The kingdom of God is not an end by itself, but rather the means. It’s how we live our lives every day. Nothing in the world takes priority over God’s kingdom and our pursuit of it. The gospel tells us that what counts when we die is not what we have acquired in life, but what we have become: transformed by faith and rich in God’s love.
This Sunday, the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are called to discover ourselves as the treasure in the field and to rejoice with God in the wondrous work that God does in each of our lives. The heart of the message is that God truly wants us. Each of us has a talent; if we don’t use it, the world is absent that one gift. Check out the resources staff has prepared as we continue to explore the parables together.
Celebrate Sunday, July 26
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Jesus shares two parables: the treasure in the field and the merchant finding the pearl.
- Adults – Adult Minister Ed Duncklee presents some reflection questions about the scripture readings. This is Ed’s last reflection, as he is retiring from the parish.
- Liturgy & Music – Mike Kamenski shares a video of “Soon and Very Soon” and a reflection on the gospel by Ron Rolheiser called “Searching for the Right Fuel.”
- Children’s Formation – Child Minister Amy Rebholz presents “Jesus Time!” Mr. Villa and Miguel discuss this week’s scripture reading about making choices. Then we watch a video about Commander Brain and Forever Man. There’s a new song, garlic bread, plus lots to think about during the week!
- St. Sebastian offers Mass inside the church at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please follow these instructions to stay safe and keep others from becoming ill.
- The 8 a.m. Mass is live streamed on Facebook and below. Mike Kamenski continues to offer his Sunday Musical Reflections at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook. Today’s selections include more wedding music:
- Canon in D
- Beginning Today
- Play Before the Lord
- The Rejoicing
- Having trouble with the live stream? E-mail email@example.com.
- I will be away the week of July 27, so there will be no weekday Masses.
- The parish cluster re-opening committee discussed the increase in cases of COVID-19. They propose the parishes err on the side of caution. As a result, we will have thermometers to take each person’s temperature at the door. Anyone with 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the church. This process will begin as soon as we have the thermometers. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
- Archbishop Listecki has extended Mass dispensation to September 6, 2020. Please join us online!
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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