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Backpack Blessing for Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Birthday

August 27, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Students of all ages are welcome to the Shrine’s Backpack Blessing, which takes place during the annual Birthday Mass for Elizabeth Ann Seton. After Mass around 2:30pm, join us for an end-of-summer celebration of fun activities for kids of all ages, like musician Ray Owen, face painting, magician Jim Greer, balloons, games, plus free refreshments and a chance to collect free school supplies. For Ray Owen’s performance near the Stone House, please bring lawn chairs. Elizabeth Ann Seton understood the value of education, so much so that she started the first free Catholic school for girls in the U.S., staffed by Sisters. This school is seen as the beginning of Catholic schools in the U.S., and some schools trace their roots back to her school. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate her birthday and legacy of education at this event. If you don’t use a backpack, please bring whatever you might use in your studies–a book bag, basket, tablet or anything else. Baltimore’s Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop Mark Brennan, is the celebrant for this Mass and will provide the blessing.


August 27, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727 United States
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