Pastor's Message - June 23, 2019
"Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." ~2 Corinthians 11:23-26
Dear parishioners and friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, traditionally known as Corpus Christi. Jesus is the reason we continue to celebrate the Eucharist. He gives us His Body and Blood for food because only God can satisfy the hunger we have in our hearts. Through the gift of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus literally gives of himself to us so that we can be nourished and saved.
We congratulate our Fifth Graders who will be moving on from St. Rita School, and ask God's blessing on all our parish children, as they come to the close of the school year. We had a beautiful Mass followed by our traditional "moving up" to a new grade ceremony and lots of "Blue and Gold" fun was happening! A special thank you to the school staff and faculty and especially to all the parents and parishioners who supported and volunteered countless hours to assist our children, teachers, and principal!
I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who made a gift and prayed for the success of our Catholic Ministries Appeal - it worked! As of Tuesday, we are only $534 short of our goal. Your generosity is remarkable and please know that this money will be put to good use serving the people and staff of St. Rita parish as well as providing ministry support and services to those in need throughout our Diocese.
A bit overwhelming, but now comes the time that I extend me sincere gratitude to the Saint Rita Church and School community. Fr. Mike extends his gratitude as well, as both of us now move on to new assignments and locations. We both have been busy packing boxes and containers and have countless wonderful memories to take with us.
As I write this reflection, know what a blessing it has been to serve as a priest here, to celebrate the Sacraments, the circumstances of your life, anointings, funerals, baptisms, weddings, celebrating anniversaries, school events, attending various gatherings, all part of parish life. Your family has become my own as I have been deeply privileged to walk a bit of life's journey with you.
Know that I will continue to ask God to bless you and keep you safe in his love.
Thank you Fr. Gonyo and Fr. Mike for sharing your gift of faith and walking with us on life's journey. We wish you well in your new assignments and we will keep you in our prayers!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - June 16, 2019
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
“When The Lord Established The Heavens,
I Was There!”
The Sunday after Pentecost always celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The thing about mysteries is that they are mysterious, unknowable. Attempting to fully understand this mystery is like trying to fit the ocean into the thimble of our mind. Many Catholics invoke this mystery multiple times a day in blessing themselves, ”In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit . . . .”, yet we rarely give thought to its import. Our readings for today give us a glimpse into this mystery of who is the Holy Trinity - three distinct persons in one God.
In our First reading from the book of Proverbs
), we hear of the mysterious creature Wisdom, who was there before the beginning of creation. Many Scholars have thought Wisdom in this passage to represent Jesus and / or the Holy Spirit. Today’s passage calls to mind the opening of John’s Gospel, referring to Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God . . . What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race.”
Thus says the wisdom of God: "The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet the earth and fields were not made, nor the first clods of the world.
"When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race."
In our Epistle reading (Romans 5:1-5)
, St. Paul explains the fruits of our relationship with the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, which is the outflowing of the perfect love between the Father and the Son. It is through this unity and the gift of faith that we receive pardon for our sins (justification) and peace in our lives. Paul gives us a new understanding that we can “even boast of our afflictions”,
as an opportunity to unite our sufferings with Christ and thus be strengthened by it.
Brothers and sisters: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Our Gospel reading (John 13:12-15)
is an excerpt from Jesus' farewell discourse to his disciples at the last supper. Jesus was preparing them for the days to come within the limits of their capacity to understand. In this brief passage we find embodied the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to his disciples: "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."
By our human nature, God has given us the desire to understand the unknowable, to come closer in relationship to our Creator, to fill the "God-shaped" hole in our hearts. Our readings today help us understand the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity; that it is the Holy Spirit and the presence of Jesus that draws us closer to the Father. We find this presence in no greater place and in no greater measure than in the Holy Eucharist. Through it, we commune with God.
- Click HERE to read, reflect, pray on the scripture readings for this Sunday
Thursday, June 20
at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center
Following our shared meal, we will hold a special memorial tribute for all those who have gone before us. All who have experienced the loss of a friend or loved one through death are invited to attend this wonderful gathering of love and support. Please RSVP and for details, call Bev at 872-2933.
Fr. Gonyo and Fr. Mike will be at each Mass on their last weekend here, June 22 & 23.
Join us after Mass for light refreshments in the greeting area in Church to wish them well in their new assignments.
Fr. Gonyo has been assigned to the churches of St. Kateri in Irondequoit and Fr. Mike has been assigned to the churches of St. Mary's, St. Boniface, and Blessed Sacrament downtown.
Our new paster, Fr. Tim Niven, is coming to us from St. Alphonsus Church in Auburn and looks forward to being a part of our community.
All are welcome to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality
(402 South Ave. in Rochester) for a
Communion Service with Deacon Jim Fien
at 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 25
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality is a Rochester Catholic Worker community which provides food, clothing, shelter and spiritually-centered care to its guests. Please join us!
Thursday, June 27 at 1:00pm
We will start at 1:00pm in Church for prayers and Anointing of the Sick. Anyone facing illness or life challenges can be anointed. Then we will head over to the Parish Center for dessert and social. For reservations, or if you need a ride, please call the Parish Office at 671-1100. Volunteers are needed. If you can help please call Kathy Foster at 671-4347. All are welcome!
Count It All Joy will be leading the music at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday June 29. These songs remind us of God’s great love for us and that we should always respond with thanks and praise, living a life worthy of His love, because Jesus ransomed us from the slavery of sin.
Nobody Loves Me Like You – Chris Tomlin
Here I Am to Worship – Tim Hughes
The Passion – Hillsong Worship
Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
Blessings – Laura Story
Multiplied – NEEDTOBREATHE
“Brothers and sister: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
Vacation Bible School 2019: July 29-August 2
When: Saturday, September 7th
Where: Greystone Golf Course
Golf Time: Shot Gun Start 3:00pm
Dinner Time: 6:00pm
Various sponor oportunities are available. See flier
here for complete details.
All proceeds go towards the Classroom Renovation Project (painting, lighting, ceiling fans and shades).
This year marks the 33rd annual Marathon. We have some awesome prizes.
If you want to get ahead start on collecting pledges here is a pledge card to download. We again accept credit cards for pledges.
Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or click on this link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.
To help with your long range planning, here is next the year's school calendar.
One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.