You may have heard the saying: “We help people not because they are Catholics, but because we are.” We are called to serve others no matter who they are, where they come from or what they believe. We are called to be Christ to them.

In Sunday’s Gospel, we hear Jesus telling His disciples, “Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” It is important to be Christ-like to everyone we encounter.

Spend some time with the offerings below from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass. And check out other opportunities further down.

Anticipate Sunday, October 17, 2021

  • Mass Readings – In the scripture readings today Jesus emphasizes to his disciples that, if any among them want to be great, they will need to be servants as Jesus is a servant for all.
  • Scripture Reflection – In this week’s reflection Jon helps us think about being men and women for others.
  • Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents “The Servant Song” and a reflection from Eleonore Stump called “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.”

COVID-19 NOTE:  The parish safety committee is recommending all parishioners wear masks for Sunday Mass. We encourage everyone who can to get a vaccination. The west transept of the church is available for masked-only parishioners who need to maintain distancing. Eucharist will be offered at the pews. Staff, ushers and minsters will wear masks. Ushers will implement some of the previous COVID-19 protocols.

Other Offerings

  • Getting to Know You – This week the guest on “Getting to Know You” is Kathleen Cullen, a Sebs parishioner and grief coach in her work with Grief-Grit-Gratitude. Kathleen shares her insights about faith, grief and resilience.
  • Walk for Education – The annual Soles for Catholic Education Walk will be a little different this year. Saint Sebastian School’s walk will be in the neighborhood. Find out how to join on the parish website.
  • Parishioner Communications Requests – If you have a ministry announcement, you can submit it via the Google Form by going to the parish website and clicking on “Parishioner Resources” on the top of the page or click HERE.
  • Facing Racism – Consider joining the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s upcoming racial justice program on Wednesday, October 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A Parish Journey for Racial Justice: Let’s Talk about Social Sin.

If someone you know needs our prayers, 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. Give online here.

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

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