Now is the time to buy your Spectacular Raffle Tickets! Stop by the raffle table after all weekend Masses or at the Parish Center with cash (and return address labels to make it easier). 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for $50, or 15 for $100 (plus a free oil change coupon).
Click here to sign up to volunteer at our 62nd Annual Fiesta on June 3 and 4!
For all of the details about the Fiesta, brought to you by our title sponsors, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning and Vision Automotive, click here
PROTECTING OUR FUTURE – SAINT RITA ROOF CAMPAIGN
Ongoing maintenance is a reality for anyone who owns property, and after an architectural review of our buildings, it has been determined that our 30-year-old Church and our 22-year-old Parish Center are in need of major repairs. Because our regular operating income and savings are not sufficient to fund these repairs, our Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council have agreed to initiate a capital campaign entitled “Protecting Our Future - Saint Rita Roof Campaign". This campaign will enable us to continue our mission to provide a safe worship and fellowship space for all to gather as we continue on our journey in faith.
Your support in this effort is most appreciated and we are hoping you will do what you can to help the future of our facilities for years to come. If you would like to set up an online Pledge payment, please click here and follow the directions. For more information visit this page.
Pastor's Message - May 29, 2016
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus, who is God incarnate, gives of Himself to us. Jesus is the reason we continue to celebrate the Eucharist.
Our Fiesta will be here very soon! There are many great activities Thursday through Saturday. Don’t miss free live music by Jive Street Five and Ruby Shooz, a lawn full of inflatables, exciting carnival games, and all your favorite festival foods. Join us on Saturday morning for the 5K & 10K Race, or just come for the pancake breakfast that follows. The entire event is a family oriented celebration that offers something for everyone and welcomes people of all ages to join us for an enjoyable St. Rita experience. None of this would be possible without our 400+ volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors! I hope to see you there!
Happy Fiesta Week!
62ND ANNUAL ST. RITA FIESTA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, June 2
6:00-9:00 pm Foam Dart Party (in the gym) – Ages 8 and up. Spaces still available!
Friday, June 3
5:00 pm Fish Fry Dinner (and baked fish) - Until sold out (gym)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Trivia Contest (gym)
7:00 - 10:00 pm Live music by “Jive Street Five”
Saturday, June 4
7:30 am Start of the Fiesta 10k
8:00 am Start of the Fiesta 5k
8:00 - 10:00 am Pancake Breakfast (under the Big Tent)
9:30-1:30 pm Parking Lot Sale (behind Parish Center gym) – New this year!
2:00-10:00 pm Games, Inflatables, Food, and more!
2:00 - 4:00 pm Talent Show (on the stage under the Big Tent)
4:00 pm Mass (in church)
5:00 pm Chicken Barbecue ― Until sold out (under the Big Tent)
6:00 - 10:00 pm Live music by “Ruby Shooz”
7:00 - 9:00 pm Trivia Contest (gym)
10:00 pm Spectacular Raffle winner pulled
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - May 29, 2016
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
THEY ALL ATE AND WERE SATISFIED - This Sunday is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) and is the celebration of the institution of the Eucharist as Christ's lasting gift to us and the primary means of his presence to us. It is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. All three readings honor the ancient tradition of the sacrificial meal as a means of communion with God and community with one another. The Eucharist is a community event, a shared sacrifice and a shared meal.
Our Gospel passage (Luke 9:11-17) is the telling of the feeding of the five thousand (found in all four Gospels). It is a prefiguring of the Eucharistic meal with the common elements of Christ giving thanks to God and breaking the bread and giving it to his disciples. It also conveys the message that God takes the poverty of our gifts, transforms them and overwhelms us with plenty.
"Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, 'Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.' He said to them, 'Give them some food yourselves.' They replied, 'Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.' Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, 'Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.' They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets."
In our First reading (Genesis 14:18-20), we hear of the ancient Canaanite priest and king Melchizedek who offers a sacrificial meal of bread and wine in honor of Abram's (later renamed Abraham) victory over enemy kings. You may recall hearing the phrase "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek". This phrase referred to King David and ultimately to Jesus, as our eternal High Priest and King.
"In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand.' Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything."
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), St. Paul instructs his community in the celebration of the Eucharistic meal, instituted by Christ himself, "Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, 'This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes."
So this Sunday, we worship and commemorate the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, body, blood, soul and divinity. It is our source of plenty, our source of strength. May we never doubt that.
to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016Click Here
to learn more about the Feast of Corpus Christi
If you are interested in the Foam Dart Party (Thursday, June 2 from 6-9 pm), Parking Lot Sale (Saturday, June 4 from 9:30-1:30), or Talent Show (Saturday, June 4 from 2-4 pm), give us a call at 671-1100 or send us an email today to sign up!
T-shirts and food coupons for Fiesta volunteers will be available for pick-up in the Greeting Area between 5:30 and 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2 or at the Information Booth during the Fiesta. Any extra shirts will be available for sale Saturday afternoon or after Masses on Sunday, June 5.
Spectacular Raffle Tickets are on sale now!! Stop by after Masses or at the Parish Office.
Get your body and spirit in shape this summer! All families are invited to join us for a week of activities aimed at keeping faith strong through physical and spiritual exercises. Get more information and sign up here! Teen and adult volunteers needed.
Bring any 2½ to 4 year old (accompanied by parent or caregiver) to our Pre K Book Nook & Music Hour.
Join us on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm in the PreK classroom for a fun filled afternoon of books, crafts and songs.
May 26 - Goin' on a Picnic
June 2 - Frogs, Fables & Turtle Tales
June 9 - Sea, Sun & Sand
Please register (for one or all of the weeks) by calling the school office at 671-3132. Space is limited - first come, first served. There is no fee to attend. You do not need to be a parishioner to attend so invite your neighbors, friends, and family. All are welcome!
Win a $250 gift certificate towards a week of resident camp
(overnight camp experience for 7-15 year olds)
Tickets (cash only) are:
1 for $5.00 or
4 for $10.00
Purchase tickets at the school office, parish office, after Masses each weekend, or at the Fiesta. Drawing to be held at the Fiesta on Saturday, June 4th at 9:30 pm. Winner need not be present to win.
The patriotic entity of the Webster Knights of Columbus referred to as the Fourth Degree, will hold a Flag Retiring Ceremony on Sunday, June 5 at Noon. Anyone who has a flag they wish to be properly disposed may drop it off in Church or the Parish Office. You are welcome to join us at the K of C building at 70 Barrett Drive on Sunday, June 5th.
Photos wanted for our "Class of 2016" photo display in the greeting area in June. Please send your formal, informal or "service in action" photos to the Parish Office, attn.: Elizabeth Kwiatkowski. Any size is fine! Congratulations!
Enrollment for Faith Formation classes for the 2016-2017 school year is underway. Students in Grades K-7, who do not attend a Catholic school, are strongly encouraged to be enrolled in the Faith Formation Program.
You may enroll in and pay for Faith Formation on-line here.
Enrollment Forms for new students are also available in the Greeting Area.
A choice of two sessions will be offered weekly:
Session 1: Mondays: 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm (Grades K-6)
Session 2: Mondays: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm (Grades 1-7)
Parents of Returning Students - Enrollment Forms were mailed home. Don’t forget to return your enrollment forms, or enroll on-line by July 13, 2016.