Pastor's Message - October 16, 2016
“I lift up my eyes toward the mountains; whence shall help come to me? My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…. The Lord will guard you from all evil; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard your coming and going, both now and forever.” ~Psalm 121
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Our St. Rita facility roof repairs continue this week. Our Parish Center roof has already received new plywood and all new shingles were installed. This coming week workers will be adding special insulation through a new process which will entail closing the Parish Center beginning Monday, October 17.
These roof repairs necessitate that there will be no access to the parish center/gym for the remainder of this week and possibly next. For safety reasons, all activities in the gym and kitchen will be on hold, including Breakfast Club on Sunday, October 23rd, until the project is complete.
For those who are hungry for breakfast that Sunday, don’t despair! We have a Special Reception planned for that weekend after all the Masses in our gathering area with coffee, juice and special treats. No one should go hungry!
Next weekend we will also kick-off the Diocesan-wide Catholic Ministries Appeal, present our parish’s annual financial information, and wrap up our successful St. Rita Roof Capital Campaign. I am grateful for the generosity of so many parishioners and friends, we accomplished many projects already and we will continue with the second phase of our roof repairs next spring.
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - October 16, 2016
The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||Parable of the Persistent Widow
BE PERSISTENT, WHETHER IT BE CONVENIENT OR INCONVENIENT This Sunday's
readings focus our attention on persistence in prayer. If even the dishonest judge will grant the persistent widow her request, how much more will our God of Mercy respond to our prayers.
In our first reading (Exodus 17:8:13)
, we hear the story of the Israelites defeat of the Amalekites, only because of God's mercy at the request and persistence of Moses.
In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel. Moses, therefore, said to Joshua, "Pick out certain men, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses told him: he engaged Amalek in battle after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur. As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Moses'hands, however, grew tired; so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady till sunset. And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 18:1-8)
, Jesus told his followers the parable of the persistent widow, who wore down the dishonest judge with her persistence.
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
In our Epistle reading (2 Tim 3:14-4:2)
, St. Paul instructs his protege Timothy to remain faithful and charges him to be persistent in proclaiming the Gospel.
Beloved: Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
At times, we give up too easily in our prayer and religious devotion, expecting results in our time and manner instead of God's. May God grant us not only persistence in prayer, but also patience and trust.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Our hardworking core team of Fiesta volunteers has some critical needs to fill to make our 63rd Annual Fiesta a reality. We are looking for people to share their professional skills on our Sponsorship, Publicity, and Raffle committees. If you or someone you know has related skills and abilities, come find out more on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00 am in Room 1 or send us an email at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!
St. Rita Annual Men’s Retreat
Friday, October 28 – Sunday October 30
At the Notre Dame Retreat House
The theme for these retreats 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 Jim Lajoie at 236-5716 or Nancy Lynch at Notre Dame 585-394-5700.
Saturday, November 5 at 11:00am
ALL ARE INVITED
Please join Father Gonyo and Father Shatzel for this special annual liturgy in remembrance of all those who have gone before us.
We will read the names of the deceased from the past year. A candle will be lit for each person whose name is read. If you would like to include a family member or friend’s name to be read at this liturgy please contact the parish office (671-1100). Join us for this beautiful remembrance liturgy. Refreshments will follow after Mass. All are welcome!
Special Blessing of the graves of those buried at the West Webster Cemetery
Sunday, November 6 at 11:45am
Join Fr. Gonyo on Sunday, November 6th at 11:45am for this special blessing following the 10:30am Mass. All are welcome to join us as we begin in prayer in front of the St. Rita statue (by the rectory - the site of our old church). For those who have family members buried across the street, we will process over to the cemetery. Family members of the deceased will stand next to the grave of their loved one for an individual blessing with Holy Water. Father will proceed from one grave to the next. Come join us for this Remembrance of our Faithful Departed. It’s rain or shine so bring an umbrella in the case of rain!
Please consider nominating a high school senior (graduating class of 2017) for the diocesan Hands of Christ award. The Hands of Christ is a recognition program to assist parishes in affirming their high school seniors who are “Hands of Christ” in their church, home, school and community.
A nominated senior needs to meet the following criteria:
+ Demonstrate a Christian attitude by word & example
+ Be actively involved in their parish as well as their school community.
+ Be a positive role model for their peers.
+ Is a participating Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester.
+ Is currently a High School Senior.
All nominations are due by Monday, November 14. The celebrations will be in February this year.
Pick up a form in the greeting area or fill one out online here.
Open to all 2½ to 4 year olds (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) to our PreK Book Nook and Music Hour!
Join us on the Thursdays listed below from 1:00-2:00pm in the PreK-4 classroom in school for a fun filled afternoon of stories, crafts and songs.
10/20: Apples, Apples, Apples
10/27: Pumpkins, Happy Halloween
11/3: Autumn Colors
11/17: Thanksgiving is for Family
12/1: Christmas Time
12/8: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus
Please register (for one or all weeks) by calling the school office at 671-3132. Space is limited - first come, first served. The cost is $3.00 per class or $15.00 for all 6 weeks. You do not need to be a parishioner to attend so invite your neighbors, friends, and family. All are welcome!