St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Bringing People Into A Growing Relationship With Jesus Christ
Jesus made it very clear in Matthew’s gospel this Sunday, that we are not to be afraid! We are not to be afraid to acknowledge Him before others. We are to proclaim His good news from the housetops!  Christian witnessing involves three things: our words, our heart and our actions. How have you been witnessing since Easter? Will you and I be intentional in becoming the witnesses that Jesus is calling us to become? Will we let our Faith be bigger than our Fear
As a reminder, please check out our recent Easter message series on “Witness” to learn how you can become a better witness and live with FAITH instead of FEAR. Click here to learn more:
-Deacon Frank Easton
We are open!

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 are so excited to have our doors open to the public this weekend! Things will look and feel a little different, but what matters is that we are gathering as a community to pray. Let us continue to pray for an end to this deadly virus.

Here is our updated Mass schedule moving forward:

~ 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
  • 5:30 PM
  • Open to the public
  • Not livestreamed

~ Sunday Mass

Our #1 priority as we open our doors is to keep our neighbors safe and healthy.
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.
We have created a video to help everyone know what to expect when you return to church. We'd appreciate it if you watch it. Enjoy!
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.
Father's Day is this Sunday! Please join us to pray this prayer for our father's and the father's around the world! Be sure to tune in at the end of the 8:30 livestreamed Mass on Sunday for a special video greeting for the dads in our parish.
A Prayer for Fathers
God our Father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find the courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own fathers who have supported and challenged us; may they continue to lead in strong and gentle ways.

We remember fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
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.
Christmas 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 1st 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 you shop through AmazonSmile.
Even now that we 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
Serving at Mass

We are so thankful for the ministers that have signed up to serve at Masses the past few weeks and that have supported us while we've livestreamed during the pandemic closures. Our church operates thanks to the time given by the ministers of our parish. If you're interested in serving during a Mass, you can sign up to do so. If you haven't received training to serve in the past or you want to serve in a new ministry, contact Kelli Devries (
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.
Are you in 10 th grade or older and interested in getting Confirmed? Registration is now available for those who would like to receive the Sacrament. Confirmation classes will begin in October. Please register online or contact Sarah Casey at for more information
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 Jack Thomas Sadler & Theo Thomas Sadler , sons of Thomas & Sarah and Presley Faith Neilson , daughter of Zachary & Gabrielle as they join our parish family through Baptism. 

Congratulations to Sophia Yerke, who will be receiving Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist this weekend at the 11:00 AM Mass. Please keep her and her family in your prayers during this exciting time. If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved with RCIA at our church or how to be fully received into the Catholic Church, contact Trish Lokmer at or 393-3778.
Racism and the Dignity of the Human Person

Today we find ourselves in an important cultural moment, one in which the attention of our nation is focused on the topics of racism and social justice. The passion and pain people feel around these issues is evidenced by the dramatic events we saw unfold following the tragic death of George Floyd.
Below you can find a two-page resource, titled “Racism and the Dignity of the Human Person.” This resource will help facilitate a family conversation about the connection between how we as Catholics view the evil of racism and our understanding of the dignity of the human person. Hopefully your conversations will help to end racism in our society. Let us rededicate ourselves to building communities of peace and justice that recognize and respect each person's life and dignity - for each of us is created in the image and likeness of God.
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 21, 2020
Sunday, June 21, Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time, (Mt 10:26-33)
Mass livestreamed and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 8:30 AM, Steve Reichenauer
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, For the Parish
Monday, June 22, Weekday, (MT 7:1-5) NO MASS
Tuesday, June 23, Weekday, (MT 7:6, 12-14)
 Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Joshua Polsily
Wednesday, June 24, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, (LK 1:5-17)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 5:30 PM, Alfred & Gladys Roberts
Thursday, June 25, Weekday, ( MT 7:21-29 )
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Richard Weber
Friday, June 26, Weekday, (MT 8:1-4)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Steve Reichenauer
Saturday, June 27, Vigil: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (MT 8:5-17)
Sunday, June 28, Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, (Mt 10:37-42)
Mass livestreamed and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 8:30 AM, Delbert Heims
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, For the Parish
Weekly Giving For June 14, 2020
Envelopes: $9,054.00
Bank Checks: $2,906.00
On-line: $2,601.18
Loose Bills: $23.00
Building Fund: $75.00 (online)

Total: $14,659.18
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: