Removed from our Sight
- Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 3 June 2019
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is observed this Sunday in most of the dioceses of the United States. This is another example of the local character of the Universal Church, where individual diocesan bishops retain their own unique authority within their territory. The universal nature of the Church is not compromised by our diversity; it is enhanced as another example of the Body of Christ being composed of many parts in communion with one another. Although the risen body of Jesus is no longer visible to our sight, the Eucharistic Body of Christ is both visible and available for our communion with him. This is the faith that we share as members of the Great Church in communion with all of the saints. The return of the risen Lord to the Father is the necessary pre- cursor to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of Church at Pentecost. In preceding us through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus has shown us the way to the Father. Now through the gift of the Spirit, we too have the capacity to return to the Father just as he did. This is the promise and the hope to which we are called.
On a more material level, I wish to thank all our parishioners who participated in the “Offertory Renewal Program” over the last few weeks. We have had over 400 households responding to the appeal and the average increase was just over 20%. This is remarkable considering this is the fourth year we have asked and we are also in the midst of our two-year Fruitful Harvest capital campaign. All of this bodes well for the substantial reduction of our debt over the next couple years and still gives us the opportunity to fund all our parish operations and ministries. I am so grateful for such a generous spirit here at St. Elizabeth Seton. It is a testimony from so many of our wonderful parishioners that this parish is uniquely blessed in so many ways. There are significant challenges ahead of us, but I am confident that our commitment to the spirit and example of our patron saint will continue to guide our efforts along the right path. May God bless you for the generosity of your time, talent and treasure that you have invested in our parish community.