Gentiles had very little in common with Jews, and in today’s gospel, Jesus and the Canaanite woman illustrate what Pope Francis calls the Culture of Encounter: “We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved: We need tenderness.” Jesus shows us how beautiful the breakthrough of changing our minds, broadening our vision, and opening our hearts can be. That is our call as Christians.
As we enter the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we focus on what unites us rather than what divides us. Look at one another with the eyes of faith – with the eyes of Jesus. The way to grow in our faith is to exercise it, especially by reaching out to others in love and moving beyond surviving to thriving.
Anticipate Sunday, August 16
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Jesus teaches the difficult lesson of perseverance and how it can transform us.
- Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents some reflection questions to help think about how we experience inclusivity and diversity in our lives.
- Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a couple of music videos: “Be Thou My Vision” (a traditional Irish song on what would have been Irish Fest weekend) and “Blessing” by Katie Bart along with a short reflection called “Comfort Zones.”
- The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site and streamed on Facebook, or at the bottom of this page. Having trouble with the live stream? Email email@example.com.
- The 6 p.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to attend Mass on site, please review the safety procedures, including taking 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.
Faith Formation – With recent permission from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we are now planning to have some on-site faith formation sessions
this fall. Please watch the website, Facebook and bulletin for details to come or contact Margaret Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or suggestions. Registration packets for sacramental prep will soon be available. Those who would like to join the upcoming Confirmation program, please contact Margaret as soon as possible. Young people turning 16 by May 2021 are eligible to participate.
Faith Groups – We are in need of catechists! The parish is hoping to offer small group ministries for our youth and young adults this catechetical season. Anyone interested in being trained to lead a small faith group, please call Margaret Lee at 414-998-4785.
Catholic Stewardship Appeal – Many Hands. One Vision – The Appeal provides Catholics opportunities to support a wide range of ministries and programs that benefit more than 500,000 people each year. As Disciples of Christ, and in communion with Him, we respond to the call of helping our brothers and sisters in His name. There is no better, more convenient way to participate in making lives better than through the Appeal. For more information and to donate, go to the Appeal website.
If someone you know needs our prayers, post them on our prayer wall outside church. Or you can send requests to email@example.com. If you would like to receive the parish newsletter or bulletin in the mail or are in need of some assistance, please be sure to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-1061.