On Sunday, September 21st, our parish family was truly blessed. In addition to the Sunday worship where Christ is present and we are enriched and fed in Word and Sacrament, we also were priviledged to welcome into our Family of Faith five youngsters whose parents and family brought them to us for Initiation in the Sacrament of Baptism. Following the 11:00 am Mass, we baptized Nola Ryan Bechtold, Stella Mae Flore, Alexander Michael Phillips, Samantha Raeann Stough and Sean Patrick Whalen. It was a glorious celebration for those families as well as for the Church, and is an indication of the vitality of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. We welcome those youngsters and congratulate their parents and families. It also saw the inauguration of our gratitude for the gift of life that these parents have provided for society and the Church in the presentation of a beautiful red rose to the Moms and Dads in appreciation for their child.
Later that afternoon, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, a ceremony honoring 28 members from the entire Diocese of Greensburg was held by Bishop Lawrence Brandt. Two distinct awards were presented in recognition of service and commitment to the work of the Church, both in the Diocese as well as in the parish. Our parish was honored to have three of our parishioners recognized at this event, details of which can be found in the ACCENT and pictures of which can be found on the Diocesan Web Site.
JOAN YUHAS has awarded the Bishop’s MEDAL OF HONOR in recognition of meritorious service to the parish and the Church. Joan helps us as an associate organist as well as organist for the Resurrection Choir and is deeply involved in our Christian Mothers as well as the parish life. Her dedicated service and her quiet and humble spirirt have brought blessing to many, and now brings blessing and honor to our parish family. We congratulate Joan on this honor, and was glad that her husband Charles and their children were able to be present. They represented us well.
Wendy and Keith Staso were also recognized and honored by Bishop Brandt with an invitation to be invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulhre of Jerusalem as a Knight and a Lady of the Order. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a chivalric order of laity and clergy that traces its roots back to the First Crusade in 1099. The Order was approved by Pope Callistus II in 1122, establishing members as a lay religious community with specific responsibilities of supporting the Latin rite Patriarch of Jerusalem and supporting the Christian presence in the Holy Land through prayer and financial assistance. Longtime members of our parish, Wendy and Keith served as co-chairs for the parish of the recent Today’s Challenge/Tomorrow’s Hope Campaign. We congratulate them on this distinctive recognition and the honor that it brings to the parish family.