Although some people drive substantial distances to attend Mass, many walk to this neighborhood church with elderly parents or with children in tow to attend one of three Sunday masses: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated once a month, and children are often invited to stand around the altar at 10:30 a.m. mass.
Weekday communion services, led by lay prayer leaders, are held Monday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
The parish school hosts a Wednesday 8:15 a.m. weekday mass, which is attended by hundreds of children along with many school parents and the public. These liturgies are designed by various groups of teachers and creatively involve the children in the many stories found in the scriptures and also in the many rites and symbols of the church’s liturgical year.
Weekday masses are held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday (only when school is not in session) and Friday.
Preaching, music and church environment are extremely important components of these quality liturgies, and we encourage volunteers to help maintain our high quality.
Homilies are scripture-based and relate Christian values to everyday life. The adult choir sings at 10:30 a.m. mass and has recorded three music CDs. To assist the pastor with weekend masses, various “help-out” priests are utilized, including retired priests and new priests studying at Marquette University. Paid sacristans assist the priests for all liturgies, including weddings and funerals.
St. Sebastian has two active but retired deacons. They often assist at funeral wakes or for a private baptism if required.
While there is no formal crying room, the gathering space does provide visual and aural contact with the mass, allowing parents and children a break from the church proper.
St. Sebastian is demographically a diverse congregation, especially in the parish school, and Spanish hymns are sung at many masses.