Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar of the Church, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King before the beginning of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year. In Advent, we prepare for the two comings of Christ: as a baby in Bethlehem and His return as a king in glory. This celebration of Jesus’ kingship prepares us for both comings of Christ.
Christ’s kingdom is not political, but a spiritual rule of love established in human hearts through service and sacrifice; it belongs to those who hear His voice and bear witness to the truth revealed by Him. The Gospel today is telling us, “Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did unto me.” Feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the ill and those in prisons is easy, but we should go beyond that. Use the reflections below from pastoral staff to help.
Anticipate Sunday, November 22
- Mass Readings – As you read the scripture readings think about how you prepare for Advent. There will not be music at Mass. Here is the text of the prayers.
- Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents reflection questions to help us think about being saved and the final judgment day.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a reflection on “Psalm 23” and a reflection called “Embodied Love” by Eleonore Stump.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending Mass on site, please review the UPDATED safety procedures. If you or anyone in your household has virus symptoms, please stay home. Listen to the video message from Fr. Peter Patrick. Reminder: Face masks should cover both mouth and nose.
- Weekly Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You with Jon Metz” is with Seb’s parishioner Rob Shelledy who serves as the Director of the Dignity of the Human Person Office and Coordinator of Social Justice Ministry at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- Advent Wreath – the Prayer and Worship Committee would like to invite you to participate jointly this Advent (starting November 29) with the lighting of the Parish (and your home) Advent Wreath. Download the instructions.
- 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