Parish Office Hours this Week
Nov. 19 & 20 - Monday & Tuesday, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Nov. 21 - Wednesday, 9:00am - Noon
Our Parish Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
I am asking that every family in our parish please join me in support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Your support of this appeal ensures that our schools, faith formation, and sacramental programs remain vital sources of learning and support for the young people who will one day lead our Church. It ensures that the needs of the sick, the troubled and elderly are met by the various offices of Catholic Charities. It ensures essential training for all those who are called to ministry within our Diocese and gives support to our seminarians who will become, by God's grace, good and holy future priests. Our combined support ensures that our church remains a vital, faith driven community.
If you did not receive a mailing from the Diocese, donation envelopes are available in the back of Church. Click here to view the CMA Video and to make your donation. Thank you for your support! ~Fr. Gonyo
Pastor's Message - November 18, 2018
“In those days, I, Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be held in contempt and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” - Daniel 12
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
The first reading this weekend is from the book of Daniel. It is quite different than what we are used to. Reference is made to the "end times" and of the salvation God will bestow on the just. Reference is also made of Michael the Archangel who will assist in the task of rescuing those who have died, while separating the wicked from the good. These particular "end time" readings indicate that we will be soon celebrating the feast of Christ the King and the conclusion of the church year.
As to Michael the Archangel, I know of men and women who serve in our armed forces and others who serve in public service as police and firefighters who ask Michael the Archangel to protect them. Many even carry a medal of Michael the Archangel on their person.
During the Month of October, Pope Francis asked us to pray the rosary for the Church and to avail ourselves of the intercession of Michael the Archangel by reciting the Archangel prayer at the end of mass. Our daily mass folks already do this during the week. Here is the prayer:
"Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the Divine Power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."
Our annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held at 9:00 am this Thursday. We will have a table set up in the main body of Church for any personal food items (breads/pies) that you would like blessed at Mass and then brought back home again to share at your table. The Prayers of the Faithful will also provide an opportunity to offer our gratitude to God. So come join us for this great celebration!
This Sunday afternoon, our Confirmation candidates, along with some of their parents and sponsors will be helping to sort, pack and deliver deluxe Thanksgiving baskets to many local families this Sunday afternoon. We are so grateful to all the generous parishioners who responded graciously donating a variety of turkeys and food items so others who are less fortunate can enjoy a delicious dinner! Thank you!
We have much to be grateful for!
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - November 18, 2018
The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
THEN THEY WILL SEE THE "SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS"
As we approach the season of Advent (in two weeks), the Church turns our attention to the end times - perhaps it is a way of reminding us of how it all turns out before it all begins.
In our first reading (Daniel 12:1-3)
, we hear one of the apocalyptic visions of Daniel promising final deliverance of God's people who are faithful, while others will meet "everlasting horror and disgrace." This vision offered hope to those who were suffering persecution - just as it does for us today.
In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.
"Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever."
In our Gospel reading (Mark 13:24-32)
, Jesus borrowed from another one of Daniel's visions (Daniel 7:13-14)
as he said, "you will see the 'Son of Man coming in the clouds'". Jesus was describing his second coming at the final judgement. Like the fig tree changing from winter to the full bloom of summer, it would be a time of renewal and transformation.
Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. "And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
"Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
In our Epistle reading (Hebrews 10:11-14, 18)
, we hear yet another comparison with earthly priests and our eternal high priest, Jesus, who offered one sacrifice for sins and then waits until his enemies are vanquished. Once these sins were forgiven through Jesus, there can be no further offering for sin.
Brothers and sisters: Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.
As we begin to prepare for the close of our liturgical year and look toward preparations for that awesome and glorious incarnation, we must keep in mind that God's plan unfolds according to his plan. Nothing is happenstance for God. The ultimate triumph of God has been ordained since the beginning of time.
- Click HERE to read and pray on this Sunday's readings
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS
Please join us on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22 at 9:00am. Fr. Gonyo will include a special blessing of food. Feel free to bring a food item that you will be sharing at your meal to be blessed.
Count It All Joy will be leading us in worship and song next Saturday, November 24th at the 5:00pm Mass. We will be singing the following songs if you would like to listen to them in advance.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High. - Psalm 92:2
"Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you - you can't begin to know who He wants to be for you. Or who He wants you to be for Him." (St. Mother Teresa) Please be with us to deepen your joy of a loving, personal relationship with Jesus. Our prayer is a special adaptation of The Liturgy of the Hours, and includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, psalms, spiritual readings, prayers, and silent adoration. Everyone is welcome, on Saturday, November 24, 8:00-9:00pm, in Saint Kateri Parish at Christ the King Church. We meet on the last Saturday each month.
Thanks to our chairperson for a job well done! Thanks to all who walked and worked!
The 2nd graders won an ice cream party for bringing in the most money per student. The Kindergartners won a pizza party for 2nd place.
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At Masses the weekend of
December 1 & 2
Each year we collect mittens, hats and scarves for those less fortunate. If you have purchased or knitted any items and have items to donate you can leave them in the greeting area in church. On the weekend of December 1 & 2, baskets will be available in church to collect the mittens at all Masses
Sunday, December 2 at 9:00am will be our Monthly Children's Mass. Children are invited to bring their mittens to the altar when they come forward for the homily that weekend.
Our St. Rita Society is hosting a
All Are Welcome!!
Women, Men, Friends and Families!!
Musical entertainment provided by
our Children's Choir from St. Rita's School
Thursday, December 6
at 1:00pm in the Parish Center
Join us for delicious holiday treats and live entertainment featuring Christmas medleys by our Children's Choir.
Members are asked to please bring an appetizer, chips & dip, cheese & crackers, or a dessert to share with our guests.
Also, for anyone who is able to help - at this gathering we collect unwrapped health care products (shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc.) that will be donated to those in need in shelters and nursing homes.
SAVE THE DATE!
Barnes and Noble
Special Event - All are Welcome!
On Friday, December 7th
at Barnes & Noble in Webster
beginning at 6:15pm
Join us for a fun night, while raising money for St. Rita School. During our event, there will be a special reading of The Polar Express by Santa himself, a craft activity and story time. If you make any purchase at Barnes and Noble (including the cafe) between December 7th and December 12th, a portion of the revenue will go to St. Rita School. Just let them know at checkout that you are supporting St Rita School. Bring the family and get a head start on your Christmas shopping while experiencing this magical night. Gift wrapping is available too!
Saturday, December 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm
in the parish center gym
Drop off your kids (ages 4 and up) for some seasonal games, crafts, and activities while adults get a chance to do some shopping, wrapping, have dinner, or just have a couple of quiet hours.
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register or call the Parish Office to sign up. Adults and high school students are needed to help out by running an activity - please sign up here.
As we celebrate the birth of Our Lord, may we
share with others the love He brings.
You are our CHRISTMAS ANGELS!
We are hoping you will help again this year to provide a Happy Christmas for those families who appreciate and need our help. Please stop in the greeting area in Church at our special table to pick up an Angel Gift Tag which will be available after all Masses until December 2nd.
Please only donate NEW items. We cannot accept used toys or used clothing.
Gifts will be collected in the Greeting Area in Church
Through Noon on Sunday, December 9th
Thank you for your generosity!!