Annunciation Photo

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
105 Summer Road
Three Bridges, NJ 08887-2307
Phone: 908-782-1475
Fax: 908-782-6230


April 4, 2016
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord [transferred]

As one of five children, I recall – all too well – how challenging it is for little ones to see and understand what is liturgically – and literally – over their heads! That’s one reason why we invite all children on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord to join in the Palm Blessing Procession [I love seeing them wave their branches in excitement] and then go watch a 25-minute children’s video on the meaning of Holy Week. Some ask: “Is it just play time … or do they actually learn anything?” Consider this true story:

After Passion Sunday Masses, I asked the kids what they learned from this year’s new movie; one boy quoted – almost verbatim – a line repeated in this year’s movie: “Easter is not about chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs; it’s about Jesus.” Almost all of them could retell key parts of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Why is all this so important? Here’s what God’s revealed word in sacred Scripture says about these things:

“Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

Since all of us are God’s children, all of us – at EVERY age – must learn more about our great Catholic Faith, her rites and her rituals. My thanks to you for your Easter gift and to all whose sacrificial offerings enable us to provide technology and a place to meet and conduct catechesis for all God’s children, young and not-so-young; the means to provide – in the Lord’s most holy Name and in your name – for those who need life’s essentials; and above all, a reverent, fitting place to gather as God’s holy people for sacred worship.

May we never tire of learning more about our Catholic Faith, of doing all we can to faithfully hand it on to future generations, and to celebrate its joys and grace-filled rites. With my hope and prayers that the Risen Lord’s pardon and peace will sustain you and your loved ones throughout this Eastertime … and forever … I am,

Sincerely in Our Risen Lord,

Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KHS