A Free Family Fun Day Festival August 31st
To celebrate the 240th birthday of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, a birthday party to honor the “Saint for our Times” will be taking place after a special Mass in Emmitsburg. The special Mass, celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori, will be held at 1:30, the Festival at 2:30, Sunday, August 31.
This annual event honors the Patroness. Children and women with the name Elizabeth Ann are invited to participate in a special legacy name ceremony where they are recognized during the Mass and given a ribbon.
Following the Mass, children and adults alike are invited to our Family Fun Day – a birthday party in honor of Mother Seton. Children’s activities will include
- a living historian portraying Mother Seton,
- a petting zoo,
- a moon bounce,
- a professional face painter,
- carnival games,
- a children’s entertainer,
- a silhouette artist,
- Birthday cake will be served and balloons will be given
Many activities at the event will be free, some will require a minimal contribution. For more information on this event contact 301-447-6606 or visit www.setonheritage.org.
About Mother Seton
Elizabeth Ann Seton was an amazing woman. She has founded a religious community for women that today includes 13 congregations with thousands of Sisters, Associates and ministers who serve people living in poverty.
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native-born American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was born in New York City in 1774, and died in Emmitsburg in 1821. She was married to William Seton, an businessman, and had two sons and three daughters. Most of her life, she was dedicated to charity work, and upon her husband’s death in 1804, she started teaching.
She moved to Baltimore in 1808 and started a Catholic parochial school for girls, the first of many to come in the United States. In 1809, she took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and was given the title of “Mother”. That summer, she and her followers moved to Emmitsburg and started a community, The Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She died in 1821 at the age of 46, and was beatified in 1963, and was canonized in 1975, having founded the American Daughters of Charity, which runs orphanages, schools, hospitals, and have served as nurses on battlefields.