Pastor's Message - August 12, 2018
“Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” ~Ephesians 4
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
I wish to thank our adult and parent volunteers and our many teens for helping run our annual Vacation Bible School this past week. Over 75 children attended this fabulous week filled with music, activities and crafts for our young people! A special thanks is in order to Elizabeth Kwiatkowski for her superb organizational skills in coordinating this program and all the volunteers, and also to her brother Matthew for keep all the needed electronic gizmos operating!
This Wednesday, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have Masses that day at 8:15am and 7:00pm.
A few of our college students told me that they are returning back to school this week. Yes, mid-August is upon us! If you are in college or in the military, send the parish office an E-mail to email@example.com and let us know your “away” address. Then, at a time of our choosing, you will receive a special St. Rita care package! What is in the package will be a total surprise but obviously will contain something tasty. If you have any food allergies let us know that too. (I was never fond of Lima beans!)
May God Bless You this Week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 19, 2018
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
UNLESS YOU EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN AND DRINK HIS BLOOD, YOU DO NOT HAVE LIFE WITHIN YOU.
Our readings this Sunday continue the exploration of the Eucharist and its true significance in our lives. We have our third of four segments of the Bread of Life Discourse from the Gospel of John, chapter 6; and we have an Old Testament invitation to a banquet that prefigures the Eucharist.
In our first reading (Proverbs 9:1-6)
, Lady Wisdom builds her house of seven columns (signifying perfection or completeness) and invites us to her banquet of food and wine. In her house is wisdom, understanding and life.
Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city: "Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, she says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.
In our Gospel reading (John 6:51-58)
, Jesus tells his listeners not only is he "the living bread that come down from heaven"
but that this food is his actual flesh and actual blood. Jesus leaves no doubt that he is speaking literally and not metaphorically or symbolically. His listeners have great difficulty in hearing this.
Jesus said to the crowds: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."
In our Epistle reading (Ephesians 5:15-20)
, St. Paul echos the invitation found in our first reading to live with wisdom, not as foolish persons. This is what "living in the Spirit" means.
Brothers and sisters: Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Over these past four weeks, our story is becoming clearer. We started with the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand people with just a few loaves and fishes. But this food nourished the body only and not the soul. We have since learned that Jesus feeds us with his very life - his own flesh and blood. This is the life he gave us on the cross and continues to give us in the Eucharist every day. This is impossible to accept and understand unless we can first accept the divinity of Jesus. Then it all makes sense. That is what the "Jews" in our Gospel readings could not understand. Thank God we do.
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 PM
AT HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH (1355 Hatch Rd, corner of Plank Rd.)
Presentation by: Fr. Jeff Chichester
All who have experienced the loss of a loved one through death are invited to attend. All are welcome!
Over the next few months please take advantage of special sales! In order to assist those in need in our area, we will be collecting school supplies until September. You can help with your donation of pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, markers, dry erase markers, colored pencils, pencil cases, composition notebooks, binders in 1½ inch, 2 inch and 3 inch, filler paper in regular and college lines,colored folders, 3-5 subject spiral notebooks, dividers and book bags. There is a bin for these items in our greeting area in church. Thank you!
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or follow the link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
If you have any questions about registration, please contact the School Office (585-671-3132).
To help with your planning, here is the year school calendar. One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.
Join us at Mercy Center (1437 Blossom Rd.) for Mass on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00pm. Opening Ceremony is on Friday, September 7 at 10:00am and Closing Ceremony on Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 pm.
For 72 hours, over 200 American flags will decorate the lawn of Mercy Center to pay tribute to veterans, active members of the military, first responders, police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The Field of Honor is open to the public and the flags will be illuminated all night and guarded until dawn.
A tribute flag can be purchased for $25. If you would like to purchase a Tribute Flag, order forms are available at St. Rita Parish Office, contact Sr. Katherine Ann or go online to mercybridges.org
at the Notre Dame Retreat House - 5151 Foster Road in Canandaigua
This Year’s Theme is: “Faith, Hope and Love . . .”
Come, strengthen your roots so you might grow and bloom in your walk with Christ and others.
Please join us as we offer an opportunity for women, men and teens to enhance their prayer life.
This weekend away with the Lord is sure to be special!
The retreat begins about 8:00pm on Friday evening through noon on Sunday. We do ask that you get your room assignment and settle into your room by 7:30pm on Friday evening. This allows a little time before starting the retreat experience.
Pricing for Weekend Retreats Directed by Notre Dame Staff is as follows:
$150.00 for a single rooms
$120.00 for shared double room
$200.00 for a double room alone (private room)
These are SUGGESTED donations. As always, our policy is that the fee should never deter anyone from coming on retreat. For more information regarding the retreat house, check out their website: www.notredameretreat.org
WOMEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND will be held
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16
For reservations or more information please contact
Darlene at (585) 797-0983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND will be held
Friday, October 26 – Sunday October 28
For reservations or more information please call
Jim Lajoie at 236-5716 or Nancy Lynch
at Notre Dame 585-394-5700
Perhaps now is the time. Please join me for a relaxing retreat from Sunday evening October 7th to Tuesday morning, October 9th at Mt. Irenaeus, a Franciscan Mountain Retreat House situated in the Allegany Mountains near Olean, NY, about a 2 hour drive from Webster. Their website, www.mounti.com, provides insight into their Gospel Mission of “Making All Things New” as well as practical information for your stay.
There are plenty of hiking trails and places to spend time in restful thought with our Lord, our companion and our friend. This is not a directed retreat and is meant to provide quiet, contemplative time for yourself or with others in the group. We live alongside the Friars and ease into their way of life with morning and evening prayer along with a Monday evening Mass and an opportunity for penance. We can accommodate about 12-15 people on this retreat. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. I will add people to a waiting list if needed. To register or if you have any questions, please email me at James.Fien@dor.org or call me at 585-233-0334.
Peace, Deacon Jim
at Holy Trinity Church
Save your gently used household items
Donations will be able to be dropped off Sunday, September 9 from 1-3 PM and Monday, September 10 from 10-2 PM. Please bring donations to Murphy Hall, Holy Trinity.
The sale begins Wednesday, September 12 6-8 PM. This evening is a preview of all our treasures and admittance is $5/person. Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 the sale is from 10-4. Saturday everything is half price from 10-noon! Mark your calendars - this is Webster’s biggest garage sale. All proceeds are to help low-income people in our community.
If you are interested in volunteering please call 265-6694.
This year marks the 32nd annual Marathon. We have some awesome top and participation prizes.