Welcome to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish! Our pastor is Fr. Don Everts. Our parish community strives to help you feel welcomed, valued, and enriched in Christ. No matter what stage of growth – or challenge – you are experiencing, you have much to offer our community of faith. Together we can grow as Christian Catholics! After reading more about us, come and join us in person this weekend.
WITNESSING THE FULLNESS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST
The first three months in a parish have often been called the “honeymoon period” as you revel in the joy and life of the new parish family you have become a part of and as you discover the wonderful gifts of your family. It has been a splendid journey with my new family here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the witness of the welcoming community of faith.
As we enter into the fall of the year and things begin to roll in the life of the Church, I have been blessed to experience in a powerful way the beautiful celebration of our liturgy at weekend Mass. Our community sings and worships with joy, and I find myself filled with that powerful sense of what it means to be a family walking together in faith.
The one great challenge that we, and many parishes are facing, is the lack of ministers to serve our family at our weekend Celebrations of the Eucharist. The weekend celebration is the “source and summit” of our experience of the Grace and Mercy of God in the Eucharistic Feast. We gather around the table and are fed the great sacrifice of mercy and redemption.
No where else do we experience such grace and the living presence of God as we do at the Eucharistic. HOW BLESSED WE ARE BY THE LOVE OF GOD! How we witness and celebrate the weekend Mass is essential to the vitality and mission of our parish family.
We are at our best when we witness the fullness of the Body of Christ. When each of our ministerial roles are filled, we (as the parts of the Body of Christ) witness the fullness of Christ for all who gather at the Eucharistic Feast.
We are making a big push to fill our ministerial roles for all our weekend Mass celebrations. We are asking each parish member to consider taking on ONE role for ONE weekend Mass ONCE a month. When we are at our best, that would mean we have the following Ministers at each Mass:
▪ Two Servers ▪Two Lectors ▪One Sacristan/Eucharistic Lead ▪Two Eucharistic Ministers ▪Four Ushers ▪One Technology Minister ▪Two Hospitality Ministers
This would mean we need 14 ministers for each weekend Mass (42 ministers each weekend and 168 ministers for each month).
One of the ministries that we have a desperate need for is altar servers. This would be a wonderful ministry for anyone from 4th grade to 90 years old. It is a ministry that a family could do together. (parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, husband and wife, two neighbors, two siblings or any two parishioners)
Training will be provided for each of our ministries. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about any of our ministries. Our weekend Mass ministries are powerful and inspiring ways you can serve your parish family. Together we can be the Fullness of the Body of Christ for our parish family, for any guests that come to our Mass, and for our world!
Thank you to those who have already made a commitment! In our journey of faith, we each simply seek to do our part in fulfilling the mission of Christ. Let us each be a part of witnessing the fullness of the body of Christ for one another at the very heart and soul, the source and summit, of our family gatherings every weekend Mass. Prayerfully consider joining a ministry and complete the below form if you can help.
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“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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