Today’s gospel is about being prepared for an unknown future date when Christ will return in glory. To be prepared, we need to remove all negativity that makes us judge others and ourselves critically. We need to remove past regrets and future worries that keep us from living in the present. The list of things that keep us from focusing on the coming of Christ is endless. When we are done removing our regrets and worries, we then need to focus on what to put on–and that is Jesus Christ.
On this First Sunday of Advent we begin a season that reminds us to keep our hearts ready to receive Christ. At Mass, we are not only clothed with Christ, we receive Christ into our body and spirit so that he can transform us to become more like him. Be watchful! Be prepared!
I invite you to scroll down in this email for the many opportunities prepared by our staff that will help you fully participate in this Advent season.
Anticipate Sunday, November 29
- Mass Readings and Music Selections – As you read the scripture readings think about how you can be more watchful and alert during Advent.
- Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents prayers and practices to guide us through Advent.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a reflection on the song “E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come” and a reflection called “Staying Awake” by Fr. Ron Rolheiser.
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.
- Happy Thanksgiving – Fr. Peter Patrick sends his blessings in a video message.
- Virtual Advent Family Program – For resources and activities to aid your family’s observance and preparation for Lent, click on the link below: http://saintsebastianonline.net/faith-formation/family-faith-formation-programs/
- Facing Racism – The education subcommittee would like to recommend an opportunity for your at-home reflection this Advent season. It is called “Advent Made Simple.” Join our free daily video program for short video reflections from an amazing group of black Catholic speakers with prayers and reflections to help you grow in your faith. If you would like to receive these daily emails please sign up at https://www.videos.church/advent-made-simple or search for “advent made simple” in Google or other search engine.
- Sunday Concert – Mike Kamenski’s Sunday Concert will be in the afternoon. You will find it on the parish Facebook page.
- Weekly Advent Adult Formation — Each session will have a theme. This week we will focus on Hope. There are a variety of times to join:
- Tuesday mornings at St Catherine following morning Mass at 9 am,
- Wednesday evenings virtually at 6:30 pm, or
- Friday mornings at St Sebastian following the rosary at 10 am.
- Each session will include faith sharing, prayer and opportunities to reflect during this Advent season. If you would like to join the virtual option please email Jon Metz at email@example.com so he can send you the link to join.
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