Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
Dear Members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church,
Unlike our ancestors-in-faith, we have it so easy; I say that because of what one of six biblical injunctions says every able-bodied believer was once solemnly required to do:
“Three times a year, [all] shall appear before the LORD, your God,
in the place which he will choose …
They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed, but each with his own gift,
in proportion to the blessing which the LORD, your God, has given to you.”
This required them to travel for many hours, days, or even weeks! All Holy Mother Church requires of us is a minutes-long trek – once a week – to one of the holy Masses offered in any Catholic Church! For our spiritual good and faith formation, she strongly encourages her children to join in special celebrations on Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Since we should never come before the Lord empty–handed [which means more than financial offerings] bring your SINS to be confessed, forgiven and washed away at our Lenten Penance Service on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm.
Because of the sins and sickness of a few, our whole Church has been condemned; some even doubt Christ’s presence in her. But despite Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s triple denials, Jesus has – and always will – remain with us until the end of time! As Saint Paul said: “we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.” [2 Corinthians 4:7] If you believe this, as I do, then proudly profess your Catholic Faith by actively participating in all Holy Week events. All Priests, including me, are imperfect in some way; we need your support and encouragement – and your prayers. For your edification, watch this brief video from the Archdiocese of Denver’s ‘More Than You Realize’ movement: https://mtyr.org.
Please return the Easter Decoration Memorial, found in your envelope packet, before
April 14 [Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion] to be included in the special bulletin insert; to use your own envelope, list your name and your intention[s], designating them as ‘living’ or ‘deceased.’ And remember: Easter is NOT our regular weekend Mass schedule; there are five Easter Masses; the less crowded Masses are the 8:00 pm Saturday Vigil, and the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Easter Day Masses. May Easter joy enable us to rise above every cross or challenge, scandal or setback, sin or situation we may entrust to Jesus as we adore Christ’s Cross on Good Friday.
In His holy Name,
Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KCHS