4th Sunday of Advent – December 21


A Blessed Christmas to all! 

The events in and around Bethlehem on that night long ago transformed our world. The birth of the Christ child set us on course to experience the love of God. In the name of Father Len, Sister Charlene and the parish staff, and of your fellow parishioners, we extend best wishes and prayers during this Christmas time.

A Generous Christmas Spirit- This year we decided not to do a Christmas letter or envelope. You may use the Christmas envelope in your envelope packet. We ask you to be as generous as possible to your parish family this Christmas. When we as individuals count our blessings, we need to respond with a way of saying thanks. When our parish family counts her blessings, we give thanks for you.


Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church:  Christmas dates 2014

Click here for the : Regional Mass & Penance Schedule Advent 2014

For a complete list of DECEMBER DATES 2014

Dec 24, 25, 26 – Office Closed.

Mass times  Dec 24 at 6 pm & midnight.  Christmas Day, Dec 25 at 10 am.

Dec 27 - NO confession.

Dec 31 – Office closed.  Mass for Holy Day at 4 pm

Jan 1 – Office closed. Mass for Holy Day at 10 am

Jan 2 – Office Closed.  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton –  Patron saint feast day.

Pope birthdayHappy Birthday, Pope Francis!!!!

Our beloved Pope turned 78 on December 17.

ACT NOW—IRA Rollover Info
On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed legislation that provides donors aged 70 ½ or older the ability to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities during 2014 and WILL NOT have to pay income tax on the money.
The rules are:
1—The donor is age 70 ½ or older on the day of the gift;
2—The donor transferred up to $100,000 from the donor IRA to one or more qualified charities ANYTIME during 2014.  This applies only to IRAs and not to other types of retirement plans;
3—The donor does not receive any goods or services in return for the rollover gift in order to qualify for tax free treatment;
4—The donor MUST make the gift by December 31, 2014.
For more information: click here:  IRArolloverpromocopy2014

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU –  Thank you to all who participated in the Giving Tree. The families of the children were very grateful for the gift cards. — Thank you to everyone who brought in holiday totes for the food bank families and for making their Christmas a little brighter!  Thanks also to Lori Anselmino and her family and their helpers for once again doing a great job!

Christian Mothers –   There will be NO business meeting in December.  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.

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Seton Men’s Group – will meet on Saturday, December 27 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 Children’s Liturgy is Sunday, January 11, 2015, at the 8:30 am Mass AND at the 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. Please note there will not be Adoration in December. The next scheduled date is January 12, 2015.

Oplatki is available in the vestibule on the back counter at a cost of $3 per packet.  Not familiar with the Christmas wafer?  Click here to read more about it:  Oplatki Christmas Tradition

Advent Wreath – click here to read more about another Advent tradition, the Advent Wreath:   Advent Wreath bulletin board  and  Advent wreath

Donations for Vocations – The St. Jude Council 9019 of the Knights of Columbus will be collecting donations for vocations the weekend of January 3/4. Please drop in any monetary donation in the Vocation containers.  All monies received will be given to those men and women in our diocese who are studying for the religious life. The Knights appreciate your support for our Novices and Seminarians again in 2015.  Father Len was installed as pastor of SEAS on January 4, 2009, and he will be celebrating 42 years as a priest this coming May.


Super Bingo – Mark your calendars for the annual GNAC Youth Ministry Super Bingo which is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2015.  It will be held in Mack Hall of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.  (Snow date is Sat, Feb 21.  Watch KDKA for cancellation info).  Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door.  Lunch & Beverage included.  Click here for registration form: Super Bingo Flyer – SYM 2015.

Madonna pic

The Diocesan Heritage Center is open
The Diocesan Heritage Center, which was established by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt to collect and preserve the cultural and archival patrimony of the Diocese of Greensburg, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. The center is adjacent to the Indiana Room in the Bishop William G. Connare Center on U.S. Route 30 east of Greensburg.  Admission is free.  The theme of the opening exhibit is Mary, Mother of God.  The Marian exhibit runs through Feb. 14; a new exhibit is being planned for Lent. The center will be closed Dec. 27. Groups can schedule weekday visits to the Heritage Center by calling the Connare Center at 724-834-7350.   On display is our “Madonna” picture as well as another picture from Father Len’s personal collection.  Read about it on his Reflections page.    Click here for the Diocesan info page. Heritage Center.   Read the article in The Catholic Accent.

2015 Mass Intention Scheduling – All masses for 2014 have been scheduled.  Request forms & guideline policies are also 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. For more info: Empty Bowl 2015

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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),2LT 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 on Sunday evening, November 30 at 6:00 pm at St. Barbara’s Church in Harrison City.  Please keep Jeff in your prayers as he continues on his journey.
SCAM ALERT – It has recently come to the attention of the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery that bogus calls are being made to families and individuals in regard to purchasing graves or mausoleum spaces at the cemetery. It is NOT the practice of the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery to solicit sales by phone. These calls appear to be a part of a scam since they are not authorized by us.
If you should receive a call about purchasing anything at Greensburg Catholic Cemetery please contact the cemetery office at 724-836-4384. Additionally, if you have caller ID it would be helpful to note the incoming number if possible. If you have already received a call, please contact us in that case as well.

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  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.

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