FISH FRY -sign up sheets will be available in the back of church through January 31st. Everyone who signs up will be contacted for availability and job placements. Watch the website and newsletter for more information. Sign up is also available here on the website: Fish Fry 2015.
“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.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2015 is January 25 – 31. Open House will be held on Wednesday, January 28 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and on Thursday, January 29 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Classroom visits are open. Spread the good news. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. For information on what’s happening at our Queen of Angels Catholic School, click here: Catholic Schools Week 2015. Any questions, call the school office at 724-978-0144.
Important info for all Ushers – Starting with the next Ministry Schedule which runs from March 7 through May 31, 2015, we will include the Ushers in scheduling the Liturgical Ministers. The recently conducted parish audit required us to report all those responsible for handling monies in the parish, which includes ushers. All those with email will have received an email from Roseann who is in charge of the schedule. You will be asked for your Mass preference and to list any unavailable dates for the new schedule. If you do not have email, please contact Roseann at the office and let her know this information. Once the new schedule is generated, you will receive a copy of it along with your assigned dates. If you are unable to serve your assigned date, you will be able to request a sub. Likewise, if you are able to fill in for someone, you will be able to accept their request. We are also in need of a list of those ushers who serve at the Saturday evening Mass. If you have any questions, please contact Roseann or Julie at the office.
Lunch Bag Coordinator – After the call for help on a Friday, we are happy to announce that by 9 am on Monday morning our prayers were answered. We are most grateful to Barb Jackson who has volunteered to serve as our Lunch Bag Coordinator, taking over for Debby Pazehoski who recently suffered a stroke. Assisting Barb is a great group of volunteers who will make sure that all 125 children in the Food Bank program receive their very own lunch bag. If anyone is interested in helping with the packing of lunch bags, please contact the office at 724-864-6364 and leave a message for Barb.
Bowl Painting – For all you crafty people who like to paint, and even if you aren’t crafty and want to paint, we will painting bowls for the Empty Bowl Event on Sunday, February 22 from 2-4 pm in Mack Hall. The cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. 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. Watch the bulletin, newsletter, and website for more information. If you would like to paint (we are in need of 20-30 people), there is a sign up sheet on the counter in the back of church – or – call the parish office at 724-864-6364.
Join us on Saturday, April 25 for a bus day-trip to Washington, DC. Cost is $52 per person, which includes chartered bus, fees for two guided tours, lunch at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and gratuities. Bus leaves promptly at 6:00 am SHARP! Trip is open to everyone ages 10 and up! Please note that participants MUST be able to walk, do stairs and stand for 10 minutes as explanations by tour guides are made. Deadline to register is Monday, March 2. Send registration and payment to Sister Charlene. Registration forms are located on the counter in the back of church or click here: Wash DC Bus trip April 2015
2015 Calendars – Once again, we extend our thanks to the Joseph Ott Funeral Home for the 2015 Parish Calendars. We, as a parish, are so blessed to receive these beautiful Religious Art calendars every year, and are most grateful.
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Christian Mothers – The next regular meeting will be January 22 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.
Seton Men’s Group – will meet on Saturday, February 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.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – The next scheduled dates for the Children’s Liturgy are Sunday, February 8, February 22, 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 February 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 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
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 – 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!!!
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 Dec 1, 2014 to Mar 1, 2015 – Greeters, Altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Cantors 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.
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.