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Announcements 09-25-2020

If you would like to have an intention added to the Parish Prayer Book, please use the link on our website to email the Parish Office your intention.  At the end of each week, the intentions will be added to the book in church.

 
 

Ushers continue to count attendees at each Mass.  Once the church and narthex have reached the maximum number allowed, all will be directed to watch the livestream of Mass in the Parish Hall.

 
 

Pick up a copy of the bulletin as you arrive for Mass; it is also your worship guide.

 
 

Attached is our weekly bulletin; recorded Mass and CLOW are available on our website.  

 
 

Please continue to come to the narthex 20-25 minutes after the start of Mass to receive Communion if you are not attending Mass.

 
 

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

 
 

Announcements September 18, 2020

If you would like to have an intention added to the Parish Prayer Book, please use the link on our website to email the Parish Office your intention.  At the end of each week, the intentions will be added to the book in church.

 
 

The special Holy Land Collection for the preservation of the shrines of the Holy Land will be accepted through this weekend.

 
 

Our Ushers continue to count attendees at each Mass.  Once the church and narthex have reached the maximum number allowed, all will be directed to watch the livestream of Mass in the Parish Hall.

 
 

Pick up a copy of the bulletin as you arrive for Mass; it is also your worship guide.

 
 

Attached is our weekly bulletin; recorded Mass and CLOW are available on our website.  

 
 

Please continue to come to the narthex 20-25 minutes after the start of Mass to receive Communion if you are not attending Mass.

 
 

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

 
 

Parish E-mail 09-11-2020

On Good Friday parishes in the Diocese of Metuchen take up the special Holy Land Collection for the preservation of the shrines of the Holy Land.  Since parishes were unable to celebrate in person on Good Friday, many were not able to make their donations.  The Diocese is allowing parishes to take this collection this week through next weekend.  Many of you have already sent in your donations; we thank you.  If you did not make a donation to this special collection and would like to, please put your donation in a separate envelope marked ‘Holy Land’ and drop it in the collection basket or send it to the Parish Office.  Thank you!

 
 

Reminder of Mass times:

            Saturday – 4:00 PM and 5:15 PM

            Sunday – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM

            Monday – 6:15 PM

Tuesday – 12 Noon

            Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 9:00 AM

 
 

Our Ushers continue to count attendees at each Mass.  Once the church and narthex have reached the maximum number of attendees allowed, all will be directed to watch the livestream of Mass in the Parish Hall.

 
 

Remember to pick up a copy of the bulletin as you arrive for Mass; it is also your worship guide.

 
 

Attached is our weekly bulletin and recorded Mass and CLOW are available on our website.  

 
 

Please continue to come to the narthex 20-25 minutes after the start of Mass if you wish to receive Communion but are not attending Mass.

 
 

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff 

Parish Email 09-04-2020

Beginning THIS Saturday, September 5, Saturday Masses are at 4:00 PM and 5:15 PM.

Mass on Monday, September 7, Labor Day, will be at 9:00 AM.  The rest of next week will be the usual schedule: Tuesday at Noon, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 AM.

Our Ushers continue to count attendees at each Mass.  Once the church and narthex have reached the maximum number of attendees allowed, all will be directed to watch the livestream of Mass in the Parish Hall.

Remember to pick up a copy of the bulletin as you arrive for Mass; it is also your worship guide.

Beginning Monday, September 14, Monday Mass will be at 6:15 PM, Tuesday through Friday will remain unchanged.  Also beginning Monday, September 14 confessions will be heard in the Parish Office on Mondays between 5:00 & 6:00 PM.  If you need to schedule confession prior to September 14, please email Fr. Tom directly to schedule an appointment.

Attached is our weekly bulletin and recorded Mass and CLOW are available on our website.  

Please continue to come to the narthex 20-25 minutes after the start of Mass if you wish to receive Communion but are not attending Mass.

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

 

Parish Email 07-17-2020

Blood supplies are low.  If you are able, donate blood this Monday, July 20 from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall!

 We continue to celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation; join us at Mass to celebrate our young people!  Remember when you arrive for Mass to be sure to pick up a copy of the bulletin so you have a worship guide for Mass!

 If you are not attending Mass but wish to receive Communion, park your car and walk to the narthex to receive.  We will no longer distribute Communion to cars.  Remember Masses are shorter than usual; you should plan to arrive 20-25 minutes after the start time of Mass. 

 If you are not comfortable attending a weekend Mass, the daily Masses are less crowded.  The weekday Mass schedule is Monday at 7:00 PM, Tuesday at Noon, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 AM.          

Attached is our weekly bulletin.

 Recorded Mass and CLOW are available on our website each week.

 Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

 
 

SEAS Weekly email 06-26-2020

We are very happy to say we can now have 100 people in the church for Mass, AND we are finally able to celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation!  Join us at Mass to celebrate our young people!

 
 

Attached to this email is this week’s bulletin which also includes the worship guide for Mass; it is also available from our website which we try to keep updated with the most current information.

 
 

We ask those who are not attending Mass but wish to receive Communion to park their cars and walk to the plaza [or narthex] after the people who attended Mass have received.  Those unable to exit their cars should line up at the Religious Formation drop off driveway [enter the driveway at the far end of the lot, near the trash enclosure and clothing bins] and wait for the EM to come to you; this may be after those who receive in the plaza or narthex have left.  Please be patient if you are receiving in your car.  Remember Masses are a shorter than usual; you should plan to arrive about 30 minutes after the start time of Mass.

                  
 

Recorded Mass and CLOW are available from our website each week.

 
 

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

Announcements for June 21, 2020

Reminder – our Mass schedule is as follows:

          Monday – 7:00 PM

          Tuesday – 12:00 Noon

          Wednesday – 9:00 AM

          Thursday – 9:00 AM

          Friday – 9:00 AM

Weekend Masses are:

Saturday – 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM

Sunday – 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM

 Confessions will be heard on Monday from 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM in the Parish Office

Beginning this weekend, we no longer plan to distribute Communion in the parking lot in the manner we have been doing the last several weeks.  Instead, those who are not attending Mass but wish to receive, should park their cars and walk to the plaza [or narthex] after the people who attended Mass have received.  Those unable to exit their cars should line up at the Religious Formation drop off driveway [enter the driveway at the far end of the lot, near the trash enclosure and clothing bins] and wait for the EM to come to you; this may be after those who receive in the plaza or narthex have left.  Please be patient if you are receiving in your car.

Recorded Mass and CLOW are available from our website each week.

Attached to this email is this week’s bulletin which also includes the worship guide for Mass; it is also available from our website.

Fr. Tom and SEAS Parish Staff

Note from the Finance Council

 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church

105 Summer Road

Three Bridges, NJ 08887-2307

Phone: 908-782-1475 Fax: 908-782-6230

Email: parishoffice@easeton.net

www.easeton.net

April 4, 2020

 

 

Dear Fellow Parishioner,

 

Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is James Letchford, and I serve as chair of SEAS’ Finance Council. I, and the other members of the Council, together with our Pastor, Father Tom, are praying for you and sincerely hope that you are well during these anxious and uncertain times. The Parish Finance Council includes Deacon Paul Santella, James McQuade, Lois Dornan and Father Tom.

 

This is an historic and unprecedented time for us as a nation and as a church. The steps we are taking to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community have required many things of us thus far, and perhaps even more will come. For the present, we may not have access to our church for the celebration of Mass and other programs which help build us in faith, but we are not deprived of God’s presence and the grace which constantly upholds us.

 

Certainly, as we see the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 growing exponentially almost daily, our thoughts and prayers turn to those suffering from this virus, for their families and loved ones, and for our healthcare workers who are trying to assist those infected and contain the spread of the disease. But we also know that the effects of the Coronavirus will be felt in other ways too. It will affect people’s livelihoods and their ability to support themselves and their families as some businesses close temporarily, or even permanently, because of containment efforts. It will also affect our Parish, which relies on us to provide the resources needed to sustain its life and ministry.

 

We have just passed our first weekends with only a partial Sunday offering, and more offerings will be reduced or eliminated in the weeks to come. This will create a financial hardship for us and threaten our ability to maintain parish life as we know it. However, you can help us support SEAS during the days ahead so that we can continue to be a beacon of Catholic faith and mission in our community.

 

First, we are asking you to pray for all our Parishes, Clergy and Pastoral Staffs, our Bishop and the Diocesan Staff, who give of themselves every day in witness to Christ and in service to our community. Our church is open for you to make a visit; so come and offer your prayers in our ‘parish home.’

 

Second, please join our online giving program, if and when our envelope company makes it operational. Many of us already use online methods to pay our bills and other obligations. Online parish giving should be easy to register for; it is safe, secure, and provides a reliable source of income to help us meet our obligations and fund our ministries. The details will be given via email [make sure we have your email address!] and/or our Parish website. In the meantime, you may electronically make a donation with no cost to either you or the Parish directly from your bank; at your request, they will mail a check directly to the Parish.

 

Third, if you continue to use the envelope system, please remember to mail in your envelopes on a weekly basis. We rely on your generosity to provide the support needed to maintain our parish’s life and ministries.

 

If you are among those whose circumstances prevent you from financially supporting the Parish or Diocese of Metuchen, you can support them through prayer and by your engagement in church life. Our Parish can only do what we, the parishioners, enable it to do. So please pray for SEAS and ask the Lord how you can give back to help us serve our mission.

 

Please pray for our Parish Staff members, most of whom have been furloughed until the regular schedule resumes. The Diocese directed Pastors, with their Finance Committee’s assistance, to determine how to address salaried employees. Of our 3 full time with benefits staff members, only Father Tom will NOT be furloughed; thank God! Of our 8 part time with no benefits staff members, only 3 will NOT be furloughed; they will only work the hours necessary to keep the Parish Office, Religious Formation Office and Parish Plant functional. We fully intend NOT to take the option of eliminating ANY positions as we already run a ‘very lean machine’ as Father Tom calls it.

 

We are also blessed in that many, MANY people offer their services without receiving any ‘earthly pay!’ Most of our ministries and events are ‘run’ by such people: our Catechists and Aides; the Coordinators of social events like Mardi Gras, Santa Breakfast, Easter Egg Extravaganza, etc.; our Altar Servers, Cantors, Children’s Liturgy of the Word leaders, Choirs, Collection Counters, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, Ushers; our missalettes are even changed seasonally by the Daily Mass attendees. May God bless them for their service.

 

Lastly, our Pastor, Father Tom, and the members of the SEAS Finance Committee are here to answer your questions, or assist you in registering for automated giving in our Parish. Please call or email us at 908-782-1475 or parishoffice@easeton.net.

 

During these uncertain times, we place our trust in God and are resolved to stay faithful to all the Lord calls us to be as a Parish. Let’s do what we can to help our Parish fulfill its mission by not failing to provide the resources it needs to do this.

 

 

In Christ,

 

 

 

 

James Letchford

Holy Week Explanation

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

105 Summer Road Three Bridges, NJ 08887-2307

908-782-1475 Fax: 908-782-6230

Email: parishoffice@easeton.net

www.easeton.net

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the SEAS Parish family,

 

    How I sorely miss all of you! You are in my prayers; please pray for me. Years ago, in an Epiphany homily, I told how – in some countries, Christmastime ended with a special blessing for all who, due to the brutal winter, would not gather as ‘church’ nor receive Holy Communion until Easter! In our wildest dreams, who ever imagined we’d face the same fate because of a pandemic virus. I SO MISS: celebrating Mass with you; greeting and chatting with you; fist-bumping kids; sharing your joys and sorrows; tormenting you with puns, bad jokes, and an alarming abundance of annoying alliterations; etc. Once we get back together again, I promise to ‘make it up’ to you!

 

    While we will not gather in our ‘parish home’ for Holy Week this year, make every effort to ‘tune in’ to every Rite you can – especially Sunday Mass – via the blessing of modern communication. SEAS can only broadcast recorded, not ‘live‘ events, as required for Holy Week Services, and honestly, it would be even more painful for me to ‘half-celebrate’ them with all the restrictions placed on our annual spectacular communal events, but I do hope to tape an Easter Sunday Mass! So join in the Services offered on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website: www.usccb.org or the Diocese of Metuchen’s website: www.diometuchen.org. Log on to – for FREE – easeton.formed.org – which SEAS pays for; it offers a treasure trove of Catholic movies, talks, and other programs for all ages. Our computer server crashed last week; the new server should be running by now … so keep abreast via our website: www.easeton.net of Parish events and timetables. Our main form to communicate is ‘blast emails,’ so email to parishoffice@easeton.net with your name so we can add you to our list … but give us time to update our records!

 

    This horrific pandemic has given an interesting twist to the Scriptures proclaimed on Good Friday: “Who would believe what we have heard?” [First Reading: Isaiah 53:1a] and Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” [Second Reading: Hebrews 5:8-9]
Who would believe that we’d have no public Holy Week events? That so many special events would be cancelled or postponed? That our economy, our everyday life, our EVERYTHING, would be turned upside down? That a Pope would offer prayers in an empty Saint Peter Square? That religious activities would be limited and churches closed to protect lives, while the State allows abortion clinics, which destroy lives, to remain open? Should not our limited medical facilities, overworked personnel and scarce supplies be used to combat Coronavirus and save lives – rather than to destroy life?

 

    Our Christian Faith assures us: God always wins in the end, and that every discipline – even being ‘quarantined’ – can be grace-filled – if we seek God’s presence, even in what seems so ungodly. This is the joy-filled, hope-filled message of Easter! And while every cross we carry has its pains and sorrows, we, as an Easter people, can bring light into darkness and joy into sorrow! For Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us” [Romans 8:34]
is rooting for us, along with His Mother, and our Patroness, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, and all the Angels and Saints! So, while it may be premature, I’ll say it anyway: “alleluia, Alleluia, ALLELUIA!” [There; I broke a rubric and said the “A” word in Lent!]

 

    In all seriousness: these are challenging times for all of us. May God bless all who have continued to mail or drop off their weekly offerings so we can pay all bills on time and not dismiss any Parish staff members. And thanks to all who pledge or make payments to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We are looking for an economical way to offer ‘online’ giving, which maintains a steady flow of cash but can be costly. Envelope and credit card companies and banks charge a fee to those who make ‘online’ offerings and/or the Parish for ‘online’ donations. The enclosed letter from Jim Letchford, our Finance Committee Chairman, addresses this and other financial issues. [Although I tease Jim every year when he makes his ‘most exciting’ financial report, I am grateful for all he and the members of the Finance Committee do for our Parish.]

 

    As of now, our church will be open on Saturday: 4 PM – 6 PM; Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM; Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5 PM; and Friday: 8 AM – 12:00 NOON [check the website for special Good Friday times] for you to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, light a candle, walk the Stations, etc.; please limit your visit so others can enter the church, as no more than 10 people are permitted in a room at the same time. [Official mandates from the State or Bishop could change all this.]

 

    Our Bishop has permitted Priests to offer one private Mass each day for that day’s requested Mass intention[s], which I faithfully offer. Blessed palm branches, refrigerated in sealed bags, will be available at a future date, as will blessed Easter water. Baptisms will be rescheduled at a mutually agreeable time with each family. As of now, the dates and times for First Holy Communions and Confirmation remain unchanged, and the preparation for these special Sacraments is complete; the Funeral Practices & Planning Workshop [April 28] and the Open Forum with the Pastor [May 26] are also, as of now, unchanged.

 

    A modified weekly bulletin is available on our website: www.easeton.net; follow the link on the top of the opening page; the date for the resumption of the Sacrament of Reconciliation [Penance or Confession] will be announced when known; if the opportunity to attend holy Mass and/or receive Holy Communion arises before you can get to Confession, the Church permits those normally able to receive Eucharist to do so by first making an Act of Contrition and then going to Confession as soon as humanly possible.

 

    Like the women at the tomb on that first Easter morning, many are wondering, “Who will roll back the stone for us …? [Cf. Mark 16:3] and when will we, like Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, be unbound and set free? [Cf. John 11: 44]
May we have the faith, hope and love to patiently await that glorious day when we will be gathered together again in one place: our beloved ‘parish home.’ And let us persist in the most powerful weapon at our disposal: prayer! Pray for all who have died; pray for all who are sick; pray for the medical professionals and first responders who risk their lives to save others; pray for all who suffer in any way from this crisis; and pray for each other. On Good Friday, at 3:00 PM, remember to pause in silence, to genuflect before and kiss a Cross or Crucifix, to thank the Lord Jesus for offering His life for us! Amen.

 

    In His holy Name,

 

 

 

    Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KCHS

    Pastor