"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” ~Matthew 16
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
The Gospel reading this weekend recalls the commission Jesus gave the apostles to continue the work of the church. Peter specifically is entrusted with the "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven" by Jesus and was given delegated authority over the church and its governance. When we talk about the "Primacy of Peter" or make reference to the "Chair of St. Peter" we refer to the authoritative role that Peter, his papal successors and appointed Bishops now have in teaching, governing and proclaiming the truth of the Gospels and church teachings. The divinely inspired four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the rest of the New Testament books were selected and compiled by the early Church (not the other way around!) so that they could be preserved and read by us today. Our own bishop is therefore a direct spiritual descendent of the first apostles as he shepherds the Diocese of Rochester. So this Gospel is a great lead-in to an upcoming milestone for our Diocese.
On Friday, September 22nd our Diocese will be hosting Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Sacred Heart Cathedral for a special mass commemorating the 150th anniversary and founding of the Diocese of Rochester. We will have the opportunity to reflect and learn more about the many fascinating historical facts and details.
At St. Rita we are happy to announce that we have a brand new high school youth program starting up in conjunction with the parishes of Holy Trinity and St. Paul. This Webster Area Youth group is called "The WAY!" See the bulletin today for information on the WAY Kickoff Event with a camp fire and marshmallows happening right on our St. Rita soccer field.
With the month of August coming to a close, repair projects at the parish and school are wrapping up in preparation for the start of the school year. We've needed to repair a water line on our property as well as address some drainage work to deal with the large amounts is rainfall we've had this summer. Also, teachers have begun setting up their classrooms this past week and parents have been shopping for school supplies.
It is an exciting time of year as everyone, even those not in school, starts thinking about the fall season. We will, of course, still have many mild days of weather to yet enjoy!
May God bless you!