CMA, Part 2
Last week I asked you to join me in this commitment to the Catholic Ministries Appeal.
St. Rita Parish will make our goal and fulfill our responsibility before Christmas!
It is natural for us to be hesitant to support such a goal since there are significant obstacles faced.
An honest assessment of these obstacles.
I acknowledge what we all know – the evil perpetrated by some members of the Roman Catholic Clergy is heart-rending and devastating. I am humiliated by the evil that some of my brother priests have done. Those victimized by this cruelty and betrayal deserve our support, our belief, our attention, and justice.
What does this mean in terms of the gifts given to the CMA?
There is no doubt that this gives us pause when we each consider a gift to the Catholic Ministries Appeal. What gives me confidence is the assurance of the diocese and all its financial and legal representation that our contributions are going exactly where the CMA says they are going. The gifts we make to the Catholic Ministries Appeal are designated for specific ministries. As designated gifts, they cannot be diverted to cover the cost of any litigation, settlements or awards.
In the face of these obstacles, how can we reach our goal by mid-December?
We can do this with honesty, and we can do this together. Just as we acknowledge what the Church has suffered, we also acknowledge what our Church is. It is the Body of Christ. And no single parish on its own can address the needs and carry out the ministries that the Diocese can. We will not let all those who rely on the ministries of the Diocese suffer because of the crisis.
I humbly ask you to approach this year’s CMA with a deep awareness of the crisis while also being aware that the ministries of the diocese rely on our support.
Thank you for your attention, understanding, and your support of this year’s CMA!
P.S. I am willing to sit down with any individual or group of parishioners to listen, pray, or have a conversation about this crisis and what you are experiencing or suffering. Please let me know how I can help.
An Introduction To Sunday's Scripture Readings - October, 20, 2019
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass!
“Be Persistent, Whether It Be Convenient, Or Inconvenient”
Prayer is the lifting up of our hearts and minds to God in a relationship of love and trust. Last Sunday, our readings talked about prayers of praise and thanksgiving — our response to God’s healing touch in our lives. This Sunday's readings focus our attention on the gift of prayers of petition for ourselves and others, and our persistence in praying to God. If even the dishonest judge will grant the persistent widow her request, how much more will our God of Mercy respond to our prayers.
In our first reading (Exodus 17:8:13), we hear the story of the Israelites, who were fighting a battle with Amelek after being attacked at Rephidim. They prevailed in their battle only because of God's mercy at the prayers and persistence of Moses.
In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel. Moses, therefore, said to Joshua, "Pick out certain men, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses told him: he engaged Amalek in battle after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur. As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Moses' hands, however, grew tired; so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady till sunset. And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
In our Epistle reading (2 Tim 3:14-4:2), St. Paul continues to instruct his protege Timothy to remain faithful to what he has learned from the Scriptures and charges him to be persistent in his pastoral duties of proclaiming the Gospel.
Beloved: Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
In our Gospel reading (Luke 18:1-8), Jesus instructed his followers on the importance of persistence in prayer and faithfulness. He told them the parable of the persistent widow, who wore down the dishonest judge with her persistence. Surely God would do no less.
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, "There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'" The Lord said, "Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
At times, we lose heart and give up too easily in our prayer and religious devotion, expecting results in our time and manner instead of God's. Our ultimate prayer is for salvation, and in that we must always remain steadfast and hopeful. May God grant us not only persistence in prayer, but also patience and trust.
Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 pm
at the United Methodist Church
(169 E. Main St., Webster)
Come and listen to many of our local Webster Church Choirs, including our own St. Rita Choir, for a beautiful evening of song! These diverse choirs from all denominations join together once a year to celebrate in word and song! Canned goods for the needy and monetary donations will be accepted for needy and hospitalized children through Webster community organizations. Donations of canned goods will also be accepted to help those in need. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!
Our next gathering is Monday, October 21
6:30-8:00pm in Room 1 All are Welcome!
We support one another in our faith journey and meet to discuss topics that explore our faith and the challenges we face day to day and deepen our relationship with Jesus.
Come to as few or as many meetings as you desire. No commitment is required.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free reach out to John Matina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Contemporary Christian music ministry group will be leading the music at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, October 27
Count It All Joy will be playing on Sunday instead of our usual Saturday to share our beautiful diversity of music among different Masses. Our adult choir will be singing at the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, October 26.
Immediately following the Sunday 10:30 Mass, Count It All Joy will lead a Worship Session from 11:30-12:30 in church for all those who wish to continue to give thanks and praise to the Lord for all His good gifts, and for all those who are suffering or seeking meaning. All are welcome!
Pride. That will be the death of us. "The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorite." (Sir 35:12). We will only attain eternal life, not by our own merit, but by humbly accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and by cooperating with Him in bringing the message of the Gospel to others through our words and actions with love and mercy.
We sing these songs as a reminder to acknowledge our weaknesses and sinfulness and to rely on our Lord Jesus.
You Say - Lauren Daigle
O Come to the Altar - Elevation Worship
Lord I Need You - Matt Maher
Well Done - The Afters
Trust in Jesus- Third Day
I Can Only Imagine - MercyMe