As we enter the First Sunday of Lent, we hear that Jesus was tempted and was able to overcome those temptations. How we deal with temptation can define who we are. Jesus was able to overcome them because he had a constant connection with the Father through prayer.
Lent is a time we are called to go deeper into that connection with God. My article in the bulletin this week tells about praying the Daily Examen of St. Ignatius of Loyola. I suggest trying this prayer so this Lent may be fruitful and your connection with God may be strong.
Take some time to review the offerings from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass and for Lent.
Anticipate Sunday, February 21
- Mass Readings, Music and Prayer – The scripture readings for Sunday are about God’s covenants and Jesus’ temptations. Follow along with prayer and songs.
- Family Formation – Margaret Lee presents resources to help families commit to discipleship on their Lenten journey. (If that first link doesn’t work, try this one.)
- Child Ministry – Cecilia Dietzler presents the Gospel Reading about what it meant for Jesus to be tempted, along with a reflection and prayer for the family.
- Scripture Reflection – Jon Metz offers this reflection to help us to think about how our covenant with God helps us on our Lenten journey.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents two videos about beginning our Lenten journey and shares a reflection called “Chaos and Grace” 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.
- The Gift of Sunday Lenten Mission – Saint Sebastian Parish will be hosting one of 18 Lenten Missions taking place throughout the archdiocese on the evening of March 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This Mission is based on The Gift of Sunday, a theological reflection issued by Archbishop Jerome Listecki, and will be presented by Fr. Jim Volkert. The evening will be held in the context of a prayer service and will highlight the importance of Sunday Mass in living out our faith on a daily basis. Due to limited seating, people are asked to register in advance for the Lenten Missions at www.archmil.org/Lenten-Missions. Contact: Rosalita Villa at email@example.com or 414-758-2217.
- “The Search” Lenten Discussion Groups – Meetings are Sundays at 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the church hall; 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. This week will focus on Chapter One of the book.
- Reconciliation – beginning this Sunday, February 21, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered 30 minutes prior to the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays when Fr. Peter Patrick is the presider.
- 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.
- The Good Times Are Here! – Silent Auction bidding is in progress. All you have to do is register at http://bit.ly/SEBS21AUCTION. You can also participate in the Live Auction and Event Finale on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at this site.
- Interview – This week Jon’s “Getting to Know You” guest is Margaret Wiemer! Margaret is a longtime parishioner of St. Sebastian Parish, a lector and former parish trustee (twice!)
- 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