St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Bringing People Into A Growing Relationship With Jesus Christ
In the gospel reading this weekend Jesus tells us that we cannot love our father or mother or son or daughter more than him. Jesus is challenging us to do two things here. First, to share his own passion for God. Second, to join him in creating a new type of family… a family united by the common desire to do God’s will. Country, family, religion… how important are each of them to us? Which is the most important? 
-Father Mark Ressler
From the Pastor
Mass schedule for week of June 28th
Before leaving town for retirement in Dubuque, I am scheduled to have a colonoscopy on July 6th. I did have a polyp the last time I had the procedure so it requires two days of preparation for me (July 4 and 5). I will also have a COVID-19 test on the 29th and then will have to self-isolate until July 6th. So I will need to cancel all weekday Masses for the week of June 28th.  There will also be no Mass on July 4th.
The Archbishop of Dubuque will be presiding at the Sunday Masses on July 5th. Please keep me in your prayers
The church loan has been paid off!
Last week I signed the final check on the parish loan from the Archdiocese to pay for the church! Thank you all for your commitment over the past TEN YEARS! While this will save us some money, the money saved will go to pay for increasing subsidies for Catholic Schools (St. Pius, Regis and Xavier) as well as pay for maintenance for our buildings. The entire “envelope” of our buildings has been examined for structural problems and we have some major issues to tend to. There is also some thought that a portion of the money “saved” should go to a Habitat for Humanity project. Since we have built “God’s house,” then perhaps it's appropriate to help a needy family build “their house.”
We are open!

We opened our doors for Sunday Mass last week and it was wonderful to see everyone! We appreciate everyone's support and understanding as we worked together to keep our neighbors safe while gathering as a community to pray.

We can't wait to gather with you again this Sunday.

Here is our updated Mass schedule moving forward: (note-weekday Masses are canceled the week of June 28th.)

~ 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 link 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.
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!

There are a lot of people in need and COVID-19 can't stop us from helping them! We're running our annual Christmas in June food drive a little differently this year. First, we are donating funds normally used for non-perishable donations 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. Some ideas of waht to donate: 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. Some donation 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. HACAP is also taking food donations, but must 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 everyone that has updated their giving to be online! If you haven't yet, we encourage you to set up electronic contributions or try our on-line giving. 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
St. Vincent de Paul is accepting applications for rent and utility assistance on Tues/Wed/Thurs from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Leave your name and phone number at the sign up sheet on their front door.
They are still filling food box requests from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Tuesday - Saturday. BY PHONE ONLY - call 319-365-5091. 
They are also ACCEPTING DONATIONS of gently used clothing, furniture and household items, Tuesday - Saturday from 9 AM - 1 PM. Drop off at 928 7th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401.
Rectory Cleaning Team
As we prepare to transition pastors, there are ministries we will need to update as well. One team that we would like to build is a team to help keep the rectory clean and tidy. Cleaning would take place every other week with flexibility in the time and day. Having a few individuals on a team will help to keep the time commitment down. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry and details, please let Kelli know ( or 319-393-3778).
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 weekend 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 (
Meal Teams at Catholic Worker House
St. Elizabeth's has an amazing ministry opportunity to provide meals to Catholic Worker House. Currently we have six teams that rotate quarterly to provide one meal a month. We have worked to expand this ministry to add a second meal each month. We know that with the generosity of our members, and the size of our parish we can grow our teams from six to eight! Maybe even 12! The time commitment is minimal. This is wonderful community building opportunity and an opportunity for families. If you are interested in helping out please contact Kelli at or 319-393-3778. Not sure about joining a team, but would like to help from time to time? You can check out their website here to see when meals are needed.
Habitat for Humanity Lunches
St. Elizabeth’s has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and St. Pius X for a monthly build day. Our current combo team will work on a Saturday. We would love to have some ministers to help team up and make or contribute to lunches. While the shopping and prep may look a little different in our current reality, there is still some easy and fun ways to help out. If Saturday’s may not work, there is also a Tuesday team we can help with for lunches. There is always more room on the building crew too! If you are interested in helping out please reach out to Kelli at or 319-393-3778.
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.
Baptisms this Weekend

 Congratulations to Elin Elizabeth Wright , daughter of Tyler & Elizabeth;  Ava Merle Yearous , daughter of Kyle & Heather; Emma Frances Waterman , daughter of Brad & Marci as they join our parish family through Baptism. 
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.
Virtual Monastic Experience
Walking With God? Walk with us! The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite single women, ages 18 - 40 who are considering religious life, to attend a Virtual Monastic Experience via Zoom July 12-14, 2020. We hope to digitally show discerners around, introduce some of our Sisters and share some tips on prayer and discernment. The experience will include one hour of input each day. There will also be an opportunity to connect with the vocation director one on one. There is no cost to attend. Visit our website to learn more: To register, please call Sr. Maria Victoria at (660) 944-2221 ext. 127 or e-mail
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 you'll find information about the following:

  • Coordinator for Liturgical Music job opening at the office of Mission and Ministry at Mount Mercy University
  • Full-Time 7th/8th Grade Math Instructor job opening at Regis Middle School
Mass/Liturgy Readings for The Week Of June 28, 2020
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
Monday, June 29, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, (Mt 16: 13-19) NO MASS
Tuesday, June 30, Weekday, (Mt 8:23-27) NO MASS
Wednesday, July 1, Weekday, (Mt 8:28-34) NO MASS
Thursday, July 2, Weekday, ( Mt 9:1-8 ) NO MASS
Friday, July 3, Feast of Saint Thomas, (Jn 20:24-29) NO MASS
Saturday, July 4, Vigil: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, (Mt 9:14-17) NO MASS
Sunday, July 5, Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, (Mt 11:25-30)
Mass livestreamed and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 8:30 AM, For the Parish
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, Ralph O'Brien
Weekly Giving For June 21, 2020
Envelopes: $7,071.00
Bank Checks: $10,651.30
On-line: $2,356.18
EFT (6/15): $33,897.66
Loose Bills: $47.00
Building Fund: $567.50 ($60.00 online + $507.50 EFT)
Christmas in June: $100.00

Total: $54.690.64
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: