Son of a wealthy Roman family. Educated in Milan. Officer of the Imperial Roman army, and captain of the guard. Favorite of Diocletian. During Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, Sebastian visited them in prison, bringing supplies and comfort. Reported to have healed the wife of a brother soldier by making the Sign of the Cross over her. Converted soldiers and a governor.

Based on popular belief, St. Sebastian was charged as a Christian, tied to a tree, shot with arrows, and left for dead. He survived, recovered, and returned to preach to Diocletian. The emperor then had him beaten to death.

During the 14th century, the random nature of infection with the Black Death caused people to liken the plague to their villages being shot by an army of nature’s archers. In desperation they prayed for the intercession of a saint associated with archers, and Saint Sebastian became associated with the plague.

St. Sebastian was chosen as our parish name in honor of Archbishop Sebastian Messmer, who led the archdiocese when the parish was formed.

Parish Novena

It is in this spirit that we encourage people to join us on a novena – nine days of prayer for our parish, from January 12 – 20 (St. Sebastian’s feast day). While in the past, novenas may have been seen as providing special powers, we know that God’s loving presence provides its own strength. Praying together for our parish’s future is a good thing.

  • Click here to download the full nine-day novena prayers and reflections.
  • Click here to download the Litany to St. Sebastian prayer.

More about Novenas

More about St. Sebastian

The origins of this novena, courtesy of St. Sebastian, Liverpool, England