St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Bringing People Into A Growing Relationship With Jesus Christ
We celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ this weekend, as well as more first Communions in our parish. Jesus makes it clear in the gospel reading this Sunday, when he tells us that he is the living bread that came down from heaven, that this bread is his flesh, and that when we eat it we will remain with him and he with us. Wow! Are you ready to make your first holy Communion?
-Fr. Mark Ressler
Update on Reopening
St Elizabeth Ann Seton

On May 20, 2020, Archbishop Michael Jackels announced that parishes in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are able to gather for outreach to the poor, for faith formation programs, and for the public celebration of Mass and Sacraments.

We appreciate all your patience as we navigate this next phase. Let us continue to pray for an end to this deadly virus.

Here is the reopening schedule for the next two weeks:

~ Sunday, Jun 14th
  • 11:00 AM
  • First Communion Mass limited to First Communicant families
  • Livestreamed

~ Wednesday, Jun 17th
  • 6:30 PM
  • First Communion Mass limited to First Communicant families
  • Livestreamed

~ Eucharistic Adoration
  • Mondays, 7:00 PM
  • Open to the public
  • Not livestreamed

~ Daily Mass Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • 9:00 AM
  • Open to the public
  • Not livestreamed

~ Daily Mass Wednesday
  • Beginning Jun 24th
  • 5:30 PM
  • Not livestreamed

~ Sunday Mass
  • Beginning Jun 21
  • 8:30 AM - open to the public, livestreamed
  • 11:00 AM - open to the public, not livestreamed

To stay informed on the streaming locations of the weekend Masses, visit our website livestream Mass page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram , and like us on Facebook .
You can access Sunday's Mass here: Mass Livestream.
To stay informed on the streaming locations of the weekend Masses, visit our website livestream Mass page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, follow us on Instagram , and like us on Facebook .
You can access Sunday's Mass here: Mass Livestream.
The following 2nd graders will be making their first Communions this week at Masses on Sunday and Wednesday. Please keep them in your prayers as they join us at the Eucharistic table.
Caleb Anderson
Mckinley Baker
Stella Bauer
Fisher Best
Luke Brandmeyer
Evy Christoffersen
Kinsley Clark
Piper Cook
Lillian Crowe
Sloan Deegan
Bennett DeMeulenaere
Courtney DeMeulenaere
Sophia DeMeulenaere
Bo Denny
Coen Deutmeyer
Julia Drees

Natalie Fuller
Alexander Funderburk
Cael Genkinger
Tate Gilchrist
Lucas Glynn
Tyler Haumesser
Tenley Heald
Delaney Joens
Kyan Kleckner
Ellisyn Klein
Jackson Kray
Marcus Kuper
Adelaide Kurth
Fletcher Maas
Emma Mailander
Hollis McKenney
Rylie McLaughlin
Josephine Mohwinkle
Ava Moltzan
Kailea O'Donnell
Bryce Peters
Catherine Putman
Danika Robe
Lucy Ross
Jett Salomon
Finn Schmitt
Myah Shanahan
Julia Stepanek
Aidan Svendsen
Annabel Wegener
Samuel Willenborg
Lillie Wittenburg
Coronavirus Update
To stay up-to-date on updates regarding the coronavirus and its impact, please visit our website:

The US Bishops are urging all Catholics to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. We at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish invite you to pray with us.
Mass Intentions

What does it mean to have a Mass “offered” for someone? An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons. For example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

Mass Intentions are always welcomed. We have many dates available. Please contact Kathy Lester at 319-393-3778 or if you would like more information or to request a date.
A heartfelt thank you to parishioner Chris Robbins for sharing his talents by creating a beautiful Last Supper painting and donating it to our parish. The painting is hung in Seton Hall where we can enjoy it while sharing hospitality after Masses and at various events in the future. We are blessed as a parish by so many people sharing with us in countless ways. Thank you Chris!
X-Mas in June is Here!

Given the current environment with COVID-19, we are not going to be able to carry out St. Elizabeth's annual food drive like we have in the past. However, there are a lot of people in need in our community so we have modified our approach. First, we plan on donating the funds we would have used for the perishable items we buy for families to HACAP and MCO. Second, we have wishlists from HACAP and MCO on what their current needs are and are asking parishioners to participate in the following options:

MCO - Bring a bag of groceries in and place at the drop point just inside the church. Here are some ideas for this option: peanut butter and jelly, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, soup, spaghettiOs, canned fruit & vegetables, box potatoes, hamburger helper, rice, pasta or noodles, crackers or muffin mix, macaroni and cheese, cake or cookie mix, cereal.

HACAP - One of the primary needs they see from families at this time is for supplies at home to continue to work with their children on learning activities. Here are some ideas for this option: pencils and paper, markers, colored pencils, watercolor paints, play dough and some books. A cash donation committed to the Head Start Adopt-A-Classroom would accomplish the same thing and you can send a check to the HACAP Corporate Office and state in the memo the program and project you wish to support.

Food donations can be made as well and items should be non-perishable in non glass packaging. Canned fruits and protein items tend to be of greatest need.

Volunteer opportunities are also available through the Food Reservoir to assist with community food distributions and can be found via this website  All donations (school supplies, food) can be dropped off at the HACAP Corporate office located at 1515 Hawkeye Drive in Hiawatha.
Thank you to all who have added St. Elizabeth’s as your AmazonSmile charity. We just received $30.58 from orders between January 1 and March 31st.

AmazonSmile customers can now support St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

~ Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
~ Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
~ Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Or use the link below to designate St. Elizabeth's as your charity when shop AmazonSmiles.
Even when we begin to meet in person, we won't be passing the collection baskets around so that we can limit the spread of Covid-19. We encourage you to set up electronic contributions or try our on-line giving before we meet again. The on-line giving can be set up for a one-time or recurring donation. Details can be found on the Stewardship Page of our website.

For questions or assistance please contact our bookkeeper, Mary Lang, at 319-393-3778 or
Every spring the Coalition For Life of Iowa looks forward to honoring all mothers and fathers. We were unable to honor our moms this year with long stemmed roses, so instead we put up three billboards around town for Mother’s Day in Cedar Rapids. Watch for our Happy Father’s Day billboards coming soon!

If you would like to donate towards our efforts to promote life, we would be so grateful. Please send any donation to: Coalition For Life of Iowa, PO Box 864, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Local Charity News

The needs of the local charities needs are increasing rapidly at this time. Please consider stepping up to help them. You can find their specific requests on the Local Charities and Community Events and Information pages of our website.
St. Vincent de Paul News

(St. Vincent de Paul) WE ARE AGAIN ACCEPTING applications for rent and utility assistance on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. There is a sign up sheet on our front door, please leave your phone number. We will call when we are ready for you. A face mask is required & only 1-2 adults are allowed in per appointment. Bring your most recent utility bill or current signed lease plus photo ID.

WE ARE CONTINUING to fill food box requests from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. BY PHONE ONLY - call 319-365-5091. 

We are also ACCEPTING DONATIONS of gently used clothing, furniture and household items, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We are located at 928 7th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401.
Summer 2020 Virtual Adult Faith Formation Opportunities 

Since COVID-19 began, we have had to get creative at the parish in offering quality faith formation! This summer we will not be able to gather in person for adult formation, so we want you to gather with us virtually! On our ADULTS page, under the LEARN tab you will find 3 intentional faith formation offerings to do that! Look them over, try them all or pick one that meets your needs. We encourage you to keep growing your faith this summer through praying, learning, sharing and witnessing.  Reach out to Trish Lokmer: with questions about any of the summer offerings.
We’ve all experienced our fair share of suffering during these past few months. So much about our lives has changed, and it hasn’t been easy. But through it all, one thing hasn’t changed: Jesus Christ is still with us and he loves us beyond measure. Each year teens have the opportunity to experience the Catholic faith at Steubenville Youth Conference. Like many things this year, the conference will look a little different. Instead of youth traveling, the conference will be coming to your home.  Steubenville Live will take place on July 17-18, 2020 virtually.  Please click on the link below to find out more about the weekend and to register your family.  Registration opens June 15th.
Baptism this Weekend

Congratulations to Hadley Marion Hazelton , daughter of Nicholas & Katlyn, as she joins our parish family through Baptism.
St. Elizabeth’s Widow/Widower Friends - Our group of friends is still staying connected throughout these unprecedented times through ZOOM.

If you are interested in joining a group of friends who have lost a spouse and gather to enjoy spending a little time together, please join us for our next gathering on Monday, June 15th for our 6:00 PM ZOOM time. This is just a nice way to get to know and visit with friends. If you interested in joining us on ZOOM send an email to Maureen at or or call the parish office for more information.
Although we are beginning to open the church for public Masses, we will continue to schedule Baptisms individually outside of the Mass. If you would like more information on arranging a private baptism, please contact Kathy Lester in the Parish Office at or 319-393-3778.
Community News
Every week we receive information from community organizations that may be of interest to our parishioners. Please use the link below to find ways that you can Pray, Learn, Share and Witness in our larger community.

This week check out our Community Page for a couple of local job opportunities.
Mass/Liturgy Readings for The Week Of June 14, 2020
Sunday, June 14, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, (Jn 6:51-58)
Mass livestreamed from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, For the Parish
Monday, June 15, Weekday, (MT 5:38-42) NO MASS
Tuesday, June 16, Weekday, (MT 5:43-48)
 Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Bill Morio
Wednesday, June 17, Weekday, (MT 6:1-6, 16-18)
Mass livestreamed from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 6:30 PM, Margaret Feld
Thursday, June 18, Weekday, ( MT 6:7-15 )
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Tom Cunningham
Friday, June 19, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, (MT 11:25-30)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Stephen Miller
Saturday, June 20, Vigil: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (LK 2:41-51)
Sunday, June 21, Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time, (Mt 10:26-33)
Mass livestreamed from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 8:30 AM, Steve Reichenauer
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, For the Parish
Weekly Giving For June 7, 2020
Envelopes: $9,083.00
Bank Checks: $3,621.30
On-line: $3,123.13
EFT: $31,004.67
Loose Bills: $5.00
Building Fund: $726.00

Total: $47,563.10
Thank you to our newest on-line donors! We appreciate your generosity.
If you'd like to update your online giving because we are not meeting in person, please visit to see your options.
  Pastor, Rev. Mark Ressler - W: 319-393-3778 
 Parish Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Friday 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
 Phone: 319-393-3778 Email:  - Fax: 319-393-7165 - Website: