Pastor's Message - January 21, 2018
“Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.” ~Psalm 25
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
In last weekend’s first reading, we learned all about young Samuel and the instructions he received from his teacher and prophet Eli to respond to the call of God by saying, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Young Samuel does respond to God when he hears his name being spoken by God and thus his beginning conversation takes him in a new direction. This was all part of God’s plan. Years later, God would guide the prophet Samuel in choosing, apart from his brothers, a young shepherd boy named David to be anointed as King. David became a great King and eventually also the father of the wise and legendary King Solomon. Although both had human shortcomings and sins that eventually proved quite serious, God would have his only son Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the little city of David called Bethlehem.
The Gospel writer Matthew would list the genealogy of Jesus incarnation through Mary as being of the “house” or “lineage” of David.
Turning to the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee and called Simon and his brother Andrew to follow him. They abandoned their nets and boats to follow Jesus. They hear and respond to the voice of Jesus and thus their life direction is forever changed. Even James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, hear this voice from Jesus and through his invitation, left their boats, nets and father Zebedee to follow Jesus.
Some questions for reflection:
- Who are the voices we most listen to in life?
- Do we let popular opinion, fad or beliefs dictate what we believe, or do we seek to listen for God’s voice
- in regular prayer, attendance at mass, and in the teachings of our Catholic faith?
- Where do we find our own voice on these matters?
- Would we ever consider encouraging a call from God to the priesthood within our own family, with our own son?
- Would we ever support a daughter in choosing a vocation to the Religious life?
- Would we ever trust God in that possibility?
George Washington Carver once said, "Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak . . . someday in life you will have been all of these.”
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - January 14, 2018
The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||Jesus calls his first disciples
SPEAK LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING
This Sunday's readings call us to be followers of Christ and to tell others about him.
In our first reading (1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19)
, we hear about Samuel, the young man consecrated to God by his mother and in training under the high priest Eli. He had not yet encountered God and didn't recognize him when God called him in the night; but God was persistent.
Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was. The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, "Here I am." Samuel ran to Eli and said, "Here I am. You called me." "I did not call you, " Eli said. "Go back to sleep." So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. "Here I am, " he said. "You called me." But Eli answered, "I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep."
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, "Here I am. You called me." Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, "Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening." When Samuel went to sleep in his place, the LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, "Samuel, Samuel!" Samuel answered, "Speak, for your servant is listening." Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him, not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
In our Gospel reading (John 1:35-42)
, we hear about disciples of John the Baptist who are seeking the Lord. John points them toward Jesus. Jesus invites them to "come and your will see." Andrew then goes to his brother Simon and tells him, "We have found the Messiah."
John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" -- which translated means Teacher --, "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come, and you will see." So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah" -- which is translated Christ --. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas" -- which is translated Peter.
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20)
, St. Paul tells us that immorality is contrary to life in Christ. You cannot follow Jesus and be an immoral person.
Brothers and sisters: The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.
God's call to each of us is personal, unique and persistent. Christ calls each of us to a unique life with him for a specific purpose. We learn by today's example that in order to find the Messiah, we must seek him. Then we must "go with him and see". Then we must go and tell others, "We have found the Messiah."
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Jan. 14, 2017
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Sunday, January 28 to Friday, February 2
Please help us kick-off Catholic Schools Week at the 9:00am Mass next Sunday, January 28. Come to Mass and stay for Breakfast! All are invited.
All are also invited to attend our School Mass on Tuesday, January 30 at 9:15am and are welcome to come over to tour the school to see for yourself what makes St. Rita School so different from other schools. We will be giving tours immediately following the Mass.
We invite prospective families to:
“Visit our School”
on Tuesday, January 30 from 10:00 - 11:30am
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Wednesday, February 1.
St. Rita School offers PK3 & PK4 (half & full day programs) and full day Kindergarten through Grade 5. We offer a Before School Care Program which is available beginning at 7:00am and an After School Care Program which is available until 6:00pm. For more information please call the School Office at 671-3132 or visit our website.
Sunday, February 4 at 9:00am Mass
All Cub and Boy Scouts of St. Rita Parish are invited to attend the 9:00am Mass on Sunday, February 4 in
celebration of Boy Scout Sunday.
Please meet in Room 1 by 8:30am. Dens and troops will be seated together after processing into church as a group. Please wear your full Scout dress uniform.
A reception for Scouts and their families will be held in the gym after Mass.
Scouts in the parish who have completed the requirements for the religious emblem associated with
their rank and who have submitted the appropriate paperwork to the Diocese, are asked to notify Margo Chamberlain (585-265-9258) no later than January 28th so that we may recognize them during the Scout Mass.
We hope to see all Scouts from our parish on February 4th to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday!
Saturday, February 10
from 6-8 pm
Drop off your kids (ages 4 and up) at the parish center gym for some seasonal games, crafts, and activities while the adults get some free time.
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required - click here to sign up now. High school students are invited to help out by running an activity – please sign up to volunteer here. If you have questions please contact Elizabeth.
A Time Just for You!
5th ANNUAL ROCHESTER CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
“The Power of the Eucharist: Glorifying God and Sanctifying the Word”
Saturday, March 10
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00am)
Held at The Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Conference sold out early last year so don’t wait!
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mass with our Bishop and to hear national speakers, Dr. Edward Sri, theologian and noted author, and Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest. There will be the opportunity for reconciliation, praying the rosary, perusing Catholic vendors, and connecting with other Catholic women.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass beginning at 8:00am. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $50 for mail-in registrations and $53.00 for online registrations.
Registration forms are available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church or you may go online to Rochestercwc.org. If you have questions, please contact Maria at email@example.com
If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m.
The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.