St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
Bringing People Into A Growing Relationship With Jesus Christ
In the Gospel, Jesus says that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. In this week’s message, we look at our need to die to ourselves in order to live for God. We must sacrifice to gain the life God wants to give us. Join us at Mass to hear more! 



You're invited to use the Message Series Study Guide to reflect on this weekend's message:
Easter Sunday Masses

We've seen a steady increase in Mass attendance over the last few weeks, which is great! In order to ensure safe social distancing during Mass, we've decided to add an additional Easter Sunday Mass and adjust Mass times.

Easter Sunday Masses will now be at
7, 9 and 11 AM.

Registrations will be required at all Easter Sunday Masses. You can make reservations on our Eventbrite page
Are you new to our church, or curious about what St. E's has to offer? Join us for our DiscoverE's New Member Welcome Event on Sunday, March 21st, at 12:30 PM. You can learn more about DiscoverE’s and register here: www.seasp.org/join-our-parish. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli DeVries at kdevries@seasp.org.
Lenten Reconciliation Services

Lent is a time to repent from your sins and heal your relationship with God. You are invited to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation prior to Easter.

Father Gary will be available for individual reconciliations on March 23rd and 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
On March 31st, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, a priest from another parish will be here to celebrate individual reconciliations.
There will also be a Lenten Reconciliation Service on March 27th, at 10:30 AM.

If those times do not work, you can contact Father Gary to set up a time that works for you.
PRAY
On Friday, March 19th at 5:30 PM, we will be having daily Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Stations of the Cross will be after Mass.
Check out the Shadow Stations of the Cross that the youth in our parish recorded! We encourage you to use them to pray this week if you won't be attending Stations of the Cross in person.
Triduum Adoration Sign Up

There are still many slots open for the Holy Week adoration that will begin after the Holy Thursday Mass and go until Holy Saturday Vigil Mass.
Please sign up on the board in the narthex or email office@seasp.org.
LEARN

You can learn all about it at https://yearofstjoseph.org and find resources from the Archdiocese of Dubuque here: https://dbqarch.org/year-of-st-joseph.

For the Solemnity of St. Joseph on Friday, March 19th, Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 PM.
The Marriage Course Online

A new session of the Marriage course will be kicking off in April! Over 50 couples in our parish have taken the course and have been glad they did!

The format of the course is 7 weeks of gathering virtually. Couples meet from the comfort of their home, watch an instructional video and privately discuss the concepts taught each week. Topics included are: the art of communication, resolving conflict, the power of forgiveness, intimacy and the impact of family. Consider it a date night and an investment in your marriage! Couples at all stages of their marriage are encouraged to sign up.

The first meeting is Thursday, April 15th, from 8:30 to 10 PM. The course will continue through May 27th. Find out more at www.seasp.org/marriage-tools#marriagecourse or register here.
St. Pius X  Early Learning Center 
Openings available - Register now!!
3yr old Preschool, Part time
8:30-11:30 M W F
8:30-11:30 T,Th

If interested call (319) 200-4546 or email Connie Schulte at cschulte@stpiusxschoolcr.com
SHARE
Easter Lily Donations

A donation to our Easter Lily flowers may be dedicated in memory of a loved one. Write the names of those you would like remembered on a piece of paper, put that paper and your donation in a sealed envelope marked, "Flowers" and submit to the parish office, or drop it in the collection basket. Each name you submit will be included in the bulletin on Easter weekend. To ensure their inclusion, please have them here by Monday, March 29. 
Amazon Smile Donations
 
Thank you to everyone that has designated St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as your Amazon Smile beneficiary charity! We just received $116.72 from orders between October and December!
 
If you shop on Amazon, you can support St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in the Amazon shopping app on your mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on Amazon Smile 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 'Amazon Smile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
 
Or click here to designate St. Elizabeth's as your charity when you shop on Amazon Smiles.
St. Francis Xavier & Jim Victor Memorial Scholarship Opportunities for Xavier High School Tuition

Thanks to multiple generous financial donations, the Xavier Foundation is able to offer two scholarship opportunities for students who wish to attend Xavier High School:
St. Francis Xavier Scholarship: The St. Francis Xavier Scholarship offers full tuition for up to four years to a qualifying Xavier High School student. Students in grades 8-11 may apply.
Jim Victor (R64) Memorial Scholarship: The Jim Victor (R64) Memorial Scholarship offers full in-parish tuition for one year to a qualifying Xavier High School student. Students in Grades 8-11 may apply.

Head to www.seasp.org/community-events-and-information#xavierscholarship to find our more. Deadline to submit an application for the 2021-2022 school year is April 30, 2021.
Thank You from Catholic Charities -

These past many weeks Catholic Charities has received strong prayerful and financial support as part of their 2021 Annual Appeal. These gifts provide needed funds to provide assistance to the most vulnerable in our communities and in our families. Thank you to all who have given so generously. It is never too late to join this important effort.  Learn more at www.CatholicCharitiesDubuque.org.
Our Social Justice Committee financially supports Catholic Charities, but if you'd like to make your own contribution to the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal and support this important work, please mail your gift to Catholic Charities, 1229 Mt. Loretta Ave, Dubuque 52001 or by going to www.CatholicCharitiesDubuque.org/donate. If you make a donation in the collection basket, be sure to make your check as "Catholic Charities."
CRS Rice Bowls - Community in Madagascar

Poor nutrition can lead to devastating long-term consequences for individuals, communities and entire countries. That’s why communities must work together to ensure that all children have access to better food and nutrition. New planting and cooking techniques are helping any communities in Madagascar improve the health and wellbeing of their children. How does your community work together for the good of others? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.
WITNESS
Baptism This Weekend

Congratulations to Isla Jo McDonnell, daughter of Adam & Jill McDonnell, as she joins our parish family through Baptism this weekend.

If you would like information on arranging a private baptism, please contact Kathy Lester in the Parish Office at klester@seasp.org or 319-393-3778.
Reflecting God's Love & Mercy
Spring Campaign
During these forty days let us pray for those who work in the abortion industry, and for those who have repented of committing abortions and have resolved to defend life.

The Coalition for Life of Iowa is looking for people to commit to pray in front of Planned Parenthood for 40 Days for Life campaign. Sign up for an hour any day or night! The campaign draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. The spring campaign continues through March 28. 
For additional information, visit https://40daysforlife.com/cedar-rapids, email Pat or call 319-721-9730.
COMMUNITY NEWS
Royal T Night - Regis Middle School's annual fundraising event
Saint Vincent de Paul Update: information about the items most needed at the moment.
Knights of Columbus Council 5677 Lenten Fish Fry - Drive-up only, $10 per dinner.
Catholic Daughters Scholarships - two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to 8th grade students entering a Catholic high school. Find out requirements online.
MASS/LITURGY READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 21, 2021
Sunday, Mar. 21, Fifth Sunday of Lent, (Jn 12:20-33)
Mass livestreamed and at St. EAS at 8:30 AM, For the Parish
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, Patricia Stone
Monday, Mar. 22, Lenten Weekday, (Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62) NO MASS
Tuesday, Mar. 23, Lenten Weekday, (Jn 8:21-30)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 5:30 PM, Paul Freese
Wednesday, Mar. 24, Lenten Weekday, (Jn 8:31-42)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 12:15 PM, Joshua Polsely
Thursday, Mar. 25, Annunciation of the Lord, (Lk 1:26-38)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, James Sutterer
Friday, Mar. 26, Lenten Weekday, (Jn 10:31-42)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 9:00 AM, Les Dlouhy
Saturday, Mar. 27, Vigil: Palm Sunday, (Jn 11:45-56)
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 5:30 PM, Mark Correll
Sunday, Mar. 28, Palm Sunday, (Mk 11:1-10)
Mass livestreamed and at St. EAS at 8:30 AM, No Intention
Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at 11:00 AM, For the Parish

denotes a Mass intention for a deceased individual.
Please visit our Livestream Page for the livestream links to the Masses.
Weekly Giving For March 14, 2021
Envelopes: $7,270.00
Bank Checks: $4,636.30
Online: $4,673.24
Loose Bills: $242.00
Loose Coins: $6.71
Building Fund: $60.00 (online)

Total: $16,888.25
Thank you to our newest on-line donors! We appreciate your generosity.
If you'd like to update your online giving, please visit https://www.seasp.org/stewardship to see your options.
Watch this weekend's Mass livestream and access Sunday's worship aid by visiting the livestream Mass page

Sign up to serve at a Mass

Preregistrations are no longer needed before weekend and weekday Masses.
See you there!
 Pastor, Rev. Gary Mayer - 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: office@seasp.org - Fax: 319-393-7165 - Website: www.seasp.org