During the Easter season, and especially this year, we look for direction. This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, and we’ll find some especially relevant signposts in the readings. It’s wonderful to see how our community continues to live, grow, and share our faith virtually! I’m praying for you and all our St. Sebastian households, and I encourage you to pray for one another and our world. We will come through this together and keep bringing the Light of Christ into our world.
Anticipate Sunday, May 3
- Mass Readings – Read all three stories that include the image of Jesus as shepherd, along with notes from Fr. Peter Patrick’s Homily. Watch the Mass here or click below.
- Adults – Adult Minister Ed Duncklee offers Bible study notes and reflection questions.
- Liturgy & Music – From Pastoral Associate Mike Kamenski, consider this reflection from a respected scripture scholar who shares, “Christianity offers no answers to the Coronavirus. It’s not supposed to.” Listen for references to Sunday’s gospel in the beautiful music, “He Shall Feed His Flock,” from Handel’s Messiah.
- Youth – In three slides, here or here, Minister for Youth and Young Adults Margaret Lee draws easily understandable analogies of the relationships of a shepherd and his sheep to that of a parent and child. The useful links include ideas for planning meaningful memories for high school seniors.
- Children’s Faith Formation – Do your children feel like they are waiting and waiting? In this time of anticipation for when we can all come together again to celebrate Mass, we CAN do many things as a faith community. Partake in a brief Easter Season Series, here or here, with Child Minister, Amy Rebholz to learn more about the Eucharist and Mass. If you need assistance registering for Formed, watch Amy’s brief video. Here’s a worksheet with coloring and puzzles, too.
- Weekday Mass – Please join me Monday through Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m. for live Mass on our parish Facebook site. It is recorded, so you can watch anytime. Go to https://www.facebook.com/StSebsMKE. You do not need to be a Facebook member to watch.
- Children’s Mass – Wednesday’s Mass is targeted to young people, and all are welcome.
- Holy Hour – Join in prayer at your home as I do each day from 3-4 p.m.
- Sundays – Mike Kamenski provides a wonderful 15-minute Facebook live concert with inspirational music each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Jesus walks before us and leads us throughout this time of quarantine. Let us use this time as a gift to engulf ourselves in a time of learning and coming to know Jesus in a new way during this Easter season. As always, if someone you know needs our prayers or is in need of some assistance, please let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-1061.