Pastor's Message - March 26, 2017
"In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any one of these.” Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send for him; we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.” Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold and making a splendid appearance. The LORD said, “There—anoint him, for this is the one!” Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David." ~1 Samuel 16
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This Tuesday, March 28, St. Rita Church will be open from 12:30pm until approximately 7:30pm (or later if needed) for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All other Churches throughout the Diocese will also be open for the Sacrament on this "Diocesan Day of Penance." It is indeed a unique opportunity, so bring the family! There will be handouts and guides on how to receive this Sacrament, so not to worry about memorizing any prayers or remembering what to say. The day is really meant to provide an opportunity for a "worry-free" confession.
Of all the seven sacraments, many people will describe this Sacrament as "the scary one" because it involves "naming" ones sins. But in fact the Sacrament is an opportunity to let God handle the problem of our personal sin. It need not be scary, but rather is the opportunity we give God to reach in and calm the inner storms of our human heart. The burdens of personal sin can clamp down our ability to experience joy in life and can control us and make us believe that God is less interested in us, or that we deserve permanent punishment for the deeds we know brought harm to others as well as ourselves. Sin can, in a sense, serve to "immobilize" us and puts us in a trap that is hard to escape. The effects of sin spread and cause trouble for the very people we love the most.
That is where the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation can bring healing and even genuine joy. We let God into our heart by confessing sin and our sorrow for sin. Then we turn ourselves over to the infinite mercy of God, receive absolution for our sins, and then trust in the Lord's provident care and everlasting love for us as we develop a new commitment to living the life God is calling us to.
Let the Sacrament of Reconciliation be a part of your life this Tuesday!
God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - March 26, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Lent
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
NOT AS MAN SEES DOES GOD SEE
The readings for this Sunday
are all about light vs. darkness, what God sees contrasted with what man cannot see, at least not without God's grace.
In our first reading (1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13), we hear about Samuel, who was sent on a mission to choose a new king of Israel from among the sons of Jesse. God saw what Samuel did not see; God looked into the heart and chose the ruddy youth David and anointed him to be the new King of Israel.
The LORD said to Samuel: "Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons." As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him." But the LORD said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart." In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, "The LORD has not chosen any one of these."
Then Samuel asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" Jesse replied, "There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep." Samuel said to Jesse, "Send for him; we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here." Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them. He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold and making a splendid appearance. The LORD said, "There-anoint him, for this is the one!" Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.
In our Gospel reading (John 9:1-41)
, we hear the story of the man born blind who had his physical sight restored and later in the story, his spiritual sight. The man saw what the pharisees could see. Although they had physical sight, their spirits were in darkness, preventing them from seeing the Lord for who he is.
As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him,"Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" - which means Sent - So he went and washed, and came back able to see. His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,"Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is, " but others said, "No, he just looks like him." He said, "I am."
They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath. So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see." So some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a sinful man do such signs?" And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again,"What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
In our Epistle reading (Ephesians 5:8-14)
, Saint Paul reminds us that we have had our spiritual sight restored in Christ Jesus - we are no longer in darkness but are children of the light. That brings certain expectations and responsibilities.
Brothers and sisters: You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says: "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light."
Physical blindness in today's Gospel is a metaphor for spiritual blindness. Even though we see the world around us with our eyes, without God's grace, we are still in darkness. Grace gives the eyes of our soul the ability to see God, to know God. As Saint Paul tells us, we must "Live as children of the light."
- Click Here for the full scripture readings for Sunday, March 26, 2017
Spend some time with Jesus this Lent by experiencing the Stations of the Cross through reflections, music, or a living presentation by our youth. Join us on Fridays: March 24, 31, and April 7 & 14 at 7:00 pm in church.
New Altar Server Training!
Plus updates for current servers
Saturday, April 1
12:30 – Pizza in Room 1
1:00-1:30 – Training in Church
Please join us to find out everything altar servers need to know.
Those in 3rd grade or above who have received First Communion and made Reconciliation are invited to be altar servers.
Sign up for the dates you are available at the Mass of your choice.
May, June, and July schedules come out soon! Please RSVP by email to Elizabeth Kwiatkowski or call 671-1100 x14 to let us know you are coming!
Lent is a good time to take a moment to think about how you can take an active part
in our Eucharistic Celebrations!
Maybe you are you currently in another ministry and would like to try something new.
We welcome new ministers to participate in our weekend liturgies.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A LECTOR?
Lector Training will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00pm.
We are offering a training session for anyone interested in proclaiming God’s word at our weekend liturgies. Maybe you are a former altar server who would like to share in this new ministry?
Are you interested in being a LEADER or EUCHARISTIC MINISTER?
Training will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 2:30pm.
We invite anyone who has been confirmed to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, sharing the Body and Blood of Christ.
All are welcome to be a Leader. They are responsible for reading the announcements before Mass and the Prayers of the Faithful.
Are you interested in being a SACRISTAN?
Training will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 3:00pm
Sacristans help coordinate ministers and set up before Mass.
Not sure which ministry is for you? Come at 2:00pm and stay to learn about them all!
Be trained now to be added to our next set of schedules!
Email Elizabeth Kwiatkowski or call 671-1100 x14 to RSVP, if you have any questions, or would like to learn more about any of these wonderful opportunities to serve. Thank you for your prayerful consideration!
We are proud to be continuing the St. Rita School “Super Stars’ Hall of Fame”. We will induct and honor our newest members at the Blue & Gold Kentucky Derby Ball.
The St. Rita Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who embody the ideals, principles and mission of St. Rita, and whose spirit and generosity have greatly influenced not only the school and parish community, but also the communities in which they live and work. Prospective nominees may include St. Rita alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, parishioners and benefactors.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
12:00-3:00 pm Benediction & Eucharistic Adoration
6:00-6:45 pm SOUP & BREAD SUPPER
6:45-7:30 pm TAIZE PRAYER
Join us for this popular evening of prayer and meditative music in our candlelit church.
Thursday, March 16
at 7:30pm in Room 1
All who have experienced the loss of a friend or loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!
Beginning Friday, March 3rd come to the Parish Center, every Friday in Lent (except Good Friday), for a fabulous dinner! Menu also includes baked fish, cheese pizza and "mac & cheese". Serving is from 5pm to 7pm.
The dedicated group of volunteers have been together for over 20 years building community through this very important fundraiser!
6oz Chocolate Bunnies $5.00
6oz Mint Melt-Aways $5.00
Our St. Rita Society is holding their annual Easter candy sale after all Masses for the next few weeks. Candy is also available at the Parish Office. Proceeds are used for various parish and Society Outreach Projects.
Sunday, April 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Take a journey back in time along the Road to Resurrection. Follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection by visiting different stations and collecting items that bring the Easter story to life for us today. Includes snacks and the opportunity to decorate Easter eggs. (This event will take the place of our traditional Easter Egg hunt.) Bring a friend! Bring Grandma! Bring the neighbors!
Click here to sign up.
Date: Saturday May 6th
Where: Shamrock Jack's Irish Pub
Who: Current & alumni parents as well as all alumni over 21 years old.
Come in your coolest Blue or Gold Derby wear. Hats are encouraged!
Kentucky inspired food and drinks.
Silent and live auction
Prizes to be awarded.