Lent begins on Weds, March 1st. It is a day of FAST and ABSTINENCE for Catholics. Fasting officially involves eating only one full meal (with two smaller meals allowed) on that day. Abstinence involves refraining from eating meat or meat products.
Days of Abstinence include the two days of Fast (Ash Weds & Good Friday) as well as EVERY FRIDAY during the season of Lent.
The Schedule for Ash Weds includes:
Mass at 8:00 am with distribution of ashes after the homily.
Prayer Service with distribution of ashes at 12:15 pm.
Mass at 7:00 pm with distribution of blessed ashes.
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at Noon.
Click here for a 2017 SEAS Lenten Schedule: 2017-lenten-schedule
Regional Ash Weds : IC-8:00 am, Noon, and 6:30 pm. St. Agnes-7:00 am, Noon (service with ashes only), and 6:30 pm.
Join us this Lent for Sister Charlene’s Adult Lenten Series.
Mondays: March 6–April 10—
Time: 1-3 PM
Location: Seton Center
“The Holy Land: A Pilgrimage Through the Footsteps of Jesus”
This is a virtual pilgrimage that will guide the participants down the Jordan River, across the Sea of Galilee, and up to the Mount of Olives. Participants will learn about the Holy Land and explore its most distinctive features: the seas, deserts, and mountains. After doing this, the participants will journey through each of the gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. In doing so, profound insights will be gained into the most important events of the New Testament. As the group explores the geography of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, his mission in Capernaum, and crucifixion in Jerusalem, the participants will have their understanding of the gospels illuminated.
Listening Session – As outlined in a recent bulletin insert, the first of two listening sessions is scheduled for Sunday, March 5th beginning at 1:00 pm in Mack Hall. The 2nd listening session will be March 26th at 3:00 pm in Mack Hall. With the upcoming changes to our parish family, these sessions will be needed to focus on our strengths and weaknesses, and to outline our future needs and hopes for our parish family. Please make every effort to attend.
Fish Fry Workers Sign-up – Yes, it’s time to pack away and the Christmas decorations and Yes, it’s also time to start planning for the annual Lenten Fish Dinners. A sign-up sheet will be available on the counter in the back of church for all those interested in helping this year OR you can sign up to help via our website at Fish Dinner. Remember that in order to work the fish fry, any volunteer over the age of 18+ must have their CPSL Clearances. A link to all clearances may be found on our website. Any youth over the age of 13 is encouraged to sign up to help. It’s a great way to earn those required service hours.
New this year is our 2017 Fish Fry Dinner Raffle Ticket. Our first annual dinner raffle entitles the winner to enjoy a fish dinner on each of the 8 fish fry evenings we have this Lenten season at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The $10 tickets will be sold after all Masses in February until the drawing date of February 25 after the 4:00 pm Mass and at the Parish Office. Each night of the dinners is not to exceed $20 worth of value. Unused $ cannot be applied toward a different date. All proceeds go to SEAS Church.
Night at the Races – March 25, 2017
Tickets go on sale the weekend of March 4/5 for this fun evening. Doors of Mack Hall open for dinner at 5:00 pm, races begin at 6pm. $15 admission price includes a meal, beer, and naming right to one horse/jockey. The first 100 paid admissions received will be horse names. Winning horse and jockey of each race wins $30.
Click here for a registration form/flyer: night-at-the-races-2017
CRAFTERS & VENDORS are needed for our “1st Annual Fall/Christmas Craft/Vendor Show” is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Mack Hall, from 10:00 am -2:00 pm (doors open for crafters/vendors at 8:00 am). The fee is $30 per table(or space), and $35 for electricity with your table (or space). Click here for the registration form and info sheet. craft-vendor-registration-form-2017
CAR CRUISE – Mark your calendar for the 1st Annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church “CRUIS-ADES” which is scheduled for Sunday, June 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in the back parking lot of Mack Hall. Registration fee for your car, truck, or motorcycle is $10 ($8 if paid by June 15). There will be dash plaques for the first 50 registrations, awards, door prizes, DJ, food, basket raffle, and 50/50. For more information, contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are available by clicking here: car-cruise-2017. They are also available on the counter in the back of church. Anyone wishing to help out as a volunteer that day, contact Julie at the parish office 724-864-6364. Hope to see you all there!
Mark Your Calendars – With the flu season in full swing and so many viruses going around this year, a Church Spring Cleaning date has been scheduled for Thursday, March 9. All parishioners (men and women) are invited to come to the church at 8:30 with your bucket and cleaning rags. We will supply the Murphy’s Oil Soap AND lunch! In case of a funeral on that date, we will reschedule. A sign up sheet will be available on the counter in the back of church this weekend. Hope to see you there!
The Jym (Junior Youth Ministry) group is once again going to Sight N Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa on Saturday, April 22 to see the production of “Jonah”. In addition to going to see “Jonah”, we’ll stop at the “Bird in Hand” indoor market to see Amish crafts, and sample their delicious treats. After the performance, we’ll dine at the “Good and Plenty Restaurant” on a delicious Amish dinner, served family style. Bus fare, driver gratuity, tickets to see “Jonah” and dinner reservation cost $125.00 per person. Youngsters under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Registration forms available here: jonah-registration-form. Please make check payable to “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church” and return to Sister Charlene before March 24th.
Fax Machine – Effective immediately, our parish will no longer be making use of our Fax machine and have discontinued the service to that line. In this day of modern technology, correspondence is easily done via email and electronic documents. This change results in a decrease in the amount of our Comcast billing.
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For photos of the Blessing of the Pets and other events here at SEAS, check out our Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Facebook page. (you can search under @seasnh to find our page. Be sure to “Like” it and share it with others.
Operation Lunch Bag – now that school is back in session, we have resumed our “Operation Lunch Bag” program. With your donations, we pack 120 lunch bags for the children whose families receive help from the monthly food bank. In need are healthy lunch items such as juice boxes, fruit snacks, applesauce, packages of crackers, small water bottles, etc. Storage containers are located in the back of church for your donations. Many thanks to all who give so generously.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY (CLOW) – Our Children’s Liturgy began on September 11 at both the 8:30 & the 11:00 Mass and will continue every other week. We are hoping to start up with the Saturday 4:00 Mass as well – we have one volunteer, and the “Help Wanted” sign is out for a 2nd volunteer. This is a great opportunity for a teenager in need of service hours. For adults over 18+, you will need CPSL Clearances. Contact the parish office if you are able to help and /or in need of your clearances. If you have never attended a Sunday morning mass with CLOW, you will delight in the smiles on the children’s faces as they are called forth to the Francis Room. Won’t you consider helping out?
Starting October 1, 2016 we will be offering Memorials. See our new page by clicking here:
Memorial Intentions can be made on the Sanctuary Candle, Altar Candles, and/or Altar Bread & Wine. The memorial will be listed in the bulletin. This is yet another way to remember our dearly departed loved ones. Contact Julie at the office for more info.
2017 Mass Scheduling – The 2017 Mass Book will be open for intentions on Thursday, November 3, 2016. No intention for 2017 will be scheduled before that date. They must be submitted in writing (using the green colored form) with the intention, given by whom, the preferred date, and the usual offering of $10 (which must be included). They will be listed as they are received, first come first served. No intention by phone or word of mouth will be accepted. See the Parish Information page for links to the policy /guideline page. https://seasnh.org/parish-information/
MARION MINISTRY OF CARE – For those homebound parishioners who are unable to attend Mass due to illness, we would like to offer our Marion Ministry of the Homebound volunteers to bring the Communion Rite to them. Whether the illness is short term or long term, this ministry helps to keep them connected to your parish family. Contact Julie at the office for more information.
Now that our parish has an official Ministry to the Homebound which is made up of almost 20 volunteers who are officially trained, CPSL complete, and commissioned by the Diocese, all communion calls to the sick and homebound should be done by one of the ministry volunteers. While in the past, family members and friends were able to take communion to their loved one, we now ask that you contact the office to schedule one of our ministers to bring the Communion rite. If you have a pyx and/or Communion to the Sick book and are not one of the ministry volunteers, please return them to the sacristy.
Contact the office if you have any questions.
Resurrection Choir – The Resurrection Choir is seeking new members to replace those who are no longer able to be with us. We sing for all Parish funerals. No special rehearsals are held; just arrive approximately 1/2 hour before each funeral to become familiar with the music. For men and women who are available during the day, this is a very fulfilling way to serve our Parish families in their time of need. Contact Diana at 724-989-4325 or email@example.com for more information. Won’t you consider sharing your time and talent with this very important ministry?
For more info on this and other activities and events at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, check out our new Facebook Page. It can be found by searching “Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church”. Our Activities page is the one with the following profile picture:
Don’t forget to “Like” our new page and be sure to share it with your friends!
Pictures from the presentation of the newly established Helen C. Pensenstadler Grant can be found on our Activities and Events page.
Opportunity for Prayer: The Seton Men’s Ministry would like to invite everyone to pray the rosary every Saturday morning at 8:00 am, in the church. What better way to start a weekend by spending a 1/2 hour of your time with the Lord.
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.
Prayer Chain –In need of prayer? Contact Julie at the parish office and an email will be sent to our Prayer Warriors who will add your prayer intention to their list of prayers. Looking for a ministry to help others – be a Prayer Warrior. Contact Julie to add your name to our list who receive an email. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to say a prayer.
The Sacred Heart Novena will be prayed on the 1st Friday of each month following the 8:00 am Mass.
OSV Online Giving . Our parish is now using Online Giving from Our Sunday Visitor (OSV), which replaces our EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) giving. OSV is a web-based offertory solution that allows parishioners to contribute from any location at any time and is simple to use. Online giving requires no special hardware or software. Parishioners may begin using this new system at any time. Click here for the link. Online Giving.
Please consider Online giving as a way of contributing even when you are not at Mass.
For more information or if you should have any questions on how to title the Parish in your Will or Trust please contact Julie at the Parish Office or the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Greensburg, 724-552-2502.
Faith Formation News – Registration forms for the 2016-2017 K-4 (Elementary Grades) are available on the counter in the back of church or you can print a form from our website page by clicking here: Faith Formation News. ALL sessions began on Sunday, August 28, 2016. It’s not too late to sign up.
JYM (Junior Youth Ministry) Registration forms and a 2016-2017 1st Half schedule are available on the Faith Formation News page as well. Click the link above.
Our Senior Youth Ministry (SYM) Regional Youth Director is Susan Cheplic. For more information, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Susan Cheplic bio. All high school teens in grades 9-12 are invited to the kickoff night on Sunday, Sept 11 from 6-8 pm at the Bishop Bosco Center. (BBC)
Ministry Schedule – The new schedule covering Winter/Spring 2017(March 1 -May 28, 2017) schedule has been issued. Check your calendars for your assigned dates and request a sub if necessary.
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.
Queen of Angels School – click here to read more about what’s happening at our school, Queen of Angels.
Our Military Members – We proudly display our Military member board in church and we 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!!!
Parish Census Information: Do you attend Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, but not receive mailings or envelopes or the newsletter? have you officially registered as a parishioner? 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. Contact Julie at the Parish Office to set up an appointment to get you started in a new ministry.
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 Online Giving through Our Sunday Visitory, a web-based offertory solution. For more information, see our Online Giving Page.
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!
If you have any suspicion about the sexual abuse (or any other type of abuse) of a minor child by anyone — please contact PA Childline immediately at 1-800-932-0313. If the alleged abuser is functioning in a parish, school or diocesan position as clergy, religious, paid staff or volunteer you are also requested to contact the Bishop’s Delegate for Matters of Sexual Misconduct after you have called the Childline number and made the report. The Bishop’s Delegate may be reached at 724-837-0901, Ext. 1221.
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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.