St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
1008 Maple Dr.
Webster, NY 14580
585-671-1100
Weekend Masses: Saturday- 5:00pm
Sunday- 7:30am; 9:00am (children's liturgy); 10:30am
Daily Mass is at 8:15am on Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday, and Friday (no Mass on Wednesday)
Reconciliation: Saturday from 3:30-4:30pm
Office Hours: M-Th 9am to 4:30pm; Fri 9-12:00pm

Please note: there will be no 8:15 am Daily Mass August 19-30 while Fr. Tim is away. 
8:15 Masses will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

Click here to read Bishop Matano's Letter to the Faithful and watch his video.

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An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - August 18, 2019

The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Keep Our Eyes “Fixed On Jesus”

All three readings this Sunday explore the cost of being a disciple of the Lord. In our first reading, we hear the cost visited upon Jeremiah for speaking the truth God commanded him to speak. In the Gospel reading, Jesus prepares his disciples the division that will surely come their way. Just as in the days of old, we also will encounter division in the name of Jesus. In our Epistle, we hear how we are to live out God’s call.A

In our first reading (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10), we hear the story of how King Zedehiah, at the urging of the court princes, sent Jeremiah to a certain death; and then at the urging of the court eunuch Ebed-melech, reversed himself and rescued Jeremiah. Jeremiah was following God’s call “to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build up and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:10)
 
In those days, the princes said to the king: "Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking such things to them; he is not interested in the welfare of our people, but in their ruin." King Zedekiah answered: "He is in your power"; for the king could do nothing with them. And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah, which was in the quarters of the guard, letting him down with ropes. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.
 
Ebed-melech, a court official, went there from the palace and said to him: "My lord king, these men have been at fault in all they have done to the prophet Jeremiah, casting him into the cistern. He will die of famine on the spot, for there is no more food  in the city." Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite to take three men along with him, and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he should die.
 
In our Epistle reading (Hebrews 12:1-4), the author of Hebrews teaches us that Jesus had a purpose for how “he endured the opposition from sinners.” - “in order that we may not grow weary and lose heart.”
 
Brothers and sisters: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
 
In our Gospel reading (Luke 12:49-53), Jesus used the symbol of fire to illustrate the division the Word of God might bring. Fire was often used as a metaphor for cleansing and purification, even the presence of God. Jesus made clear to his followers that many will turn away from the Word of God and there will be division, even within families. 
 
Jesus said to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."
 
The way of the disciple of Jesus is not an easy one. We are called to speak truth when the world seeks darkness. We are called to live this truth regardless of how others receive it. We are called to be witnesses by our actions as well as our words. We do this “for the sake of the joy” that lies before us. And how are we to do this? Today’s Epistle tells us how: “Rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us . . . and persevere in running the race that lies before us by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.”


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News

Assisting Refugees and Immigrants in Need

Please pray for me and the team from Catholic Family Center as we travel to Texas and Arizona this week to help Catholic Charities USA care for the needs of the refugees and immigrants coming into the US.  This has been in the news so much that it is easy to politicize it.  Please resist that temptation.  Our faith calls us to do whatever we can to care for the most vulnerable in our society. Please pray for our leaders to be enlightened with solutions that meet the needs of everyone. I look forward to sharing the experience upon my return!

Peace and love,
Deacon Jim

Count It All Joy

Our Contemporary Music Ministry will be leading the music at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, August 31

 The readings for this Mass instruct us to be humble “and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.” Humility is not a passive thing – it should result in actions of love and charity. Jesus, our great teacher, leading by example “humbled himself and carried the cross. Love so amazing.” Jesus surrendered to the Father for our sakes, as we should do. Nothing to fear. Our God is “rich in mercy”. Our strength to do His will comes only through humility. One who is humble is strong. Jesus, I trust in you.

We will sing these songs to remind us of our need for God and humility:

 Gracefully Broken - Matt Redman w/ Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Jesus Messiah - Chris Tomlin
Lord, I Need You - Matt Maher
Scars - I AM THEY
At Your Feet - Anna Conti
Alive - Big Daddy Weave
“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.”   Sirach 3:18

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Faith Formation

 Families are welcome to enroll their children in our Faith Formation program. Registration is now open for children in grades K-7. 

 You can download a PDF of the forms or register online now. 

Sacramental Preparation

 Children in Grade 2 (or above) may be eligible to prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. 

 This is a separate program from Faith Formation, and you must register for both programs. You can download a PDF of the forms from our website or register online now.

 Children in Grade 8 (or above) may begin our two-year Confirmation program. You can download a PDF of the forms from our website or register online now. 

 If you have any questions, please email Anne Thomas or call 671-2079.

 We are here to help your children grow in faith in Christ!

St. Rita School 1st Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner

When: Saturday, September 7th
Where: Greystone Golf Course
Golf Time: Shot Gun Start 3:00pm
Dinner Time: 6:00pm
 
Various sponsor opportunities are available. See flier here for complete details. 
 
All proceeds go towards the Classroom Renovation Project (painting, lighting, ceiling fans and shades).

It's Time to Register for Discovering Christ

We invite you to experience “Discovering Christ” starting on Sunday, September 22nd at St. Rita Church. Consider inviting a friend or loved one to share the experience with you. Please register online here or by calling Julie Cohn at the Parish Office (585) 671-1100 x 13.

 

Annual Women's Retreat

Friday evening, September 13 to Sunday, September 15 at Noon

 At the Notre Dame Retreat House

Overlooking Canandaigua Lake

 The Theme is:   “Our Spiritual Journey”

 Please join us for this refreshing and peaceful time away for women and teens.  This weekend with the Lord is sure to be special!  

Pricing for Weekend Retreats Directed by Notre Dame Staff (including all meals) is as follows:

$150.00 for a single room
$120.00 for a shared double room
$200.00 for a private double room
(These are SUGGESTED donations.  As always, our policy is that the fee should never deter anyone from coming on retreat.  For more information online regarding the retreat house, go to:   www.notredameretreat.org)

 If you have any questions or to register, please call Darlene (787-0983) or Jane (734-6061).

College Care Packages

Marathon Is Coming!

This year our 33rd annual Marathon is September 28th.

 If you want to get ahead start on collecting pledges here is a pledge card to download. We again accept credit cards for pledges.

Registrations are still being accepted.

Prospective new families can either stop in the office for a packet or click on this link to Admissions---Registration for the packet.

The 2019-2020 school calendar

To help with your long range planning, here is next the year's school calendar.

One is in COLOR and one is NON Color.