On this Fourth Sunday in Advent we hear that the angel Gabriel was sent to Mary to deliver the good news, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” Before Mary received this message, the world had no hope. Sin and violence were everywhere. For her, this message seemed to be impossible and unimaginable.
There is no difference in our time and Mary’s. Our world may be messed up, our family, our lives so different, but there is hope because God’s power in the person of Jesus has entered our world. This is what we prepare to celebrate these few days before Christmas. It is what gives us joy beyond imagining, hope beyond dreaming. With all that we are going through now, let us hope for better days ahead and better years ahead, because God is always with us. The long-awaited Messiah never abandons us; we are the ones who distance ourselves from him.
On my behalf and on behalf of all the pastoral staff of Saint Catherine and Saint Sebastian Parishes, I would like to wish you all a blessed Merry Christmas!
Anticipate Sunday, December 20
- Mass Readings, Music and Prayer – As you read the scripture readings think about better times coming. Follow along with songs and prayer.
- Adult & Teen Formation – Minister Margaret Lee presents prayers and practices as we rejoice the coming of Jesus.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents reflections on four versions of the Gabriel’s Message and a reflection called “Annunciation and Fear” by Dr. Jarred Mercer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending Mass on site, please review the 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.
Christmas Services are by reservation only.
- Weekly Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You with Jon Metz” is Jesus Villa of “Jesus Time” videos.
- Christmas Gift – The pastoral staff would like to gift parishioners with the book The Search this holiday season. The hope is that it will be a reflective tool for your personal formation. Inside the book you will find a bookmark with some helpful dates and an opportunity to sign up for Lenten formation groups centered on topics in the book. Books can be picked up in the gathering space after Mass.
- Let the Good Times Roll! – Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Seb’s style by participating in our Virtual Auction, February 14-20. Sponsorships, donations of vacation rentals, gift cards, raffle items, other items of value will be greatly appreciated. Contact the St. Seb’s 2021 Auction Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the committee members will get back to you promptly.
- Christmas Message – Archbishop Listecki’s Christmas letter is about Christ being the light in the darkness.
- Sunday Concert – Mike Kamenski’s Sunday Concert will be in the afternoon. You will find it on the parish Facebook page.
- Christmas activity at home – Enjoy this 3-D coloring kit for a nativity scene for families.
If someone you know needs our prayers, send requests to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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