We encounter Jesus in our daily lives in three ways: first, Jesus is alive in His word, the inspired Gospel stories and the living tradition of our church; second, we meet Jesus in the sacraments, especially in regular participation in both the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation; and third, we meet Jesus in our loving service to those in need, those who live on the periphery of society.
Through these encounters with Jesus we are healed and set free – not so we can simply live life our way – but so we build the kingdom of God by spreading the Christian message, a message of hope and love. All of us are given this mission. We simply need to discern our calling and our purpose each day.
For this Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, review the offerings from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass.
Anticipate Sunday, February 7
- Mass Readings, Music and Prayer – As you read the scripture readingsfor Sunday think about how you can be transformed through encounters with Jesus. Follow along with prayer and songs.
- Child Ministry – Cecilia Dietzler presents the Gospel Reading about Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law, along with a reflection and prayer for the family.
- The Saint of the Week – is Saint Blaise. His feast day is today, Wednesday February 3! Find out more about Saint Blaise.
- Scripture Reflection – Jon Metz offers this reflection to help us to think how the times are affecting us and how we find hope.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents an audio piece on the healing power of virtual choirs and two videos of “You Will Be Found.” And, he shares a reflection called “Too Bruised To Be Touched — One of the causes of suicide” by Fr. Ron Rolheiser.
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.
- Lenten Mission – “The Gift of Sunday” event will be held on Wednesday March 3, 7 p.m. at St. Sebastian Parish. To find out more, click here.
- “The Search” Lenten Small Groups — Did you pick up this year’s Christmas book “The Search?” If you are interested joining a discussion group, please email Jon Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify if you would like to participate in person or virtually and indicate what days and times you would prefer. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
- Stations of the Cross – Stations will be offered in person at both St. Catherine’s and St Sebastian’s every Friday morning of Lent in each church at 9:15 a.m.
- Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You” is Eunice Frieseke, who shares her years of wisdom — many of which are as a member of St Sebastian.
- The Good Times Are Almost Here! – Register on the Auction bidding site beginning February 7 following these step-by-step instructions. Silent auction bidding opens on February 14. Enjoy your special auction dinner on February 20 by ordering from select restaurants by the dates listed on the Dining Flyer.
- 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