Pastor's Message - May 20, 2018
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” ~Acts 1
Happy Pentecost! This weekend we celebrate the birthday of the Church as we recall the promise of Jesus before his ascension into heaven that he would send his disciples, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. The disciples were filled with tremendous joy, knowing that God would always be with them. Even languages no longer became an obstacle to spreading the Good News.
The Feast of Pentecost fulfills the liturgical journey of the Easter Season we began at Ash Wednesday. But it is not simply a static historical occasion. The Holy Spirit continues to act within our Church today. The message and work of Jesus is proclaimed in the Gospel and in the sacramental life celebrated throughout the year. Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Marriages, and Ordinations are all part of that journey we share with those who were eyewitnesses of Jesus.
On the 26th of May at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 10:00am our Diocese will joyfully celebrate the ordinations of
Permanent Deacons: Michael P. Kristan, Binh-Yen N. Nguyen, and James P. Pegoni
Transitional Deacons: Matthew J. Walter and Daniel L. White
Then on Saturday, June 2nd at Sacred Heart at 10:00am, there will be the priesthood ordination of:
Deacon Jeff Chichester who will be assigned to St. Joseph/Holy Spirit.
We have much to be grateful for. Let us pray for and encourage other young men to consider the priesthood. We very much need workers for the vineyard!
Please see the note below from Joe Kwiatkowski, our Music Director, who shares a wonderful opportunity that was presented to him. We are certainly grateful to Joe for his short stay with us and wish him well as he continues on his musical journey. We will begin a new search process for the St. Rita music position while Joe completes his time with us.
May God bless you and your family this Pentecost!
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Greetings St. Rita Church Community,
I am sharing with both sadness and excitement that I have recently accepted a position at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts to be their newest Campus Minister and Director of Liturgical Music. My anticipated last day here at St. Rita will be the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, July 29th.
This change was not something I was actively seeking because I have very much enjoyed my time here and all of the people I have met.
God sends us signs that encourage us to follow a path. That is what I feel happened here. On the very same day two people, both of whom I highly respect, sent me the Assumption College job posting. As God works in mysterious ways, this is an opportunity that professionally I would be a fool to pass up. I really have adored my time here, both in church and with everyone at school.
My time here was never meant to be a “one and done” transition. My parents were the main reason for my move back to the Rochester area, and they said of this opportunity, “You are still just a car ride and phone call away. And you’ll have the summers off to come back to annoy . . . I mean visit us.”
I sincerely thank you for welcoming me into your community and allowing me to be a part of St. Rita Church and School.
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - May 20, 2018
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
LORD SEND OUT YOUR SPIRIT, AND RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH.(Psalm 104)
On this Pentecost Sunday, there are separate and multiple optional readings for the Vigil Mass and the Masses during the day. So this week, we will concentrate on the readings for the Sunday Masses during the day.
'Pentecost' is a Greek word meaning 'fiftieth day' and is the biblical feast commemorating the day God gave the Torah to the people of Israel. It was celebrated fifty days after the Passover Feast. In biblical times, all Jews of age were required to travel to Jerusalem to participate in the celebration. Pentecost Sunday is often referred to as the birthday of the Church - the day when we Christians became Church.
Our first reading (Acts 2:1-11)
tells this story vividly. Fifty days after Jesus' Passover supper, the disciples were celebrating the harvest festival of Pentecost or Shavuot (feast of weeks). Suddenly, the promised Advocate descended upon them and enlightened and emboldened them.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, "Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God."
In our Gospel reading (John 15:26-27; 16:12-15)
Jesus promised his disciples that the Advocate (Holy Spirit) would come. He "will guide you to all truth". Everything the Father and Jesus shared will be declared to them.
Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you."
In our Epistle reading (Galations 5:16-25)
, St. Paul exhorts his readers to live in the Spirit, not in the flesh. He then clearly outlines what each means. He highlights sixteen vices of the flesh and nine "fruits of the Spirit". If we live in the Spirit, we will evidence those fruits in our daily lives.
Brothers and sisters, live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
This Advocate, the Holy Spirit came just as Jesus had promised. It was a thrilling and earthshaking event that changed the world. This "Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father and the Son" lives and remains active in our world today. This is our prayer today and always, "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the fact of the earth."
- Click HERE to read and reflect on the full readings for Saturday, May 19
- Click HERE to read and reflect on the full readings for Sunday, May 20
Our Fiesta database is open for you and your family to sign up to volunteer - click here! We are also looking for a coordinator for Gift Basket Raffle and a photographer and/or drone pilot.
Here are a few other items we're looking for:
-Talent Show Acts (3-5 minutes)
-Giant camping coolers (to borrow for the weekend)
-Cases of soda or juice
-New beanie babies or McDonald’s toys
There is a collection box in the greeting area for books, games, puzzles, and music for our Book Sale. Plant donations will also be accepted...once it finally decides to warm up a little!
For complete Fiesta and Spectacular Raffle information, check out our flyer or go to the Fiesta webpage.
Tuesday, May 22
Join us for Mass at 5:15 pm
Followed by Dinner at 6:30 pm
Dinner is at the Penfield Country Club
1784 Jackson Rd., Penfield
Choose from the following dinner options: Potato Crusted Haddock, Chicken French, or Roasted Pork Loin
Men and Women are welcome to attend!
Tickets are on sale after all masses the next two weekends and also at the Parish Office.
Reservations must be made by Monday, May 21
Tickets are $20 per person
Come to Frontier Field to celebrate Catholic School Day with the Red Wings. All students will participate in a pre-game parade. Game starts at 1:30 pm
Tickets need to be ordered by June 1st. Click here for the order form.
Come party with us at the 64th Annual Fiesta!
June 1st and June 2nd
There is something for everyone.
Register now for "Shipwrecked" VBS!
This summer's program is August 6-10 from 9 am - noon for students ages 4-10.
There is a $25 per student fee, with a family max of $60. All families will receive a music CD.
Click here to sign up students.
Click here to sign up volunteers, ages 11+ (entering 6th grade or above).
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).
For help in planning future events here is next year's school calendar.