The common theme of all the readings this week is God reaching out to his people in love. God created the world in such a way that every action of every single individual is important. Sometimes we may feel insignificant, or other people may try to make us feel insignificant or unworthy, but in the eyes of God, we are all very important. In response to God’s valuing us, let us also view every one we encounter as important in God’s eyes.
This Sunday, the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are called to discover that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God because we are all important in his sight. Again this week, the heart of the message is that God truly wants us. Each of us has a talent; if we don’t use it, the world is absent that one life. Check out the resources staff has prepared as we continue to explore the parables together.
Anticipate Sunday, August 2
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Paul tells us “we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.”
- Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents some reflection questions to help us take in the abundance of God’s
love as told in the scripture readings
- Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a video of the song “He Never Failed Me Yet” and a short reflection called “Leftovers” about the loaves and the fishes.
- The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site and streamed on Facebook, and below. Trouble with the live stream? Email email@example.com.
- The 6 p.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The parish cluster re-opening committee continues to discuss the increase in COVID-19 cases. They propose the parishes err on the side of caution. As a result, beginning this Sunday, August 2, we will have thermometers to take each person’s temperature at the door. Anyone with 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the church. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Dispensation has been extended to September 6, 2020.
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God is good all the time; all the time God is good.
Blessings of peace and gratitude.
Father Peter Patrick Kimani
St. Sebastian & St. Catherine Parishes