PROTECTING OUR FUTURE – SAINT RITA ROOF CAMPAIGN
Ongoing maintenance is a reality for anyone who owns property, and after an architectural review of our buildings, it has been determined that our 30-year-old Church and our 22-year-old Parish Center are in need of major repairs. Because our regular operating income and savings are not sufficient to fund these repairs, our Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council have agreed to initiate a capital campaign entitled “Protecting Our Future - Saint Rita Roof Campaign". This campaign will enable us to continue our mission to provide a safe worship and fellowship space for all to gather as we continue on our journey in faith.Update: So far, we have received $264,008 in pledges. Thank you for your prayers and support!
If you would like to set up an online Pledge payment, please click here and follow the directions. For more information visit this page.
Pastor's Message - July 24, 2016
"I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name." ~Psalm 138
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This week our gym will be a busy place. Vacation Bible School starts Monday morning with lots of exciting activities for our young people. Thanks to all of our teen and parent volunteers for making this event possible. Be sure to check the bulletin for additional activities and events at St. Rita including a weekly family kickball game on Tuesday evenings and, this Wednesday only, a fire pit sing-along and toasted marshmallows in our soccer field. Everyone is welcome, just bring a lawn chair!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - July 17, 2016
The Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||Martha and Mary's Hospitality (Luke 10)
readings are all about hospitality. First, we hear of Abraham greeting three divine visitors and then in the Gospel, Martha and Mary attend to their visitor Jesus, albeit in different ways. Their story highlights two important aspects of hospitality.
In our first reading (Genesis 18:1-10), Abraham goes overboard in hosting his visitors, but also takes time to listen and be attentive to his visitors. His reward is the promise of a son in his and his wife Sarah's old age.
"The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: 'Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest yourselves under the tree. Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way.' The men replied, 'Very well, do as you have said.'
"Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah, 'Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls.' He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it. Then Abraham got some curds and milk, as well as the steer that had been prepared, and set these before the three men; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate. They asked Abraham, 'Where is your wife Sarah?' He replied, 'There in the tent.' One of them said, 'I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.'"
In our Gospel reading (Luke 10:38-42), Jesus seemingly rebukes Martha for her fretting about preparing the meal and complaining about Mary's attentiveness to Jesus. Both are important, but the latter more so. Discipleship calls us to listen and be attentive to the word of God.
"Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, 'Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.' The Lord said to her in reply, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.'"
In our Epistle reading (Colossians 1:24-28), St. Paul writes to his beloved community as he languishes in prison and tells how he "rejoices in my sufferings for your sake" as he unites his suffering with Christ and calls us to do the same. Odd as it may seem, we are closest to Jesus when we rejoice in our sufferings and unite them with his.
"Brothers and sisters: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ."
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, July 17, 2016
Free fun for all ages this summer at St. Rita!
Monday at the Movies
Monday, July 25
7:30 pm on the soccer field
Everyone is invited to join us for a family-friendly movie outside by the soccer field. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The main feature will begin at 8 pm. Vote for your favorite movie here!
Songs and S’mores
Wednesday, July 27
7 pm on the soccer field
The whole family is invited for a fun evening outdoors. Bring a musical instrument and a chair to sit around the fire and sing or play some popular songs. There will be games and activities for all ages. Everyone is welcome! Sign up to bring a s’mores ingredient here.
Friday, July 29
6:30 pm on the soccer field
Challenge your family members to a series of Olympic-style events outdoors on our soccer field. Dress for fun and games in your favorite country’s colors. Refreshments will be provided. Bring the whole family...and the neighbors! Sign up as your country here.
The primary goal for the Kim Mastrangelo Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for families who need help providing a Catholic education for their children in multiple Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools. Parents (guardians) of children enrolled in grades K-5 at St. Rita School are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications need to be submitted by 12 pm on August 1, 2016. Click here to download a copy of the application.
KICKBALL TUESDAYS and other outdoor games!
Join us on July 5 – mid August from 6:00-8:00 pm
Everyone is invited to come play kickball (or other outdoor games) on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm on the soccer field at St. Rita. This is a free event for all ages - families, teens, young adults. Those younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Bring a water bottle with your name on it. Feel free to bring additional sports equipment (soccer ball, Frisbee, etc.) -- just make sure it is labeled if you want it back. This is an outdoor-only event; it will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or thunder. All skill levels welcome! No RSVP needed! For more information contact Elizabeth by email or call 671-1100 ext. 14.
Enrollment for Faith Formation classes for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. Students in Grades K-7, who do not attend a Catholic school, are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in the Faith Formation Program.
You may enroll in and pay for Faith Formation on-line here.
Enrollment Forms for new students are also available in the Greeting Area.
A choice of two sessions will be offered weekly:
Session 1: Mondays: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm (Grades K-6)
Session 2: Mondays: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm (Grades 1-7)
Parents of Returning Students - Enrollment Forms were mailed home. Don’t forget to return your enrollment forms, or enroll on-line by July 13, 2016.
Registration for Confirmation is open to any youth in 8th Grade or above who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation. He or she is invited to start preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a two year program. The first Parent/Youth Information Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September, 25 at 6:15pm in Church. All parents and youth who are in their first or second year of preparation are expected to attend. Please contact Marie Marton at 671-1100 x 17 if you have any questions. Registration forms can be found here.
CYO soccer registration for the upcoming fall season has begun! Children from St. Rita Parish in grades 3-6 may sign up for this league, which will play in September and October. Register and pay online here. The fees are $60 for 3/4 grade and $80 for 5/6 grade players ($140 family maximum). Deadline is August 17, 2016.
CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS!
THEOLOGY ON TAP - SUMMER FOUR PACK
Date: Monday Nights, August 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Beale New Orleans Grille & Bar
689 South Ave Rochester, NY 14620
Theology on Tap is an opportunity for young adults to gather to discuss and reflect on issues of faith. We meet in the back room to learn about topics relevant to our lives and faith. Come early to save a seat and meet other young adults in the area.