This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints. The gospel reading points out how the saints lived and how we are called to attain holiness. We may ask ourselves what holiness is. First, it is Christ living in a person’s mind, will and body and, second, it is his loving presence being evident to others. Mother Theresa of Calcutta said, “Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”
By virtue of our baptism, we are all called to lead a holy life. It’s not just meant for certain people. According to Lumen Gentium, the universal call to holiness is the vocation of every Christian to hold onto and complete in his or her life the holiness received in Baptism. The nature of holiness we received at baptism is this: “They truly become sons and daughters of God and sharers in the divine nature.” (LG. 40)
Anticipate Sunday, November 1
- Remember — set your clock back on Saturday night!
- Mass Readings and Music Selections – As you read the scripture readings think about the saints among us and the call to all of us. And follow along with the prayers and music selections for Sunday.
- Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents reflection questions to help us think about Sunday’s readings and what holiness is in our lives.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a reflection on two musical pieces “The Beatitudes” for choir and organ and “For All the Saints” and a reflection by Rev. Romeo Hontiveros called “The Hidden Path to Beatitude.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending Mass on site, please review the safety procedures. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
- Weekly Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You with Jon Metz” is long-time parish member Judy Ballard.
- Prayer for Unity and Charity – The Archdiocese has invited all parishes to offer a post election prayer service for unity and charity November 18 through 20. The service will be held at Saint Catherine on Wednesday evening, November 18, and at Saint Sebastian on Thursday, November 19. Both evenings will be at 7 PM. Please watch for further details in next week’s bulletin. People are welcome to attend either or both. We will be in prayerful unity with the whole archdiocese during that time.
- Sunday Concert – Mike Kamenski’s Sunday Concert will be in the afternoon. You will find it on the parish Facebook page.
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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