Pastor's Message - January 21, 2018
“Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.” ~Psalm 25
Dear Parishioners and Friends;
In last weekend’s first reading, we learned all about young Samuel and the instructions he received from his teacher and prophet Eli to respond to the call of God by saying, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” Young Samuel does respond to God when he hears his name being spoken by God and thus his beginning conversation takes him in a new direction. This was all part of God’s plan. Years later, God would guide the prophet Samuel in choosing, apart from his brothers, a young shepherd boy named David to be anointed as King. David became a great King and eventually also the father of the wise and legendary King Solomon. Although both had human shortcomings and sins that eventually proved quite serious, God would have his only son Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the little city of David called Bethlehem.
The Gospel writer Matthew would list the genealogy of Jesus incarnation through Mary as being of the “house” or “lineage” of David.
Turning to the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee and called Simon and his brother Andrew to follow him. They abandoned their nets and boats to follow Jesus. They hear and respond to the voice of Jesus and thus their life direction is forever changed. Even James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, hear this voice from Jesus and through his invitation, left their boats, nets and father Zebedee to follow Jesus.
Some questions for reflection:
- Who are the voices we most listen to in life?
- Do we let popular opinion, fad or beliefs dictate what we believe, or do we seek to listen for God’s voice
- in regular prayer, attendance at mass, and in the teachings of our Catholic faith?
- Where do we find our own voice on these matters?
- Would we ever consider encouraging a call from God to the priesthood within our own family, with our own son?
- Would we ever support a daughter in choosing a vocation to the Religious life?
- Would we ever trust God in that possibility?
George Washington Carver once said, "Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak . . . someday in life you will have been all of these.”
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - January 21, 2018
The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||The Call of the First Disciples
COME AFTER ME AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN
This Sunday's readings continue the theme from last week of discipleship. Last week, we learned that God is persistent in his call. This week, we see examples of how we can respond.
In our first reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah (3:1-5, 10)
, we hear about Jonah, who eventually heeded God's call to warn the people of the great city of Nineveh of their impending destruction. Jonah initially ran away from God's call, but God was persistent and brought him back. The people of Nineveh heeded God's warning through Jonah and were saved.
The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you." So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD'S bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, " when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
In our Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20)
, Jesus called the fishermen Simon, Andrew, James and John to be his disciples. They immediately left their boats and their livelihoods and followed Jesus. It was through these simple fishermen and the other Apostles that Jesus built his Church. It was with the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit that they had the courage and wisdom to follow in Jesus' footsteps.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
, St. Paul tells us how we should be detached from this present life, in expectation of the life to come, in God's time. This world is temporary, passing away. The world to come is for all eternity.
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully. For the world in its present form is passing away.
A good reflection might be to ponder what it was about Jesus' call that moved the first disciples to immediately leave their boats to become "fishers of men". They experienced that call in the person of Jesus, eye to eye, face to face. What an overpowering moment that must have been. Jesus calls each of us to a life of ministry of some type. How do we respond? Like Jonah who initially ran away? Or do we heed St. Paul's urging of detachment, being free to follow the call, wherever it leads us.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Jan. 21, 2017
Join us at the 9:00 mass on Sunday January 28th for an opening celebration. Will continue with prayer services and mass on Tuesday, January 30th at 9:15.
Come tour the school on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 28 to Friday, February 2
Please help us kick-off Catholic Schools Week at the 9:00am Mass next Sunday, January 28. Come to Mass and stay for Breakfast! All are invited.
All are also invited to attend our School Mass on Tuesday, January 30 at 9:15am and are welcome to come over to tour the school to see for yourself what makes St. Rita School so different from other schools. We will be giving tours immediately following the Mass.
We invite prospective families to:
“Visit our School”
on Tuesday, January 30 from 10:00 - 11:30am
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins on Wednesday, February 1.
St. Rita School offers PK3 & PK4 (half & full day programs) and full day Kindergarten through Grade 5. We offer a Before School Care Program which is available beginning at 7:00am and an After School Care Program which is available until 6:00pm. For more information please call the School Office at 671-3132 or visit our website.
Sunday, February 4 at 9:00am Mass
All Cub and Boy Scouts of St. Rita Parish are invited to attend the 9:00am Mass on Sunday, February 4 in
celebration of Boy Scout Sunday.
Please meet in Room 1 by 8:30am. Dens and troops will be seated together after processing into church as a group. Please wear your full Scout dress uniform.
A reception for Scouts and their families will be held in the gym after Mass.
Scouts in the parish who have completed the requirements for the religious emblem associated with
their rank and who have submitted the appropriate paperwork to the Diocese, are asked to notify Margo Chamberlain (585-265-9258) no later than January 28th so that we may recognize them during the Scout Mass.
We hope to see all Scouts from our parish on February 4th to celebrate Boy Scout Sunday!
Saturday, February 10
from 6-8 pm
Drop off your kids (ages 4 and up) at the parish center gym for some seasonal games, crafts, and activities while the adults get some free time.
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required - click here to sign up now. High school students are invited to help out by running an activity – please sign up to volunteer here. If you have questions please contact Elizabeth.
A Time Just for You!
5th ANNUAL ROCHESTER CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
“The Power of the Eucharist: Glorifying God and Sanctifying the Word”
Saturday, March 10
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(doors open at 7:00am)
Held at The Aquinas Institute ~ 1127 Dewey Ave
Conference sold out early last year so don’t wait!
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Mass with our Bishop and to hear national speakers, Dr. Edward Sri, theologian and noted author, and Danielle Bean, publisher of Catholic Digest. There will be the opportunity for reconciliation, praying the rosary, perusing Catholic vendors, and connecting with other Catholic women.
Bishop Salvatore Matano will preside at morning Mass beginning at 8:00am. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $50 for mail-in registrations and $53.00 for online registrations.
Registration forms are available in our parish office and in the greeting area in Church or you may go online to Rochestercwc.org. If you have questions, please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
If it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather, such notice will be given over the local radio stations beginning at 6:00 a.m.
The announcement will indicate that ALL WEBSTER CENTRAL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. Families are requested to listen to the radio and not call the School office.