AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Bishop Edward Malesic has announced summer Pastoral Assignments that will affect Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish effective Thursday, July 6, 2017. In effect, here are the changes that affect the parish.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish is NOT closing. It will remain a parish of the Diocese of Greensburg with its own identity. It will be served by two priests who will also have responsibility for Immaculate Conception parish in Irwin.
Father John Moineau will serve as pastor of both parishes, and a new International Priest yet to be named, will be his Parochial Vicar. He will arrive later this Summer. In the meantime, Father Pepe will assist Father John in his ministry to the parishes.
Father John will reside at our priest residence on Katherine Drive.
The other great news is that Bishop Malesic has assigned our own, Deacon Jeff Cieslewicz, to minister as Deacon at both parishes. We welcome Jeff home.
Pray for Bishop Malesic, Father John and the priests and Deacon that will serve our pastoral needs.
The official announcement from the Diocese can be found on the diocesan website by clicking here: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT or it can also be found on our parish Facebook page: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
A Great Big THANK YOU
The Mass and retirement reception for Father Len was outstanding and a tribute to the faith and generous spirit of the parish family and our friends. Father Len extends his sincere thanks to all involved and for the many thoughts, well wishes, prayers, cards and gifts shared. He promises his continued prayers for you and holds you in a special place in his heart. These final days will be bittersweet.
On Sunday, May 28, we honored the Graduating Class of 2017 at our 11:00 Mass. We wish all of our graduates many blessings as they begin a new chapter in their lives. Thank you to Paige Thornburg, Jen Henry, Sarah Rickard, Mark Downey & Alex Kahanic for joining us at Mass.
Car cruise auction baskets – A Chinese auction will be held during our Car Cruise on June 25th. Even if you do not plan on attending the car cruise, you can still buy tickets for the auction after all Masses. The baskets, which all have a value of at least $50, are on display in the back of church after all masses. You do not need to be present to win. Ticket sellers will be recording your names and ticket numbers so it is not necessary to put your name on each ticket but you may still do so if you wish.
DLA – Thank you to all who have responded to the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. As of 5/2/17 our diocesan goal has been met. The total of pledges and gifts is $71,786!!!!! With 519 families left to respond, we are well within reach of making our parish goal. Just imagine if each of the 528 families pledged even $25 — we would very easily be able to pay close to 2 months of our monthly diocesan billing! If you have not already done so, please return your pledge card as soon as possible either at Mass or drop it off at the parish office. Blank envelopes are also available on the counter in the back of church in case you misplaced your pledge card. In addition, you can also make your pledge online at DLA.dioceseofgreensburg.org. There is also a link to this on our parish website below. It is important for as many families as possible to make their commitment to the Appeal before Holy Week.
Our diocesan goal is $55,312 and any monies received over that amount are returned to our parish, and will be used to pay on our Diocesan Billing. Together we can reach our goal.
Car Cruise Meeting – Thank you to all who attended the planning meeting for the car cruise. We have much work to do, but a wonderful group of volunteers! Help will be needed with getting company sponsors as well as we will be needed donations of Auction baskets. Watch the bulletin and your email for more info and updates.
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). All tables have been sold. If you would like to be put on a ‘wait list’ in case of cancelation, please contact the office. 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 email@example.com. 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!
Summer Lunch Totes–It’s almost summer!!! A sign up sheet is available on the counter in the back of church for our annual Summer Lunch Tote program which runs June, July, and August. Each month we will give each of the 120 children whose families receive help from the Food bank a tote bag filled with breakfast & lunch items. Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 months. Many of these children rely on the school’s free breakfast and lunch programs in order to eat, and this is one way that we can help feed a child who would otherwise go hungry during the summer months. Watch for more info on the drop off dates.
We will also be collecting $10 Target or Walmart gift cards for the August Food Bank which will be given to the children to purchase school supplies. These gift cards should be turned into the parish office or dropped in the collection basket by July 31st.
Grounds Work Day – We are in need of some volunteer workers to clean up the landscape areas near the entrance of the church. These areas are in need of some weeding, general clean up and mulching. The date is set for Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm. (Rain Date is Saturday, June 17th at 8:00 am). A sign up sheet is available on the counter in the back of church. Teenagers, men, and women are needed. With the Car Cruise and other events coming up, it would be great to have these areas cleaned up.
Thank you to all of our Seton Angels who came out to do our annual Spring Cleaning of the church. Many hands do make for a light work load, and we have the best volunteers here at SEAS. Many blessings to all who helped.
Generations Choir- Something new and there’s room for you!
The St. Elizabeth Seton Music Ministry “Generations Choir” is generating lots of interest these days! This group was recently featured in an article in the May 4 edition of the Catholic Accent and provided the music for the Mass with Bishop Malesic on Saturday, May 6. The choir, currently comprised of members from Young Voices and Ringers Choir, Parish Choir, cantors and others along with parish musicians, is welcoming new members to the group! If you’re between the ages of 7 and 77 (or older!) and would like to sing, ring, or play an instrument for special events and Masses, won’t you consider sharing your talents with us? The next Generations Choir Mass is on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, at the 11:00 AM Mass. Rehearsal is on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:30 PM in the church. For more information or to sign up now, contact Diana Mikash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724.989.4325. Come and join us as we “Sing to the Lord a New Song”…. and some old songs, too!
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 – With the school year wrapping up, we want to thank all who gave so generously for the School lunch bag program. Watch the bulletin and website for dates when to start donating towards the pantry before the fall. Thanks to Barb Jackson for chairing this committee and to all her committee workers.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY (CLOW) – Our Children’s Liturgy will be wrapping up for the school year. Thanks to Heather Peters, Kara Thornton, and Lee Ann Kahanic for their ministry of teaching our youth.
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!
New to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church is our Instagram page, “StElizAnnSeton” . Be sure to check us out!
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.
Ministry Schedule – The new schedule for Summer 2017(June 1st to Sept 10, 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.