As we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel tells us of a man with leprosy who came to Jesus begging, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” As you prepare for Lent, take time to ask Jesus to make you clean and to reflect more deeply on what is separating you from God and others. Although the man with leprosy was “empty” in so many ways, Mark’s Gospel portrays him as “full” of faith. We are called to be like this man who never doubted Jesus.
What are you bringing to the collective responsibility of your faith community? Jesus brought prayer and cared for those who were suffering. Those two actions together are all we need. Like the man with leprosy and his community, our community is not whole until we are each healed, restored to wholeness and returned to the community.
Take some time to review the offerings from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass.
Anticipate Sunday, February 14
- Mass Readings, Music and Prayer – The scripture readings for Sunday are about Jesus’ healing and compassion. Follow along with prayer and songs.
- Child Ministry – Cecilia Dietzler presents the Gospel Reading about Jesus healing the man with leprosy, along with a reflection and prayer for the family.
- The Saint of the Week – is Saint Josephine. Her feast day was Monday February 8. Find out moreabout Saint Josephine.
- Scripture Reflection – Jon Metz offers this reflection to help us to think about hope and new beginnings.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents two videos and shares a reflection called “Good Pain.”
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.
- Reconciliation – beginning Sunday, February 21, the sacrament will be offered during the season of Lent 30 minutes prior to 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays when Fr. Peter Patrick is the presider.
- 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 Discussion Groups – Meetings are Tuesdays in person after the 8:30 a.m. Mass and Wednesdays virtually at 7 p.m. Join a small group, by emailing Jon Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stations of the Cross – Stations will be offered in person at both St. Catherine and St Sebastian every Friday morning of Lent in each church at 9:15 a.m.
- Interview – This week’s guest on “Getting to Know You” is Bill Koehn, administrator of the Saint Coletta Day School. Listen to Mr. Bill share his calling to work with students with special needs and the mission of St Colletta.
- The Good Times Are Almost Here! – Register on the Auction bidding site by following these step-by-step instructions. Silent auction bidding opens Sunday. 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.
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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