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.Update: So far, we have received $264,008 in pledges. Thank you for your prayers and support!
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 - July 24, 2016
"I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart, for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple and give thanks to your name." ~Psalm 138
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This week our gym will be a busy place. Vacation Bible School starts Monday morning with lots of exciting activities for our young people. Thanks to all of our teen and parent volunteers for making this event possible. Be sure to check the bulletin for additional activities and events at St. Rita including a weekly family kickball game on Tuesday evenings and, this Wednesday only, a fire pit sing-along and toasted marshmallows in our soccer field. Everyone is welcome, just bring a lawn chair!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - July 31, 2016
The Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
BE RICH IN WHAT MATTERS TO GOD!
The readings for this Sunday
warn us of the folly of placing our worship in material goods.
Our first reading (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23) could have been the basis for Dickens' "A Christmas Carrol". One could imagine it coming out of the mouth of Jacob Marley. It is a dire warning that the riches we toil for in this life are left for others to enjoy.
"Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and yet to another who has not labored over it, he must leave property. This also is vanity and a great misfortune. For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity."
Our Gospel reading (Luke 12:13-21) builds on this theme with the parable of the Rich Fool. First, Jesus refuses to intervene in a property squabble among two brothers and then follows up with the parable to drive home the point.
"Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.' He replied to him, 'Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?' Then he said to the crowd, 'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions.'
"Then he told them a parable. 'There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, 'Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!'' But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.'"
In our Epistle reading (Colossians 3:1-5; 9-11), St. Paul tells us what really matters to God and how we are to rightly order our lives.
"Brothers and sisters: If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all."
It is often said that "you can't take it with you", referring to money, fame and possessions. But there is one thing that we can take with us beyond the grave, Grace. Grace is the currency of God; it is what matters to God and we accumulate it by following the advice of St. Paul in today's Epistle, by seeking what is above, where Christ is.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, July 31, 2016
The primary goal for the Kim Mastrangelo Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for families who need help providing a Catholic education for their children in multiple Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools. Parents (guardians) of children enrolled in grades K-5 at St. Rita School are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications need to be submitted by 12 pm on August 1, 2016. Click here to download a copy of the application.
KICKBALL TUESDAYS and other outdoor games!
Join us on July 5 – mid August from 6:00-8:00 pm
Everyone is invited to come play kickball (or other outdoor games) on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm on the soccer field at St. Rita. This is a free event for all ages - families, teens, young adults. Those younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. Bring a water bottle with your name on it. Feel free to bring additional sports equipment (soccer ball, Frisbee, etc.) -- just make sure it is labeled if you want it back. This is an outdoor-only event; it will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or thunder. All skill levels welcome! No RSVP needed! For more information contact Elizabeth by email or call 671-1100 ext. 14.
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.
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.
CYO soccer registration for the upcoming fall season has begun! Children from St. Rita Parish in grades 3-6 may sign up for this league, which will play in September and October. Register and pay online here. The fees are $60 for 3/4 grade and $80 for 5/6 grade players ($140 family maximum). Deadline is August 17, 2016.
CALLING ALL YOUNG ADULTS!
THEOLOGY ON TAP - SUMMER FOUR PACK
Date: Monday Nights, August 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Beale New Orleans Grille & Bar
689 South Ave Rochester, NY 14620
Theology on Tap is an opportunity for young adults to gather to discuss and reflect on issues of faith. We meet in the back room to learn about topics relevant to our lives and faith. Come early to save a seat and meet other young adults in the area.