Today marks the last Sunday of the liturgical year, also known as the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus is the King of the Universe. It’s good to understand the title ‘Christ the King.’ Jesus teaches us, by His example, that true kingship is about service.
Ancient kings were meant to live in service to their people, being willing to set a faith-filled and servant-like example, making difficult decisions with wisdom, mercy and justice. Kings were meant to serve as peacemakers and to be willing to give their lives in service to their people. And this is exactly what Jesus did: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mk. 10:45). He shows us by example that we are called to humble ourselves in loving service to others.
Spend some time with the offerings below from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass. And check out other opportunities further down.
Anticipate Sunday, November 21, 2021
- Reminder: This Sunday, November 21, is the Installation Mass at 10 a.m. – 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 at Saint Sebastian church. There will be no 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Masses.
- Mass Readings – The scripture readings today tell about the King and His Kingdom.
- Scripture Reflection – In this week’s reflection Jon helps us think about our image of Jesus, Christ, King.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a musical selection called “Hymn to Christ the King” and a reflection called “What Kind of King” from Fr. John Foley, SJ.
- Getting to Know You – This week we have a “super-sized” edition of “Getting to Know You” featuring the Social Action subgroup which is part of Facing Racism Group. The Group is made up of Leah Sealey, Chris Dwyer and Michael Duffey. These three share so much wisdom about how to engage faith and take social action against racism. Because this is a ‘super-sized’ edition this will be the last interview until the week after Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
- Thanksgiving and Advent – The faith formation team would like to share resources with parish and school families. This Sunday, prior to the installation Mass, come choose some materials to help your family to observe this special time in our liturgical year. Here is a google doc with online resources, Advent prayers and information about service opportunities.
- Advent Mission – The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is excited to host Advent Missions at 18 parishes throughout southeastern Wisconsin— including St. Sebastian! This Mission is based on “The Gift of Sunday,” a theological reflection issued by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Join us on Wednesday, December 1, from 7 to 8:30 pm for a beautiful prayer service and presentation that encourages everyone to come to Mass and rediscover Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist—this Advent Season and beyond! Presented by Fr. Brad Krawczyk.
- Black Lives Are Sacred Witness Event – A public witness for racial justice, co-hosted by Black Lives are Sacred MKE and Facing Racism, will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 10 am – 11 am at St. Catherine Parish. This is a peaceful, family-friendly event. Please bring your own chair if you cannot stand for an hour, and dress for the weather. Signs are available, along with supplies so you can make your own. CDC guidelines regarding masking and social distancing are followed. All who want to stand for the sacredness of black lives are welcome.
COVID-19 NOTE: Masks are optional, but please wear a mask if you’ve not been vaccinated. A masked-only section is located by the organ on the west for those more comfortable in a masked-only environment.
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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