Home Parish Weekly Message from the Pastor

Schedules

Lord's Day Mass
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Daily Mass
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. 

Eucharistic Adoration
Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm in the Reservation Chapel

Vespers
Solemn Vespers and Benediction: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday

Reconciliation (Confession)
Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. or by appointment

mass_readings

homilies

Search

btn_my_own_seas_acct_f2

Copyright 2017 © St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. All rights reserved.
Weekly Message from the Pastor PDF Print E-mail

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 October 2017

The Power of Love

“It’s more than a feeling, tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel; sometimes it might make you sad and sometimes it might make you glad. It makes the world go round, but you’ll know what to do, when it gets a hold of you…that’s the power of love.” These lyrics from the 1985 hit song by Huey Lewis and the News come to mind when I encounter the missionary work of the Church. Next week is the observance of World Mission Sunday and a time for us to reflect on our own call as missionaries in the proclamation of the Gospel.

The mission of the Great Church is also the mission of this parish and the mission of every parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton. We are called to “Go forth and make disciples of all nations...” Geography is of little consequence and the socio-economic status of the “natives” should only account for some minor adjustments in tactics. The goal remains the same. We must make the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s presence in the world available to everyone.

Catholics are a significant but powerful minority in this part of the world, and we find ourselves in the midst of a growing population that believes in little more than nothing. Other Christian groups have not fared much better. Our diocese is well below the national average in Catholic population and we have one entire county with no Catholic church in it at all! The majority of the population in this part of the world is virtually un-churched. The statistics in Africa are more optimistic than here at home. We have done well oversees, but now we have begun to discover that many of the missions are right in our own back yards...literally.

During my thirty-five years in this local vineyard, I have come to understand a few things. People here, like people everywhere, are hungering for God. They need the power of God’s love to see the path and the instruction of the Church in order to fully understand the goal…the salvation of souls. But first, they need to recognize the journey. When the power of love gets hold of us, we know what to do. The Holy Spirit gives us the capacity to help others understand that the power of love is more than a feeling. It is God trying to get our attention and helping us move closer to the Truth. As disciples of Jesus Christ and instruments of God’s love we are all missionaries on the journey of a lifetime. The missionary is often more like a travel agent than a tourist. With every passage that we book, with every new convert here and abroad, the journey is sweeter. The power of love is the universal engine that drives the journey of faith. It is common to all people in all places and at all times. The more that we live our faith and love one another, the more clearly that others may see the Truth we have come to believe. This is our ultimate goal: that all nations may come to call Jesus their Savior and Lord. It begins right here and expands across the ocean; it begins today and magnifies the power of God’s love until the end of time. We are a missionary Church! Welcome to the missions.

Fr. Ted 

 

 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

10655 Haverstick Rd.
Carmel, IN 46033-3800
Directions: click here 

317.846.3850 (main)
317.846.3710 (fax)
parish@seas-carmel.org

Breaking News

For additional calendar and event information, please scroll to the bottom of this home page and click on the "Parish Bulletin" icon.


Bulletin Deadlines:

On the following dates (usually Thursdays, early deadlines are in red) by 8:00 AM: October 19 for October 29, October 26 for November 5, November 2 for November 12, November 9 for November 19, November 13 for November 26, November 16 for December 3, November 30 for December 10, December 7 for December 17 and also December 7 for the combined bulletin of December 24 and 31.


Year End Finance Report

Click here to view the Finance Council page and download the report.