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LENT 2021— Lent begins on Ash Weds, Feb 17, 2021 and ends on the evening of Holy Thursday. It is a time in which Catholics make sacrifice and perform charitable works as penance for sins. The Ashes were made by burning the palms used last year on Palm Sunday. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are required to FAST on Ash Weds and Good Friday. Fasting means one large meal -or- one main meal with 2 smaller meals. Catholics are also required to ABSTAIN from eating meat on Ash Weds and ALL Fridays during Lent for those 14 years of age and older. You will notice the color Purple is used. This is a sign of penance, sacrifice and preparation and is worn during the seasons of Lent and Advent.
Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm. Stations is a way to reflect upon Christ from the time he was condemned to death to His burial in the tomb. During the Crusades pilgrims visited the Holy Land to walk the path taken by Christ. Churches began to erect images inside churches as a way to spiritually walk and pray along the path. “We Adore You, O Christ, and we bless you; because by Your holy Cross, You have redeemed the world”. Our OSM YouTube channel with Father John will post Stations at 12 noon every Friday during Lent.
Little Black Lenten Books—Be sure to pick up a “Little Black Book” to use during this Lenten Season. Many thanks once again to our anonymous donor. Great way to spend 6 minutes with the Lord every day.
Lenten Fish Dinners— Due to the covid pandemic, we are sorry to announce that we will not be having our annual Lenten Fish dinner this year. Let us continue to pray for an end to the pandemic, so that we can once again gather together as a parish family.
Coming this February 23rd
Over the past year OSM has been producing different series on Prayer, Faith and Devotions that are worth repeating during Lent. So every Tuesday through the Easter Season we will present a Short lesson that is worth hearing again!!
SO GET OUT YOUR OSM NOTEBOOKS AND PREPARE TO RECORD NEW INSIGHTS!!
Here is the upcoming Schedule on “Re-Run Tuesday”
- FIVE PART SERIES OF “SIN”
- FEBRUARY 23RD MARCH 2ND, 9TH, 16TH, AND 23RD
- HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR
- MARCH 30TH
- WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH?
- APRIL 6TH
- FOUR PART SERIES: LESSONS THROUGH PAINTINGS
- APRIL 13 Rising of Lazarus
- APRIL 20 Call of Levi
- APRIL 27 Rich Young Man
- MAY 4 Thomas the Doubter
- Five Part Series on the “our Father”
- May 11th 18th 25th June 1st & 8th
New OSM Episodes
These Episodes will “air” on Thursdays
LENTEN SERIES ON: Saint Peter’s “Way of the Cross”
We are familiar with the “Way of the Cross” as Jesus’ call to:
“Pick up your Cross and follow Me”
When we meditate on these 14 steps we come to identify with the self-emptying or our will in order to follow. Each Step of the way calls for self-sacrifice
This Lent share with me Peter’s way of the cross after Christ that makes him the perfect example of humility and commitment to Christ and His Church one step at a time.
The Condemnation of Body and Soul February 25th
The Three Falls into the Father’s Will March 4th
The Three Helps on the Way March 11th
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH
FRIDAY, MARCH 19TH – CONSECRATION OF OUR PARISHES AND HOMES!!
The Women of Jerusalem March 18th
“The Rest of the Story” March 31st
Four Part Series on Consecration of Saint Joseph
April 8th 15th 22nd and 29th Consecration: Saturday May 1st
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Confessions – starting January 2021, the time for confession will be Saturdays at 9:00 am. We will have a mass at 8:30 am every Saturday followed by confession. First Saturdays will remain as always with Rosary at 8:00, Mass at 8:30, Confession & Adoration at 9:00 am.
Recording of Sunday Mass will be continued and shown on the OSM YouTube channel (8:00 am) for those not attending Mass.
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Click here to donate to the 2021 Annual Diocesan Lenten Appeal Campaign.
Daily mass readings/reflections as well as other important announcements are sent via Seton Chronicles, our electronic newsletter. If you are not receiving it, send an email to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our YouTube channels for Masses and other video messages by Father John on “Operation Safe Mode with Father John” and on our “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton North Huntingdon” channel.
Our Parish Facebook page, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church(search by @seasnh) is constantly updated so be sure to check it out and “Like” the page to follow.
The Parish office will reopen on Monday, October 12, 2020. Office hours will be Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Closed on Weds. Masks required to enter the office.
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Check out Immaculate Conception (IC) new website: click here
The new ministry schedule for Feb 17, 2021 – May 31, 2021 is now available. Click here: Feb 15 to May 31, 2021 – final
Purchasing a brick for our Mary’s Garden is a thoughtful and lasting remembrance of a loved one and to show your dedication to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Take a walk through the garden and you will see that there are a variety of memorial tributes. Putting your children’s or grandchildren’s names on a brick would be a very special present for the upcoming holidays.
Mary’s Garden brick order form Sept 2020 We are hoping this will help to fill our garden with memorials. We still have over 1,000 bricks for purchase. Please use the current form in the back of church or you can obtain one from the Parish office, and enclose the sale amount in your envelope. If there are any questions, please call Karen at 412-754-1849.
Operation Lunch Bag – We collect individual serving sizes of healthy lunch items for the school year lunch bag program during the months of September through May. Items can be placed in the plastic containers in the back of church. (No lunch bags in December when we collect the Holiday Dinner Totes.)
The new schedule for Memorials is now open. It runs from now until December 2021. 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.
Mass Scheduling – The new 2021 book is open for scheduling. Forms are available in the back of church. Click here for a scheduling form: Mass intention form.
Completed forms along with the suggested $10 stipend can be dropped off or mailed to the office, dropped in the collection basket, slid under the locked Francis Room door, or dropped in the locked drop mailbox located near the light pole by the Parish Center.
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. **Currently under suspension due to Covid -19.
For more info on 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!
Opportunity for Prayer: All are invited to pray the rosary every morning at 8:00 am, in the church (Mon-Sat). What better way to start the day 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.
First Saturday Devotions will be held on the First Saturday of each month with Rosary at 8:00 am, Mass at 8:30 am, and Holy Hour Adoration/confessions at 9:00 am.
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.
Human Trafficking: Modern day slavery has become an increasing hazard, not just in international circles, but on the streets of local cities. A prayer and outreach group is forming this month to combat human trafficking. As with the drug trade, it can hide in plain sight while it corrupts young and old. Please join efforts to pray and to promote awareness and educational resources for this issue. Help us to come to the aid of those in need of hope. For more information, contact Mary Ellen at 724-552-2605 or writing email@example.com .
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.
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.