What's Been Going On
I thought I would catch you all up on what’s been going on . . .
I am very happy that things went so well while I was away this past weekend. Reports about Fr. Jerry Aman, SJ, are that he was very well received and had a powerful message of faith and service. Thank you for greeting him so warmly.
As you know, I was at “Young People Who Care” in Frenchville, PA this past week. It was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to sharing with you all about it. I am hoping to put together a slide show that can run before all the Masses this weekend. If not, then perhaps next weekend. You can also expect that some of the stories from the week will turn up soon in a homily.
I spent Monday evening with members of the Men’s Faith Group who were kind enough to invite me to their summer picnic. It was a very nice time of conversation, faith filled stories, laughter, and an excellent meal. It seems like they are all involved in giving of their time to St. Rita Church in one way or another (or in several ways). Thanks to them for all they do and for their hospitality!
I am glad to join you in welcoming Anne Thomas to the staff and family of St. Rita Church. Anne is the new Coordinator of our Faith Formation and Sacramental programs. Below, Anne shares a little bit about herself and she is already hard at work in preparation of this year’s programs. Please do all you can to support her in her efforts on behalf of the children of our parish. I am confident that she will be a fine leader and have great success here at St. Rita.
From the Desk of Anne Thomas . . .
Hello, St. Rita’s!
I am thrilled to be in such a warm and welcoming community and to serve here as your Faith Formation Coordinator. I love to talk and to write, so let’s see if I can manage to tell you about myself briefly:
Eight years ago, God introduced me to my husband and to my calling as a lay minister, and I’ve been enjoying the whirlwind of my life in ministry, marriage, and (eventually) motherhood ever since. Most recently, I am joining you after my time as the Catechetical Leader at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Macedon and Palmyra. On a day-to-day basis, I am coming to you from Victor, where I live with my family: my husband and our four-year-old twins.
I am a recent graduate of St. Bernard’s, a Marvel fan, a cross-stitch crafter, and more than a little tired of my children waking up at 4:00am. I love stories, games, Disney, social justice, my faith, and my family (not necessarily in that order).
I am looking forward to meeting you and supporting our families here at St. Rita’s in your faith journeys. Please don’t hesitate to call, email, or stop by the office with questions, needs, or ideas – I’d especially love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering with Faith Formation or Confirmation this year!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - July 21, 2019
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
“There is need of only one thing.”
This Sunday's readings are all about hospitality and focus on the Lord. First, we hear of Abraham greeting three divine visitors and then in the Gospel, Martha and Mary attend to their visitor Jesus, albeit in different ways. Their story highlights two important aspects of hospitality.
In our first reading (Genesis 18:1-10), Abraham goes overboard in hosting his visitors, but also takes time to listen and be attentive to his visitors. What he didn't realize at the time was that one of the three visitors was the Lord himself. His reward was the promise of a son despite his and his wife Sarah's old age.
The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: "Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest yourselves under the tree. Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way." The men replied, "Very well, do as you have said."
Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah, "Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls." He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer, and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it. Then Abraham got some curds and milk, as well as the steer that had been prepared, and set these before the three men; and he waited on them under the tree while they ate. They asked Abraham, "Where is your wife Sarah?" He replied, "There in the tent." One of them said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year,and Sarah will then have a son."
In our Epistle reading (Colossians 1:24-28), St. Paul wrote to his beloved community as he languished in prison and tells how he "rejoices in my sufferings for your sake". He unites his suffering with Christ and calls us to do the same. Unlikely as it may seem, we are often closest to Jesus when we rejoice in our sufferings and unite them with his.
Brothers and sisters: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 10:38-42), Jesus seemingly rebukes Martha for her fretting about preparing the meal and complaining about Mary's attentiveness to Jesus. Both are important, but the latter more so. Discipleship calls us to listen and be attentive to the word of God.
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."
Jesus said in our Gospel today, “There is need of only one thing.” It is clear by the context what Jesus means - be attentive to me; listen to me; keep your focus on me; everything else comes second. Do we?
- Click HERE to read, reflect, pray on the scripture readings for this Sunday
Vacation Bible School 2019: July 29-August 2
Our Contemporary Music Ministry will be leading the music at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, July 27.
Our God is a God of justice; for he listened to Abraham’s petitions to spare all for the sake of the righteous. St. Paul tells us we were dead in our transgressions, but God brought us to life through his mercy. He answers our prayers. He’s a Good Good Father.
Alive – Big Daddy Weave
The Table – Chris Tomlin
Build My Life – Pat Barrett
Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin
Living Hope – Phil Wickham
Your Grace Is Enough – Matt Maher
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Luke 11:9-10
Get ready for school!
Sale is August 9th in the hallway by the library. Donations can be accepted until August 1st..
All items are $2.00
We will be collecting food and non-food items to deliver, free of charge, to families in need in our community next month.
Please stop by the display in the greeting area in Church and pick up a card or two with a needed item written on it. Then bring your purchased item to the greeting area after any Mass or to the parish office during the week. We have a refrigerator in both locations for perishable food.
(Food will be delivered on August 11)
THANK YOU in advance!
If you would like to help assemble and/or deliver care packages on Sunday, August 11, please contact Elizabeth at 671-1100 x 14 or by email.
If you or someone you know would like to receive a care package, please call Elizabeth or sign up at the display table in the greeting area after any Mass.
Confidentiality is respected.
Boys and Girls in Grades 3-6
Sign up now for this fun co-ed league. Games are played in September and October.
Register and pay online at www.saintritawebster.org/cyosoccer
$60 for 3rd /4th Grade; $80 for 5th/6th Grade; $140 family max
Deadline is Monday, August 19.
When: Saturday, September 7th
Where: Greystone Golf Course
Golf Time: Shot Gun Start 3:00pm
Dinner Time: 6:00pm
Various sponsor opportunities are available. See flier
here for complete details.
All proceeds go towards the Classroom Renovation Project (painting, lighting, ceiling fans and shades).
This year our 33rd annual Marathon is September 28th.
If you want to get ahead start on collecting pledges here is a pledge card to download. We again accept credit cards for pledges.
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or click on this link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
To help with your long range planning, here is next the year's school calendar.
One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.