I hope that you are well, and looking forward to the Thanksgiving celebration next week. Our parish activities continue to move forward. Our Mass attendance is hovering right now at around 1125 people per Sunday. Remember the Gala Raffle winning tickets will be drawn on Thanksgiving Day. The next Blood Drive is November 29th. Our "Thanksgiving Mass" will be held at 10:00 a.m. on November 26th. In this year of great challenge, we still have much to be thankful for. May God continue to bless us and direct our path!
There is a lot going on this week, please click the title for details and links regarding Love Truck and their POWS collection, information on the Giving Tree project, and some new Together We Learn options. Our Sunday Mass attendance has consistently increased from around 600 in July, to over 1100 last Sunday! We are still celebrating Sacraments in smaller groups and observing certain COVID restrictions.
I hope you are doing well and enjoying our beautiful fall weather. On this Memorial of All Souls, we especially pray for all those that have passed on from this life, and remember them with love and gratitude. In this update we have information about the Women's Club Mini Bazaar, the Gala Raffle, the Feed My Starving Children service project.
Seton is looking for more volunteers to help with our POWS program, helping serve at eht Plano Overnight Warming Station and to ring the bell this Christmas season to collect money for the Salvation Army to support the POWS program. Catholic Charities is also in need of Volunteers. Matthew Kelly is hosting his first ever virtual event, "Amazing Possibilities"
Our special outdoor concert called "Together We Gather - Music Fest" sold out right away and was a great success. Thanks to all who made it happen! In this update you can find out lots of good information about the next LovePacs food drive, our next Together We Learn session with John Eldridge - "Sola Scriptura vs. Scripture and Tradition", Stephen Ministry is here to help, Knights of Columbus are taking BBQ orders, and Ark Adventure Preschool is looking for substitute teachers. Also please note that our St Vincent de Paul helpline has changed to 972-532-9607.
This week's update has a report on the high school CREW prayer event. We would like to invite you to a special outdoor concert called "Together we Gather-Music Fest" We hope you can make it. Also remember Love Truck is this weekend.
What a year it has been and continues to be! The global pandemic with its effects on our society and economy have been a challenge. Hopefully, we have all gained a deeper love and appreciation for our faith, family and parish community. This letter provides an update on our parish community.
We will have our Annual Blessing of the Animals this Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm in front of the church. October is the month of the Holy Rosary. We will hold a special Holy Hour on Monday, October 5 following the 8:30am Mass with Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. We had our first Together We Learn class. The recording is available on the website. Thank you for your support and expressions of sympathy these last weeks since the loss of my mother.
We have been joyfully celebrating our First Communions and the Sacrament of Confirmation with our young people these past weeks. We are now ready to begin the new year of preparing both our young and adult parishioners to receive the Sacraments. Please subscribe to our parish Facebook page to keep informed and to help us witness to the broader Plano Community. Also remember our online class this Saturday, "The Real Presence" presented by John Eldridge. If you are looking for a ministry that serves those in need, please consider joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Good News! We are glad to announce that pre-registering for Mass is no longer needed. Our new online "Together" program continues next week with the Learn component. John Eldridge will be doing a one time Zoom class on the Eucharist, especially regarding "The Real Presence". Pre-register for Zoom link. Our Grief support group has also gone online.
We welcome Deacon Mike Picard as part of our parish team! Our new online "Together" program continues next week with the Grow component. This component encourages people to share faith in a small group settings via Zoom. We encourage you to sign up at the link below. This weekend Love Truck weekend.. We are also resume collecting school supplies for REPLENISH. The Plano Overnight Warming Station is beginning to gear up for the winter season. Sonrise Brotherhood is beginning a new book study for men in the parish.
As summer begins to fade, we look forward to more pleasant temperatures this fall. Some ministry groups will be meeting in person at the Faith Formation Center. We are experiencing more activity and participation with each passing week.It feels more like a spiritual family with people at Mass! Find out more about the "Together Program" and the Blood Drive on September 6th. We invite you to sign up for both!
Congratulations to our First Communion children! If you have not done so already please check out our new video message introducing our new "Together" program. It offers four different ways to connect with our community, both in person and remotely.
Work continued on the recycle house in the Douglas Community in east Plano. Gutters were installed will we were off. This weekend we put up light fixtures, changed out electrical outlets, continued the interior trim work, assembled the cabinets, set gate posts, and puttied the nail holes in the baseboards and door casings. HfH is shooting for a mid-to-late September dedication.
Thank you for your continued prayers and participation (whether it be virtually or in person). Also Knights of Columbus Tamale Sale, Men's Club Mustang Raffle, and an update on our seminarian, Bryce Baumann.
The work on the recycle house continued on Saturday, August 15. Prior to our workday, a new roof, hot water heater and 2 bathtubs and shower enclosures were installed. This workday we painted misc. items both inside and out, installed a few doors and doorframes, completed installing the floors, put up light fixtures, and installed a toilet (very important!), began putting in door trim and baseboards.
Saturday August 8th was another workday on the 2020 Habitat recycle house in the Douglass Community in east Plano. The house is really moving along and a lot was done on Saturday. This included: Painting the final coat on the front and side doors and the trim boards surrounding the windows, installing a few of the interior door frames and doors, installing the floors.
Please take personal time to pray for the good of the world, and of our nation and community. You might like to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday mornings, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass until 12 Noon. Thanks for your generous support of the campaign to build a new church and continuing regular needs of our parish and ministries. This weekend is Love Truck weekend. Carter Blood Care is seeking plasma donations from recent COVID-19 recoverers.
We were off last week (July 25th), but went back to work on August 1st on the 2020 Habitat recycle house in the Douglass Community in east Plano. Prior to our work day, a couple of important tasks were completed – new windows and air conditioning were installed. This allowed us to work in a couple of areas: • Floors – we started to lay down the floors in the bedrooms. By the end of the day, almost three bedroom floors were completed. • Exterior window trim – replacing the windows meant replacing the exterior trim boards around the windows. We also needed to replace the foam board insulation beneath the trim boards, as well as caulking around the trim boards once they were nailed in. Everything was completed except for one piece of trim board that needed to be purchased. There does appear to be some issues with our sign-up computer system, so please bear with us as we work through them. If you would like to help, be notified of our upcoming build schedule, or learn more about Seton’s Habitat activities, go to the Habitat for Humanity section of St. Elizabeth’s website (www.setonparish.org/habitat). You can also connect with Seton Flocknote. Just join the group “Habitat for Humanity – Seton” in the Pastoral Care/Outreach ministry section.
We continue to experience a growth in our Sunday Mass attendance! This weekend we will have the 'Love Truck: Back to School Collection'. Watch out for the spoofers posing as Fr. Bradley asking for "a favor".