Masses will be celebrated on our usual schedule this weekend, but please know that the obligation for you to attend Mass is not binding (one is excused) if the current weather and road conditions make it difficult or dangerous for you to travel to Mass. Please stay safe.
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 - January 20, 2019
“Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God. No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.” ~Isaiah 62
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
The beautiful words of Isaiah found in the selection for our Sunday readings today, are juxtaposed with the story of the wedding feast of Cana that we hear from the Gospel of John.
From the baron, empty, and desolate desert of separation from God, now comes an abundance of blessing. In the book of Isaiah we hear of God's love for people in tender marriage imagery; a love of a "bridegroom for his bride."
And in the Gospel, only because of the direct prompting of his mother Mary, we read of Jesus beginning his works of mercy by providing needed wine for a newly married couple who had run out. Of all places, Jesus’ first miracle happened while attending a wedding feast!
Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana may not seem to correspond with his later miracles of healing, raising the dead, curing the leper, and feeding the hungry; five thousand at Cana. But when we read the selection from today's first reading from Isaiah or check out the book of the prophet Hosea, we begin to better discern the connection and understand why Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding feast.
Through inspired scriptural writers, God uses marriage imagery throughout the Old and New Testaments to more deeply describe the immense love God has for human beings. This love far exceeds our own limited capacity for marital love and self-sacrifice. The book of Isaiah and the book of Hosea describe this marital love of God in varied ways. We see that God established a powerful marriage covenant of love that is meant to be eternal and everlasting.
Although the season of Christmas has officially concluded, we continue to marvel at God the Father sending us Jesus, his only Son, God incarnate, so that we would know the great awe-inspiring gift of love He has for us.
Like His Heavenly Father, Jesus who is, and always has been, God from God, Light from Light, begotten from God, became one of us, taking human form and flesh through the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because of Jesus, human life is now made sacred, in an everlasting way.
The gift that we share when we receive the Holy Eucharist at Mass, is Jesus himself. What a gift!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Readings - January 13, 2019
The Baptism of the Lord
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON, WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED.
Today's celebration of the Baptism of the Lord marks the conclusion of the miracle of Christmas. God entered humanity at Jesus' birth and now again, God enters into humanity in his baptism. Jesus stood in line with sinners to be baptized by John. "For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him." (1 cor 5:21).
In our first reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)
, we hear the first of four "servant songs of Isaiah". Four peoms seen by the early Church and ever since to refer to the Christ. In this first poem, it is God's selection of the Servant who would be a "covenant of the people, a light for the nations."
Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22)
, we hear of the baptism of Jesus, what happened before and what happened after. John proclaims "one mightier than I is coming". After Jesus is baptized and praying, the Father and the Spirit make known their participation in this event. From this point on, Jesus will baptize with the "Holy Spirit and fire",
preaching, teaching and healing.
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."
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
In our Epistle reading (Acts 10:34-38)
, we hear an excerpt of a speech given by St. Peter to a Gentile Centurian, Cornelius, as he was about to baptize him. Peter tells how Jesus, from his baptism by John, was anointed by the Holy Spirit and went about doing good and healing. This baptism is now open to all peoples.
Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered in the house of Cornelius, saying: "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him."
In our readings today, we are reminded that Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit. We are reminded of our own baptism - our own anointing by the Holy Spirit as priest, prophet and king. We are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, "doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil." This is a mission we would have no ability to do except by the grace of the Holy Spirit.
- Click HERE to read and pray on this Sunday's readings
You are invited to join Women Enjoying Rediscovering Our Catholicism as we share, grow, and learn through connection and prayer to deepen our faith.
Thursdays beginning January 24 from 9-10 am in Room 1
BOOK STUDY: “Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly”
Every single moment is a chance to turn it all around.
Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could
be happier—maybe even a lot happier.
Are you overwhelmed? Do you procrastinate? Do you sometimes feel like you are your own worst enemy? Are you ignoring your
dreams? Have you lost the courage to truly be yourself? Do you feel that your life lacks meaning and purpose? Do you find yourself
avoiding the real issues in your life and focusing on the superficial?
Breaking through resistance, Kelly tells us, is essential to becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves and living with passion and purpose.
What is resistance? It’s that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do something that you know is good for you. It’s the inclination to do something that you unabashedly know is not good for you. It’s the desire and tendency to delay something you should be doing right now. It is resistance that stands between you and happiness. Join us as we learn not only what it is, but how to recognize and conquer it in our own lives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT....CONTACT
TEREZEJA LEMIEUX [email protected] ~ cell # 703-606-6794
DARLENE PIERSALL [email protected] #585-787-0983
NEXT Sunday, January 27
1:00 – 3:00 PM
St. Rita Parish Center/Gym
An afternoon of praise and worship!
Everyone is welcome! Bring your voice to sing or any musical instrument that you play. This is a great opportunity for youth (junior high and high school) to form a praise band of their own! Come for an uplifting afternoon. Refreshments will be served.
SUNDAY, January 27
All youth in grades 8-12 are invited to the Youth Center (first floor of the barn, behind the church) next Sunday
for fun, fellowship, and food. Please RSVP to Elizabeth and let us know you
are coming. All are welcome – Bring a friend!
Support St. Rita School
Monday, January 21
Sunday, January 27
From 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (944 Hard Road)
Code Word: St. Rita School
Purchase delicious frozen treats: yogurt, ice cream, custard, or gelato. Mention “St. Rita School” to the cashier and our school will earn 20% of the net proceeds.
BLESSED ~ BROKEN ~ GIVEN
Please join us for an informational meeting in early February for youth who are interested in attending (or learning more about) the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 21-23, 2019. The NCYC is open to any youth in grades 9-12 as of September 2019 and chaperones over the age 21.
The NCYC is more than a weekend trip. It is an amazing opportunity to become more connected with a small group of other high school students through almost a year of activities in preparation for being a pilgrim. It is a chance to become connected to the wider Catholic community and to figure out how you can fit in this world. This is an amazing opportunity that you don’t want to miss! If you or your teen are interested in learning more about NCYC, please email Elizabeth and she will let you know the date and time of the meeting.
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]
If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m.
The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.
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
To help with your planning, here is the year school calendar. One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.