Pastor's Message - April 30, 2017
"Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us; make our hearts burn while you speak to us."
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter! Rejoice for Jesus is risen!
This past Saturday morning and next Saturday, we welcome 62 parish children receiving their First Holy Communion and their families who will gather at St. Rita Church for this most important Mass and Sacrament. I want to thank Anita Wagner for her direction and guidance in preparing our children for the reception of the sacraments and especially thank all parents who have made the faith development of their children a priority. Your love and care for your children is so evident.
We live in an increasingly complex world that needs the presence of God more than ever and for every age, but especially for our young people. At St. Rita our children need the advantages of Catholic practice and faith development because they are in the process of growth. They need the nourishment of the Sacraments . . . they need Jesus!
Plans for our 63rd annual Fiesta are well underway. Like previous years we will again be in need of parishioner volunteers to help with all the details for this great parish and community event. Details are in our bulletin and website.
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - April 30, 2017
The Third Sunday of Easter
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
HE WAS MADE KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD.
This Sunday, we continue hearing about the formation and growth of the early Church and Jesus' appearanceS to his disciples.
In our first reading (Acts 2:14, 22-33), we hear how St. Peter and the apostles, who just a short time ago were cowering in a locked room "for fear of the Jews", are now boldly proclaiming the risen Jesus as the anointed one, promised to King David by God himself centuries before.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: "You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words. You who are Israelites, hear these words. Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. For David says of him: I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
"My brothers, one can confidently say to you about the patriarch David that he died and was buried, and his tomb is in our midst to this day. But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne, he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld nor did his flesh see corruption. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured him forth, as you see and hear."
In our Gospel reading (Luke 24:13-35), we hear the beautiful story of two disciples who encountered Jesus as they walked along, yet did not recognize him -- until . . .
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, "What are you discussing as you walk along?" They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?" And he replied to them, "What sort of things?" They said to him, "The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see."
And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, "The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!" Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
In our Epistle reading (1 Peter 1:17-21), St. Peter encourages his listeners to remain steadfast despite their present difficulties, knowing that the God who raised Jesus would raise them as well.
Beloved: If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one's works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
we might ask ourselves today - What is preventing us from recognizing Jesus as we walk along our "road to Emmaus".
- Click Here to read and reflect on the readings for Sunday, April 30, 2017
Pamper yourself and have a little fun, too on Thursday, May 4th from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Center.
St. Rita School will be hosting all your favorite direct sales vendors
There will be snacks to share and a great night of fun.
Date: Saturday May 6th
Where: Stoneyard Beer Hall!
Who: Past & Present SRS Parents and Friends
There will be both Silent and Live Auction items available
Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm
Starting at the Webster Baptist Church - 59 South Ave.
St. Rita’s walkers raised $1,750 last year! Proceeds help provide emergency aid, clean water, food, and farming supplies to those in need. For information on being a walker or to make a donation, please call Carol 671-7832 or online at www.crophungerwalk.org/websterny - look for the team called St. Rita.
St. Rita Society 58th Annual
Evening with Mary
Tuesday, May 16
Join us for Mass at 5:00 pm
Followed by Dinner at 6:30 pm
Dinner is at the Penfield Country Club
1784 Jackson Rd., Penfield
Choose from the following dinner options:
Chicken French, Potato Crusted Tilapia, 8oz. Sirloin Steak
Men and Women are welcome to attend!
Tickets will be available after Masses the weekends of April 29/30, May 6/7, May 13/14
and also at the Parish Office.
Reservations must be made by Monday, May 15.
Tickets are $22 per person.
Get ready for a fun filled afternoon of books, crafts, and song! Themes change weekly
Who: Any child 2 1/2 to 4 years old, accompanied by parent or caregiver
Date: Thursdays May 4, 11, 18
Where: St. Rita School PreK 4 room
Register for any or all weeks by calling the school office (585-671-3132).
There are many quick & easy ways to help support our school.
For Kindergarten thru Grade Seven
Enrollment for Faith Formation classes for the 2017-2018 school year is underway. Students in Grades K-7 who do not attend a Catholic school are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in our parish Faith Formation Program.
Enrollment Forms for new students are also available in the Greeting Area.
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)
Enrollment Forms were mailed home to parents of returning students
Please don’t forget to return your enrollment forms, or enroll on-line here by July 15.