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Join us on Thanksgiving Day for Mass at 9:00 am. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank. Any monetary donations will also be giving to the food bank. Come and give thanks for all your blessings.
The parish office will be closed Thursday, November 23 through Monday, November 27. It will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, November 28th.
Holy Day – Friday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton are at 8:00 am & 6:30 pm. There is NO vigil Mass. Regional Mass times include St. Agnes: Vigil on Dec 7 at 6:30 pm, Dec 8 at 7:00 am & 6:30 pm. Mass times at Immaculate Conception include Vigil on Dec 7 at 6:30 pm and on Dec 8 at 8:00 am, Noon, and 6:30 pm.
Our Bible 101 series continues on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in Mack Hall with Deacon Jeff using the video series “Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” by Jeff Cavins where we will look at the bible using the Bible timeline he has created. We will cover the whole Bible during those eight weeks so it is a fast and furious time. Even if you missed a session, you can still join us.
CHRISTMAS DINNER TOTES
Sign up sheets are available on the counter in the back of church for our Holiday Dinner Totes. This year we will once again be collecting for the 175 local families in need. As we have done for many years, parishioners are asked to purchase a shopping tote bag and fill it with the fixings for a holiday meal. The Charity Fund will provide each family with a $10 gift card. An information sheet is located on the back page of the bulletin today. Extra forms are available on the counter in the back of church. Your generosity in the past has been overwhelming and the families truly do appreciate it! Christmas Tote Shopping List – 2017 – revised
With Christmas coming, an engraved brick in our Mary’s Garden would be a thoughtful and truly unique gift. It can be a memorial to a loved one who has passed away or it can be a gift with your family’s names honoring Mary. Our garden is such a beautiful and peaceful retreat that we hope you will want to be a part of it. Please stop by and visit. Forms are available on the counter in the back of the church.
“33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY”
To continue the 100th anniversary celebration of Fatima, join us for a small group retreat in preparation for Marian Consecration that continues every Sunday – Dec 3, from 6:30 pm -8:15 pm in Mack Hall. Father Gade will be our spiritual guide. We will profess our commitment to Mary on her Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the 6:30 pm Mass. Cost of the retreat packet is $25. Call/text Joyce Kuczma at 412-628-1688. No sign-up deadline.
TICKET SALE HELP NEEDED
Our fundraising team needs your help. For certain events, like our upcoming Night at the Races, Cash Bash 2018, and our special event in February 2018 (more details to follow soon), we need help in selling tickets. For example, we have 250 tickets to sell for an event – if 10 people could take 25 tickets each to sell, that is half the battle of a successful fundraiser. If you are able to sell 25, 20, 15, or however many please contact Julie at the office. Maybe you aren’t able to help at the event itself, but it would be a great help if you could sell tickets.
Christian Mothers Christmas Party will be held at Banquets Unlimited, 544 Caruthers Lane, Irwin PA on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12:00 noon. A buffet luncheon will be provided at a cost of $25.00. All women of the parish are welcome for an afternoon of food, fun, games, prizes and fellowship. Tickets will be on sale at the Christian Mothers Meeting on November 16 or call Nina Rocco @ 724-861-8399. Reservations accepted until November 25.
Mark Your Calendars
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES – Mark your calendars for the Advent Penance Service dates. They are Mon, Dec 18 St. Agnes, on Tues, Dec 19 at IC, and Weds, Dec 20 here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. All services begin at 6:30 pm.
SPRING FOR A RING –
Announcing a return of one of our favorite fundraisers! How would you like to break into a meatball and find a diamond ring!!!! Yes, it can happen. Join us for our next big fundraiser, “Spring For A Ring” event which will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018 in Mack Hall. The evening begins with Antipasto Bar, followed by dinner. (Times TBA) The fun part is that everyone waits to dig in until the cowbell rings and then we will know the winner of the ring! A cash bar & dancing with DJ Tom Antesberger will follow dinner. It’s sure to be a lovely evening. Thank you to Joe Hart of GDC Fine Jewelry for donating the prize ring. Tickets will be $25 each and will be on sale starting in December. Need a stocking stuffer – here you go.
Ministry Schedule & Christmas Holiday Time – it’s time to start entering your ‘unavailable dates’ for the upcoming ministry schedule. The deadline date to enter your unavailable dates is November 22. Please note – it is very important for the holiday Masses, that you tell the scheduler what Mass you are NOT available for the holidays. An important change this holiday season: Christmas Eve is on a Sunday. You WILL have to attend Mass for your Sunday Obligation. Regular Sunday Mass times are 8:30 am & 11:30 am.
The Mass times for Christmas are as follows:
Dec 24 (Sun) 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. There is NO Midnight Mass this year.
Dec 25 (Mon) 9:00 am.
Yes, this means that if you go to Mass on Christmas Eve that you MUST attend Mass twice that day. It’s not a big deal considering what Jesus did for all of us.
Because January 1st, the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary falls on a Monday this year, it is NOT a holy day of obligation. There is NO vigil mass on December 31st. Sunday Mass times on December 31st as usual – 8:30 am & 11:30 am. Mass times on Monday, January 1 is the regular daily mass time of 8:00 am. Make a note of it.
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 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? 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 – We will begin collecting again for the school year lunch bag program. Please begin bringing in individual serving sizes of healthy lunch items. The lunch program begins in September and runs through May. (No lunch bags in December when we collect the Holiday Dinner Totes.)
CHILDREN’S LITURGY (CLOW) – Our Children’s Liturgy at the 8:30 Mass runs September through May. We are in need of catechists for the 11:30 Mass. Contact Julie at the parish office if you are able to help.
The new schedule for Memorials is now open. It runs from now until September 2018. Sign up forms are available on the counter in the back of church or at the parish office.
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.
2018 Mass Scheduling – The 2018 Mass Book is now open for intentions. They must be submitted in writing 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.
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. The Sacrament of the Anointing will also be administered at this 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.
NEW MINISTRY SCHEDULE
It’s time to start working on the new ministry schedule which will run from Dec 12, 2017 to Feb 11, 2018. Please submit your unavailable dates by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. This schedule includes the Christmas holidays, and the new mass times. For the special holiday masses it is very important to mark yourself unavailable if you will not be attending these special masses. If you have any questions, please contact Julie at the parish office. Many thanks for your continued service to your ministry.
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.