As our lives are continually affected by the uncertain times we are living in, please know that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is here to serve you. We hope that these prayer resources can bring you some comfort and peace. And may we always remember that even in the darkest of storms, Jesus is always present to be right beside us to guide us closer to him each and every day.
This page is under construction. Check back later this summer for new prayer resources. If you have any ideas for resources that would help grow your prayer life, please let us know. We'll see if we can work them into this page. Contact Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister or call the Christian Formation Office at 262-782-8982
Happy Easter Everyone!
Christ is risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed, Alleluia! Alleluia!
Throughout the Easter Season here at Seton, you will hear Father Joe begin Mass by saying, “Christ is risen, Alleluia! Alleluia! The congregation answers by saying, “He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!” This greeting is actually known in our Catholic tradition as the Paschal Greeting and can be traced back to the earliest days of Christianity. This celebratory greeting comes from the gospel accounts of Christ’s resurrection (Matthew 28:6-7, Mark 16:6, Luke 24: 6, 34) and our response upon hearing anyone celebrate Christ’s triumph over death would of course be to exclaim, “He is risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!
We celebrate 50 days of this joy-filled Easter season by hearing stories from the Acts of the Apostles at Mass and immersing ourselves in the wondrous love that God has bestowed on all through his beloved Son, Christ Jesus!
So, keep your ears open during our liturgies to hear Father Joe greet us with this awesome, ancient greeting …and then, be prepared to respond with joy!
April 4, 2021 (Easter Sunday): Praise & Prayer
Risen Lord, Almighty Father,
We celebrate the Season of Easter.
We celebrate Your love, the life You give to us through Your Son, Christ Jesus.
We celebrate Christ’s victory of death and darkness as it reminds us all that light always triumphs over darkness.
May the Resurrection of Christ help us to inspire and change the way we live from this day forward.
Make us agents of Your hope by our very thoughts, words, and actions.
May Your life, death, and resurrection remind us all to share completely the joy and love that is brought to us through Your abundant blessings.
We ask this all through Your Son, our Christ, our Lord.
Easter Music from near and far for the Easter Season
April 11, 2021 - Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
What is Divine Mercy Sunday? The second Sunday of Easter is known as Divine Mercy Sunday and was named by Pope St. John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. But, Divine Mercy Sunday is NOT a feast based solely on St. Faustina's revelations. Indeed, it is not primarily about St. Faustina — nor is it altogether a new feast. The Second Sunday of Easter was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of Easter.
April 18, 2021 - Third Sunday of Easter
April 21 – Happy Earth day! Not part of the Liturgical calendar but definitely part of our Catholic Social Justice teachings, Earth day gives us all an opportunity to pause and celebrate God’s incredible creation! This year, Busted Halo offers a free Earth Day retreat that you could experience anytime!
Check out the Busted Halo Virtual Earth Day Retreat -A personal retreat for Earth Day in appreciation of creation
April 25, 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)
Scripture meditations for Good Shepherd Sunday
The Gospel of John isn’t the only “Shepherd” reference we have in the Bible. Here are other Scripture verses referring to “the shepherd” for your meditation and reflection. Take a moment and perhaps peek at these scriptures within the context of their perspective books. What do you think it means to be a “Good Shepherd?”
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.
“Then I will set over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will feed them;
he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd;
and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.
1 Peter 5:4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
And He will arise and shepherd His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.
And they will remain,
Because at that time He will be great
To the ends of the earth.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord…
May 2, 2021 - Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2021 - Sixth Sunday of Easter (Mother's Day)
May 16, 2021 - Seventh Sunday of Easter (Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord)
Excerpt from our Nicene Creed:
“For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.”
Today we celebrate Christ’s Ascension into heaven – the same ascension we recall each week as we recite the Nicene Creed! The Solemnity signifies that Christ is no longer bound by the earthly time and space that he held prior to his crucifixion. This day calls us to remember that God can be experienced anywhere at any time.
May 23, 2021 - Pentecost
Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Season and recounts the day that the apostles received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 20 & St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 16). Many parishes, including Seton, try to encourage everyone to wear red that day. Liturgically, in addition to the Holy Spirit, the color red represents the Passion, blood, fire, God’s love, martyrdom and is worn for the Feasts of the Lord’s passion, Blood, and Cross, the Feasts of the martyrs, Palm Sunday, & Pentecost.
- “Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love!”
- Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise
and ever to rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord.
- Happy Birthday! Pentecost is often referred to as the “Birthday” of the church. Check out this article to find out why.
- Can you spot the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit?
A Chant for Meditation (English Translation) - VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS - Giovanni Vianini
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
A Prayer for Peace during COVID-19
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our world, we continue to pray.
We invite you into our hearts, Lord — hearts that have so much on them right now.
Amidst our fear, disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, grief, anger, frustration and more...
We invite you in, Lord.
We know you are bigger.
May we be given a peace and understanding of cancellations and social distancing rules.
May we act with humility to not just preserve our own safety and health, but to look beyond ourselves
and think of how our actions will affect others.
May we be alert to the ways we may help those around us, and give us the grace to step forward
without hesitation to be men and women for and with others, for Your greater glory.
Come to our aid, Lord.
Open our ears to hear your voice in these troubled times, may we listen and be prudent
and may we draw ever closer to you.
- By Megan Sheehan, communications coordinator, Campus Ministry Marquette University
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