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If you did not receive a mailing from the Diocese, donation envelopes are available in the back of Church. Click here to view the CMA Video and to make your donation. Thank you for your support! ~Fr. Gonyo
Pastor's Message - December 16, 2018
“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” ~Zephaniah 3
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
For many centuries this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, was referred to as “Gaudete” or Rejoice Sunday because we are halfway to Christmas, but also because of the underlying theme of Joy we find throughout Advent. This theme of joy is found in the scriptures, the prayers of Mass, and the music of Advent:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! Let us rejoice and be glad.” (Is 25)
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See I am coming to dwell among you.” (Zech 2)
“The earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming.” (Opening Prayer today)
“Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.” (Advent Anthem)
But the real joy of this season goes far beyond the cards, lights, parties and presents. It is a joy rooted in the love of a God who chooses to come among us as one of us; Who comes to heal and forgive, and embrace us in love, who brings us hope and light.
Don't forget to attend the St. Rita "Lessons and Carols" concert this afternoon in Church starting at 2:00pm. This is a major musical endeavor by all our music groups and choirs. What a wonderful Advent treat to yourself. The event is free and stay for refreshments!
Join us for a "Visit with Santa" this Sunday after the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses. Tasty donuts and treats are on the table, so come on down to the Parish Center and bring the whole family!
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - December 16, 2018
The Third Sunday of Advent
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
NOW THE PEOPLE WERE FILLED WITH EXPECTATION
This is Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. The word is taken from today's entrance antiphon, Gaudete Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always). It is a reminder by the Church that Christ is not far off.
In our first reading (Zephaniah 3:14-18)
, we hear yet another prophet proclaim to the people that after the days of judgement for their sins, there would come a day when God would renew them in his love. It would be a cause for great rejoicing.
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you; he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 3:10-18)
, we hear a continuation of last week's Gospel introduction of John the Baptist. In today's reading, the people are asking whether John might be the Christ, the long awaited savior who would come in their midst and live among them. John preached the good news of repentance, for the Lord is not far off.
The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.”
Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.
In our Epistle reading (Philippians 4:4-7)
, We hear the passage on which today's Gaudete theme is based. St. Paul sums up its meaning succinctly: "Rejoice! . . . The Lord is near."
Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
It can be difficult for us, just as it was in the days of the prophets and in the days of the early Church. Through our suffering and our tears, we must trust in God. Our God is a God who fulfills his promises. Indeed this is a cause for rejoicing.
- Click HERE to read and pray on this Sunday's readings
ALL ARE INVITED
TO JOIN US FOR
A VISIT FROM SANTA!
Sunday, December 16
After BOTH the
9:00am and 10:30am Masses
Stop down to the Parish Center to visit Santa!
ENJOY SOME TRULY TASTY TREATS!
Bring the whole family!
(Breakfast Club will be still serve from 8:30-11:00am)
OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 16
at 2:00pm in Church
All of our music groups and choirs participate!
Our mixed choir, children's choir, contemporary group,
lite choir, and soloists. The service consists of short
scripture readings from the old and new testaments,
which tell the prophecy and events leading up to Christ's
The highlight of the service is all the wonderful seasonal
music that helps to enlighten the stories. The songs are
classical, traditional, and contemporary. There are
Advent and Christmas texts, arranged with joyful
rhythms and melodies.
Why not take out a little time this season to listen to the
story again in word and song.
Many have said, "I look forward to this every year", and
"This is my Christmas gift to myself".
Come and enjoy with your friends and family!
Refreshments will be served.
We are collecting new or gently used clothing for Rochester Early Childhod Education Center. The school serves the neediest children in the Rochester area. There are so many families in need.
will be held on Tuesday, December 18
from 1:00 - 3:00pm in Church
Advent is a joyful season as we await the celebration of the Lord's coming among us. Take some quiet time to spend with our Lord.
COMPANIONS IN GRIEF
Thursday, December 20
at 7:00pm in Room 1
Join us for this time together before the holiday!
All who have experienced the loss of a friend or loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!
Proceeds from the sales of ceramic angels and wooden crosses made by the the School of the Holy Childhood ($8.00) and Save Around Rochester coupon books ($25) benefit St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. Stop by the Parish Office during the week to pick up these items.
St. Rita School . . .
Where Faith and Knowledge Meet!
St. Rita School invites you to our
PROSPECTIVE FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHT
Wednesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm
~Tours will be given~
Meet in church starting at 7:00 pm. Babysitting will be provided. In addition to tours, there will be separate presentations by the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers.
St. Rita School is committed to fostering the God-given gifts of each child. In an atmosphere where faith and knowledge meet, our goal is to shepherd the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of our students.
St. Rita School offers grades PK3 & PK4 (half & full day options) and full day Kindergarten through Grade 5.
We offer a Before School Care Program which is available beginning at 7:00am and an After School Care Program which is available until 6:00pm.
We are Common Core Compliant and Middle States Accredited.
St. Rita’s Music Ministry invites instrumentalists to join our program. We are looking for experienced brass, woodwind, string players, and more! Please contact June Frosino if you are interested in sharing your talent with our parish!
The dates for the 2019 Math and ELA test are now available. Only students in grades 3 through 5 take these tests.
The NYS Science tests are administered to only students in 4th grade.
Please try not to schedule appointments during NY State testing days. Thanks for your cooperation