Pastor's Message - August 28, 2016
"A bountiful rain you showered down, O God, upon your inheritance; you restored the land
when it languished; your flock settled in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy." ~Psalm 68
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As summer vacations start to wrap up for the season, lots of activity has been evident at St. Rita parish and school. Teachers have been returning to their classrooms during the day to start setting up for classes while volunteers have been helping to reconnect computer equipment and move furniture. Registrations for Faith Formation, Sacraments and the new Diocesan Confirmation program have been coming in at a rapid clip as parents register children for the fall. Parish committee leaders have been busy merging calendar entries with parish calendars. Our office staff has been busy behind the scenes with diocesan/parish computer upgrades, while planning fall activities and welcoming those new to Webster. Our Landscape committee volunteers have been trimming, raking and tidying up flowerbeds and shrubbery to keep everything looking its best while watering to keep everything alive and green. Thanks to the Burrows Brothers Inc., our 5 old septic tanks are all now filled in and the new sewer line is operational. This was a big accomplishment!
I am so grateful for the generosity I have witnessed during these past few months from parishioners who have donated so generously to the St. Rita Capital Campaign, and for those who have extended themselves for the benefit of helping with parish needs. We also have many business owners who have gone out of their way to help the parish in various tasks, consultation, and even provided equipment and materials. I am so grateful and humbled, for such efforts and generosity.
We are blessed here at St. Rita parish and school.
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 28, 2016
The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
EVERYONE WHO EXALTS HIMSELF WILL BE HUMBLED
The readings for this Sunday
focus on humility and service to those who have no ability to repay.
Our first reading is from the Book of Sirach (3:17-28, 20, 28-29). Sirach is a book of wisdom, maxims and moral teachings. No doubt, Jesus would have been schooled in its teachings as a young boy.
"My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins."
Our Gospel reading (Luke 14:1, 7-14) is a parable on humility and service. Jesus could very well have been thinking of Sirach's lesson on humility when he told it.
"On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. 'When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, 'Give your place to this man,' and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place.
"Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, 'My friend, move up to a higher position.' Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.' Then he said to the host who invited him, 'When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.'"
Our Epistle reading (Hebrews:12:18-19, 22-24) is a lesson in contrast between the Old Covenant. based on the fear of God and the New Covenant, based on the love of God, with Jesus as our mediator.
"Brothers and sisters: You have not approached that which could be touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm and a trumpet blast and a voice speaking words such that those who heard begged that no message be further addressed to them.
"No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering, and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel."
The opposite of pride is humility. It is a state Jesus calls us to. It is in humility that we may find Jesus.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, August 28, 2016
DO YOU KNIT OR CROCHET?
DO YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS?
Then check out our
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
We come together each month in prayer and create Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets which are blessed by Father. These items are given to members of our parish, or those we hear of who are going through hard times in their life medically or emotionally. It provides them with a reminder of our love and support. All are welcome!
Please join us on Tuesday, September 6
in Room 1 from 10:30am – 12:00 Noon
Bring a friend or come and make new ones!
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
To be held at the Notre Dame Retreat House
overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake
The theme for the Women’s retreat is “Our American Catholic Heritage, Past, Present, and Future”.
Conferences will focus on:
How Catholicism came to America
How Catholicism has evolved, shaped and influenced us as a nation and individually over the years.
The importance of Catholicism for us now and in the future
Come away for a weekend with the Lord. The weekend is sure to be a special one! For reservations or more
information please call Darlene at 787-0983 or Jane at 734-6061.
Saturday, September 10 at 5:05 pm
vs. New York Red Bulls II
Tickets are $15 each for Midfield or Premium seats (regularly priced $24 / $22)
To order tickets, call Joe Scofero at (585) 454-3000 x 148 and say you are from St. Rita Church. To order online, visit www.rhinossoccer.com and use promo code FAITH to receive the discounted offer. If you are purchasing online, add your name to the list in the greeting area in church or send an email to Elizabeth so we will know how many people from St. Rita will be attending. Thanks and enjoy the game!
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.
Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11
from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
at Mercy Center (1437 Blossom Rd. Brighton)
Fields of Honor® provide loved ones an opportunity to honor Military, Veterans, Fire and Law Enforcement,
and First Responders. Set up with rows of flags bearing a Tribute Tag displaying the name of the honoree and
information about his/her service, visitors walk the Field, read the tags and appreciate their sacrifice.
To purchase a Tribute Flag please contact Natalie at Mercy Bridges, 288-2710 x 121. $25 for a previously
flown flag or $40 for a flag you can take home at the end of the event. We would also love to send a letter to your
honoree upon your request. For more information, please contact Sr. Katherine Ann at 671-1612.
Are you ready to get back into a routine now that summer is winding down? Ready to take some time for
you? Do you desire the keys to building a life that is radically relational, one that teems with joy, fulfillment,
and the peace that surpasses all understanding then this book study is for you!
“Created to Relate – God’s Design for Peace & Joy”
By Kelly M. Wahlquist
We will explore the natural gift we have as women for building and maintaining life-giving relationships. We will
also learn practical tips to stay focused in the midst of distractions and responsibilities that can lead to
This is a great opportunity to connect with some amazing women and to fill your cup and soul! You will
love "Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism"!
WHEN: Tuesdays September 13 – November 1
TIME: 9:00am - 10:00am
WHERE: St. Rita's Church Meeting Room 1
For more information or to reserve your spot please contact: Terezeja Lemieux at [email protected] or
call 703-606-6794 or Darlene Piersall [email protected] or call 585-787-0983. Open to women from any parish!
Saturday October 1, 2016
“Strengthen Your Brothers”
8:00am – 4:00pm at St. Jude the Apostle
Featuring EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa,
“The Dynamic Deacon” Harold Burke-Sivers,
and Patrick Coffin - host of “Catholic Answers Live”
Early-bird discount before September 1st is $45 per person - Students are only $25
Contact John Matina with any questions:
[email protected] or 585-314-6096
Details and registration at: www.exultrochester.org