The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for Jesus’ arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks, in particular, as well as receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Many times we focus too much on Christmas – food, decorations, travel and so on – and forget the main purpose of Advent. What are you doing to prepare? Can you make this Christmas meaningful to your spiritual journey? We need to remember who we are and to seek our purpose for being created.
Spend some time with the offerings below from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass. And check out other opportunities further down. Reminder: Thanksgiving Mass is at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine Parish.
Anticipate Sunday, November 28, 2021
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings today Jesus tell the disciples, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy.”
- Scripture Reflection – In this week’s reflection Jon helps us think about this weary world and what gives us hope.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a piece called “Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates” from Handel’s “Messiah” and a reflection called “Stand Up and Raise Your Heads” from Rev. David Lose.
- Advent Mission – at St. Sebastian on Wednesday, December 1, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Join us for a beautiful prayer service and presentation to rediscover Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist—this Advent Season and beyond! Presented by Fr. Brad Krawczyk.
- Message from Pope Francis – Read the Holy Father’s message in response to the recent tragedy in Waukesha.
- 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 to 11 a.m. at St. Catherine Parish. Please bring your own chair if you cannot stand for an hour.
- More from Facing Racism – We have another student prayer video for November!
- Donor Match Program – Find out about this matching gift opportunity that runs to the end of the year!
- The Theology of Dignity – Part 2 on December 5 is being moved to January 9 at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Please mark your calendars. This will give more room so that parishioners can enjoy all of the events happening as our parish continues to get busier!
- Email and Text Warning – You may receive an email or text from someone pretending to be Fr Peter Patrick asking you to buy them gift cards. IGNORE THESE. Fr Peter Patrick would never ask you to go out and buy gift cards.
- Getting to Know You – Did you miss any of the interviews? Catch up on them all.
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