our understanding of our Catholic faith through Fr Robert Barron’s Catholicism Series.  The series will be presented on ten Sunday evenings starting February 15th and ending on Sunday April 26th.  We will meet in the Seton Center at 6:30pm with the program starting at 6:45pm.  For more information, please contact Tony Denicola at 412-678-2611 or Ed Wojciak at 412-672-8864. 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – The next scheduled dates for the Children’s Liturgy are Sunday, March 8, and March 22nd at both the 8:30 and 11:00 am Mass.

 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 March 9, 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.

empty bowl picEmpty Bowl 2015 – Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the 7th annual Empty Bowl Event. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT!  IT WILL BE HELD AT WESTMORELAND COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (WCCC).  For more info: Empty Bowl 2015.

spring cleaning

Church cleaning – Mark your calendar for Weds, March 18, from 9:00 am-Noon for our annual spring cleaning of the church. Sign up sheets will be available and lunch will be served to the workers.  The church had a very good cleaning last year, so this year we only need to wipe down the pews and remove the cold/flu germs. We should be able to accomplish this in one session. Watch the bulletin, website, and newsletter for more information.


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Faith Formation News – Click here for information regarding the Faith Formation of our youth.  Faith Formation News

 

Check out these “Prayer Companions” for our youth!

Our children can practice their prayers with their prayer buddies!  How clever. We are blessed with some awesome teachers.

 
 


New Page on our Website – New to our website is the page “Curious Catholic Corner”.  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 as well as our Christian Mothers page Christian Mothers.  The Seton Men’s Group now have their own page Seton Men’s Group.

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.

Protecting God’s Children:  All church employees or volunteers working with children or young adults are required to complete the VIRTUS program. This program is now available online through the Greensburg Diocese website.  For more information, see the Parish Information page of our website or the Diocese of Greensburg website.


queen of angels school

Queen of Angels School – click here to read more about what’s happening at our school, Queen of Angels.


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),1LT 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.  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 to Michele Fucich, for keeping our board updated and for sharing your talents, and to all of our military families – THANK YOU!!!

 

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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.  Please keep Jeff in your prayers as he continues on his journey.

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 – 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


The new Ministry Schedule for  Mar 7 to May 31 – Spring complete schedule is now available.  For those who do not have internet, the schedules have been mailed out.  Please note that this is the original schedule and may not reflect sub requests or sub accepts.   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!

Ministry Scheduler – To all Liturgical Ministers, please note that Julie Henry will now be handling the scheduler.  All emails and questions should be directed to her at jhenry2@dioceseofgreensburg.org.


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!


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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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