As we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus invites us to draw closer to him: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me” (Mt.11:28-30). Jesus is offering to help bear our burden. To learn from him means to be obedient to the will of the Father no matter what we are going through.
It is the Christ in us that loves God. This is where we will find rest. Our joy and peace in God are our reward for following Jesus. Let’s learn how to do that together! Check out the resources staff has prepared so you may embark on the journey.
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Anticipate Sunday, July 5
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Jesus is offering his yoke to us and offering to help bear our burden.
- Liturgy & Music – Mike Kamenski offers an article called “How to Free Yourself from the Desire to Control Everything.” And follow Mike’s reflections on the songs “Come to Me” and “Shelter Me.”
- Adults – Adult Minister Ed Duncklee offers reflection questions on the readings.
- Youth and Young Adults – From Minister Margaret Lee:
- This Sunday’s second reading highlights the Holy Spirit in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Here is a video that talks about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. If it is our desire to live according to God’s will for us, abiding in Christ’s example, we must allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.
- A prayer guide for these times – As the virus continues to plague our country, let us pray with confidence that God is with us. Please use this prayer guide from Rooted Ministry to pray for our world and ourselves.This website has useful content for parents with teens. Rooted Ministry – Advancing Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry
- As the world continues to grapple with issues surrounding racism, here are some parental Tips for Preventing Prejudice with PreTeens and Tips for Preventing Prejudice with Teens.
- Children – Child Minister Amy Rebholz wants to interact with parish families while also encouraging faith conversations with each other in your own homes. Watch the video, but also go beyond viewing it by having simple faith conversations with one another. As our faith is meant to go beyond the walls of the church and hold strong roots within the family, it’s important for families to have the opportunity to talk with each other, have conversations about faith, listen to your children and contemplate Gospel messages to help faith continue to grow in your families.
Weekday Masses – In keeping with Archdiocesan guidelines, since St. Sebastian and St. Catherine have begun celebrating Sunday Masses on site, we are limited to two additional onsite Masses during the week. We are not allowed to have Communion services. With parishioner input, we have determined the following, starting the week of July 6:
- St. Sebastian – Facebook Live Mass on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m.
- St. Catherine – Onsite Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8.30 a.m. in Church
All of the same health restrictions apply.
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Hope you enjoy a festive – and safe – Fourth of July!
God is good all the time; all the time God is good.
Blessings of peace and gratitude.
Fr. Peter Patrick
Pastor, St. Sebastian