About Our Parish
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Rev. Edward Kearns
1984 - 1997
Rev. A. Gregory Uhrig
1997 - 1998
Rev. Msgr. James P. Moran
1998 - 2002
Rev. Thomas J. Serafin
SACRED LITURGY: THE MASS & OTHER PRAYERS
The primary purpose of a Parish is to worship God and continue the Church`s mission, entrusted to us by our Founder, our Lord Jesus Christ. The Acts of the Apostles [Acts 2:42] records how the first disciples fulfilled our Lord`s command:
"They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers."
To this day, almost 2,000 years later, the Church continues these holy practices in what is now called the Mass: prayers, instruction, communal life and, most importantly, the Breaking of the Bread. That is why the Church obligates us to attend Sunday Mass each week!
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
Please consult the bulletin for the Mass schedule, which changes according to the particular holy day. The normal schedule is: 5:00 pm on the Vigil of the holy day, 6:30 am - 9:00 am and 7:30 pm on the holy day.
Holy Days of Obligation in 2013
|Mary Mother of God/World Day of Peace/New Year's Day
||Tuesday, January 1|
|Ascension of the Lord
||Thursday, May 9|
|Assumption of Mary
||Thursday, August 15|
|All Saint's Day
||Friday, November 1|
||Tuesday, December 25|
Other Important Holy Days, Feasts & Celebrations
|Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
||Friday, January 4|
||Sunday, January 6|
|Baptism of the Lord
||Sunday, January 13|
|Washington DC March for Life
||Friday, January 25|
|Dedication of Annual Candles
||Sunday, February 3|
|St. Blaise Blessing of Throats
||Friday, February 3|
|Annointing of the Sick 3:00 pm
||Saturday, February 9|
|World Marriage Day
||Sunday, February 10|
|Parsh 'Pot Luck' Mardi Gras
||Tuesday, February 12|
||Wednesday, February 13|
|Lenten Penance Service
||Wednesday, March 20|
|Passion [Palm] Sunday
||Sunday, March 24|
|Chrism Mass, Cathedral, 7:30 pm
||Monday, March 25|
||Thursday, March 28|
||Friday, March 29|
|Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
||Saturday, March 30|
||Sunday, March 31|
||Saturday, April 6|
||3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Sundays of Easter|
||Sunday, May 19 at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm|
||Sunday, May 19|
||Sunday, October 27|
|Parish 29th Anniversary
||Wednesday, October 30|
|All Soul's Day
||Saturday, November 2|
|24th Anniversary Church Dedication
||Sunday, November 3|
|Immaculate Conception of the BVM (not a holy day of obligation this year)
||Monday, December 9|
First Saturday Devotions
The first Saturday of each month: 4:15 pm in the Church
All Roman Catholics [over 18 years, even those not living on their own] are expected to officially register in the parish. If you do NOT receive the Easter or Christmas mailing you are probably NOT registered! For more information, or to obtain a registration form, see a Priest or Deacon after Mass, or call or email the Parish Office.
Why register in a parish? We strongly encourage you to register, even if you do not wish to receive weekly contribution envelopes, so we can include you on our mailing list. Only registered members of the parish can enroll a child in Religious Formation, obtain a Sponsor Certificate or Godparent Eligibility Form, or any other recommendations or documentation. Parents of Catholic School children requesting a parish subsidy are required to be active parishioners both in Mass attendance and financial assistance to this parish. Furthermore, to obtain a Sponsor (Godparent) Certificate, letter of recommendation, or other documentation, you must a fulfill any canonical [Church Law] requirements for such documentation.
Please notify the Parish Office of any changes in address or phone number, or if you are leaving the Parish.
WEEKLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
All are encouraged to use weekly envelopes for their sacrificial gift to their parish. The weekly envelope helps keep in mind our duty to regularly contribute to the Church`s mission and to share a percentage of our God-given talents and blessings through charitable organizations such as the Church. We are called to be good stewards of all God entrusts to us, especially our time, talent and treasure. By making a regular, weekly commitment to their parish, one that is consistent with all other weekly expenses for necessities, luxuries and the like, Catholics give witness to their faith and to the place God and His Church hold among all their other endeavors, plans and dreams.
Do I truly have a generous heart?
In these tough economic times, we do well to reflect on the admonition offered by Saint Paul as we also celebrate this 'Year of Paul' which honors the Great Apostle on what would have been his 2000th birthday:
"consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
[2 Corinthians 9:6-7]
God graces us with many gifts: natural life; our Faith; the promise of supernatural, eternal life; and all the worldly goods we often horde or take for granted. In gratitude for and recognition of God's gifts, we must share our gifts. In biblical times all were expected to offer a tithe to God: the first 10% of their produce, income and blessings--a generous return that God expects from us at every stage of life--even in death!
WILLS & MEMORIALS
Easter reminds us of our new life after death. Have you made provisions for your future meeting with the Lord? The Church strongly encourages us to make a will, detailing how our earthly treasures will be passed on to family, friends - and to God. We certainly want family and loved ones to enjoy the fruits of our earthly labors; we should also make sure our Church, our parish family, shares in our expression of gratitude through our will. We may not be able to tithe a full 10% during our earthly life, but most should be able to reach this goal in their will. Will you remember God and your parish in your will?
The Parish is most grateful to those who gift us through their will and with memorialized gifts. Those wishing to donate liturgical items [chalices, vestments, etc.] should contact the Parish Office BEFORE purchasing anything. Often, we are not able to use donated items because they do not match our sets, are not conducive to our worship space or style, or are duplicates of what we already have. We will gladly suggest what we need and will definitely use!
MASS INTENTIONS, WEEKLY MEMORIALS & DEDICATIONS
While every Mass is ultimately offered in praise of God and in union with Christ`s self-sacrifice on the Cross for us, a particular Mass intention, for which a stipend is offered, is also remembered at each Mass. To have a Mass offered for a particular intention, living or deceased, contact the Parish Office. Is there an engagement, marriage, expectant couple, ordination, birthday, graduation, anniversary of marriage, ordination or death, or any other significant milestone you wish to have spiritually remembered? The following items used for worship may be dedicated weekly for a living or deceased intention:
Memorializing the Sanctuary Lamp, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine Lamp or Saint Jude Shrine Lamp
To memorialize the candle that burns continually before the Blessed Sacrament, our patroness, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, or Saint Jude Shrine, complete a form from the office, and return it to the parish office via the collection basket or mail. Let us know what candle you wish to memorialize, the intention name[s] and purpose (Birth, Baptism, Graduation, Special Intention, Military Service, Deceased, etc.), preferred date, your name and phone numbers. Donation is $25. The intention and requestor's name are printed in the bulletin the week of that intention.
Memorial Candles at the Marian Shrine and outside the Daily Mass Chapel
To light a four-day candle, place $2.00 in the hopper to the right of the shrine; as the donation passes through the hopper, the system is activated - so one candle can be pushed to light; it remains lit for four days.
The top row of candles at the Marian Shrine, which are lit for one year, will include the name[s] of the intention and requestor. These annual candle intentions may be for any person[s] living or deceased. Consider making an annual intention for the newborn, the newlywed, the sick, those serving in the military, or the deceased. The donation for an Annual Memorial Candle is $250. Contact the parish office for more information or to memorialize annual candles.
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