To the editor:
On the 40th Anniversary of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hamlin (SEAS), I would like to examine our roots. Parish founder, Father Bill Amann, set a tone that still makes the people of SEAS a parish family.
Jesus was born in a stable; the first Mass of SEAS was celebrated in a barn in 1982. When my family and I joined SEAS in 1986, Masses were celebrated in an old railroad depot. We felt welcomed, and the parishioners were connected to the Mass and concerned for each other.
Soon, the parishioners’ hands contributed “sweat equity,” including bringing 200 tons of field stones to build our church on Brick Schoolhouse Road in Hamlin. Families’ special stones helped form the wall behind the altar. To preserve our humble beginnings, the railroad-tie depot altar, was brought to the church to grace our sanctuary. Sometimes, Father Bill wore flannel shirts under his vestments at Mass.
SEAS was established as a wonderful, down-to-earth parish, and all still feel warmed and welcomed.