The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord invites us to demonstrate that we truly are God’s beloved children by remaining faithful to our baptismal vocation and mission. Listening to the inner voice of the Spirit helps us to become more and more sensitive to the needs of the modern world and to look for newer forms of service.
Then the question arises: What is my mission and calling as a follower of Christ? This is a question we all need to ask ourselves as baptized people. Like Jesus, by our baptism, we are called to enter into the lives of those who are weak and vulnerable. We should not consider ourselves as overly virtuous and look down on those who are sinners. Let us commit ourselves to the mission and vision of our Parish and serve in different ministries and give generously.
Anticipate Sunday, January 10
- Mass Readings, Music and Prayer – As you read the scripture readings for Sunday think about your mission and calling. Follow along with songs and prayer.
- Scripture Reflection – Margaret Lee offers a way to think about being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
- Youth Ministry – Margaret Lee offers activities and resources for youth to explore their baptism.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents two videos of “This Is My Beloved Son” and a reflection called “The Road” by Fr. Ron Rolheiser about inviting others to transformation.
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.
- Adult Formation – with Jon Metz at Saint Sebastian in the Parish Hall following the 8 AM Mass this Sunday. All are welcome.
- Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You” with Jon Metz is Mike Kamenski, Liturgist and Pastoral Associate at St Sebastian.
- Martin Luther King Celebration – Join the Letter from a Birmingham Jail discussion on Monday, January 18, at 7 PM. Contact Jon Metz at email@example.com to receive the link to this virtual discussion.
- 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.
- Sunday Concert – Mike Kamenski’s Sunday Concert will be in the afternoon. You will find it on the parish Facebook page.
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