Most of us are Christians today because we were born of Christian parents who brought us up in their faith. It was their choice, rather than ours. Today’s gospel text challenges us to examine whether we are Christians purely because of our parents or birth into a Christian family. Or is it because of our personal conviction and resolve to commit ourselves to the cause of Christ?
On the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are called to show to all those we encounter every day that Jesus is alive even today. Our life should answer the question, “Who is Jesus for me?” Every day we need to make that personal decision to live by his values. We need to meet him through our active concern for the needy, compassion for those who suffer, and forgiving the offender and those close to us, without any conditions.
Anticipate Sunday, August 23
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings we learn that following Jesus is not a matter of having a checklist for following rules and commandments, but of asking yourself, how much love do I put into doing all that I do?
- Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents some reflection questions to help think about how we act as Christians in this world.
- Children – The Jesus Time team is at it again! Mr. Villa and Miguel take a break from playing video games to read this week’s scripture and do some fun role play. Then Gary has another great song – “Jesus is My Best Friend.”
- Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski introduces us to a music video, “Peter’s Song (Face to Face)” along with a short reflection, “The Width of our Ecclesial Embrace” by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. Mike’s Facebook Live music selection at 10:30 a.m. include:
Gather Us In
Here I Am, Lord (Ward)
Prayer of St. Francis
Sing a New Church
- The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site and streamed on Facebook Live. You don’t need to be a Facebook member. Just click on the link.
- The 6 p.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site.
- If you’d like, you can download this week’s music so you can sing along.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending 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.
- First Eucharist Online – Saturday, August 22, 4:00 p.m. Those who have prepared to receive their First Eucahrist will celebrate Mass with their families. The event is not open to the public, but it will be online with Facebook Live.
- Bells for Women’s Votes – St. Sebastian is joining the Interfaith Conference of Milwaukee in its request for all churches to ring bells for one minute at noon on Wednesday, August 26. It’s in honor of the signing of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. The occasion was celebrated in 1920 with bells ringing at noon throughout the state.
- Pray the Rosary for Social Justice – Friday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Sebastian Prayer Garden and online with Facebook Live. Wear a mask and bring your rosary.
- Faith Formation – With recent permission from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we are now planning to have some on-site faith formation sessions. We’ll have registration materials available – watch Facebook and the website!
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.
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