In today’s gospel we hear Jesus being asked by the Herodians and the Pharisees: “Is it against our Law to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor, or not?” And Jesus replies, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what belongs to God.” What is God’s anyway? Everything. We owe God everything!

We bear God’s own image. From God we receive all that we are and have. If paying to God what is God’s means everything, it must mean putting God first in our lives. Jesus understood and taught that we must give God the first fruits, out of gratitude. This grateful giving of the first fruits is based on the truth that everything comes from God, thus everything belongs to God.

Anticipate Sunday, October 18

  • Mass Readings – As you read the scripture readings think about how you make decisions.
  • Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents reflection questions to help us think each of Sunday’s readings and how we carry out God’s will.
  • Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a reflection on a performance of “For the Beauty of the Earth” to celebrate this beautiful time of year and a reflection by Father Ronald Rolheiser about to whom are things are owed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending Mass on site, please review the safety procedures, including taking each person’s temperature. Anyone with 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the church. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Other News

  • Weekly Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You with Jon Metz” is Dillon Ambrose, chair of the St Sebastian Pastoral Council. (The link will be live on Thursday, October 15.)
  • Children’s Formation – Joe Sheehan, our new minister for children’s sacraments, presents the schedule for families with children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
  • Youth Formation – Margaret Lee, youth minister, presents the registration materials for students preparing for Confirmation and complete Faith Formation materials.
  • The Combined Collections: Catholic Global Ministries will be held this week, supporting five causes important to Catholics throughout the country. This collection offers a wonderful opportunity to support hands-on efforts to help people in need. Please give generously … your gift does make a difference!
  • Mission Appeal Flyer – You are invited to participate in the 2020 Missionary Cooperation Plan of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by donating to promoting justice and growth in El Salvador, as we continue out work.

If someone you know needs our prayers, post them on our prayer wall outside church. Or you can send requests to wepray@saintsebs.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 saintsebs@saintsebs.org 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

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