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Letter from Fr. Tom regarding Global Pandemic

Dear Members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church,

    Please be assured that you and your loved ones are not only in my prayers, you are also in the prayers and concerns of our Bishop, who has asked us Pastors to assure you that we are doing all we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. While no one knows what the future holds, and as our Bishop said, we did not even imagine what disciplines and sacrifices this Lent would demand of us – we still look forward to a joy-filled Easter.

    The last publicly celebrated Mass was held Tuesday, March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, at 9 AM until AT LEAST the Saturday Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 4. Funerals will be celebrated as needed. Friday Stations of the Cross and the Simple Soup Supper are cancelled. Please watch the Mass on TV, on the diocesan website [below] or at least spend some time in prayer on Sunday.

    The Sacrament of Reconciliation [Penance or Confession]. No Penance Services may be conducted until after Easter; Confessions WILL be heard IN THE CHAPEL, NOT IN THE SMALL RECONCILIATION ROOM, at the usual time of Saturday at 4:00 PM; please be a brief as possible.

    Eucharistic Adoration. During the regular WEEKEND Mass times: 4 PM – 6 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM Sundays – the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the Altar for private Prayer – IF ENOUGH EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS AND OTHERS ‘sign up’ so the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended. [During most of these times, Confessions MAY be heard when a Priest is available; again, please be as brief as possible.]

    The Church is USUALLY open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Thursday and 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon on Friday. Please keep a safe distance from each other during visits to the church as you pray before the Blessed Sacrament, Walk the Stations, etc.

    We will communicate any updates via our website [easeton.net], our bulletin and via blast emails. If you did not receive our blast email this week when these restrictions went into effect, we likely do not have your current email address. Please contact the Parish Office to have your email information updated.

    For those who have children in Sacrament Prep: ALL CHILD-BASED EVENTS [Classes, CLOW & Sacrament Prep sessions] are cancelled.


As of now, the dates and times for First Holy Communions and Confirmation remain unchanged, and the remaining preparation work for these special Sacraments will be completed by you – with the help of the Parish staff. We are looking into other ways to fulfill the Confirmation Retreat requirement, even on an individual basis, and will be in contact with you. ‘We Celebrate’ First Eucharist Book should be completed at home and dropped off at the Parish so it can be ‘graded;’ it will be returned to you on FHC day.

Our Bishop’s comforting words, may be found find – with updates – on the diocesan website: diometuchen.org/coronavirus; and on our diocesan social media pages: @diocesemetuchen.

In His holy Name,


Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KCHS
Pastor

Consecration to Jesus through Our Lady of Guadalupe

From: Donnamarie Petrucelli [mailto:dpetrucelli@diometuchen.org]

Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 2:46 PM

Subject: Livestreaming Consecration

Live streaming Information:

Consecration to Jesus through Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, will be the principal celebrant of the Mass of the Consecration of the Diocese of Metuchen to Jesus through Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen. During the Mass, Bishop James F. Checchio will consecrate the Diocese of Metuchen to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Due to limited seating at the Cathedral, attendance is by ticket only.

To allow for greater participation, the Diocese of Metuchen will air a live satellite broadcast of the Mass at

Live Satellite Broadcast

Following the Mass, a link to the recording will be posted on the diocesan website for on-demand viewing.

To help the faithful of the diocese prepare for their personal consecration, the Diocese of Metuchen will offer a series of videos from Dec. 4 through Dec. 12. The videos will include prayer, witness, Scripture, and more to help the faithful prepare to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Our Lady of Guadalupe. To receive these daily videos, please visit

Daily Videos

and sign up.

 

Diocese of Metuchen Consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe

All are welcome to attend one or more of the events scheduled in the coming weeks in preparation for our Diocesan Consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Full details on events held at SEAS can be found in the bulletin.

One Week Traveling Prayer Kit

Take home a Traveling Prayer Kit dedicated to the Patroness of the Americas.  Everything you need to create a sacred space in your home is included.

To reserve a kit: use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.  On scheduled date, pick up kit in Sacristy; return to Sacristy the next weekend.

For more information about the Bishop’s intention for us with this consecration, please visit https://lightingheartsonfire.org

Pentecost Novena

From: Kathleen Sinclair [ksinclair@diometuchen.org]
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2019 10:28 AM
Cc: John Glynn
Subject: Pastor emails
Dear Monsignor/Father
I have been asked to forward this information via email to all pastors.
Can you please share this with your parishioners and possibly put the information on your website?
All information is also on our website.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
thanks
Kathy

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Hi Kathy,
Here are the first 4 days of the Pentecost Novena videos, followed by the reflection/prayers. These videos will also be found on the diocesan website for Pentecost:
www.diometuchen.org/Pentecost

They will also be posted daily on all of the Diocese of Metuchen social media sites. If you visit the link above there is a sign up option to receive e-mails containing these videos/prayers each day during the Novena.

Day 1: Introduction to the Holy Spirit (Friday, May 31st)
Video link: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/pentecostnovena-intro Reflection/Prayer:

Day 1: Holy Spirit
Jesus, I come to you as I prepare for Pentecost asking for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit in my life. I trust You as You told the Apostles, “it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). I trust that You send your Advocate with many gifts. Please, give me the strength to keep “rowing” as I pursue Your will, but please send Your Spirit upon me as the wind in my sails, that I may continue to move towards You. Lord, I pray that your Spirit descends on me and the whole Diocese of Metuchen as we prepare for Pentecost and for the Consecration of our Diocese to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolation, through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Day 2: Fear of the Lord (Saturday, June 1st)
Video link: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/pentecostnovena-fearofthelord Reflection/ Prayer:

Day 2: Fear of the Lord
All mighty and powerful God, You are perfect in all of your ways. I come to you today asking for a greater outpouring of the Gift of Fear of You! I desire a greater commitment to You and Your perfect Will in my life. I invite you into my life – especially my fears and anxieties. I ask You to overwhelm me with Your presence and love so that I only fear losing my relationship with You. Send Your Spirit upon me as I keep my eyes set on Your Will. Please replace my fears of (what are you most fearful of) with Your Love.

St. Theresa of Avila, Pray for us.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolation, through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Day 3: Piety (Sunday, June 2nd)
Video link: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/pentecostnovena-piety

Reflection/ Prayer:
Day 3: Piety
Everlasting God, You are the perfect Father and deserve all honor. I come to you today asking for a greater outpouring of the gift of piety! I know that I am your child, and you made me for the purpose of everlasting life. Lord, I want to better honor you in my life. St. Paul writes in Romans, “the Spirit Himself makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” – Spirit overcome me and lead me to reverence for God. Please help me to respect and honor God in all that I do so that I live in communion with You and continue on the path of everlasting life.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pray for us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolation, through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Day 4: Fortitude (Monday, June 3rd)
Video link: https://vimeo.com/dioceseofmetuchen/pentecostnovena-fortitude

Reflection/Prayer:
Day 4: Fortitude
All powerful God, You are perfect in all of your ways. I come to you today asking for a greater outpouring of the gift of fortitude! At times, I feel weak, but I desire to continue on this journey towards you with the help of your strength. Lord, please give me confidence in Your Strength and send Your Spirit with the gift of fortitude during the times I encounter obstacles. I desire the fortitude of Christ when He got back up after falling beneath the weight of His cross. God, give me the gift of fortitude so that I can continue to carry my cross because of your strength.
St. Oscar Romero, Pray for us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolation, through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Kathleen M. Sinclair
Vicariate for Clergy & Consecrated Life
Diocese of Metuchen
(732) 562-2457 / Fax (732) 562-1307

Our Lady of Guadalupe Consecration Parish Awakening Night

Next Tuesday, May 21, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, SEAS will host an Our Lady of Guadalupe Consecration Parish Awakening Night. What is an Awakening Night? An Awakening Night is an Evening of Prayer, Preaching and Testimony centered on the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Join us at SEAS’ Awakening Night next Tuesday!

With all that has gone on – and is going on – in our world and in our Church, I make this personal, special request that every parishioner come to this Awakening Night to show their support for – and, more importantly, to pray for – our Church, our Diocese and our Parish, our Bishop and all Priests, our Country and all Nations, for Vocations and for our Blessed Mother’s never-failing intercession for all of our hopes and dreams, needs and intentions.

Taking part in this Awakening Night is even more important for those who serve in any Parish Ministry at SEAS: Liturgical, Faith Formation [RF catechists, aides, hall monitors, Adult Faith, RCIA, CLOW, VBS, Altar Servers, Passion Play and Epiphany Pageant ministers, Wedding Prep, Baptismal Prep, Pre-Cana, Ushers], Social or Spiritual. For unless we who minister to the Parish are updated in the faith, we cannot minister to our fellow parishioners to the best of our ability. And, by seeing you, they might be prompted to join in ministry.

Lastly, this Awakening Night is a great way to understand why our Parish, with Saint Mary Church in Rutherford and Saint Justin Church in Toms River, is sponsoring a 5 day Pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico November 18-22, 2019. Having previously known little about this 1500’s Marian Apparition, the more I find out about it – the more meaningful the pilgrimage has become.

SO – PLEASE JOIN US AT SEAS NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT – MAY 21 – 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

Father Tom

Pre-Lent Meeting This Sunday – 2 Page Handout

From: “Gina Perez” <gperez@easeton.net>
To:”Gina Perez” <gperez@easeton.net>
Cc:”Mariam Nawab” <mnawab@easeton.net>, “Confirmation” <confirmation@easeton.net>
Sent:Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:36:04 +0000

Dear Catechists and Aides,

Attached is a handout (2 pages) that you will NOT receive at the meeting this Sunday, but a copy that you should have.

These two pages will be emailed to parents in the next few weeks.

The first page is a Lenten activity and the second page is all about Easter.

Thank you.

See you Sunday.

Gina

Catechist, Aide & Substitute Meeting Handouts – Aug. 26

Dear Catechists, Aides, and Substitute Catechists,

Please review the attached documents prior to the Catechist meeting this Sunday, Aug. 26th.

This is a very important meeting and you will get all the information you need to begin the new Catechetical year.

If you have not already responded to attending the meeting, please let me know.

Thank you to those who have already responded.

Gina
Catholic Prayers

Ten Tips Maintaining Discipline

Student Conduct 2018

RELIGIOUS FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES 2018

Reminders for Catechists

The Catechists Aide

Catechist Job Description

Aide Job Description

Substitute Catechist Job Description

Mass this weekend in Polish

From: Jackie Ferrari
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:16 PM
To: All SEAS Parishioners
Subject: Mass this weekend in Polish

This Saturday, July 21, our Parish is happy to be hosting a group of Polish pilgrims who are on a bicycle pilgrimage from Boston to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

There are three Priests with them on this pilgrimage, and they celebrate Mass each day.  On Saturday evening they will be celebrating Mass – in Polish – at approximately 6:45 PM depending on when the church is ready after our regular 5:00 PM Mass.  Mass will be for the proper Sunday and would fulfill your Sunday obligation. Since the start time could be a bit earlier, it is recommended you arrive by 6:30 PM in order not to miss the start of Mass.

The group representative, Monika, said they would be thrilled if anyone from our Parish would like to join them for Mass.  Help us make our fellow Catholics feel welcome in our Parish home.  If you do attend, please feel free to take photos and email them to me at parishoffice@easeton.net.

Thanks!

Jackie Ferrari