Today’s readings give us a hint on how to become a better Christian. They talk about the need to prepare the way for the Lord. All three readings tell us that if our lives are not what they should be, then we should do something about it. If we have strayed from the basics, then today’s readings invite us to return to them. If we have placed our work ahead of our families, then today’s readings invite us to put our families first. If we have placed success ahead of our personal relationship with God, then today’s readings invite us to set aside time to spend with God.
As we enter the second week of Advent, we not only prepare for Christmas, but also for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory. Our lives should always be like Advent, meaning we should always be prepared and ready to welcome Christ. Take some time to prepare for Sunday by checking out what the staff has to offer.
Anticipate Sunday, December 6
- Mass Readings and Music Selections – As you read the scripture readings think about how you might turn your life around. And join in with songs and prayer.
- Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents prayers and practices to guide us through the Advent season.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents several songs with brief introductions and a reflection called “Beginnings” by Michael Joseph Brown.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending Mass on site, please review the UPDATED safety procedures including a video message from Fr. Peter Patrick. If you or anyone in your household has virus symptoms, please stay home. Reminder: Face masks should cover both mouth and nose.
- Weekly Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You with Jon Metz” is Patrick Schley, long-time parishioner, assistant to Faith Formation and media expert in the Parish.
- Christmas Message – Archbishop Listecki’s Christmas letter is about Christ being the light in the darkness.
- Facing Racism – “Advent Made Simple” is a free daily program with short video reflections from an amazing group of black Catholic speakers 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.
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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