Pastor's Message - March 18, 2018
“Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me.
I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall return to you.” ~Psalm 51
Next weekend begins Holy Week!
Palm Sunday will mark the beginning of our walk with Jesus through his passion, death and resurrection. Throughout Lent we have been fasting, offering acts of penance and charity in this time of waiting, so that we could better understand Jesus’ salvific action for us and the whole world. We will start Masses with a procession with palm branches and read from the Lord’s Passion. The full Holy Week schedule and mass times will be published in next week’s bulletin.
The Church is open this Tuesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm for Eucharistic Adoration which will conclude with Benediction at 3:00pm. If you have been feeling stressed or overworked, stop in church and spend some quiet time with the Lord in this Year of the Eucharist.
Our final Lenten Soup Supper is this Tuesday evening at 6:00pm. We will then gather in church starting at 6:45pm for a wonderful and prayerful Lenten musical provided by our choir members and soloists. Thank you to our choir for their gift of song and to all those who have prepared delicious soups, breads and cookies.
Our final Lenten Fish Dinner (Fried or Baked) will be this Friday from 5:00-7:00pm. (No Fish Fry is held on Good Friday) A special thanks to all of our school families and parish volunteers for the wonderful food and warm welcome!
Our annual St. Rita Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 1:00-3:00pm next Sunday in our parish center – rain or shine! Our youth have been busy making up eggs and stuffing them with prizes. We will have juices and cookies for all to share. The event is free and all are welcome!
Did you know that the tradition of decorating Easter Eggs is an Eastern Catholic Orthodox tradition that is rich in the symbolism of Holy Week that helps us remember that Jesus suffered, died and rose from the dead so that we could have life. The decorations on the egg remind us of the faith we place in God through His son Jesus. It is Jesus who changes and transforms us. Just like the egg that is shattered to reveal its contents, so too does Jesus shatter the fetters of sin and death so that we can be set free to share in Eternal life with Him.
Seeing a child’s joy of discovering a hidden Easter egg filled with candy helps reawaken depressed adults from over-preoccupation with worries and stresses. The joy of a child helps us realize that God’s love surpasses our human limitations and that we are God’s children too. God has a plan for us through His son Jesus so that we too can exclaim with real joy, “He is Risen!”
May God bless you this week!
Pastor's Message - March 11, 2018
“Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.” ~Psalm 51
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This Wednesday, March 14, St. Rita Church will be open from 12:30pm until approximately 7:30pm (or later if needed) for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All other Churches throughout the Diocese will also be open for the Sacrament on this "Diocesan Day of Penance." It is indeed a unique opportunity, so bring the family! There will be handouts and guides on how to receive this Sacrament, so not to worry about memorizing any prayers or remembering what to say. The day is really meant to provide an opportunity for a "worry-free" confession.
Of all the seven sacraments, many people will describe this Sacrament as "the scary one" because it involves "naming" ones sins. But in fact this Sacrament is an opportunity to let God handle the problem of our personal sin. It need not be scary, but rather is the opportunity we give God to reach in and calm the inner storms of our human heart. The burdens of personal sin can clamp down our ability to experience joy in life and can control us and make us believe that God is less interested in us, or that we deserve permanent punishment for the deeds we know brought harm to others as well as ourselves. Sin can, in a sense, serve to "immobilize" us and puts us in a trap that is hard to escape. The effects of sin spread and cause trouble for the very people we love the most.
That is where the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation can bring healing and even genuine joy. We let God into our heart by confessing sin and our sorrow for sin. Then we turn ourselves over to the infinite mercy of God, receive absolution for our sins, and then trust in the Lord's provident care and everlasting love for us as we develop a new commitment to living the life God is calling us to.
Let the Sacrament of Reconciliation be a part of your life this Wednesday! Bring the family!
God bless you!
Pastor's Message - March 4, 2018
“The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; the decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just.” ~Psalm 19
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Even with the return of winter weather, we give thanks to the Lord as we continue in this holy season of the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Easter is on the near horizon!
Our Lenten Soup Supper Series continues on Tuesday in Room 1 beginning at 6:00pm followed by a Lenten Reflection at 6:45pm. This is Free and no registration is required. There will be delicious hearty crock pots of soup with a variety of breads, drinks and cookies. Bring the whole family! This week following our Soup Supper we will have our Taize Prayer. Please join us for this beautiful evening of quiet prayer and meditative music in our candlelit church.
On March 14th we will offer the Annual Diocesan Day of Penance at St. Rita from 12:30pm-7:30pm and at Churches throughout the Diocese. This is a great opportunity to receive the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and experience the Lord’s everlasting love and mercy. Don’t worry if it has been awhile. There is no need to memorize anything as we will have printed guides available. Just come, bring the family and be at peace!
We are in need of volunteers at St. Rita to help us begin a new Special Events Committee to help plan and assist in the many seasonal event we have for our Parish and youth. See below for more information.
May God bless you this week!
WE NEED YOU!
To keep our parish vibrant and engage families of all ages, we need your help! Please consider joining our brand new Parish Special Events Committee to provide ideas and support before, during, and after special events throughout the year. All we need is a few hours of your time 3-4 times per year. This is a great opportunity for young adults, parents, grandparents, or anyone who has a little bit of time and talent to share. Our first event to plan is a parish Easter Egg Hunt, which is coming up soon! Please contact Elizabeth Kwiatkowski for more information or to become involved.