“Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” One thing I know: forgiving doesn’t do good to the person who has wronged us, but it does good for us when we forgive—we free ourselves. If we don’t forgive, it is just like locking ourselves in a prison and expecting someone to set us free, and yet we have the keys with us. Think about that!
On this Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, let us try to reach out to those who have wronged, hurt and wounded us. We alone are not able to do it. Let us ask Jesus to give us the grace to forgive. As Jesus said, “Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” When we find it hard to forgive others, we should turn to Jesus for help. Here are some offerings from the staff to help you prepare for Sunday!
Anticipate Sunday, September 6
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings Saint Paul writes, “The commandments, You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
- Adults & Teens – Minister Margaret Lee presents reflection questions about relationships in the light of Christ.
- Child Ministry — The Villa family brings us “Jesus Time” to show how Jesus teaches us to work through problems and to forgive.
- Liturgy and Music – Mike Kamenski shares a couple of videos and writes about Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and a reflection on conflict and joy.
- The 8 a.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site and streamed on Facebook Live. You don’t need to be a Facebook member. Just click on the link.
- The 6 p.m. Mass at St. Sebastian is live on site.
- If you’d like, you can download this week’s music so you can sing along.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are attending 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.
- Mass dispensation will be lifted September 14, according to Archbishop Listecki. Read more here.
- Labor Day Mass – Monday, September 7, at 9 AM at Saint Sebastian. All are invited. Doors will open as usual – 15 minutes prior to Mass. Also as usual, masks and social distancing are required.
- New Child Faith Formation Minister – Beginning September 1, Joe Sheehan will serve as the new Child Minister, focusing on preparation for the sacraments. Contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faith Formation – We have talked to many families and are now planning to have some on-site faith formation sessions. Registration materials available soon – watch Facebook and the website!
If someone you know needs our prayers, post them on our prayer wall outside church. Or you can send requests to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-1061.
God is good all the time; all the time God is good.
Blessings of peace and gratitude.