Seton Update: Forming Seton's Children
SETON UPDATE: FORMING SETON’S CHILDREN
Dear Members of the Seton Parish Family:
Now that we have begun the school year, and most people have settled into the semester, we would like to report on the status of our former Seton School’s student body.
We are receiving accolades from Archdiocesan officials for the high success rate we have had in placing our Seton School students in other Catholic Schools. As of the end of September:
75% of our Seton School population has begun the semester in one of our neighboring Catholic schools.
The schools are:
St. Patrick, Yorktown Heights
, Cortlandt Manor
St. Augustine, Ossining
St. James the Apostle, Carmel.
No doubt, the Catholic School culture that they experienced here at Seton has helped guide their families’ choice to continue in Catholic education. Those who were not able to commit to Catholic education at this time, no doubt for a variety of reasons, are invited to participate in Seton’s excellent Religious Education Program.
Our Religious Education Program, under the direction of our Coordinator of Religious Education, Mrs. Donna Vallario, has been hard at work throughout the pandemic strategizing ways to meet the needs of our families during these uncertain times. Our enrollment:
550 - Our extremely successful Summer 2020 On-line Religious Education Program provided 550 children the opportunity to anticipate the 2020-2021 academic year during a time of home confinement. Those in the sacramental levels will have a number of upcoming in-person sessions throughout the season.
347 - As of now we have 347 children registered in our regular Religious Education Program set to begin in October. About half of these youngsters will come for in-person instruction, the remainder will pursue our regular on-line program with a few in-person sessions.
These numbers are hopeful, considering numerous issues created by the pandemic and regular school schedules. Since we typically have over 1000 children registered here at Seton, the fact that we have engaged 550 over the summer and 347 now signifies that a good number of our young families are still tuned in with the church. This is truly good news! As a result, our parish’s Religious Education Program remains one of the largest in the region and is now the primary user of our school building.
We are grateful to many of our volunteer catechists who have risen to the occasion and have generously offered to help with the on-line and in-person sessions. Great care has been taken to adopt Archdiocesan Covid-19 guidelines to our Seton program and buildings. We are confidently looking forward to a productive academic year of forming our young people in our precious Catholic Faith.
If you have not yet registered your child/ren for Religious Education please visit the Religious Education Office (Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm) or call: 914.528.8553. Do spread the word to others you may meet.
Same other things to note:
resumes in October with child friendly homilies and music. The children from Sunday’s Religious Education session will attend this Mass. Also, this Mass will be live streamed from October through May for the sake of the children participating from home. The 11am Mass will be live streamed as usual.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
will be conducted once a month at the 9:30am Family Mass. We will utilize the auditorium, rather than the chapel, to permit adequate social distancing. Please see the bulletin for announcements.
have begun meeting and are recruiting new boys. Contact Mr. Brian Dever for information: 914.490.5104
have begun meeting and are recruiting new boys. Contact Mr.
Joe Badini for information: 914.886.5319 or
are getting ready for a dynamic season. Registration has begun. Visit the website for information:
CYO is funding
some major upgrades to the
Look forward to announcements about
recruitment and training.
Let us continue to pray for our youth and their families as we move forward.
Seeking the intercession of our patroness, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who devoted her life to the formation of our youth, I remain…
Yours in Christ,
Prayer as we begin the school year
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin a new school year.
Bless them, their parents, their teachers and staff.
Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady of New York, pray for us.
St. Patrick, patron of our Archdiocese, pray for us.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, patroness of our parish, pray for us.
on Thursday, October 1 at 10:13AM