Although Jesus was the Son of God, he never ceased to pray. Before the episode on the stormy sea, Jesus had gone up on a mountain by himself. Jesus’ humanity, through intimate communion of prayer with the Father, is completely transparent so that divine power flows through him. If we are finding it hard to live the gospel, maybe it’s because we have taken our eyes off Jesus.

As we enter the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we may need to ask ourselves, where is my focus? Not only during this time of pandemic, but in life – as individuals, family and community – we are faced with many uncertainties that distract us from being more focused.  Following are offerings from staff to help you explore the meaning of the readings and get ready for Sunday!

Anticipate Sunday, August 9

  • Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Jesus spoke to the disciples, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
  • Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents some reflection questions to help think about how we experience God in our lives.
    love as told in the scripture readings.
  • Children – Minister Amy Rebholz brings us “Jesus Time!” Kids and families can listen to this week’s readings, then sing along with Gary! “Walking on the Water” will stick in your mind all week.
  • Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski presents a video of the song  and brief reflection on “St. Francis Walking On the Water” by Franz Liszt and a short reflection called “What If I Sink?”

Sunday Mass

  • The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site and streamed on Facebook or at the bottom of this page. Having trouble connecting? Email
  • The 6 p.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to attend Mass on site, please review the safety procedures, including taking each person’s temperature at the door. Anyone with 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter the church. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Dispensation has been extended to September 6, 2020.

If someone you know needs our prayers, post them on our prayer wall outside church. Or you can send requests to If you would like to receive the parish newsletter or bulletin in the mail or are in need of some assistance, please be sure to let us know at or 414-453-1061.

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