St. Paul sums up what discipleship means in this week’s reading: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” We do this by saying “yes” to God or forgetting oneself and putting God at the center. It is nothing less than an invitation to share in Jesus’ fate.
On the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, we think about how, in service to our society, we sometimes must face personal inconveniences, humiliation, loss of time, criticism, opposition, rejection and worse. The question is whether we embrace these crosses and prove to be faithful disciples of the Lord or become unfaithful by avoiding them. Following are offerings from staff to help you explore the meaning of the readings and get ready for Sunday!
Anticipate Sunday, August 30
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings we hear Jesus tell his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mt.16:24).
- Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents reflection questions about putting God front and center in our lives.
- Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski reflects on a traditional song, “Jesus, Keep Me near the Cross,” and presents us with a commentary by Father Richard Rohr called “Finding Life.”
- 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.
- Mass dispensation will be lifted September 14, according to Archbishop Listecki. Read more here.
- New Adult Faith Formation Minister – Beginning September 1, Jon Metz will serve as the new Adult Minister, focusing on adult formation, RCIA, young adult ministry and helping with human concerns. Read more about Jon or contact him via email@example.com.
- 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 – We have talked to many families and are now planning to have some on-site faith formation sessions.Registration materials available soon – watch Facebook and the website!
If someone you know needs our prayers, post them on our prayer wall outside church. Or you can send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or 414-453-1061.
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