Pastor's Message - October 22, 2017
“For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other.” ~Isaiah 45
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We are happy to welcome 50 second year Confirmation Candidates at the 10:30am mass this Sunday and we will have the opportunity to recognize and pray for them while they prepare to receive this most important Sacrament.
Don’t forget to sign up to have your photo taken for our new upcoming St. Rita Parish Pictorial Directory. Pictures are professionally produced and include a free photo shoot that entitles you to a free 8x 10 and a complimentary copy of our new parish directory. Separate individual and family photo packages will be made available for those who wish to purchase them. To be successful, we need everyone’s picture. If you or your family are unable to make it to a photo session you can submit a picture for us to use. Our previous directory was published in 2007!
Next Sunday, October 29th, following the 10:30am mass, we are excited to have the opportunity to welcome our New Parishioners who have joined us in the last year. We had over 85 new households register in the parish and more that are attending but may not have registered yet. All are welcome to stop after mass for coffee, juice and doughnuts and to meet members of our staff and fellow parishioners.
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - October 22, 2017
The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||Paying Taxes to the Emperor
"I AM THE LORD, THERE IS NO OTHER."
Today's readings remind us that God is the Lord of the universe, subjecting all kings and principalities to himself. "There is no God besides me", says the Lord.
In our first reading (Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6)
, God speaks to the Persian King Cyrus the Great, whom God caused to release the Jewish people from captivity in Babylon, though Cyrus did not know God.
Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other.
In our Gospel reading (Matthew 22:15-21)
, the Pharisees attempted to trap Jesus into either speaking against Caesar or against God. He turned the tables on them, giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
In our Epistle reading (Thessalonians 1:1-5)
, we hear from the beginning of Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonica. In this brief opening prayer and greeting, we hear very distinctly, the three persons of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We also hear the earliest mention in Christian literature of the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.
If we consider that the currency of Caesar bears his image and inscription (the Roman coin), what then might be the currency of God - what bear's God's image, what belongs to God? Perhaps it is we, who are created in the image and likeness of God, whose inscription is written upon our hearts. We are the coins that bear God's image and inscription. "Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Thanks to our chairperson for a job well done! Thanks to all who walked and worked!
All money is due Friday October 20th to count toward prizes.
Save date for this annual fun filled event.
ARE YOU NEW AT ST. RITA’S?
Please join us for Coffee and Donuts after the 10:30am Mass
on Sunday, October 29
We welcome our families who have recently registered here at St. Rita Parish in the past year to a Coffee and Donut Reception!
Come and meet our parish staff and other members of our parish family as well as members of our Martha Ministry and Parish Pastoral Council.
Join us for fellowship and refreshments!
All are welcome!
We hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 4 at 11:00am
ALL ARE INVITED!
Please join Father Gonyo 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 an additional family member or friend’s name at this liturgy, please contact Julie at the parish office 671-1100 ext. 13 or by email. Refreshments will follow after Mass.
Sunday, November 5 at 7:00 pm
at Church of the Holy Spirit
1355 Hatch Road
Come and listen to all of our local Webster Church Choirs, including our own St. Rita’s Choir, for a beautiful evening of song! These diverse choirs all join together once a year to celebrate in word and song!
Canned goods for the needy and monetary donations will be accepted for hospitalized children through Santa's Workshop, Webster Community Chest and HOPE Ministry. This is a wonderful evening of song and reflection you won’t want to miss!
Please consider nominating a high school senior (graduating class of 2018) 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 13.
To nominate a senior, please pick up a nomination form in the greeting area of church, at the parish office, or fill one out online here. Questions? Call Elizabeth at 671-1100 x 14 or send an e-mail.
Make a wreath or door decoration for a family or senior citizen to enjoy!
Drop off your donations of scrap fabric to the parish office to be put into kits for making fall wreaths.
Have some extra time and a pair of scissors? Pick up some fabric to cut into strips.
Supplies and instructions will be available in the greeting area or the Parish Office starting October 28 & 29. Please drop off your finished work at the Parish Office before Sunday, November 19 so they can be delivered. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski or leave a message at the Parish Office.
This year's theme is Wild West ~ Where you Saddle UP & Read!
Save the dates ~ October 24th to October 26th.