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Pastor's Message - February 7, 2016
“You are merciful to all, O Lord, and despise nothing that you have made.
You overlook people’s sins, to bring them to repentance,
and you spare them, for you are the Lord our God.” ~Wisdom 11
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Time passes quickly. Ash Wednesday begins this week on February 10th. Masses with the distribution of ashes will be at 8:15 am, 9:00 am and 6:30 pm. We have the Lenten “Little Black Book” available for adults, and Children’s Lenten books available after masses this weekend. These Lenten meditation booklets are a wonderful way to walk through Lent as they provide a daily reflection meditation and prayer. They are a free gift from your parish for you. Enjoy!
Parishioners will be receiving a Lenten schedule of events in the mail – there are extra copies in the back of church. Don’t forget to mark your calendar with all of the special Lenten opportunities. Beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd, our Lenten Soup Suppers with Bread will begin. Come join us then and for the next three following Tuesday evenings for a simple meal followed by a great Lenten reflection and music in church.
Be sure to mark your calendar with the date of our annual Diocesan Day of Penance on Wednesday, March 9th from 12:30pm-7:30pm. All Diocesan churches will be open this day during these times for reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also made available here at St. Rita every Wednesday now and throughout the Year of Mercy at 8:45am (following daily mass), as well as on Saturday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:30pm. The Extraordinary Year of Mercy is a unique opportunity to “get back with the Lord” and unburden ourselves of the guilt of sin and separation we may find in our relationship with God. Why carry a heavy load when we can begin anew and experience the grace of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
May God bless you this week,
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - February 7, 2016
The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
|"Do not be afraid; from now on you will be
catching men." -- Luke 5:11
WHOM SHALL I SEND? HERE I AM, SEND ME - This Sunday's readings serve to focus our attention on the sinful person, reluctant and afraid, but called by God none the less. For it is by and through God's grace that we may serve.
Today's Gospel (Luke 4:21-30)
is the call of Simon, the fisherman. Simon's response,"depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man"
is understandably human. "While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.' Simon said in reply, 'Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.'
"When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, 'Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.' For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.' When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him."
In our first reading (Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8), we hear the same lament at the moment of Isaiah's calling, "Wow is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips." And yet, but the grace of God, Isaiah is made clean.
"In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other, 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!' At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shook and the house was filled with smoke. Then I said, 'Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!' Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it, and said, 'See, now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.' Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?' 'Here I am," I said; "send me!'"
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 15:1-11), Saint Paul reminded his beloved community of the truths of the Gospel he had preached to them, and of the tremendous grace by which he, "born abnormally", had been chosen by God to preach and to serve.
"I am reminding you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I preached to you, which you indeed received and in which you also stand. Through it you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
"After that, Christ appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me. For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God that is with me. Therefore, whether it be I or they, so we preach and so you believed."
Would you suppose that the practice of God calling sinful people had ended two thousand years ago? Not at all. As we have heard in Paul's letters over the past few weeks, there are many gifts of the Spirit and many ways in which we are called to serve God. Perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on how God is calling each of us. And perhaps remember the times we ignored the call because in our on way, we said, "Master, depart from me for I am a sinful person". To which, Jesus responds, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching men." May we have the grace to hear God's call and, like Isaiah, say "Here I am, send me".
- Click HERE for the full readings for February 7, 2016
Wednesday, February 10
All services include distribution of ashes
St. Rita: Masses at 8:15 am, 9:15 am and 6:30 pm
Holy Spirit: Masses: 9:00 am, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Holy Trinity: 6:30 am - Prayer Service; 9:00 am Mass; 12:10 pm - Prayer Service; 5:30 pm Mass
St. Paul: Masses: 8:30 am, 12 Noon and 7:00 pm
Boy Scout Sunday Mass
Sunday, February 7 at 9:00 Mass
All Cub and Boy Scouts of St. Rita Parish are invited to attend the 9:00am Mass on Sunday, February 7th in celebration of Boy Scout Sunday. Please meet in Room 1 by 8:30am. Dens and troops will be seated together after processing into church as a group. Please wear full Scout dress uniform. A reception for Scouts and their families will be held in the gym after Mass.
Scouts in the parish who have completed the requirements for the religious emblem associated with their rank and who have submitted the appropriate paperwork to the Diocese, are asked to notify Corinne Kohrt (585-787-3363) no later than Friday, January 29 to be recognized during the Scout Mass. Scouts who have earned religious medals this year will be honored in a ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
We hope to see all Scouts from our parish on
February 7th to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday!
Do you knit, crochet or quilt?
Our PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
will be meeting at a special time and date!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13
from 10:00am – 12:00 Noon ~ in Room 1 of Church
This wonderful ministry knits beautiful Baptismal blankets, Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets.
Bring a friend or come alone and make new friends!
Blessed prayer shawls are given to anyone we hear of who is in need of a reminder of God’s loving presence. If you know of someone that could use a prayer shawl please contact Mary Jo at 671-1100 x 13.
ST. RITA SOCIETY
Sunday, February 14
following the 9:00am Mass
Ladies please join us in Church to celebrate Mass at 9:00am then over to Glendoveers Restaurant on Old Browncroft Road for a wonderful breakfast.
We are delighted to have Sr. Barbara Moore, RSM as our Guest Speaker.
Tickets are $10 for members and $13 for guests and will be on sale after masses the next two weekends and also
available at the parish office during the week.
Carpooling will be available from Church for this event, so please do not hesitate to ask for a ride! Any
questions, please call Elaine at 671-4930.
CATHOLIC WOMEN - A Day Just for You!
“Love One Another”
ROCHESTER CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Saturday, March 12 from 7:00am - 5:00pm
at the Aquinas Institute
1127 Dewey Ave ~ Rochester
Ladies, you won’t want to miss this amazing all day conference for the women of the Diocese of Rochester.
This has been sold out in the past - so register early!
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at 8:00am Mass and will be present all day to share this special event with you. The conference will feature nationally-known speakers as well as inspiring music, interesting vendors, and an elegant luncheon!
You’ll laugh, cry, worship, and be inspired alongside Catholic women!
For more information, and to register online, please visit: Rochestercwc.org. Information is available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church. Note - Save $5 if you register before Friday, February 12.
St. Rita School Registration has begun!
Registration for the 2016-17 school year has begun. St. Rita School offers a PK3 & PK4 Program, and Kindergarten through Grade 5. Before School Care and After School Care Programs are also available. All are welcome to come and see our school in action or call 671-3132 to arrange a tour of St. Rita School. Visit the school website here.
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