Pastor's Message - September 23, 2018
“O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.” - Psalm 54
Dear Parishioners and Friends:
We wish to extend a warm welcome to June Frosino who joins our parish community as our new Music Director. June has a wealth of experience directing choirs of all ages, leading music and providing music lessons. She will be active in both the church and school, leading and teaching. We are so blessed here at St. Rita to have such a variety of talent in our musicians, cantors, choir members and all who add such depth to our prayerful liturgies. Please see the article of introduction below from June.
The importance of music can be found in Hebrew Scriptures particularly in the Psalms that are attributed to King David who sang and danced before the Lord. So too, our songs are an expression of love to God who makes it possible for us to sing God’s praises.
This Sunday, our Christ Life program begins in the parish center at 5:30pm. Please pray for all of our participants.
Parents are reminded that Faith Formation classes begin this Monday afternoon and evening. Be sure to check in with Anita Wagner, our Faith Formation Director if you have any questions. Our volunteer catechists are prepared to meet your children and enjoy another successful year!
Also on Monday night at 6:30pm in Church is our Confirmation Parent Meeting for 1st and 2nd year parents of students. Marie Marton can assist if you have a child in 8th grade or older who hasn’t registered for this very important sacrament.
DID YOU KNOW? That the Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Baptismal Sacrament? Many people do not realize that in order to be a sponsor for Confirmation - or a godparent for a child for Baptism - You need to have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It’s never too late to be confirmed!
May God bless you!
A Note from our New Music Director!
Hello! I am June Weltzer Frosino and I am very excited to be joining St. Rita’s as Director of Music. I will be planning and providing music for weekend Masses and other liturgies, and will also be teaching instrumental music in the school. I feel honored to work with others to contribute musically to the liturgy. It is a privilege to bring the gifts of music to the Lord. The Roman Catholic liturgy is so rich, and I love sharing the joy of worshipping the Lord with others through music.
I have been involved in Music Ministry for over forty years, as a cantor, pianist, organist, flutist, and guitarist, and more recently as Director of Music. I grew up in Greece and attended Holy Name of Jesus Church, where I became Director of Music. Since 2014 I have been ministering at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor. I have directed a variety of different choirs with people of all ages, and I am humbled by the beautiful sound that we can create together for the Glory of God. Over the years, I have ministered with music in the Long Term Health Care senior setting, have worked with and taught young children and teens, and have also taught young adults at Brockport College.
My husband, Tony, and I live in Chili, and we have two sons: Anthony, who is now with the Lord, and our younger son, Michael, who is serving in the military overseas. I am so happy to be coming to St. Rita’s. I thank you for the warm welcome I have already received and look forward to meeting you and worshipping the Lord together!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
WHOEVER LOOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE AND THAT OF THE GOSPEL WILL SAVE IT.
One theme found in our readings for this Sunday is the suffering servant, vindicated by God. It is not the picture the disciples had for the messiah. They expected a victorious, triumphant leader. No no, said Jesus. The messiah is to be much like the suffering servant of Isaiah found in today's first reading.
In our first reading (Isaiah 50:5-9)
, we listen as Isaiah prophesied the role of the suffering servant that would ultimately be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He meekly and willing submited to his suffering, yet with full faith that God would deliver him.
The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.
The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let that man confront me. See, the Lord GOD is my help; who will prove me wrong?
In our Gospel reading (Mark 8:27-35)
, we hear a two-part exchange between Jesus and his disciples. First, Peter, speaking for the disciples, proclaimed, "You are the Christ." But then completely misunderstood the role of the Christ. Peter rebuked Jesus when he predicted his passion and death. Jesus responded by teaching them the paradox of discipleship - embrace your cross.
Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" They said in reply, "John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets." And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter said to him in reply, "You are the Christ." Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it."
In our Epistle reading (James 2:14-18)
, St. James brings clarity to the age-old discussion of whether we are justified by faith alone or by faith and good works. James' argument is that true faith must be expressed through good works. Without works, faith is dead. Good deeds is the evidence that faith exists.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, " but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, "You have faith and I have works." Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.
Our world today is suffering; our Church today is suffering; we and our families today are suffering. One thing we might learn today is that by embracing our cross, in union with Jesus' passion and death, we find meaning and purpose in our suffering. May we embrace the concept of redemptive suffering, wherein we find redemption in our suffering. May we take up our cross and follow him.
This year marks the 32nd annual Marathon. We have some awesome prizes.
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PLEASE JOIN US!
Next Saturday, September 29th at 5:00pm Mass
We will be singing the following songs:
Multiplied by NeedToBreathe
Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher
Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli
You Are My King (Amazing Love) by Newsboys
Rescue Me by Kelly Lockwood
This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham
Our God is the architect of the universe and the universe sings in harmony. The angels sing. Let us raise our voices in song, sharing the wonderful exhilarating gift of music He gave us. He knows what is good for our souls and what will bring us ever closer to Him. Music evokes emotion. Stirs the Spirit within. Surrender yourself to Him. Be like little children. Alleluia!
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
ORDER ~ STICKY LIPS BBQ DINNER!
FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 4-7PM
See the Flyer and place your order to drive up and pick up a delicious complete BBQ Dinner! Deadline to order is Wednesday, September 26th. Return the bottom of flyer with your name, # of dinners, email, and payment. Cash or checks only payable to St. Rita School Blue and Gold. Place detached portion and full payment in an envelope marked, BBQ Pre-Sale Tickets and send payment to the parish office or place your envelope in the collection basket this weekend. Thank you for supporting SRS!
Wednesday, October 3
at 6:30pm in Church
Parents of children who are enrolled in this program need to attend this parent meeting. Children who are enrolled in our First Eucharist Program will also be preparing for their First Reconciliation, as well as children in Grade 3 and higher who have made their First Eucharist but not their First Reconciliation. You may register online here. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Wagner at 671-2079 or [email protected]
In honor of the Feast of
St. Francis of Assisi
Patron Saint of Animals
Fr. Gonyo will hold a Pet Blessing
Saturday, October 6 at 1:00pm
Rain or Shine!
Meet in the front of the School in the loop
(in case of rain – meet in the Gym)
All pets are welcome!
Please have pets on leashes or in crates if needed
Registration will be held
Sunday, October 7
2:00-3:00pm in the Gym
St. Rita's CYO Basketball program is open to boys in grades 3-12 and girls in grades 3-6. Priority placement goes to St. Rita and parishioners and students who attend St. Rita School. Space is limited. See more information here.
Registration forms may be picked up at the Parish Office
beginning Tuesday, October 9
through Thursday, October 18
If anyone is interested in coaching
please contact Elizabeth at 671-1100 x14
Saturday October 13
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Theme: “The Eucharist”
at St. Jude the Apostle Parish
4100 Lyell Road in Rochester
Featured Speakers are:
- Dr. John Bergsma; - Catholic Scholar & Theologian
- Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio; - Best-selling Author and Inspirational Speaker
- Troy L. Guy – Evangelist, Author, Nuclear Engineer
The Day includes breakfast, lunch, and snack
Cost is $55 - Students are $15
Complete Details and REGISTER at: www.exultrochester.org
If you have questions you may contact John at [email protected] or 585-314-6096
SAVE THE DATE!
ST. RITA SCHOOL
34th ANNUAL CRAFT SALE
Saturday, October 13
from 9:00am – 3:15pm
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping with arts and crafts from over 100 vendors, at our 34th Annual St. Rita School CRAFT SALE.
There will be a wide variety of crafters as well as food and raffles throughout the day. FREE admission and FREE parking. For information about the day please call the school office at 671-3132.
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.