A Thank You Note to the Parish
Dear Hopeful Parishioners,
With deepest gratitude I write this note to say ‘thank you’ for all your efforts, prayers and donations during our Advent and Christmas seasons. Thank you for attending Mass here, both in-person and on-line. Thank you for your service to our church. Thank you for your prayers, your Christmas gifts and cards and your Christmas offertory.
Our Christmas Masses were beautiful and not just because of the candles, Christmas trees, flowers and Nativities. They were beautiful from my perspective also. What I see at Mass is different than what you see because I look out over the congregation and usually the décor is behind me! What I saw this Christmas (even with those masks on) was desire. I saw people coming alone to Mass. I saw some new faces and some larger family groups. I pray that you are being nurtured here, both in word and sacrament. I was greeted by many of you after the Christmas Masses – thank you!
My continued request of all of you is that you ask (and ask often) for the gift of Hope: Father God, grace me with the gift of Hope!
– Fr. Casey
Celebration of our patroness St Elizabeth Seton
January 4 is the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, for whom our church is named. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the patron saint of Catholic schools, those rejected and persecuted for their faith, orphans, and widows.
When she was very young, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton lost her mother. Her father remarried to provide his children with a stepmother; however, the marriage ended in divorce and St. Elizabeth was deeply saddened to lose another mother. Later, she lost her husband to tuberculosis, which is why she is the patron saint of widows.
Also, since she was ridiculed for her conversion to Catholicism, St. Elizabeth has been named the patron of those who face challenges practicing their faith. 2020 has certainly been year of challenges for going to church. We should all pray for St. Elizabeth to intercede for us at the feet of Jesus!
You can read more about St. Elizabeth on our website: www.stelizabethseton.org/st-elizabeth-seton-the-person/
Prayer written by St. Elizabeth Seton:
Lord Jesus, who was born for us in a stable, lived for us a life of pain and sorrow, and died for us upon a cross, say for us in the hour of death: ‘Father, forgive’, and to Your Mother say: ‘Behold your child.’ Say to us: ‘This day you shall be with Me in paradise.’ Dear Savior, leave us not, forsake us not. We thirst for You, Fountain of Living Water. Our days pass quickly along, soon all will be consummated for us. To Your hands we commend our spirits, now and forever. Amen.