This year Annual Catholic Appeal has us reflect upon "A Future Full of Hope: Passion for our Faith, Promise for our Future, Care for our Community, and Love for our Family." Please prayerfully consider giving to the needs of our Archdiocese as we conduct the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal over the next four weeks.
The Easter Triduum is the apex of the liturgical year and is the apex of our lives as disciples of Christ Jesus. The Triduum starts with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion, and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil mass celebration.
Pictures of this year's Triduum Liturgies may be seen by clicking on this LINK.
Families and parishes are the two places where we encounter, in every age, that communion of love which has its ultimate source in God.
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST PLAY - the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish faith family was inspired by the Holy Spirit to come together to present the Passion of our Lord on April 7 and 8, 2017.
Pictures of the production may be accessed by clicking on this LINK.
The Behind-the-Scenes pictures from the Passion of Christ play presented by the St. EAS faith family show how strong bonds of community have developed and flourished as a result of the play and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Pictures from the Behind-the-Scenes may be seen by clicking on this LINK.
Pope Francis reminds us that praying the Rosary prepares our hearts to receive God's grace and teaches us to place ourselves in the hands of God, allowing him to guide our steps along the path of our faith journey. Praying the Rosary allows us to make room for God, to glorify his name, and to make him truly present in our lives.
The gift of healing is one of the most beautiful manifestations of the Spirit. It is recorded of Jesus, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth... who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10: 38)
Second Sunday of Easter
Breaking Open the Word of God
Easter is a time to deepen the baptismal catechesis; after we plunged into the death of Christ symbolized by the Waters of baptism, the light of the Resurrection illuminates places of encounter with the Lord. And the first place to get light is the very community of the disciples. Baptism signifies belonging to the community of believers, belonging to the Church. It means being a believer in Christ within the community who announces and proclaims the Word, who has baptized me and who breaks the Eucharistic Bread.
The first reading ends by saying that “every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” To belong to the Church and be added to their number cannot be understood just as a legal step, or belonging to a social club; we are talking about something more radical: a salvific act that only happens through the free action of God. It is about a new birth, St Peter writes: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who in his great mercy gave us a new birth.” Through Baptism we are born to new life, the new life that the risen Jesus gives to us with His presence.
This new life can be seen both inside and outside of the community of believers. It shows inside through listening to the Word of God, in the breaking of the Bread and in prayer; in a shared faith that even leads them to share their material goods so nobody is in need. This is the picture the Acts of the Apostles show us today. That same idea is present in the Gospel where we see the disciples gathered together around the eucharistic table and receiving a greeting of peace from the Risen Lord.
This new life is seen outside the Community, in the first place, through the presence of the Risen Lord who opens up the Community who was hiding behind closed doors until that moment. It is not difficult to understand that being a disciple of one crucified for blasphemy was very dangerous. But external dangers which can lead us to fearfully close ourselves in disappear in light of the reality of the triumph of lie over death. Jesus, present among the disciples, opens wide the doors of the community, opens their minds and hearts, gives them His Spirit and sends them. The community of believers does not exist for its own benefit, the Church exists so it can proclaim the Gospel, the Good News of the Resurrection, and not only to the small circle of disciples, but to the whole world. God has created light again, the light of the resurrection, and has separated it from the darkness of death. And, so, we can see Jesus alive and living among us, and we can listen to His words when He says “Peace be with you”. And so the ideal of a community of believers which is reconciled and fearlessly and openly gives witness to the whole world becomes possible.
Walking together like brothers and sisters:
Dear friends in the Risen Christ, let us continue celebrating joyfully the great gift God the Father gave us. May this Easter help us strengthen our faith in the Risen Jesus. I invite you to set aside specific moments each week of Easter to celebrate in your family, seeking to renew each one’s commitment to the Risen Lord.
In a couple of weeks we will celebrate a special Mass on May 3rd at 7pm. That day marks the 123rd anniversary of the erection of the first Cross of the Apostolate in Jesus Maria, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. I invite you to come celebrate an important date for the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and the Apostleship of the Cross. I pray you give yourself time to continue taking part in the evangelization programs we offer in the Parish.Fr. Jose Gerardo Alberto, M.Sp.S
We are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, a diverse Roman Catholic community guided by the Holy Spirit. We are transformed by grace through sacraments, prayer, compassion, and evangelization.
We are disciples of Jesus Christ.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is staffed by the Religious Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit from
Christ the Priest Province under the
Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.