I am asking that every family in our parish please join me in support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Your support of this appeal ensures that our schools, faith formation, and sacramental programs remain vital sources of learning and support for the young people who will one day lead our Church. It ensures that the needs of the sick, the troubled and elderly are met by the various offices of Catholic Charities. It ensures essential training for all those who are called to ministry within our Diocese and gives support to our seminarians who will become, by God's grace, good and holy future priests. Our combined support ensures that our church remains a vital, faith driven community.
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 - February 17, 2019
“Brothers and sisters: If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” ~1 Corinthians 15
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This Sunday, February 17th after the 10:30am Mass we will have a Blessing and Rededication of our Parish Library which is located off the Main entrance of Church.
Over the past 5 years, our library has been updated, reorganized, and catalogued in order to improve access and availability to anyone interested in learning more about their Catholic faith.
The online catalogue can be accessed from our parish website by clicking the yellow Library tab. You can search by author, subject, or title of book, CD, or Movie. If we have something close to your search, a list will appear under the subject categories.
We have books from Spirituality to Saints, from Faith Formation to Popular Authors, and a few movies, as well as a nice collection of CD’s from Lighthouse Catholic Media. We also have copies of past Church directories.
There is also a section that contains free religious items, such as pamphlets, St. Anthony Medals, Rosaries, and Rosary Bracelets. Please take what you need to help you on your faith journey.
Taking out any books, CDs, or Movies is simple and easy – it’s based on the honor system. Please return your item when done; there is no need to sign in/sign out books. Stop in the library and see what it has to offer.
I want to extend my gratitude to our volunteers and donors who made this update possible. Please join us for this blessing after Mass and afterwards for wonderful cookies and punch in the Greeting Area!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - February 17, 2019
The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
BLESSED ARE YOU WHO ARE POOR, FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS YOURS.
Our readings this Sunday tell us that with the Kingdom of God, up is down and down is up. The poor are rich and the rich are poor. Put your trust in man and you will like a "barren bush in the desert." Put your trust in God and you are like a "tree planted beside the waters."
In our first reading (Jeremiah 17:5-8)
, the prophet Jeremiah was preaching against the king and his leadership who were seeking the protection of other nations rather than the protection of God. "Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord."
Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, but stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth. Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 6:17, 20-26)
, we hear a similar dichotomy presented by Jesus. It is an excerpt from Jesus' Sermon on the Plain known as the four blessings and the four woes. It is a message completely counter-cultural to the thinking of the day. Blessed are the poor and woe to the rich. Jesus makes clear that the Kingdom of God will be found with the poor, the hungry, the weeping and the outcast.
Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 12, 16-20)
, St. Paul resents us with another clear choice - Do we believe that Christ rose from the dead, or don't we. If we don't, we are "the most pitiable people of all."
Brothers and sisters: If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Often in life, we are presented with binary choices -- Do you put your trust in God or do you trust in men; Are you detached from the things of this world or do you cling to your wealth and possessions; Do you believe Christ rose from the dead or don't you; Do you believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist or don't you. We who are Catholic Christians are defined by our choices. And our choices define our actions; and our actions define our destiny. Straddling the fence is not a luxury we have.
to read and pray on this Sunday's readings
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or click on this link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
Thursday, February 21
at 7:00pm in Room 1
All who have experienced the loss of a friend or loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!
Worship without obedience is merely hollow flattery. Yet both worship and obedience are less than Christian if they do not spring from the love of God.
“Sing to him, sing his praise, and proclaim all his wondrous deeds.” 1 Chr 16:9
Count It All Joy will be leading us in worship and song next Saturday, February 23rd at the 5:00pm Mass.
We will be singing the following songs if you would like to listen to them in advance.
Nobody Loves Me Like You – Chris Tomlin
Who You Say I Am – Hillsong Worship
O Come To The Altar – Elevation Worship
Stand In Your Love – Bethel Music/Josh Baldwin
Still – Hillary Scott
You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Newsboys
Let us praise God with hearts and voices!
The Lyric Chorale and Chrisanne Gates, Director
Present their Annual Cabaret
“Disney . . . A Night of Musical Magic”
Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm
St. Rita’s Parish Center
Come join us for a wonderful evening celebrating music from iconic Disney shows Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King as well as classics Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and more. There will be finger foods, refreshments and a gift basket raffle! Dinner theater style seating. Get your tickets soon as this event always sells out! Tickets are $25 and available at www.lyricchorale.org or at St. Rita’s Parish Office at (585) 671-1100. Doors open at 6:45pm.
Sunday, February 24
following the 9:00am Mass
Join us first in Church to celebrate Mass at 9:00am then over to Penfield Country Club for a delicious breakfast buffet.
We are delighted to have
Sr. Jody Kearney, RSM as our Guest Speaker
Tickets are $15 per person and will be on sale after all masses the next two weekends starting (Feb 9/10). You can also stop in or call in your reservation to the parish office at 671-1100 up until Monday, February 18.
Carpooling will be available from Church for this event, so do not hesitate to ask for a ride!
All are welcome – Men and Women – Bring a Friend!
Any Questions, please call Kathy at 671-4347.
St Rita’s is seeking volunteers who might be interested in building a “Worship Tech Team” for our weekend Masses and special services. We are hoping to utilize our TV monitors in church to project the words of new music or songs that may not be in our hymnal for some of the Masses. If you like working with computers and have a heart for ministry, please contact June Frosino, Director of Music Ministry, to learn more.
Our parish Contemporary Music Group sings each week at the Saturday 5:00pm Mass. We are hoping to acquire a few items to aid our musicians during Mass. Items such as: music stand extenders (to avoid page turns while hands are occupied with an instrument), and a conga drum, djembe, or other percussion equipment. If you have any of these items that are not being used and would like to donate them, please contact Justin Tubiolo(671-7886 or [email protected]) or our music director June Frosino.
5th ANNUAL ROCHESTER CATHOLIC
Saturday, March 9
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00am)
Held at The Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Conference sold out early last year so don’t wait!
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mass with our Bishop and to hear national speakers, Karlo Brousard from Catholic Answers, Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, O.P. There will be the opportunity for reconciliation,
praying the rosary, perusing Catholic vendors, and connecting with other Catholic women.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass beginning at 8:00am. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $50 for mail-in registrations and $53.00 for online registrations.
Registration forms are available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church or you may go online to
Rochestercwc.org. If you have questions, please contact Maria at [email protected]
Performances are Thursday, March 7th at 10:00am and 7:00pm AND Friday March 8th at 1:00 pm
Come enjoy the performances
Save the dates!
Vacation Bible School 2019: July 29-August 2
Registration information coming soon.