Pastor's Message - September 25, 2016
"But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called
when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses." -1 Timothy 6
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
This past Sunday, after the 10:30 am Mass, we had a great start to our new youth ministry program, called "FaithLine." Stay tuned for upcoming service and social events for youth and their families in the weekly bulletin and on our website and Facebook page. Registrations for K-7 Faith Formation and Sacramental programs are still being accepted! Please contact the parish office or check online for details. Remember this week’s Confirmation and Reconciliation Meetings.
WEROC (Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism) meets each Tuesday morning after Mass. This is a women's faith sharing group which meets in Room 1 from 9:00am-10:00am. This wonderful group continues to grow and welcomes any women who would like to stop by. All are welcome!
Bible Study begins next week: Join us for this 9-part series exploring the Gospel of Matthew. Three separate time options are offered - feel free to mix and match - Mondays from 10-11:30am, Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm, and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm. Sign up by sending us an email to [email protected], call the parish office at 671-1100, or stop by the table in the greeting area after Mass for more information. The cost of the study materials is $15.
Finally, did you know that we have a weekly "E-Newsletter"? This is a parish newsletter that is emailed to parishioners and friends each week. Inside the newsletter are the Sunday Mass readings with reflections and meditations. Also included is the latest news and information about our parish and school and details about upcoming events. It is easy to subscribe and easy to access. If you would like to be included, please click on the E-news tab.
May God bless you this week.
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - Sept. 25, 2016
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
NEITHER WILL THEY BE PERSUADED IF SOMEONE SHOULD RISE FROM THE DEAD.
This Sunday's readings continue the theme from last Sunday of warnings to those who profit at the expense of others.
Our first reading this week (Amos 6:1,4-7) actually preceded last week's reading from the Prophet Amos wherein the prophet proclaimed God's warning, "Never will I forget a thing they have done!" This week's reading adds a blunt warning of woe.
"Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves from the stall! Improvising to the music of the harp, like David, they devise their own accompaniment. They drink wine from bowls and anoint themselves with the best oils; yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph! Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with."
Our Gospel reading (Luke 16:19-31) builds on this theme and brings it to its natural conclusion - the consequences of such a life of indifference to the poor. In closing, Jesus made a veiled reference to himself after his resurrection in saying, "neither will they be persuaded if someone were to rise from the dead."
"Jesus said to the Pharisees: There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
"Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.' He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"
In our Epistle reading from St. Paul's first letter to Timothy (6:11-16), we hear how we are to live our lives, in stark contract to the characters in the first reading and Gospel. St. Paul always gives us concrete instruction and examples of how we are to live in Christ.
"But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen."
It is not evil to be rich, but it is a different matter for those who spend their wealth exclusively on themselves and do not share their gifts (monetary and otherwise) with others, especially those less fortunate. How do we handle our gifts and our wealth? Will we be persuaded by he who rose from the dead?
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, September 25, 2016
Join us for a 9-part series exploring the Gospel of Matthew. Three separate time options will be offered - feel free to mix and match ~ Mondays from 10-11:30 am, Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm, Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm ~ starting the week of October 3. Sign up by sending us an email, call the office at 671-1100, or stop by the table after Masses. The cost of the materials is $15.
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
Starting in October, we will offer a CHILDREN’S MASS the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 am Mass.
Next Sunday, October 2 at our 9:00 am Mass, there will be no dismissal for Children’s Liturgy as your young folks will stay in church where the mass and homily will be geared toward them – adults can appreciate this as well! So bring the whole family!
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Patron Saint of Animals
Fr. Gonyo will hold a
Saturday, October 8 at 2:00pm
Rain or Shine!
Meet in front of school in the loop
(in case of rain – meet in the Gym)
All pets are welcome!
Please have pets on leashes or in crates if needed.
ST. RITA SCHOOL
32nd ANNUAL CRAFT SALE
Saturday, October 15
from 9:00am – 3:15pm
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with arts and crafts from over 100 vendors, at our 32nd Annual St. Rita School CRAFT SALE. There will be a wide variety of crafters as well as food, raffles and a bake sale throughout the day. Free admission and free parking. For information, call the school at 671-3132.
Click here to register online.