Pastor's Message - August 13, 2017
"Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” ~Matthew 14
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we welcome Joseph Kwiatkowski as our new organist, pianist, music and choir director. Music is such an important part of our parish and school community. Joe brings with him a variety of musical experience that he hopes to share with us. See his article below as an introduction. Welcome, Joe!
My gratitude to all who supported our annual Vacation Bible School program which was held throughout last week. We especially thank our 40+ teen and adult volunteers who assisted us with helping our 90+ children have a prayer-filled and fun time together.
Tuesday, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have masses at 8:15am and 7:00pm.
Many of our college students are heading back to school over these next few weeks. Your parish community will miss you! We wish you our very best. If you, as the student, or your parents, leave your college address at the parish office by phone or e-mail, we will send you a "care package" from the parish. Yes, you read this correctly! The date will be a surprise but your care package will find its way from us to you!
May God bless you this week!
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I am very pleased to be starting at St. Rita’s as Music Director. I will be providing music for the church liturgies and services as well as being in the school providing instrumental music lessons and working on developing the band program.
Having grown up in Albion, I’ve been back and forth between Western New York and Vermont for the last ten years and consider myself very blessed and fortunate to have been hired for this position. It allows me to be considerably closer to my family. (One of those family members is not Elizabeth.)
I have played both piano and brass since childhood. For piano, I have studied classically, played with jazz ensembles, and I have played organ since high school. For brass, I played tuba primarily, but also played trumpet and trombone in jazz bands. If you have ever heard of the Hitmen Brass Band out of Rochester (they wear brightly colored zoot suits at the Lilac Festival) I used to be their tuba player. I hope to bring my absolute hodgepodge of musical styles to both the church and school and make your music experience enjoyable.
I look forward to meeting all of you, although it will take me a while to address you by name. My memory for names…not so good. Thank you for bearing with me.
All my best!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 20, 2017
The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||The Caananite Woman's Faith (Matthew 15)
MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLES
Our readings this Sunday
are all about the wideness of God's mercy and the inclusion of all peoples in the kingdom of God.
In our first reading (Isaiah 56:1, 6-7)
, the prophet Isaiah, speaking on behalf of God, prophesies the day when all peoples who "join themselves to the Lord" will be welcomed into the house of the Lord.
Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, loving the name of the LORD, and becoming his servants -- all who keep the sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant, them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
In our Gospel reading (Matthew 15:21-28)
, we hear of a Caananite (Pagan) woman who, though considered as a "dog" by Jews of the day, showed her great faith, "joining herself to the Lord". She begged Jesus to heal her daughter. After testing her three times, Jesus praised her faith and healed her daughter.
At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that District came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon." But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. Jesus' disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us." He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour.
In our Epistle reading (Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32)
, St. Paul rejoices in his ministry as "apostle to the Gentiles". But in so doing, he expresses the hope that the Gentile's "joining to the Lord" will inspire his own countrymen to conversion.
Brothers and sisters: I am speaking to you Gentiles. In as much as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I glory in my ministry in order to make my race jealous and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
Most of our ancestors were once Gentiles (non-Jews) who worshiped other gods. And at some point, through the efforts of St. Paul and others, and the courage of the martyrs, they came to "join themselves to the Lord". And thus we have come into the wideness of God's mercy. May we lead others to the same through our own example and witness.Click Here
to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, August 20, 2017
Tuesday, August 22
7:30pm at Holy Spirit Church
(1355 Hatch Rd / Corner of Plank Rd)
The Theme is: “Survival”
Presented by Deacon Ray and Kathy Garbach, whose daughter Megan lost her battle with depression a few years ago.
All who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death are invited to attend.
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or follow the link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
If you have any questions about registration, please contact the School Office.
If your youth is in 8th Grade or above and has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation, he/she will be ready to start preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This is a two year program. It will start in mid-September. You can register on-line here. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Marton (671-1100 x 17).
Students in Grades K-7 who do not attend a Catholic school are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in our parish Faith Formation Program.
A choice of two sessions are offered weekly:
Session 1: Mondays: 4:30 - 5:45 pm (Grades K-6)
Session 2: Mondays: 6:15 - 7:30 pm (Grades 1-7)
Our Faith Formation students are in need of teachers to share their love of their faith by guiding and teaching them about our beautiful Catholic Church. The following classrooms are awaiting teachers:
Mondays 4:30-5:45 pm: Grades, 2, 3, 4, and 5
Mondays 6:15-7:30 pm: Grades 4, 5, and 6
If you are interested in sharing your faith, or would like more information about Faith Formation, please contact Anita Wagner at 671-2079 or by email.
St. Rita Women's Retreat
at the Notre Dame Retreat House
Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17
This year’s retreat centers on prayer. The schedule and format is completely different and one that you will definitely enjoy! Please join us as we offer an opportunity for women to enhance their individual prayer life. All are Welcome! For reservations or information please call Darlene at 787-0983 or [email protected] - For more information regarding the retreat house, check out their website: www.notredameretreat.org
Please remember to continue collecting them this summer. You can turn them in at the beginning of the school year or there is a collection box in the lobby of St. Rita's Church which will be monitored this summer.
Summer Box Tops Collection Sheets can be found at the end of the larger story. Please be sure to add your student’s name and grade on the sheet and bring them back to school in September!
For help in planning future events here is next year's school calendar.
This year marks the 31st annual Marathon.
We have some awesome top and participation prizes.
It may be summer vacation but you can start to collect pledges now if you want.