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He is Risen.  Alleluia, Alleluia.

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CPSL Reminder:  The informational makeup meeting for Child Protective Service Law requirements is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm in the Seton Center.  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. If a volunteer does not complete the required clearances and trainings, 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) now has a CPSL page set up with links to each of the clearances and trainings.  For those of you who attended the March information meeting, please turn in any Clearances and training certifications to the parish office. If any volunteer is unable to attend the makeup meeting, there are packets of materials available in the office which outline the required clearances and trainings.  You are welcome to stop by and pick one up.  ALL CLEARANCE AND TRAININGS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO MAY 31.  If anyone has any questions, please contact the office.
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Fish Dinners – Thank you to all who helped at our Lenten Fish Fry either by working, donating baked goods, or patronizing.

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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.   Thank you to all who have given so generously to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal.  To date, we are at 68.83% of our goal with 317 gifts totaling $51,620.  We have met our diocesan target by $2,012 which means that any gifts received now will be returned to the parish to assist in the costs towards paving the church parking lot. Together we can reach our goal!

DIOCESAN YOUTH CELEBRATION
Every year, the youth of the Diocese of Greensburg come together to celebrate their faith and to grow as young disciples of Christ. On Sunday, April 26 from 10am – 5pm at Greensburg Central Catholic High, the Diocesan Youth Celebration, sponsored by the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation, brings students in ninth through twelfth grade together for a day filled with music, inspiring talks, food, prayer, games and liturgy with Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt.  Click here for more info.

Mark your calendar –

card partySpring Card Party -The Christian Mothers & Guild annual Spring Card Party is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) in Mack Hall.  Ticket Donation is $10.  For more info, click here: Spring card party 2015

Bike BlessingThe 4th annual Blessing of Bikes is scheduled for Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm in the rear parking lot.  For more info: bike blessing photo poster 2015 

Ordination deaconOrdination – 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.


scholarship picKinsey 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.

 

 

 

Help wantedVolunteer needed – We are looking for a woman to assist with volunteer work taking care of the church and preparing for Mass.  Work consists of about an hour on Monday and Friday, less than half an hour on Saturday mornings. In addition, washing and ironing of altar linens is done each week. Monthly work includes washing and ironing of the altar cloth. If you are interested in helping the current volunteer, please contact Helen at 412-673-6797.

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 from 3 and up, 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.


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!     Wash DC Bus trip April 2015Bus trip

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CM Banner1Christian Mothers –   The next regular meeting will be April 23 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, April 25 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, April 19, May 3 & May 17 at the 8:30 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 May 11, 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.

 

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Church cleaning – Thank you to our wonderful work crew of ladies who came out to spring clean the church.  Many hands make for a light workload and our parish is blessed with many wonderful volunteers.  Our thanks to the Christian Mothers for feeding our workers lunch after the job was completed.  God bless you all!!!!


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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 –  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!!!


Diaconate Journey
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.
Chez group photo Chez with BishopThe 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.

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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