COVID-19 Update

We will begin to open our church with some restrictions for public Mass, starting Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8 AM.

Our office will remain closed for walk-ins, however, we will have some staff available to take calls.

Please keep in mind the following as we begin to open our Church

  1. The Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed by Bishop Olmsted for all Catholics residing in or
    visiting the Diocese of Phoenix.
  2. Churches and chapels may remain open for private prayer. Protocol for social distancing
    must be observed. (We, at St. Elizabeth Seton will continue to be open for private prayer)
  3. Communal Penance services should be cancelled; however, priests are strongly encouraged
    to make confessions available in outdoor or open-air spaces, if this is judged helpful.
  4. No parish religious education programs are to assemble.
  5. Weddings and Funerals may continue to be restricted

While these directives present a hardship for us all, they are sensible and in line with
the guidance of the President and the spirit of the CDC’s directive. Due to the highly fluid nature of
this crisis situation, the Diocese continues to monitor this situation closely.

We hope to publish ideas to help keep you, our beloved parishioners, engaged in the faith.

  • There are Mass options on television or internet.
  • The Diocese of Phoenix broadcasts the Catholic Mass each Sunday at 9 a.m. on AZTV channel 7, as well as youtube.com/phoenixdiocese and facebook.com/phoenixdiocese. Please invite your loved ones who are unable to attend church to join us for the live broadcast.
  • A spiritual communion would be appropriate. For example: My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.

If you are not already, please sign up for FLOCKNOTE, to get further updates as they become available. https://www.sescc.org/FLOCKNOTE

Here is the link to the Diocese communication and response for more information. https://dphx.org/stayhealthy/

Please join us in praying for all affected.  For those with the virus, their families and caregivers. For those in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries who are working to comfort and cure the sick. For wisdom for those in leadership, who are deciding how to best keep our communities safe.  For an increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity in our home, community, country and our world. Consider fasting and prayer for cures to this particular virus, and the underlying ills in our society.