33-day Consecration to St. Joseph Feb 15 – Mar 19

“Inspired by the Gospel, the Fathers of the Church from the earliest centuries stressed that just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, that is, the Church.”

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

Join Mother Seton Parish in the 33-day consecration to St. Joseph
February 15-March 19.
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Day 19

How to Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph

As we devote an entire year to St. Joseph’s honor, we will undoubtedly unlock many special graces not only for the Diocese of Charlotte, but for each of the faithful who increase their devotion to him during this special year. There is no greater model than St. Joseph from whom we can learn how to live virtuously in imitation of Jesus and Mary.

“Devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces,” wrote St. Peter Julian Eymard, “When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint.”

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Music During the Pandemic

Dear Mother Seton Parish,
I am sharing with you the reasons why our music has been different this past year. The pandemic instantly changed so many things that we came to know as normal in our daily lives. Unfortunately, the liturgies of the Church were not immune from the need to pivot on a dime and in particular, music ministries throughout the Archdiocese had to make necessary and immediate changes in order to keep choirs and congregations safe. To this day, there are many parishes that are not allowing music during Mass. Thankfully, with the guidance of Fr. Lee, our parish has been able to continue to offer music for most weekend Masses.

Because the Archdiocese directed us to prevent congregational singing, we had to find ways to incorporate music without specifically encouraging parishioner participation. As a result, you have not seen the cantors raising their hands to invite parishioners to sing, hymnals were taken out of the pews, worship guides are no longer available at the entrance of the church and quite a bit of new and possibly unfamiliar music has been introduced over the past year.

Sung prayer has been an integral part of the Church’s liturgies from its inception. The Church gives us many beautiful prayers which can be sung during the Mass. You may hear these referred to as “the Mass Propers” or “antiphons”. Just as readings that we hear at Mass change daily, the Mass Propers are scripture or liturgical texts that change from day to day according to the calendar. Included in these Propers are the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation with which most Catholics are very familiar. Also included are the Entrance Antiphon (Introit), Offertory Antiphon and Communion Antiphon. How beautiful that our Church offers us prayer and scripture for the entire Mass every day of every year!

This allows us to sing and pray the entire Mass from beginning to end and also gives us the opportunity to be active and conscious participants rather than observers. With the rich history of the Mass Propers available in various and many musical settings, they provided a wonderful option for Mass during the pandemic for several reasons: 1) The Propers are theologically and liturgically appropriate for the Mass; 2) Being relatively brief, they accommodate the abbreviated liturgical action and thereby the length of the mass in order to shorten the amount of time people are in the church together and 3) Because many of the antiphons are unfamiliar, our parish community could prayerfully participate and have exposure to this new music without the temptation to sing along. We all look forward to the time when we can fully use our voices to participate in the Mass, but less congregational singing does not have to mean diminished participation. Remain open to what the Christ and his Church are trying to tell us
and how that applies to our interactions in the world. Pray along from beginning to end during the Mass, listening to the words we are offered by the Mass.


Propers with an openess to what the Holy Spirit will reveal through these ancient and life-changing words. Of course, we all hope for the day when we can sing with no restrictions or limitations. When that day arrives, we will be able to sing with full hearts, not only all the familiar tunes we love, but all the new melodies which supported our prayer during the pandemic.

Amy Massey
02/16/21

Querida Parroquia Mother Seton,

Estoy compartiendo con ustedes las razones por las que nuestra música ha sido diferente este último año. La pandemia cambió instantáneamente tantas cosas que llegamos a conocer como normales en nuestra vida diaria. Lamentablemente, las liturgias de la Iglesia no eran inmunes a la necesidad de girar sobre un centavo y, en particular, los ministerios de música de toda la Arquidiócesis tenían que hacer cambios necesarios e inmediatos para mantener a salvo a  los coros y congregaciones. Hasta el día de hoy, hay muchas parroquias que no permiten la música durante la misa. Debido a que la Arquidiócesis nos instruyó a prevenir el canto congregacional, tuvimos que encontrar maneras de incorporar la música sin alentar específicamente la participación de los feligreses. Como resultado, usted no ha visto a los cantores levantando la mano para invitar a los feligreses a cantar, los himnarios fueron sacados de los bancos, las guías de adoración ya no están disponibles en la entrada de la iglesia y se ha introducido un poco de música nueva y posiblemente desconocida en el último año. La oración cantada ha sido una parte integral de las liturgias de la Iglesia desde sus inicios. La Iglesia nos da muchas oraciones hermosas que se pueden cantar durante la misa. Usted puede escuchar estos referidos como “los propios de misa” o “antífonas”. Así como las lecturas que escuchamos en la misa cambian a diario, los propios de misas son escrituras o textos litúrgicos que cambian día a día según el calendario. En estos propios se incluyen el Salmo Responsorial y la Aclamación Evangélica con la que la mayoría de los católicos son muy familiares. También se incluyen la Antífona de Entrada (Introit), la Antífona de la Ofrenda y la Antífona de Comunión. ¡Qué hermoso que nuestra Iglesia nos ofrezca oración y escrituras para toda la misa todos los días de cada año! Esto nos permite cantar y orar toda la misa de principio a fin y también nos da la oportunidad de ser participantes activos y conscientes en lugar de observadores. Con la rica historia de los propios de misa  disponibles en varios y muchos escenarios musicales, proporcionaron una maravillosa opción para la misa durante la pandemia por varias razones: 1) Los propios son teológica y litúrgicamente apropiados para la misa; 2) Siendo relativamente breves, acomodan la acción litúrgica abreviada y por lo tanto la duración de la misa con el fin de acortar la cantidad de tiempo que la gente está en la iglesia juntas y 3) porque muchas de las antifonías son desconocidas, nuestra comunidad parroquial podría participar con oración y tener exposición a esta nueva música sin la tentación de cantar. Todos esperamos con ansias el momento en que podamos utilizar plenamente nuestras voces para participar en la misa, pero menos canto congregacional no tiene por qué significar una participación disminuida. Permanezcan abiertos a lo que Cristo y su Iglesia están tratando de decirnos y cómo se aplica a nuestras interacciones en el mundo. Oren de principio a fin durante la misa, escuchando las palabras que nos ofrece el propio de misa, propiamente dicha con una apertura a lo que el Espíritu Santo revelará a través de estas palabras antiguas y que cambian la vida. Por supuesto, todos esperamos el día en que podamos cantar sin restricciones ni limitaciones. Cuando llegue ese día, podremos cantar con el corazón lleno, no sólo todas las melodías familiares que amamos, sino todas las nuevas melodías que apoyaron nuestra oración durante la pandemia.

Amy Massey

02/16/21

2021 Parish Lenten Mission

Mother Seton Parish is embarking on a parish mission. Join us for this opportunity to slow down and take the time to Encounter Jesus in a very special way this Lenten season.


What is a Parish Mission?
A parish mission is a special pastoral effort that extends over a number of days. It is an opportunity to experience spiritual rituals and sacraments in a heightened and intense way, while focusing on the major themes of the Catholic faith. The parish mission touches the heart and reminds us of God’s infinite love.

Why Participate in a Parish Mission?
Encounter our parish mission— encounter Lent. By spending time in reflection, prayer, ritual and sacrament during this Lenten season in community with others we might encounter Jesus.

Pope Francis says the following about living a life of encounter:
“We are accustomed to a culture of indifference and we must strive and ask for the grace to create a culture of encounter, of a fruitful encounter, of an encounter that restores to each person his or her own dignity as a child of God, the dignity of a living person. We are accustomed to this indifference when we see the disasters of this world or small things: ‘What a shame, poor people, look how they are suffering,’ and then we carry on. An encounter. And if I don’t look, it’s not enough to see, no, (we must) look – if I don’t stop, if I don’t look, if I don’t touch, if I don’t speak, I cannot have an encounter and I cannot help to build a culture of encounter.”-Pope Francis on September 13, 2016 from the Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence

Lenten Women’s Book Study

We are so excited for this book study diving into the newly released This Present Paradise by first-time author Claire Dwyer. This book is in invitation into the prophetic life of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and her call to holiness for the laity. This study will challenge you with spiritual inspiration and practical wisdom, revealing how to live in union with God right now, during everyday life.

We will begin this study on Thursday, February 25, 2021 and continue for 6 weeks during Lent.

Each week on Monday we will email you the podcast episode so you can listen to it ahead of time and we will have notes and discussion questions for that week so that we can discuss via zoom on Thursday of each week. Please note that the book can be ordered via Amazon or Sophia Press. We hope you’ll join us on the journey this Lent.  

Please make sure you order your book, it can be ordered via Amazon or Sophia Press. 

Annual Appeal

The 2021 Annual Appeal is here! This year’s theme is Seeking Christ to remind us in this time of hardship and need that Christ is the one, true source of the healing, unity, and love that we all seek. Through our collective support of the Annual Appeal, we strengthen the Body of Christ that is our local Church, and we sustain her many charitable works that serve the spiritual and other needs of all those within and beyond our parish boundaries. Parishioners will be asked to make a commitment to the 2021 Annual Appeal this weekend. Your gift will also be credited towards our parish goal. Learn more about the Annual Appeal at appeal.adw.org.

Free CoVid-19 Testing

Free CoVid-19 Testing at Mother Seton Parish

Care for Your Health, at the invitation of the Archdiocese of Washington, is offering free CoVid-19 testing in our parking lot Saturday February 20, from 9:30am – 2:00pm. Results are within 5 days. No fee and confidential. I Testing will be available every other Saturday.

Completely confidential and free. Care for Your Health is run by Dr. Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD PhD, who served on the board of the Spanish Catholic Center. No reservations needed.