The second reading on Sunday carries words we all need to hear: “encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” Coming into the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are filled with a world full of despair and anxiety but also with graduation celebrations and the joys of summer.As we live with the discomfort of racial injustice and COVID, we can know that God loved us so much that he sent his Son to be with us in our suffering.  God, through Jesus’ suffering on the cross, shares in our human suffering. Invite God to sit with you in times of uncertainly and in times of joy as we celebrate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
Celebrate Sunday, June 7. Watch Mass here:https://vimeo.com/426611262

  • Mass Readings – In the scripture readings we hear of the depth of God’s love for all of us.
  • Liturgy & Music – Mike Kamenski offers an article on the mystery of the Trinity, called “God’s Oneness – Our Oneness.” And follow Mike’s reflections on the song “O God Beyond All Praising.” Live on Facebook today at 10:00 a.m., Mike will discuss some traditional hymns:
    • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
    • Holy, Holy, Holy
    • All Praise and Glad Thanksgiving
    • God Beyond All Names
    • O God Beyond All Praising
  • Adults – Adult Minister Ed Duncklee provides his thoughts on the mystery of the Trinity in this Sunday’s readings and offers reflection questions.
  • Youth and Young Adults – Minister Margaret Lee gives understanding to what a solemnity is, explains the celebration of the Trinity and poses questions for consideration.
  • Children – Child Minister Amy Rebholz invites you to watch a brief video about sharing a blessing that you and/or your family has experienced during this time. We’ll combine all the videos to lift up this community as we come together. See how God has been working in your friends’ lives; share how God has been working in yours. Send or share your short videos to arebholz@saintsebs.org. We also have some fun activities for children.

Faith Formation Survey – We need your feedback! Please take this five-question survey to help the Faith Formation team understand how to best serve our children, youth and adult parish communities so that we may grow together in faith during this troubling time.

Parish Volunteers & Safeguarding – All parish volunteers and employees who work with or have contact with children and youth must be compliant with the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Policies.  Part of the compliance is completion of a Criminal Background Check and completion of a Safeguarding Workshop. Find out more and register.

Daily Services – There will be no daily Masses the week of June 7 while I am on retreat.

Sunday Mass – Plans to return to Mass on Pentecost were changed due to concerns with the upswing in the spread of the virus. In consultation with the pastoral council, it was decided that re-opening the church at that time may have been too soon. A reopening subcommittee has been formed to plan the comeback. The parish will continue to post online Masses until such time as it is deemed safe to assemble. It was a painful decision but seemed the best way forward. Please continue to check the website or call the parish office at 414-453-1061.

Protests – I would like to direct you to the Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Wisconsin on Unjust Killings and Recent Protests.

If someone you know needs our prayers, you can send prayers to wepray@saintsebs.org. If you would like to receive the newsletter in the mail or are in need of some assistance, please be sure to let us know at saintsebs@saintsebs.org or 414-453-1061.

God is good all the time; all the time God is good.
Blessings of peace and gratitude.

Fr. Peter Patrick
Pastor, St. Sebastian

 

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