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Sister Marla Clercx, ANG, is our Pastoral Leader. She served as Pastoral Leader at St. John, Gillett; St. Michael, Suring; and the Chapel at Chute Pond. As a highly respected leader in our diocese, she brings a new dimension of pastoral care and vision to our faith community.
- Fr. Raja Selvam is our priest celebrant. He celebrates weekend Masses with us and ministers the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Scroll down for an introduction of Fr. Raja.
Fr. John Van Deuren celebrates Masses with us on weekdays on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fr. Bob Karuhn celebrates Masses with us on weekdays on Thursdays and Fridays.
A welcome message from Sr. Marla Clercx
Meet Fr. Raja Selvam, our Priest Celebrant
I am a Diocesan Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Sivagangai, India. Ordained in 2007, I served as Associate Pastor for three years in my home diocese, and then became Associate Editor of the Regional Catholic Weekly “Nam Vazhvu” (Our Life) run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Tamil Nadu, India. After completing four years of my term, I was sent to the United States of America for higher studies in Social Communication and Media Ministry. In this regard, I had a great opportunity to be assigned as student-in-resident in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, and completed master’s degrees in Systematic Theology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and Journalism from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Then I served as an Associate Pastor at Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Church, San Pedro, for two years. In addition to that, I also served as the Director of Apostleship of the Sea – Catholic Maritime Ministry at the port of Los Angeles for one year.
Besides my priestly academic formation at the undergraduate level in Philosophy and Theology, I also hold a master’s degree in Christian Studies from the University of Madras, Chennai, India. I am fascinated in the field of arts – writings, music, and media ministries. I am a journalist, author, lyricist, and liturgical music composer. I am the author of 20 books, both in my mother tongue Tamil and in English, and have composed 200 liturgical hymns in Tamil. It’s all available in both audio and visual format on my YouTube Channel – Nesam Creations. For your surprise, it’s all in my mother tongue, Tamil, an ancient and classical language. Every Sunday, I also write a Sunday reflection and post it on my Facebook page – Catholic Faith Companion: A Social Media Network. Concerned with the communicative nature of witness, I am currently doing my doctoral studies in Media Evangelization at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.
I’ve been in the Diocese of Green Bay since September, 2020. I served as Associate Pastor for four months at St. Francis Solanus Parish, Gresham, and almost eight months at St. John’s Parish, Antigo. I am truly grateful to our Bishop Most Rev. David L. Ricken and the diocesan administration for giving me a wonderful opportunity to stay in the Diocese of Green Bay to help the parishes while I am doing the final stage of my doctoral studies. It really gives me great joy to fulfill my priestly ministry, daily obligation, and to grow in my spirituality. Additionally, my dear brothers and sisters, it will truly be my blessing to serve you at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Green Bay.
Believing in Christ’s divine call that we are called to be co-workers with Him in building up the “Kingdom of God” on earth, let us work together to bring a Kingdom of compassion, justice, peace, and love in our midst. May God bless us!
Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass (or Vigil Mass) Returned Weekend of August 14/15
Bishop David Ricken lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. We are reminded of the importance of attending Sunday Mass. It “fulfills, in part, the basic moral obligation which God has given us in the third commandment — to Keep Holy the Sabbath,” Bishop wrote. Bishop Ricken has repeatedly stated that the dispensation for Sunday Mass is always in place for those facing serious health issues. “If individuals are frail due to illness or age and in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places — including Sunday worship at Mass — would place their health in ‘serious jeopardy,’ they, too, are not bound by this obligation. Anyone in those types of situations should adhere to the third commandment ‘To Keep Holy the Lord’s Day’ by spending time in prayer, reading the Scriptures and taking part in acts of charity from home.” Those unable to attend Sunday Mass for health reasons can still tune into the televised Mass on WFRV Local 5, celebrated by Bishop Ricken every Sunday at 10:30am. To watch Bishop’s video message, click the following link. Bishop David Ricken’s Video Message
(as of August 16, 2021)
- We’ve re-introduced the gifts of bread and wine being brought up to the altar at weekend Masses during the offertory. If you requested the Mass intention and would like to bring up the gifts, prior to Mass, let the ushers know that the Mass is for your intention and that you’d like to do this.
- Masks are highly encouraged.
- The two far south sections (closest to the confessional in church) are for people with masks only.
- Hand sanitizer is available and is recommended.
- Holy water fonts are back.
- Missalettes and song books are available.
- Congregational singing has resumed at all Masses.
- Choirs are allowed.
- The precious blood will still not be distributed.
- We have returned to using four Communion Ministers. Those distributing must use hand sanitizer before and after distribution and must wear a mask while distributing. Please contact the parish office if you would like to begin serving in this ministry at email@example.com or 920.499.1546. Thank you.
- Weekday Masses will remain in the main worship area for the time being. The gifts of bread and wine are not being brought up during the offertory at weekday Mass.
Holy Family Catholic School – Green Bay plans to sell scrip here on Saturdays from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. as long as they have the volunteers to do so.
“Jesus is as a fire in the very center of our souls ever burning.
Yet, we are cold because we do not stay by it. “
Words of wisdom from our patron saint submitted by parishioner Mary B.
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