Pastor's Message - August 21, 2016
"I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me."
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Now that we are past the half-way mark for August, summer is zipping by and school days are not far away!
With all the busy tasks of parenting and getting ready for school, don't forget to register your child in our Sacramental and Faith Formation programs at St. Rita. For more information about First Reconciliation/Penance, First Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation, be sure to contact the Parish Office by phone or email.
One of the three major repairs identified for our St. Rita Capital Campaign included rerouting the sewage system for the School, Barn and Convent from their own separate septic tanks and connecting them into the one single pumping station that is currently being used by the newer Parish Center building. In the interest of repairing the Parish Center roof first, I was planning on waiting another year before addressing this septic tank project. But three weeks ago, during an annual maintenance pumping of the septic tanks, the contractor discovered that one of the large sixty year old tanks near the School was in very poor condition and not structurally safe. The supporting structure and tank is made of wood, (yes wood!) with a concrete lathe. A large piece of the supporting structure was found missing, due to rot. As you might guess, in the interest of safety, the new sewer line project is now underway and will be finished before school begins.
I want to personally thank everyone who has already contributed or has made pledges to the St. Rita Roof Capital fund. You are making these repairs possible! We are also finalizing plans, materials and the time-line for the Parish Center roof project and the Church roof and we hope to start very soon. New donations are still needed and most greatly appreciated.
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 21, 2016
The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||The Narrow Door to Salvation (Luke 13)
BEHOLD, SOME ARE LAST WHO WILL BE FIRST. This Sunday's
scripture readings paint a picture of salvation where God's mercy and the invitation to salvation is extended to "all your brothers and sisters from all the nations" (Gentiles).
Our first reading (Isaiah: 66-18-21)was a lesson to the Jews returning from exile in Babylon that God's mercy and salvation will reach the ends of the earth.
"Thus says the LORD: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory. I will set a sign among them; from them I will send fugitives to the nations: to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory; and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries, to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their offering to the house of the LORD in clean vessels. Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD."
In our Gospel reading (Luke 13:22-30), Jesus taught a stern message to his followers - those who do not accept God's mercy will, by their own actions, be denied entry into the Kingdom, while those from afar who do accept it will be welcomed to the table of the Master.
"Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few people be saved?' He answered them, 'Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from. And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.' "Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!' And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.'"
Our Epistle reading (Letter to the Hebrews 17:5-7, 11-13) offers encouragement and strength to those suffering the "discipline" of the trials of discipleship.
"Brothers and sisters, You have forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children: 'My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.' Endure your trials as 'discipline'; God treats you as sons. For what 'son' is there whom his father does not discipline? At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed."
The gate is narrow, the road is hard; the rewards are beyond comprehension.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, August 21, 2016
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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
We come together each month in prayer and create Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets which are blessed by Father. These items are given to members of our parish, or those we hear of who are going through hard times in their life medically or emotionally. It provides them with a reminder of our love and support. All are welcome!
Please join us on Tuesday, September 6
in Room 1 from 10:30am – 12:00 Noon
Bring a friend or come and make new ones!
Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
To be held at the Notre Dame Retreat House
overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake
The theme for the Women’s retreat 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 Darlene at 787-0983 or Jane at 734-6061.
Saturday, September 10 at 5:05 pm
vs. New York Red Bulls II
Tickets are $15 each for Midfield or Premium seats (regularly priced $24 / $22)
To order tickets, call Joe Scofero at (585) 454-3000 x 148 and say you are from St. Rita Church. To order online, visit www.rhinossoccer.com and use promo code FAITH to receive the discounted offer. If you are purchasing online, add your name to the list in the greeting area in church or send an email to Elizabeth so we will know how many people from St. Rita will be attending. Thanks and enjoy the game!
Registration for Confirmation is open to any youth in 8th Grade or above who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation. He or she is invited to start preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a two year program. The first Parent/Youth Information Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September, 25 at 6:15pm in Church. All parents and youth who are in their first or second year of preparation are expected to attend. Please contact Marie Marton at 671-1100 x 17 if you have any questions. Registration forms can be found here.
Saturday October 1, 2016
“Strengthen Your Brothers”
8:00am – 4:00pm at St. Jude the Apostle
Featuring EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa,
“The Dynamic Deacon” Harold Burke-Sivers,
and Patrick Coffin - host of “Catholic Answers Live”
Early-bird discount before September 1st is $45 per person - Students are only $25
Contact John Matina with any questions:
email@example.com or 585-314-6096
Details and registration at: www.exultrochester.org