In this Sunday’s readings Jesus tells us, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Everyone wants to love and be loved. Real love is caring about the happiness of another person without wanting anything in return. Love is not just a feeling, but a matter of what one does rather than what one feels.
Love is not always a happy, painless, easy, carefree thing. Love, when it is real love, requires sacrifice. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” (1 John 4:20). Let us seek more to love than to be loved.
Spend some time with the offerings below from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass. And check out other opportunities further down.
Anticipate Sunday, October 31, 2021
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings today we hear John say, “Whoever loves me will keep my word says the Lord.”
- Scripture Reflection – In this week’s reflection Jon helps us think about how we show love to God and our neighbor.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a musical selection called “The Greatest Commandment” and a reflection from Fr. Ron Rolheiser called “God’s Unconditional Love.”
- Getting to Know You – The guest on “Getting To Know You” is Joe Sheehan, a teacher at St Sebastian School, retreat director and Children Sacramental Minister for both Saint Sebastian and Saint Catherine Parishes.
- Children’s Faith Formation – This Sunday, pick up family faith formation packets in the church hall.
- Adult Formation – Two sessions of “Theology of Dignity” will be offered on Sundays, November 7 and December 5, at 9 a.m. in the church hall. This program is in conjunction with the human concern committee’s focus on the Catholic Social Teaching theme of the Dignity of the Human Person. Any questions, contact Jon Metz at email@example.com.
- Facing Racism – November is designated Black Catholic History Month, highlighting the presence and the contribution of Catholics of African descent in the Church. In celebration of Black Catholic History, you are invited to attend three presentations at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Milwaukee beginning November 6. Find dates, times and descriptions.
- November 21 Cluster Mass – Father Peter Patrick will be installed as the pastor of Saint Sebastian and Saint Catherine Parishes at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Haines. Mass will be at 10 a.m. at Saint Sebastian church. There will be no 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Masses on that day.
COVID-19 NOTE: The parish safety committee is recommending all parishioners wear masks for Sunday Mass. The west transept of the church is available for masked-only parishioners who need to maintain distancing.
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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