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parish picnicParish Picnic -sign up sheets are on the counter in the back of church for the Annual Parish Picnic which is scheduled for Sunday, August 17 from 1-4pm.  We will again be offering hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and drinks. You are asked to bring your own tasty salads, fruit, entrees, or desserts to share. After enjoying our meal, fun will continue with bingo, games for the kids, and raffle drawings.  Donations of back packs and back to school supplies can be left in the box at the back of church. Raffle tickets for gas cards will be available for sale following Masses in the coming weeks.

SYM (Senior Youth Ministry) has some upcoming Summer events.  Click here for more info.   An email was sent to all SYM members with more detailed info.  Contact John McCulloch for further info and permission slips  at jmcculloch@dioceseofgreensburg.org .  All incoming 9th graders are invited and encouraged to attend!

Young Adult Ministry -   parishioners who are in their 20′s or 30′s and would like to learn more about their faith in addition to social time with others their age, are invited to participate.  Contact John McCulloch at jmculloch@dioceseofgreensburg.org for more information. Upcoming Young Adult Summer events for July include

  • Theology on Draft – Thursday, July 17 from 7-9pm at Café Supreme in Irwin.  We will be having our third Theology on Draft. Join us for some quality food and drink as we benefit from a discussion about our Catholic Faith. This Theology on Draft will be led by Fr. Boniface Hicks and Fr. John Moineau. Fr. Boniface will be sharing his amazing conversion story from being an atheist to becoming a priest and monk.  Must be 21 to attend.
  • Kayaking- Sunday, July 27. Flat water canoeing and kayaking with Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters in West Newton. Meet at the Canoe outfitters by 11:30 am. Price should be under $30.

New Page on our Website – New to our website is the page “Did you know?…..Learning our Faith”.  Each month a topic will be posted to help us grow in our faith.  Be sure to check it out.  Learning our Faith

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Graduate Mass 2014

Congratulations to our High School and College Graduates with the Class of 2014. Special congrats to the following recipients of scholarships:  Christian Mothers scholarship winners were Maggie Yuhas and Will Kahanic.  These awards were presented at the Graduate Mass held in May.  The 2014 Kinsey Scholarship was presented to Will Kahanic at Mass on July 13th.  R J. Wright was awarded the 2014 Father McGuire Educational Fund Grant.  Congratulations to the recipients and all our graduates.  May God bless you all as you continue on your life journey. 

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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.
Special thanks to Michele Fucich for updating our Military Family board. It is on display in the entrance of the church.  The board can be updated as needed and 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, Michele, for sharing your talents, and to all of our military families – THANK YOU!!!
 

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Calendar of Events July 2014 

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HHS Mandate – The Diocese of Greensburg recently filed an injunction against the HHS Health Insurance Mandate. Check out Bishop Brandt’s letter regarding this:  HHS MANDATE
 
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summer lunch programOperation Lunch Bag -
During the summer months, we are once again sponsoring the “Operation Lunch Bag” program for the 100 children who receive from the Food Bank during the summer months, but with a slight change.  Many of these children depend on the free/reduced price breakfast & lunches that they receive during the school year. During the summer months, many go without these meals.
A sign-up sheet is available on the counter in the back of church for 100 families to “Adopt a Child” for each of the summer months of June, July, and August.  We are asking that you pack them a shopping tote (.99 cents in most stores) of breakfast/lunch items such as cereal, peanut butter, jelly, luncheon foods, spaghetti o’s, snack crackers, fruit cups, Jell-0 cups, or any other items that you would like to include. You can sign up for as many children as you would like.  We hope that you are able to do all 3 months, but if not, sign up for as many months as you can.
The final summer Food Bank distribution date is AUGUST 9.  Please note that we have been notified that the number of children has increased to 125.    The lunch totes will need to be in Mack Hall the week of those dates.  Please put the items in a shopping tote, not plastic bags, as the totes are much easier to distribute and for them to carry.  Any questions, call Roseann at the office.  What an awesome ministry to be a part of!
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Moses
Save the Date – Join us on a trip to Lancaster on JULY 30-31 to see “Moses” at the Sight and Sound Theatre, and “The Music Man” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, as well as sightseeing and shopping. Trip includes one breakfast, one lunch and two dinners.  Please report to Mack Hall at 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 30.  Baggage tags, tickets and schedule will be given out at that time.   Contact Mary Jane at 412-751-6283 if you have any questions.
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St. Agnes Bazaar – mark your calendars for August 1, 2, 3 for the annual St. Agnes Bazaar.  Lots of good food, games, entertainment and plenty of FUN!  Our own Diana Mikash and her band, MIXX will be there on Saturday.  St Agnes Bazaar 2014 poster
Summer Adult Formation – Take a “road trip” to St. Agnes in North Huntingdon this summer and “refuel” your faith with our “Summer Rest Stops,” one Thursday evening per month, 6:45-8:00 p.m.  Enjoy social time, a brief video teaching from ChristLife Catholic Ministries, and faith sharing time–all for just a 75 minute “pit stop!”  So, come one–come all!  Come to one–or come to all!  Parishioners and non-parishioners.  Catholics and non-Catholics.  All are welcome!  No registration necessary.  For more information, call the office of Faith Formation at 724-864-5393. Dates & Topics: June 19: A Father’s Love, July 17: Jesus Saves Us, and August 14: Holy Spirit Guide Me.
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Pa Senior Farmers Market
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program – provides eligible seniors with checks to purchase Pennsylvania grown produce at participating Farmers Markets.  This program is open to Westmoreland County seniors (aged 60 or older) and is based on Income guidelines.  $20 worth of checks will be issued per person.  Limit ONE sign-up per person per year.  Checks are limited and will be distributed, as scheduled, based upon availability.   Sign up is Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Mack Hall from 9:00 am-12:00 noon.  Any questions, call the Area Agency on Aging at 724-830-4444 or 1-800-442-8000.  Information sheet is posted on bulletin board in the back of church.  Forms are available on the counter in the back of church.
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Pictures from our First Communion class can be found on our Photo Gallery Page.
Pictures from the Confirmation which was held at St. Regis in Trafford can be found here.  Confirmation class.  Many thanks to St. Regis for sharing their pictures.
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Diocesan Lenten Appeal (DLA) – The parish is sincerely grateful to all who have responded to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. The total of pledges and gifts is $56,894 with 35.42% of our parish responding.
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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 – Within the past few months, 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.   Many thanks!

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Looking for a ministry that needs volunteers?  Check out the newly updated Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Ministry Opportunities list.  Click here for the  Ministry list.

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The new Ministry Schedule for May 31 to Aug 31 – Greeters, Altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Cantors    - Complete ministry schedule 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 this summer?  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.

 

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.

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